Nationals in a hole, and this year they’re short on time

Washington Nationals’ Carter Kieboom walks away after popping out to full a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Washington Nationals’ Carter Kieboom walks away after popping out to full a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

For a 2d straight season, the Washington Nationals are off to an dreadful originate.

There would possibly well presumably well be no coming support from this one.

A 10-3 loss to Atlanta on Sunday dropped the Nationals to 14-25 on the season. Washington famously started 19-31 final year before occurring to buy the World Sequence. On this shortened season, the Nationals don’t luxuriate in considerable time to loyal themselves. Even with an expanded postseason, Washington is 5 video games slack the final playoff set aside in the Nationwide League.

In the NL, most efficient Pittsburgh (13-26) has a worse file than Washington. The Nationals luxuriate in had some shining spots — Trea Turner (.365) leads the majors in hitting, and Juan Soto (.354) would possibly well presumably well be discontinuance slack if he had sufficient plate appearances to qualify.

Varied numbers aren’t as reasonably. Washington has a 5.27 ERA as a team — even Max Scherzer’s is upright a tick beneath 4.00. Stephen Strasburg made two begins and is now out for the season. Anthony Rendon left in the offseason.

If truth be told, this year’s Nationals roughly resemble Rendon’s new team, the Los Angeles Angels — with a couple guys playing devour MVP candidates while the team as an total struggles.

The defining 2d up to now in Washington’s frustrating season would possibly well presumably well luxuriate in come Sunday, when frequent supervisor Mike Rizzo was as soon as ejected for yelling at umpires from a luxurious suite.

CUTTING IT CLOSE

While the Nationals luxuriate in struggled from the originate, the Unusual York Yankees figured to be in the sure for a postseason set aside after their 16-6 originate.

But these next few weeks luxuriate in with out warning turn out to be severe for the Yankees, who luxuriate in won upright 5 of their final 18 video games and are in third blueprint in the AL East. Unusual York upright lost three of 4 to Baltimore, and the Yankees lead the Orioles and Tigers by most efficient two video games for the final playoff set aside in the American League.

Houston if truth be told has the identical file as Unusual York, however the Astros are with ease in 2d blueprint in their division, making their postseason blueprint much less precarious. Houston upright dropped four straight against the Angels.

TRIVIA TIME

The San Diego Padres luxuriate in been awfully busy ahead of this year’s alternate cleave-off date, making a assortment of provides in which they acquired Mike Clevinger, Mitch Moreland and Trevor Rosenthal, amongst others. The Padres, who added free agent famous particular person Manny Machado ahead of final season, are in 2d blueprint in the NL West and in loyal shape to set aside the playoffs.

This present aggression by San Diego is potentially a welcome ogle for fans of the Padres, who haven’t continually been consumers in the alternate market. In 1993, San Diego done an unsuitable fire sale, dealing Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield in the center of the season.

The Padres did assemble one future famous particular person in the deal for Sheffield, on the opposite hand. Who was as soon as he?

HIGHLIGHT

Luis Robert appears to be like devour he’ll be pulling off defensive gems for the Chicago White Sox for years yet to come support. He made a sensational diving rob against Kansas City on Maikel Franco’s drive to loyal-heart field.

Robert, who had been positioned over in left-heart, needed to quilt 86 toes in 4.5 seconds to set aside the rob, essentially based mostly on Statcast.

LINE OF THE WEEK

Even at Coors Self-discipline, this performance by San Francisco’s Alex Dickerson on Tuesday night stood out: three homers and two doubles in a 23-5 buy.

Dickerson tied a franchise file assign by Willie Mays for total bases in a game,

TRIVIA ANSWER

Trevor Hoffman, then a 25-year-worn rookie, came spherical to San Diego from Florida in the alternate for Sheffield. He would lag on to turn out to be a six-time All-Well-known particular person for San Diego and, at final, a Hall of Famer.

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