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Fister still working out mechanical glitches


Fister still working out mechanical glitches

Doug Fister, even-keeled as they get, strives for nothing more than consistency when he pitches. Which made Monday night’s start against the Reds — and a few others since he returned from the disabled list — particularly frustrating for the Nationals right-hander.

“For me, there’s some inconsistency there on the mound,” he said. “I’m not making quality pitches at times that are needed, especially. Just fighting with myself a lot, trying to get the ball down, really trying to get into a rhythm, and it’s a battle for me. I’ve got a lot of work to do the next five days.”

To hear him speak about it, you’d think Fister was rocked by Cincinnati. Truth is, he allowed only two runs (one earned) in six innings during what eventually became a 3-2 loss.

The final line didn’t entirely describe Fister’s outing, though. He gave up eight hits, at least one in every inning, needed a nice catch by Danny Espinosa on Billy Hamilton’s scorched line drive to second to escape a bases-loaded jam and also set the table for a run to score with a wild throw to first base on a routine comebacker.

“I picked it up and rushed it and threw it in the stands,” he said of the error, which came on a wet field. “Not that it was slippery, not that it was muddy. I didn’t execute and get it done.”

Fister has now made four starts since returning from a month-long stint on the DL with forearm tightness, and the results have been mixed. He sports a 3.70 ERA but has only two quality starts during this span and only once has reached the seventh inning.

“He’s given our team a chance to stay in games and win games,” manager Matt Williams said. “He kept them off-balance for the most part tonight, into the sixth, through the sixth.”

The good news for Fister is that he no longer is dealing with the forearm issue that hampered him through the season’s first six weeks. The bad news is he’s still trying to rediscover the form that made him such an effective and consistent force for the Nationals last season.

“That was more physical there,” he said of his early season struggles. “Now it’s more mechanical, trying to get in a good rhythm of being consistent with … whether it’s arm slot, whether it’s body position. There’s a lot of times I don’t try to focus on mechanics too much. But there are things you do need to do to be in the right position to throw a baseball. So I’ve got to really lock down and focus on those things and make sure I execute.”

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In wake of the Eaton-Frazier dilemma, what are the biggest former teammate beefs in sports?

In wake of the Eaton-Frazier dilemma, what are the biggest former teammate beefs in sports?

Some sports beef just never go away.

On Monday, former Chicago White Sox teammates Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier had to be separated during the third inning of the New York Mets 5-3 victory over the Nationals. The two have never liked each other, and their beef with one another extends as far back as 2016. 

D.C. Sports Live's Julia Donaldson and Travis Thomas discuss what other teammate beefs in recent memory compare with the saga between Eaton and Frazier.

Donaldson initially brought up the beef between former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. The two were very critical of each other vocally to the media throughout their final season together in Pittsburgh. Their relationship reached a point of no repair, as the Steelers shipped their All-Pro receiver to the Oakland Raiders in March.

For Thomas, the first teammate beef that came to mind was the incident between former Nationals teammates Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon. It's hard to forget the image of Papelbon choking out Harper for not hustling and running out the bases.

Sticking with baseball, another teammate beef from recent memory is the everlasting dislike between Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants. The two were teammates from 1997-2002, and their dislike for another was very much in the public eye. Their hatred for another reached a peak in June 2002, when the two of them had to be separated from another, and Kent publicly said he wanted to leave the team. He was then dealt to Houston in the offseason. 

Other former teammate sports beefs that come to mind are Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal when they were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers. The two stars both wanted to be the clear main No. 1 option, which led the Lakers to trade Shaq to the Miami Heat. The trade ended up working out for both parties, as O'Neal won a championship in Miami, while Bryant led the Lakers to two more championships in 2009 and 2010.

What other teammate sports beefs come to mind?


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Mike Rizzo: Nationals are 'aggressively' trying to re-sign Anthony Rendon

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Mike Rizzo: Nationals are 'aggressively' trying to re-sign Anthony Rendon

The Washington Nationals have every intention of trying to reach a long-term deal with Anthony Rendon, GM Mike Rizzo said, looking to quell concern after a report Tuesday that he may be on his way out after the 2019 season.

"Anthony Rendon is a guy that we drafted, developed, signed and watch turn into a star in front of our eyes," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "He’s a guy that we’d like to have long-term. We’re certainly going to be aggressive and try to make that happen and hopefully, it will."

Nationals fans are growing anxious after the front office couldn't get a deal done with Bryce Harper, hoping a repeat wouldn't happen with Rendon who has had a breakout career with the Nats.

"We have shown that we’re not afraid to sign our own players, we’re not afraid to sign free agent players, and we’re not afraid to spend money on stars of the game and I don’t think Anthony Rendon would be any different," Rizzo said.

Grant Paulsen said on Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan's "Grant and Danny Show," that he believes the Nationals have missed their opportunity to re-sign Rendon.

"Here's something I heard from someone who recently talked to Scott Boras," Paulsen said. "Apparently, he told that person that the Nationals already missed the boat on getting a deal done with Anthony Rendon." 

Rizzo and the Nationals have already offered Rendon a contract extension in late March, to which he turned down. Since then, nothing has come to fruition. 

"It also takes two to get a deal done," Rizzo said. "We're aggressively trying to sign Anthony Rendon. We’d love to have him here as a National long-term.”

The Nationals look to bounce back after two straight losses to the New York Mets tonight at 7:10 p.m.