It took him 11 batters and five appearances to do it, but Trevor Rosenthal finally recorded an out ... and now has an ERA!
Rosenthal got the ball in the ninth inning with the Nationals leading the Phillies 15-0 Wednesday night. He promptly walked the leadoff man on five pitches, but then blew away Andrew Knapp on five pitches to end the drought, the third strike coming on a 100 mph laser beam.
Rosenthal finished off the inning, giving up a run on an RBI groundout but recording two more outs to give the Nationals a 15-1 win over their NL East rivals. His ERA, once infinite, now rests at 72.00.
Before his outless streak came to an end Wednesday night, Rosenthal had given up seven runs (all earned), four of those coming in his Nationals debut alone. And unfortunately for Rosenthal, his early season struggles made some MLB history.
But hey, at least it's over!
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While there has been an abundance of conversations surrounding a name change for the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves are another team that is evaluating some key facets of the organization.
While the Braves have no intention of changing the name, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, there could be some changes within the ballpark.
"The Braves do not intend to change their name, though discussions about the team’s use of the 'Tomahawk Chop' are ongoing," sources told Rosenthal.
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“The Atlanta Braves honor, support, and value the Native American community. That will never change,” the team said in a statement.
The “Chop,” which has been a part of Braves' home games since the 1990s, has received criticism in the past as insensitive to native groups. Over the past several years, it has become a common routine at the renamed Truist Park.
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When ESPN released its initial Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the 2020 season, the defending champion Nationals were nowhere to be found.
But that was a long time ago. Since the season was delayed due to coronavirus, they've had time to consider their rating-chasing actions and think hard about Washington's ommission.
After further consideration and a newly released 10-game TV schedule, the Nationals...are once again nowhere to be found.
Three of their division rivals (Mets, Braves, Phillies) are on the Sunday Night Baseball schedule a combined six times, with the Braves and Phillies featured on back-to-back Sunday nights. The Cubs and Cardinals as well as Yankees-Red Sox play twice on Sunday night as well.
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In the spirit of analytics, 75% of the known Sunday Night Baseball schedule belongs to six of the 30 teams. The two final matchups have yet to be announced.
Now, there are of course a very limited number of Sundays on the schedule this year and there's still a chance the Nats nab one of those last two games. For now however, Washington fans will just have to enjoy their team play on all but one night a week.
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