Sometimes, games can be microcosms for seasons. Last night’s game — wasted offensive opportunity, fielding blunders, and general pain — has a strong case for representing the season thus far.
Here’s the news from Miller Park:
Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Adams will both play, Koda Glover nearing return to MLB (MLB)
Zimmerman got his first turn starting since returning from the DL last night against the Brewers, but he won't win back his regular job; instead, Davey Martinez plans to use him and Matt Adams in a platoon. Also, Koda Glover has completed five of his predicted eight or nine outings before getting called back up to the Nats.
Martinez motivated to get Zimmerman going (MASN)
“We got to get him in the lineup,” Martinez said. “We got to get him going. Like I said before, when he’s hot, he can carry us for a while so we want to make sure we get him going."
MLB pulls Bryce Harper's Home Run Derby ball from auction (ESPN)
Harper's final home run went onto the batter's eye, so MLB instinctually auctioned it off. The final bid was at $7,020 until they realized that they should probably give Bryce the ball, which they did.
Nationals Should Learn from Manny Machado Haul and Consider Trading Bryce Harper (Bleacher Report)
This article is going to argue for the Nationals to trade Bryce Harper. The argument remains the same: they'll receive the prospect haul of a lifetime and rebuild while still being able to contend next year.
Each team's best player acquired via trade (MLB.com)
Trea Turner wins the prize for the Nats.
‘Very physical’: Braves announcers exaggerate Scherzer-Strasburg incident (WaPo)
There was no physical contact, no face-to-face screaming matches that we know of. That's not the story Chip Caray and Joe Simpson of Fox Sports South told, though.
Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Royals for prospect Jacob Condra-Bogan (Minor League Ball)
Condra-Bogan could be a "fine middle reliever moving forward" with his fastball that touches 99.
Ryan Zimmerman back in the Nationals lineup Monday in Milwaukee (WaPo)
Matt Adams demolishes right-handed pitching, but the Nats weren't going to see a lefty this series, so Zimmerman got the start last night. Adams may get shifted to left when Juan Soto needs a day or two off. (Also, Trea Turner is hitting .185 over the last seven games!)