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In 2019 the Nationals were able to go from 19-31 to the World Series thanks to a starting rotation that hit its stride after the All Star Game: even with Max Scherzer’s back issues the trio of Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez combine to go 21-6 after the midseason hiatus.  As the team is approaching the one-third mark of the shortened season, Sanchez is struggling while Strasburg is on the shelf with nerve issues in his right wrist.  Over the weekend, Scherzer gave up three homers while Corbin allowed five runs in his most recent outing.  So far this summer Austin Voth (0-2, 3.21 ERA over three starts) and Erick Fedde (1-1, 2.55 ERA over two starts and three relief appearances) have been adequate but not awesome; recent issues with Strasburg and Sanchez may change their success from an added bonus to a necessity.

Santangelo Math- the MASN TV analyst mentioned on the air that with the shortened schedule, each game is now worth “2.7” games on a 162-game slate.  So the Nats are now “21.6-29.7” for what it is worth.  But let’s realize they don’t need to get to 93-69 (34-26 equivalent) to make the playoffs this year; using 2020 rules the Cubs at 85-77 (31-29) would have snared the 8th and final seed in the NL last year.

Dissecting the Division- Miami and Atlanta are tied for first, but the Marlins 9-6 mark is potentially prone to a major standings swing as they’ve played eight fewer games than the Braves.  Philadelphia’s 8-9 and in third place, or one-half game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the National League.  The Nats are 8-11 and one full game out of third while the New York Mets have found the cellar at 9-14 after a three game losing streak.

Break up the Birds- the O’s after dropping two of three to the Nationals find themselves 12-9 and in third place of the AL East, and as the third place team with the best record in the American League are in position to earn the number seven seed.  Anthony Santander is enjoying a breakout year with 17 runs scored, 7 homers and 22 RBI while former Nationals catcher Pedro Severino has seen his bat wake up in Baltimore.  Severino in 115 games with the Orioles is hitting .263 with 18 HR and 62 RBI;  he batted .187 with 4 HR and 22 RBI in 105 games for the Nats. By the way, the seventh seed in the American League currently draws the New York Yankees.

Anthony’s Song (Movin’ Out)- now this is what we were saying goodbye to when the former Nats third baseman signed elsewhere.  Rendon bounced back from a slow (.103) start by going 8 for 20 with 5 homers and 7 RBI.  He also walked six times to post a .538 on base percentage for the week.  His 20 walks this season are tied for second in the majors.  Rendon’s new team?  Currently 7-15 after four straight losses and attempting to climb back into the AL West race.  For those using FP math, that’s the equivalent of a 19-41 start.

Last Week’s Heroes- Juan Soto hits .462 with 5 homers and 12 RBI and looks like the next DC sports superstar.  Trea Turner bats .433 with 3 HR and 6 RBI while scoring 10 runs atop the order.  Asdrubal Cabrera continues to be a bat for opponents to worry about, hitting 3 homers with 8 RBI.  Max Scherzer wins both of his starts while striking out 17 over 13 innings.  Daniel Hudson tallies two saves while Tanner Rainey adds a pair of holds. 

Last Week’s Humbled- Anibal Sanchez allowed five earned runs over 2.2 innings and is now 0-3 with a 9.69 ERA.  Seth Romero posted an ERA of 21.60 while Ryne Harper’s ERA was 18.00.  Carter Kieboom hit .211 while Eric Thames batted .077.

Game to Watch- Saturday Max Scherzer starts against the Marlins Saturday at 4:05.  Late enough to enjoy some precious pool-time while early enough to enjoy a nice dinner-especially with the seven-inning format for doubleheader games.  And Max is on the mound.

Game to Miss- Tuesday the Nats visit Atlanta.  While the Braves are currently the team to beat in the NL East the Washington Capitals are fighting for their playoff lives as they face a potential sweep at the hands of former coach Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders.  It was the Isles who first eliminated the Caps from the playoffs in 1984, and it was NY that first officially broke the heart of Capitals fans early Easter morning in 1987.  Despite the Nats’ season being half-full and the Caps’ campaign mostly empty, I’ll be focused on hockey-at least for one more night this summer.

ORIGINALLY POSTED ONE YEAR AGO ON THIS DATE-

We saw the Washington Nationals rebound from a 19-31 start to win a World Series in 2019. Meanwhile, there might not be a 2020 unless players and owners hammer out a deal.  Thank goodness for last year’s “Nats Notebook”. At this point the team was still under .500 but gaining steam. Thoughts now on what I wrote then are in boldface italics.

 

June 10, 2019- “Back to Back to Back to Back”

So they didn’t win their series in San Diego. But back to back wins Saturday and Sunday preserve a split, and four consecutive homers in the victory at the Padres in the series finale give the Nationals hope.  Despite being under .500 over 40% of the way into the regular season, this team is finding its stride recently.  After winning four series over the first two months, the club won four straight series entering their split in San Diego.  Yes, the bullpen has issues-especially in the eighth inning.  But the season is far from over-and the Nats are far from irrelevant.

We had them all the way, right?  What amazes me is that all during their 19-31 start the team remained resolute that they were capable of playing great baseball.  They’re still under .500 in June, but with two Wild Card spots there’s plenty of hope. 

 

Dissecting the Division- Philadelphia is far from fading, but the NL East leaders at 37-28 have lost six of ten and remain just one game ahead of Atlanta.  The Braves have won three in a row while moving within one game of the Phillies.  The New York Mets have won two straight and stand five games back while the Nationals at 30-35 remain seven games off the pace.  Miami at 23-40 is all aboard for 2025.

The Phillies’ would fade; their June swoon saw the team go 11-17 and lose the NL East lead to Atlanta (20-8 in June).  And by the end of the month the Mets would be closer to last place than to fifth.

 

Harper’s Weekly- the former face of the franchise hit .280 last week with one RBI over 25 at bats, and is now batting .251 with 11 homers and 44 RBI-or a pace of 27 & 109 over 162 game season.  His 83 strikeouts keep him on a pace of 206 for the year-and Harper was caught stealing home over the weekend.  Is it 2030 yet?

NBC Sports Washington’s Todd Dybas recently wrote a piece that explored “what if the Nats re-signed Harper?” that presents a different short-term (Eaton likely gets dealt out of a crowded outfield) and long-term (the team loses both Strasburg and Rendon last winter) results. Harper could have been THE FACE of this franchise moving forward.  And while he’ll make a ton of cash in Philly, he won’t be the cradle-to-grave star he would have been here.

 

O’s Woes- the Birds dropped four of six and at 20-65 remain on a pace of fewer than 50 wins. It’s one thing to be 20.5 games out of first place in the AL East; it’s another thing to be more games out of first than you have wins.  But the O’s glass is sometimes half-full, and this week it’s in the form of Pedro Severino:  the catcher is hitting .277 with 8 HR and 18 RBI over 37 games this year-after swatting four home runs in 105 games played with the Nationals. Must be the AL ballparks.

Severino would cool off, hitting 5 HR with 26 RBI over his final 59 games played in 2019.  He still has room to improve, having played just 201 Major League games.

 

Last Week’s Heroes- Stephen Strasburg went 2-0 while notching his 100th career victory, and Max Scherzer struck out nine over seven innings while snapping a two game losing streak Saturday in San Diego. Tanner Rainey tossed 3.2 scoreless innings over four relief appearances.  Howie Kendrick hit .350 with six RBI and a team-high six runs scored, while Anthony Rendon drove in a team-high 8 RBI and Trea Turner belted a walkoff home run (his first HR since breaking his finger in April) to salvage their sweep of the White Sox.

Amazing to think how Turner basically played all of last season with an injured finger.  Making a move up the standings is a little easier too with Strasburg and Scherzer at peak perfomance.

 

Last Week’s Humbled- Juan Soto hit .190 while Yan Gomes batted .214.  Gerardo Parra and Michael A. Taylor went hitless in limited action (Parra had seven at bats while Taylor had four at bats).  Relievers Sean Doolittle and Kyle Barraclough posted 6.75 ERA’s while Doo surrendered the game-winning hit Friday in San Diego.

Don’t worry, Parra’s a little over a week away from bringing “Baby Shark” into our lives.

 

Game to Watch- Friday Max Scherzer pitches against Robbie Ray, as the current ace faces the former Nats prospect that was dealt some time ago.  No time to ask “What if?”- it’s time to ask “What now?”.  Let’s find out…

Scherzer would go on to win all six of his June starts.  Simply sensational.

 

Game to Miss- Sunday Anibal Sanchez pitches against the Diamondbacks, and while Sanchez has been more than sharp since returning from the Injured List Sunday is the final day of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.  Tiger Woods may have won on that course in 2000, but Brooks Koepka is going for his third straight title-a feat not accomplished since 1905.  I’m headed to the couch… 

Sanchez after his 0-6 start would go 11-2 with an ERA of 3.42 the rest of the way; he was at his best in a 3-0, 2.76 June.

 

So they didn’t win their series in San Diego. But back to back wins Saturday and Sunday preserve a split, and four consecutive homers in the victory at the Padres in the series finale give the Nationals hope.  Despite being under .500 over 40% of the way into the regular season, this team is finding its stride recently.  After winning four series over the first two months, the club won four straight series entering their split in San Diego.  Yes, the bullpen has issues-especially in the eighth inning.  But the season is far from over-and the Nats are far from irrelevant.

Dissecting the Division- Philadelphia is far from fading, but the NL East leaders at 37-28 have lost six of ten and remain just one game ahead of Atlanta.  The Braves have won three in a row while moving within one game of the Phillies.  The New York Mets have won two straight and stand five games back while the Nationals at 30-35 remain seven games off the pace.  Miami at 23-40 is all aboard for 2025.

Harper’s Weekly- the former face of the franchise hit .280 last week with one RBI over 25 at bats, and is now batting .251 with 11 homers and 44 RBI-or a pace of .27 & 109 over 162 game season.  His 83 strikeouts keep him on a pace of 206 for the year-and Harper was caught stealing home over the weekend.  Is it 2030 yet?

O’s Woes- the Birds dropped four of six and at 20-65 remain on a pace of fewer than 50 wins. It’s one thing to be 20.5 games out of first place in the AL East; it’s another thing to be more games out of first than you have wins.  But the O’s glass is sometimes half-full, and this week it’s in the form of Pedro Severino:  the catcher is hitting .277 with 8 HR and 18 RBI over 37 games this year-after swatting four home runs in 105 games played with the Nationals. Must be the AL ballparks.

Last Week’s Heroes- Stephen Strasburg went 2-0 while notching his 100th career victory, and Max Scherzer struck out nine over seven innings while snapping a two game losing streak Saturday in San Diego. Tanner Rainey tossed 3.2 scoreless innings over four relief appearances.  Howie Kendrick hit .350 with six RBI and a team-high six runs scored, while Anthony Rendon drove in a team-high 8 RBI and Trea Turner belted a walkoff home run (his first HR since breaking his finger in April) to salvage their sweep of the White Sox.

Last Week’s Humbled- Juan Soto hit .190 while Yan Gomes batted .214.  Gerardo Parra and Michael A. Taylor went hitless in limited action (Parra had seven at bats while Taylor had four at bats).  Relievers Sean Doolittle and Kyle Barraclough posted 6.75 ERA’s while Doo surrendered the game-winning hit Friday in San Diego.

Game to Watch- Friday Max Scherzer pitches against Robbie Ray, as the current ace faces the former Nats prospect that was dealt some time ago.  No time to ask “What if?”- it’s time to ask “What now?”.  Let’s find out…

Game to Miss- Sunday Anibal Sanchez pitches against the Diamondbacks, and while Sanchez has been more than sharp since returning from the Injured List Sunday is the final day of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.  Tiger Woods may have won on that course in 2000, but Brooks Koepka is going for his third straight title-a feat not accomplished since 1905.  I’m headed to the couch…