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Team W-L L10 STRK
ATL 90-72 6-4 L2
WAS 82-80 5-5 L1
PHI 80-82 2-8 W2
NYM 77-85 7-3 W2
MIA 63-98 4-6 L2

Top Nationals News

  • Nationals' Trevor Rosenthal: In mix for save chances

    Nats manager Dave Martinez said that Rosenthal will get some save opportunities this season, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

    Considering that Sean Doolittle missed more than two months with a fractured toe last season, and his past history includes arm injuries as well, the save opportunities that Martinez is referring to might just be the chances that come about on days when Doolittle is unavailable. Nevertheless, the possibility of getting a few saves, along with his high strikeout potential (37.6 percent K percentage in 2017) could make Rosenthal a useful option for the bottom of rosters even if Doolittle remains in position to receive a significantly larger share of the ninth-inning work.

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  • Nationals' Adam Eaton: Currently primary leadoff hitter

    Nats manager Dave Martinez said that Eaton is currently the team's primary leadoff hitter, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

    When he was healthy in 2018, Eaton was used nearly exclusively atop the Washington lineup as he made 73 of his 76 starts from the top spot in the batting order. While injuries have derailed him in each of his first two seasons with the Nats, Eaton has carried OBP marks of .393 and .394 in those campaigns, while continuing to offer a nice mix of occasional pop and speed on the basepaths. With Juan Soto and Victor Robles penciled in as regulars in the outfield mix, Eaton might land on the large side of a platoon arrangement with Michael Taylor.

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  • Nationals' Yan Gomes: May be splitting catching duties

    Manager Dave Martinez said he plans to split catching duties between Gomes and Kurt Suzuki, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    Gomes was traded from the Indians to the Nationals in late November, shortly after the team signed Suzuki. Gomes slashed .266/.313/.449 with 16 home runs in 435 plate appearances last season, but Suzuki has been similarly impressive at the plate over the last two seasons. Gomes should still come out ahead in terms of playing time due to his age and superior defense, but it appears as though he won't begin the season in a traditional everyday role.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Unlikely to win rotation spot

    Ross starts spring training behind Jeremy Hellickson in the battle for the Nationals' fifth starter job and is expected to open in the minors, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

    Ross returned from Tommy John surgery to make three starts last season but didn't post impressive numbers, striking out just seven batters while allowing nine earned runs in 16 innings. He could crack the roster in a long-relief role but given that he has a minor-league option remaining, he's more likely to open the year in the rotation at Triple-A Fresno.

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  • Nationals' Kurt Suzuki: Should split catching duties

    Manager Dave Martinez plans to split catching duties between Suzuki and Yan Gomes, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    Suzuki signed with the Nationals in mid-November, less than two weeks before the team acquired Gomes from the Indians. Suzuki found plenty of success splitting time in Atlanta the past two seasons, as he posted a 116 wRC+. Gomes seems likely to come out ahead in terms of playing time due to his age and defense, but the 35-year-old Suzuki should remain involved if his success at the plate continues.

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  • Nationals' Erick Fedde: Expected to open in minors

    Fedde is not the favorite for the Nationals' fifth starter role and will likely open in the minors, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

    Fedde is behind Jeremy Hellickson in the job battle, which makes sense as the youngster has minor-league options remaining and the veteran's 3.45 ERA last season far outpaced Fedde's 5.54 mark. The right-hander could still crack the roster as a long reliever but is more likely to open in the rotation at Triple-A Fresno.

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  • Nationals' Jeremy Hellickson: Inside track on rotation spot

    Hellickson has the inside track on the Nationals' fifth starter spot, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

    The veteran appears to have the edge over Erick Fedde and Joe Ross, both of whom have options remaining and are likely to open the season in the minors. Hellickson cut his ERA by nearly two runs last season, finishing with a 3.45 mark, but his peripherals trailed his results considerably. His 17.6 percent strikeout rate limits his upside.

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  • Nationals' Luis Garcia: Earns invite to big-league camp

    Garcia was invited to the Nationals' major-league camp Tuesday.

    Garcia has no real shot at making the Opening Day roster, as he's still just 18 years old and hasn't played above High-A, but that won't stop the Nationals from getting a look at the exciting youngster, who posted a combined .298/.336/.406 slash line with seven homers and 12 stolen bases in 127 games between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac in 2018. Garcia will likely open the 2019 campaign back with Potomac or with Double-A Harrisburg.

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  • Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Earns invite to camp

    Kieboom was invited to the Nationals' major-league camp Tuesday.

    Kieboom has yet to play above Double-A, so he isn't a real candidate to break camp with the big club, but that won't stop the Nationals from getting a look at the youngster against big-league competition. The 21-year-old split time between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2018, hitting a combined .280/.357/.444 with 16 homers and nine stolen bases in 123 games. If Kieboom can translate his success to the highest level of the minors, he could earn a promotion to the majors at some point in 2019.

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  • Nationals' Trevor Gott: Designated for assignment

    Gott was designated for assignment Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    The 26-year-old will make way on the 40-man roster for the return of Jeremy Hellickson. Gott posted a strong 3.02 ERA with the Angels back in 2015 but has yet to duplicate that success, recording an ugly 7.39 ERA in 28 innings over the past three seasons with the Nationals. That track record doesn't suggest that teams will be scrambling to claim him.

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  • Nationals' Kyle Barraclough: Loses arbitration case

    Barraclough lost his arbitration case Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Barraclough had filed for $2 million but will wind up making $1.725 million instead. The 28-year-old has shown flashes of upside thus far in his career and picked up 10 saves for the Marlins last season, but his strikeout rate fell to an unexciting 24.5 percent while his walk rate remained worryingly high at 13.9 percent, leading to an October trade to Washington. He's not expected to be part of the closer conversation for his new club unless Sean Doolittle struggles with injuries.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .254
(8th)
771
(8th)
191
(21st)
4.04
(15th)

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