Game #161 a Gray day on a beautiful afternoon in Washington, D.C.

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The Washington Nationals have been really bad at the role of spoiler this year. They lost their final eight games against the Phillies, and the team from Philadelphia could not even accept those gift to make the postseason. The Nats have been handing out gifts to many of the potential playoff teams, and the Red Sox desperately have to sweep this weekend series.

The Sox took the first game last night, and the only runs they scored came off of starter Josh Rogers in the sixth inning as he was laboring. What if manager Dave Martinez went to the bullpen at first sign of trouble? Instead Rogers’ 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball turned into 6.0 full innings and 4 earned runs surrendered. Red Sox manager Alex Cora pulled his starter with a shutout at 5.0 innings. Cora went to his bullpen for the final 4.0 innings of the game and they gave up two runs. There is no exact winning formula as we know, but analytics on most pitchers is clear.  Continue reading

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Game #160 Final series of the season and Boston has 3 must-win games! Nats in spoiler role!

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The last time the Red Sox played the Washington Nationals in the D.C. area in front of fans was at the Naval Academy. That was supposed to be an annual pre-season game for the Nationals in their relationship with the Navy — but Peter Angelos, the owner of the Orioles, put a kibosh on that claiming the Naval Academy in Annapolis was in his geographical territory, and that ended that. A philanthropic gesture by the Nats to benefit the Navy is now a distant memory. The Red Sox are very popular in the D.C. area given all of the transplants in the area so any meeting between these two teams is a huge draw.  Continue reading

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Our top-10 priorities for the Washington Nationals 2022 season!

Last September, the Washington Nationals were eliminated from the postseason early, and we set our 2021 top-10 priorities which were actually quite telling if they were all done. Trea Turner was never extended, and the pitching rotation was never really upgraded even though the team added Jon Lester late in the off-season. Continue reading

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Game #159 Paolo Espino makes his final start of 2021!

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If you had to choose the best starter (minimum 7 starts) for the Washington Nationals since the trade deadline, your ace is Paolo Espino. His ERA for the season is at 4.01 prior to today’s start that will also mark his final start of the 2021 season. The injured Joe Ross had a 4.17 ERA before he was injured, and his status for 2022 is very much up in the air. Additionally, there is the lefty, Josh Rogers, who will make his sixth and final start of the 2021 season this weekend. Rogers ERA is at 2.73, and he will be competing in Spring Training for one of the spots in the rotation.  Continue reading

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Game #158 Happy birthday to Ryan Zimmerman!

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A happy birthday to the greatest Washington Nationals’ player of all-time. Employee #11 will be the last player to don the #11 jersey in Washington baseball history as they will retire his number officially at some point — but we have no idea if the Face of the Franchise is ready to hang it up soon.  Ryan Zimmerman is 16 homer runs from 300 in his career, and two walk-off home runs from the MLB record to tie Jim Thome. The original first draft pick of the Nats’ franchise will not reveal his intentions for the 2022 season until the weather is real cold outside his D.C. area home. So enjoy this start tonight, and hopefully he gets at least one more start this weekend J.I.CContinue reading

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Nats win one with no home runs in Colorado.

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It was Alcides Escobar as the difference maker in this one on defense and offense to contribute to a 5-4 win. There were no home runs in this game in Coors Field, and runs were scored by walks, singles and doubles. Maybe the biggest blow in the game was by Luis Garcia, but it was Escobar who added-on for the Nats in the top of the 9th inning for the difference in the game. Continue reading

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Game #157 with a half-dozen games to officially start the Nats off-season

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There are only six games left to close the Washington Nationals season. That is a fact, however there are six games remaining for players to show what they have. While Juan Soto has nothing to prove, he is competing for a batting crown, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, and the MVP. Just being able to watch Juan Soto on a daily basis is a thrill, and especially for youngsters who could be telling stories 50 years from now that they saw Soto play. Continue reading

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Game #156 wraps up in Cincy as the team heads to Denver tonight!

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The last two nights just seemed so familiar with this Washington Nationals’ team lately. Watching the 35th blown save of the season not only set a record in the Majors since “save” records were first kept in 1969, but it just shows how good this team would have been if they had a competent bullpen.

The Reds pulled their starter at the 2 2/3 innings point of the game because it was a “must win” for them while Nats’ manager Dave Martinez allowed Erick Fedde to give up two runs in the fifth inning which has been the blowup inning for Fedde all year. We wrote in the pre-game that he had a 5th inning ERA of 7.91 runs, and of course that is over 8.00 runs now. Yesterday with the stats we have, it should have been no surprise, but the Nats bullpen is so bad, you just trade one disaster for another.

The meltdown by Fedde was as expected as the almost certainty that the Nats bullpen would blow it. That bullpen needing to get the job done for the final four innings was going to be like dodging bullets in a shootout and you knew it would end ugly. Two walk-offs in a row for the Reds. Continue reading

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Game #155 Fedde still has a lot to show!

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After the Washington Nationals’ three-game winning streak was halted after another lead was blown in the bullpen, we were reminded that this team has a horrible bullpen, mind-boggling struggles with bases loaded offense, and the inability to score in extra innings.  Continue reading

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Game #154 is now on Juan Soto MVP watch!

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For the final nine games of this season, Juan Soto is making his final push for an MVP, batting crown, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, and setting records. His hot streak may cost the Washington Nationals a spot or two in the 2022 draft, but this team would never roll over and try to tank. Last night, Soto put up two of the Nats’ three runs, and the bullpen barely held on to the 3-0 lead they were handed. With 64 wins in-hand as well as 89 losses, there are 81 possible win/loss possibilities with the odds great against the Nats finishing the season on a 12-game winning streak. But that would be like the Nats to do that , wouldn’t it? Continue reading

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