Sure the lead was eleven runs in the seventh, and the Washington Nationals had to use their closer, Sean Doolittle, in the end, but they won, darn it, they won. It’s the old process vs the results thing, amirite? Maybe not.
Go read your links... Nats vs Phillies at 7:05 PM EDT tonight:
Nationals outslug Mets for 12-9 win that again features little relief from the bullpen - (WaPost)
"The Nationals lit up the scoreboard, starting with a five-run second in a surge sustained by 12 walks, and Scherzer was sharp for most of his 6⅓ innings."
Max Scherzer (RBI, 7 K's) right combo for series win - (MLB.com)
"Once the adrenaline was gone after exiting the game, Nationals starter Max Scherzer realized how sore his right leg felt."
Scherzer, whose lower R leg was wrapped postgame: "Once I came out of the game, once you lose the adrenaline, it tightened up pretty good. So it kind of hurts to walk right now, but this was just a little bone bruise, I'll be fine here."— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) April 7, 2019
Up 11 runs in seventh, Nationals hang on to win - (MASN)
"Despite opening up a commanding 11-run lead in the seventh inning, Martinez and the Nationals had to sweat this one out until the very end..."
Rosenthal feeling good, but struggles continue - (MLB.com)
"Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was summoned into the manager’s office for a meeting with Dave Martinez and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist prior to Sunday's 12-9 win over the Mets at Citi Field."
What’s wrong with Trevor Rosenthal? The Nationals reliever doesn’t know. - (WaPost)
"At first, when it felt like one of baseball’s many oddities, Rosenthal could laugh at it. Now, as it lingers into a fourth series, he and the Nationals need it to go away."
Ross joins bullpen after red eye from Fresno (Nats up 12-6) - (MASN)
"But the failures of the Nationals bullpen through seven games - they enter play today with a majors-worst 10.02 ERA and three blown saves - left the club with a more pressing need."
Anthony Rendon is hitting .433.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 7, 2019
Anthony Rendon has 4 HRs.
Anthony Rendon is your Player of the Game. pic.twitter.com/lg7a4m12tY
Don’t boo Bryce Harper - (WaPost)
"Such disrespect and pettiness have no place in sports and do nothing more than detract from the baseball experience and serve as negative role modeling for our children."
Sunday's top prospect performers - (MLB.com)
"Nationals: Nick Roquet, LHP (No. 23) -- 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K (Class A Advanced Potomac)
Roquet started and turned in five solid frames in Potomac's 6-2 win over Fayetteville. He made 24 starts, 12 apiece between Class A Hagerstown and Potomac in 2018, posting a 3.74 ERA."
Trevor Rosenthal has yet to retire a batter this season – (HardballTalk)
"As evidenced by the walks, wild pitches, and hit batter, Rosenthal doesn’t have anything resembling control."
Nationals-Mets: Trevor Rosenthal makes another appearance without recording out - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Trevor Rosenthal and the Washington Nationals’ bullpen, it got worse."
Mets Zack Wheeler doomed by control issues in loss to Nationals - (USA TODAY)
"Zack Wheeler could not find the strike zone Sunday. Not with men on base. Not even with the Citi Field crowd starting to turn on him."
Scott Kingery could get a start Monday in place of slumping Cesar Hernandez - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Infielder Scott Kingery could get his first start of the new season when the Phillies begin a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night."
Fantasy baseball - Daily notes, pitcher rankings and hitter ratings, plus players to add for Monday - (ESPN)
"Vince Velasquez ... Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals: It's early, but thus far, the Nationals are among the league leaders in strikeouts."
Highest BA w/ RISP since 2016 (active players, min. 50 AB)— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 7, 2019
1. Charlie Culberson: .395
2. MAX SCHERZER: .367
3. Daniel Murphy: .362
4. Nolan Arenado: .356
Scherzer 22-for-60 with 24 RBIs in those situations after his 1st-inning RBI single today.