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Old 08-22-2015, 10:08 PM
 
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Brewers 1 @ Nats 6.

The yo-yoing between under and over .500 continues. Didn't hear much from this game, which probably means I should stay away for the next week too . Taylor homered for the 3rd straight game, Rendon homered and had an RBI double and Ross pitched into the 7th inning giving up 1 run. Those were the 3 big key's of the game.

Sunday concludes the series and season series. Each team currently has 3 wins (after splitting 4 in Milwaukee earlier and the first 2 here) so not only will this decide this series, it'll also be the rubber match for the season series. Matt Garza takes the ball for the Brewers, and he'll be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann for the home squad, with game time scheduled for 1:35. Each team is off on Monday with the Brewers heading to Cleveland for a mini 2 game interleague series with the Indians, while the Nats will have a rare off day at home before taking on the suddenly red hot Padres for 3 games beginning on Tuesday. The Pads have won 9 of their last 11 games including the first 2 this weekend against the Cardinals where they blasted the Cards pitching staff (especially the Cards relievers, they got lit up like the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in December) for a total of 17 runs, with 9 of the 17 runs occurred in 3 2/3 innings with Cards relief pitchers on the mound.
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:49 PM
 
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Brewers 5 @ Nats 9.

First time they've won back to back series since the last week of June (think about that for a minute ) and once again they are over .500. Ramos finished 2-3 and him & Rendon both homered in a 4 run 5th inning where they blew the game open.

Monday is an off day, and on Tuesday open a 3 game series with the Padres. James Shields is the scheduled starter for the Padres, while Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to take the hill for the home team. Nats shooting for their first 3 game winning streak since July 11-18.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:18 PM
 
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Padres 3 @ Nats 8.

Ramos homered in the second to tie the game in the second after the Pads got 2 in the second off of Stras. Zimmerman hit a grand slam in the 6th to blow the game open.

Wednesday's pitching matchup is Tyson Ross for the Pads vs. Max Scherzer for the Nats; game time slated for 7:05 PM. Now if only those damn Mets lose a couple games we'll be right back in business
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:44 PM
 
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Padres 3 @ Nats 8.

Ramos homered in the second to tie the game in the second after the Pads got 2 in the second off of Stras. Zimmerman hit a grand slam in the 6th to blow the game open.

Wednesday's pitching matchup is Tyson Ross for the Pads vs. Max Scherzer for the Nats; game time slated for 7:05 PM. Now if only those damn Mets lose a couple games we'll be right back in business

It's all clicking for orange and blue. Offense was not great tonight..chased bad pitches..and we still got 6.

You need to gain some ground before the Cardinal series, for sure.
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:51 PM
 
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Padres 3 @ Nats 8.

Ramos homered in the second to tie the game in the second after the Pads got 2 in the second off of Stras. Zimmerman hit a grand slam in the 6th to blow the game open.

Wednesday's pitching matchup is Tyson Ross for the Pads vs. Max Scherzer for the Nats; game time slated for 7:05 PM. Now if only those damn Mets lose a couple games we'll be right back in business

Gio Gonzalez is actually starting tomorrow. Matt Williams got smart and gave Scherzer a couple extra days off (Joe Ross is going Thursday). Having Scherzer pitch Friday against the Marlins allows him to pitch the final game of the Cardinals series AND the first game of the Mets series. Having him today would still have him for the Cardinals series (game 1 instead of game 3) but would skip the Mets.
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Old 08-26-2015, 11:45 PM
 
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Padres 6 @ Nats 5.

I figured they could lose 2 games on this homestand (or 3 if the Mets lost a few to Colorado and or Philly). Welp, there's our second in 4 games, and the Mets haven't lost in either city, and we still have 4 games remaining. Fun fact: Did you know we haven't won 4 straight games since we won 8 in a row from June 19 to the first game of the June 28 double header?? Since then we have three separate 3 game winning streaks: July 3-5 vs. San Francisco, July 11-17 (split up before & after the break) against the Orioles & Dodgers, and this most recent one from August 22-25 against the Brewers and Padres. They also only have two 2 game winning streaks: July 29-30 @ Marlins and then August 18-19 @ Colorado . No wonder they've been terrible. That game 1 double header victory over the Phillies in the first series Mackinac was managing got them to their high water mark on the season of 11 games over .500 and they've been nothing but mediocre to terrible since then. As for the game: I was at my own game (Atlantic league baseball game) so can't comment aside from what I saw on Twitter and my At Bat notifications but Justin Upton hit 2 homers for the Padres, Gio Gonzalez came up small once again in a game they pretty much had to have, and Yunel Escobar had what might turn out to be the play that kills the Nats season, even if it doesn't it's symbolic of what they've been doing lately: Harper had just driven in 2 runs to make it a 6-5 game, bases are loaded, 1 out, Escobar swings at a 3-0 pitch.....and he grounds into an inning-ending double play! : smack::m ad:. Rally over, game over (I'm not sure how they did in the 8th, but when I turned it on for the 9th they went down 1-2-3 to Kimbrel) season over???

Thursday concludes the series. At this point (6.5 back after the Mets won) I'll take morale victories with series victories. At least if you win you can't lose ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Andrew Cashner starts for the Padres, Joe Ross for the Nats, game time slated for 7:05 PM. A Curly W on Thursday would give them 3 straight series wins for the first time since late June: when they swept the Pirates, Braves and won 2 of 3 against the Phillies which was a part of the 8 game winning streak. Morale victories guys! Hang in there and hope the Mets start losing some games soon. Padres are off to Philadelphia to play 3 with the Phillies over the weekend, Nats conclude the first of what will be two of 9+ game homestands as they play the Marlins over the weekend.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:58 PM
 
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Padres 2 @ Nats 4.

Highs and lows from this game:
The highs: -Ross pitched AWESOME 1 hit allowed, 1 run (unearned) in 6 innings. Threw less than 85 pitches too I think. Really dumb to put him on the innings limit and shut him down. Like last year when I would've rather had Roark start game 4 over Gio Gonzalez, I'd much rather have Joe Ross start a potential playoff game over head case Gonzalez. Ross will leave you in the game and give you a chance to win, Gonzalez will just eat up the bullpen when he gets knocked out in the 3rd inning because he can't find the strikezone.
-Werth & Zimmerman homered, Harper got on base 3 or 4 times, Rendon made an excellent diving stop at 3rd to end the 7th with a man on 3rd with the score tied 3-1.

Lows:
-Both Escobar (got hit on the hand) and Taylor (ran into CF wall) left with injuries. Both are day-to-day, but of the 2, Taylor's looks more serious and more likely to miss the most time. Kind of concerning that Span didn't replace Taylor when he left, but hopefully Williams just wanted to give Span the entire game off and he himself didn't reinjure his back.

Friday starts a 3 game series with the Marlins. Friday's game starts at 7:05 and has Adam Conley for the Marlins vs. Max Scherzer for the Nats. Saturday starts at 7:05 and has Tom Koehler for the Marlins vs. Jordan Zimmermann for the Nats. Sunday's scheduled pitching matchup is Brad Hand for Miami vs. Stephen Strasburg for the home town nine and will have a start scheduled for 1:35. I'm heading out of town for the weekend, so I'll do a weekend recap on Monday if nobody gets to it first.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:25 PM
 
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Now that Span is officially out for the season, and pretty much has ended his Nationals tenure, this season is about over so time to give Turner & Espinosa regular playing time for the rest of the season. In Espi's case, maybe a hot September so we can shop him in the offseason to a team that can play him every day. In Turner's case, see if he really is the future. Worst comes to worst, we extend the qualifying offer to Desmond if we find out Turner can't hit major league pitching, start the season with him in AAA, and then come next July unload Desmond and give the reigns to Turner. We can't find out what Turner can do by giving him 5 at bat's over a week span, but with Escobar out he's getting the start at second tonight. No matter whether he finishes tonight 5-5 with 5 extra base hits and 7 RBI's or 0-5 with 5 strikeouts hopefully he starts the rest of the weekend.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:36 PM
 
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Now that Span is officially out for the season, and pretty much has ended his Nationals tenure, this season is about over so time to give Turner & Espinosa regular playing time for the rest of the season. In Espi's case, maybe a hot September so we can shop him in the offseason to a team that can play him every day. In Turner's case, see if he really is the future. Worst comes to worst, we extend the qualifying offer to Desmond if we find out Turner can't hit major league pitching, start the season with him in AAA, and then come next July unload Desmond and give the reigns to Turner. We can't find out what Turner can do by giving him 5 at bat's over a week span, but with Escobar out he's getting the start at second tonight. No matter whether he finishes tonight 5-5 with 5 extra base hits and 7 RBI's or 0-5 with 5 strikeouts hopefully he starts the rest of the weekend.

Irony: Ex Met Den Dekker is called up by Nats. He isn't a bad player. Light hitter, but good d.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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Friday's game:

Marlins 4 @ Nationals 3.

Scherzer gave up 2 home runs, and this was an ugly loss. Nats tried to rally late but came up on the short end.

Saturday's game:

Marlins 1 @ Nats 5.
Zimmermann was fantastic. Nats got back to back homers in the 6th from Desmond & Ramos.

Sunday's game:

Marlins 4 @ Nats 7.

Marlins went up early with a 3 first inning homer from Justin Boer and a solo shot into the mezzanine in RF from Derek Dietricth one of the longest homers to RF I've seen in that park. Those were sandwiched around a Werth line drive to LF. I watched as far as the Dietritch home run, but sounds like 3rd time through the order for Brad Hand and the Nats finally got to him. Doug Fister got the win in relief for an ineffective Stephen Strasburg who it turns out left with back tightness. Sad that playing the Brewers, Padres & Marlins for 9 straight games at home and they actually LOST a game to the Mets in that time frame as they were 4.5 games back on August 21 when they started the series with the Brewers and are now 5.5 back on August 31. Marlins are in 3 for Atlanta against the Braves starting Monday; Nats are going to St. Louis for 3 against the Cards beginning Monday.

3 game series vs. the Cards begins Monday. Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nats and he'll be opposed by John Lackey for the Cards, game time at 8:15.
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