Washington Nationals Series Preview: The battle for last place in the NL with the Cincinnati Reds

Keep in mind the final collection that the Washington Nationals performed in opposition to the New York Mets?

We included a picture to try to sum up the season to date with Juan Soto and Josh Bell each thrown out at third and a gaggle of gamers surrounding third base.

Properly, a brand new contender has entered the ring from this week’s collection in opposition to the Mets.

Poor Yadiel Hernández dived nicely wanting a line drive and face-planted into the outfield grass at Citi Discipline because the Mets prolonged their result in 5-0 on their option to a collection sweep.

The sweep on the hand of the Mets now leaves the Nationals in final place within the Nationwide League at 18-34, forward of solely the Kansas Metropolis Royals with their 16-33 report for the worst in Main League Baseball

The Nats do not less than have an opportunity to do one thing about that this weekend after they journey to Cincinnati to tackle the 17-32 Reds, who overtook them for second-last this week.

After an enormous sell-off this offseason, it wasn’t an enormous shock that the Reds had been early bottomfeeders within the league, however even probably the most doom-and-gloom followers wouldn’t have predicted them to start out the season fairly as badly as 3-22.

They’ve picked it up a bit now although, going 14-10 since then, and can really give the Nationals a check on this four-game collection.

Right here’s the lowdown from Nice American Ball Park forward of the lengthy weekend set…

The schedule

  • Recreation One: Thursday, June 2nd, 6:40 pm EDT. TV: MASN, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation Two: Friday, June third, 6:40 pm EDT. TV: MASN, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation Three: Saturday, June 4th, 4:10 pm EDT. TV: MASN, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Recreation 4: Sunday, June fifth, 1:40 pm EDT. TV: MASN, Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Possible Pitchers

  • Recreation One: Joan Adon (1-8, 6.08 ERA) vs Graham Ashcraft (1-0, 1.69 ERA)
  • Recreation Two: Josiah Grey (5-4, 5.08 ERA) vs Mike Minor (0-0, -.– ERA)
  • Recreation Three: Erick Fedde (3-4, 4.60 ERA) vs Tyler Mahle (2-5, 5.53 ERA)
  • Recreation 4: Patrick Corbin (1-8, 6.96 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (2-2, 3.38 ERA)

Who’s sizzling?

Carl Edwards Jr.: When the right-handed reliever stepped off the mound after his first look for the Nationals, many had been left unconvinced by his efficiency.

In that outing, Edwards Jr. allowed three runs on three hits and a stroll.

Since then although, he’s been flat-out dominant for the Nats and is quickly making his means up the bullpen pecking order for supervisor Dave Martinez.

Edwards Jr. has not allowed a run in his final 10 appearances, placing out 11, and permitting simply seven baserunners in 12 innings of labor, wanting loads just like the reliever he was when he was probably the greatest setup males within the league with the Chicago Cubs. Anticipate to see him in additional high-leverage spots for the Nationals

Kyle Farmer: Let’s be sincere, very similar to the Nats, Reds followers don’t have a ton to be excited by on the key league crew proper now, however Farmer’s current sizzling streak is certainly one of them.

Basically a throw-in within the commerce with the Los Angeles Dodgers — the identical commerce that noticed Josiah Grey head to LA — Farmer has put collectively an honest run of late, slashing .419/.455/.774 in his final 9 video games, launching three house runs and a pair of doubles in that span.

Farmer has settled in because the Reds’ major shortstop this season and appears to be hitting his stride recently, so might be a reputation for the Nationals to be careful for on this four-game collection.

Who’s not?

Yadiel Hernández: Having been one of many constants in an inconsistent offense through the first month or so of the season, Hernández has hit his first prolonged droop of the yr.

Within the final 15 days, Hernández is slashing .162/.225/.270 with only one house run and three RBIs, whereas his .495 OPS over that span is the worst on the crew, sure, even under Luis García’s .500 OPS who was solely recalled yesterday and went 1-for-4 with a solitary single.

With Lane Thomas and Dee Unusual-Gordon hitting higher of late, Hernández could also be getting squeezed for taking part in time whereas he works his means out of the rut he’s in proper now.

Mike Moustakas: Maybe probably the most notable participant the Reds weren’t in a position to transfer this offseason was Moustakas, however it’s not arduous to see why when he’s incomes $16 million this season and struggling mightily on the plate, much more so recently.

In his final 10 appearances, Moustakas is slashing simply .067/.243/.067 with out an extra-base hit whereas placing out seven instances. Not less than he’s walked 5 instances and even stole a base although!

Moustakas, who’s reportedly part of the fantasy league seen all throughout MLB information this previous week, will probably proceed to be within the lineup whereas he works out of this funk. The Reds will want him to rebound in some kind in the event that they need to have any hope of buying and selling him.

From the opposing dugout

Take a look at a few of the high Reds storylines from our mates at Purple Reporter…

Yet another factor to observe

One of many massive storylines within the early a part of the season was when the Nationals would lastly name up Luis García, who had been completely tearing it up at Triple-A Rochester.

The teen lastly bought the decision on Wednesday after the incumbent shortstop, Alcides Escobar, was positioned on the 10-day IL with a proper hamstring pressure after making a pleasant diving play throughout Tuesday’s recreation with the Mets.

Down in Triple-A, García was dominating to the tune of a .314/.368/.531 slash line with eight house runs and 32 RBIs, turning into one of many crew’s massive offensive forces within the lineup.

“We needed to put Escobar on the IL. He’s nonetheless sore,” supervisor Dave Martinez defined. “Luis has been enjoying nicely, and he’s hitting nicely, so he’s the following, greatest out there man we’ve bought, so we’re going to provide him a possibility.

“I talked to him right now, and he’s going to play day-after-day, and I’m going to bat him — I instructed him, ‘Some days I’ll bat you seventh, some days I’ll bat you eighth, relying on what — however you’re going to play shortstop day-after-day, left-handed, right-handed, you’re going to get a possibility to play.”

García’s call-up could have solely come due to Escobar’s harm — it appeared as if they had been content material to maintain him at Triple-A nonetheless — however he now has an opportunity to cement a everlasting place with the large league membership if he can carry out anyplace near how he was within the minors.

Beforehand when he’s been up, García has usually been protected against left-handed pitching, however it seems as if this time, he’ll get just about all of the out there begins at shortstop.

Sequence Preview Trivia

Final collection’ trivia query: Within the Nationals’ collection in 2019 in opposition to the Mets that sunk the crew to 19-31, are you able to identify the three Nats pitchers that recorded blown saves within the last three video games of the four-game set?

Reply: Tanner Rainey, Sean Doolittle, Wander Suero

Right here’s our trivia query for this collection with the Reds, the place now we have a 50:50 selection for you a few former participant who performed for each the Nationals and Reds in his profession…

Probably the most notable gamers to play for each the Nationals and Reds was slugger Adam Dunn, spending eight and half years in Cincinnati earlier than two seasons within the nation’s capital. Which crew did Huge Donkey have a better OPS with, the Nats or Reds?