Click here to watch Nats win #23 on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.
The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #23 came in the 55th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 22-32 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.
This game marked the first meeting of the year for the Nationals as the season was already 1/3 over. Coincidentally, the Nats kicked the hornets nest on social media yesterday with this gem comparing Juan Soto to Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves.
Let’s settle this once and for all…
RT for Juan Soto
Reply for Ronald Acuña Jr.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 20, 2020
This first meeting of 2019 between the Nats and the Braves also put two SoCal first round picks facing off against each other. Max Fried looked like the ace of the Braves 2019 staff, and this started as a pitcher’s duel. Fortunately for the Nats, the Braves manager Brian Snitker left Fried in too long and he got fried!
Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves
Stadium: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia
- Trea Turner SS
- Adam Eaton RF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Juan Soto LF
- Howie Kendrick 1B
- Kurt Suzuki C
- Brian Dozier 2B
- Victor Robles CF
- Stephen Strasburg RHP