Washington Nationals: Time to answer the clown questions

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after fouling off a pitch in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park on June 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after fouling off a pitch in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park on June 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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The Washington Nationals still seem to be stuck in second gear. A trip to play the Toronto Blue Jays is a perfect chance to answer their clown questions.

The Washington Nationals are still trying to find consistency on offense. Now they face a series against the Toronto Blue Jays, at the site of the “Clown Question Bro” incident in 2012. Our own Sean Addis joins Blake on the DoDCast to preview the series.

On this episode they discuss the following:

  • How much should we buy into Soto-rama
  • How big a miss is Donaldson for the Blue Jays
  • Will Toronto be sellers are the deadline
  • Which players should we watch out for
  • Preview and predict each matchup

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Former American League MVP Josh Donaldson has been the Blue Jays star since he was acquired back in 2015. But he’s currently on the disabled list with a calf injury, and the Jays offense has suffered.

After being the third best offense in baseball during April, they’re ranked in the bottom since then. But the emergence of Teoscar Hernandez has helped a little. The rookie is hitting .261 with 31 runs, 11 homers and 31 RBI, all of which are top three on the team.

Once again for the Nationals, it was Juan Soto stealing the limelight. Although he sat out on Tuesday, he made a splash on Wednesday’s game going 2 for 3 with four RBI, including two long balls.

The Nats face three right-handers this series, and it would be shocking if he isn’t in the lineup, given the DH is in play. Hitting .344 and with more walks than strikeout, it’s a joy to watch his approach at the plate, and long may it continue north of the border.

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The Washington Nationals are in the midst of a stretch where they face American League East foes for 10 straight. If they can capitalize on the scuffling Jays, it will be a huge confidence boost.

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