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Federal Baseball: Washington Nationals at New York Mets: GameThread 49 of 162
Washington and New York play the third game of their four-game set in Citi Field with Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nationals against Mets' right-hander Jacob deGrom. GAME TIME: 7:10 PM EDT; FOLLOW: MASN 2, MLBN; 106.7 the FAN.
Washington Times: Nationals reinstate first baseman Matt Adams from injured list
Matt Adams will play first base for the Washington Nationals in Wednesday's game at the New York Mets after Washington reinstated him from the 10-day injured list.
Adams missed 15 games with a left shoulder strain he suffered May 4. In 29 appearances before the injury, Adams batted .250 with five doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI and a .469 slugging percentage.
The Nationals sent infielder Adrian Sanchez to Double-A Harrisburg in a corresponding move.
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington's usual everyday first baseman, remains on the injured list with plantar fasciitis but also could return to the lineup soon.
Fansided: Washington Nationals: Should Anthony Rendon Be Traded?
It's time to stop dreaming, the 2019 Washington Nationals are not a playoff contender. It is a harsh reality Nationals fans have not endured since the 2010 season, but on May 22, this team is finished.
If you watch this years Nationals team on a consistent basis you see this is not a contending ballclub. Whether it is lack of hitting with runners in scoring position, awful fundamental base running or defense, or possibly one of the the worst bullpens in Major League history, the Nationals are just not a team who is built to contend this season.
Fansided: Washington Nationals: Analyzing Nats Negative Run Differential
You hear a lot of different takes on run differential. Some pundits say that it is a vitally important statistic, while others aren't entirely sold on the idea that run differential makes a difference. To cut through all of the misinformation, we must dive into the Nationals run differential situation.
Let's start with the facts. The Washington Nationals have the 9th worst run differential in all of baseball at -33. At face value, that is not great. At the most basic level, the Nationals have surrendered 32 more runs than they earned, which isn't surprising for a team well below .
Federal Baseball: Wire Taps: Adam Eaton vs Todd Frazier feud explained (and other Nationals' bullpen shenanigans!)...
Okay, let's get this out of the way.
The 2016 White Sox--a historic mess of a team on every level--did not have a friendly clubhouse. When Drake LaRoche--son of Adam, former Nationals' first baseman--got the boot (much to the chagrin of Adam Eaton and Chris Sale) and Jimmy Rollins followed after, Eaton--who most people didn't seem to like--tried to take over as a leader. Todd Frazier called him out. They moved their lockers. Nobody liked anybody, especially Eaton, who Tom Boswell also noted played harder than almost anyone else on that team.
Fansided: Washington Nationals: Stick a Fork in the 2019 Nationals
The Washington Nationals lost their second game in a row to the hapless and dysfunctional New York Mets. This is the same Mets team that had to call a press conference before Monday's game for general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to say that he was not firing manager Mickey Callaway.
This is the same Mets team that got swept by the worst team in Major League Baseball, the Miami Marlins, merely days ago and only mustered three hits in the final two games of the series.
By losing these two games, it signals the unofficial end of the 2019 Nationals season.
Federal Baseball: New York Mets walk off on Washington Nationals on infield single by Amed Rosario, 6-5...
Juan Soto homered in the second, 1-0, and Brian Dozier snapped an 0 for 37 streak against the Mets with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, 3-1, but a three-run shot by J.D. Davis in the bottom of the seventh put New York on top, 4-3.
One inning later, however, the Nationals tied it up with Howie Kendrick singling and scoring on a double to left by Trea Turner, 4-4, before Soto made it 5-4 with an RBI double.
ESPN.com: 'No limitations' for Eagles QB Wentz in OTAs
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been cleared to fully participate in OTAs, coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday.
"Carson has no limitations," Pederson said, adding, "I'm not going to hold him back."
Wentz has been recovering from a stress fracture in his back, which was discovered in December and cost him the last three games of the regular season. He told reporters in April that the bone had not fully healed, adding "that's not really the main concern. It's just kind of how I feel, and I feel pretty good with where I'm at.
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Fansided: Washington Nationals: Jeremy Hellickson's Future in Question
In February, when the Washington Nationals re-signed Jeremy Hellickson to a 1-year $1.3 million contract plus incentives, it seemed like a reasonably good deal for the team. As it turns out, Hellickson's great year last year appears to be a fluke.
Through just 39 innings, Hellickson has already walked as many batters (20) as he did all of last season. Hellickson's WHIP currently stands at 1.718, which would be by far the highest mark of his career. His 6.17 FIP and 71 ERA+ show that his 6.23 ERA is not a fluke.
Complicating matters even further is that Hellickson's contract calls for him to hit specific incentives on a "per start" basis.
Federal Baseball: Washington Nationals place Jeremy Hellickson on Injured List, activate Javy Guerra...
Washington Nationals' skipper Davey Martinez expressed concern after Jeremy Hellickson struggled with his command in his last start, walking three and giving up four hits and three runs in just three innings on the mound in what ended up a 6-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
"He's a guy that throws strikes and when he falls behind and falls behind that's an indication to me that he's not right," Martinez said.
"I've seen him pitch a lot," the manager added, "... and when he's ball one, ball two, walking guys, ball one, ball two, I don't see him like that very often.
Fansided: Washington Nationals: Can Javy Guerra Help Solve Bullpen Woes?
On Monday afternoon the Washington Nationals continued their bullpen game of musical chairs that has been going on all season long. The Nationals pulled the plug on left-hander Dan Jennings, designating him for assignment after a string of awful performances from the get go.
Washington replaced Jennings on the roster with reinstating Tony Sipp from the IL, and Sipp promptly gave up a hit in the eighth inning last night giving the New York Mets a two-run lead.
Between Sipp and Jennings there does not seem to be much of a differential in level or production, but Washington did make one more interesting move on Monday.
Federal Baseball: Patrick Corbin struggles in Nationals' 5-3 loss to Mets in Citi Field...
Washington Nationals' manager Davey Martinez talked after Patrick Corbin's eight-inning, 108-pitch outing against the New York Mets last week in D.C. about what was working for the left-hander in the 5-1 win in which he held opposing hitters to a run on four hits and struck out 11 of the 29 batters he faced.
"For the most part kept the ball down, used both sides of the plate, when he can attack with his fastball it makes his slider that much better," Martinez explained.
Both managers in that game, Martinez and Mets' skipper Mickey Callaway, talked after that matchup about what a weapon Corbin's slider was in the outing.