Despite mixed results to begin the 2018 season, the Washington Nationals are now one win away from sweeping the rival New York Mets.
Good morning, Washington Nationals fans!
Today is Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
After a rough week, the Nats have turned the corner and are at .500 again. Now 9-9, they already won this series versus the New York Mets and chopped the deficit to four games.
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Between playing small ball and the sublime efforts from the bullpen, the entire vibe of the team changed from the doldrums following the Colorado Rockies series.
A special shout out to Pedro Severino. He catches with such passion, pouncing like a cat on throws to first and second. His bat is alive and awareness is off the charts. Whatever he worked on with the coaching staff on the back fields of West Palm Beach worked.
His enthusiasm for the game is infectious. It is such a joy watching him at the plate and in the dugout.
In case you missed it yesterday, Brian Goodwin landed on the disabled list for a wrist injury. Andrew Stevenson is his replacement. Stevenson had a good spring with improvement at the plate. His defense is already excellent.
Before the links, we want to share our condolences with you on the loss of one of America’s top baseball fans in First Lady Barbara Bush. From her husband’s tales from Yale University to their seats in Houston, she cherished the game.
Now the links:
After spending most of spring training on the back fields, Ryan Zimmerman has gotten off to a slow start to the season. While there are some encouraging signs, some adjustments are also necessary. Brian Foley analyzes Zimmerman’s slump and determines what needs to change.
Michael Taylor entered 2018 with lofty expectations, but he has failed to live up to them thus far. After a strong 2017 campaign, he has resembled the struggling outfielder he was before his breakout last year. Blake Finney ponders what has gone wrong for Taylor.
With Daniel Murphy still on the disabled list after undergoing offseason knee injury, Howie Kendrick has received most of the reps at second base. When he is not playing second, he is playing left. Despite not having an obvious role, Kendrick has been phenomenal for the Nats. David Driver discusses Kendricks’ hot start.
Adam Eaton has been a spark plug for the Nats since returning from a torn ACL, but he currently finds himself on the disabled list once again. Fortunately, his rehab is going well and he could return to the lineup by the end of the week. Byron Kerr provides an update on the Nats’ outfielder.
Tonight, the Nats will attempt to sweep the rival Mets. We would also like to congratulate the Capitals on their big win over the Columbus Bluejackets last night.