Thu Sep 28
|W 5 - 4||PIT|
Fri Sep 29
|W 6 - 1||PIT|
Sat Sep 30
|L 1 - 4||PIT|
Sun Oct 1
|L 8 - 11||PIT|
Fri Oct 6
|L 0 - 3||CHC|
Sat Oct 7
|W 6 - 3||CHC|
Mon Oct 9
|L 1 - 2||@CHC|
Tue Oct 10
Wed Oct 11
|W 5 - 0||@CHC|
Thu Oct 12
|L 8 - 9||CHC|
Collins signed a minor-league deal to return to Washington on Friday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.
Collins made his first appearance in professional baseball since 2014 this summer, following a pair of Tommy John surgeries. Over 18 games with various affiliates in the Nationals' system, the 28-year-old posted a 7.79 ERA and 1.79 WHIP while holding a 23:14 K:BB. Collins still has a lot of work to do to prove he can regain his old form, making him a long shot to return to the majors in 2018.
Kintzler agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with Washington, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The contract also contains an unspecified club option that could make the contract worth $16 million, according to the report. Kintzler will return to the Nationals in a setup role working ahead of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle as he did last season. Kintzler had 28 saves with the Twins before he was traded to the Nationals at the end of July. He had just one save in Washington and his return to the Nationals likely limits his fantasy value since he'll rarely be used to close games.
Rizzo seemed hesitant to name Severino as the backup, and it's possible he opens the season in the minors if the team ultimately finds a cheap, veteran alternative. If he does start the year as Washington's backup catcher, however, he could be in line for a modest workload as the Nationals are looking to scale back Matt Wieters' time behind the dish next season. Still, barring any injuries, he won't be viewed as anything more than a backup in 2018, limiting his fantasy value.
Wieters is expected to catch fewer games in 2018, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
This isn't all too surprising seeing as Wieters is coming off one of his worst offensive seasons as a pro. The switch-hitting backstop batted just .225 with a .643 OPS and 62 wRC+ in 123 games last year, all of which were easily the lowest such marks of his career. He did draw praise from the Nationals' pitching staff for his preparation and game management, so the hope is that he can contribute more evenly on both sides of the ball with a reduced workload in 2018. Pedro Severino will likely see an increased workload as the team's backstop, assuming Washington doesn't turn elsewhere to acquire another catcher prior to the season.
Manager Dave Martinez said Murphy (knee) is "on schedule" in his rehab but didn't know if he'd be ready for spring training, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Murphy underwent surgery to repair the articular cartilage in his right knee back in October. While the Nationals remain optimistic about his progress, the team still won't say whether he'll be ready to go for the start of the season. Things should clear up as spring approaches. Wilmer Difo would likely fill in at the keystone if Murphy is forced to miss any action, assuming the team looks internally for a potential replacement.
|2017 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Daniel Murphy , 2B||.322|
|HR||Ryan Zimmerman , 1B||36|
|RBI||Ryan Zimmerman , 1B||108|
|OBP||Anthony Rendon , 3B||.403|
|SLG||Ryan Zimmerman , 1B||.573|
|R||Bryce Harper , RF||95|
|SB||Trea Turner , SS||46|
|W||Max Scherzer , SP||16|
|ERA||Max Scherzer , SP||2.51|
|WHIP||Max Scherzer , SP||0.90|
|K||Max Scherzer , SP||268|
|SV||Brandon Kintzler , RP||29|
|Full Team Statistics|