11:27 PM EDT, Tue August 21, 2018
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Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies: GameThread 126 of 162

Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies: GameThread 126 of 162

Washington and Philadelphia start a three-game set in D.C. with Tanner Roark on the mound for the Nationals against Phillies’ right-hander Vince Velasquez. GAME TIME: 7:05 PM EDT; FOLLOW: MASN 2; 106.7 the FAN in D.C. Next Game Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals August 21, 2018 7:05 PM EDTNationals Park Tanner Roark vs Vince Velasquez WEATHER: Rainy, 80° • D.C. Starting Lineup: 1. Mighty Mouse - RF 2. #Treange - SS 3. Run-Until-He's-Tagged, Tape-Measure-Testing, Laser-Throwing, Eyeblack-Oozing, Baseball Cyborg" (aka Bryce Harper) - CF 4. #RENDONISREADY - 3B 5....
5 hours ago
Scouting Report: New Nats’ prospect Andruw Monasterio; acquired in Daniel Murphy trade with Cubs...

Scouting Report: New Nats’ prospect Andruw Monasterio; acquired in Daniel Murphy trade with Cubs...

Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball breaks down new Nationals prospect Andruw Monasterio, acquired from the Cubs for Daniel Murphy.  Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball breaks down new Nationals prospect Andruw Monasterio, acquired from the Cubs for Daniel Murphy. All video is provided by 2080 Baseball. At first, hearing the Nationals moved Daniel Murphy for an A-Ball infield prospect sounds seriously lopsided. For this to make real world sense, consider the way rental players—no matter how big a name they may be—have been valued on the trade market this season. Controllable big leaguers are...
7 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with the Philadelphia Phillies...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for series opener with the Philadelphia Phillies...

Washington and Philadelphia start a three-game set in D.C. at 7:05 PM EDT as the Nationals try to make an improbable run... Washington’s Nationals have dropped six of 10 games against the Philadelphia Phillies this season, including three of six at home in the nation’s capital, where the NL East rivals start another three-game set tonight. Coming off a 2-5 road trip through Chicago and St. Louis, the Nats returned to Washington, D.C. this past weekend and dropped 2 of 3 to the Miami Marlins, leaving themselves 7.5 out in the division and 6.5 back of the second Wild Card spot with 37...
8 hours ago
Washington Nationals trade Daniel Murphy to Cubs; Matt Adams dealt to Cardinals...

Washington Nationals trade Daniel Murphy to Cubs; Matt Adams dealt to Cardinals...

It’s all happening. The Washington Nationals are apparently conceding that this season is a bust and they’re trading away assets... Around 2:15 this afternoon, with rain falling in the nation’s capital and not expected to stop any time soon, the Washington Nationals announced that GM Mike Rizzo would meet with reporters at 3:00 PM EDT. That’s not the sort of things that gets set up if nothing is going to happen. And shortly after that announcement it all started happening... Multiple sources are reporting a fire sale is in progress with the early reports saying Daniel Murphy (who...
10 hours ago
Phillies vs. Nationals Series Preview: What could’ve been

Phillies vs. Nationals Series Preview: What could’ve been

The Washington Nationals’ playoff hopes are bleak, and they’re going to need to sweep Philadelphia if they have any chance of getting back in the race. Phillies (68-56) vs. Nationals (62-63) series info: Game 1: Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7:05 p.m. ET (MASN2/106.7 The Fan) Game 2: Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 7:05 p.m. ET (MASN/106.7) Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 23 at 1:05 p.m. ET (MASN/ESPN+/106.7) Pitching matchups: Tuesday: Vince Velasquez (8-9, 4.13 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (8-12, 4.13) Wednesday: Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.70) vs. Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 3.90) Thursday: Aaron Nola (14-3, 2.24) vs. Max...
13 hours ago
Wire Taps: How the Nationals’ bullpen imploded; Juan Soto adjustments; Early postmortems

Wire Taps: How the Nationals’ bullpen imploded; Juan Soto adjustments; Early postmortems

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s game against the Phillies. At the beginning of the season, we were talking about the World Series. Last month, we were talking about trading Bryce Harper. Today, we’ll delve into... near physical confrontation between a member of the front office and a player. Having a very normal year, thank you very much. Here’s the scoop from South Capitol: The Nationals had the bullpen they wanted. Then flaring tempers and injuries tore it apart. (WaPo)Finally, finally, Mike Rizzo had constructed the bullpen of his...
15 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ big series with the Philadelphia Phillies looked bigger a few weeks back...

Washington Nationals’ big series with the Philadelphia Phillies looked bigger a few weeks back...

Two weeks ago, the Washington Nationals had a 47.3% chance of returning to the postseason. After 14 games, and nine losses, however, that’s down to 13.3% heading into this week’s three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. In desperate need of wins, the Washington Nationals went out and dropped 2 of 3 to Miami this weekend, with Sunday’s loss to the Marlins a deflating 12-1 blowout in D.C. which Davey Martinez told reporters afterwards was ugly. Gio Gonzalez struggled, there were defensive miscues, and the Nationals managed just a run on two hits against a team that had dropped...
23 hours ago
Daniel Murphy reportedly claimed on revocable trade waivers...

Daniel Murphy reportedly claimed on revocable trade waivers...

Who claimed Daniel Murphy? It’s the biggest mystery since the “Who killed Laura Palmer?” question was raised on Twin Peaks. We might find out the answer today... The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported this past weekend that both Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy were placed on revocable waivers, noting on Twitter that the Washington Nationals placed, “a number of players,” on waivers last Friday though he added that the Nationals’, “intentions [were] not clear,” and, “... virtually every player goes on waivers as matter of procedure this time of year.” “Harper owed ~$5M...
Aug 20, 2018
The uncomfortable question of Davey Martinez’s future

The uncomfortable question of Davey Martinez’s future

Is first-year manager Davey Martinez already in danger of losing his job amid the Washington Nationals’ struggles? The Nationals won’t actually fire Davey Martinez, will they? It’s a question that seemed almost improbable 10 months ago, when Washington signed the former Chicago Cubs bench coach to a three-year deal. After employing four different managers over the previous seven seasons, the Nationals hoped Martinez would be a permanent fixture on the top step of the dugout. “We did not go back and forth on [the length of the deal],” GM Mike Rizzo said at Martinez’s introductory...
Aug 20, 2018
Wire Taps: Strasburg returns Wednesday; Herrera coming soon...

Wire Taps: Strasburg returns Wednesday; Herrera coming soon...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your off day. The Nationals aren’t just mediocre; they’re bad. Mediocre teams take two of three from the Miami Marlins. Bad teams lose two of three, one in extras and another in a devastating blowout. Who’s ready for the Phillies! Here’s the news from Nats Park: After too many self-inflicted wounds, this Nationals season can probably be pronounced dead (WaPo)Sure, the math might work. But the ever-injured Nationals simply can't stop punching themselves in the face, and Dusty Baker probably can't help but chuckle as he notes...
Aug 20, 2018
Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez on staying positive with Gio Gonzalez after another rough outing...

Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez on staying positive with Gio Gonzalez after another rough outing...

Gio Gonzalez struggled again, and the Nationals lost 2 of 3 to the Marlins while the Braves lost four straight and the Phillies dropped two in a row... In five second-half starts before Sunday’s outing against the Miami Marlins, Gio Gonzalez had a 5.60 ERA, 15 walks, 19 Ks, and a .288/.369/.452 line against in 27 1⁄3 innings pitched. “Unfortunately, I’m not doing my part as one of the starting pitchers.” - Gio Gonzalez after start in St. Louis Gonzalez’s up and down 2018 campaign continued with another rough outing against the Washington Nationals’ NL East rivals. He fell...
Aug 19, 2018
Nationals drop 2 of 3 to Marlins with 12-1 loss in nation’s capital... Dagger.

Nationals drop 2 of 3 to Marlins with 12-1 loss in nation’s capital... Dagger.

With pretty much every game a must-win at this point, the back-to-back, defending NL East champion Washington Nationals lost to the Miami Marlins, 12-1, and dropped 2 of 3 to the Fish in D.C. Gio Gonzalez told reporters after he gave up five hits, three walks, and five earned runs in four innings in St. Louis that he was frustrated by the fact that he wasn’t doing his part in the Washington Nationals’ rotation. Unfortunately, that continued this afternoon, in a 4 2⁄3-inning, 88-pitch outing in which he gave up ten hits, four walks, and was charged with eight earned runs as the...
Aug 19, 2018
Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins: GameThread 125 of 162

Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins: GameThread 125 of 162

Washington’s Nationals and the Miami Marlins wrap up their three-game series in D.C. at 1:35 PM EDT with Gio Gonzalez starting for the Nats against Fish right-hander Jose Urena. FOLLOW: MASN2; 106.7 the FAN in D.C. Next Game Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals August 19, 2018 1:35 PM EDTNationals Park Gio Gonzalez vs Jose Urena WEATHER: Cloudy, 80° • D.C. Starting Lineup: 1. Mighty Mouse - RF 2. #Treange - SS 3. Run-Until-He's-Tagged, Tape-Measure-Testing, Laser-Throwing, Eyeblack-Oozing, Baseball Cyborg" (aka Bryce Harper) - CF 4. #RENDONISREADY - 3B 5. #JuanPursuit - LF 6....
Aug 19, 2018
Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Miami Marlins...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Miami Marlins...

Daniel Murphy has an 11-game hit streak going, he also botched two plays in last night’s loss to the Marlins in Nationals Park. Daniel Murphy started the night on Saturday with a 10-game hit streak going, over which he was 16 for 40 (.400 AVG) with two doubles, two home runs, six RBIs, one walk, and four runs scored, and he extended it to 11-straight games with a single off Miami Marlins’ right-hander Tayron Guerrero in the first at bat of the seventh. Murphy scored the first of the two runs the Nationals put up in that inning, tying the second of three with the Fish in Washington up...
Aug 19, 2018
Wire Taps: Nationals and Marlins’ rubber match today; Stephen Strasburg update...

Wire Taps: Nationals and Marlins’ rubber match today; Stephen Strasburg update...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Marlins... Miami hadn’t won in their last 12 games on the road, and they hadn’t won in any of their last six games overall either, but they managed to beat the Washington Nationals last night... Losing to the Marlins at this point = not good... go read your links: NATS BEAT: Nationals' Stephen Strasburg could come off DL Tuesday - (WaPost)"Stephen Strasburg will pitch in a baseball game Tuesday. Whether it’s for the Washington Nationals against the Philadelphia Phillies or for one of the...