Washington Nationals: Trea Turner’s patience earns rewards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 25: Matt Adams /

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner’s approach at the plate pays off. And, Bryce Harper buys a field in DC in today’s Daily Washingtonian.

Good morning, Washington Nationals fans!

Today is Thursday, April 26, 2018. With the New York Mets losing Wednesday night to the St. Louis Cardinals, the margin in the National League East is 5.5 games.

Although a 4-6 road trip is not ideal, Washington only lost a half game in the standings. All things considered, not terrible.

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Trea Turner‘s four-hit day yesterday gets lost with Washington’s offensive explosion.

Heading into the game, his .232 batting average masked the major improvements in his offense. Although the numbers do not show it, his batting eye is better. In 98 games last year, he drew 30 walks.

This season, over 25 games, he is at 16. If Turner plays in 154 this year, his pace is 98.5. It is possible for him to draw 100 walks. Think of the extra run-scoring chances created for the Nats. That is how you bridge gaps in the standings.

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District on Deck ponders the Nats’ lineup

Dave Martinez has tried several different lineups, but the Nats’ offense has been shockingly lackluster. They have shown flashes of brilliance, but the plethora of injuries have hindered them substantially. Fortunately, several players are progressing towards returning from the disabled list. Drew Douglas ponders what the lineup should be once everyone is healthy, specifically what to do with Adam Eaton and Trea Turner.

District on Deck looks at the bright side

The Nats currently find themselves ahead of just the Miami Marlins in the National League East, which, needless to say, is far from ideal. However, there is reason to believe that they will turn things around and return to form. Brian Foley looks at the bright side and explains why Nats fans should keep hope alive.

Minor League Ball profiles Austin Voth

Since being selected as a fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft, Austin Voth has been considered to be one of the Nats’ top pitching prospects. Unfortunately, he had a nightmarish 2017 campaign, creating doubt about his future. However, he has returned to form and gotten off to a great start for Triple-A Syracuse. Our old friend Ricky Keeler analyzes Voth’s strong start.

MASN discusses Bryce Harper Field

Since returning to Washington in 2005, the Nats have done wonders for the city. This has been especially true since 2008, when they moved to Nationals Park. In addition to creating business, the team has created opportunities for youth baseball players in the DC area. Ryan Zimmerman Field was established in 2016 and Ivan Rodriguez Field was established in 2017, but a third field will soon be created in Bryce Harper‘s honor. Mark Zuckerman discusses the field and what impact it will make on the community.

Next: Stevenson sparks blowout

A day off for many after the long road trip. Enjoy your Thursday!