In a sixty game season, a 19-30 record is much different in overall impact than it would have in a 162 games season. We saw it last year, and we are seeing that again this year. This is not May 23, 2019 all over again. The Nats odds of making the postseason is closer to 0% than 1% according to Fangraphs.
Even if the Nats won the remaining eleven games in this season, it could take other teams to lose to have a chance. The Nats opponent tonight, the Miami Marlins, control their own destiny if they win the rest of their games —they will be in the playoffs. The Nats know that feeling. The have been there before and popped the champagne after clinches.
For the Nats, it is the same story, play the best you can. That is what the fans want to see even if it is a loss. Last night’s sloppy game was unacceptable. It is about the little things and taking pride in your game.
While the Nats TV personalities rarely are critical of Nats players, the other team’s broadcast crew will sometimes speak the truth. Listen to the last five seconds of the biggest singular play in yesterday’s second game:
The Nats essentially have the same lineup as they had for the first game in yesterday’s doubleheader with Patrick Corbin on the mound to start this game for the Nats.
In injury news, as of the publishing of this piece, Aaron Barrett remains on the roster. Of course that could change as he left last night’s game with triceps tightness.
Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
Stadium: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
1st Pitch: 6:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN, FOX Sports Florida, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)
Line-up subject to change (without notice):