The Nationals are having their way with the NL East, Reynaldo Lopez and Trea Turner are the real deal, but Stephen Strasburg has been struggling.
The Nationals acquired Mark Melancon in one of the most impactful in-season trades in team history. That, plus Michael A. Taylor’s demotion, and Trea Turner is the Nats’ centerfielder of the future.
We start the show with trade deadline talk and how the Nationals might be able to make an impact before the deadline. Then we discuss Aroldis Chapman heading to the North Side of Chicago, Murphy and Ramos, and Trea Turner’s significant early impact. We hear about your first ever baseball jerseys and answer you questions, too.
This week, we talk about how great the Home Run Derby was and how ‘meh’ the All-Star Game was (and always is.) We also revisit our first-half predictions and see what we got right and what we got oh so wrong. Finally, you tell us how you occupy yourself during the break and answer some listener questions!
The Nationals have landed four players in the All-Star Game. Lucas Giolito is still with the team, while Michael A. Taylor was sent down. And we both got pretty heated about the thought of shaming Nats fans.
Lucas Giolito has made his MLB debut for the Nationals, but it didn’t go quite as planned. Trea Turner has been taking reps in CF, and Wilson Ramos has been insanely good. All that, plus Stephen Srasburg’s injury and what to do with Gio Gonzalez.
Stephen Strasburg was scratched at the last minute when was scheduled to go up against Clayton Kershaw. We talk about that sadness, the Nats fledgling bullpen, and the numerous Mets injuries. Also, the post-10 pm game time madness has to stop.
It was a fun week for the Washington Nationals, who won a series with the MLB-best Cubs and got to see Jayson Werth put together two amazing post-game interviews. We also talk about a curious ninth inning decision and the great Too Many Nats video.
We have the brilliant Ryan Sullivan from NatsGM.com on the show this week to talk about the 2016 MLB Draft, including who the Nats might take in the first round. We also talk about the Nats minor league depth and he joins us to take some listener questions! We celebrate Strasmas at the top of the show, and we add a blooper to the end of it!
Bryce Harper got plunked in the knee in the first game of the Phillies series. We talk about what could have happened that didn’t, and what the Nats look like going forward without Harper. We also talk about Dusty Baker’s great return to baseball and Daniel Murphy’s freakishly good hitting. And, of course, listener questions!