It’s gotten bad for the Nats, so let’s start setting daily goals — here’s today’s:
Score a run.
Here’s what’s phresh in Philly.
Potomac Nationals announce plans for new ballpark in Fredericksburg (WaPo)
MiLB told the P-Nats that they needed a new stadium, and Prince William County Balked — so Fredericksburg may instead get the new ballpark, if the city council goes for it.
As Dave Martinez balances outfield options, Adam Eaton loses playing time (WaPo)
The Nats brought in Adam Eaton to anchor their outfield, and paid a pretty hefty price to get him. A resurgence from Michael A. Taylor and Juan Soto's outbreak have stuck him clawing for playing time whenever he can get it.
Bryce Harper's most important number: his age. His average isn't far behind, though. (MLB)
Bryce Harper's average is .217 — but his other numbers are up, which suggests that he's selling out for power. Here's the thing, though: he's still stupidly young, and has a lot of time to figure this out, which is why a lot of teams will try to pay him crazy money this offseason.
Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez, and the case Imprudence (Nationals Baseball)
To keep their subpar lineup in the playoff hunt, the Nationals needed their starting pitchers to show up — and show up they did, until June 1st. Then Jeremy Hellickson went down. Then Stephen Strasburg went down. Then Tanner Roark lost his touch, and Gio Gonzalez isn't looking great either. Now, the offense isn't picking up the slack, and what happens next is rather predictable. Thus: they need another starter.
Davey Martinez will speak to Zimmerman about rehab games (MASN)
Zimmerman is inching towards a return from his oblique injury, but Dave Martinez has yet to really discuss his plans with him.
Soto focuses on improving defense at every new major league venue (MASN)
Juan Soto has not had the benefit of seeing a ton of minor league stadiums, and thus hasn't seen a ton of unique outfield corners and bends. Thus, he's dedicating a portion of time to learning the outfield at every new stadium he goes to.
In Baltimore, whispers of Orioles leaving due to MASN dispute (Wash Times)
Apparently nobody knows what's happening in the Orioles' front office — but if they finally find themselves on the losing side of the MASN debacle, then there are a few quiet rumors that they may pack up when their lease on Camden Yards is done, which is for the better, because this metro area can only support one team anyways (ignore the delusional and incapable front office on the Northern side of the BW Parkway).