clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Wire Taps: Davey Martinez keeping ship steady; Trea Turner walking more; Jim Riggleman gets second shot

Catch up on the last 24 hours while we all wait for late night Nationals baseball from Los Angeles.

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Take a deep breath. It’s Max Scherzer versus Clayton Kershaw tonight. You deserve this.

Here’s what’s cooking at Chavez Ravine:

Dave Martinez is calmly steering Nationals through choppy early-season waters
Martinez preaches about tomorrow — but when tomorrow comes, he tries to shake things up if they didn't work the day before. (Also, it seems that Bryce Harper really likes him?)

Trea Turner is walking more than ever. The hits should follow.
Trea Turner, since putting in some offensive work, has looked better this last week at the dish. Meanwhile, he's showing more discipline at the plate than before — something that Turner isn't surprised by.

Jim Riggleman gets unexpected second chance
Jim Riggleman quit on the Nationals in the middle of the 2011 season, sick of his limited contract and front office decisions. Nobody thought he'd manage again. Now, he's back at the top.

Nationals can at least take a breath after much-needed series victory over Mets
The Nats took two of three from the hottest team in baseball without three of their best four hitters or either of their aces, which is a win in the team's book, as they can breathe a little more easily and think about their actual weaknesses. (LIKE THE MIDDLE BULLPEN, FIX THAT)

How are the newcomers doing in the NL East?
"Martinez has not been in the spotlight much... he has, however, drawn endorsements from... Bryce Harper."

MLB re-calibrates top sprint speed to Trea Turner's benefit
They re-averaged the numbers, this time focusing on weak hits and other plays, instead of only looking at a player's top one-second window. Trea Turner went from number eleven to number three because of it.

Today’s Game: Nationals vs. Dodgers — 10:10 PM
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs Clayton Kershaw