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Friday, May 10, 2019

Real or not? The Nationals are in trouble, and so is Dave Martinez

I saw Joe Posnanski mention this in a tweet:

Nationals under Dusty Baker in 2017: 97-65
Nationals under Dave Martinez total: 96-100

That was published before the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 on Tuesday with a six-run seventh inning and five scoreless innings of relief from Freddy Peralta, dropping the Nationals to 14-21 on the season and marking the first time they’ve been seven games under .500 since Sept. 19, 2011.

The big hit was Lorenzo Cain’s two-out, bases-clearing double off a tiring Stephen Strasburg that made it 3-0. With Strasburg clearly laboring after a hit batter and two base hits and the resulting turn of events, the blame game turned more to manager Dave Martinez than Strasburg’s failure to escape the jam. While Martinez’s reluctance to turn to his bullpen was understandable, considering the way the pen has pitched most of the season, Strasburg was clearly pitching on fumes. That’s not post-double reaction. I saw tweets in real time wondering why Martinez left Strasburg in to face Eric Thames (he did strike him out) and Cain before those at-bats unfolded.

Obviously, Baker isn’t the only reason the records are different. That said, firing Baker always seems like a better idea than it actually is.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 10, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: May 10, 2019 at 07:27 PM (#5840865)
Well at least they didn’t saddle themselves with Harper. Seems like they just are having a run of bad luck. That guy playing SS Kieboom is a defensive disaster. He’s a big reason for the decline imo.
   2. Hank Gillette Posted: May 10, 2019 at 11:58 PM (#5840944)
Well at least they didn’t saddle themselves with Harper. Seems like they just are having a run of bad luck. That guy playing SS Kieboom is a defensive disaster. He’s a big reason for the decline imo.


But he is a well-rounded player. He is an offensive disaster too!

Kieboom is/was a highly rated prospect, but because of injuries the Nationals brought him up before he was ready. I guess they were hoping to find lightning in a bottle the way they did last year with Soto.

He is only at -0.9 WAR, so he isn’t solely responsible for the hole the Nats are in.

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