|Offense||29th||126.1 (7th)||176.6 (31st)|
|Defense||25th||124.6 (28th)||230.5 (20th)|
Thames went 2-for-4 with a pair of long balls and four RBI in Sunday's 10-9 loss to Milwaukee.
Thames was just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts since his return from thumb surgery, but Sunday might have been the slump-breaker he was looking for. Not only did he hit two long balls, they were pretty clutch ones at that. He lead off the bottom half of the first with one before launching a three-run shot in the ninth to nearly finish off a late rally.
Dozier went 1-for-4 with a two runs shot in Sunday's 7-4 loss to Houston.
All three of Dozier's long balls have come since May 30, but he's also hitting just .226 (12-for-53) with just four RBI in the process. With Lucas Duda (foot) nearing his return from the DL, Dozier will likely head back to the minors or be moved to a bench role at best.
Keller tossed six innings Sunday, yielding three runs on three walks and nine hits in a 7-4 loss to the Astros. He recorded just one strikeout.
Since moving to a starting role, the 6-foot-5 rookie has allowed seven earned runs in 18.2 innings with 11 punch outs and nine walks. On the year, Keller owns a 2.63 ERA with a 1-2 record and 24 strikeouts across 41 innings. Assuming he sticks around in the rotation, he should face Houston once again next weekend.
Reagan's speculation stems from the emerging consensus that the Capitals will move current backup Phillip Grubauer at some point this offseason to clear salary cap room following Braden Holtby's commanding performance in the crease during Washington's Stanley Cup run this Spring. Copley certainly has enough experience to fill a vacancy for the backup goaltender spot behind Holtby, but he had a sub-par 2017-18 with AHL Hershey and there is the outside possibility that top prospect Ilya Samsonov could play well-enough during the preseason to make the Capitals roster ahead of Copley (Although, given the Capitals' preference to take their time with Samsonov's development, this seems unlikely). With so many moving parts, it's difficult to say what 2018-19 has in store for the 26-year-old netminder so prospective fantasy owners should monitor the situation as the offseason unfolds.
Darvish (triceps) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
If all goes well, Darvish is slated to take another step forward in his recovery process, although he'll likely be on the shelf for at least a few more weeks. He tossed a bullpen session June 12 and felt good afterwards, but the next test will be to face live hitting.