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Team W-L L10 STRK
74-40 8-2 W1
69-46 6-4 W5
63-50 8-2 L1
50-64 3-7 L3
38-77 2-8 W1

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 0 4 4.04 58 13 1.27

Top Paolo Espino News

  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Effective in no-decision

    Espino allowed a run on six hits and a hit batsman while striking out five in five innings of a 6-5 win Tuesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.

    The lone run against Espino came in the second inning when Seiya Suzuki led off with a solo shot. Outside of the homer, he managed to keep the ball on the ground and stay out of trouble. It marked just the second time in his last eight starts the 35-year-old pitched five innings or more. Since joining the rotation, he's posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 44 innings over 10 outings. His next start will likely be early next week at home against the Cubs.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Serves up two homers

    Espino (0-4) allowed five earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Thursday against the Phillies.

    Espino surrendered a pair of home runs to account for four of his five earned runs in the rain-shortened contest. Out of 10 starts this season, Espino has allowed at least one home run eight times and multiple long balls on five occasions. In that same span, he has a 5.52 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a 33:9 K:BB across 44 innings.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Permits four runs in no-decision

    Espino didn't factor into the decision during Saturday's 7-6 victory over St. Louis, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

    Espino surrendered a single run through four frames but fell apart in the fifth, permitting four hits and three runs before being removed behind 4-1 in the game. Washington eventually rallied to erase the 35-year-old from the decision, though he remains winless and is yet to surpass 5.1 innings in any of his nine starts. Espino carries a 3.78 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 66.2 innings overall into his next start, slated to come midweek against Philadelphia.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Last-minute starter Saturday

    Espino will be bumped up a day to start Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    He has a 5.29 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 17 innings over four appearances this month. Erick Fedde (shoulder) was scartched from his scheduled start Saturday, but Espino last pitched July 25 so he can still make the start on normal rest.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Goes four innings versus Dodgers

    Espino allowed a run on four hits and struck out two over four innings in a no-decision in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

    Espino's lone mistake was a solo home run to Trayce Thompson in the third inning. The Nationals cobbled together a four-run rally in the fifth to get Espino off the hook, though he failed to complete five innings for the fourth time in his last five outings. He threw 54 pitches (34 strikes) in this contest, and he gets credit for quieting a strong offense. The right-hander owns a 3.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48:12 K:BB across 62 innings in 28 appearances (eight starts) this year. He's projected for a home start versus the Cardinals this weekend, though he'll need to up his pitch count to have a realistic chance at qualifying for the win.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Surrenders four runs in loss

    Espino (0-3) took the loss during Saturday's 6-3 defeat at the hands of Atlanta, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

    Espino kept a high-powered Atlanta offense off the board in every inning except the third, but Matt Olson and Austin Riley long balls proved to be an insurmountable margin for Washington to overcome. The five strikeouts match a season high for the 35-year-old who's now surrendered four runs in three of his last four starts. Since joining the rotation June 12, Espino has posted a 4.88 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 31.1 innings across seven turns.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Allows two runs in no-decision

    Espino allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four in four innings during Sunday's extra-innings loss to Atlanta. He didn't factor into the decision.

    Espino gave up eight runs in eight innings over his last two starts, but he was slightly more effective during Sunday's matchup. However, he didn't get any run support from the Nationals' offense prior to leaving the game and was forced to settle for the no-decision. The right-hander has posted a 4.85 ERA in 26 innings over his six starts this season but has yet to enter the win column. Espino tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against Atlanta on Friday.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Hit hard in loss

    Espino (0-2) took the loss Tuesday as the Nationals were routed 11-0 by the Phillies, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk over 3.2 innings. He struck out three.

    Four of the six hits off the right-hander went for extra bases, including two moon shots by Kyle Schwarber. Espino has served up six homers in five starts since joining the Nats' rotation in mid-June and has yet to last six innings in any of them, leading to a 4.91 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 17:7 K:BB through 22 innings in that role.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Allows four runs

    Espino allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four across 4.1 innings Wednesday against the Pirates. He did not factor into the decision.

    Espino allowed three of his four earned runs on the long ball, as he was taken deep by Bryan Reynolds and Daniel Vogelbach. He was otherwise fairly effective in keeping the Pirates' bats in check by recording six flyball outs. Espino has made four consecutive starts after beginning the season as a reliever. He's allowed eight earned runs across 18.1 innings in that span but has also served up four long balls.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Getting fourth start Wednesday

    Espino is listed as the Nationals' starting pitcher for Wednesday's home game against the Pirates.

    Unsurprisingly, Espino will make his fourth straight turn through the rotation after he worked a season-high 5.1 innings while giving up just one run his last time out Friday versus the Rangers. Through his first three starts, Espino has gone 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 14 frames.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Walks four in five innings

    Espino took a no-decision in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Phillies, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks across five innings while striking out five.

    Espino's second start of the year lasted longer than his first, but it wasn't particularly strong. He walked the first two batters of the game but escaped without allowing a run thanks to a pickoff by catcher Keibert Ruiz and a pair of strikeouts. Espino had more trouble in the third inning, allowing a solo homer to Matt Vierling before Yairo Munoz scored on an error and Kyle Schwarber scored on a fielder's choice. The Nationals have a pair of off days next week, so it's not yet clear whether Espino will be needed in the rotation.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Remains in rotation

    Espino is scheduled to make his next start Friday in the second game of the Nationals' doubleheader with the Phillies, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    With Stephen Strasburg (ribs) recently moving back to the 15-day injured list, the Nationals are prepared to give Espino a trial in the rotation. After making his first 20 appearances of the season out of the bullpen, Espino picked up his first start last weekend against the Brewers. He covered 3.2 innings in that contest and gave up one run on four hits and no walks, but he should be able to work deeper into Friday's start.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Handed first loss

    Espino (0-1) allowed one run on four hits over 3.2 innings Sunday, striking out two and taking a loss against the Brewers.

    After making 20 appearances out of the bullpen this season, Sunday's outing was Espino's first start. He pitched well, throwing 34 of 53 pitches for strikes, but was hit with the loss due to the lack of run support from his offense. The 35-year-old is now sporting a 2.08 ERA with a 22:4 K:BB through 30.1 innings. Espino is currently lined up for another start at home next week against Philadelphia.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Starting Sunday

    Espino will start Sunday's game against Milwaukee, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    Espino was a starter in 19 of his 35 appearances last season but has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this year. He's had plenty of success, with an excellent 3.8 percent walk rate offsetting a sub-par 19.0 percent strikeout rate, leading to a 2.03 ERA. He may find it hard to pitch deep enough to record a win Sunday, however, as he's topped out at three innings this season.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Likely to begin season in bullpen

    Espino threw a simulated game Wednesday and has been stretching out for starting duty this spring, but he's expected to open the season as a long reliever for Washington, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    Washington is expected to be without Stephen Strasburg (neck) and Joe Ross (elbow) to begin the season, but unless the team loses any other projected rotation members to injury in the final week of spring training, Espino likely won't be in line for a starting role. When the Nationals' starting depth was challenged in 2021, Espino stepped in admirably and produced a 4.50 ERA over 86 innings in his 19 starts, but as a 35-year-old with a limited big-league track record prior to last year, he's not a high priority for Washington.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Start shortened by rain

    Espino yielded four runs on four hits and a walk with no strikeouts in two innings versus Colorado on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision.

    Espino's start was cut short by a weather delay in Colorado, although he wasn't pitching all that well prior to the stoppage. The right-hander's biggest mistake was a three-run home run he allowed to Ryan McMahon in the first inning. Espino has a 4.27 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 92:25 K:BB through 109.2 innings, likely his final numbers this season despite the short start. He's done well enough to be considered for a spot in the rotation in 2022.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Goes five innings in no-decision

    Espino allowed three runs on five hits over five innings in Friday's loss to the Reds. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision.

    All three runs against Espino came via the long ball with Max Schrock and Delino DeShields both taking him deep. He had allowed just one run over his previous 11.2 innings but he turned in his first outing of the month without issuing a walk. The 34-year-old righty saw his ERA rise to 4.01 through 107.2 innings this season. Espino is projected to start in Colorado next week.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Strikes out seven in win

    Espino (5-5) earned the win Sunday over Colorado. He threw 5.2 shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

    The right-hander came up one out short of a quality start, but it was still an excellent showing. Espino has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his last six appearances, although he has only a 2-1 record to show for it. For the year, he's posted a 3.94 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 90:24 K:BB in 102.2 innings across 33 appearances (17 starts). The 34-year-old projects for a tough road start in Cincinnati next week.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Hit with loss in quality start

    Espino (4-5) took the loss Monday as the Nationals fell 3-0 to the Marlins, allowing one run on six hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out six.

    The 34-year-old put together arguably his best start of the season, as he collected his first quality start and lasted six innings for the first time, but unfortunately for Espino, Sandy Alcantara was one-hitting the Nats through eight innings opposite him. Espino will take a 4.18 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 83:21 K:BB through 97 innings into his next outing.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Avoids loss in tough start

    Espino allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings versus Atlanta on Tuesday. He did not factor in the decision.

    After limiting opponents to three runs or fewer in each of his last three starts, Atlanta was able to put up on five runs on Espino. The right-hander was spared the loss as Washington rallied to tie the game in the seventh inning. He's posted a 4.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 77:18 K:BB through 91 innings this season, although he's also yielded 16 home runs in 31 appearances (15 starts). Espino lines up for a more favorable road start versus Pittsburgh this weekend.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Age: 35
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R