The Washington Nationals’ bullpen and lack of an extra run in the first nine innings has cost this team multiple wins over the last three weeks. Hunter Harvey is at the center of much of the bullpen woes, as he has gone from being one of the best relievers in baseball in April and May to one of the worst in June.

The Nats will look to Mitchell Parker to stop the heat and get the Nats back in the win column. The Mets called up Triple-A starter Christian Scott, who faced the Triple-A Rochester team less than two weeks ago. James Wood got a good look at him, which moved Wood to third in the batting order.

The team still makes a lot of mistakes and scoring two or three points in one game puts too much pressure on the team. One crucial mistake can be a big problem, as we have seen recently.

The Nats have made a roster move, signing Riley Adams and sending Drew Millas back to Triple-A. Adams will be the starting catcher for the July 4 game, with first pitch at 11 a.m.

Yesterday, DJ Herz pulled off another incredible feat to join Stephen Strasburg as the only Nationals pitchers to have at least 10 K’s and 0 walks in two starts in their first six careers. There are only 12 Nats pitchers who have pitched to a Game Score of 83 or higher, and also had a Game Score of 65 or higher. As recently as last week, there were some who thought Herz would be sent back to Triple-A when Josiah Gray was activated, and now you’re seeing Herz as a potential pitcher to keep in the rotation.

As for Gray, manager Dave Martinez said his right-handed pitcher will get an MRI at some point, and we’ll wait for the results and hope for the best. While it seems odd that the team is waiting, it does seem to indicate that Gray won’t be back anytime soon.

The Nationals are big betting on underdogs tonight, at +120 to win on the moneyline. That means if you bet $100, you win $120. Bet $10, you win $12.00. Remember, this betting line is largely based on how the bets are placed and the money is coming in for the Mets.

By the way, there are no more days off until the All-Star break, and this is another 17-game marathon that the Nats started on Friday. Barring rain showers that affect play, the team will play 97 games before the All-Star break, leaving just 65 games after the All-Star break.

Manager Dave Martinez used both Kyle Finnegan and Hunter Harvey yesterday, with Harvey giving up the tying run in a 2-1 game to send the game to extra innings. Harvey, as you know, had his worst game of the season on Monday. Dylan Floro and Robert Garcia carried the rest of the load. The team may be without Finnegan, Harvey and Floro in this game, as Jacob Barnes and Derek Law took key innings.

This is what the rotation could look like:

  1. Wednesday: Mitchell Parker vs. Mets
  2. Thursday: Jake Irvin vs. Mets – July 4
  3. Friday: Patrick Corbin vs. Cardinals
  4. Saturday: MacKenzie Gore vs. Cardinals
  5. Sunday: DJ Herz vs. Cardinals
  6. Monday: Parker vs. Cardinals
  7. Tuesday: Irvin vs. Mets
  8. Wednesday: Corbin vs. Mets
  9. Thursday: Gore vs. Mets
  10. Friday: Herz vs. Brewers
  11. Saturday: Parker vs. Brewers (All-Star Futures’ Game)
  12. Sunday: Irvin vs. Brewers (MLB Draft)
  13. All-Star Break (HR derby)
  14. All-Star Break (All-Star Game)
  15. All-Star break
  16. All-Star break
  17. Friday: TBA vs. Brewers – July 19

Your best Washington Nationals on the FanGraphs’ WAR Rankings has the top two pitchers as MacKenzie Gore at +2.2 and Jake Irvin at +1.8 WAR. For position players, CJ Abrams is at +2.1 and Jacob Young at +1.8. In total, 21 Nats players have a positive WAR and another eight have a neutral 0.0 WAR.

“We’ve got to start winning games in regulation time, that’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to hit a little bit better. You can’t score two runs, three runs, and expect to beat a team that you know is notorious for scoring a lot of runs. We’ve got to hit better.”

— Nats manager Davey Martinez said after yesterday’s game

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA from 3.87 and 13th in MLB. The Nats are 13 points shy of a top-10 starting rotation based on ERA. Look at those team rankings.

This is their ranking:

No. 5 Starter: Patrick Corbin 5.49
No. 4 Starter: DJ Herz 4.67
No. 3 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 3.47
No. 2 Starter: Mitchell Parker 3.32
No. 1 Starter: Jake Irvin 3.03

Washington nationals against New York Mets

Stadium: National Park, Washington, DC
1st throw: 6:45pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan on radio and via the MLB app; In Spanish on DC 87.7 FM and La Pantera 100.7 FM/1220 AM. On Sirius/XM, tune to channel 178 for the home team broadcast and the away team is online-only.

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

TalkNats celebrates the 5th and 100th anniversaries of World Series victories by providing game recaps.

Game 86:
The Nationals won at home on 07/04 against the Marlins, resulting in a 45-41 record. They will not drop below .500 for the rest of the season. But you already knew that. Box Score / Standings
The Senators lost at home to the St. Louis Browns on 7/17, resulting in a 48-38 record. Box Score / Standings

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