July 19 marks a special day for the Nationals.
No, not just the fact that they play the second game of the series against the first-place Braves.
It is starting pitcher Patrick Corbin and starting catcher Yan Gomes' birthday.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is just the second time in MLB history that a battery duo who share a birthday will work together that day.
What is it about these two that allows them to work so well together?
If you believe in horoscopes, you could say it was written in the stars. If you don't believe in all that, there are legitimate baseball reasons, too.
Corbin and Gomes laughed when asked about their horoscopes. Both of them confirming they know they are Cancer star signs, but neither of them believes in it.
"We joke around that there are a couple of things in common we have," Gomes said of the two sharing a birthday. "We both have German Shepards. It gets kind of weird. I think it is just a relationship that keeps building."
It seems like a silly question to ask someone who has pitched back-to-back 10+ strikeout games and his catcher who has been there for every game. But they played along.
To astrologists, people who share a birthday are very similar and work well together. They understand each other both on an emotional and service level. It is safe to say that two Cancers work great together.
Their calm, cool and collected nature make them very in touch with their surroundings. Seems like a perfect way to describe their nature on and off the field.
The duo agreed they understand each other on a level that goes beyond the few months they have worked together.
Gomes described working with Corbin and being able to have tough conversations early on. "At that point is when those little conversations can happen during games and then adjustments can be made. I think that has happened a couple of times already."
Corbin said that both him and Gomes are just trying to get better each game. "We both can just tell each other. We have the confidence… it's good to have that. Gomes is out there, ‘Hey you have to do this, do that.’ They just want to do their best and we want to do our best."
Whatever it is allowing these two to work so well together is something Nationals fans should not take for granted.
Corbin heads into Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves with a 7-5 record. After Thursday nights performance by pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals are now just 4.5 games back from first place.
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