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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Five reasons the Nationals are going to their first World Series

Has it sunk in yet, Washington Nationals fans?

For the first time in franchise history, your favorite team is going to the World Series after completing an impressive sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

Dare we ask the same question of those who supported the Montreal Expos for 36 seasons? To see the franchise you once called your own not only win a postseason series for the first time, but also a National League pennant, has to be surreal on many levels.

To say this outcome has stirred some emotions would be an understatement, but the focus belongs on the here and now. The 2019 Nationals have already made history, and are poised to continue making history when they play either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros in the World Series beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

It would be a bit reductive to say “because they swept the Cardinals”, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, world series

Ready for the World Series? 10 legends that should throw out the first pitch

The Nationals will host at least two World Series games next week. That is a wild feat for a franchise that suffered through a string of 100-loss seasons after baseball came back to D.C. in 2005.

The job isn’t done for Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto. The job is just starting. The World Series presents a pomp and circumstance in baseball unseen in D.C. since before World War II. And no offense to baseball crowds in the 1930s, but the safe guess is the pomp and circumstance has grown significantly over the last 80 years.

Much of the scene next week will be mandated by Major League Baseball. The big national corporate sponsors will show up and things that have happened all year will get pushed aside in the great name of a cash grab. God bless America.

But, this is still D.C. and the Nationals still get some control over who throws out the first pitch. Should anyone need ideas, here’s a list of tremendous options. No politicians. Please. Seriously.

So, who would you have delivering the first pitch?

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:15 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, nationals

Nationals succeeded by spending money

Throughout the playoffs, the Nationals have been cast as plucky underdogs fighting and scrapping their way into the World Series. It’s somewhat true: the Nats overcame a dreadful start to the regular season after losing their star outfielder in Bryce Harper, and were heavy underdogs in the NLDS against the Dodgers, who won 13 more games. But the Nationals are not David in a David vs. Goliath story. They’re closer to Goliath because they have flexed their payroll muscle to fill the roster with talented players.

The Nationals didn’t come close to matching the 13-year, $330 million contract the Phillies wound up agreeing to with Harper, instead offering a 10-year, $300 million deal of which about $100 million was deferred. Losing Harper has somewhat defined their 2019. But they did sign starter Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million contract, and they’re paying Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg $38.33 million and $37.4 million, respectively. As we saw in the NLCS, it was the starting rotation that carried them into the World Series.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, will not win the award again this year most likely, but he once again ranked among the game’s best pitchers. During the regular season, he posted a 2.92 ERA with 243 strikeouts across 172 1/3 innings. Strasburg led the league in wins with 18 and innings with 209 while authoring a 3.32 ERA with 251 strikeouts. Corbin continued to impress with a 3.25 ERA and 328 strikeouts in 202 innings. As a unit, the Nationals’ 3.53 ERA from starting pitchers ranked second-best in baseball behind the Dodgers. Sounds about right for a rotation collectively earning about $100 million.

We — the royal we — have been quick to point out when an uncommon strategy works, like the Cubs’ and Astros’ rebuilding strategies before they came in vogue or the Rays’ use of the “opener.” It’s only fair to point out that a time-tested strategy, spending money on good baseball players, also works. The Nationals’ current payroll of about $204.5 million is third-highest in baseball, according to USA TODAY.

Somewhere, Fred Ebb is feeling rather satisfied that his point has once again been proven true…..

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: money, nationals

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lawyer asks for a delay in a case due to the Nationals’ playoff run

From personal experience, I can tell you that lawyers will ask for extensions of deadlines for any number of reasons. Sometimes they’re legitimately overworked and can’t get a brief ready for filing in time. Sometimes they are still trying to gather information and it’s just taking longer than expected. Sometimes they have a vacation coming up or something like that and don’t want to ruin it with work. Sometimes they just procrastinated.

No matter what the actual reason for an extension, though, rarely if ever do you they say they need it for purely personal reasons like that vacation or personal failings like procrastination. They tend to cite “the press of business” or the impossibility of meeting the deadline for reasons out side of their control. It’s always outside of their control.

Which makes the honesty of this lawyer’s request for the delay of a filing deadline so refreshing. He’s been watching the Nationals’ playoff run with his nine-year-old son, dang it, that keeps them both up late, and for that reason he wants some more time to get his work done:

So, which one of you requested this?

 

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: lawyers, nationals, playoffs

Are the World Series-bound Nationals throwing shade at Bryce Harper?

You know this narrative by now: The Washington Nationals have made it further in the postseason without Bryce Harper than they ever did with Bryce Harper. This is particularly true now that they’re World Series bound for the first time in franchise history.

And while there are plenty of baseball reasons to explain why the Nats are a better team this season than in the past, the meme era really isn’t as into logic as it is LOLs.

The past couple weeks have seen plenty of people on social media making Bryce Harper jokes — including us here at Yahoo Sports. But something happened Tuesday to make us wonder if even the Washington Nationals are getting their Bryce jokes off.

Behold this tweet and video that the Nats released before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. It seems like a harmless hype video that a team would release before a game that could lead to a World Series berth for the first time in Expos/Nationals history.

Mind you, it’s not like he’s not a really tempting target for this sort of thing for numerous reasons…..

 

 

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Nationals’ Drought Is Finally Over. Now They Have to Keep Playing

The drought is meant to end with a moment of catharsis—resolution, release, refreshment. It’s meant to be clear-cut. There’s no question of what has to come next: It’s over. The rain has come.

The Nationals’ drought has ended. They have—at last, after a collection of tortured and accursed tries—won a postseason series. (Sure, they won the wild-card game, but that’s a round, rather than a series; it was its own demon.) Yet there’s hardly space for catharsis here: There’s still plenty of work in front of them.

The 2019 Nationals’ path to the NLCS did not require flipping the script so much as it did picking up the pages of the script and gleefully shredding them before tossing the result into a wind machine calibrated for maximum devastation. This was not a team whose success was assured. It was not a team whose postseason victory seemed clear, let alone likely. The Nationals’ teams from the better part of the last decade had established a certain model—enjoy a strong season, with every reason to logically expect a solid chance to advance in the playoffs, only to crumble in stunningly painful fashion at the start of October, each time without fail. There was no reason to believe that this dynamic was somehow guaranteed to continue from one season to the next. But it was hard not to feel—in some place beyond rationality or numbers or sanity—that this was the case.

Until, finally, it wasn’t.

Some thoughts on what it means when a team advances.

 

QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoff drought

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Clayton Kershaw Will Never Get Over It

How can this keep happening? How can Clayton Kershaw, who even if he is no longer quite Clayton Kershaw is still Clayton Kershaw, keep going to pieces in October? Could it just be some Powerball-odds-level run of bad luck, with no greater cause? After all, every pitcher has bad days, and maybe one of them just happens to have his bad days in fall after fall. Or could it be something genuinely pathological but eminently understandable, a weakness for pressure? That doesn’t make a ton of sense, given that pitching is by definition a pressure situation and Kershaw’s one of the best ever to take the mound in this sport’s history, but logic clearly has very little to do with it. Or maybe it—the streak, the curse, the choke, whatever—is its own cause: Maybe some early-career fluky blow-ups led Kershaw to be hyperaware of his own postseason performance and overcompensate, overthink, overthrow, a sort of autumnal yips.

Kershaw had no answers after the game, because if there were answers there’d be a solution, and if there were a solution he would have found it by now, and if he’d found the solution there’d be no more questions to which he didn’t have answers. Instead he was existentially bereft, openly wondering if he’d ever get over this—“this” being the latest collapse but also, everything.

“I’ve had to do it so much,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know. It might linger for a while. I might not get over it. I don’t know.”

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:27 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, postseason

Braves’ [stuff] doesn’t work in the playoffs, either

The Athletics have been something of a punching bag over the years because executive vice president and president of baseball operations Billy Beane was famously quoted in Moneyball saying, “My [stuff] doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. What happens after that is […] luck.”

Since 2000, the A’s have reached the playoffs 10 times. They have advanced into the ALCS just once, in 2006, when they were swept out by the Tigers. They’re 1-6 in the Division Series and 0-3 in the AL Wild Card game, accounting for their last three playoff losses (2014, ’18-19). To call their performance in the playoffs disappointing would be an understatement.

The A’s, however, are not the only team whose [stuff] doesn’t work in the playoffs. The Twins, who were just swept out of the ALDS by the Yankees, haven’t reached the ALCS since 2002. They have failed in their last six appearances in the ALDS — mostly against the Yankees — and lost the AL Wild Card game in 2017 as well (to the Yankees).

A consideration of losing streaks in the playoffs, albeit one that has gone out of date since between when I found it and when I posted it…..

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, nationals, playoff streak, playoffs, the agony of defeat, twins

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in tow, the Nationals’ bullpen defies its reputation

LOS ANGELES — This bullpen, man. This damned bullpen in Washington D.C. is some collection of survivors and has-beens and can-bes and scar tissue and facial hair and thunderclap contact and breathtaking falls and Darwinian endurance and on two nights this week alone Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, all stuck together with something that might be ear wax.

This bullpen is so gloriously self-aware, so defiantly willing, so exhausting, it really is a wonder, like a mutt with one eye sewn shut and both hips going and such bad breath, that’s been around so long you could hardly consider life without her.

And, yes, that’s right, three days after Strasburg followed Scherzer when the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers to escape the wild-card round, Scherzer followed Strasburg when the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2, on Friday night here to tie this National League Division Series at a game apiece, because at the end it can be ugly, it can be something slightly less than ugly, but it’s always something.

Two wins into a postseason that will require 12 of them, Strasburg and Scherzer have combined to get 45 of the 54 outs in those wins. That’s maybe not sustainable. It may also be their chance. And as long as the co-aces are game, and as long as the off days keep coming on schedule, and as long as the survivors and scar-tissued among them can be leveraged prudently, then keep ‘em coming. Game 3 is Sunday in D.C.

Does this mean that keeping your starters in the game as long as possible is the new market inefficiency?

 

QLE Posted: October 06, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, max scherzer, nationals, playoffs, stephen strasburg

Tuesday, October 01, 2019


Will Dave Martinez Be the Manager to Finally Push the Nationals Forward in October?

Washington, D.C. — If you want to know how the Washington Nationals became the ninth postseason team ever to rally from 12 games under .500, or how they somehow overcame the worst bullpen of all 450 teams that ever made the postseason, you have to understand the steady hand of their manager, Davey Martinez. And if you want to know how Martinez steered this team through early storms into the postseason port, you have to know how he handled a hidden predicament Sept. 6.

Washington lost that night in Atlanta, 4-3, to the first-place Braves. It was its third straight loss. Martinez noticed something that night that irked him. He simmered silently until after the game. Then he sat down at the desk in his office and pulled up the video of the game, toggling until he reached the top of the fourth inning. Then he pulled out a stopwatch.

Leading off against Dallas Keuchel, Juan Soto, the Nationals’ superb 20-year-old leftfielder, hit a weak groundball to second base. Martinez started the stopwatch. By the time a jogging Soto touched the base, about 6.1 seconds had elapsed.

The next batter was Ryan Zimmerman, Washington’s 35-year-old first baseman who missed most of this season with a foot injury. Zimmerman also hit a weak groundball to second base. He sprinted madly to first in 4.1 seconds.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dave martinez, nationals

Nationals Reportedly Made Recent Extension Offer To Anthony Rendon

The Nationals have made a late-season push to retain pending free agent star Anthony Rendon, according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Per the report, the club dangled a seven-year offer in the range of $210MM to $215MM. While there were deferrals in the proposal, it would’ve functioned more like the Max Scherzer contract than the long-fuse offer the team made last year to Bryce Harper.

The offer was put on the table in early September, according to Svrluga, and it doesn’t seem as if it’s likely to be accepted. Rendon is now just weeks away from the open market and appears destined to reach it. He’ll do so armed with the knowledge that the Nats have intense interest in keeping him.

It’s not entirely clear whether the D.C. organization will keep this particular offer on the table once the offseason begins. Neither is it known whether the team is willing to go any higher if that’s needed. Regardless, it’s a nice starting point for Rendon, who has ramped up his already excellent play to higher-than-ever levels in 2019. He’s slated to reach free agency as the top available position player.

And the hot-stove season begins, even before the playoffs do….

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rendon, extensions, hot stove, nationals

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Max Scherzer will start NL wild-card game for Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals don’t know which team they’ll face in the NL wild-card game or where it will be played, but they do know this: Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will be their starting pitcher.

Scherzer got the nod over Stephen Strasburg for Tuesday night’s win-or-go-home game against either the Milwaukee Brewers or St. Louis Cardinals. Any of the three clubs could host the contest, depending how the rest of the regular season goes.

Washington manager Dave Martinez said Friday that the right-handed Strasburg and lefty starter Patrick Corbin will be on the wild-card roster and be available to pitch in relief.

“I talked to both of them,” Martinez said. “They’ll both be out of the ‘pen that day. So all hands will be on deck.”

So, any thoughts on the wisdom of this decision?

 

QLE Posted: September 28, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals, nl wild card

Monday, September 23, 2019

LEADING OFF: Wainwright streak, Snell starts, Freeman out

WRIGHT CALL

After completing its first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field since 1921, NL Central-leading St. Louis sends Adam Wainwright to the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Arizona. The 38-year-old Wainwright is 4-0 in September, allowing one earned run in 27 innings. The 6-foot-7 right-hander pitched seven sparkling innings in a 5-1 victory over Max Scherzer and Washington on Wednesday.

The Cardinals lead Milwaukee by three games for the division, and their magic number is one to eliminate the third-place Cubs from NL Central contention after four straight one-run victories against Chicago over the weekend.

Numerous items to ponder here, should you be interested in doing so….

 

QLE Posted: September 23, 2019 at 12:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, blake snell, freddie freeman, nationals, streaks

Brewers move into tie with Nationals for first NL Wild Card

The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.

During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.

Is it just me, or, between this and how the Yankees have been doing, are injuries not having the effect that they usually have on a team?

 

QLE Posted: September 23, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, nationals, nl wild card

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Is Stephen Strasburg going to opt-out of his contract?

Stephen Strasburg is, quite quietly, having a wonderful season. He’s 16-5 with a 3.47 ERA and a 215/43 K/BB ratio in 179 innings across 28 starts. When it’s all said and done he’s going to finish with either the best or second-best season in his career, depending on how you like to measure such things, with his other best or second-best season having come in 2017.

Which means that Strasburg, for all of the hype of his youth, is an ace in his prime. Which means it’s a pretty spiffy thing for him to have an opt-out in his contract this offseason if he chooses to take it. Will he? Jon Morosi is reporting that “there’s increasing speculation in the industry” that he will.

Sure, he could- but with the free-agent market being what it is, is it a wise move to make?

 

QLE Posted: September 07, 2019 at 07:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, opt-outs, stephen strasburg

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Worth a trip to the ballpark? Nats offer free food with ticket for September

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the Washington Nationals attendance numbers and how much it costs to attend a game.

Whether a direct result of these conversations or not, the Nationals are making it cheaper to go to Nationals Park for the remainder of 2019. For any ticket purchased in the Nationals’ final 13 home games, it will come with a $15 concessions/ merchandise credit.

Tickets can be purchased with the verified credit here.

Already there are a quarter-million fewer people walking through the turnstiles at Nats Park so far this season compared to last year. In spite of the team’s miraculous turnaround after May, the club has not seen more fans come with it.

Nice offer, don’t get me wrong- but what does one get at Nationals Park for $15?

 

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 01:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: concessions, food sale, nationals

LEADING OFF: Mets-Nats back after wild game, Springer hurt

SHAKE IT OFF

The Mets and Nationals are set for a matinee in Washington after playing a wild one Tuesday night. The Mets scored five runs in the top of the ninth to lead 10-4 before the Nats rallied all the way back in the bottom of the inning, capping the rally with a three-run, game-ending homer from Kurt Suzuki. The Nationals/Expos franchise had never won a game after trailing by at least six runs in the ninth or later.

“That’s hard to do even in a Little League game,” said dejected Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.41 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in four starts against Washington this season, is set to start for New York. He’ll face righty Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.80).

So, the bullpens gave up a combined twelve runs in the ninth inning- and the solution is relying more on relievers?

 

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eric sogard, george springer, mets being mets, nationals, scott heineman

Friday, August 23, 2019

Judge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owed Nationals $296.8 million in MASN TV rights dispute

The Orioles lost the latest round in the long-running MASN television rights dispute Thursday when a New York judge upheld a second arbitration ruling ordering the network to pay the Washington Nationals $296.8 million in additional rights fees for the 2012 to 2016 seasons.

The Associated Press reported that judge Joel M. Cohen refused an Orioles request to reject the award based on a similar conflict-of-interest basis that led to the original award being overturned.

The new arbitration award is almost identical to the one that was thrown out and sent back to a new Major League Baseball arbitration panel, but the gross number is believed to include the reported $197.5 million the network already has paid the Nats for the five seasons covered. That would leave about $100 million still owed to the Nats if the award survives another appeal, and the amount the Nats actually would receive likely would be reduced once MASN restates its profits from that period to reflect the higher rights fee.

The ruling did not come as a surprise. The Baltimore Sun reported in May that the arbitration had made its decision in favor of the Nationals, but the ruling had been sealed until Thursday. In that article, The Sun, citing people familiar with the case, reported that the Nats would net from $60 million to $70 million when all adjustments were made.

I’ll leave this for the lawyers and experts on broadcasting here to argue for the most part, but I do wonder what long-term consequences will come from this ruling.

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 02:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles

Monday, August 19, 2019

Boswell - Dave Martinez Did Sean Doolittle No Favors

For 50 years, managers usually have called on their closers when they led by three runs or fewer. That is, except for the thousands of times when the closer was not the closer because the manager decided to be the manager.

Ever since the Nats bolstered their bullpen, Martinez should have been looking for every way to give Doolittle a lighter load instead of using him eight times in 14 games. The reasons are longer than a fungo bat.

Doolittle was on pace to throw 21 percent more pitches than he ever has in his career — 930 so far this season compared with 1,020 in 2013, the only full season in his career when he has stayed off the IL.

#FireDeivi

Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: August 19, 2019 at 07:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, injuries, managers, nationals

Friday, August 16, 2019

From 12 games under to 10 over, Nats lead NL wild-card race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Right now, 19-31 is just a distant memory for the Washington Nationals.

Even without Max Scherzer for all but one game over the past month-plus, even with recurring bullpen issues, even though they dug themselves quite a hole, the Nationals are suddenly 65-55 — 10 games over .500 for the first time in 14 months.

What’s more, they’re leading the NL wild-card standings as they head into Friday’s opener of a three-game series against one of the clubs chasing them for a playoff berth: reigning league MVP Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Winning the NL East presents more of a challenge, because Washington entered Thursday trailing the first-place Atlanta Braves by six games. The rivals play each other seven more times, though: four games at Atlanta on Sept. 5-8, and three at Washington on Sept. 13-15.

I believe that this is what we call “addition by subtraction” in action.

 

QLE Posted: August 16, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, nl wild card

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Nationals acquire Hunter Strickland from Mariners

The Nationals have acquired yet ANOTHER reliever: Hunter Strickland is coming over from the Mariners in exchange for Aaron Fletcher.

Nats fans have a nice memory of Strickland. Back when he was with the Giants he set off the big brawl with Bryce Harper that (a) was really, really dumb; (b) led to a bunch of suspensions and stuff; and (c) ended one-time Nationals fan favorite Michael Morse’s career. So, uh, yeah, welcome to the team, Hunter.

Wait- punching out Bryce Harper is a bad thing?

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter strickland, mariners, nationals, punching inanimate objects

Thursday, July 25, 2019

LEADING OFF: Scherzer returns, Red Sox protest, Gallo out

A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday:

BACK TO MAX

Nationals ace Max Scherzer is set to start against Colorado after recovering from inflammation under his right shoulder. The 34-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen Monday and felt ready to go.

An All-Star for the seventh straight season, Scherzer is 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA but has not pitched since July 6. He was 7-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last seven starts.

I don’t know- if he threw the entire bullpen, that’s got to either do damage to his arm, or demonstrate that it is so strong he doesn’t need the time off….

 

QLE Posted: July 25, 2019 at 04:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals, shoulder

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Loverro: Expos Legacy Has No Place At Nationals Park. No Place At All

I can only speak to this anecdotally, but a number of times at Nationals Park, particularly after it opened in 2008, many instances of meeting middle-aged men with their fathers, who had grown up watching the Senators as far back as Griffith Stadium, and were now sharing these moments of the return of baseball to Washington. Sometimes I would see three generations, all connected by baseball in Washington — a remarkable scene, considering that there was no baseball in the city for 34 years.

That’s the passion that is the story of baseball in Washington.

Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: July 06, 2019 at 10:28 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, nationals, relocations

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