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A Washington Nationals podcast offering recap and analysis after every game, plus all the breaking news throughout the year. Hosted by Mark Zuckerman of & Al Galdi, host of "The Al Galdi Podcast". For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tim Shovers at

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    Game 114: Soto Gets Standing Ovation in Return to D.C.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2022 37:58

    The Nats were doubled up 10-5 by San Diego in Juan Soto's abrupt return to D.C. Mark & Al examine the events around Soto playing on South Capitol Street in an opposing uniform. Juan went 2 for 6 with a RBI and Josh Bell was hit-less in five at bats. (07:48) The Washington Post on Friday reported that the Lerner's did not seek the opinions of the prospective buyers when it came to trading Soto. This re-opens the discussion as to why Washington felt the need to trade him before the Trade Deadline. (16:30) The Padres broke the game open in the 5th inning by scoring seven runs. Victor Arano was the culprit on the mound, but Luis Garcia committed yet another error. When is C.J. Abrams getting called-up? (25:10) The struggling offense went 2 for 17 w/ runners in scoring position. Why exactly is Nelson Cruz hitting cleanup still? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 113: "Joey Four Bags" HRs Again in Defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 38:51

    The Nats coughed up a late lead in Chicago and lost 4-2 . Mark & Al again begin with the exploits of "Joey Four Bags" Menses as he homered in every game in this series and has four dingers in seven games. The 30 year old rookie has certainly taken advantage of his opportunity since the trade deadline. (06:40) Josiah Gray had his first good outing in awhile as he did not allow a run until the 7th inning. His afternoon came to an end after giving up his MLB leading 29th HR of the season. His bullpen however did not hold onto the lead as the Cubs scored all their runs in the 7th. (12:30) Wednesday was both sides of the Victor Robles spectrum. He had an incredible diving catch, but then later made a crucial mistake. He made a poor decision on a throw home in the game changing 7th inning, which was compounded by it landing nowhere near a teammate's glove. (27:05) Jarlin Susana made his organizational debut in Florida and hit 102 MPH on the radar gun. This leads into a conversation about the new Baseball America rankings for Washington's system, which is led by C.J. Abrams. (34:20) Less than two weeks after the trade; Juan Soto returns to D.C. on Friday night. Will they pitch to him? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 112: Meneses Menaces the Cubs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 40:41

    The Nats snapped their six game skid with a dramatic 6-5 win at Wrigley Field. Mark (Live from the Friendly Confines) and Al celebrate "Joey Four Bags" Meneses' big night as he connected on the game winning 2 run HR in the top of the 8th. Menses has three homers since being called up a week ago in the midst of his Age 30 season. (06:40) Keibert Ruiz has his thunder stolen a bit in the victory as he homered twice early in the game. Ruiz rounded out his strong evening by throwing out a runner and laying down a nifty tag on a play at the plate. (18:40) Our Guy Paolo Espino gave the Nationals the best start they've had in awhile as he only allowed one run in five frames. He was in line for the win until the bullpen briefly coughed up the lead. (32:05) Patrick Corbin will skip his next start, but then will return to the rotation next week. The hosts evaluate where the lefty stands after the news. Is a move to the bullpen the next step? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 111: Winless Road Trip Continues

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 37:15

    The Nats lost 6-3 at the Cubs for their sixth consecutive defeat. Al begins by pointing out to Mark that a bright spot emerged on Monday in the new prospects rankings by Baseball America. Washington has five of the top 55 prospects, with four ranked ahead of Cade Cavalli (C.J. Abrams the highest at #11). (07:30) An emailer asks if Cade Cavalli remaining in AAA has anything to do with MLB service time stipulations. Is it more baseball reasons or service time reasons? (12:40) Two Natonals went deep at Wrigley Field, Luke Voit & Joey Meneses. We are looking to come up with a nickname for Meneses; after he spent the past decade toiling in the Minors. Email us at (19:05) Anibal Sanchez had a decent outing until it fell apart in the sixth inning. He has allowed a staggering amount of homers this season and his ERA is above 7.00. This leads to a familiar discussion about how poor the starting pitching has been as of late, (27:50) Maikel Franco made a big time mental mistake as the Cubs executed a double steal without a pitch being thrown. Mark explains what occurred on the bizarre play in the 7th inning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 110: Shredded & Swept

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 39:55

    The Nats were crushed 13-1 in Philadelphia that capped a four game sweep by the home team. Al & Tim try to make sense of the miserable weekend, which was low lighted by noncompetitive starting pitching. Cory Abbott on Sunday allowed four homers and seven runs in fewer than four frames; while issuing five walks. (20:10) Luis Garcia committed an egregious throwing error in the 8th inning on Sunday. C.J. Abrams spent the weekend at SS for Rochester, which begs the question of when will Abrams get called up? It seems like Garcia's days at SS are coming to an end in the near future. (26:10) Luke Voit had six hits in his first series as a National. He seems to have settled in already to the third spot in the batting lineup. (30:30) Answering listener emails, and the conversation steers towards the possibility of promoting Cade Cavalli. He started on Sunday in Columbus and had a decent outing (5 IP, 2 R, 6 H). Could he face the Padres next weekend? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 109: Corbin Loses His 16th Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 34:43

    The Nats lost 11-5 in Philadelphia as Patrick Corbin yet again didn't even record three outs. Al tries to figure out what the next move is as his ERA is above 7.00 and Davey Martinez's tone after the game indicated there might be a change in his role. Corbin is 4-16 on the season and is flirting with being the first pitcher to lose 20 games in a year since Detroit's Mike Maroth dubiously accomplished this in 2003. (20:45) It basically became another bullpen game for Washington and Jordan Weems had the roughest outing of the bunch. The 'pen hasn't had a bit of rest since the All Star break concluded. (27:10) Joey Meneses, who up until Tuesday was in the Minors for a decade, played LF and had a single. The problem? He was admiring what he thought was a homer, but instead the ball didn't get out of the ballpark, and he ended up at first base as opposed to a double. Why not the automatic hustle after toiling for so long in the minor leagues? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 108: Gray Gets Blistered in Philly

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 42:31

    The Nationals lost 7-2 in Philadelphia as Josiah Gray allowed four homers in just four innings pitched. Al & Mark dive into Gray's continued struggles, that include a healthy edge across Baseball for most homers given up this season (28). Why the refusal to throw his change-up? (19:01) Kyle Gibson took a Perfect Game into the 7th until Victor Robles broke it up w/ a HBP. Robles had another adventurous evening as he misplayed fly ball in the first became a J.T. Realmuto triple. (25:07) Josh Rogers cleared waivers and opted for Free Agency. Rogers pitched well last September for Washington, but did not replicate that success this season. (27:30) Answering a listener submitted email digging into the nitty gritty of the franchise's status among its peers when it comes to player development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 107: Voit Impresses at the Plate in Rainy Debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 43:51

    The Nats lost 5-4 in a rain shortened affair (4.5 innings) at the Phillies as Paolo Espino remains winless on the season. Al & Mark evaluate Luke Voit's franchise debut that included a RBI single and a run scored. What exactly were the circumstances that led to him coming to Washington as opposed to Eric Hosmer? (13:42) MacKenzie Gore, one of the players acquired from San Diego, joined the team in Philadelphia on Thursday. Mark gives the latest as his injury timetable as he has elbow inflammation. Will he return to the mound this season? This leads to a further discussion of the other prospects that were included in this week's trade. (24:10) The Nationals had another instance of an egregious out at home plate and this one turned out to be especially costly. Yadiel Hernandez was thrown out while attempting to tag up in the top of the 5th with two outs. The problem? That ended up being the final out of the game due to rain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 106: Post Soto Reality Sets in

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 33:47

    The Nats lost 9-5 to the Mets in the series rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. Mark & Al start by digesting the fact that Juan Soto is playing Baseball for another team on the other side of the country. The franchise has lost many stars in the past few years, but this one feels different in a more profound way. (10:03) Luke Voit will join the team on Thursday in Philadelphia and will likely be at 1B and in the heart of the order. He will take the roster spot of Alcides Escobar, who has been barely playing ever since Luis Garcia got called up. (21:10) Hitting 9th and playing 3B was... Ildemaro Vargas. He is known for his glove (committed a throwing error) and not his bat (went 4 for 4). The conversation then steers to Anibal Sanchez as he struggled again on the mound. Will he be replaced in the rotation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 105: Soto & Bell Traded to San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 48:52

    The Nationals unexpectedly beat the Mets 5-1, but the headline of Tuesday is that Juan Soto is no longer in D.C. Al & Mark react to the blockbuster trade that shipped Soto & Josh Bell to San Diego in exchange for a horde of prospects. What to make of this monumental day as Soto has officially been traded? Why did the team feel that it had to do this? (16:43) The Nats received six players in return and the hosts run through their credentials. C.J. Abrams is a shortstop and is expected to be playing in Washington later this month. Hear the hosts breakdown all the prospects that the Padres dealt away. (25:45) The Nationals shockingly only made a pair of trades this week, the other being on Monday when Ehire Adrianza was sent to Atlanta. Why wasn't Nelson Cruz dealt away? What about some of the members of the "A" bullpen? (37:05) Joey Meneses, who has been in the minor leagues for over a decade, made his Major League debut. The result? A solo HR for his 1st career hit. (43:40) Mark & Al spontaneously honor legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, who passed away on Tuesday night at age 94. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 104: Soto Homers on Deadline Eve

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 41:03

    The Nats lost 7-3 to the Mets in what **might** be the final game in which Juan Soto sported the "Curly W". Al & Mark marvel at Soto's performance on Monday night as he crushed a HR off of Max Scherzer, walked three times, stole a base, and threw a runner out at home. They give their updated thoughts on Soto's situation as we are under 24 hours until the 6pm Eastern Trade Deadline on Tuesday August 2nd. (17:45) Josh Bell doubled in what will likely be his final game as a National and his average sits at .301. Nelson Cruz, who also might be on his way out, was dropped to the 6th spot in the order. Why did Davey Martinez wait until August to drop Cruz in the lineup? (23:45) Washington made its first trade as it shipped Ehire Adrianza to Atlanta in exchange for a AA outfielder. Adrianza was a reserve on last year's World Series Champion. (32:04) Patrick Corbin lost his 14th game of the season. Hear what he and Jose Lima now have in common. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 103: A Miserable July Ends with A Shutout Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 37:22

    The Nats fittingly ended a terrible month by being shutout by St. Louis in the series rubber match. Al & Mark begin with with what else..... Juan Soto trade talk. How does his looming situation affect Mike Rizzo's overall game plan this week before Tuesday's deadline. (12:01) Josiah Gray did not pitch very well on Sunday and allowed his MLB high 24th homer of the season. Gray only lasted five frames, but did strikeout six Cardinals. (21:24) Luis Garcia committed another throwing error on a routine play. Why does it seem that his E6s come on the easiest of plays? He has eleven errors in only two months of playing at the Major League level this season. (31:20) If the farm system was in better shape, would trading Soto even be in the table? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 102: Bell's 3 Run Blast Propels the Nats

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 56:47

    The Nats rallied to beat the Cardinals 7-5 in front of a crowd of over 34K on national TV. Mark & Al recap the victory that saw Josh Bell with a crucial late HR that gave Washington a lead they would not relinquish; in what will very likely be one of his final games with the organization. (08:30) Victor Robles had an eventful evening as he homered, made a webgem, had a poor throwing decision, and left the game early due to cramps. Robles has four homers on the season, three of which have come in the past two weeks. (20:40) Erick Fedde was placed on the IL due to right shoulder inflammation. Cory Abbott will start in his place on Tuesday instead of Cade Cavalli. This leads to a lengthy conversation as it seems the Nationals front office feel that Cavalli needs more time to develop on the farm. Overly cautious or overly concerning that he hasn't been called up yet? (39:10) We are under 72 hours until the trade deadline arrives and Juan Soto's future is still uncertain. This leads to Al wondering if there is quantifiable evidence as to what Soto's worth to the team he plays on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 101: Soto Rumors Swirl As Trade Market Heats Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 45:27

    The Nats lost 6-2 to the Cardinals to open up a six game home stand. Mark & Al begin with the latest in the Juan Soto trade rumors as the deadline approaches (6pm Eastern on Tuesday August 2nd). Al asks Mark why ownership is acting like their is such urgency in the Soto situation? (18:30) Anibal Sanchez faced St. Louis for the first time since Game 1 of the 2019 NLCS and the results were a bit different this time. He was one out away from a quality start, but back to back HRs to sullied his pitching line. Mark explains a major flaw with Sanchez and how the Cards took advantage of it. (25:40) The Nationals bullpen continued their solid stretch as they combined for another scoreless effort. The hosts shine a spotlight on Hunter Harvey, who has a WHIP of 0.72 on the season. (30:35) Elijah Green, who the franchise drafted at 5th overall a few weeks back, was in Navy Yard on Friday night. Hear what Mark had to say about his physical stature and how his batting practice went before the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 100: "Sweep Dreams" Immediately Evaporate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 36:01

    The Nationals hopes of bringing out the broom in Los Angeles didn't even last an inning as Patrick Corbin allowed six runs in the opening frame in a 7-1 loss. Mark (Live from Dodger Stadium) & Al yet again have to rehash a blow-up start by Corbin, who has given up at least six runs in a start a whopping fourteen times in the past two seasons. (09:03) GM Mike Rizzo addressed the Juan Soto trade rumors while on his weekly visit with "The Sports Junkies" on "106.7 The Fan". He was asked about including Corbin in any Soto deal and gave an eyebrow raising answer in return. (22:10) The bullpen had to pitch almost the entire game and continued their excellent series, with Erasmo Ramirez throwing over three innings. The 'pen's scoreless streak was snapped, but lasted over 21 innings; dating back to the Arizona series. (24:40) Cade Cavalli threw five scoreless innings in AAA Rochester on Wednesday evening. Will he get called up after the trade deadline? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 99: Garcia's Late HR Flips the Script in LA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 32:55

    The Nats have won three in a row after rallying in Dodger Stadium for a 8-3 victory. Al & Mark (Live from LA) praise Luis Garcia's big evening as he connected on the go- ahead two run HR in the 8th evening that sent the sold out crowd headed for the exits. Can you believe the Nationals might sweep the mighty Dodgers on the road? (07:26) Nelson Cruz came off the bench and in his 2nd at bat he effectively ended the game with a 2 run double to give Washington a four run edge. Cruz has really struggled this summer as it was only his 2nd extra base hit this month. (12:45) Victor Robles went 3 for 5 with a stolen base while in the lead-off spot, but he was thrown out at home when testing Mookie Betts' arm. Robles has been on a hot streak since Saturday night's notable HR off of Madison Bumgarner as he is 6 for his last 15 at the plate. (18:30) The bullpen stepped up again on this road trip, the latest effort resulting in four scoreless frames. Hunter Harvey took the mound in the 9th as Kyle Finnegan was given the day off. They came in after Josiah Gray only lasted five innings; which included him allowing two more HRs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 98: Soto Triples in Dodger Stadium Victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 38:52

    The Nats beat the Dodgers 4-1 for their second consecutive win on the road trip. Mark (Live from LA) and Al discuss the bullpen's excellent performance as they combined for five scoreless frames. Paolo Espino pitched well, but only lasted 54 pitches before being removed by Davey Martinez. Which members of the bullpen might be traded before next week's deadline? (15:12) Juan Soto was the center of attention as the Los Angeles media descended upon him during pregame. He responded with two hits and a walk, including a RBI triple in the 5th inning where Washington scored all of its runs. Mark relays what the vibe was like as Soto visited Dodger Stadium one week after winning the HR Derby. (27:15) Victor Robles hit lead-off for the first time all season coming off a series where he drew many headlines in Arizona. What happened to Luis Garcia getting chances in the 1 spot? (33:45) It has been one year since the Nationals were swept in Baltimore to extend their losing streak to four games. It became clear after this series that the Nats would be sellers at the upcoming trade deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 97: Nats Get the Last Laugh in Arizona

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 40:52

    The Nats rallied in Arizona 4-3 to avoid being swept. Mark (Live from Phoenix) and Al discuss the sloppy win, but with Victor Robles as the story line from Saturday extended into Sunday as Robles donned a red clown nose in the dugout. What did his Skipper have to say about the antic? (09:53) Keibert Ruiz was all over the box score as he came through with three hits, including the game winner in the 8th inning. He however was tagged out at third base on a botched bunt attempt during a crucial moment in the close game. What happened during that instance? (22:45) The bullpen threw 4+ shutout frames, but nobody was more clutch than Kyle Finnegan who recorded a five out save. He had quite the escape act to hold onto the lead in the bottom of the 8th as the Diamondbacks had bases loaded. (30:40) The Nationals shift their road trip to Dodger Stadium one week after Juan Soto won the Home Run Derby at that very stadium. The Soto circus is expected to be revved up as L.A. is one of the teams many expect to be involved in Soto trade talks. The Dodgers have six of the top 75 prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 96: Bumgarner Beats the Nats & Criticizes Robles Afterwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 40:38

    The Nats fell in Arizona 7-2 as Madison Bumgarner was too much for the last place Nationals. Mark & Al focus on the curious comments that Bumgarner said postgame as he referred to Victor Robles as a "clown". Is Bumgarner out of line with what he had to say about how Robles responded to going deep in the 8th? (17:10) Juan Soto's streak of reaching base in 27 consecutive games came to a screeching halt as we was 0 for 4, w/ a trio of Ks. The hosts then catch you up on the latest trade rumors involving #22. How many top 100 prospects should the team demand in return for Soto? (29:20) Anibal Sanchez took the loss as he allowed three runs in five frame without much help from his offense. The pitching lowlight of the evening belonged to Andres Machado as he was charged with four runs on just 24 pitches in the bottom of the sixth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 95: Soto Talk Dominates the All Star Break

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 41:34

    The Nats returned from the All Star Break with a hapless 10-1 defeat in Arizona. Mark & Al begin by catching everyone up from the Juan Soto scuttlebutt as his future was the main storyline while the Baseball world gathered in Los Angeles. Even his flight from D.C. to L.A. drew headlines that lingered all week. Have the chances of him being dealt increased because of this? (22:03) The offense had another poor evening as they were being no hit until the 6th inning and ultimately ended with only three hits. Cesar Hernandez had two of the hits with Soto going 1 for 4. Mark puts in perspective of how rough the offense might be after the trade deadline. (25:34) Patrick Corbin was tagged with the loss on Friday as he allowed five runs in as many innings. His name has surfaced in Soto trade talks as a way for the Nationals to possibly unload his contract. What are the odds of that happening? (33:40) Washington already signed Elijah Green, who they drafted #5 overall last week. What are the expected next steps for the outfielder? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 94: Soto & Robles HR in a Skid Snapper + Draft Instant Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 44:30

    The Nats head into the All Star Break on a positive note as they beat the Braves 7-3 in a bullpen game to end a nine game losing streak. Al & Mark discuss the much needed victory, coming off a rough Saturday for Nationals fans due to the Juan Soto contractual news. Soto crushed his 20th HR of the season; as he will head into the Home Run Derby on a power surge. (13:06) Victor Robles hit his second HR of the season and it his first dinger since May 28th. Josh Bell continued his hot weekend (9 for 16 this series) as he recorded a hit and heads into the All Star Break with a .311 average. Still not good enough for him to be headed to the NL All Star team? (20:30) Erasmo Ramirez started the afternoon off on the right foot as he threw three scoreless frames out of the 'pen. Carl Edwards Jr. came through in the clutch as well as he escaped a 7th inning jam with the bases loaded. (30:10) Washington selected Elijah Green, a high school outfield prospect, at #5 overall in the 2022 MLB Draft. Tim & Mark give you a snapshot of Green. Will the plan be to put him in CF? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 93: Soto's D.C. Future in Doubt After Reportedly Turning Down Mega Offer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 39:07

    The Nats lost 6-3 to the Braves, but that was not the main news Saturday from South Capitol Street. Mark & Al respond to the pregame news from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that Juan Soto turned down a 15 year/ $440 Million contract extension offer and therefore the Nationals would be open to trading Soto. Will Soto still be in Washington after this year's trade deadline? (14:02) A deep dive into the contract particulars and each side's perspective as ownership's future is uncertain. Hear why the average annual value (AAV) is "too low". Was there deferred money involved? (30:10) A quick recap of the 9th consecutive loss for the Nats. Josh Bell did collect three hits on Saturday as his average is now up to .311. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 92: Braves Continue Their Dominance over Corbin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 46:04

    The losing streak is now at eight games as the Nats were doubled up the Braves 8-4. Al & Mark recap yet another defeat as for the first time ever they have lost fourteen out of their last fifteen games. Patrick Corbin was dealt the "L" as the Nationals have lost the last nine times he has faced Atlanta. The bottom of the 9th did have some entertaining elements though as Washington scored three runs, brought up the tying run to the plate, and Juan Soto was able to show up Braves closer Will Smith. (16:07) Luis Garcia had a throwing error that kick-started Atlanta's three runs in the 1st inning, his 9th error of the season. Should the Nats keep him at SS or move him to 2B now? (22:03) Sean Doolittle's season is over as he will undergo internal brace surgery on his UCL. Mark explains why this is better than Tommy John surgery. (27:07) Austin Voth was quoted in ESPN about his observations of now being with the Orioles; including the amount of data used. This raised Al's eyebrows as a reflection of what the Nats seemingly lack in their organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 91: Anibal & Clippard Return in Narrow Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 44:19

    The losing streak extended to seven as the Nats lost 5-4 to visiting Atlanta. Mark & Al discuss the continued pattern of the offense not coming through in the clutch as Josh Bell struck out with the tying run on base in the bottom of the 9th. The team has only one victory so far this month as reach this midpoint of July. Juan Soto moved his hitting streak to sixteen games, but was on the on-deck circle during the final out. (17:45) Anibal Sanchez made his first Big league start since 2020 and had mixed results. He pitched well for most of his outing, but did allow a pair of 2 run HRs. Al expresses his frustration that the situation is such that the veteran is even on the active roster. (26:01) Stephen Strasburg was moved to the 60 day IL and there have been very few updates on him. Is it safe to say that he won't return to the mound in 2022? (33:32) Tyler Clippard threw scoreless frames after mysteriously spending so much time in AAA Rochester. It was Clippard's first tme pitching for Washington since the 2014 NLDS. Any chance he could be dealt before the trade deadline? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Games 89 & 90: Soto HRs Twice but Skid Hits Six

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 39:42

    The Nats were swept in Wednesday's doubleheader by Seattle (5-1, 2-1) as the only runs scored came via Juan Soto Solo HRs. Mark & Al begin with the news that Tanner Rainey has been placed on the 60 day IL with a UCL sprain. Will he need Tommy John surgery? The positive side of this though is that Tyler Clippard finally has been called up to the Majors. (13:53) Josiah Gray had a rough outing in Game 1 as he allowed a trio of homers in five innings and continued his pattern of struggling in the opening inning. Erick Fedde pitched well in Game 2 until multiple obstacles came his way in the 6th inning; you'll have to listen to hear exactly what happened to him mid-start. (22:10) Juan Soto is officially red hot as he homered in both ends of the doubleheader and extended his hitting streak to fifteen games. However, he made a crucial and ill advised out on the bases to end a 7th inning rally in Game 1. (31:35) Cade Cavalli exited his start early on Tuesday night due to an issue on his finger. Is this of any long-term concern? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 88: Soto Gets the All Star Nod As Bell Gets the Early Snub

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 32:35

    The Nats lost 4-3 in 12 innings as they were swept by the Braves on a walk-off hit by Austin Riley. Al however begins with the postgame news that Juan Soto was named an All Star and as of right now, Josh Bell is not headed to L.A. He explains why despite the stats, he is in fully in favor of Soto heading to the Midsummer Classic for the 2nd straight season. (07:01) The Nationals inexplicably were unable to score in all three extra innings despite having an ghost runner at 2B each time. Lane Thomas was the only offense of the afternoon as he slugged a 3 run pinch hit HR in the 7th. Hear what Davey said about the offensive futility afterwards. (14:12) The bullpen had a solid afternoon as the six relievers only allowed two runs in eight innings of work. Kyle Finnegan escaped a 7th inning jam, Carl Edwards Jr. came through with four big outs, and Tanner Rainey tossed two scoreless extra innings. (23:55) Luis Garcia was slotted in the lead-off spot just like Al suggested in the previous Nats Chat. Garcia did not get a hit, but he did draw a rare walk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 87: Soto Homers Again in Defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 33:31

    The Nats came up short in Atlanta 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. Al hosts solo and lays out the hot streak that Juan Soto is on as he has reached base in 19 consecutive games and has homered in both games this series. Might he be continuing his pattern of catching fire in the second half of the season? The Nationals homered twice and Al illustrates how unusual of an occurrence that is this season. (10:10) Cesar Hernandez only has one hit in July, but has remained in the lead-off spot. Should Luis Garcia be given an opportunity to take that over? (14:45) Patrick Corbin came up shy in his attempt for three consecutive solid starts, but did setttle down after a bad opening inning. This leads to an emailer asking if Corbin should be given an "Opener"? (28:05) Our look back at July 2021 focuses on a not so shining moment for the Baby Shark last year in San Francisco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 86: Fedde Folds in Atlanta

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 43:41

    The Nats were slaughtered 12-2 in Atlanta as Erick Fedde allowed eight runs in only three innings of work. Al & Mark recap Fedde's rough outing that brought his ERA up to 5.01 and how wide the chasm is between Washington and the Braves. (17:04) Juan Soto slugged his 16th HR of the season on an evening where he reached base three times. Hear why Mark likes what he sees lately from Soto at the plate. (26:05) We address a listener submitted question regarding the managerial style and skills of Davey Martinez. Is he better suited for a more veteran squad? (37:08) We continue our look back at July 2021 as it has been exactly one year since the unlikeliest grand slam in MLB history in San Diego. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 85: Soto Misplays Fly Ball & Garcia Exits Early in Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 38:18

    The Nats lost 5-3 in Philadelphia in the series rubber match. Al & Mark (Live from Philly) discuss Juan Soto misplaying a fly ball in the 3rd at the warning track, and the curiously dueling postgame explanations that ensued from Davey Martinez and Soto himself. Speaking of dueling, hear Mark try to make a point on the Phillies bullpen while the Citizen's Bank Park fire alarm blares briefly in the background. (14:40) Luis Garcia mysteriously left the game early and the explanation afterwards was that he left due to illness. Luis grabbed his side after his final at bat in the 6th, which makes some wonder if he in fact is injured. All eyes will shift to Friday's lineup card in Atlanta. (22:03) Joan Adon struck out five, but only lasted four innings on 96 pitches. Is Adon being given a disservice of being called back up when the original plan was to send him down to AAA indefinitely? Could NLCS hero Anibal Sanchez take his spot in the rotation next week? (28:15) Cade Cavalli and Darren Baker will represent the organization in the Futures Game that will be played at Dodger Stadium in a little over a week. Was Baker chosen because of on field merit or the fact that his father Dusty is managing the AL All Stars? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 84: Gray Fans 11 and Garcia's Big Hit Leads to a Win

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 39:51

    The Nats ended their six game skid by topping Philadelphia 3-2 on the road. Mark (Live from Philly) & Al have plenty of praise for the pitching staff as Josiah Gray set a career high with 11 strikeouts in what might have been his best outing yet. The "A" bullpen came up big as well, including Tanner Rainey who notched the save. (15:03) Juan Soto and his calf returned to the starting lineup after being on the bench the past few games. It is nice to have him back, but why is he bunting in the top of the 4th? Keibert Ruiz scored the game winning run despite running through Gary DiSarcina's stop sign. What exactly happened there? Ruiz however continued to impress as he threw out another runner to complete a "Strike 'Em Out/ Throw 'Em Out" double play. (28:06) Joan Adon was announced as Thursday's starter as he fills the rotation spot opened up by Jackson Tetreault's injury. Meanwhile, Cade Cavalli was dominant against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs as he struck out seven. What are the chances he gets called up this month? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 83: Blown Out & Shutout

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 34:05

    The Nats were crushed 11-0 in Philadelphia as Paolo Espino couldn't last four innings. Mark (Live from Philly) & Al have no choice but to begin with how badly the team played on Tuesday as they have now dropped six games in a row. (07:05) The offense came up empty and in the past few days are displaying a troubling trend as they have not scored a run in the opening six innings for three straight days. The discussion then leads to the top offensive propsects in the farm system. (13:30) Paolo has had back to back poor outings and that makes us wonder if lineups have figured him out a bit or is it a blip on the radar? Speaking of the rotation, who starts on Thursday? (22:40) Mark gives an update on injured relievers Sean Doolittle and Will Harris. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 82: Corbin Excels But Marlins Pull off the Holiday Sweep

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 34:47

    The Nats perplexing inability to beat Miami continued on Monday as they lost 3-2 in extras on July 4th. Al & Mark note how the Nationals are 1-12 this year vs. the Marlins among other troubling trends. Tanner Rainey again gave up a late crucial HR, this one being a 2 run shot to break the tie in the top of the 10th. (12:54) Patrick Corbin had another strong start as he lasted seven frames and only allowed one run. Are we allowed to get excited after how the past the two outings have gone? (17:10) Juan Soto pinch hit and walked in the 8th; one day after leaving the game early due to a calf issue. Mark explains what Soto had to say about his calf before the game. (22:30) Jackson Tetreault was placed on IL with a stress fracture in his shoulder. What's the next step to fill out the rotation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 81: Soto Exits Early in Losing Seesaw Affair

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 43:01

    The Nats continue to be tormented by the Marlins as they fell 7-4 in extras. Mark & Al recap a hectic final few innings that saw the lead change hands multiple times in the final few innings. Tanner Rainey was one pitch away from the save, but instead his struggles continued as he gave up a lead changing 2 run HR. Is the 9th inning not for him? (16:20) The narrative of this game changed shape many times as Washington was being no hit by Pablo Lopez until Josh Bell got a hit in the 7th inning. This leads to a discussion on the pros and cons of trading Bell before the deadline. (26:52) Erick Fedde had a solid start as he lasted six frames, putting his ERA at 4.29. The hosts wonder if there will be a contender interested in Fedde's services before the deadline. How many trades will Mike Rizzo make? (34:20) Juan Soto left the game in the 5th due to left calf tightness and will get a MRI. How concerning is this? Should we expect him to miss the late morning July 4th game? (37:30) On July 3rd, 2021 the plan for postgame fireworks turned into a dud. We replay a portion from our podcast from a year ago and will continue to do so all month long. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 80: Rizzo & Martinez Back in 2023 Announced Prior to Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 43:20

    The Nats lost 5-3 Saturday to Miami for a 3rd straight defeat. Mark & Al begin with the pregame news that GM Mike Rizzo and Manager Davey Martinez had their 2023 options picked up. Was this news surprising or largely expected? The hosts explain why this was done in midseason. (20:54) Jackson Tetreault was not able to make it a third consecutive solid start as he issued five walks in four innings. (26:24) Tres Barrera had a RBI double in his first Big League plate appearance for the season. Mark & Al bring you up to speed on the catcher that has been down in Rochester this season. (35:10) We continue our series of looking back at July 2021 when everything changed for the Nationals. One year ago, Kyle Schwarber was injured in what ultimately was his final game in a Washington uniform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 79: Gray Struggles in Loss + Soto Contractual Talks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 48:08

    The Nats lost 6-3 to Miami to open up a four game series on a holiday weekend in D.C. Al gives kudos to Mark for his pinch hit performance on Friday night as he filled in as color commentator on MASN. They then evaluate Josiah Gray's outing; where he allowed six runs in just under six frames. How much time off should he have between starts? (12:10) Keibert Ruiz had an impressive game both with the bat and the glove. In the top of the 6th he yet another pickoff play at 1st base and then in the bottom of the 6th he crushed a 2 run HR. Will opposing runners start adapting to this new knack of his? (21:30) Riley Adams was sent down to AAA in a mild surprise and was replaced by Tres Barrera. Will he return next month at 1B if Josh Bell is traded? (31:45) Thursday saw a lot of traffic about Juan Soto's contractual situation after a report surfaced from a Dominican based MLB Insider. It leads to a conversation of whether or not Soto would be open to signing an extension as opposed to waiting for Free Agency. How important is the ownership situation? (42:01) We begin our series of looking back at the unparalleled month in Nationals history (July 2021) with the evening that Alex Avila played 2B in a loss to the Dodgers. July last year began with the Nats over .500 and it ended with them becoming sellers at the trade deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 78: Bizarre Ruling Costs the Nats in Wacky Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 36:46

    The Nats missed a rare opportunity for a sweep as they lost 8-7 to the Pirates in a game that saw a very bizarre play to conclude the top of the 5th. Mark & Al try to unravel all that went into the decision to grant Pittsburgh a run despite the Nationals turning a double play with one out. Did the umps get it right? They certainly took their time in making their decision, (13:09) The bottom of the 5th was also notable in a negative way for Washington as they made yet another out at home plate. This was due to Keibert Ruiz not knowing that there were two outs and not running on contact. (18:24) The offense produced 16 hits, but left ten men on base. Josh Bell did his part though as he reached base five times, including three hits. His average is up to .319 on the season, one of the best in the National League. (25:20) The run of great pitching came to a halt on Wednesday as Paolo Espino and the bullpen all struggled during the afternoon. Paolo immediately gave up two runs and was lifted in the 5th inning. Two members of the "A" bullpen also had forgettable days, in Carl Edwards Jr. and Kyle Finnegan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 77: Corbin Dominates & Yadiel Comes Up with the Big Hit

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 37:39

    The Nats beat the Pirates 3-1 for their third straight win and their sixth victory in the past eight games. Mark & Al this time have plenty of good things to say about Patrick Corbin as he struck out a dozen Pirates in eight innings of work. It ties a career high for Corbin in terms of strikeouts, the last time he whiffed that many was back in the 2019 NLCS. (13:32) Tanner Rainey ran into some trouble, but ultimately earned his 11th save of the season. Who do you currently trust more... Rainey or Finnegan? (21:05) Yadiel Hernandez came off the bench for the game winning hit in the bottom of the 8th. It is two straight days that Washington could only bring in a runner in scoring position in the penultimate inning. Mark explains how Ehire Adrianza's presence led to the decision to have Yadiel pinch hit. (29:07) The Nationals had two minor league starts of import on Tuesday evening. Anibal Sanchez made a brief rehab start in Rochester and former 1st round pick Jackson Rutledge tossed eight Ks in Fredericksburg. Al wonders how much of a chance Anibal will have to enter the Major League rotation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 76: Franco's Blast Rallies the Nats

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 32:11

    The Nats came back on the Pirates 3-2 as Maikel Franco hit a game winning 2 run HR in the bottom of the 8th. Al discusses how they struggled with runners in scoring position all night until Franco came through late as the Nats have now won five of their past seven games. The boys ultimately stranded ten runners on base in the victory. (11:20) Erick Fedde allowed two runs in five frames, keeping the team in it despite exiting with a 2-0 deficit. It goes down as a quality start, which the staff has recorded in seven of the past eight games. The bullpen stepped up with four scoreless innings, including the notable decision to pitch Kyle Finnegan in the bottom of the 9th as opposed to Tanner Rainey. (23:10) Davey Martinez was named to the coaching staff for next month's All Star Game. This seems like a gesture from Atlanta's Brian Snitker to recognize Martinez for having missed the opportunity to manage the 2020 affair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 75: Tetreault Keeps it Rolling in Series Clincher

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 41:05

    The Nats hung on 6-4 in Texas to win a weekend series for the fourth time in five attempts. Al & Mark (Live From Globe Life Field) begin with praise for Jackson Tetreault who only allowed one run in the victory. The Nationals have had a quality start in six of the past seven games and have gone 4-3 in that stretch. (09:45) Tanner Rainey came in to get the Save as a 6-1 lead in the 9th was trimmed to a slight two run edge after Francisco Perez struggled mightily. Mark explains why Perez was tabbed to start the 9th despite not having appeared on the mound in over a week. (15:05) Juan Soto reached base five times on Sunday, four of which came via walk. Soto is now up to a MLB leading 61 walks on the season, 13 more than second place. (23:40) Nelson Cruz had a busy weekend and in the finale he had two hits and three RBIs. A Dallas based reporter tweeted out on Sunday that the controversial call from Saturday involving Cruz was mishandled by MLB. How could such a mistake occur? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 74: Gray Dazzles But the Rangers Walk It Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 38:01

    The Nats lost a heartbreaker to the Rangers 3-2 as Adolis Garcia hit a walk-off HR against Kyle Finnegan in the bottom of the 9th. Mark (Live from Texas) and Al take a glass half full approach to Saturday as Josiah Gray struck out nine in seven innings, only allowing four hits in the process. Does it seem like he's elevated his game this past month? (11:30) Finnegan got the nod in the 9th instead of Tanner Rainey. Is he taking Rainey's spot as the ace reliever on the staff? (16:30) Washington was on the wrong end of a controversial call in the top of the 8th that potentially cost them the go ahead run. Why wasn't Nelson Cruz's hit reviewable? Mark relays what the team was feeling about the play afterwards. (24:15) Juan Soto doubled, but also immediately hit into a 5-6-3 double play. We revisit our ongoing conversation about Soto's struggles so far this season. He is shocking 7 for 56 with runners in scoring position this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 73: Paolo & Bell Lift the Nats in Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 45:51

    The Nats topped the Rangers 2-1 in their first ever trip to Globe Life Field. Mark (Live from Texas) & Al tip their caps to Paolo Espino, who had another solid outing, as he didn't allow a run until the 6th inning. Why exactly was Paolo buried on the pitching depth chart for so long? (10:35) Josh Bell collected three hits in the return to his hometown, including the go ahead RBI single in the 8th inning. Bell's average is up to .302, one of only ten players in the NL above the desired threshold. Vote Bell for the All Star Game Early & Often! (17:30) The Nationals committed another out at home on Friday, for a staggering 11th time this season. This brings attention to new 3rd Base Coach Gary DiSarcina, who has many questionable calls so far this year. (34:01) GM Mike Rizzo spoke with Mark and the other beat reporters before the game and had updates on Stephen Strasburg, Brady House, Cole Henry, and Cade Cavalli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 72: Nats Shutout as Austin Hays Hits for the Cycle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 31:02

    The Nats were blanked 7-0 in Baltimore in a rain shortened affair (6 innings). Al & Tim begin with the bewilderment of some of the decisions behind the two rain delays that occurred on Wednesday. Why did it take so long to call it a night? Austin Hays of the Orioles hit for the cycle despite it not being a full game, the 3rd player to do so against the Nationals. (07:45) Patrick Corbin struggled yet again as he was handed his 10th loss of the season and only lasted four innings. Tim takes advantage of his pinch- hosting assignment to lay out what he hopes the organization does with Corbin. (20:45) Mike Rizzo had semi eyebrow raising comments on 106.7 The Fan about Lane Thomas being a long term cog for Washington. Do you see him as the franchise CF? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 71: Fedde & 'Pen Shutout the O's

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 25:31

    A refreshed Nats blanked the Orioles 3-0 for a 2nd straight win. Mark (Live from Baltimore) & Al evaluate Erick Fedde's big night as he tossed six shutout frames at Camden Yards. The bullpen was just as good as well as Kyle Finnegan, Carl Edwards, Jr., and Tanner Rainey all threw scoreless innings. (12:03) Lane Thomas homered on Tuesday while hitting ninth in the order. Thomas is hitting .310 so far in the month and Mark explains what likely led to the decision to put in that lineup spot. (22:05) A Ryan Zimmerman memory submitted from a listener. Please send yours in to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 70: Tetreault's Father's Day Gem Ends All the Skids + Interview on Ray Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 48:56

    The Nats ended all sorts of losing streaks by beating Philadelphia 9-3 as they had lost eight in a row overall, twelve straight to the Phillies, and thirteen consecutive against NL East foes. Mark & Al tip their caps to Jackson Tetreault who earned his first career victory in only his second career start. Will he get another Major League start? (09:15) Juan Soto capped a frustrating week on a positive note with a crucial three run homer, his 14th of the season. The forgettable home stand included banging his knee against the dugout, being called out for not 100% hustling down the line, and multiple hit-less games. He currently leadx the Majors with 55 walks on the season, nine higher than Kyle Schwarber. (21:08) We analyze the two errors the Nationals committed on Sunday. Lane Thomas could not make a grab in CF and Keibert Ruiz made a poor throw while attempting the back pick play that is becoming his signature move. Are teams becoming wise to his tendency? (35:08) We continue our budding Juneteenth tradition of celebrating an all-time great Homestead Gray. Ray Brown was a superb pitcher who pitched for the Grays in the 30's and 40's and we hear tales of his exploits from Bob Kendrick. Bob is the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 69: Zimmerman Ceremony is a Home Run Despite Extra Inning Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 42:40

    The Nats lost in 2-1 to the Phillies in 10 innings, but the focus of Saturday came Pregame as Ryan Zimmerman's #11 was retired. Mark & Al applaud the ceremony as it seemed to hit all right notes, aided by perfect weather and sell-out crowd in Washington D.C. (20:35) Josiah Gray threw six scoreless frames as he in a pitcher's duel with Aaron Nola. Gray was well rested after he missed his Monday start due to rain. It is notable that this was the first time Gray pitched in front of a large crowd at Nationals Park since he was dealt here. (31:20) Juan Soto was thrown out trying to steal to end the 1st inning, which was curious because it came with red-hot Josh Bell up to bat. Could this be related to being called out on Friday for not hustling down the line? (37:02) Luis Garcia committed another error on Saturday, as the experiment of him playing shortstop continues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Games 67 & 68: Controversial Call Caps A Doubleheader Sweep by the Phils

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 52:14

    The Nats lost both ends of Friday's Doubleheader in D.C against Philadelphia to extend their losing streak to seven games. Al & Mark begin with the final inning of the long day, as Luis Garcia was controversially called for obstruction that led to a 2 run Philly lead in the 10th. Mark spoke with the umpire Dan Iassonga afterwards and hear all that went into the decision. (18:45) Josh Bell had a monster day as he homered three times on Friday, four in the past two days. Bell's average is currently up to .299 and seems to be the likeliest candidate to represent Washington in the All Star Game. (22:02) Juan Soto is 0 for 12 so far this series and his average is stunningly down to .216. Davey Martinez called out Soto after Game 1 for not running out a double play. What exactly is going on with Soto this season? (30:07) Paolo Espino took a no-decision for his five inning effort in Game 2. He overcame early walks and shaky defense behind him to exit the evening with an ERA of 2.29. (46:12) On Saturday Ryan Zimmerman's #11 will be retired and there are many planned festivities. IF YOU ARE ATTENDING, THE PREGAME CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 3:10PM. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 66: Soto Returns, but Ugly 3rd Inning Ensues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 39:08

    The Nats were trounced 10-1 by Philadelphia for their 5th consecutive defeat. Mark & Al do the best they can to piece together the disaster that was the 3rd inning on Thursday evening as the Phillies scored seven runs in the frame, aided by a pair of Washington errors. Why is the defense so shaky this season? (08:01) Patrick Corbin didn't make it out of the 4th inning as he exited with a very unusual pitching line. He allowed nine runs, but only two were considered earned. Both HRs that he gave up were to his former teammate Kyle Schwarber, who certainly enjoys Nationals Park in June. (27:04) Cade Cavalli had solid bounce back outing in Scranton on Thursday and it leads to a discussion on if all the shuffling of the pitching staff could lead to an imminent promotion. (30:30) Listener submitted email that compares the Nationals rebuild effort to the past work divisional foes such as Atlanta have done. Plus, how does this team compare to the 2008 & 2009 versions of the Nationals? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 65: Soto Sits Again & Atlanta Brings Out the Broom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 40:57

    The Nats were swept by the Braves as they lost 8-2 in the series finale. Mark & Al recap a three game stretch in which red hot Atlanta pulverized Washington. Adding injury to insult, Juan Soto missed a second straight game due to a the contusion on his right knee. (14:47) Victor Robles had a blatant TOOTBLAN to end the 7th inning. Why does he so often make mistakes on the bases (21:03) Erick Fedde threw over 100 pitches in defeat as his main purpose on Wednesday was to eat up innings to help an exhausted pitching staff. Mark then lays out what the rotation will look like for the Phillies series; which will be five games in a four day span. (31:45) A listen submitted email spurs a conversation on Mike Rizzo's future and what a realistic timetable looks like for the rebuild. What to expect by Opening Day 2023? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 64: Strasburg to the IL & the Braves Go Back to Back... Twice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 38:39

    The Nats lost 10-4 to the surging Braves, who have won 13 in a row. Al & Mark discuss how the pitching woes keeping piling up for Washington as Jackson Tetreault was thrusted into his MLB debut against a red hot Atlanta. The original plan this week was Josiah Gray on Monday and Stephen Strasburg and Tuesday, and it ended up being Earsmo Ramirez and Tetreault, respectively. (16:10) Juan Soto did not play for the first time this season due to the right knee contusion from Monday evening. Will he be back in the lineup on Wednesday? (21:02) Strasburg was placed on the 15 day IL due to a stress reaction to the ribs. Is it related to his TOS surgery? Mark explains the injury, what it means, and the bigger picture options for the World Series MVP. (32:54) There was multiple pitchers who were called up from AAA on Tuesday, but Tyler Clippard was not one of them. Al is baffled as to why Clippard hasn't been promoted to the Nationals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 63: Strasburg to the IL, Gray Scratched After Rain, & Soto Exits in the 9th

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 32:25

    Monday was an awful/no good day for the Nats from start to finish as they lost 9-5 to Atlanta. Mark & Al update the latest on Juan Soto as he missed his final at bat after banging his knee in the dugout prior to the top of the 9th. (05:14) Pregame it was announced that Stephen Strasburg is back on the IL due to discomfort after his Saturday bullpen session. We still don't know the results of the MRI, but it seems difficult to maintain an optimistic outlook. He had been previously scheduled to start on Tuesday night. (18:40) Josiah Gray did not start because just before 1st pitch there was a sudden rain delay and the game did not begin until after 8:30pm. Gray had already warmed up just before the rain and so the decision was made to pitch a bullpen game instead. Erasmo Ramirez filled in and made his first start since 2018. (23:20) Jackson Tetreault will take the mound on Tuesday in place of Strasburg. Mark explains the delicate situation Washington is in with their pitching as there is no off-day this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Game 62: Paolo Takes the Hill, but a Low Scoring Loss Ensues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 35:08

    The Nats lost 4-1 to Milwaukee as the bid for a series sweep came up short. Mark & Al focus on the ten runners that Washington stranded as they went opposite of their instinct to score runs against Brewers starter Jason Alexander. Al was mildly incredulous at Juan Soto's 1st inning bat attempt. What did Davey Martinez have so to about it? (16:01) The Nationals used a tandem start on Sunday as Paolo Espino lasted until the 4th and then Evan Lee bridged the game into the late innings. Paolo took a hard luck loss as he only allowed 1 run in 3.2 IP. At one point in his start, his ERA dipped as low as 1.84! Will these pitchers be used again in Friday's doubleheader? (23:05) Cole Henry pitched on Saturday night in AAA and struggled as he allowed four runs in three innings. Mark lays out a possible timeline for him to be promoted to the Big Leagues later this season. (26:10) Longtime Washington nemesis Andrew McCutchen slugged a 9th inning HR. This leads to trivia.... who has the highest OPS ever vs. the Nats (minimum 100 plate appearances)? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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