Washington Nationals need to find juice at Tropicana Field

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals is tagged out at second base in the fourth inning by Brad Miller #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park on June 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals is tagged out at second base in the fourth inning by Brad Miller #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park on June 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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The Washington Nationals stunned the Philadelphia Phillies late on Sunday night. Now they need to carry some of the juice to Tropicana Field this week.

Coming out of the rain delay on Sunday, things didn’t look good for the Washington Nationals. But Daniel Murphy‘s heroics completely changed the narrative. Now they need to carry the juice they showed then, into a series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ross Shinberg joins Blake on this episode of the DoDCast as they look ahead to the two games the Nats need to bounce back in. Check it out here.

On this episode they talk about:

  • Dissecting the dramatic late win on Sunday
  • Who stood out throughout the series
  • Which Rays should we keep an eye on?
  • Preview each matchup individually
  • Answer listener questions

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The Nationals are on the highest of highs after the dramatic win, and Murphy is on cloud nine. He had a fine series overall, collecting hits in all three games and going 5 for 12 in total. Look for him to continue at first base for the foreseeable future.

Tampa Bay sends tough lefty Blake Snell to the mound in game one of the series. He has an impressive 2.49 ERA in 2018 and is one of the young building blocks the Rays are pinning their future on.

They also have some young studs who are starting to find their feet in the bigs. Willy Adames is hitting .250 with 2 homers and is their shortstop of the future. Jake Bauers has also recently been promoted and hit a walk-off homer against the Yankees on Sunday night, announcing his presence to the baseball world.

It certainly won’t be an easy series for the Nationals, but they send their two best starters to the hill. Gio Gonzalez, followed by Max Scherzer, will look to keep the momentum built up from the victory over the Phillies going in this series.

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It’ll be a nice relief for the Washington Nationals to face the Tampa Bay Rays this week. They need a jolt to get this season back on track down in Florida.

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