The Washington Nationals had three runners thrown out at second base yesterday, and a starting pitcher who threw more balls than strikes — and somehow, some way, the Nats still won the game against the New York Yankees. Sometimes you need a lot of luck to win a game in sports. As they say, “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.” That balances out with a game you lost when you played great.
A win tonight would clinch another series win, and that is the goal of course. This Nats’ team has picked up 6.0 games in the standings in just the past 10-games.
Manager Dave Martinez went back to his platoon offense to get more lefties in the lineup. It has been working, and those who are upset that Martinez is playing Ildemaro Vargas over Carter Kieboom tonight, will have to wait to see what the Nats’ manager does going forward. On the mound for the Nats is lefty MacKenzie Gore who suffered a blister a week ago.
Carl Edwards Jr. has been shut down indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right scapula. He had been on a rehab assignment and not doing well in the minor leagues. He is set to be a free agent after the season ends.
Here is how they rank:
No. 6 Starter: Joan Adon 7.62 (starter’s ERA only)
No. 5 Starter: Trevor Williams 4.95
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Corbin 4.71
No. 3 Starter: Jake Irvin 4.47
No. 2 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 4.38
No. 1 Starter: Josiah Gray 3.85
Here is your Baseball Savant Statcast Link for the game.
Washington Nationals vs. New York Yankees
Stadium: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
1st Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app