Yesterday, the Nationals looked like the team they were advertised to be: one that had a potent offense, dominant pitching, and the ability to beat up on a lesser division rival.
Coincidentally, the bullpen logged exactly one inning yesterday.
Here’s the deal from Denver:
‘It’s awful’: Open roof at Marlins Park leaves Nationals hitters frustrated (WaPo)
The Marlins are trying to open the roof more this year, which makes sense, given how much better that ballpark looks with natural light. The only issue there is that shadows creep in during afternoon games, meaning batters can't see the ball's spin at the plate and players can't see the pitch in the dugout or while on deck. As a sidenote, Adam Eaton was very, very unhappy about the whole ordeal.
Nationals ride superb Stephen Strasburg effort to 5-0 win over Marlins (WaPo)
With 104 pitches under little stress, Strasburg helped the Nationals right the ship a little bit while relying on his curveball and off-speed much more than he has early this year.
Max Scherzer OK after tweaking muscle in dugout (MLB.com)
Lewis Brinson slapped a foul ball into the Nats' dugout on Sunday, which managed to come near Max Scherzer, who had to jerk his body out of the way, thus tweaking the intercostal muscle on his left side. He doesn't think he'll be out for his next start, though.
Stephen Strasburg wins, sets Nationals record (MLB.com)
With 8 innings and eleven strikeouts, Strasburg became the all-time innings leader for the Nationals en route to salvaging a win in Miami.
Anthony Rendon out after being hit by pitch (MLB.com)
Rendon’s elbow was still stiff and sore when he arrived on Sunday, meaning the Nats had to deal with a short bench yesterday — but Davey Martinez thinks he'll probably be ready for Colorado.
Anthony Rendon out against Marlins, but Nationals confident he can avoid injured list (WaPo)
"But do the Nationals expect Rendon to avoid the injured list? ‘As of right now, yeah,’ Martinez said. ‘I figured he was going to be stiff today, so I even told him last night he wasn’t going to play.’"
Strasburg logs vintage performance as Nats shut out Marlins 5-0 (MASN)
Ryan Zimmerman's two homers were a nice sign of things to come (hopefully) for the first baseman, whose average currently sits below .200. He calls himself streaky and thinks the hits will come. (Here's hoping that one day the Nats will stop resigning themselves to the "whatever happens happens" attitude.)
Sunday Afternoon in Woodbridge (Nationals Prospects)
The P-Nats are 8-10 after winning 7-1 on Sunday.