If the Nationals can’t win a game when Max Scherzer only allows two runs, how well does that bode for every other game? To rephrase: what, exactly, does this team need to do to buy a win?
Here’s the news from Milwaukee:
The Nationals can’t catch a break … with anything right now (The Athletic)
Flight delays turned into a mid-day arrival in Milwaukee; another two Nats injured themselves; the pace at which the Nats will have to win to make up ground is getting more and more unreasonable; the bullpen is still bad. Other than that, it's all fine.
The 30: Week six sees complete-game shutouts from Cubs, Mets slingers as the D-Backs surge (The Athletic)
The Nationals are ranked in the bottom ten of a power rankings for the first time in a long, long time here. Jonah Keri points to the following facts: they can't win Max Scherzer's starts, their fielding is atrocious, and they've already fired their pitching coach.
Anthony Rendon expected back Tuesday (MLB.com)
Rendon will represent a massive addition to the club's incredibly depleted lineup, while Matt Adams got off with just a shoulder strain.
Prospect Team of the Week for week 4 (MLB.com)
A pitcher for the Nats' triple-A team went three innings without allowing a hit or a run. Another few performances like that and he should take over the eighth inning in no time.
Yan Gomes injures forearm vs. Brewers (MLB.com)
Yan Gomes was hit on the arm with an 88 MPH fastball in the first yesterday. Are we having fun yet?
Mistakes plague Nationals in loss to Brewers (MLB.com)
The Nats were within striking distance of a win in a series opener. Then Brian Dozier couldn't handle a ground ball, and the floodgates reopened.
Nationals are ready to go in Milwaukee after long night on team plane (WaPo)
Brian Dozier won some Texas hold 'em money back after their Boeing 757 decided to imitate the team's bullpen; luckily, it was before it got in the air.
Nationals' team plane get stuck in Philadelphia (MLB.com)
“We’re not playing great baseball right now, so hopefully this can kind of divert us and erase our minds a little bit, and give us a little more jet lag, and refocus us,” outfielder Adam Eaton said. “We’ll try anything, I guess.”
Nationals lose two more players to injury in series-opening loss to Brewers (WaPo)
The Nationals had their nightly implosion in the seventh on Monday, but they also watched a backup for a backup go down with an injury in addition to one of the final Opening Day starters remaining. They aren't winning close games, they're giving up error after error; it's May, and it's already painfully ugly.
Nats lose two more players, another series opener (MASN)
Carter Kieboom, clearly, isn't ready for primetime. Seven-hour delays, clearly, don't help a team win. The bullpen and defense, clearly, aren't getting any better. Davey Martinez, needless to say, just isn't too happy these days.
Rendon on track to return to lineup Tuesday (MASN)
“With Anthony, it’s not just one guy,” Martinez said. “It’s a guy that’s in the middle of our lineup. And don’t forget his defense. His defense is utterly important for us. He plays unbelievable defense at third base. I’ve said this before: He’s a guy that our lineup revolves around. So getting him back will be huge.”