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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals call up James Bourque; option Joe Ross to Triple-A Fresno...

James Bourque is the latest reliever called up to the Nats’ bullpen as the Nationals try to sort things out with what’s been the worst relief corps in the National League...

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this week that he and the rest of the front office were doing what they could to try to straighten out the bullpen in the nation’s capital.

After Joe Ross (3 ER), Tony Sipp (1 ER), and Sean Doolittle (1 ER) each gave up runs in the...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 4 with the Miami Marlins in D.C.

Davey Martinez’s squad goes for a second consecutive win over the Marlins in this afternoon’s 4:05 PM matchup in the nation’s capital.

Juan Soto started the series opener with the Miami Marlins with a seven-game hit streak going, over which the Washington Nationals’ 20-year-old slugger was 12 for 26 (.462 AVG) with five doubles, a triple, one home run, three walks, and four runs scored, and he had multi-hit games in four of the seven on the streak which took him from .228/.345/.415...

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Blake Finney

Despite the Nationals’ many problems, manager Dave Martinez still the most glaring

Even though the Washington Nationals have several issues contributing to their disastrous start, it’s pretty clear that Dave Martinez is still out of his depth as manager...

There isn’t much debate at this point. The Washington Nationals are the most disappointing team in baseball so far in 2019, possessing a lowly 20-31 record as May comes to a close.

Their record is better than just three teams, all of them seemingly in deep rebuilds while the Nationals are supposed to be competing....

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo on not pulling the plug on 2019 just yet...

Before last night’s game, Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo addressed the chatter around Davey Martinez’s future...

Five straight losses heading into the series opener with Miami after getting swept in four-straight in New York. Losses in seven of the last ten and 15 of 22 in the month of May. A 19-31 record overall after 50 games in 2019.

“There are lot of people in this group right here that predicted us to win 90-92 games and win the division and World Series...” - Mike Rizzo to...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Nationals win ugly, Davey Martinez wants it cleaned up; Mike Rizzo not pulling the plug...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of four with the Fish...

Juan Soto and Matt Adams went back-to-back on 100 MPH+ pitches, making some Statcast history. Mike Rizzo talked about turning things around, Davey Martinez’s future, and leaving the plug in for now. It was an ugly win last night, but it was a win. Will the Nationals make it two in a row this afternoon? It’s a 4:05 PM EDT start today. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT: Rizzo on Davey:...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals win one, but it was sloppy, and Davey Martinez wants them to clean it up...

“Just play the game, simplify everything and just play hard. They play hard, but we’ve got to clean it up.” - Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez after 12-10 win over the Marlins.

Washington’s Nationals won. They did. Enjoy that for a second. Okay, they won, yes, with 12 runs on 14 hits, but they also, and here’s where reality sets in, they also gave up a total of 10 runs, on 15 hits, and they committed four errors, they went 5 for 15 with runners in scoring position and left seven...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals snap five-game losing streak with ridiculous 12-10 win over Miami Marlins...

Juan Soto hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th to cap off the third, or fourth, or fifth, we lost count, comeback of the game for the Nationals, who beat the Marlins, 12-10.

The boys did. not. quit. Davey Martinez’s squad battled back over and over in the first of four with the Miami Marlins in Nationals Park, and Washington won it in the end with a three-run home run by Juan Soto in the bottom of the eighth the difference in a 12-10 win.

McGowin vs the Marlins: One of two...

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Nats not looking to make any major changes, including at manager

Nationals president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo addressed his team’s brutal recent run of play, as Sam Fortier of the Washington Post was among those to report (links to Twitter). He made clear the organization is not looking to make any major changes — including in the managerial role. Rizzo obviously saw the need to address the direction of the D.C. organization after a brutal series in New York. And he put to rest any questions about the safety of skipper Dave Martinez, although...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins: GameThread 51 of 162

Washington and Miami start a four-game set in D.C. with Kyle McGowin on the mound for the Nationals against Marlins’ right-hander Pablo López. GAME TIME: 7:05 PM EDT; FOLLOW: MASN; 106.7 the FAN in D.C.

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Miami Marlins
at Miami Marlins

May 24, 2019 7:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Kyle McGowin vs Pablo López

WEATHER: Partly Cloudy, 80°

• D.C. Starting Lineup:

1. Trea Turner - SS

2. Adam Eaton - RF

3. #RENDONISREADY - 3B

4. #JuanPursuit - LF

5. Mt. Adams - 1B

6. Brian Dozier -...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s series opener with the Miami Marlins...

Washington’s Nationals try to snap a five-game losing streak in tonight’s series opener with the Miami Marlins...

Coming off a four-game sweep in Citi Field, with losses in five straight, and seven of the last 10, the Washington Nationals look to bounce back against a Miami Marlins team that comes to D.C. on a six-game winning streak that has them within a 1.5 games of fourth place in the NL East, a position in the standings currently held by the Nationals.

So, yes, Davey Martinez’s...

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Patrick Reddington

The Washington Nationals’ first pick in this year’s Draft is 17th overall... Do you trust in their ability to make a good pick?

This week we take a break from the Manager Approval rating and overall direction of the team to see if you, as fans, still have faith in Mike Rizzo and Co.’s ability to pick someone good in the Draft...

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Nationals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Hammering on Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez by focusing on the Manager Approval number again this week...

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Blake Finney

The good, the bad, and the ugly after the Nationals are swept by the reeling Mets

Oh boy, where to start with this one? The Nationals came to New York to face a Mets team that was just swept by the Marlins. What happened next was ugly...

Welp. That didn’t really go to plan. The Washington Nationals were coming into a four-game series with the New York Mets hopeful of a positive result to begin a revival in 2019.

The hosts were just swept by the basement-dwelling Miami Marlins and had to give Mickey Callaway the dreaded vote of confidence before game one. What followed...

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Matt Weyrich

The Nationals should explore a retool, not a rebuild

With young stars and a depleted farm system, the Washington Nationals should examine the possibility of selling a few players in contract years.

In the summer of 2016, the New York Yankees faced a crossroads. The team hadn’t won more than 90 games in four years and was on a similar path July 1 when it woke up with a 39-40 record. New York had acquired closer Aroldis Chapman and second baseman Starlin Castro over the offseason to supplement an aging roster for one last playoff run, but its...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Could the Nationals trade Max Scherzer + Anthony Rendon?; President Obama visits Nats Academy; Davey Martinez ejected, on hot seat...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this weekend’s four-game set with the Marlins...

The Nationals are in a tough predicament. They could sell everything and everyone off, citing poor fundamentals, bad hitting, and an unsalvageable bullpen, thus rebooting the farm system, with the hope of coming back stronger by, say, 2021. Or they could invest in the bullpen—though it’s unclear who they would invest in—and hope for the best. Neither seems particularly...

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Watch: NYM 6, WSH 4 - Gomez's 3-run HR in 8th lifts Mets past Nats

5/23/19: Gomez's 3-run HR in 8th lifts Mets past Nats

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals trying to make sense of continuing struggles: “Things are going to change...”

Washington’s Nationals are 19-31 after 50 games, and the way they keep losing games doesn’t inspire much confidence that they can turn things around...

Before Wednesday night’s loss left them eleven games under .500, 9.0 games out of first in the NL East, with losses in four straight, seven of 10 overall and 14 of 21 in the month of May, the Washington Nationals held a team meeting in Flushing, Queens, NY’s Citi Field.

The message of the meeting?

“I think the biggest thing is...

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Nationals infielder Brian Dozier passionately defends manager Dave Martinez

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez is very much on the hot seat. But at least one of his players has spoken out in favor of his manager. Following Thursday’s loss to the New York Mets — in which Martinez was ejected — second baseman Brian Dozier backed Martinez. Dozier could have given a “no comment” or “that’s not my decision to make.” Instead, he unequivocally supported his beleaguered manager.  That said, we’re not sure that it will matter. Thursday’s loss...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals swept in four-game set in Citi Field after another bullpen blow-up, 6-4 New York Mets...

After rallying to take a 4-3 lead with a three-run eighth, the Nationals gave up three in the bottom of the inning in a 6-4 loss to the Mets, who swept the four-game set in Citi Field...

For the first time in franchise history (2005-present) the Washington Nationals were swept by the New York Mets in a four-game set with this afternoon’s 6-4 loss in Citi Field. With the loss, the Nats fell 12 games under .500, and they head home with a five-game losing streak going. Davey Martinez’s...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals at New York Mets: GameThread 50 of 162

Washington and New York finish up their four-game set in Citi Field with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nationals against Mets’ lefty Steven Matz. GAME TIME: 12:10 PM EDT; FOLLOW: MASN 2; 106.7 the FAN in D.C.

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Washington Nationals
at New York Mets

May 23, 2019 12:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Steven Matz vs Stephen Strasburg

WEATHER: Cloudy, 66°

• D.C. Starting Lineup:

1. Trea Turner - SS

2. Adam Eaton - RF

3. #RENDONISREADY - 3B

4. This is Howie Do it! - 1B

5. #JuanPursuit...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Nationals’ bullpen blows another; Matt Adams returns; Does Memorial Day record predict season?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Mets in Citi Field...

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Memorial Day as a Natural Checkpoint (Fangraphs)
Memorial day winning percentage is a pretty good–but often inaccurate—predictor of where a team will be come October. The Nationals have some hope to improve based on precedent, but a massive improvement on their...

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