Well, that wasn’t ideal, but this week of games has certainly been an upgrade from the two weeks before it.
Here’s all the latest in Arizona.
Davey Johnson "adamantly disagreed" with Stephen Strasburg shutdown
Davey Johnson told the media in 2012 that he was with Mike Rizzo. But he's revealed now in his new book that he thought Strasburg's shutdown kept the Nats from getting to the World Series.
Juan Soto is now the No. 16 prospect in baseball
MLB is revamping their top 100 throughout the season this year, and Juan Soto has already risen a solid twenty-ish spots this year from his original start in the mid-30s to his current slot at number sixteen.
Sean Doolittle may be baseball's best reliever
Kimbrel, Chapman, Jansen, Miller — those are names that fly off the page. But per all the advanced stats, nobody keeps batters from making weak or no contact at all quite like the Nats' closer. (Knock on wood and jump up and down three times now, everybody.)
Adam Eaton travels to Wisconsin to seek second opinion on injured ankle
Eaton is still feeling pain in his ankle, and will go to the doctor that has worked with Steph Curry, Cam Newton, and Derek Jeter to see what exactly is wrong. However, it's a confirmation that Eaton simply hasn't gotten better.
Bryce Harper gets first day off and slumping Michael A. Taylor moved to leadoff
Taylor's defense is still A-1, but he's only hitting .192 this season. If his offense improves just enough, he can stake out a spot for the next few seasons. But his low average currently puts him in the middle of the pack with a considerable number of other Nats players.
With less hair but more playing time, Wilmer Difo has given the Nationals a jolt
Wilmer Difo, "El Lindo Uno," is more than happy to hit ninth every day, because he's playing every day and had hit .429 over the last nine games before Wednesday night's.
Matt Adams is Hitting the Nationals Into an Awkward Situation
Ryan Zimmerman is struggling, and Matt Adams can't stop raking. It seems obvious, but taking Zimmerman out of the lineup is a tough decision for the Nats to make.
Which National League surprises—good and bad—could go the distance? – The Athletic
"The Nationals have the best third-order record of the three expected contenders going into Tuesday, and, given Bryce Harper's impending free-agency, they have the motivation to go all-in at the trading deadline, likely to reinforce their bullpen yet again."
Bryce Harper out of starting lineup vs. Padres
Bryce and Davey Martinez came to a collective conclusion last night: It was time for some rest.
Juan Soto crushing Carolina League pitching, playing some center field
Juan Soto's average last week: .522. And he's just getting started, according to the Nats' director of player development.
Comparing Matt Adams to Adam Lind
Fans were borderline incredulous when the Nats let Adam Lind go this offseason. But Matt Adams certainly hasn't disappointed — in fact, he may even be better.
Here's why Martinez sat Harper
Bryce Harper had joked about wanting to play 162 games this year. 162-game players typically don't have to play in the playoffs, so Martinez decided to give Harper one day 37 games in. (Also in here: Brian Goodwin is swinging again.)
Talking to Sean Doolittle about closing, Star Wars, New Jersey, and fastballs
In case you didn't know, Sean Doolittle is a pretty laid back guy.
Today’s Game: Nationals vs. Dbacks — 9:40 PM
Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Zack Greinke