Well, that was weird. But also fun! It’s almost as if having Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy hitting is good for the Nationals.
One other thing: The Nats Blog put out about eleven thousand pieces yesterday, so they get their own dedicated section today.
Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:
Rosenthal suggests that Nats could reunite with Ramos (MLBTR)
Because the Marlins are asking for a king's ransom for J.T. Realmuto, there aren't many other catchers the Nats would really want. Enter Wilson Ramos.
Jeremy Hellickson has rough outing at Class A Potomac, but Nationals aren’t concerned (WaPo)
Brandon Kintzler's inning? Perfect. Jeremy Hellickson's inning? Well, if we're defining eleven earned runs in 4.2 innings in High-A as perfect, yes, also perfect. But apparently he feels okay.
Dave Martinez spends time with youth players (MLB)
Davey hung out with some of baseball's youngest players as a part of Play Ball weekend, and talked centerfield and Barry Bonds.
Brandon Kintzler, Jeremy Hellickson returning (MLB)
Both players apparently were expected to only need one rehab outing, and Brandon Kintzler could be back tomorrow while Hellickson could return his next time through the rotation.
There's no reason the Nationals' window would close after this year (ESPN)
It doesn't really matter if Bryce Harper stays or goes — because the Nats have Juan Soto, Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Erick Fedde, Anthony Rendon, Michael A. Taylor, Sean Doolittle, and a whole lot of position player depth in the minors.
The Nats Blog Readapalooza:
Damn, Daniel: What Kind of Murphy Will We See, This Year and Beyond? (The Nats Blog)
If Daniel Murphy returns to his 2016-17 form, the Nationals will have one of baseball's most potent lineups, as shown by last night. But microfracture surgery has also taken its toll on many a player, and Murphy's future is very much in jeopardy.
Max Scherzer for Silver Slugger (The Nats Blog)
Other than Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin, there are no other pitchers that should be winning the Silver Slugger — and what pitchers are pinch-hitting, anyways?
Bryce Harper’s Bloop Gave Nats Fans Their Moment (The Nats Blog)
Bryce Harper was supposed to have the summer of his life this year, but has struggled mightily instead — which, if anything, has helped him see that the Nats fans are remaining with him.
Juan Soto Should Never Leave (The Nats Blog)
When he came up, it felt like Juan Soto was going to go down within a few weeks. That notion was gone within a few days — he's carried the offense, come up in clutch situations, and has simply made the team better. Shoutout to Mike Rizzo for never trading him.
The Nats Land Kelvin Herrera. The Game Is On. (The Nats Blog)
The Nats are behind. They haven't won a series this month. Brandon Kintzler is on the DL. With that in mind, the Nats struck super early and didn't have to pay that much for him.