Washington Nationals Series Preview: Oh no, it’s the San Francisco Giants again

So, the Washington Nationals are nonetheless shedding, huh?

Already on a five-game skid, the Miami Marlins got here to Nationals Park and swept a three-game collection towards the Nats, consigning them to a 6-15 report, the second-worst report in MLB, forward of solely the Cincinnati Reds, who’re a dismal 3-16 on the season.

The issue on this collection was clear, the Nationals might solely muster up 5 runs throughout the three video games, and by no means mustered up greater than three runs in any of the video games. Not nice.

On an eight-game shedding streak, the Nationals now head out west for a nine-game highway journey that begins towards the San Francisco Giants.

Many anticipated the Giants to take a step again this season after a robust, out-of-nowhere, 107-win season final 12 months that noticed them pip the Los Angeles Dodgers to the submit within the NL West.

Nevertheless, to this point, the Giants nonetheless appear like a robust outfit as they lead the division at 13-6 because of some dominant pitching performances. Simply what the Nationals who’re struggling on offense proper now gained’t wish to hear. Appears like a recipe for catastrophe.

Right here’s the lowdown from Oracle Park forward of the three-game weekend collection…

The schedule

  • Recreation One: Friday, April twenty ninth, 10:05 pm EDT. TV: Apple TV+, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation Two: Saturday, April thirtieth, 4:05 pm EDT. TV: MASN 2, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation Three: Sunday, Might 1st, 4:05 pm EDT. TV: MASN 2, Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Possible Pitchers

  • Recreation One: Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 8.31 ERA) vs Alex Wooden (2-0, 2.51 ERA)
  • Recreation Two: Joan Adon (1-3, 6.98 ERA) vs Logan Webb (2-1, 2.96 ERA)
  • Recreation Three: Josiah Grey (2-2, 4.05 ERA) vs TBD 0-0, (-.– ERA)

Who’s scorching?

Erasmo Ramírez: In maybe the most important shock of the season to this point for the Nationals, the bullpen seems to usually be fairly strong — now if solely they might be given a lead.

Currently, that group has gotten good innings from an surprising supply in Ramírez.

In 4 appearances since having his contract chosen from Triple-A, the veteran right-hander has delivered 6.1 scoreless innings, together with 3.1 in aid of Patrick Corbin in the course of the earlier collection towards the Giants, placing out 5 and never strolling a batter. If any of the workforce’s starters fail to go deep into video games, count on Ramírez to eat extra innings for the workforce.

Joc Pederson: Properly, within the earlier collection preview towards the Giants, we checked out Brandon Belt, he of a giant postseason dwelling run towards the Nationals. This time it’s Pederson, who additionally has a giant postseason dwelling run towards the Nationals, albeit not fairly as massive as Belt’s.

Since April twelfth, Pederson has a robust .372/.378/.837 slash line to go together with six dwelling runs, together with a two dwelling run sport towards the Nationals within the collection finale every week in the past.

As soon as once more, he’ll be a menace on the plate to be cautious of, significantly for right-handed pitchers.

Who’s not?

Lucius Fox: If anyone deserved a little bit of luck currently for the Nationals, it might be Fox, who continues to be looking for his first profession main league hit after 20 at-bats with out one to start the season.

Regardless of this, the younger infielder all the time brings vitality to the sphere, has performed nice protection, and offered everybody with a second we gained’t be forgetting in a rush, which he fortunately has a great humorousness about when speaking about just lately with The Washington Put up.

Hopefully, he will get the primary hit monkey off his again quickly. He’s positively earned at the least that.

Joey Bart: Speak about massive sneakers to fill. After Buster Posey’s retirement this offseason, Bart, a former second general choose in 2018, has struggled to stay as much as his predecessor so far.

In his first 12 appearances of the season, the 25-year-old backstop is slashing an underwhelming .158/.304/.342 with a pair of dwelling runs. The important thing wrestle for him to this point has been limiting the strikeouts as he’s struck out 23 occasions in these 12 video games at a 15.2% clip, nearly triple his profession main league strikeout price.

He nonetheless tasks to be the catcher of the longer term, and whereas the on-base and energy numbers are fantastic, the Giants will nonetheless be hoping he develops into a greater all-round hitter.

From the opposing dugout

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Yet one more factor to look at

Lastly! Regardless of excuse after excuse from MASN relating to holding their broadcast crew at Nationals Park for the primary few highway collection, Bob Carpenter and Kevin Frandsen will now be again on the highway with the workforce, beginning with this three-game collection towards the Giants.

Mark Zuckerman, MASN’s Nationals beat reporter, introduced the information in his Tuesday notes.

MASN introduced this morning that Nationals broadcasters will start touring to highway video games for the primary time this season. Bob Carpenter and Kevin Frandsen had known as the workforce’s first two highway collection in Atlanta and Pittsburgh from Nationals Park. They are going to be on-site in San Francisco for this weekend’s collection towards the Giants, then in Colorado for a three-game collection towards the Rockies earlier than Dan Kolko fills in for Carpenter on play-by-play duties in the course of the Might 6-8 collection towards the Angels in Anaheim.

For the previous two and a bit seasons, the standard of highway broadcasts for the Nationals has been severely impacted by MASN’s resolution to maintain their broadcasters and manufacturing crew again at Nationals Park, and it’s been fairly noticeable.

It makes a distinction when broadcasters can see the flight of the ball off the bat reasonably than ready for the TV display to alter. It makes a distinction when the broadcasters can communicate to the workforce on the highway and keep within the loop, particularly on lengthy highway journeys like this one.

Now, followers will at the least be getting the naked minimal once more from MASN with Carpenter and Frandsen on the highway with the workforce and calling highway video games on the ballpark.

Nevertheless, that must wait a day as Apple TV+ completely carries the primary sport of this collection, clearly.

Collection Preview Trivia

Final collection’ trivia query: Former Marlin, Miguel Cabrera, joined the three,000 hit membership over the weekend, turning into simply the thirty third participant to achieve the milestone. Who’s the one different former Marlins participant that is part of that membership with Cabrera?

Reply: Ichiro Suzuki

As you’ll have seen in our first few collection previews, we’re attempting out a brand new characteristic this season. We’re going to have a trivia query every collection so that you can attempt your hand at and reply down within the feedback, then we’ll reveal the reply in our subsequent collection preview.

Right here’s the trivia query for this collection towards the Marlins…

With a visit to San Francisco this weekend, which two former Nationals gamers lead the workforce in common season dwelling runs at Oracle Park ‘05-‘21 with 4 a bit?