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Nats Blast Off in Four-Homer Inning

Tuesday night at Marlins Park, the Nationals took the opportunity to prove F.P Santangelo’s theory that offense is indeed cool. Jacking two sets of back-to-back home runs, the team turned the seventh inning into something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Maybe “one bomb, two bomb, slam bomb, oppo bomb” isn’t exactly how “One Fish, Two Fish” goes, but it is how the Nationals’ inning played out.

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Stephen Strasburg’s New Old Pitch

Stephen Strasburg has powered the Nationals to wins in his first three starts of the year, including Tuesday’s win over the Marlins. It might have been his most impressive outing of the year, as he threw eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and only three hits allowed. Strasburg has been utilizing his usual arsenal of a power fastball averaging 95 MPH, hammer curveball and devastating change up that Nationals fans are familiar with. But in each start this season, Strasburg has thrown a fourth pitch into the mix this year: a slider.

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Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Danny Espinosa

For a team with one of the best records in baseball, the Nationals have a very polarized lineup. Three regulars (Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos, and Daniel Murphy) are hitting over .340, while another three (Michael Taylor, Jayson Werth, and Danny Espinosa) are hitting under .180. None of those six are likely to remain past their particular thresholds, but some are showing more positive signs than others. In going 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday’s loss to the Marlins, Espinosa showed why there is plenty of cause for optimism with him.

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Checking in on the Nationals’ Playoff Odds

The streak is over. The Nationals drop to 9-2 on the young season, with the second loss coming in heart wrenching fashion Sunday to the Phillies. Despite the letdown of that game and obvious disappointment that comes from losing to a Philadelphia team, the Nationals still sport the best record in baseball. Yes, it’s only two weeks’ worth of games. And yes, most of those wins have come against the lowly Braves and Phillies. And yes, it’s still April so there is a risk of reading too much into a small sample of games. But! Those nine games are already booked in the win column at the cost of only two losses. In fact, the Nationals’ hot start and the play around the rest of the league have already significantly changed the playoff picture.

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Scherzer Shoves as Nats Take Down Phillies

Though the initial returns were shaky, Max Scherzer ultimately pulled through in the Washington National’s 8–1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

In the bottom of the first, Scherzer was in a two on, one out jam. He worked his way out of the inning on just three more pitches—a pop out by Ryan Howard, followed by a 1-0 ground out from Darin Ruf.

Ultimately, this set the tone for the rest of Scherzer’s night, as he struck out seven batters in as many innings. The right-hander worked through the outing on 108 pitches, while walking just one batter—a step in the right direction, considering he had already walked five batters in 13 innings entering Saturday’s start. Continue reading…

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The Nats’ Strong Start Could Be Key Come August

You hear about it all the time in sports: good teams that ultimately fall short because they lose games against teams that have no business beating them. This has been an all too familiar refrain with the Washington Nationals in the past. The Capitals have had similar issues and seem to have cleaned up their act in 2015—16 en route to being the winningest team in hockey. And it seems the Nats have been taking notes from their neighbors. Continue reading…