Well, last night was bad, but the good news is that things don’t get much worse than the way they’ve been going the last three days or so. Yay!
Here’s the beat from the Bay Area:
The Nationals, Yankees, Dodgers And Cubs Can’t Possibly Be This Mediocre … Right?
The Nationals' pen has been letting them down, as has their starting pitching, but FiveThirtyEight thinks that they'll figure it out once they get healthy. As for the Cubs' rotation, well...
Boswell: Don’t get too worried about the Nats, but don’t ignore problems, either
The Nats can absolutely be good in October with their current pitching core. Only issue being that they have to make it that far, and it's unclear if the team can stay afloat as is without Anthony Rendon, Adam Eaton, Daniel Murphy, and, to some extent, Victor Robles.
Soto heads to Potomac
Juan Soto's abilities surpassed the levels of low-A rather rapidly.
Pipeline Team of the Week led by Juan Soto
"Soto's raw power is showing up in games: He tops the circuit in OPS and slugging."
Adam Eaton's return remains unclear
Adam Eaton was supposed to be on the DL for ten days, and be done. However, his ankle is still hurting him, so the Nats are going to wait until he's absolutely ready. Brian Goodwin is also in pain. This is fine, it's great.
Nationals trade A.J. Cole to Yankees
It's the second time the team has traded away Cole.
Nationals trade pitcher A.J. Cole to Yankees for cash considerations
After being DFAd on Wednesday, Cole will get a fresh start in the Bronx.
Shawn Kelley exits with injury vs. Giants
Dave Martinez later informed the press that the Nationals would likely be sending Kelley to the DL.
Opposite dugout: Free agent acquisitions might not help Giants contend
The Giants made a ton of flashy moves over the winter, but in a division with three playoff teams, it'll be difficult to get out of fourth place.
Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor get green light on base paths
Michael A. Taylor thinks it's a base-stealing competition, while Turner feels like it's more of a one-way thing. Whatever it is, it's working, because the two have combined for some sixteen stolen bags.