Today begins the season series between the Nationals and Marlins. If they want to make up some ground in the division, the time is now.
Here’s the scoop from South Beach:
Reload, Don’t Rebuild
Bryce Harper is on the verge of free-agency. It doesn't really matter: Plenty of teams have lost stars and then still dominated. For instance, the 2012-2017 Washington Nationals.
Even with a good start under his belt, Erick Fedde will go back to Syracuse
There's not really a spot for Fedde, and the Nats need another reliever, so the writing is on the wall.
Notes on Soto, Robles and Murphy
Juan Soto is 3-for-10 in the majors, Victor Robles could get back this year, and Daniel Murphy is slowly recovering from a bad virus.
Nationals' bond with Stanley Cup-bound Capitals is genuine
Davey Martinez has been rocking the red for a solid month now, and, despite living in Tampa in the offseason, has fully embraced the Caps. The fans typically are fans of both teams. Every Nat but Bryce Harper seems to have gotten into it.
Quiz: Which Nats player should you root for?
IT'S A REAL, LIVE NATIONALS QUIZ. TODAY IS A GOOD, GOOD DAY.
The Nationals bullpen—namely, Sammy Solis—is overtaxed but still finding ways to be aggressive
Sammy Solis, with approximately eight trillion pitches this season, has tried to attack hitters more, but his velocity goes down with two or three outings in a row. Now, he's attacking with off-speed. (Also, apparently the law firm is giving everyone a ton of advice.)
Nationals to call up Justin Miller from Class AAA Syracuse
In Syracuse, Miller has pitched to a 0.00 ERA over 13.2 innings in Triple-A Syracuse, and his velocity is trending up.
NL East prospects to watch
"[Juan] Soto has taken over as Washington's hottest prospect... if he keeps hitting like this, he's here to stay."
Prospect Spotlight – Tomas Alastre
"He shows below-average command, with potential to reach average with further experience... the fastball sits 89-91 MPH."