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Old 08-31-2016, 12:40 PM
 
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Nats 3 @ Phillies 2.


Harper double and Ramos single in the first put them up 2-0, and a Scherzer sac bunt in the 4th put them up 3-0. Ryan Howard homered in the 7th for the Phillies lone run. Scherzer (15-7) had a no hitter into the 6th inning and settled for a line of 2 runs on 3 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 11 strikeouts in 8 innings, while Melancon (7th save [37th overall]) allowed a walk and a strikeout in the 9th inning. Jerad Eickhoff (9-13) allowed 3 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.


Final game of the series and final game @ Citizens Bank Park for the 2016 season goes on Wednesday. Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25) starts for the Nats and he'll be opposed by Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50) making the start for the Phillies.
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:25 PM
 
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Nats 2 @ Phillies 1.


Werth & Freddy Galvis each had solo home runs in the first & 5th respectively before Ramos had the tie breaking single in the 7th. Well pitched series for both teams this week. Gio (10-9) allowed 1 run on 2 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. Treinen (16th hold) & Scrabble (2nd hold) combined to pitch 2 2/3 hitless innings with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts while Kelley (7th save) got the final out of the game. Adam Morgan (1-9) allowed 3 hits and 2 runs (1 homer) with 0 walks and 5 strikeouts in 6.2 innings.


Both teams have Thursday off. The Phillies have a rare off day at home where they will stay and welcome in the Braves for a 3 game weekend series beginning on Friday, while the Nats will have an off day in New York before taking on the Mets for 3 games this weekend. Friday's matchup is Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55) vs. A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97) with a 7:10 start. Saturday's scheduled matchup is Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72) vs. Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87) with a 7:10 start as well while Sunday's matchup see's Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89) take on Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.60) with an 8:08 start as it being the Sunday night game of the week. If the Nats can find a way to win on Friday you've got to like them sweeping the series as they have a distinct advantage in the starting pitchers for Saturday & Sunday's game, but games aren't played on paper, so watch them win Friday and then get blown out Saturday & Sunday . Also, this is probably the last stand for the Mets, times running out and after Sunday they'll only have 3 remaining head-to-head games. I'd say the Mets have to get the sweep to give themselves a realistic chance of still winning the division (and even that would be unlikely), as even if they get 2, they'll only gain a game in the standings and would still likely be 7.5 out with 26 games to go. Not insurmountable (just ask the 07 & 08 Mets) but not a spot you want to be in. If they end up losing the series you can all but kiss the division goodbye and they should focus on the Wildcard. I'll be traveling again this weekend (though I got an earlier train home from Baltimore Sunday so I can head to the game!!!) so I'll have the weekend results on Monday.
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:34 PM
 
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Nats 2 @ Phillies 1.


Werth & Freddy Galvis each had solo home runs in the first & 5th respectively before Ramos had the tie breaking single in the 7th. Well pitched series for both teams this week. Gio (10-9) allowed 1 run on 2 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. Treinen (16th hold) & Scrabble (2nd hold) combined to pitch 2 2/3 hitless innings with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts while Kelley (7th save) got the final out of the game. Adam Morgan (1-9) allowed 3 hits and 2 runs (1 homer) with 0 walks and 5 strikeouts in 6.2 innings.


Both teams have Thursday off. The Phillies have a rare off day at home where they will stay and welcome in the Braves for a 3 game weekend series beginning on Friday, while the Nats will have an off day in New York before taking on the Mets for 3 games this weekend. Friday's matchup is Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55) vs. A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97) with a 7:10 start. Saturday's scheduled matchup is Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72) vs. Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87) with a 7:10 start as well while Sunday's matchup see's Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89) take on Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.60) with an 8:08 start as it being the Sunday night game of the week. If the Nats can find a way to win on Friday you've got to like them sweeping the series as they have a distinct advantage in the starting pitchers for Saturday & Sunday's game, but games aren't played on paper, so watch them win Friday and then get blown out Saturday & Sunday . Also, this is probably the last stand for the Mets, times running out and after Sunday they'll only have 3 remaining head-to-head games. I'd say the Mets have to get the sweep to give themselves a realistic chance of still winning the division (and even that would be unlikely), as even if they get 2, they'll only gain a game in the standings and would still likely be 7.5 out with 26 games to go. Not insurmountable (just ask the 07 & 08 Mets) but not a spot you want to be in. If they end up losing the series you can all but kiss the division goodbye and they should focus on the Wildcard. I'll be traveling again this weekend (though I got an earlier train home from Baltimore Sunday so I can head to the game!!!) so I'll have the weekend results on Monday.


As an example: Look at this last Mets series vs. the Marlins. Monday's pitching matchup was Jose Fernandez (for the Marlins) against Robert Gsellmen for the Mets. Clear win for the Marlins right?? Well, it should've been as Fernandez shut them out for 6 innings, but they blew the lead late and ultimately lost in extra innings. Thursday matchup saw deGrom start for the Mets and Jose Urena mostly a AAA pitcher the last 2 years start for the Marlins. Easy sweep for the Mets?? Well, not exactly as the Marlins avoided the sweep with the 6-4 win.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:08 PM
 
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As an example: Look at this last Mets series vs. the Marlins. Monday's pitching matchup was Jose Fernandez (for the Marlins) against Robert Gsellmen for the Mets. Clear win for the Marlins right?? Well, it should've been as Fernandez shut them out for 6 innings, but they blew the lead late and ultimately lost in extra innings. Thursday matchup saw deGrom start for the Mets and Jose Urena mostly a AAA pitcher the last 2 years start for the Marlins. Easy sweep for the Mets?? Well, not exactly as the Marlins avoided the sweep with the 6-4 win.
This year has truly been absurd. Last year, the Mets won the conventional way, doing well vs the also rans, hanging in there against the middle of the pack, except for Cubs and Pirates-both whitewashed them in 2015. Of course, we won 4 vs Cubs when it counted.

This year has been weird. On steroids weird.

The division has been settled for a while. Only NL West division of 3 NL's is exciting.
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Old 09-05-2016, 12:54 PM
 
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Of course they win Friday & lose Saturday and Sunday. Granted Reynoldo Lopez started Sunday instead of Scherzer but if you only score 2 runs combined against recently recalled AAA pitchers your probably not going to win those games no matter who's starting for you. That's why I always HATE facing rookie starters. The first 5 or 6 times through the rotation, the pitcher has a clear advantage. Robert Gsellmen & Seth Lugo know the scouting reports on Turner, Harper, Murph, etc, while no one on the Nats knows what the hell those 2 pitchers throw, how fast they throw, what their 2 strike out pitch is, ETC.


Friday:


Nats 4 @ Mets 1.


Harper sac fly in the first put them up 1-0, Ramos single in the 4th made it 2-0, Asdrubal Cabrera home run in the bottom half cut it in half, and a Rendon 2 run single added Geico runs in the 9th. Noah Syndergaard (12-8) allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts, but allowed 2 stolen bases including 2 to Turner in the first following a leadoff single which allowed him to score on Harper's sac fly. Cole (1-3) recorded his first major league win allowing 1 run on 3 hits (1 homer) with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Scrabble (3rd hold), Koda Glover (2nd hold) & Citi Field fan favorite Ollie Perez (12th hold) combined to pitch 2 hitless innings with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Melancon (8th save [38th overall]) allowed a hit in the 9th but nothing else.


Saturday:


Nats 1 @ Mets 3.


Rendon sac fly in the 1st made it 1-0, Curtis Granderson single in the 3rd put the Mets in front 2-1, and than James Loney double in the 3rd added the final run. Tanner Roark (14-8) allowed 2 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings. Gsellman (2-1) allowed 1 run on 6 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. Jim Henderson (11th hold), Josh Smoker (2nd hold), and Addison Reed (32nd hold) combined for 1 hit allowed and 2 strikeouts in 2 innings. Jeurys Familia (45th save) struck out 2 in the 9th. Nice moment for Sean Burnett who pitched in his first game in more than 2 years due to an elbow injury, and retired the only batter he faced. He got a nice hand from the Nats faithful that were at the game Saturday, and an even bigger hand when the group of about 60 people came up from Washington for Sunday night's game.


Sunday:


Nats 1 @ Mets 5.


Granderson sac fly in the first put the Mets up 1-0, Espi tied the game with a solo shot in the 3rd, and the Mets took the lead on a pair of 2, two run homers: Granderson in the 3rd, and Jay Bruce in the 6th. Lugo (3-2) allowed 1 run on 6 hits (1 homer) with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk. Lopez (2-3) allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Trevor Gott, who was the main piece in the Yunel Escobar trade from the Angels last season made his season debut after spending the year at AAA Syracuse Chiefs and pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning.


3 game series vs. Atlanta starts on Monday. Ryan Webber (1-0, 5.24) starts for Atlanta while the Nats will hand the ball to Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89). Game time at 4:05. Last week wasn't a very good week. They won 3 games in Philly but didn't look very good in any of the 3, and then lost 2 of 3 in Queens. They've only scored 15 runs in 6 games this past week, so hopefully with some home cooking they can start to get the bats hot again. Mets are in Cincinnati for a 3 game series which starts Monday. And horray for MLB's asinine TV schedule! The game ended last night right around 11 PM and the Mets have a 1:05 PM start in Cincinnati?? The hell?? There's no reason this game couldn't have started at 6 PM or hell even 7 PM. If MLB is going to flex late season broadcasts, they should also be able to flex game time schedules for the next day as well. Sure, Mets/Nats sounds like a good Sunday night game, but if the Mets have a scheduled 1:05 PM game in Cincinnati the next afternoon, than that 1:05 PM scheduled start gets pushed back to a 4:05 PM start. If you can't do that, than bump the Sunday night game time from 8:08 to 7:08 than. It's only fair.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:12 PM
 
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Of course they win Friday & lose Saturday and Sunday. Granted Reynoldo Lopez started Sunday instead of Scherzer but if you only score 2 runs combined against recently recalled AAA pitchers your probably not going to win those games no matter who's starting for you. That's why I always HATE facing rookie starters. The first 5 or 6 times through the rotation, the pitcher has a clear advantage. Robert Gsellmen & Seth Lugo know the scouting reports on Turner, Harper, Murph, etc, while no one on the Nats knows what the hell those 2 pitchers throw, how fast they throw, what their 2 strike out pitch is, ETC.


Friday:


Nats 4 @ Mets 1.


Harper sac fly in the first put them up 1-0, Ramos single in the 4th made it 2-0, Asdrubal Cabrera home run in the bottom half cut it in half, and a Rendon 2 run single added Geico runs in the 9th. Noah Syndergaard (12-8) allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts, but allowed 2 stolen bases including 2 to Turner in the first following a leadoff single which allowed him to score on Harper's sac fly. Cole (1-3) recorded his first major league win allowing 1 run on 3 hits (1 homer) with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Scrabble (3rd hold), Koda Glover (2nd hold) & Citi Field fan favorite Ollie Perez (12th hold) combined to pitch 2 hitless innings with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Melancon (8th save [38th overall]) allowed a hit in the 9th but nothing else.


Saturday:


Nats 1 @ Mets 3.


Rendon sac fly in the 1st made it 1-0, Curtis Granderson single in the 3rd put the Mets in front 2-1, and than James Loney double in the 3rd added the final run. Tanner Roark (14-8) allowed 2 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings. Gsellman (2-1) allowed 1 run on 6 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. Jim Henderson (11th hold), Josh Smoker (2nd hold), and Addison Reed (32nd hold) combined for 1 hit allowed and 2 strikeouts in 2 innings. Jeurys Familia (45th save) struck out 2 in the 9th. Nice moment for Sean Burnett who pitched in his first game in more than 2 years due to an elbow injury, and retired the only batter he faced. He got a nice hand from the Nats faithful that were at the game Saturday, and an even bigger hand when the group of about 60 people came up from Washington for Sunday night's game.


Sunday:


Nats 1 @ Mets 5.


Granderson sac fly in the first put the Mets up 1-0, Espi tied the game with a solo shot in the 3rd, and the Mets took the lead on a pair of 2, two run homers: Granderson in the 3rd, and Jay Bruce in the 6th. Lugo (3-2) allowed 1 run on 6 hits (1 homer) with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk. Lopez (2-3) allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Trevor Gott, who was the main piece in the Yunel Escobar trade from the Angels last season made his season debut after spending the year at AAA Syracuse Chiefs and pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning.


3 game series vs. Atlanta starts on Monday. Ryan Webber (1-0, 5.24) starts for Atlanta while the Nats will hand the ball to Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89). Game time at 4:05. Last week wasn't a very good week. They won 3 games in Philly but didn't look very good in any of the 3, and then lost 2 of 3 in Queens. They've only scored 15 runs in 6 games this past week, so hopefully with some home cooking they can start to get the bats hot again. Mets are in Cincinnati for a 3 game series which starts Monday. And horray for MLB's asinine TV schedule! The game ended last night right around 11 PM and the Mets have a 1:05 PM start in Cincinnati?? The hell?? There's no reason this game couldn't have started at 6 PM or hell even 7 PM. If MLB is going to flex late season broadcasts, they should also be able to flex game time schedules for the next day as well. Sure, Mets/Nats sounds like a good Sunday night game, but if the Mets have a scheduled 1:05 PM game in Cincinnati the next afternoon, than that 1:05 PM scheduled start gets pushed back to a 4:05 PM start. If you can't do that, than bump the Sunday night game time from 8:08 to 7:08 than. It's only fair.

Plus our pitchers are celebrating leaving the PCL and Las Vegas, which favors hitters like the old Coors Field did. The schedule was putrid. Players in next contract should negotiate time between scheduled starts, accounting for distance to travel. I'd favor no Monday game prior to 7 est after a Sunday night game, and no more than a 3 hour direct flight based on (I know they do not fly this) conventional commercial direct airline times. >3 hours = NO Monday game. This would also avoid the late season shifs to Sunday 8 est from Sunday daytime slots.
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:32 PM
 
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Braves 4 @ Nats 6.


Jace Pederson double in the 2nd put the Braves up 1-0, but the lead would be short lived as a Turner 2 run home run in the 3rd made it a 2-1 Nats lead (he would finish a triple shy of the cycle), and later in the frame Heisey would add a 3 run shot to put the Nats up 5-1, and Nats would get their 6th & final run in the 4th on a Turner single. Braves added a run in the 6th on a Pederson fielders choice, and a Freddie Freeman infield single, and a run scoring on a Matt Kemp double play in the 9th were the final 2 runs of the game. Ryan Weber (1-1) allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (2 homers) with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts in 3 innings while Scherzer (16-7) allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. We only need to win 2 of our final 25 games to finish above .500 for the 5th straight season.


Tuesday is the middle game of the series. Gio Gonzalez (10-9, 4.14) takes the ball for the hometown 9, and he'll be opposed by Williams Perez (2-2, 4.62) who takes the ball for the Bravos. Game time at 7:05.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:35 PM
 
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Braves 7 @ Nats 9.


Crazy game! After Ender Inciarte lead off the game with a single, Adonis Garcia doubled him home for the games first run, and he would later score on a Matt kemp ground out. In the second Dansby Swanson would record his first career home run, an inside-the-park home run after Turner misplayed the ball in center. Gonzalez would help himself in the 2nd when he drove in the first Nats run of the night with a single to cut the deficit to 3-1, and in the 3rd Freddie Freeman would restore the 3 run lead with a single. Nats would take the lead in the bottom half on a Rendon grand slam (his first career salami) and Zim would follow later in the inning with a solo shot to make it 6-4. Braves tied it up in the 4th when Tyler Flowers scored on a Swanson ground out, than the Braves reliever Joel de la Cruz would help himself with the game-tying RBI. After a combined 12 runs in the first 3.5 innings, things would quiet down as the score was still tied at 6 going into the bottom of the 8th. Revere gave the Nats the lead for good on a force out (he would be safe at second on an error), and Turner singled in the final 2 runs for a 9-6 lead, and Swanson would drive in the final run of the night with a single in the 9th for the final margin. Both starters were not very good. Gonzalez & Williams Perez lasted a combined 5.1 allowing 12 runs on 16 hits (3 homers) with 0 walks and 6 strikeouts. Glover (2-0) picked up the win pitching a hitless 2/3 of an inning while Melancon (9th save [39th overall]) allowed 1 run on 2 hits in the 9th. Jose Ramirez (2-2) allowed 3 runs (only 1 earned though) on 3 hits with 3 walks and 1 strikeout in 1.1.


Final game of the series and the final game between these 2 in DC goes on Wednesday. Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.59) is scheduled to come off the DL to start for the Nats while Mike Foltynewicz (8-5, 4.31) is the scheduled starter for the Braves. Game time at 7:05. Strasburg's ERA has gone up almost a full run (from 2.63 on August 1 to 3.59 now) in his 3 prior starts before he got shelved, so hopefully the rest did him some good
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:57 AM
 
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Braves 4 @ Nats 5 (11 innings).


Well, the game result was second fiddle and almost irrelevant to what happened earlier in the game. Werth singled in the 2nd to put Nats up 1-0, Braves tied it up in the 3rd on an Adonis Garcia double, took the lead in the 6th on a Tyler Flower's ground out, and added to the lead in the 7th with a Dansby Swanson home run, and Murph tied it in the bottom half with a 2 run single. Jace Peterson singled in the top of the 10th to take a 4-3 lead, Rendon laid down a bunt in the bottom half of the 10th to tie it and force the 11th where Ramos singled with the bases loaded. Stephen Strasburg lasted only 2.1 leaving after allowing 1 run on 2 hits with 0 walks and 4 strikeouts and 1 elbow injury. Why does God hate DC area sports teams?? He has an MRI scheduled for today, but the At Bat notification said he left because of "elbow discomfort" aka Tommy John surgery. Mat Latos (1-0 [7-2 overall after starting season with the White Sox]) picked up the win throwing 5 pitches to 1 batter in the 11th. Mike Foltynewicz allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6 innings, Ian Krol (2nd blown save) allowed 1 hit and 1 strikeout in 2/3 innings including Murphy's game-tying single while Jed Bradley (1-1) allowed 1 run on 1 hit with 2 walks pitching to 3 batters.


Nats stay at home and open a 4 game series with the Phillies on Thursday. A.J. Cole (1-1, 3.86) starts for the Nats while Alec Asher (2016 debut) starts for the Phillies. Game time at 7:05. Braves have Thursday off and open a 3 game home series vs. the Mets on Friday.
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Phillies 4 @ Nats 1.


Woof! Peter Bourjos home run in the 3rd put the Phillies up 1-0, after Cole hit Andres Blanco with a pitch with 2 outs to extend the inning, Howard hit one into the RF seats for a 4-0, and that was about it for the game. Nats got Lobes to 2nd on an error & sac bunt in the 3rd but 2 flyouts left him there; Brian Goodwin doubled with 2 outs in the 5th but a Turner ground out ended the inning; Phillies got Aaron Altherr to 3rd with 2 outs in the 7th but he got left there, Nats loaded the bases in the 8th with 1 out but a sac fly by Murph accounted for the Nats only run, and than Harper struck out to unofficially end the game. Cole (1-2) allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (2 homers) with 0 walks and 8 strikeouts in 5 innings. Alec Asher (1-0) who had a career 9.51 ERA coming in stymied the lifeless Nats bats as he threw a 6 inning 2 hit shutout with 1 walk and no strikeouts. Jeanmar Gomez (36th save) allowed 1 hit and struck out 2 in the 9th.


Game 2 goes on Friday: Jake Thompson (1-5, 6.48) starts for the Phillies while Tanner Roark (14-8, 2.89) starts for Washington. Game time at 7:05. The last time Thompson faced the Nats he allowed 7 hits, but only 2 runs in 7 innings. We'll see if we can make another bad pitcher look like the next reincarnate of Walter Johnson.
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