Game #34 Nats have a series to win on Cinco de Mayo

The Washington Nationals wrap up their season series with a rubber game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars weekend. Yesterday was a bummer loss, and the page has to be turned — but don’t forget the lesson in the book that you just read.

There were no roster moves after Jacob Young was taken out of Friday’s game with back spasms, and Young is back in the starting lineup.

Manager Dave Martinez has a much better designed defense today behind his starter, MacKenzie Gore. The Blue Jays called up Alek Manoah from the minors.

On the MASN broadcast, Alex Avila, a member of the 2021 Washington Nationals, will be back on MASN subbing for Kevin Frandsen today. His debut got good reviews.

With plans to get Josiah Gray back into a rehab assignment, you have to wonder if he can make it back in the month of May. Here’s what we think the schedule could look like going forward:

  1. Sunday: MacKenzie Gore vs. Toronto
  2. Monday: Day-off May 6
  3. Tuesday: Trevor Williams vs. Orioles
  4. Wednesday: Mitchell Parker vs. Orioles
  5. Thursday: Day-off May 9
  6. Friday: Patrick Corbin vs. Red Sox
  7. Saturday: Jake Irvin vs. Red Sox
  8. Sunday: Gore vs. Red Sox
  9. Monday: Williams vs. White Sox
  10. Tuesday: Parker vs. White Sox
  11. Wednesday: Corbin vs. White Sox
  12. Thursday: Day-off May 16
  13. Friday: Irvin vs. Phillies
  14. Saturday: Gore vs. Phillies
  15. Sunday: Williams vs. Phillies

Your top Washington Nationals on the FanGraphs’ WAR leaderboard has CJ Abrams at the top at a +1.3 WAR followed by Hunter Harvey, MacKenzie Gore and Trevor Williams at +0.9. Mitchell Parker and Jake Irvin are at +0.8. Jacob Young and Luis Garcia Jr. are at +0.7. In total, 21 Nats’ players are in positive WAR and another five at a neutral 0.0 WAR.

“Just got to come back and get them on [Sunday]. We have a chance to win another series, so that’s a good thing.”

— manager Dave Martinez said

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.27 and tied for 22nd in MLB. The Nats are now 28 points from 14th best in baseball. The Nats have been slowly moving up in the rankings. At this point in the season, the ERA movement is in smaller increments due to the total innings increasing well over triple-digits.

Here is how they rank:

No. 5 Starter: Patrick Corbin 6.45
No. 4 Starter: Jake Irvin 3.72
No. 3 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 3.19
No. 2 Starter: Mitchell Parker 2.53
No. 1 Starter: Trevor Williams 2.27

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 1:35 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app; In Spanish on DC 87.7 FM and La Pantera 100.7 FM/1220 AM. On Sirius/XM, the Nats will be on Channel 177, and the opposing team on only online.

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

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Game 34:
The Nationals lost on 05/06 on the road resulting in a record of 14-20. Box Score / Standings
The Senators lost on 05/30 on the road against the Red Sox in Fenway resulting in a record of 15-19. Box Score / Standings

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