Taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs in a series where you send Tanner Roark, Edwin Jackson, and Erick Fedde to the mound? Not bad. It took a big comeback on Sunday, but the Washington Nationals bounced back from a rough start to their road trip in Miami, where they dropped two of three to the Marlins, and took two of three in Wrigley without throwing Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, or Gio Gonzalez at the Cubs.
“Any time you can win two out of three it doesn’t matter who’s starting,” Dusty Baker said after the series finale.
“We’re kind of a M*A*S*H unit out there, everybody is contributing, and that helps a lot when you can take two out of three without your top starters out there. We did have Tanner Roark, who pitched a good game and has been one of our top starters for a couple years around here, so it was a big game, like I said, for us to win.”
Now the Nationals come home for four with the Fish in the nation’s capital. Tonight, it’s Max Scherzer on the mound, followed by AJ Cole, Gonzalez, and Roark.
Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series with the Marlins:
What Nats-Cubs told us about the NL pennant race
"Regardless of when Strasburg returns and if he can stay healthy down the stretch, the Nats are going to be a tough out in the playoffs..."
Nationals vs. Marlins series preview: Let the healing begin
"After marching ominously out of his last start following one scoreless inning of work, Scherzer will return, against the same Marlins, seemingly uninhibited by the neck spasm that doomed him a week ago."
Two Months to See Who’s In and Who’s Out
"There are 53 games left in the regular season. Fifty-three games to get through until the games really matter."
New-look Nationals bullpen is zapping the ghosts from earlier this season
"The psychomagnotheric slime that has infected the worst-on-earth Nats bullpen all season, slathering everybody with icky late-inning nightmares, appears to have been sent back to another dimension."
Nationals' Matt Wieters hopes grand slam helps
"Wieters recorded a pair of hits Saturday before getting ejected in the seventh inning and pointed to the sacrifice fly he hit Sunday as another positive sign."
P-Nats offense spotlight: Sagdal, Wiseman, Gushue, Davidson, Johnson
I sat down with high Single-A Potomac Nationals manager Tripp Keister as the club embarked on a road trip this weekend into Winston-Salem.
Nats to have Max back in rematch with Marlins
"Scherzer will match up with lefty Chris O'Grady, who was the opposing pitcher Tuesday and gave up Scherzer's first career home run."
Stephen Strasburg still not ready to pitch
"Stephen Strasburg vowed he would learn from last season. And the injuries before that. And the injuries before that."
No statement, but Nats make case beating Cubs in season series
"The Nationals now are 16-10 against the National League’s five other clubs with winning records: the Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Cubs and Brewers."
Fedde improves in second start, Scherzer ready to start tonight
"Fedde’s final pitching line - four runs allowed in 5 1/3 innings - again wasn’t anything special, but he was encouraged by the progress he made, as were the Nationals."
Matt Wieters' grand slam lifts Nats over Cubs
"Washington took two out of three from Chicago to claim the season series, which could prove crucial, considering if the season ended Sunday, these two teams would match up in the NLDS."
Game Recap: Miami Marlins defeat Atlanta Braves
"The Marlins (52-57) received back-to-back home runs in the first inning from Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto, providing Ureña with more than enough run support..."
Cubs' Jake Arrieta on point as free agency nears: 'I like my chances'
"For every Max Scherzer who earned a $210 million windfall from the Washington Nationals in 2015 after rejecting $144 million from the Detroit Tigers, there’s a Carlos Gonzalez."
10 years later, Barry Bonds reflects on record-setting HR
"In the fifth inning of the Giants’ game against the Washington Nationals on Aug. 7, 2007, with journeyman left-hander Mike Bacsik pitching, Bonds smoked the record-breaking home run an estimated 435 feet..."
MLB - Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes for Aug. 7
"Kendrick was perhaps the most important deadline acquisition no one talks about."