Category: D.C. Sports

Miami Sweeps Inconsistent Nats

The Miami Marlins took all three games from the Washington Nationals in Florida this week.  Washington got swept for the first time since the second series of the season versus the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Nats lost three straight for the first time since April 27 to April 29.

Miami enjoyed a little bit of luck here and there throughout the series.  In taking the first two games by just a run, the Marlins are now 14-1 in one run games on the year.  With a -52 run differential, that record in tight games is not sustainable.

But a three-game losing streak stings no matter how you slice it.  The losses seemed like a “garden variety” sweep at the hands of a division rival.  However, not being able to sustain momentum from series to series remains a troubling trend for these Nats.  Too many strikeouts and not enough hits in the clutch doomed the Nats in South Florida.

The Nats record fell to 18-26.  They haven’t been eight games under .500 since May 1.  They got very close to crawling within four games of .500 in game 1 of the series.

Nats Take Mets to SplitTown

The Washington Nationals earned an important four game split against the New York Mets yesterday. After seven games versus the Mets, the Nats are 4-3. The two clubs won’t face each other again until a four-game set at Citi Field in late July. The Mets and Nats finish the 13-game season series in DC for two games during the first week of September.
According to FanGraphs, the Nats are projected to finish the season 68-94. That doesn’t sound great, but that’s a whopping 13-game improvement from 107 losses last season. My guess is that the Nats will get to at least seventy wins. With a current winning percentage of .439, Washington is on pace for 71 wins.

Nats Expedite Series Win Over Cubs

The Washington Nationals won the final game of a home series with the Chicago Cubs in less than two hours.  The Nats won the last three games of the four-game set and clinched their third series victory out of their last four. 

After the Rain, Gray Shines Again for Nats

Returning to their home ballpark, the Washington Nationals were unable to maintain the momentum that helped them to a winning four-and-two record during last week’s road trip.  The NL leading Pittsburg Pirates swept the Nats by a combined score of 22-4 in the doubleheader. But less than 24 hours after getting pummeled the night before, the Nationals came out flying in the series finale on Sunday.  The Nationals turned the table and outhit Pittsburgh 15-6.  All the Nats runs came in the first three innings and every Nat in the lineup recorded a hit. Josiah Gray won it for Washington with another quality outing.

Nats Win First Series of Season at Frozen Target Field

In two of the coldest games in franchise history over the weekend, the Washington Nationals got just warm enough to win their first series of the young season. The Nats won the first two games of the series at Minnesota, but lost the finale on Sunday. The backdrop was the frozen tundra of Target Field in Minneapolis.

Nats lose Series to Angels, 2-1

The Angels outplayed the Nationals in the series even though Trout and Ohtani combined did next to nothing with their bats.  After pitching the night before, Ohtani was not in the lineup on Thursday afternoon for Los Angeles.  Trout went hitless (0-11) in the series and struck out 4 times, while Ohtani was 1-7 with 4 strikeouts.

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