Please note that A) if Erick Fedde and Joe Ross finally got it together this year, it sure would be a fun time, B) if the offense started hitting again, this team could finally be fun to watch again, and C) today’s links have not seen the episode of that TV show from last night, so refrain from mentioning it in the comments, please and thanks.
Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:
As the kids show what they can do, the Nats show what they could still be this year (WaPo)
The Nats' offense is injured. Their starting pitching is questionable. Their bullpen is terrible. And yet the offense hit, Erick Fedde salvaged a game, and the bullpen survived. If a few guys get going, this team could get on a roll — but then again, the Nats have never really survived a slow start like this, though it could provide for the team's first real pennant race.
A glimpse of the future: Young stars erase Nationals’ six-run deficit in 11-inning win (WaPo)
The offense will clearly be there in the future. If Erick Fedde's performance yesterday is any indication, some help is on the way for the rotation. The kids, apparently, might just be alright.
Age is just a number: Victor Robles, Juan Soto, and Carter Kieboom make history with home runs (NBCSW)
Today, in the best lede of the year thus far: "WASHINGTON-- In 1996, Bill Clinton was re-elected President of the United States, the Spice Girls released their first No. 1 single, "Wannabe" and Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom were not born yet. How is that for a stat."
Kieboom up; for how long? (Nationals Arms Race)
Kieboom will probably get a month to prove he belongs in the majors — and if he doesn't, then the job will go back to an overpaid veteran. Then again, Brian Dozier hasn't exactly made a case for a starting job at this point.
Ryan Zimmerman’s foot lands him on injured list, Nationals promote Erick Fedde (WaPo)
“We’re going to get him treated and keep him off his feet for 10 days,” Martinez said. “They’re going to put him on some medication, see if it calms down and then see what happens.”
Matt Adams walk-off HR on Nationals historic day (MLB.com)
The Nats' win yesterday didn't really make sense: Erick Fedde was in Hartford, Connecticut at 3:30 AM yesterday, and still threw four scoreless innings. The Nats were down 6-0, and they won 7-6. Davey Martinez sent out three players younger than 21, and they still won. Craziest of all, the bullpen functioned normally.
3 Nats phenoms did something unprecedented (MLB.com)
Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Carter Kieboom combined for five runs driven in — also known as 25% of Soto's age. Did we mention they all came on homers?
Ryan Zimmerman to injured list with plantar fasciitis (MLB.com)
Zimmerman's injury came after landing awkwardly on his foot on a leaping catch in Colorado. Given the trickiness and oddity of plantar fasciitis, there's no telling when he'll come back.
Matt Adams' titanic blast in 11th caps Nats' big comeback (MASN)
Adams got an everyday job once Zimmerman landed on the IL, and the first day was a pretty good sign. “It feels pretty good to hit one up there,” Adams said. “I didn’t know if the wind was going to end up blowing it foul. It started out way fair and then got close at the end. It stayed fair, and it ended the day pretty good.”
Zimmerman to IL with foot injury, Rendon out again (MASN)
Anthony Rendon, despite having missed almost a week's worth of games, still hasn't hit the Injured List, because his contusion is confusing the Nats' (very expensive) medical staff.