Player News - Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg fanned 11 while holding the Marlins to two runs in six innings Tuesday.

Strasburg had a poor first start back from the DL last month, but he's given up a total of 10 runs and struck out 38 in 30 2/3 innings in his last five outings. He's 3-0 in that span and 9-7 with a 3.83 ERA overall. His only two truly bad outings this year came immediately upon returning from his DL stints.
Sep 18 - 11:44 PM

Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with an RBI and swiped his 40th base Tuesday against the Marlins.

Turner is the first player to reach 40 steals this year. The only player with much chance of joining him is Whit Merrifield, who needs four more during the final two weeks. No one else has more than 33 steals.
Sep 18 - 11:39 PM

Bryce Harper walked all five times up against the Marlins on Tuesday.

Harper has 123 walks, which is one off his career high. Since Barry Bonds retired, only Jose Bautista (once) and Joey Votto (three times) have reached 130 walks. Harper should get there, but he probably won't reach Votto's high total of 143.
Sep 18 - 11:37 PM

Victor Robles is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

Robles started the last two games -- and hit his first major league homer on Monday -- but he'll take a seat while Bryce Harper plays center field and Adam Eaton plays right. The young outfielder should still see a bunch of starts the rest of the way.
Sep 18 - 3:44 PM

Erick Fedde yielded two runs on two hits over 4 1/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Marlins.

Fedde retired 11 of the first 14 batters he faced to open the contest before serving up back-to-back walks to begin the fifth inning and a two-run double to Starlin Castro, which chased him from the contest, later in the frame. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out six batters and also issued four walks. He struggled with efficiency in this one, throwing just 51 of 93 pitches for strikes and didn’t last long enough to qualify for a win. He’s 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse earlier this month. He’s 2-3 with an uninspiring 5.02 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 41/17 K/BB ratio in nine big-league starts this year. He’ll face the Mets at home in his next start on Sunday.
Sep 18 - 12:18 AM

Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Nationals' loss to the Marlins on Monday.

Rendon blasted a two-run homer, his 21st of the year, off Marlins starter Trevor Richards in the third inning and notched his second consecutive three hit-effort. He also singled and scored a run in the second and singled in the sixth. He's been on an absolute tear at the plate, hitting .349 (22-for-63) with three homers and 11 RBI in 16 games this month. The 28-year-old third baseman is hitting .304/.369/.520 with 81 runs scored, 21 homers, 77 RBI and a pair of stolen bases in 548 plate appearances.
Sep 18 - 12:05 AM

Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with his first major-league homer in the Nationals' loss to the Marlins on Monday.

Robles connected on a 90-mph heater from Marlins starter Trevor Richards, launching a majestic 427-foot blast to left field in the third inning. He also singled off reliever Drew Rucinski in the seventh. The 21-year-old phenom missed nearly the entire 2018 season due to a hyperextended left elbow, but remains one of the most exciting prospects in the game. He's hitting .208 (5-for-24) since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse earlier this month, but should get an opportunity to play everyday over the final two weeks with the Nationals out of the playoff picture.
Sep 17 - 11:45 PM

Adam Eaton is out of the Nationals' lineup again Monday against the Marlins.

It's unclear if Eaton is dealing with some sort of physical issue or if the Nationals simply want to get a long look at Victor Robles down the stretch. Robles is in the leadoff spot for the second straight day.
Sep 17 - 3:33 PM

Tanner Roark allowed two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' win over the Braves.

Roark struck out three batters and issued a pair of walks. He was staked to an early five-run lead and needed just 95 pitches to cruise to a victory. A two-run homer off the bat of Tyler Flowers in the fourth inning accounted for the only damage against him in this one. It was a solid rebound effort from the 31-year-old right-hander, who had recorded an abysmal 8.62 ERA in his last three starts. He's 9-15 with a 4.34 ERA and 146/50 K/BB ratio 31 appearances (30 starts). He has a tasty matchup against the Mets at home in his next start on Saturday.
Sep 16 - 6:10 PM

Sean Doolittle fired a scoreless ninth inning to record his 24th save of the year against the Braves on Sunday.

Doolittle was called upon to preserve a two-run lead in the ninth inning and needed just 11 pitches to slam the door. He struck out one batter and picked up his second save since coming back from the disabled list earlier this month. It was a nice bounce-back effort after he gave up a run and took a loss in his last appearance against the Cubs on Thursday. The 31-year-old left-hander is 3-3 with a microscopic 1.74 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and 53/4 K/BB ratio in 39 appearances.
Sep 16 - 6:01 PM

Juan Soto went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the Nationals' win over the Braves on Sunday.

Soto tacked on a key insurance run for the Nationals with a two-out RBI single to right field off Braves reliever Brad Brach in the ninth inning. The 19-year-old slugger extended his hit streak to 10 games. He's hitting .305/.421/.532 with 72 runs scored, 20 homers, 64 RBI and five stolen bases in 445 plate appearances. He's the prohibitive favorite for National League Rookie of the Year honors with Braves phenom Ronald Acuna right on his heels.
Sep 16 - 5:47 PM

Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Nationals' 6-4 win over the Braves on Sunday.

Rendon connected on a 94-mph heater from Braves southpaw Sean Newcomb, launching an opposite-field two-run dinger in the third inning. He also recorded a pair of singles to notch his 13th three-hit effort in 124 games. The 28-year-old third baseman has eclipsed the 20-homer plateau in three consecutive seasons and four of the last five years. He’s hitting .300/.366/.511 with 79 runs scored, 20 homers, 75 RBI and two stolen bases in 544 plate appearances.
Sep 16 - 5:40 PM

Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Sunday in the Nationals’ 6-4 win over the Braves.

Harper tattooed a towering 431-foot two-run blast to center field off Braves starter Sean Newcomb in the first inning. It was his fourth round-tripper in 15 games this month and ninth homer off a lefty this season. He reached base safely in four of five plate appearances and scored three times in this one. The 25-year-old impending free agent is hitting a robust .249/.391/.505 with 97 runs scored, 34 homers, 97 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 639 plate appearances.
Sep 16 - 5:35 PM

Adam Eaton is absent from the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

He'll take a seat against lefty Sean Newcomb. Victor Robles is in center field and leading off, with Bryce Harper shifting over to right.
Sep 16 - 11:46 AM

Adam Eaton reached base three times and drove in two runs on Saturday as the Nationals beat the Braves 7-1.

Eaton came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning, extending the Nationals lead to 3-1. He finished the day 1-for-4 with a pair of walks. For the season, the Nationals' leadoff hitter is slashing .291/.378/.404.
Sep 15 - 6:04 PM


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