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Old 07-23-2017, 07:41 PM
 
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They split the 2 game series in LA with ex-prospect Alex Mayer (traded for Wilson Ramos at the deadline in 2011 I believe) throwing a 1 hitter, and winning 2 of 3 in Arizona. But the injuries are starting to pile up for this team. Won't be a concern in regards to getting to the playoffs, but could be for home field in round 1 now. Joe Ross is out for most of the next 2 years with Tommy John surgery, so obviously he won't be around to help the rest of this year and probably not before Memorial day of 2018 because he finally gets back to where he was. Werth keeps suffering setbacks on his rehab assignment, Michael Taylor was already out hurt, and what little outfield depth they had suffered even more this weekend, as Ryan Raburn went on the bereavement list, and Chris Heisey went on the DL. Also getting hurt this weekend were Enny Romero and Strasburg, who left today's start after 2 innings. They'll have Monday off in DC before beginning a 6 game home stand Tuesday; 3 games each against the Brewers & Rockies.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:23 PM
 
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Nothing much really to see the rest of the season, except Eric Fedde's debut on Saturday (trade audition maybe??), and possibly Victor Robles debut in September (if he isn't traded in the meantime), 13 up in the division (that has been over for a while), 9 back of the Dodgers for homefield throughout (likely over, even with Kershaw out until mid September), and 7.5 up on the Cubs for homefield in that series. That's the most precarious of any race the Nats are currently in, but the Cubs would either have to play like they did in the first 32 games of the 2016 season (I think they started last year something like 26-6 or 24-8) and the Nats would have to go back to playing like the 08 & 09 teams that lost 100 games. Personally, unless they pick up another reliever between now and 4 PM Monday I don't think they beat the Cubs regardless of where the series opens up. That's why I was hoping the Brewers won the series. No offense to the Brewers, they are a good team, but they are clearly not ready for October baseball this year, and you'd have to be a complete fool if you want to play the Cubs instead of the Brewers or Pirates (who would have their leadoff hitter Starling Marte ineligible due to a drug suspension). Nats can afford to throw away a weeks plus worth of games and not have it make a dent in their overall standing, and they still have 8 games left against the Brewers & Pirates this year, hopefully they throw away all 8 of those games.

Tuesday: Brewers 8 @ Nats 0. Kyle Davies pitched an excellent game: 3 hits and 7 strikeouts in 7 2/3's and also did well with the bat and on the bases! His sac bunt in the 2nd scored the first run of the game, and after he reached base on a sac bunt in the 4th, he beat a throw to 2nd which would have been the 3rd out which ended up scoring a run on that play, and then the next batter Travis Shaw knocked a 3 run homer over the wall and that was basically all she wrote.
Wednesday: Brewers 5 @ Nats 8. Nats ended up scoring 7 runs in the 8th inning, 6 after Harper got ejected. Ryan Madsen ended up picking up the win with teammate from the A's and now Nats Sean Doolittle finishing the game not before giving up a 3 run homer.
Thursday: Brewers 2 @ Nats 15. Nats set a team record with 8 home runs in the game, and tied a major league record with 5 homers in an inning. In that 3rd inning they had homers from 5 of the first 6 batters of the inning and went back-to-back-to-back-to-back with Goodwin, Difo, Harper & Zimmerman to begin the evening.

3 game series with the Rockies begins on Friday night. Tanner Roark (8-6, 4.83) starts for the Nats while German Marquez (8-4, 4.20) takes the ball for the Rockies, Fedde (major league debut) makes his first major league appearance on Saturday against Kyle Freeland (10-7, 3.64) on Sunday, and than potentially the season finale of the 2 teams has Jon Gray (3-1, 5.84) start for the Rockies with a TBA for the Nats. Currently its set up as Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76), but they are in on potential starting pitchers for trades, the biggest name being Sonny Gray of Oakland (coincidently he's scheduled to start Sunday too, just saying....) but also Lance Lynn (Cardinals) and probably one of the 2 Blue Jays pitchers (Marco Estrada or Francisco Liriano) but there biggest concern should still be another reliever. Brewers head "home" to play the Cubs. I put home in quotes since the Cubs/Brewers games in Milwaukee seem more like Cubs home games than Brewers home games beginning on Friday. If the Brewers lose this series they are probably cooked.
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:13 AM
 
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Friday: Game postponed to a day-night double header on Sunday
Saturday: Rockies 4 @ Nats 2. Rockies pitcher German Marquez had a perfect game going through 3 innings as Rockies pitchers allowed only 3 hits overall
Sunday game 1: Rockies 10 @ Nats 6. Erick Fedde in his major league debut allowing 7 runs (5 earned) and 10 hits with 2 walks and 3 strike outs in only 4 innings of work.
Sunday game 2: Rockies 1 @ Nats 3. Nats got homers from Lind & Goodwin in the 5th for the win. Edwin Jackson was superb: 7 innings of 4 hit, 1 run ball with 6 strikeouts.

3 game series in Miami starts on Monday. Jose Urena (9-4, 4.04) starts for the Marlins against Gio Gonzalez (8-5, 2.81) on Monday, Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.23) starts for the Nats on Tuesday against Chris O'Grady (2-1, 3.68), and Vance Worley (0-2, 6.42) starts for the Marlins against a pitcher TBD for the Nats on Wednesday which could be a number of different alternatives: Could be a bullpen game, could call up someone from Syracuse, could even be a starter they acquire in a trade Monday. Sonny Gray (Oakland) and Marco Estrada (Toronto) are 2 potential trade candidates who are both scheduled to start on Monday, so if the Nats traded for either of those 2 they would likely be the pitcher to start on Wednesday. All 3 games of this series begin at 7:10. Rockies have Monday off, and will return home to Denver and host the Mets for 3 games beginning on Tuesday night.

Speaking of the Nats and fill in starters, the Nats should go after a starting pitcher. It's a small sample size yes, but the bullpen in this Rockies series pitched 11 innings and only allowed 3 runs....all 3 coming in the first game Sunday when the score was already lopsided. The starting pitchers have only pitched 16 innings and have allowed 12 runs. That's not good!!! Add in the concern of Strasburg's health, and the fact he's only pitched in 1 playoff game in his 7.5 years in the majors. Gio has been great this year, but do you trust him starting a game 2 or 3 against the Cubs?? I don't. Than we have Tanner Roark who has been a tad disappointing and than who?? Edwin Jackson?? An Erick Fedde who got clobbered by a likely playoff team in Colorado?? I said in the trade deadline thread they should go hard after Lynn & Rosenthal from St. Louis, do 1 stop shopping with the Cardinals. Rosenthal will be another good arm in the bullpen, and Lynn, who's coming back from Tommy John surgery is a quality pitcher who will give you 6+ innings every start. Of course Sonny Gray, or another pitcher under contract for next year (J.A. Happ, Verlander if management takes on the contract [ha at that happening], Ervin Santana) would all be good choices as well since there's a rotation spot currently open for next year with Ross under the knife for the TJ surgery. Cubs, the likely opponent in the playoffs (since the Dodgers may only lose 20 more times the rest of the season) just went out and acquired Justin Wilson, one of the top relievers in the sport. Nats better make a good counter move either for a Gray, Verlander, Britton, or Hand, and times ticking.
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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Nats got another reliever to hopefully fortify the bullpen in Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. He's a free agent after the season, so hopefully they didn't give up much to acquire him.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:20 PM
 
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Monday: Nats 1 @ Marlins 0. Gio had a no hitter heading into the 9th, the 2nd straight game in Miami a Nats starter had a no hitter in the last 3rd of the game after Max Scherzer lost his no hitter there in the 8th back in June. Of course that game in June the Nats ended up losing (mainly because the bullpen was trash!) this game Doolittle locked down after Gio gave up a leadoff single to Dee Gordon to begin the 9th.
Tuesday: Nats 6 @ Marlins 7. Scherzer had his first career home run as part of a 6 run 2nd inning, but he had to leave the game due to a "stiff neck." Apparently, he slept on it wrong the previous night. Well, at least it wasn't a shoulder, arm, or elbow, but they'll push his start back this weekend.
Wednesday: Nats 0 @ Marlins 7. So, for those keeping score at home, the Marlins outscored the Nats 14-0 in the final 11 innings of the series after Scherzer departed. Also, the Marlins went only 1 over the minimum. They allowed 3 hits, but all 3 got subsequently erased on double plays. With 2 outs in the 9th Adrian Sanchez got a hit to at least avoid the minimum, but Giancarlo Stanton added insult to injury by robbing Brian Goodwin of a homer to end the game, and hand the Nats only their 3rd shutout of the year (but all 3 have come within the last 30 games).
Friday: Nats 4 @ Cubs 2. Murphy had 2 homers, a 2 run shot in the 1st and than a solo homer in the 6th, while Javy Baez had a 2 run homer for the Cubs lone run.

Series in Chicago continues on Saturday and Sunday. Edwin Jackson (2-1, 3.75) starts Saturday against John Lackey (8-9, 4.87), and Jon Lester (8-6, 3.96) starts on Sunday against Erick Fedde (0-1, 15.75). Both games begin at 2:20. Marlins have a 3 game series in Atlanta which started on Friday.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:27 PM
 
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I would note that since coming over from the Giants, Eduardo Nunez has batted .481 /.517 /.852 through his first six games.

The least you guys could do is send us a thank you note.
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:52 PM
 
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I would note that since coming over from the Giants, Eduardo Nunez has batted .481 /.517 /.852 through his first six games.

The least you guys could do is send us a thank you note.
He went to the Red Sox Grandstander
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:54 AM
 
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He went to the Red Sox Grandstander
Sorry, wrong thread.

All you eastern teams look alike.
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Old 08-05-2017, 03:25 PM
 
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Sorry, wrong thread.

All you eastern teams look alike.
And we say the same about those Western teams too
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:49 PM
 
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Saturday: Nats 4 @ Cubs 7. Alex Avila and Wilson Contreras each had homers for the Cubs.
Sunday: Nats 9 @ Cubs 4. Contreras had 2 homers for the Cubs who went up 4-1 after 6 innings, but the Nats got 2 back in the 7th on 3 straight hits by Murphy, Rendon & Weiters, and took the lead on Weiter's 8th inning grand slam, and Brian Goodwin had a homer in the 9th for good measure.

4 game series with the Marlins in DC begins on Monday. Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.21) starts against Chris O'Grady (2-1, 5.40) on Monday, and Vance Worley (1-2, 5.31), Adam Conley (4-4, 5.10) and Dan Straily (7-8, 3.77) starts Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for the Marlins with the Nationals not setting their rotation after Monday's game. Tanner Roark (9-7, 4.82) will start one of those games most likely Wednesday while Gio Gonzalez (9-5, 2.66) will likely start Tuesday or Thursday's game with a AAA pitcher or Edwin Jackson (2-2, 3.75) getting the start on Thursday IF Gio comes back off the paternity list to start Tuesday. All games begin at 7:05. Cubs have a 3 game series in San Francisco which starts on Monday.

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