It really, really looked like the Nats had an opener they could win last night: a mediocre starter against one of their best and the healthiest lineup they’ve fielded since Opening Day.
Then again, Wilmer Font is a historically dominant pitcher.
Here’s the news from New York:
Nats-Mets: Erick Fedde’s rotation audition, Juan Soto sparks (WaPo)
The Nationals are in some odd middle-ground: too promising to be given up on, too bad to inspire hope. This run of games against the Mets and Marlins during which we'll get our first good look at Erick Fedde should clear things up further.
Sean Doolittle and Joe Maddon agree: MLB should provide more clarification of toe-tap rule (WaPo)
Sean was annoyed, and took it out on Maddon. Maddon said he was just standing up for his guy — "being a good parent." But they both agree: rule 5.07(a) is too vague and doesn't account for the gray area between a second step and a toe-tap.
The Adam Eaton-Todd Frazier feud shows no signs of ending (The Athletic)
"Eaton was surprised this brouhaha is still alive. “Yes, absolutely. He’s very childish,” he said of Frazier. “I’m walking with my head down, play’s over, I’m walking away. I can still hear him. I’m a 30-year-old man with two kids, got a mortgage and everything. He wants to loud talk as he’s running off the field. At the end of the day, I got to be a man about it. I tried to stay patient with the childishness, but it is what it is. I got to stand up eventually.”
Adam Eaton on exchanging words with Todd Frazier (again): ‘He’s very childish’ (WaPo)
“Gosh, who knows what goes through that guy’s mind? He’s chirping all the way across the infield. He must really like me, ’cause he wants to get my attention,” Eaton said. "It seems like every time we come into town, he really cares what I think about him. I don’t know what his deal is, if he wants to talk to me in person or have a visit or what it is."
Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Adams both progressing toward return (MASN)
Zimmerman ran for the first time on Sunday, while Adams took a full round of BP. Both are in the latter stages of their rehabs but still have a little while to go before returning.
Tony Sipp activated, Dan Jennings designated, Javy Guerra acquired (MASN)
Jennings never could quite find his footing and will likely head down to Fresno, assuming nobody picks him up.
Guerra could join bullpen Tuesday (MASN)
Javy Guerra had a 3.84 ERA in 11 appearances for the Blue Jays, but the brunt of the damage came in back-to-back appearances in mid-April. He's a 9-year veteran that could well serve as the team's long man.
Nationals activate Tony Sipp, add Javy Guerra (MLB.com)
Tony Sipp is back in the majors (and it went super well, guys!). Javy Guerra will be there soon at the expense of someone's spot on the 40-man, which remains to be seen.
Nats can't beat reeling Mets, lose another opener (MASN)
The Nats, for the second night in a row, came within what felt like inches. But once again, they just couldn't get the job done.
Eaton calls Frazier 'childish' as feud resurfaces (MLB.com)
Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier had to be separated on Monday night after Eaton said he heard Frazier yelling at him across the infield "all night long," to which he eventually stood up. No word on the origin of the feud from when the two were teammates in Chicago, though it may have something to do with a hard slide by Eaton last August.
Another early deficit buries the Nationals, who come up empty against the Mets (WaPo)
The Mets—who started Wilmer Font after getting swept by the Marlins!—somehow beat the Nationals thanks to some early homers—a trend for Corbin against New York—and an inability to push runs across the plate.
The 30: It’s graduation season for NL prospects, and Hyun-Jin Ryu continues to dominate for the Dodgers (The Athletic)
The Nats are up a spot to 23rd. If Brian Dozier or Carter Kieboom had performed better, maybe they'd be up further. And if Koda Glover weren't a government conspiracy, then the bullpen might not be as bad as well.