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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have 'probably the deepest rotation in baseball'

By signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha this week, the Mets have built out quite the collection of starting pitchers. 

Porcello and Wacha will join Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz in New York's starting rotation, a group general manager Brodie Van Wagenen thinks quite highly of. 

"There was a lot talked about our lack of starting pitching depth over the last couple of weeks," Van Wagenen said on SNYtv Thursday. "I think that story has changed, and I think that we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball."

Considering the Mets share a division with the Nationals, who still boast a starting rotation headlined by Max Scherzer, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, this is a pretty bold statement by Van Wagenen. 

Obviously he's the general manager and he has to say positive things about the club he's putting together. But to say those exact words on the heels of a rival winning a World Series because of their rotation? 

The Mets will host the Nationals in the first series of the season starting on March 26, so we may not have to wait long for these two rotations to face off. 

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Patrick Corbin and Yan Gomes' success was written in the stars

Patrick Corbin and Yan Gomes' success was written in the stars

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. 

The pair has worked together exclusively since Gomes was traded to Washington and Corbin was picked up during free agency this off-season. 

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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Washington Nationals Roundup: Patrick Corbin is lights out in victory over the Kansas City Royals

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Patrick Corbin is lights out in victory over the Kansas City Royals

Check out the latest news and notes surrounding the Washington Nationals. 

Player Notes: 

Nationals SP Patrick Corbin recorded 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Sunday. Corbin generated an incredible 21 swinging strikes and didn’t walk a batter. The 29-year-old southpaw has allowed one earned run or fewer, while also completing seven innings, in four consecutive starts since June 19.  

RP Sean Doolittle was charged with a blown save after allowing an inherited runner to score in the eighth inning but tossed a scoreless ninth to collect his sixth win of the season in the Nationals' victory over the Royals on Sunday. The 32-year-old  has collected 19 saves to go along with a 3.13 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 44/11 K/BB ratio across 37 1/3 innings this season.

OF Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Nationals’ win Sunday. Robles has a realistic shot at a 25-homer, 25-steal rookie campaign. He closes out the first-half hitting .246/.320/.443 with 47 runs scored, 13 homers, 37 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 331 plate appearances. 

Due to back tightness, SP Max Scherzer revealed Sunday that he will not to pitch in the All-Star Game. The veteran right-hander is confident that the back problem will be behind him by the time he makes his first start of the second half.

The Nationals are reportedly discussing a long-term contract extension with 3B Anthony Rendon. The 29-year-old is having another outstanding season, slashing .304/.388/.612 with 20 homers and 61 RBI.

Injuries: 

SP Max Scherzer: Paternity/Nose, day-to-day

RP Kyle Barraclough: Biceps, out indefinitely 

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely 

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

Coming Up:

Friday 7/12:  Nationals at Phillies, 6:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park

Saturday 7/13: Nationals at Phillies, 7:15 p.m., Citizens Bank Park

Sunday 7/14: Nationals at Phillies, 1:05 p.m.,  Citizens Bank Park

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Source: Rotoworld