Today’s District Daily discusses Reynaldo Lopez starting in Saturday’s game and more on Washington Nationals prospect Brian Goodwin’s first big league hit.
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 Chelsea Janes gives us an update on the Nationals’ rotation, as the team continues to adjust with Joe Ross still on the disabled list. As Janes writes, the Nationals are likely going with Reynaldo Lopez to take Ross’ place Saturday against the Braves.
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Lopez will be making his third career start and his first since he gave up three runs in four innings on Aug. 30 in San Francisco. As Janes writes, Lopez is one of the team’s most exciting young pitching prospects but faulty command has weighed him down in his first two starts. Fortunately for Lopez, he has a chance to get back on track against a relatively weak lineup on Saturday.
Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier discusses Brian Goodwin’s first big league hit, which he picked up Wednesday against the Indians.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to District on Deck for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Reynaldo Lopez likely to start Saturday against the Braves
Reynaldo Lopez will likely make his third major league start Saturday against Atlanta, according to people familiar with the situation. The Nationals listed Saturday’s starter as “TBA” in Wednesday’s game notes. Class AAA Syracuse, where Lopez last pitched Sunday, lists him as Saturday’s starter, meaning he would be on full rest to pitch in the big leagues that day.
The Nationals could have waited until Tuesday to find a fifth starter, using their off-days to keep their first four rested enough to fill spots until then. But inserting a fifth starter Saturday keeps everyone else in order, while allowing for an extra day of rest for heavily taxed Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer. Read full article here.
Nats ‘ecstatic’ after Goodwin’s first hit
WASHINGTON — Brian Goodwin sent the Nationals’ dugout into a frenzy as he collected his first career Major League hit Wednesday with a one-out single in the eighth inning of a 7-4 victory against the Indians.
Goodwin called getting the hit a relief after going hitless in his first five at-bats since he was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, although he had hit a few balls hard with nothing to show for it. Read full article here.