Fedde holds his own while the bullpen almost gives it back; Trea puts 4 on the board!

The Washington Nationals won this game by a final score of 7-6, but it should have been a blow-out win. Starting pitcher Erick Fedde went 6.0 innings only giving up 2-runs and departed with a 6-2 lead which almost fully evaporated in the bullpen. Fortunately Trea Turner‘s 3-run home run and RBI single in the 7th inning made the difference in the end. The first batter of the game ambushed Fedde on the first pitch of the game for an oppo home run, and Fedde settled down after that with some help of his defense. It also helped that he had a lead to work with after Matt Adams hit a 2-run home in the first inning. Continue reading

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Game #118 Nats are back home to start a series with the Reds

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The Nationals are finally back home after a long road trip that started out west and finished with some emotional games in New York. The Reds enter Nats Park for a 3-game series, and there will be a slightly different look for both of these teams on their rosters. Gone via a trade is Yasiel Puig, and Derek Dietrich is on the 10-day IL, and called-up is Aristides Aquino. If you do not know Aquino, let’s just say he has 14 career hits and half of those are home runs. The 25-year-old Dominican is playing in Puig’s old spot. The Nationals will send Erick Fedde to the mound, and in the pitcher’s meeting this afternoon, they need to figure out how to pitch to Aquino. Continue reading

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Doolittle redemption as the main bullpen arms and bats win it!

The Nats won this game that on paper looked like a “lock” for a Mets win with Jacob deGrom on the mound facing Anibal Sanchez. While deGrom gave up no earned runs, he exited in a 3-3 tie after the 5th inning due to three unearned runs, and the Nationals pounced on the Mets bullpen giving Sean Doolittle a 3-run lead to work with after a Victor Robles 2-run home run in the spot once occupied by Juan Soto who exited with a sprained ankle. It was Asdrubal Cabrera, the former Mets infielder, who knocked in 2-runs for the game winning RBI in this 7-4 win. Continue reading

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Game #117 Nats go into salvage mode in NY

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The Nationals have put themselves in another hole of their own making, but some credit should be given to the Mets for stealing the first two games of this series. The Nats go for a salvage win in this series that they trail two games to none as the Nats have lost the last two games in their bullpen in consecutive one-run losses. In fact, the last five meetings between these two teams have resulted in five straight losses by the Nats who have held leads going into the 8th or 9th innings resulting in five blown saves. CitiField used to be a place where the Nationals have dominated the Mets but recently has become a house of horrors. Today’s Vegas line has the Mets as overwhelming favorites with Jacob deGrom on the mound versus Anibal Sanchez. Continue reading

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Déjà vu all over again with another bullpen blown save and loss!

Fernando Rodney (Photo by Tom Cicotello @42skidoo for TalkNats)

It was déjà vu all over again with another bullpen blown save and loss.  Tonight’s blown save came in the 8th inning as Fernando Rodney gave up a leadoff home run to the light hitting Luis Guillorme who had not hit a home run this year, and that tater blew the 3-2 Nats lead then the Mets scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Juan Soto had two home runs and all three of the Nats’ RBIs which were a consolation prize in another devastating loss.   Continue reading

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Game #116 Today is a new day; Carpe diem dear Nats!

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Yesterdays don’t count anymore, you just learn from them and move forward. Okay, yesterday’s W/L count in the standings, but you still must move forward because you cannot change the results. Carpe diem novum translates to: Seize the new day! Part of what happened yesterday defies logic, and that is baseball. We will see if manager Dave Martinez can once again turn his team around from a dark moment. These 2019 Washington Nationals have picked themselves up from the canvas after they were knocked down, and that is a sign of a great team. The standings still say the Washington Nationals have the top spot in the Wild Card race. That is the good news. The Nationals still control their own destiny. Win today.  Continue reading

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Sean Doolittle with a meltdown of all meltdowns in a blown save loss!

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The Nationals lengthened their lead in the top of the 9th inning for closer Sean Doolittle to a 3-run cushion to work with to face the 5-6-7 batters in the Mets order, and he gave up a double, single, and a 3-run home run to blow the save in a combined total of just 9 pitches. It literally happened that fast and before Doolittle could even record an out. The Mets crowd went wild, and the game was not even won at that point.

After that, Doolittle’s job turned to salvage mode where he just needed to maintain a tie game to get his offense another chance. But that became a difficult task also.  With two outs and two runners on-base via singles, Doolittle then gave up a walk-off single to lose the game. This should have been an easy save after Stephen Strasburg gutted through 7.0 innings while never allowing the Mets to take a lead, and Daniel Hudson got the hold with a scoreless 8th inning while facing the top of the Mets order and their biggest slugger Pete Alonso. So many of the Nats players contributed to what could have and should have been a Nats win.

There are few ways to explain what happened here besides some very poor pitches. The 3-run home run to blow the save came off of the bat of Todd Frazier in the 9th inning on a pitch that could not have been more center-cut, and Frazier bat flipped on Doolittle as if the wound was not sliced deep enough. The crazy part was that Frazier did not win the game and just tied the game, and the Nats could rally back if Doolittle could hold the tie at 6-6, but he could not even do that. Continue reading

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Game #115 A game of significance in NY with Strasburg on the mound!

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There are games on the schedule that become more significant based on the standings. This weekend’s games are being hyped as the most important series of the year for the Mets. For the Nationals, they just need to keep winning series, and all signs point to that the Nats will play another series without Max Scherzer who remains on the 10-day IL. He would be eligible to be activated if he was able to pitch. Fortunately, manager Dave Martinez has the other three pitchers in his “Big Four” lined up to pitch in this series. He has penciled in Stephen Strasburg vs. Marcus Stroman for tonight, Patrick Corbin vs. Noah Syndergaard on Saturday, and the Nationals used the open date on the calendar on Thursday to reseed the rotation to pitch Anibal Sanchez vs. Jacob deGrom in the finale on Sunday. It was Sanchez who out-pitched the Cy Young frontrunner, Hyun-Jin Ryu, of the Dodgers two weeks ago, and Martinez will ask Sanchez to do it again. Continue reading

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Captain Obvious is one of the most popular fans at Nats Park

You have probably seen the man in captain’s attire and a sash with the word “OBVIOUS” on it around the ballpark and on TV.  Now it’s time to get to know him. Meet Captain Obvious, one of the Washington Nationals’ most recognizable and popular fans. Continue reading

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The Nats sweep as Ross throws another shutout; Parra hits the 3-run blast!

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When everyone wondered if Joe Ross was going to be able to throw as well as he did in Arizona, he actually did better with a 6.0 inning 3-hit shutout and 5 strikeouts. If Asdrubal Cabrera snagged a low liner, Ross probably gets through that outing with no stress. All of the offense the Nats needed was the oppo 3-run home run by Gerardo Parra against the team that DFA’d him in May. That is what is known as poetic justice. The Nats offense only had nine hits in the game, and five of those came from the table-setters of Trea Turner and Adam Eaton. The other big blast of the game came from pinch-hitter Andrew Stevenson who almost hit a home run in centerfield but settled for a double. Stevo has some impressive numbers in San Francisco. The Nats bullpen held the Giants to one run in three innings while resting Sean Doolittle and Fernando Rodney in this 4-1 game.  Continue reading

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