Game #41 Season is 25% complete and Nats at .500; Game 2 of the doubleheader

The Washington Nationals won the first game of this doubleheader today, and 19-31 will not happen as the team notched their 20th win of the 2024 season. With the season 25 percent complete, the sample sizes are fairly large now. Some stats you want to believe can still improve, and some like Trevor Williams‘ ERA of 1.94 you hope is going to be the greatest season in Nationals’ history.

We spent a long time talking about mistakes against the good teams, and the Nats made three errors behind Williams today — but the team had a lead at the time, and the White Sox made their own share of mistakes.

Manager Dave Martinez made the moves today that we wanted to see on Sunday, and sure enough Nasim Nunez ignited the offense and scored the winning run for the Nationals as he went first to third on an infield routine grounder. Speed kills, and Nunez can fly.

Matchups for the White Sox series in Game 1 of the doubleheader in Chicago were Trevor Williams vs. Chris Flexen, Game 2 of the doubleheader are Mitchell Parker vs. Erick Fedde (yes, we know him), and the finale on Wednesday are Patrick Corbin vs. Garrett Crochet.

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. Tuesday Game 2: Mitchell Parker vs. White Sox
  2. Wednesday: Patrick Corbin vs. White Sox
  3. Thursday: Day-off May 16
  4. Friday: Jake Irvin vs. Phillies
  5. Saturday: MacKenzie Gore vs. Phillies
  6. Sunday: Williams vs. Phillies
  7. Monday: Parker vs. Twins
  8. Tuesday: Corbin vs. Twins
  9. Wednesday: Irvin vs. Twins
  10. Thursday: Day-off May 23
  11. Friday: Gore vs. Mariners
  12. Saturday: Williams vs. Mariners
  13. Sunday: Parker vs. Mariners
  14. Monday: Corbin vs. Atlanta
  15. Tuesday: Irvin vs. Atlanta
  16. Wednesday: Gore vs. Atlanta
  17. Thursday: Williams vs. Atlanta

Your top Washington Nationals on the FanGraphs’ WAR leaderboard has CJ Abrams and Trevor Williams at the top at a +1.2 WAR followed by MacKenzie Gore at 1.1. Jake Irvin at +1.0, Luis Garcia Jr. at a +0.9, and Jacob Young at +0.8. In total, 21 Nats’ players are in positive WAR and another six at a neutral 0.0 WAR.

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.96 and are ranked 13th in MLB. The team is 6th in the Nationals League. Remember, that ERA is for all starters this season and includes two games of Gray and his 14.04 ERA.

Here is how they rank:

No. 5 Starter: Patrick Corbin 5.91
No. 4 Starter: Jake Irvin 3.72
No. 3 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 3.38
No. 2 Starter: Mitchell Parker 2.67
No. 1 Starter: Trevor Williams 1.94

Washington Nationals vs. Chicago White Sox

Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
1st Pitch: 8:05 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 online, and the opposing team on Channel 179.

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

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Game 41:
The Nationals lost on 05/14 at home against the Mets resulting in a record of 16-25. Box Score / Standings
The Senators won on 06/06 on the road against the Detroit Tigers resulting in a record of 21-20. It was a complete game Walter Johnson gem. Box Score / Standings

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