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What to watch as Nats continue three-game series against Marlins

What to watch as Nats continue three-game series against Marlins

This is the Nationals’ first time in Miami this season, and the team finished with a 3-2 loss against the Marlins on Friday night. Here are a few things to look for as they enter the second game of the three-game series against the Floridians: 

  1. Friday night’s situational hitting was poor, NBC Sports Washington’s Todd Dybas reported. The Nats left 10 runners on base in a 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.However, the Nationals’ offense has changed this season. This was exemplified in Friday’s series opener against the Marlins, in which both Adam Eaton and Victor Robles bunted to get hits.
  2. Eaton singled on a bunt in the first inning, eventually scoring on a Juan Soto RBI single, while Robles also reached base safely in the third following Eaton’s strategy and then stole a base. These creative plays helped get men on base, but again, more often than not they stayed there. Brian Dozier hit his second home run of the season in the seventh inning, a solo shot which gave the Nats their second and final run of the night. Dozier had a rough start to the season, and after Friday’s game, he has just two RBIs – both via solo homers. He has a batting average of .182, and he’s lost playing time to Howie Kendrick as the season has moved forward. Kendrick has a batting average of .477, the highest on the roster.
  3. Anthony Rendon continued his hit streak, extending it to 17 games with a double Friday. This is the longest hitting streak in the MLB this season, as well as the third baseman’s personal record. Within the organization, Rendon is chasing Hall-of-Famer Heinie Manush’s record, which stretched to 33 consecutive hits in 1933. Can he get another on Saturday?

 

Download the MyTeams app for coverage from NBC Sports Washington of the Nationals/Marlins game on Saturday. The game broadcast will be at 6:10 PM ET on 106.7 the Fan and MASN2. 

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3 things to watch as Nationals look to even series with Giants

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3 things to watch as Nationals look to even series with Giants

Following an impressive series in Philadelphia, things have not played out how the Nationals would have hoped. Dropping a home series to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend was immediately followed by a 7-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. However, Wednesday is a new day and an opportunity for Washington to get back on track.

Here are three things to watch for:

1. Where's the relief?: The first couple weeks of the season didn't go well for the bullpen. Week three hasn't gone much better. The relief staff earned the loss on Sunday after allowing Pittsburgh to break the tie in the ninth with two outs and two strikes. On Tuesday, an inability to hold the Giants in the late innings hindered an opportunity at a comeback win. Besides Sean Doolittle, it's hard to think of a reliable and consistent arm in that bullpen. If the Nationals want to get back on track, they'll need some consistency from their late-inning guys.

2. Searching for Consistency: Speaking of consistency, it's something Washington has struggled to obtain on a larger level than just the bullpen. As NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas explained, the Nationals' season has been filled with ups and downs. Philadelphia seemed to be a potential turning point, but two straight losses have stifled that momentum. It's a long season, but it'll be interesting to see if the Nationals can begin to string wins together and build on positives.

3. Silent Bats: Despite a win on Saturday, the Nationals offense hasn't scored more than three runs in four straight games. This comes immediately after scoring 25 runs in two games (there's that inconsistency again). As of late, Anthony Rendon has been doing most of the heavy lifting on the offensive side. Howie Kendrick, Adam Eaton and Juan Soto have contributed at times, but the Nationals are still searching for more production throughout the lineup.

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Nationals Roundup: Anthony Rendon extension talks resurface

Nationals Roundup: Anthony Rendon extension talks resurface

The Washington Nationals began a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, falling short after Stephen Strasburg struggled to limit home runs. More importantly? Anthony Rendon and the Nationals met to discuss a potential extension.

Here's the latest Nationals and Giants news:

Player Notes: 

NATIONALS:

NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas confirmed reports Tuesday that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and managing principal owner Mark Lerner met with third baseman Anthony Rendon to discuss a contract extension to keep the homegrown star in Washington. Rendon has been off to a torrid start in 2019, recording a hit in every game except Opening Day to start the young season. The Nationals are hoping to avoid dragging negotiations into the winter, as happened with Bryce Harper, who eventually signed with Philadelphia. 

Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out eight Giants in his outing, but uncharacteristically struggled to contain opposing batters. Strasburg allowed three home runs, but only gave up three other hits and walked no one.

Matt Adams hit a pinch-hit home run late Tuesday, though the Nationals were unable to complete the comeback. His home run was Adams' fourth hit of the season. 

GIANTS:

Starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez struggles with efficiency, but allows just one run to the Nationals. He walked three batters and struck out six, and his only charged run was on a Stephen Strasburg RBI double.

Outfielder Steven Duggar went yard off Strasburg to help give the Giants a win. Duggar also singled, giving him his third multi-hit game in his last four outings.

Top prospect Joey Bart was diagnosed with a fractured hand and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks. The catcher was the second overall pick in the 2018 draft and is considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball.

Injures: 

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-Day IL 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, 4/17: Giants @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m., Nats Park

Thursday, 4/18: Giants @ Nationals, 1:05 p.m., Nats Park

Friday, 4/19: Nationals @ Marlins, 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Source: Rotoworld

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