So, that was horrible and then simultaneously quite fun. It’s incredible: this game we all obsess over is occasionally entertaining.
Here’s the news from Philly:
Juan Soto homers in 10th to carry Nationals (MLB.com)
Stephen Strasburg remains undefeated at Citizens Bank Park, oddly enough.
Nationals complete dramatic comeback against Phillies after going down to their final strike (WaPo)
Last night, in Sam Fortier's first gamer, everything imploded from the beginning and exploded at the end — and it all centered around the team's two young stars.
Late blasts by Robles, Soto propel Nats to wild victory (MASN)
"Bryce Harper’s early home run brought out a mighty roar from the Philly faithful. Victor Robles and Juan Soto’s late home runs brought out the boos. And the Nationals-Phillies rivalry just got ratcheted up to a whole new level."
Rosenthal: Would the Cubs think the unthinkable?; Kimbrel is a difference-maker; Yelich has lots to say; more notes (The Athletic)
"The Red Sox, Cubs and Nationals, mindful of the luxury tax, are operating as if they already are at their spending limits. But of the other clubs, the Braves, in particular, should be in a more flexible position."
Martinez sticking with pitcher eighth, Robles ninth (MASN)
Davey still likes Victor Robles in the nine hole, and it's hard to argue with the results thus far.
Nationals’ Brian Dozier knows one home run won’t solve his April struggles (WaPo)
“Playing a number of years, you know you can have a bad week or something in August and it doesn’t really mean that much,” he said Monday night. “But when it gets off to a bad week at the beginning, it kind of gets scrutinized. But look up and if it’s the same thing in October, then we’ll talk. We’ll be fine.”
MASN feud continues as Nationals and Orioles battle over new lawsuit (WaPo)
You'll never believe this, but the Orioles are trying to string out the process of the Nats getting the money they deserve, as MASN held on to dividend payments last year because they needed cash on hand, and they wanted to punish the Nats for getting a loan from MLB as an advance on the TV rights deal.
Strasburg: Watching Soto develop like Harper (MLB.com)
Bill Ladson sat down with Stephen Strasburg in his tenth year in Washington. He now resides in DC year-round, and apparently, he sees some similarities between Juan Soto and Bryce Harper's development.
Bud Norris, Nationals agree on contract (MLB.com)
Mark Feinsand and Brittany Ghiroli say that Norris has wrapped up a deal. Others say it's not quite done yet. In the meantime, Brian Dozier is putting in tons of extra work, and Ryan Zimmerman/Sean Doolittle are still running on a high from UVA's championship.
Nationals considering minor league deal for reliever Bud Norris, though nothing is agreed upon (WaPo)
The Nats are apparently still in discussions with Norris. Disregard the other article. Or don't. (It's a minor-league deal if it comes through.)
Nats working to finalize minor league deal with Norris (updated) - (MASN)
"Whether Norris ultimately joins the Nats’ bullpen and holds a role of significance remains to be seen. But with nobody in the current group having established himself as a consistently effective option beyond closer Sean Doolittle, the Nationals figure to at least give Norris an opportunity should he make it to the big league roster."
The Washington Nationals Need to Sign Craig Kimbrel Right Now (Baseball Essential)
The Nats tried to fix up their bullpen using discount parts. That was a mistake, and now it's time for them to make a real investment if they have any hope of making the playoffs.