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NL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
48-30 4-6 L1
46-33 7-3 W2
41-38 5-5 L1
36-40 6-4 W3
29-51 5-5 L3

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 0 1 2.80 34 10 1.13

Top Paolo Espino News

  • 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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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Fans five in no-decision

    Espino did not factor into the decision Thursday after holding the Philles to two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five over 5.1 innings.

    Espino kept the Phillies guessing Thursday while tying a season-high of 5.1 innings. The right-hander exited the game poised for a win that was eventually erased by the bullpen. Espino's command has been locked in as of late, tallying 18 strikeouts and just two walks over his last three starts. The 34-year-old will look to continue his success during his next projected start Tuesday in Atlanta.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Officially starting Thursday

    Espino is starting Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Espino was initially slated to start Wednesday's game before it was postponed, and he'll simply be pushed back a day to start in the series finale against Philadelphia. The right-hander made five appearances in August and posted a 7.45 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 19.1 innings during that time.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Nationals-Phillies postponed

    Espino and the Nationals won't play the Phillies on Wednesday after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Washington.

    The two teams will instead conclude their series with a nine-inning regulation game Thursday, which was slated to be an off day for both Washington and Philadelphia. The Nationals haven't announced how the postponement will affect their rotation plans, but Espino will presumably be pushed back one day in the pitching schedule to start Thursday's contest.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Fans seven in win

    Espino (4-4) picked up the win in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Mets, allowing one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.

    He kept New York off balance through 68 pitches (49 strikes), and Espino's only real mistake resulted in a Javier Baez solo shot in the fourth inning. The right-hander has yet to complete six innings in a start since joining the Nats' rotation, but he'll take a respectable 4.13 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 65:15 K:BB through 80.2 innings into his next outing.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Escapes with no-decision Saturday

    Espino didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Brewers, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He struck out six.

    The outing was a mixed bag for Espino, as he tied his season high for strikeouts but failed to complete five innings once again. The right-hander also served up another homer, a first-inning solo shot by Christian Yelich, and over his last nine appearances and 35.2 innings, Espino has a 6.31 ERA fueled by a 2.52 HR/9.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Charged with fourth loss

    Espino allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings to take the loss against Atlanta on Sunday.

    Espino pitched just one inning in his last start since the game was suspended and resumed the next day, and he struggled to get things going against Atlanta on Sunday. He allowed three runs across the first four innings before giving up solo homers to each of the first two batters he faced in the fifth. The righty has now taken losses in two of his three starts in August, and he's posted a 10.80 ERA and 2.10 WHIP in 10 innings during that time. Espino tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Milwaukee on Saturday.

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  • Nationals' Paolo Espino: Poor weather cuts start short

    Espino started and worked one inning but didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against the Mets, who won, 8-7, when the game was resumed Wednesday. He was charged with one run allowed on two hits.

    The Nationals opted not to use Espino as a pitcher Wednesday, but he hit during his turn in the order in the top of the second and watched Washington score another run before Joe Ross replaced him on the mound. Espino ended up with a no-decision since he only ended up pitching the one inning. He lines up to make his next start in this weekend's series versus Atlanta.

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Player Bio

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