Washington’s Nationals evened things up with the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, and Max Scherzer led the way while moving up the all-time K list. There’s some more MASN drama coming apparently. Catch up on the latest Nationals news now. Go read your links:
Max Scherzer ignores solo homers, cruises to 7-3 win over D-backs - (MASN)
"The homers were well-struck no-doubters by the Diamondbacks. But Scherzer demonstrated again how potential game-changing hits don’t faze him over the course of a start."
Scherzer slings past Spahn, Feller on K list - (MLB.com)
"Scherzer limited the D-backs to just three hits on the night, including a pair of solo homers -- from Carson Kelly in the third inning and Nick Ahmed in the fifth -- but he otherwise flummoxed Arizona’s offense."
Max Scherzer's 10Ks in 21 Seconds. pic.twitter.com/QkKXrqCzyn— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 15, 2019
Max Scherzer and the Nats’ bullpen (really) shut down Arizona - (WaPost)
"Is it possible the Nationals have figured something out with their relievers? Latest win offers more evidence."
Bullpen rebound helps rest of team focus on task at hand - (MASN)
"The Nationals bullpen took their lumps for most of the first two months of the season. But recently they have been able to avoid big innings and hold leads."
MASN, RCN at impasse on carriage deal - (WaPost)
"RCN announced Friday that it has reached an impasse in negotiations with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which broadcasts Nationals and Baltimore Orioles games.”
RCN announced Friday that it has reached an impasse in negotiations with MASN. If the two sides cannot reach a deal by July 1, thousands of residents in the D.C. area will lose access to Nats and Orioles games. https://t.co/Lr8GGc0mvX— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) June 14, 2019
Injury updates and more praise for Trevor Rosenthal - (MASN)
"Miller has been out since May 18 with a right rotator cuff strain. The medical staff opted to take a step to help relieve some of the pain and soreness Miller was feeling."
Nationals' Trevor Rosenthal understands there’s a long way to go - (WaPost)
"The Nationals would-be setup man faced the minimum again in his second appearance back from the injured list."
Arizona Diamondbacks vexed by Max Scherzer in road loss to Washington Nationals - (AZCentral)
"'He's one of the best in the game,' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said of Scherzer. 'I felt like we squared up a couple balls, obviously, for the home runs.'"
Max Scherzer, 97mph Fastball (foul) and 85mph Changeup (Swinging K), Overlay.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 15, 2019
Zack Greinke says throwing a no-hitter would be 'a hassle' - (Yahoo!Sports)
“It’d probably be more of a hassle than anything,' Greinke told MLB.com. 'Just [like] the Sports Illustrated article. A bunch of nonsense comes with it. I don’t think about no-hitters, ever.'"
The most improved pitchers of 2019 - (MLB.com)
"After all these years, all the ups and downs, it feels like we still don't fully appreciate how great Strasburg is."
How Nationals bobbleheads go from concept to collectible - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The path from idea to boxed giveaway within an interactive back is long. The Nationals begin planning their upcoming bobblehead promotions in July of the previous year."
Patrick Corbin’s fastball command is sliding away - (Beyond the Box Score)
"By Corbin’s own admission, his fastball command hasn’t been there. The sinker hasn’t been any worse in getting strikes this year, but he still throws it over the plate less than half the time."
Prospect Roundup: Games of June 13 - (MiLB.com)
"A fifth-round pick in last year's Draft, Canning posted a career-best five RBIs with his ninth multi-hit game since being promoted from Hagerstown on April 15."
Auburn Doubledays drop season opener to Batavia Muckdogs - (Auburnpub.com)
"Evan Lee tossed the final three innings for Auburn. The Washington Nationals' 15th rounder in 2018 fanned three and allowed three hits, one walk and one earned run."
Lucas Giolito always had the talent, he just needed the patience – (The Athletic)
"In the Washington Nationals clubhouse, there is perhaps no storyline this year as predictable as Lucas Giolito having a dominant 2019 season."
Lucas Giolito’s Unprecedented Shift From Horrible to Unhittable - (The New York Times)
"In 2018, Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox did something no pitcher had done in a decade: He recorded an earned run average higher than 6 in more than 170 innings of work."