After a big series loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals face the Tampa Bay Rays. Ron Juckett joins Blake on the DoDCast to preview the games.
The Washington Nationals are coming off a disappointing series against the Atlanta Braves, which they lost 3-1. But now the Tampa Bay Rays come to town, and the Nats will hope to bounce back. Joining Blake is Ron Juckett, to help look ahead to the two-game set.
On this edition of the DoDCast, they talk about:
- Can Max Scherzer win the MVP?
- What went right/wrong in the Braves series.
- Could the Nationals swing a trade for any Rays players
- Is the “Opener” concept a good or bad thing
- Look ahead to each matchup
- Answer your listener questions
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A lot of Nats fans will be keeping a keen eye on former fan favorite Wilson Ramos in this series. He’ll be sure to receive a loud standing ovation for his tenure with the team. But also, many consider him a trade target as July rolls around.
Although he won’t be pitching this series, Chris Archer is another potential trade target. He’s suffering from a down-year but his strikeouts are still elite. Perhaps a change of scenery may be needed, and if the price is right, Mike Rizzo could pull the trigger.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this season, you’ll notice the Rays are being unorthodox with their pitchers. They like to start with a relief pitcher, and then bring in their “starter”.
In this series, the Nats will likely see this on Wednesday for the day game. Sergio Romo is the pitcher most likely to take the bump, and pitch one inning.
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The series gets going with Max Scherzer facing off against Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday night. Don’t expect too many runs in this one. Hopefully, the Washington Nationals can find a Ray of hope.