Max Scherzer was solid, though his leg tightened up on him a few innings after he took a comebacker off it in the win over the New York Mets on Sunday. Davey Martinez’s squad scored 12 runs in the series finale, and had an 11-run lead in the seventh, though they did need to use Sean Doolittle in the ninth once that was down to a three-run lead. The Nats took 2 of 3 from their NL East rivals, though they were one bullpen blow-up away from a shot at three wins in Citi Field. So how did the manager sum up the weekend in Flushing, Queens, NY?
“Here’s where I’m at right now,” the second-year skipper told reporters Sunday afternoon.
“We come to New York, which is a tough place to play. We win 2 out of 3 — we should have possibly won three — so I’m satisfied with that, but yet there’s work to be done, so I’m going to enjoy it tonight, I’m going have my glass of wine when you guys leave the room and I’m going to go back to my room tonight and figure out a lineup for tomorrow and get ready for tomorrow.”
The Nationals’ road trip continues tonight when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 PM EDT in Citizens Bank Park after splitting two with Bryce Harper’s crew during the season-opening homestand last week in D.C.
Harper’s new club took 2 of 3 from the Minnesota Twins this weekend, and they enter play on Monday 6-2, in first in the NL East after eight games, and the 26-year-old slugger has a .385/.556/.846 line, three doubles, three homers, 10 walks, and 10 strikeouts in the first 36 plate appearances of the first season of his 13-year/$330M deal with the Phillies. Not bad.
Not Anthony Rendon good (.433/.528/.967, 4 doubles, 4 HRs, 5 BB, 6 Ks), but not bad, Harp.
Rendon brings a .291/.360/.503 career line in CBP into the series, with 13 doubles and nine home runs in the Phillies’ home in his career, and he’s trying to extend a hit-streak which he stretched to seven games with a seventh-inning home run (a three-run blast) on Sunday.
Whose team will come out on top tonight?