Game #92 Jake Irvin with another audition for the All-Star team

The Washington Nationals have this year’s All-Star snub, Jake Irvin, on the mound for another audition for the Commissioner’s Office and fans of baseball. How do you keep a Top-5 starter (ERA) off of the All-Star team. That’s easy because it just happened to Irvin.

Manager Dave Martinez rested Kyle Finnegan and Hunter Harvey due another blow-out game and neither has pitched in 3-days. Martinez only had to use Jacob Barnes and Joan Adon in yesterday’s game. With a 9-man bullpen, the hope Barnes can get some rest.

The Nationals are the betting underdogs today, at +115 to win on the moneyline. That means if you bet $100 you would win $115. Bet $10 and you win $11.50.

Time is flying by and after tonight there are just 70-games remaining in the season. The Nats have just just 6-games including tonight’s game in this marathon of 17-games in a row. If there are no rain-outs affecting games, the team is set to play 97-games before the All-Star break, and that would leave just 65-games after the All-Star break.

Here is what the rotation could look like:

  1. Tuesday: Jake Irvin vs. Mets
  2. Wednesday: Patrick Corbin vs. Mets
  3. Thursday: MacKenzie Gore vs. Mets
  4. Friday: TBA vs. Brewers
  5. Saturday: Mitchell Parker vs. Brewers (All-Star Futures’ Game)
  6. Sunday: Irvin vs. Brewers (MLB Draft)
  7. All-Star Break (HR Derby)
  8. All-Star Break (All-Star Game)
  9. All-Star Break
  10. All-Star Break
  11. Friday: TBA vs. Reds – July 19
  12. Saturday: TBA vs. Reds
  13. Sunday: TBA vs. Reds

Your top Washington Nationals on the FanGraphs’ WAR leaderboard has CJ Abrams on the top at +2.2 for position players and the team’s All-Star. He is just fractionally behind of MacKenzie Gore at +2.3. Jake Irvin is at +2.2. Jacob Young is at +1.9 as the second best position player. In total, 23 Nats’ players are in positive WAR and another six are at a neutral 0.0 WAR.

“Not good — you saw the game. It’s not good. We’ve got to clean that up. We can’t beat ourselves, and today we beat ourselves a little bit.”

— Nats’ manager Davey Martinez said after yesterday’s game

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.93 and 13th in MLB. The Nats are 19 points from being a Top-10 starting rotation by ERA. Look at those rankings of teams.

Here is how they rank:

No. 5 Starter: Patrick Corbin 5.49
No. 4 Starter: DJ Herz 5.17
No. 3 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 3.83
No. 2 Starter: Mitchell Parker 3.44
No. 1 Starter: Jake Irvin 2.80

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets

Stadium: CitiField, Queens, New York, New York
1st Pitch: 7:10 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, tune to Channel 181 for the home broadcast and the road team is online only.

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

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Game 92:
The Nationals lost on 07/14 on the road against the Phillies resulting in a record of 49-43. They won’t drop below .500 the rest of the season. But you knew this already. Box Score / Standings
The Senators won on 07/23 at home against the Chicago White Sox resulting in a record of 52-40.  Box Score / Standings

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