Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Eugenio Suarez Steals Show In DC

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Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Janssen’s Struggles Against The Reds Continue

So far, the Casey Janssen signing this offseason has been good for the Nats bullpen. In 16 outings this year, the 33-year-old right-hander has given up only six runs. However, there is one team that has been able to beat Janssen this season.

In two games against the Reds, Janssen has given up five runs on five hits and a home run in two innings pitched. With one out in the top of the eighth inning, Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run that went right near the foul pole in left field to give Cincinnati a 3-2. Janssen did not give up another hit in the eighth, but the home run was the difference.

The Nationals’ bullpen was one of their weak points in that first series against the Reds back in May. Before this series began, I thought that the acquisition of David Carpenter would help this ‘pen in the series. But, he was not with the Nats last night. Carpenter is on paternity leave and was replaced on the roster by left-hander Sammy Solis.

Still, last night’s game should not hurt any confidence that someone has in Janssen getting the job done. I know the Aroldis Chapman rumors will heat up after last night, but the trio of Carpenter, Janssen, and Drew Storen have been very good for Matt Williams’ club this season. The Nats do have a need in the bullpen, but it should not be the team’s first priority to fix between now and the trade deadline.

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