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Miami Marlins

Let the process continue. After 24 rookie-eligible players saw time in 2018 for the Marlins in the first year of a rebuild, Miami aims to see progress from its core in ’19. CEO Derek Jeter has preached building a sustainable winner by infusing young talent into all levels of the organization. Some — like former top prospect Lewis Brinson — are hoping for bounce-back seasons, all while rocking a new look. The Marlins have ditched the former ownership’s rainbow color scheme for a more Miami feel.

But what matters most is what happens on the field. The Marlins avoided a 100-loss season by going 63–98. In the process, they saw Brian Anderson blossom into a National League Rookie of the Year candidate. Starting pitchers Trevor Richards and Pablo Lopez showed promise after being called up. Time will tell whether they take the next step in their development.

Atlanta Braves

Anyone who has ever done a long highway drive has had that moment. You realize that, somehow, you have driven 20 miles from where you last remember being, but you have no recollection of how you got there. It felt like that in Atlanta. The Braves, who were coming off three consecutive 90-loss seasons, are suddenly good again, winning 90 games in 2018, and it seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. The Braves enter 2019 as not only one of the best teams in the National League, but also the veterans of a surprise playoff appearance last fall.

The problem with “prospects” (and Atlanta has plenty of them) is that they are like bread in an old toaster. You’re pretty sure that they’ll eventually pop up, but sometimes they don’t, and even when they do, you’re not entirely sure what the results will be. Fortunately for the Braves, there was a lot of good toast to go around at SunTrust Park, and there’s likely to be more popping up soon.

New York Mets

The Mets went looking for a new general manager last season, and some candidates recommended a roster teardown. That’s not what the Wilpon family wanted to hear, so they hired Brodie Van Wagenen, a charismatic agent who promised he could make the Mets a winner, both now and for years to come. We’ll have to see it to believe it with this offense, but the Mets’ pitching talent, that includes 2018 Cy Young recipient Jacob deGrom, at least gives them a shot.

Philadelphia Phillies

Despite an inconsistent offense and the worst defense in the majors, the Phillies put together four good months — followed by two horrendous months — and improved by 14 wins in 2018.

Management promised a busy offseason as it looked to take the next step in 2019, but vaulting from 80 wins into the playoff picture will depend largely on the improvement of a returning core that surrounds a few newcomers. The Phillies do have a star in right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola and a couple of potential stars in Rhys Hoskins and Seranthony Dominguez. But unless they add another one before Opening Day, the Phils are probably a middle-of-the-pack club in the National League East.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals thought they needed big changes after their 97–65 first-place finish in 2017, firing manager Dusty Baker following the NLDS flameout and replacing him with Dave Martinez. But after the Nats finished 15 games worse in 2018 and lost their stranglehold on the NL East, we can definitively say the manager wasn’t the problem.

This offseason was focused on a central question, with a corollary: Could the Nationals afford to keep Bryce Harper? And did they really want him? Even as those questions were playing out, GM Mike Rizzo continued building a roster meant to contend again in 2019, with or without Harper. And with a rotation headed by Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and newcomer Patrick Corbin, they’re a good bet to do so. 

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Nationals at Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have relieved heavily on homers of late, with 20 of their last 22 runs scored courtesy of the long ball. After Didi Gregorius recorded his third multi-homer performance of the season in the opener, the Yankees (43-19) vie for a sweep of the abbreviated two-game interleague series versus the visiting Washington Nationals (36-28) on Wednesday.

Gregorius is batting .313 over his last 12 games after belting a pair of solo homers in Tuesday’s 3-0 triumph for New York, which has won 10 of 12 overall and 18 of its last 22 at home. The Yankees’ bullpen pushed its scoreless innings streak to 21 2/3 innings with 3 1/3 spotless frames in the opener, lowering its ERA to a majors-best 0.63 in 42 2/3 innings over the last 14 games. New York’s fourth shutout this season resulted in the second time in as many games that Washington has been blanked, with the latter collecting just eight hits in the process. Manager Dave Martinez said Bryce Harper is expected to be fine after the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player was hit in the elbow and foot by a pair of pitches in Tuesday’s tilt.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN, MASN (Washington), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Erick Fedde (0-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Sonny Gray (4-4, 4.81)

Multiple media outlets reported that Fedde is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who was shuffled to the disabled list on Sunday with an ailing shoulder. The 25-year-old allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss against San Diego on May 23 in his lone spot start with the Nationals. Fedde has a 3-2 mark with a 4.76 ERA in 56 2/3 innings with Syracuse this season.

Gray was saddled with a no-decision on Wednesday despite retiring the first 12 batters he faced while scattering two hits and striking out eight over eight scoreless innings against Toronto. The 28-year-old has recorded quality starts in three of his last four trips to the mound. Gray has limited the current crop of Nationals to just a .219 batting average against him, although the hurler has yet to pick up a decision in two career starts versus the club.

WALK-OFFS

1. New York manager Aaron Boone said slumping C Gary Sanchez, who is mired in a 4-for-53 stretch with 18 strikeouts, is expected to sit out his second straight game on Wednesday.

2. Washington CF Adam Eaton has hit safely in both games since being activated from the 60-day disabled list.

3. The Yankees are expected to call up Jonathan Loaisiga to replace fellow RHP Masahiro Tanaka to start either Thursday or Friday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Rockies at Phillies Preview

Scott Kingery has been shuffled around the field this season as the Philadelphia Phillies try to find a home for the promising prospect. The 24-year-old looks to follow up a season high-tying four-RBI performance on Wednesday as the Phillies (34-30) bid for a series victory versus the reeling Colorado Rockies (32-34), who have dropped a season-worst five straight and nine of 11.

Kingery belted a three-run homer for his first blast since April 10 as Philadelphia claimed an early lead and held on for their second straight win with a 5-4 triumph on Tuesday. Cesar Hernandez has hit safely in four consecutive contests and scored a run in three straight and six of his last seven for the Phillies, who evened their six-game homestand at 2-2 and improved to 21-11 at Citizens Bank Park this season. Trevor Story had two singles to record his fourth straight multi-hit performance on Tuesday and crossed the plate twice in the opener to give him six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. Story will get his first look at right-hander Nick Pivetta while left-hander Tyler Anderson will get the nod for the Rockies.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountains (Colorado), NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies LH Tyler Anderson (3-1, 4.81 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Nick Pivetta (4-5, 3.76)

Anderson recorded his fourth straight no-decision on Thursday despite working a season high-tying seven innings against Cincinnati. The 28-year-old allowed just two runs on five hits versus the Reds and kept the ball in the park after being taken deep eight times in his previous six outings. Hernandez (6-for-9) and Maikel Franco (3-for-7) have gotten their licks in on Anderson, although the left-hander has flustered both Aaron Altherr (0-for-5, three strikeouts) and Odubel Herrera (0-for-3, three strikeouts).

Pivetta has answered a three-start winning streak with three straight losses after permitting four runs on six hits in five frames in Thursday’s 4-3 setback versus the Chicago Cubs. The 25-year-old British Columbia native has yielded nine earned runs over 14 innings while allowing the opposition to bat .294 against him during his losing skid. Pivetta was torched in his lone appearance against Colorado, yielding eight runs on as many hits in 2 2/3 innings at Coors Field on Aug. 5.

WALK-OFFS

1. Colorado LF Gerardo Parra has recorded five multi-hit performances in his last eight games.

2. Philadelphia 1B Carlos Santana has gone 0-for-5 — albeit with three walks — in his last two contests on the heels on a seven-game hitting streak.

3. Rockies C Tom Murphy excelled in his major-league debut with three hits on Tuesday after batting .289 with 16 homers in 49 games with Triple-A Albuquerque to open the season.

Twins at Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers went nearly the entire month of May without Miguel Cabrera earlier and now will be without their slugging first baseman for the remainder of the season. Cabrera ruptured a tendon in his biceps in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Minnesota and will undergo season-ending surgery, leaving Detroit scrambling as it resumes the three-game set versus the Twins on Wednesday.

Cabrera was hurt when he took an awkward swing at an offspeed pitch and immediately grabbed his arm, but the severity of the injury wasn’t revealed until after he was sent for an MRI exam. “It’s a very sad day for our baseball team,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s a special player and a special person to have around here. It’s a blow. I feel terrible for him.” Minnesota vaulted past Detroit into second place in the American League Central as Ehire Adrianza belted a grand slam as part of a three-hit game in the series opener. Jose Berrios owns a 3-1 record against the Tigers despite an 8.49 ERA, but he beat them with eight strong innings on May 21, allowing two runs on three hits.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH José Berríos (7-5, 3.66 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.20)

Berrios tossed his second complete game of the year and his first since his season debut, striking out 10 and limiting the Chicago White Sox to two runs and six hits to improve to 4-1 over his last five starts. The 24-year-old has racked up 44 strikeouts over his last five starts, including nine in the victory over Detroit last month. Nicholas Castellanos is 5-for-10 with a homer and four RBIs off Berrios.

Boyd posted his first road victory of the season at Boston in his last outing, limiting the Red Sox to two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old had his second shortest outing of the season at Minnesota in a 6-0 loss on May 17, permitting only one hit while allowing two runs and walking four. Brian Dozier has been a nemesis for Boyd, going 13-for-32 with three homers, three doubles and five RBIs.

WALK-OFFS

1. Adrianza is 9-for-20 with two homers, seven RBIs and seven runs scored in his last seven games.

2. John Hicks, batting .285 with five homers and 22 RBIs, will take over as Detroit’s starting first baseman.

3. The Twins signed RH Matt Belisle one day after he was released by Cleveland.

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Red Sox at Orioles Preview

The visiting Boston Red Sox will try to clinch their fourth straight series win over the Baltimore Orioles when the teams play the second of three straight at Camden Yards on Tuesday. Two sacrifice flies in the top of the 12th inning accounted for all the offense in a 2-0 win for the Red Sox in the series opener Monday night.

Steven Wright and five relievers combined on a five-hit shutout for Boston, which is 10-1 in the last 11 contests against the Orioles dating to last season and has claimed six straight games in Baltimore. Mookie Betts returned from an oblique strain and had a hit in five trips to the plate in the opener of a 10-game road trip for the Red Sox. Orioles shortstop Manny Machado missed Monday’s contest due to an illness and could return Tuesday to face Eduardo Rodriguez, against whom he is 6-for-31 with five strikeouts. Baltimore counters with streaking rookie David Hess as it attempts to end a five-game slide.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), MASN2 (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. Orioles RH David Hess (2-2, 3.07)

Rodriguez has won four straight and already surpassed last season’s win total after emerging victorious against Detroit on Wednesday. He limited the Tigers to one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out five in his fifth consecutive home outing. The 25-year-old started his current winning streak with 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over Baltimore on May 20, improving to 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 career meetings.

Hess has a 0.96 ERA over his last three starts after stifling the Toronto Blue Jays through six innings his last time out. The solid stretch began after a rocky effort opposite Rodriguez at Fenway Park last month, when Hess gave up five runs across 4 2/3 frames. The Tennessee native has a 3.00 ERA in two home starts while yielding 10 hits and a walk in 12 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles 1B Chris Davis was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Monday as his average through 57 games fell to .150.

2. Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi is 13-for-30 with six walks in eight games against Baltimore this year.

3. Boston 1B Mitch Moreland is 2-for-19 over a six-game span to drop his average from .310 to .287.

Nationals at Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have seen their notoriously loud bats fall silent of late as the club matched a season low with three hits in its last outing and is batting .176 over the last four games overall. The Yankees (42-19) look to avoid hitting the snooze button once again Tuesday when they open an abbreviated two-game interleague series against the visiting Washington Nationals (36-27).

Gary Sanchez is mired in a 4-for-53 stretch while teammates Greg Bird (1-for-16) and Aaron Judge (2-for-23) are also slumping. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has answered a six-game hitting streak by striking out five times in his last two contests, scored a run in the last meeting with Washington – a 3-3 deadlock on May 15 that was suspended after 5 1/2 innings. While the Yankees became the final major-league team to get shut out when they were blanked by the cross-town Mets on Sunday night, the Nationals also lost a 2-0 decision to San Francisco hours earlier to fall to 4-5 in their last nine outings. Anthony Rendon, who belted a solo homer in the suspended game versus the Yankees, is 6-for-16 with five RBIs and six runs scored in his last four games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), WPIX (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-6, 3.56 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.59)

Roark recorded his first win since April 30 after allowing two runs on six hits in an 11-2 romp of Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The 31-year-old worked six innings in that contest, marking the 11th time in 12 starts that he has ventured that far into a game. Roark will be making his first career start versus the Yankees, although he is very familiar with Stanton (8-for-33, four home runs) from the slugger’s time with Miami.

Like Roark, Sabathia also snapped a prolonged winless drought in his last outing after yielding two runs on three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 triumph over Toronto. The 37-year-old, who won for the first time since April 29, was taken deep twice to raise his home run total to seven in his last five trips to the mound. Mark Reynolds is 4-for-18 with a homer versus Sabathia, but the left-hander owns a 2-1 career mark against the Nationals with a 2.25 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP while limiting the club to a .185 batting average.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington rookie OF Juan Soto is 20-for-61 and has reached base safely in 16 of 19 games played.

2. New York’s bullpen allowed only two unearned runs and struck out 25 in 19 1/3 innings over the past week.

3. Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) is expected to accompany his club to Yankee Stadium and could be activated from the disabled list this week, according to the Washington Post.

Twins at Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers just suffered the scheduling misfortune of having to play three of the best teams in the American League – the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians – in consecutive series and took one game from each opponent. After a well-deserved day off, the Tigers will host the division-rival Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.

Detroit battled all three of the likely playoff teams while finishing up a stretch of 18 games in 17 days and managed to go 10-8 before getting a day off. “We’re hanging in there,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters. “We played a lot of close ballgames. One swing here and there could’ve changed it, and one good pitch here and there. So, 10-8, yes, but we could’ve been better, and I think that’s what keeps driving these guys. We can do better.” The Twins are hoping they can do better as well after dropping four of their last six and scoring three runs or fewer in each of the four setbacks. Minnesota will try to get the bats going against Detroit left-hander Blaine Hardy while countering with veteran Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.24 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66)

Odorizzi is winless in his last five starts and is coming off the lone loss in that span after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The 28-year-old is struggling to work deep into games and completed six innings only twice in his last 10 starts. Odorizzi is seeing Detroit for the first time this season and is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.

Hardy is trying to hang onto a spot in the rotation and followed up two strong performances with a loss at Boston on Wednesday. The 31-year-old was ripped for five runs on eight hits in six innings and allowed a home run – just his third homer surrendered in 32 innings. Hardy was better in a no-decision at Minnesota on May 21, when he scattered two runs and seven hits across five innings while striking out four.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) will make his third minor league rehab start on Monday and could return to the majors this weekend.

2. Twins SS Eduardo Escobar was named AL Player of the Week on Monday after batting .462 with nine extra-base hits and eight RBIs last week.

3. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano struck out at least once in each of his last 13 games.

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Giants at Nationals Preview

Max Scherzer is bidding to win his third consecutive National League Cy Young Award and is threatening to turn the race into a runaway as he goes for his major league-leading 11th win on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Scherzer has won nine consecutive decisions, including a 10-strikeout effort at San Francisco on April 25.

The Nationals leveled the series with a 7-5 victory Saturday, sparked by the return of leadoff hitter Adam Eaton, who scored twice in his first game since April 8. Bryce Harper became the first player in the NL to reach 19 homers, ending a seven-game drought in which he struck out 14 times and failed to register an extra-base hit. The Giants were unable to overcome an early five-run deficit in Saturday’s setback but they have amassed 14 runs and 26 hits in the series. Catcher Nick Hundley had a three-run homer and RBI double as San Francisco lost for only the second time in its last nine games.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco), MASN2 (Washington)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Derek Holland (3-6, 4.91 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Max Scherzer (10-1, 1.95)

Holland has failed to pitch beyond five innings in seven of his 12 starts and lasted only four innings last time out, settling for a no-decision after giving up two runs and four hits against Arizona. His road ERA (4.50) is a more than a run lower than at AT&T Park (5.55) but he also has served up seven homers in 38 innings away from home. Eaton is 2-for-5 against Holland, who will make his first career start versus Washington.

Scherzer won his third straight start with eight overpowering innings against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, striking out 13 and allowing two runs on five hits. It marked the ninth time he has recorded at least 10 strikeouts, including 12 in eight scoreless innings at Baltimore on May 30. Scherzer has split eight career decisions against the Giants, but he has shackled Andrew McCutchen, who is 4-for-25 with 14 strikeouts.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

2. McCutchen has five two-hit contests during a six-game hitting streak.

3. Nationals RHP Brandon Kintzler will undergo an MRI exam after exiting Saturday’s game due to forearm tightness.

Royals at Athletics Preview

The Oakland Athletics will try to bounce back from a shutout loss and claim another series win over the visiting Kansas City Royals when the teams complete a four-game set Sunday afternoon. Danny Duffy and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout in the Royals’ 2-0 win in the third game of the set Saturday.

It was Kansas City’s second win in six matchups with Oakland – all of which have taken place in June. Alex Gordon slugged a solo homer to back Duffy’s dominant effort as the Royals snapped a six-game losing streak. They’ll aim for their first winning streak of the month behind right-hander Brad Keller, who opposes Sean Manaea for the Athletics. Matt Chapman had three of Oakland’s four hits in Saturday’s loss and is 10-for-22 in the six matchups with Kansas City this month.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, NBCS California (Oakland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Brad Keller (1-2, 2.12 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.59)

Keller is making the most of his opportunity in the rotation, allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings over back-to-back starts. That comes after 21 relief appearances in which he posted a 2.01 ERA. The 22-year-old, who is facing Oakland for the first time, has allowed two runs on seven hits in 12 2/3 innings during day games.

Manaea failed to get through six innings in each of his last four starts after doing so in seven of his first nine. He is winless during the four-game slump while sporting an ERA of 7.58 and the 26-year-old gave up at least four runs in three consecutive home starts. Manaea threw five innings and combined with three relievers in a four-hit shutout at Kansas City in their only prior matchup in 2016.

WALK-OFFS

1. Royals RF Jorge Soler (toe) was out of the lineup and is day-to-day.

2. Athletics 2B Jed Lowrie is 0-for-12 with five strikeouts over his last three games.

3. Oakland is 25-18 when the opposition starts a right-hander, compared to 8-14 against lefties.

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Cubs at Pirates Preview

The Chicago Cubs – and especially star first baseman Anthony Rizzo – aren’t making any friends during their three-game road series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rizzo and the Cubs will try to wrap up a sweep of the slumping Pirates when the series concludes Wednesday.

A day after angering the Pirates and their fans by making contact with catcher Elias Diaz on a controversial slide to break up a double play, Rizzo homered to set off a three-run seventh inning in Chicago’s 8-6 win Tuesday. Although Rizzo was ruled safe on the slide and the call was upheld after a replay review, Major League Baseball said Tuesday that the slide was not legal and Rizzo should have been called out. The three-time All-Star first baseman was booed in each of his at-bats Wednesday, but he went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run to help send Pittsburgh to its fourth straight loss and its ninth in 11 games. The Cubs have won three straight overall and four in a row on the road.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 3.16 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Joe Musgrove (1-0, 0.00)

Hendricks has posted quality starts in five of his last six outings and seven of his 10 starts this season. The 28-year-old was dominant last time out, striking out seven and allowing only two hits, including a solo homer, over seven innings to beat San Francisco. Hendricks is 4-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 11 starts against the Pirates, including a 2-0 mark and a 3.00 ERA in five outings at PNC Park.

Musgrove was outstanding in his first big-league start of the season Friday against St. Louis, striking out seven and allowing five hits over seven scoreless innings. The 25-year-old bounced between the bullpen and the rotation with Houston the past two seasons but had more success as a reliever. He is 9-12 with a 5.11 ERA in 26 career starts, including a loss to the Cubs in 2016.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rizzo is 15-for-42 with two homers and 14 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.

2. Pittsburgh RF Gregory Polanco has been out of the lineup the past two games while he is mired in an 0-for-16 slump, but he should be back Wednesday, as he is 10-for-25 with two homers versus Hendricks.

3. Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (illness) missed his third straight start Tuesday.

Nationals at Orioles Preview

Bryce Harper looks to build off a potential slump-busting performance as his Washington Nationals go for a three-game sweep in the Beltway Series when they visit the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. Harper launched a solo homer in the first inning and added a pair of singles – after going 3-for-20 with 12 strikeouts over the previous five games – in Washington’s 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

Harper leads the National League with 17 homers despite batting just .238 while 19-year-old rookie outfielder Juan Soto is starting to make an impact after going 8-for-15 with three doubles in the last four games for the Nationals, who have won five straight. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has won seven straight decisions and goes for his 150th career victory Wednesday when he takes the mound for Washington against Baltimore rookie David Hess. The Orioles have cooled off with the bats again, managing just six runs during a four-game losing streak after leaving two runners on base in the ninth inning during Tuesday’s loss. Manny Machado belted his 16th homer in the setback – his first in eight games – for Baltimore and has hit safely in four straight despite his batting average slipping slightly to .326.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Washington), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Max Scherzer (8-1, 2.13 ERA) vs. Orioles RH David Hess (2-1, 4.15)

Scherzer had his streak of eight straight quality starts halted at Miami last Friday when he allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings in a victory. The 33-year-old Missouri product, who boasts a National League-leading 108 strikeouts along with just 18 walks, also saw a run of 10 straight games giving up two or fewer earned runs end. Adam Jones is 13-for-29 with four homers versus Scherzer, who is 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 career games against the Orioles.

Hess earned his second win in three starts last Friday when he permitted four hits and three walks across 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old Tennessee native blanked the Rays in 11 2/3 frames during two wins after surrendering a three-run homer to Matt Duffy in the first inning on May 12 in his major league debut. Hess has struck out 10 and walked five over 17 1/3 innings overall while opponents have smacked four homers against him.

WALK-OFFS

1. Jones had a pair of hits with an RBI on Tuesday and is batting .325 in 50 career games against the Nationals.

2. Washington SS Trea Turner is 13-for-46 with seven RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.

3. Orioles OF/DH Mark Trumbo had two hits Tuesday and is 6-for-10 in his last three contests, improving his batting average to .310.

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Pirates at Nationals Preview

Max Scherzer hasn’t missed a beat since capturing his second straight – and third career – Cy Young Award last season, winning four straight decisions while allowing fewer than three earned runs on six occasions in 2018. Scherzer aims to continue his good fortune on Tuesday as the Washington Nationals play the second contest of their four-game series versus the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Trea Turner highlighted his three-hit performance with an RBI single in Monday’s 3-2 victory for Washington, which has won two straight for the first time in two weeks to even its record after four contests on its 10-game homestand. The 24-year-old Turner is 11-for-21 with three RBIs and four runs scored in his last five games overall and 2-for-6 lifetime versus Tuesday starter Chad Kuhl. Corey Dickerson belted a solo homer in the seventh inning to trim Pittsburgh’s deficit to one, but the National League Central-leading Pirates failed to close the gap and saw their five-game winning streak halted as they began their nine-game road trip. Dickerson is heating up to the tune of going 11-for-31 with four RBIs and six runs scored in his last nine games ahead of his first encounter with Scherzer.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, MASN (Washington)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Chad Kuhl (3-1, 4.55 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Max Scherzer (5-1, 1.62)

Kuhl posted his second straight victory on Wednesday after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out a career high-tying eight in an 8-3 triumph versus Detroit. The 25-year-old excelled in his lone career start at Nationals Park, surrendering just one hit over six shutout innings on July 17, 2016. Kuhl wasn’t as fortune in his most recent encounter against Washington, as he was pummeled for six runs on 10 hits in four innings in an 8-4 setback on May 16, 2017.

Scherzer registered double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season after fanning 10 in six innings of a 15-2 romp at San Francisco on Wednesday. The 33-year-old has struck out 57 against just nine walks over 39.0 frames while permitting seven earned runs in that stretch. Scherzer, who has a pair of no-hitters to highlight a 4-2 career mark versus Pittsburgh, has kept Gregory Polanco (1-for-11) and Francisco Cervelli (1-for-12) under wraps.

WALK-OFFS

1. Pittsburgh CF Starling Marte hit safely in nine straight games before being retired as a pinch-hitter in the series opener.

2. Washington RF Bryce Harper has walked a major league-high 38 times in 29 contests, putting him on pace for 212 this season.

3. Pirates 1B Sean Rodriguez is mired in a 1-for-18 slump over his last eight games.

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Ranking the National League East in order of watchability

5. Miami Marlins

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
64-98 65-97 J.T. Realmuto (2.8 WAR)

 

Oof. This is … going to be a shame. An unwatchable, contemptible shame. Without Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon – each of them liquidated in Derek Jeter’s barbaric offseason teardown – the Marlins are the baseball equivalent of the second season of “True Detective,” or anything starring Kevin Hart. Assuming he isn’t traded by the time you finish this sentence, their best player is J.T. Realmuto, who j– nope, he just got traded. Sorry. (Amazingly, the Marlins will still have a J.T. in their lineup on a regular basis in 2018: J.T. Riddle, who you probably best remember as the villain from the second Harry Potter book, will be their everyday shortstop once he’s fully recovered from shoulder surgery.) In a sense, the Marlins are the team that could most afford to be unwatchable, seeing as nobody watched them when they actually were watchable, but, like, yeesh. Imagine anyone saying these words in this order: “Man, I’m so stoked for the Marlins game tonight. Jose Urena is starting!”

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4. Philadelphia Phillies

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
75-87 81-81 Aaron Nola (3.9 WAR)

 

As the Phillies just proved, it’s virtually impossible to spend upward of $140 million on free agents in a single offseason and still wind up the least watchable team in your division (notable exception: the San Diego Padres). This is still a development year in Philadelphia, their winter spending spree notwithstanding, but aggressive re-investment in the 25-man roster suggests the Phillies think they’re close. Taking a look at their tentative Opening Day lineup, it’s not hard to see why: J.P. Crawford, their first-round pick in the 2013 draft, is a veritable toolshed; Rhys Hoskins, who turned 25 last week, blasted 18 homers in 50 games with the big-league club last year; Jorge Alfaro, who also dazzled in a late-season cameo with the Phillies in 2017, is widely considered the second-best catching prospect in the game. Now, in addition to those could-be superstars, the Phillies also have some legitimate, veteran studs in Carlos Santana, Pat Neshek (yes, he’s a reliever, I know), and former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. It’s a compelling mix. Oh yeah, and they still have Odubel Herrera, of course.

3. Atlanta Braves

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
72-90 76-86 Freddie Freeman (4.1 WAR)

 

Clearly, the Braves are a little behind the Phillies in terms of their rebuild timeline – following a 72-90 finish in 2017, the only major-league free agent they signed this offseason was Peter Moylan. But with all due respect to J.P. Crawford and Jake Arrieta, the Braves will still be more fun to watch than the Phillies in 2018, mostly because of Ronald Acuna, the consensus top prospect in baseball (non-Ohtani division) thusly summed up by Baseball Prospectus’ Jeffrey Paternostro in November:

Gary Sheffield came up in a discussion of the offensive profile to try to describe Acuna’s combination of bat speed and barrel control. He has potential 70 game power and an advanced, all-fields approach that doesn’t require him to sell out to tap into his mammoth pop. He has enough arm for right if you happen to have a 7 center fielder lying around your roster. This is how you smoke the upper minors as a 19-year-old. This is how you get an OFP 80.

Gary Sheffield! Dude is evoking comparisons to Gary Sheffield! Imagine having a 20-year-old Gary Sheffield in your team’s lineup. Hell, imagine having present-day Gary Sheffield in your team’s lineup. He’d still rake, I bet. Seriously, though, having the game’s most heralded prospect counts for a lot, watchability-wise, even though Acuna will spend at least the first couple weeks of the season embarrassing Triple-A competition for the purposes of service-time manipulation.

2. New York Mets

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
82-80 80-82 Noah Syndergaard (5.5)

 

Watching the Mets is probably best suited to horror-movie fans, because the initial serenity of, say, Noah Syndergaard blowing fools away with his 101-mph four-seamer is invariably followed by some gruesome scene, like Noah Syndergaard tearing a lat muscle because the club didn’t force him to take an MRI even after he complained of soreness. Still, while most Mets fans probably don’t care for that whisper of doom around the corner, it does make for objectively good entertainment, especially when you’re watching a team as talented as the Mets. No, really. Between Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Jason Vargas, and Seth Lugo, the Mets could conceivably have one of the game’s best rotations again, just like in 2016, while the new additions to their lineup – Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and, if you will, Amed Rosario – should definitely put them in a position to compete for a wild-card spot. Their grisly midseason demise will be epic.

1. Washington Nationals

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
89-73 88-74 Bryce Harper (5.7 WAR)

 

As usual, the Nationals will be a delight to watch this summer before they slip on a proverbial banana peel in the division series. If you can stomach the cognitive dissonance they inspire with their annual Jekyll and Hyde routine, the Nationals may be the best team in the league from a watchability perspective. Their lineup is totally stacked, with the obnoxiously talented and aggressively pompadoured Bryce Harper parked right in the middle of it all (and if you’re a Nats fan hankering for new drinking game to try out this season, take a shot every time a MASN broadcaster mentions Harper’s impending free agency; you’ll consistently be hammered by the third inning). Their rotation ranks among the game’s best, and each Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg start should be appointment viewing (frankly, neither pitcher gets enough love: Scherzer has as many Cy Young Awards as Clayton Freaking Kershaw, and Strasburg’s 29.0 percent strikeout rate is the second-highest of all time among pitchers with at least 1,000 career innings). And finally, as a division rival, they’ll play a principal role in the Mets’ inevitable combustion. That’s the trifecta, right there.

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Fantasy Baseball News – Max Scherzer gets another no-hitter

Max Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter of the season. He becomes the 6th player to accomplish this feat in Major League Baseball. You can count Roy Halladay (2010), Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938) to the list of player`s who had no-hitters twice in a season. Scherzer struckout 17 hitters, to set a Nationals new record. It also tied Nolan Ryan for most in any no-hitter.

The Nationals won 2-0 in a showdown against the Mets. If it wasn`t for Yunel Escobar error in the sixth, Scherzer would`ve had his perfect game. Despite that, Scherzer was happy with the performance. He accredited his current success to the September 23rd loss to the Baltimore Orioles. In that game, he realized that he needed to use his mind more than his intensity. The following game against the Reds, he came close to a no-hitter until it got broken off in the 8th. Back-to-back quality starts gives him renewed confidence in himself.

Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million deal at the beginning of the season. He is 14-12 with a 2.79 ERA and 276 strikeouts in 33 starts. The 31 years-old feels that there is still room for improvement. We will see next fantasy baseball season.

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 8-2-15

Fantasy baseball Value Picks

Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 2nd 2015

Pitcher:  Noah Syndergaard

First Base:  Lucas Duda

Third Base:  Yunel Escobar

Second Base:  Daniel Murphy

Outfield:  Bryce Harper

Outfield:  Michael Taylor

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals – 7-17-15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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Major League Baseball returns from their All Star Break on Friday July 17th and the featured game for Fantasy mock draft managers to check out is the LA Dodgers and Washington Nationals. Follow the scoring results of your fantasy rosters over MLB Network at 7PM Eastern Time from Washington D.C.

The LA Dodgers hold first place in the NL West with a record of 51-39 holding a 4 ½ game lead over the second place San Francisco Giants. The team has hit for power this season with 113 homers good for fourth best in baseball. With flaws in the bullpen and starting rotation the Dodgers are fourth best in baseball on the year in pitching areas such as ERA (3.30), WHIP (1.19) and quality starts (1.19). With the many changes over the off-season the defense improved for LA as the team sits third in baseball with 35 errors on the year.

The Washington Nationals at 48-39 season to date have a three game lead in the loss column over the second place New York Mets. The Nationals sit in the top half of the league in most of the major offensive and defensive categories in Major League Baseball.

LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is batting 2.92 with seven homers and 37 RBIs. He enters play on a four game hitting streak.

LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez looks to break from a 3 for 19 hitting slump. The veteran slugger was off to a fast start but slumped of late as his average has fallen to .283. He has 18 homers with 55 RBIs this year.

LA Dodgers CF: All Star Joc Pederson has good power numbers with 20 homers and 40 RBIs season to date. His strike out numbers is high which has brought down his hitting average to just .230.
LA Dodgers SS: Jimmy Rollins has struggled on the year with a hitting average of .213 with eight homers and 29 RBIs. Rollins is hitting .294 over his past seven games.

LA Dodgers C: Yasmani Grandal has been a good acquisition for the Dodgers via the Padres. The 26-year-old catcher is hitting .282 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs. In 2014 the Dodgers had struggled with their catchers in regards to hitting.

LA Dodgers P: Clayton Kershaw is 6-6 on the campaign with an ERA of 2.85 and a WHIP of 1.02. He has had three good starts of late by giving up one earned run to the Mets and Marlins with Kershaw pitching a nine-inning shutout to Philadelphia on July 8th.

Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper is having an MVP type season. He is batting .339 with 26 homers and 61 RBIs season to date. He has a four game hitting streak entering on Friday.

Washington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar the 32 year old Cuban has a .321 hitting average with four homers and 27 RBIs. Escobar is on fire for his past seven games with a batting average of .462.

Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos is on a hitting slump for the month of July with a hitting average of .200. His average has dropped down to .255 with eight homers and three RBIs.

Washington Nationals 2B: The Nationals second basemen is looking to break out of a 2 for 12 slump as he hit the All Star Break.

Washington Nationals SS: Wilmer Difo has a .167 hitting average with no homers and no RBIs. Difo is hitless over his past six games.

Washington Nationals P: Jordann Zimmerrman. The 29 year old is 8-5 on the year with an ERA of 3.22 and WHIP of 1.25. He has allowed no earned runs in six of his past ten games. He did struggle in his last assignment prior to the All Star break on July 11th as he allowed two homers with four earned runs and nine hits as Zimmermann last just five innings. Zimmermann has pitched well at his home ball park with an ERA of 2.27 on the campaign.

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P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
RF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
C: Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
CF: Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)

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San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals – 7/5/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals will close out a series over ESPN Sunday Night Baseball on July 5th. Fantasy draft managers can follow the results of their rosters at 8PM Eastern Time from Washington on ESPN TV.

It has been a bad road trip thus far for San Francisco as they enter play 0-5 on the trip as its comes to a conclusion on Sunday night. There have been three one run losses in this losing streak. The pitching has not been sharp as the club has given up five runs ore greater in four of those five games.

Washington Nationals have won two straight and seven of their past ten games to take a five game lead in the loss column over the second place Mets. The pitching has improved of late for Washington as the staff has allowed four earned runs total in the first two games of this home stand to San Francisco.

San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panek is batting .308 with six homers and 30 RBIs season to date. He has three multiple hit games in his past five games.

San Francisco Giants C: Buster Posey has his batting average at .304 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs. Posey enters play on a ten game hit streak with four games a multiple hit performance. He is on an 8 for 20 streak at the plate.

San Francisco Giants 3B: Matt Duffy is putting up some good numbers at third base for the departed Pablo Sandoval who is now a Red Sox. Duffy has mark of .289 with eight homers and 37 RBIs. He looks to break from a 3 for 17 slump.

San Francisco Giants 1B: Brandon Belt has responded with back to back multiple hit games. His batting average is 273 with nine homers and 54 RBIs. Belt carry’s a four game hitting steak into Sunday Night Baseball.

San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan average is .400 for the month of July. On the year the veteran is batting .269 with no homers and 19 RBIS. Pagan is not generating much in the way of extra base hits with a slugging percentage at .323 which is over 90 points lower than his career mark.

San Francisco Giants SS: Brandon Crawford is battling a 3 for 21 hitting streak. His batting average has dropped to .263 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants P: Ryan Vogelsong is 6-6 on the season with an ERA of 4.19 and WHIP of 1.37. The right hander looks to rebound off a loss at Miami on June 30th as he gave up four earned runs with two homers to the Marlins.

Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper is putting up some MVP numbers for the Nationals with a batting average of .344 with 25 homers and 60 RBIs. He is on a .417 month of July with a three hit performance on Saturday.

Washington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar is 3 for 8 in this series with the Giants. On the year Escobar is batting .318 with four homers and 27 RBIs.

Washington Nationals CF: Denard Span got the day off on Saturday as the Giants threw a left hander. Span has hits in six straight games and a season batting average of .310 with five homers and 22 RBIs.

Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos is battling a 4 for 22 slump as his batting average has dipped to .261 season to date.

Washington Nationals 2B: Danny Espinoza is slumping by going 5 for his past 27 at the plate. Espinoza has seen his batting average drop to .253 with eight homers and 24 RBIs.

Washington Nationals P: Jordan Zimmermann is 6-5 on the year in his 16 starts with an ERA of 3.16 and WHIP of 1.27. Zimmermann has put together two straight shutout performances by limiting the Braves to no earned runs on June 24th and June 30 as he went 8 and 7 2/3rd innings in those starts.

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P: Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals)
RF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
3B: Yunel Escobar (Nationals)
2B: Joe Panek (Giants)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
1B: Brandon Belt (Giants)

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Washington Nationals vs Tampa Bay Rays – 6/17/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSMajor League Baseball fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN2 TV at 7PM Eastern Time to catch the ballgame between the Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals. After these two clubs met on Monday and Tuesday in Tampa Bay the scene moves to Washington on Wednesday June 17th for Game 3 of this four game interleague series.

Heading into Tuesday the Rays were sitting in first place in the AL East with a mark of 36-29 and one game ahead of the New York Yankees. Despite some rather weak hitting numbers the Rays have been led by a very good pitching staff. They sit number three in Team ERA (3.26) and fourth in MLB in WHIP (1.19). The Rays won Game 1 of this series on Monday by the score of 6-1 to extend their win streak at the time to four games.

The Washington Nationals after their loss on Monday fell to 33-31 and sit 1 ½ games back of the first place New York Mets in the NL East division. Both the Nationals and Rays sit in very weak divisions. The Nationals are not getting the type of pitching they did a season ago as they sit in the bottom half of the league in both Team ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.32) which are not very good in the National League where pitchers hit.

1 day fantasy footballTampa Bay Rays 3B: Evan Longoria is batting .276 on the year with six homers and 29 RBIs. He has hit in five straight games and is coming off a two hit game on Tuesday as the Rays were crushed 16-4 at home to the Nationals.

Tampa Bay Rays 2B: Logan Forsythe has hit Nationals pitching very well in their two games this season. He is 5 for 9 but the bad news is that all five hits were singles. Forsythe has hit seven homers and driven in 30 RBIs on the campaign.

Tampa Bay Rays CF: Kevin Kiermaier is 3 for 9 in the first two games of this four game interleague series. He is hitting .255 on the year with four homers and only 14 RBIs. On the upside he has multiple hits in three of his past five games.

Tampa Bay Rays LF: David DeJesus should see action on Wednesday against a right handed pitcher. The 12 year veteran is batting .295 with five homers and 20 RBIs. He looks to break out of a 1 for 11 slump at the plate.

Free Baseball Cash Draft Beat the StreakTampa Bay Rays P: Young Matt Andriese is 25 year old who has eight career appearances and four starts in his rookie campaign. He is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.48. He worked 5 2/3rd scoreless innings on Friday at home to the Chicago White Sox where he allowed no earned runs.

 

Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper is having a great season batting .346 with 22 homers and 52 RBIs on the year. He is coming off a three hit night on Tuesday in the 16-4 road win at Tampa Bay. Harper is 8 for his past 13 at bats. MLB fantasy draft managers like the fact that Bryce Harper gets extra base hits with a .735 slugging percentage.

Washington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar is batting .322. He doesn’t hit for much power with three homers plus 21 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .401. Escobar is having a great month of June with a batting average of .364.

Washington Nationals CF: Denard Span bats .303 with five homers and 20 RBIs. He will carry a four game win streak into Wednesday as Span comes off a two hit night on Tuesday.

Washington Nationals 2B: Danny Espinoza has improved his batting average 21 points in one night to .267 as he goes 5 for 5 on Tuesday. On the year Espinoza has eight homers and 18 RBIs season to date.

Free Baseball Cash DraftWashington Nationals P: Jordan Zimmermann in 5-4 on the year with an ERA of 3.74 and WHIP of 1.38. He has struggled in his past two recent starts by allowing ten earned runs, 19 hits and three walks in 8 1/3rd innings pitched.

 

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P: Matt Andriese (Rays)
RF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
3B: Evan Longoria (Rays)
2B: Logan Forsythe (Rays)
CF: Denard Span (Nationals)
LF: David DeJesus (Rays)

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San Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals – 5/14/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

MLB Cash Draft PicksThe bail out game for Fantasy Baseball draft manager’s takes place at 10:10PM Eastern Time on Thursday May 14th as the San Diego Padres will host the Washington Nationals. Track MLB mock draft rosters on MLB Extra Innings channel where this game will be televised from San Diego for up to the minute scoring.

The Nationals will continue this road trip which began in Arizona on Monday night. Their loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday snapped a five game winning streak. Washington has made up good ground on division leading New York Mets as they trail by just 2 ½ games heading into play on Wednesday. After a slow start with the bats the Nationals have now moved to the upper third in run production as the club average 4.65 runs per game good for 9th best in all of baseball. Their starting staff already has 21 quality starts on this young season good which ranks 2nd best in Major League Baseball.

The San Diego Padres made a lot of changes to their rosters as they beefed up their offense by bringing in players like Matt Kemp and Justin Upton to just name a few. They sit six games back of NL West leading LA Dodgers as through Tuesday night. Once sitting near the bottom in offense the Padres are now ranking 10th out of 30 teams in run production at 4.62 per game. Problem is their pitching team ERA of 4.28 which is 21st in the league and has worsened greatly since the past few years.

Cash Draft ContestWashington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar leads the Nationals regulars with a batting average of .333 on the year. He has two homers and 11 RBIs. He enters play on a seven game win streak. He had five hit games in two of his past ten games.

Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos has moved his hitting average up to .318. He has hits in nine of his past ten games with five multi-hit games in that span. He comes off a day off on Wednesday in a day game at Arizona.

Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper has been hot and the Nationals 22 year old is hitting .308 on the campaign. On May 4th Harper was hitting .245 and has moved his average up 63 points. He has hits in seven straight games with five of this games being multiple hit games.

Washington Nationals 1B: Ryan Zimmerman is showing improvement at the plate as he has moved his batting average up to .243 as he extended his hitting streak to seven games on Wednesday at Arizona. Zimmerman was hitting just .211 on May 5 and his hitting streak began the next day. Zimmerman is a lifetime .284 hitter.

Washington Nationals P: Doug Fister is six starts have a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 4.06 and WHIP of 1.25. He has allowed just three earned runs over his past two starts working 13 innings.

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San Diego Padres C: Derek Norris is among the leaders of the everyday players with a batting average of .295 with two homers and 18 RBIs. He has just four walks in 122 plate appearances so his on base percentage is .323.

San Diego Padres CF: Wil Myers is batting .291 with 5 homers and 19 RBIs. He has seven hits last week in the four game series at Arizona. Myers has suffered a wrist injury and hasn’t seen action since Sunday.

San Diego Padres LF: Veteran Justin Upton in his first year with the Padres is batting .276 with 8 home runs and 24 RBIS. After a productive series at Arizona Upton went 0 of 8 in the just concluded series at Seattle on Wednesday.

San Diego Padres RF: Former Dodgers Matt Kemp is batting .264 in his first season with San Diego with just 1 homer and 21 RBIs. He has walked just five times so his on base percentage is .295. He is in a seven day slump going 3 of 25 for a .120 average.

San Diego Padres P: Tyson Ross has made seven starts for San Diego on the campaign and is 1-3 with an ERA of 3.98 and WHIP of 1.52. He has allowed two earned runs in each of his past two starts at San Francisco and at Arizona.

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P: Doug Fister (Nationals)
3B: Yunel Escobar (Nationals)
1B: Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals)
LF: Justin Upton (Padres)
RF: Bryce Harper (Padres)
C: Derek Norris (Padres)

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