Washington Nationals News: Blake Treinen seeing success after demotion

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s James Wagner discusses the recent success of Nationals reliever Blake Treinen. As Wagner notes, Treinen struggled early in the season but improved substantially on the mound after a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse allowed him to work out his issues.

In the three weeks since the Nationals brought him back to the big leagues, the right-hander has pitched nine scoreless innings while allowing two hits and striking out 10 batters. As Wagner notes, the most impressive part of Treinen’s turnaround has been his command. After walking 21 batters in the 41 innings he pitched prior to his demotion, Treinen has walked just one hitter since his return.

Needless to say, Treinen’s improvement on the mound is great news for the Nationals. The bullpen has been inconsistent for much of the season, and having a dominant Treinen in the ‘pen down the stretch could be a huge asset for a team that has struggled to get games intact to closer Jonathan Papelbon.

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Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses why consistency at the plate is crucial for the Nationals down the stretch. The Nationals have seen success at the plate of late—scoring 18 runs in their last three games—but for the team to see success down the road, the offense needs to put up runs on a consistent basis.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to Dod for ll your Washington Nationals needs.

Blake Treinen: ‘Going to Syracuse was probably the best thing that could have happened’

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

The Nationals have long believed in Blake Treinen’s talent, pushing him into a set-up role early in the season before he struggled, morphed into a lesser-used long reliever and was eventually sent to Class AAA Syracuse to sort out his troubles. But over the past three weeks of his return, Treinen has looked much different.

In his nine scoreless innings spread over eight appearances, Treinen has allowed only two hits and struck out 10. Most impressive, given his command issues of earlier, is that Treinen has walked only one of the 28 batters he has faced. Read full article here.

Consistent offense vital for Nats’ pursuit

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — By pounding the Brewers, 9-5, on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals won their first home series since July 20-22 against the Mets. It was also the first time since late June that Washington won consecutive series.

If the Nationals want to continue to win series moving forward, the offense must stay consistent, according to manager Matt Williams. At times, the offense has been streaky. In the last six games, however, the Nationals are hitting .271 with a .385 on-base percentage. Read full article here.

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