Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Should Doug Fister’s Rotation Spot Be In Jeopardy?

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Aug 3, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) scores a run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals began a seven game homestand last night and were looking to get the offense back on track. In their prior series against the New York Mets, they only scored five runs en route to being swept. Last night, they went up against a rookie in Zack Godley, but they were not able to figure him out.

Godley threw six scoreless innings and the Diamondbacks brought the power to Nats Park. Arizona scored five of their six runs via the long ball as they defeated the Nationals, 6-4. Doug Fister, who was showing good progress after a strong start against the Marlins, was not able to get the ball down and that led to giving up home runs on a hot and humid night.

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While the lineup did eventually make it interesting by scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth, their rally fell short when Jayson Werth grounded out to closer Brad Ziegler and Yunel Escobar flew out to left to end it. Werth got a day off from the starting lineup last night as Clint Robinson took his place out in left field. Robinson went 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss.

Due to the Mets defeating the Marlins 12-1 at Marlins Park last night, the Nationals now find themselves looking up in the NL East as they trail New York by one game after losing four games in a row. The players who have returned have been off to slow starts. How long will it take for this offense to get into rhythm and cause less pressure to be put on the starting rotation to be perfect?

Before Max Scherzer takes on Patrick Corbin tonight (7:05 PM ET, MASN), check out my takeaways from last night’s 6-4 Nats loss:

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