Nationals' roster notes + more w/ bluelineswinger
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The Washington Nationals called up the best pitching prospect in baseball to temporarily replace their ace. Now that they've started his service clock, could Giolito stick around and improve the bullpen when Strasburg is healthy?
Washington Nationals' reliever Felipe Rivero's struggles continued Saturday as he allowed all six batters he faced to reach in a 7-3 loss. It was the fourth time in seven appearances he's allowed multiple runs as his ERA jumped from 5.34 to 6.82.
In four years since the qualifying offer system has been in place to determine free agent compensation, we haven't seen a single player call their former team's bluff and accept it. Could this be the year it happens? If so, who will it be?
Entering the 2015 season, the smart money said that the Nats would have four players that they'd be giving a qualifying offer and receiving draft pick compensation for. Now that the season's over, will all four of those guys see a QO?
We've seen Bryce Harper attempt to bunt before. It almost always seems to strike a nerve, whether he's bunting for a hit or trying to (why?!?!?) sacrifice a runner over. Harper once again attempted a bunt Wednesday night in a big spot.
It may seem implausible, but we've actually already seen a 7.5 game swing in the standings between the Mets and Nats in a 17 game stretch this season. In fact, it's happened TWICE! Buckle up! Cheer your Nats on during this final homestand!
In their first thirteen matchups this season, the Nats and Mets have combined to score just 72 runs (5.54/game). While the pitching is partially responsible for this, both offenses have improved significantly over where they were earlier in the year.
The Washington Nationals will play the first of their two remaining series against the NL East leading Mets next week. Before that, they'll have a chance to make up some ground as they host the struggling Atlanta Braves.
For the fourth time in seven days, the Nationals let a winnable game slip away. After losing a pair of one run games last week to the Padres and Marlins, the Nats wasted a 5-3 lead in the late innings for the second night in a row in St. Louis.
Matt Williams hasn't utilized the double switch very often in his tenure as the Nats manager. Maybe we saw why on Friday night. He double switched in the seventh inning of Friday's loss to the Marlins and moved his pitcher's spot UP in the order.
In the month since the trade deadline, Jayson Werth has struggled in his return from injury. Anthony Rendon has been OK, but not the Rendon we remember. Zim has been fine, but Denard Span lasted just two games before his season ended.
Matt Williams has taken a lot of heat over the past few months, much of which has come in this column. He doesn't deserve criticism for giving Yunel Escobar the green light on 3-0 with runners on the corners last night, though.
The hole that the Nats have dug is all their own doing. If they hope to claw out of it, they're going to need some of the second division clubs on the Mets remaining schedule to finish the job when they hang a big number on the Mets pitchers.
Jordan Zimmermann has been a rock in the Nats rotation for the past six years, but he's really struggled since the All Star Break. After allowing just eight home runs in the first half, J-Zimm has allowed eight home runs this August.
Anthony Rendon sat for the second night in a row and third time in five games in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Rockies. He's dealt with three significant injuries this season and hasn't hit well when in the lineup. He's not hurt again, is he?
With Michael Taylor on second base and a 2-0 count on Yunel Escobar (.304/.356/.414), Matt Williams called for a sacrifice bunt to hand Matt Cain and the Giants the very first out of the game. At this point, he's just trolling us.
Tyler Moore had a great ascent to the majors and a strong rookie season in 2012. Unfortunately, it's 2015 and Moore has generally been a terrible big league hitter for three years. If he were a good defender, that could be forgiven some. He's not.