This is the first year for the second wild card playoff team. Thats been great for the Orioles, who are still fighting for the spot. Its also great for teams trying to sell and not-so-great for teams trying to buy.On Tuesday, Wandy Rodriguez, a pitcher the Orioles had some interest in was traded from Houston to Pittsburgh. On Wednesday morning, Miami moved Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia re-signed Cole Hamels to a six-year, 144 million contract extension.Those deals make it even harder for the Orioles, whod like to add a pitcher and a hitter or two. In the American League, 11 of the 14 teams are over .500 and in contention for a playoff spot.Thats a lot of buyers and just Kansas City, Minnesota and Seattle as sellers.The National League isnt as wild. Half of the 16 teams are above .500, the other half below it.Bet on Dan Duquette making at least one deal before next Tuesday at 4 p.m. It just wont be easy.
The Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 6-5, Tuesday to drop their record to 19-29.
Consider these news and notes as Washington trudges through its four-game series in New York:
Erick Fedde made his first start of the season for Washington Tuesday night and put together a solid outing. The 26-year-old threw five innings of one-run baseball, allowing four hits, a walk, and strikeout. Thirty-one of his 61 pitches were sinkers.
Do you believe in the broadcaster's jinx theory? Perhaps you might after reading up on what Juan Soto did in the 2nd inning Tuesday. Then, later in the 8th, Soto scorched a go-ahead double to deep right notching his 100th career RBI.
Amed Rosario was the hero at Citi Field. His walk-off infield single off Kyle Barraclough was the difference in New York's 6-5 comeback win.
The Mets got a quality start from starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, who threw seven innings of four-hit ball, three earned runs, two walks, and six strikeouts. 78 of his 118 pitches were thrown for strikes.
Pete Alonso is lighting it up right now. His game-tying 417-foot home run in the 8th marked his 16th of the season.
SP Jeremy Hellickson: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 31
RP Justin Miller: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 31
SP Anibal Sanchez: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 27
OF Andrew Stevenson: back, expected to be out until at least May 24
1B Matt Adams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 22
1B Ryan Zimmerman: foot, expected to be out until at least May 23
RP Koda Glover: elbow, expected to be out until at least May 25
RP Trevor Rosenthal: viral infection, Expected to be out until at least May 21
RP Austen Williams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least Jun 13
Wednesday, 5/22: Nationals @ Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field
Thursday, 5/23: Nationals @ Mets, 12:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field
Friday, 5/24: Marlins @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
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Bruce Allen identified getting a contract extension done for Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff as one of the Redskins biggest priorities of the 2019 offseason. To this point, however, nothing has happened.
That doesn't seem to have Scherff concerned.
"We've been talking, but I'm not really worried about that," he said after OTAs on Monday. "I'm here for another year, so that's all I'm worried about right now. Everything will take care of itself."
Scherff, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has played at an elite level since his rookie season. He's made two Pro Bowl teams in four years, and until last year, had been remarkably durable.
In 2018, Scherff's season started very strong. 'Skins coach Jay Gruden described the former Iowa Hawkeye as the best pulling guard in the NFL and it was well-earned praise. Then, in a Week 8 loss, Scherff went down with a torn pectoral muscle. His season was over.
At OTAs, however, Scherff was a full participant with no brace or apparent encumbrances from the injury.
"I'm feeling really good, just taking it slow and making sure I'm 100 percent," he said.
Expect the free agent market to be quite bullish. Once a lesser-paid position than tackle, guards have recently started pulling in significant cash. Zach Martin's recent contract extension in Dallas pays him more than $14 million per season, and Jacksonville is paying Andrew Norwell more than $13 million this year.
For Scherff, expect top of the market money. He has the talent, pedigree and ability that if Washington won't pay in the neighborhood of Martin and Norwell, he can wait for free agency.
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