Washington Nationals Series Preview: Depleted Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies

There isn’t a lot else to say at this level concerning the Washington Nationals and their commerce deadline deal that despatched Juan Soto and Josh Bell to the San Diego Padres

The Nationals nonetheless had a collection to play — and so they even gained their first sport with out Soto and Bell, whereas going through Jacob deGrom, of all starters — however no person may blame followers at Nats Park in the event that they have been feeling a bit bit numb to the sport given what occurred on Tuesday.

On the finish of it, the consequence on the sector was acquainted, dropping two of three to the New York Mets.

Subsequent, the Nats will face the crew of one other former younger celebrity who now plies his commerce elsewhere once they go to Residents Financial institution Park to tackle Bryce Harper’s Philadelphia Phillies.

(We’re conscious that Harper remains to be out injured for the Phillies. The segue was too onerous to move up.)

After a wretched begin to the season, the Phillies proceed to stay regular within the playoff race, and at present maintain the third and last wild card spot within the Nationwide League, simply half a sport forward of the St. Louis Cardinals.

That led them so as to add on the commerce deadline, buying David Robertson, Brandon Marsh, and Noah Syndergaard, a well-known face within the NL East, and one who will begin within the collection opener.

Right here’s the lowdown from Philadelphia forward of the four-game weekend collection…

The schedule

  • Recreation One: Thursday, August 4th, 7:05 pm EDT. TV: MASN, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation Two: Friday, August fifth, 7:05 pm EDT. TV: Apple TV+, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation Three: Saturday, August sixth, 6:05 pm EDT. TV: MASN, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation 4: Sunday, August seventh, 1:35 pm EDT. TV: MASN and MLB Community (out-of-market solely), Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Possible Pitchers

  • Recreation One: Paolo Espino (0-3, 3.78 ERA) vs Noah Syndergaard (5-8, 3.83 ERA)
  • Recreation Two: Josiah Grey (7-7, 4.59 ERA) vs Kyle Gibson (6-4, 4.60 ERA)
  • Recreation Three: Patrick Corbin (4-15, 6.57 ERA) vs Ranger Suárez (7-5, 3.60 ERA)
  • Recreation 4: Cory Abbott (0-0, 1.00 ERA) vs Aaron Nola (7-8, 3.25 ERA)

Who’s sizzling?

Hunter Harvey: With the Soto and Bell commerce, I’m not anticipating many hitters on this part.

Harvey has been a uncommon vivid spot for the Nationals of late although. Since July thirteenth, Harvey has pitched 10 innings out of the bullpen, and whereas his 3.60 ERA appears to be like okay, his 1.02 FIP stands out due to putting out 14 batters in these 10 innings whereas strolling only one batter.

After an injury-affected begin to his first season with the Nationals, the right-handed reliever is wanting an increasing number of like a pleasant pickup for the crew and will see some higher-leverage spots quickly.

Ranger Suárez: Earlier this season, it seemed as if Suárez was struggling to duplicate the dazzling kind that he confirmed for the Phillies final yr. Within the month of July although, the left-hander appeared to return to that dominance.

In three July begins, Suárez tossed 16 innings with out permitting an earned run for the Phillies — although there have been three unearned runs — whereas putting out 16 and strolling simply two in 16 innings.

Suárez is about to begin the third sport of the collection in opposition to fellow left-hander, Patrick Corbin. Based mostly on the current outcomes of these two pitchers, that’s a reasonably large mismatch for the Nats.

Who’s not?

Maikel Franco: Having misplaced his third base job to Ehire Adrianza earlier than his commerce to the Atlanta Braves, Franco could also be in line for some extra enjoying time on the sizzling nook.

Not that he’s a very interesting possibility there primarily based on current efficiency. In 25 post-All-Star Recreation plate appearances, Franco is slashing a horrendous .080/.080/.080 — sure, which means he’s gotten simply two hits, each singles, with out a stroll.

The Nationals even gave Ildemaro Vargas a sport at third base in Wednesday’s collection finale in opposition to the Mets. So, maybe Franco may very well be dropping out on extra enjoying time transferring ahead.

Brandon Marsh: In one of many extra stunning deadline day strikes, the Phillies made a splash by buying and selling highly-rated catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe for Marsh to assist certain up their outfield, notably on the defensive facet of the ball.

Whereas the defensive facet of Marsh’s sport isn’t in query, his offensive influence remains to be up for debate. Since June 14th, the previous Angel is slashing simply .173/.235/.291 with seven extra-base hits in 39 appearances, putting out 53 occasions and drawing solely eight walks.

He’ll have to hit significantly better than he has to date in his restricted main league time to make this commerce value it for the Phillies, however clearly, their entrance workplace believes he’ll flip it round.

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Yet one more factor to look at

Caught up in the entire Juan Soto, Josh Bell, and prospect speak from the previous few days is Luke Voit, who additionally came to visit to the Nationals within the massive deal on Tuesday.

Initially, it was presupposed to be Eric Hosmer coming to the Nationals within the deal. Nonetheless, the previous Kansas Metropolis Royal nixed that by invoking his no-trade clause — and who may blame him for not wanting to come back and be a part of the mess that’s in Washington.

So, instead, the Nationals ended up with Voit to man first base within the quick time period.

It’s important to really feel some sympathy for Voit who, when baseball followers look again on the commerce, will simply be a footnote, and goes from a crew within the thick of a postseason race to 1 in a deep rebuild.

Both approach, he’s with the Nationals now, and the skipper says he’ll make his debut on this collection.

“He’s going to satisfy us in Philly,” supervisor Dave Martinez instructed reporters on Wednesday. “He’s going to DH, he’s going to play some first base.

“I talked to him on the cellphone yesterday, and I instructed him that , ‘Hey, we’re getting younger right here, and I anticipate him to come back right here and provides good effort, however assist the youthful gamers as effectively.

“He’s been within the league for fairly a while, so simply go on the market and we may undoubtedly use your bat in our lineup. He can hit. So, I’m wanting ahead to attending to know him, getting him within the lineup as quickly as he comes right here, whether or not it’s tomorrow or the next day, and get him going.”

Voit is below crew management via the 2024 season. It’s not onerous to think about a situation the place Voit hits his solution to being traded again to a contender in some unspecified time in the future, as he’s received a observe file of being a superb main league hitter.

For now, although, he has to trip out this season with the flailing Nationals. Not splendid.

Sequence Preview Trivia

Final collection’ trivia query: Max Scherzer is again at Nationals Park this week, and the previous Nat has been traded twice in his profession. The primary time, when he went from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Detroit Tigers, which future Nationals participant was additionally concerned, went the opposite solution to Arizona?

Reply: Edwin Jackson

Sorry, sorry. However our trivia query for this collection additionally branches off of a tangent from the Soto commerce. We apologize for overdoing it, however no less than the reply isn’t Soto, I assume!

With Juan Soto and Josh Bell traded away from the Nationals, just one participant stays on the Nationals’ energetic roster that has hit a house run at Residents Financial institution Park for the Nationals. Who’s that participant? Bonus level for those who can title the opposite participant within the Nationals group, however not on the energetic roster, to hit a house run at CBP for the Nationals.