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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals drop 5th in a row; third shutout loss in that stretch; Now in St. Louis...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to see if the club can snap its five-game losing streak.

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Davey Martinez isn’t pushing the panic button yet, especially considering the Nationals have not yet rolled out their expected everyday lineup as they wait for a number of key players to get cleared to come off the COVID IL. So even after the fifth straight loss and after the club suffered its third shutout loss in that stretch, he stressed the positives and kept the focus on moving forward to the next game.

“Hey, look, we’re playing hard, we’ve been in most of these ballgames,” Martinez said after the 3-0 loss in LA on Sunday. “Today we were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. We’re getting hits, we’re not getting those timely hits. But then again, we’re missing some big bats in our lineup. Hopefully we get those guys back soon, but these guys, like I said, I give them credit, they battled, they battled back, we had a couple of guys on there in the eighth and just couldn’t get nothing going. So, keep battling, that’s all we can do, just keep battling. We fly out tonight to St. Louis, tomorrow we play another good ballclub in the Cardinals, so we’ve got to be ready and win that first game of the series.”

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NATS BEAT:

Roster Notes:

For now, trio of catchers is fine with Martinez - (MASN)
"That Lucroy, 34, is still around shows that the Nats want to ease Gomes and Avila into regular playing time because of their extended virus-related layoffs."

Nationals Notebook: A less than ideal start to the season - (WTOP)
“After the Nationals’ first weekend was wiped off the schedule due to multiple players testing positive for COVID-19, the Nats won their season opener in fantastic fashion (nothing like a walk-off hit by Juan Soto) before dropping five straight games.”

Despite delay, Hand encouraged by Nationals debut - (MASN)
"It made for an anti-climactic debut for one of the best relievers in baseball, but maybe a soft landing was actually good for Hand in the long run."

Jon Lester working toward return to rotation - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals still are awaiting clearance for left-hander Jon Lester, first baseman Josh Bell, second baseman Josh Harrison and left fielder Kyle Schwarber to be reinstated from the injured list."

Patrick Corbin returns but Nationals lose to Dodgers - (WaPost)
“Corbin yielded six earned runs on six hits and three walks after being among nine Nationals who started the season on the covid-19 injured list because they tested positive for the coronavirus or came into close contact with someone who had.”

Three players could be in St. Louis, but Lester needs more time - (MASN)
"Five others who were deemed ineligible on opening day (Yan Gomes, Alex Avila, Brad Hand, Patrick Corbin and Jordy Mercer) all were cleared Thursday and flew to Los Angeles on Friday morning to join the team."

Scherzer Notes:

Nationals shut out for third time in four games, swept by Dodgers - (Washington Times)
"Juan Soto has a green light in 3-0 counts because of what the Nationals right fielder has displayed throughout his young career: an ability to be selective and damaging when the right pitch comes along."

Max Scherzer strong in loss vs. Dodgers - (MLB.com)
"Scherzer was pleased with his cutter, changeup and sliders against right-handers. He also felt like he was in a better rhythm with veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy."

Max Scherzer, Nationals lose to Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for sweep - (WaPost)
“It was worth stripping the game of all other context, at least until Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw were finished for the afternoon.”

Scherzer great, lineup not great as Nats shut out again (updated) - (MASN)
"One week into a season that didn’t start when they expected and didn’t include the roster they expected, the Nationals have established a fairly common daily narrative."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Clayton Kershaw outduels Max Scherzer in rare matchup of three-time Cy Young Award winners - (CBSSports.com)
"Sunday in sunny Los Angeles, the baseball world was treated to a rarity."

MLB weekend winners and losers: Byron Buxton continues to mash; Mets, Yankees off to underwhelming starts - (CBSSports.com)
"Loser: Nationals - It's been a bit of a tumultuous start to the Washington Nationals' 2021 MLB season."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves rip replay review after upheld call at plate keys Phillies' win - (ESPN)
"Plate umpire Lance Barrett called Bohm safe, though replays showed he might never have touched home plate. After a long delay for the video challenge, the ruling on the field was upheld."

Braves Lineup: MLB reaction to controversial Braves call - (AJC.com)
"A national audience watched as the Braves lost to the Phillies, 7-6, on Sunday Night Baseball at Truist Park. But it was how the teams reached that final result that sparked emotions..."

Mets still not capitalizing on deGrom's excellence | Newsday
The new-look Mets have a familiar problem so far: Even when Jacob deGrom is on the mound, they're surprisingly beatable.DeGrom struck out 14 on Saturday, but New York lost 3-0 to the Miami Marlins. In

Marlins-Mets April 11 game suspended - (MLB.com)
"The Marlins’ series finale against the Mets was suspended due to rain on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field after just nine pitches."