Had the Nationals’ offense come through late last week, they would be one game—one game!—under .500. They are currently five under. Could be worse — at least they’re hitting home runs every now and then.
Here’s the scoop from Chicago:
Sean Doolittle on traditional closer role (MLB.com)
Doolittle has 60 saves in 65 chances with the Nats over the last three seasons, shining in the official role of closer and keeping his memory short.
With 1,000th career hit, Dozier extends hot streak to 20 games (MASN)
Brian Dozier deleted Twitter because of the vitriol he was getting for his poor start. But over his last twenty games, he's gotten his average far above the .200 mark he was stuck at, hitting .339 with five homers and 16 RBI.
Nats become first team to hit four straight homers twice (Yahoo!)
In 2017, it was Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman. Where they are now: Anaheim, Fresno, Philly, the injured list.
Nationals make MLB history with four consecutive home runs in win over Padres (WaPo)
In just four minutes, the Nationals totaled 1,639 feet of homers and four runs. Adam Eaton, though, was surprised to be part of it.
With historic homer barrage, Nats win series finale (MASN)
The first one got them the lead. The second one got them the insurance. The third and fourth were just out of place, but allowed everyone to forget the notion that the Nats might blow another stellar Strasburg start.
Nationals hit 4 consecutive home runs (MLB.com)
“I liked the first one, for sure. It put us ahead,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “Then it was wow, wow and wow!”
Nats make history with four straight HRs in 8th (ESPN)
Oddly enough, they all came off of former bullpen stalwart Craig Stammen.
Sunday Notes: Nationals Prospect Rhett Wiseman Knows Baseball is a Business (Fangraphs)
Rhett Wiseman is a prospect who has struggled for the Nats after they took him with their third-round pick in 2015. But he can still be credited with a rather savvy business decision.