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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Tough night on basepaths

    Vargas went 2-for-3 with an RBI but was caught stealing twice in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Getting the start at third base and batting ninth, Vargas has another good showing at the plate, but it was his misadventures on the basepaths that stood out in a 5-3 loss -- he was picked off at second base by Justin Verlander and caught in a rundown in the third inning, then thrown out trying to steal second base in the eighth. Vargas is batting .323 (10-for-31) with a 5:3 BB:K through 11 games and has been seeing semi-regular playing time around the infield, but Friday's performance won't endear him to manager Dave Martinez.

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  • Nationals' Luis Garcia: Swipes fourth bag

    Garcia went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    That's now four steals on the season for Garcia, including three in the last two games. The 23-year-old second baseman is having a strong start to the year overall, slashing .296/.333/.481 through 17 games with seven doubles, a homer, four runs and eight RBI, and he's hit either fourth or fifth in four straight games -- all against right-handed pitchers -- as the Nationals search for a batting order that can produce consistent offense.

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  • Nationals' Riley Adams: Pops second homer

    Adams went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Astros.

    The 27-year-old backstop was the only Washington hitter to have much success against Justin Verlander in his 2024 debut, lacing a two-bagger off the the future Hall of Famer in the third inning and taking him deep in the fifth for Adams' second long ball of the year. With Keibert Ruiz (illness) on the shelf, Adams has started seven of the last nine games and gone 9-for-25 (.360) with four doubles and a homer. Even when Ruiz has recovered, a Nationals club searching for offense might try to find ways to keep Adams in the lineup as long as he stays hot.

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  • Nationals' MacKenzie Gore: Inefficient in first loss

    Gore (2-1) took the loss Friday, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk over four innings as the Nationals were downed 4-2 by the Astros. He struck out four.

    The southpaw needed 92 pitches (64 strikes) to record his 12 outs, and all the damage off Gore came in the second inning when Houston led off the frame with back-to-back-to-back doubles. It was Gore's shortest outing so far in 2024, and he'll take a 3.60 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 27:6 K:BB through 20 innings into his next start, which lines up for a tough home tilt against the Dodgers next week.

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  • Nationals' Nick Senzel: Out of Friday's lineup

    Senzel is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus Houston.

    Senzel started the past three games after being reinstated from the injured list Monday and will receive a day off after going 2-for-11 with a walk and three strikeouts. Ildemaro Vargas will man the hot corner and bat ninth Friday.

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  • Nationals' Joey Gallo: Not in Friday's lineup

    Gallo is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.

    Gallo started the previous 14 games and will take a seat after he posted a .170/.328/.447 slash line with three homers and a 43.1 percent strikeout rate during that stretch. Joey Meneses will start at first base versus Houston righty Justin Verlander.

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  • Nationals' Luis Garcia: Steals two bags in Wednesday's win

    Garcia went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    The 23-year-old stole a career-high nine bases last year, and Garcia is already 3-for-3 on the basepaths to begin 2024. After looking like his starting job at second base might be in jeopardy this spring, Garcia's come out of the gate slashing .294/.321/.490 through 16 games with seven doubles, a homer, four runs and eight RBI. He's also been working his way into a better spot in the batting order against right-handers, and he hit cleanup Wednesday. If he stays in the heart of the lineup, Garcia's counting-stat production should pick up.

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  • Nationals' CJ Abrams: Smacks fifth homer

    Abrams went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    He drove the second big-league pitch of Landon Knack's career over the fence in right-center field, giving the Nats all the offense they would need as Jake Irvin and the bullpen combined for a shutout. Abrams launched a career-high 18 homers in 2023 but is well ahead of that pace to begin this season, slashing .295/.358/.656 with five home runs, three steals, 10 runs and 11 RBI in 15 games.

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  • Nationals' Kyle Finnegan: Up to seven saves

    Finnegan earned the save in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Dodgers, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.

    Finnegan's now gone seven straight appearances (6.2 innings) without allowing an earned run. He's up to seven saves on the year, tying Ryan Helsley and Clay Holmes for the league lead. The 32-year-old Finnegan lowered his ERA to 3.24 with a 1.32 WHIP and 8:5 K:BB through his first 8.1 innings this season.

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  • Nationals' Jake Irvin: Blanks Dodgers for first win

    Irvin (1-1) earned the win Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing four hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out six.

    It was quite a day for Irvin against a star-studded Dodgers lineup, as he held Los Angeles off the board en route to his first win of the season. The 27-year-old Irvin has delivered back-to-back quality starts, allowing just one run across 12 innings in that span. He lowered his ERA to 3.13 with a 1.00 WHIP and 20:6 K:BB through his first four outings (23 innings) this season. Irvin will look to keep rolling in his next start, currently scheduled as a home rematch with the Dodgers early next week.

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  • Nationals' Mitchell Parker: Draws another start

    Parker is slated to start Sunday's game against the Astros at Nationals Park, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    Parker was able to limit a tough Dodgers lineup to two runs on four hits and no walks over five innings Monday in his big-league debut, so it comes as little surprise that he'll be rewarded for his efforts with another turn through the rotation. If he continues to perform well, Parker will have a path to sticking in the rotation on a long-term basis with Josiah Gray (elbow) facing an uncertain timeline to return from the 15-day injured list.

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  • Nationals' Joey Meneses: Back in lineup, but losing work

    Meneses will start at first base and bat fifth in Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    Meneses will draw back into the starting nine for the series finale, but he seems to be the odd man out of the lineup of late, at least against right-handed pitching. He hadn't started in any of the previous three matchups versus righties, with Joey Gallo occupying first base and Jesse Winker serving as Washington's designated hitter in each of those contests. The reduction in playing time comes after Meneses has provided lowly .522 OPS though his first 57 plate appearances of the season.

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  • Nationals' Jacob Young: Idle for Wednesday's game

    Young is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    Young will hit the bench for the series finale after he had started in center field in each of the past four games while going 5-for-14 with two doubles, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Eddie Rosario will draw the start in center field Wednesday and will be flanked in the outfield by Jesse Winker and Lane Thomas.

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  • Nationals' Patrick Corbin: Surrenders five runs in loss

    Corbin (0-3) took the loss Tuesday against the Dodgers, allowing five runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out five over 6.1 innings.

    Corbin just continues to eat up innings for the Nationals. He's now allowed at least four runs in each of his last six starts dating back to last season. The Dodgers got to him for three runs in the first two innings before Enrique Hernandez took him deep in the fifth. Corbin managed to get into the seventh but was pulled with one out and runners on the corners and the Dodgers would tack on another run before the inning concluded. The 34-year-old owns an 8.06 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and 15:8 K:BB in 22.1 innings. He's allowed 36 hits over four starts thus far and is set for a rematch with the Dodgers next week.

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  • Nationals' Jesse Winker: Clubs two-run homer

    Winker went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a double in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers.

    Winker was the only one in the Nationals' lineup with multiple hits, as he accounted for six total bases while the rest of his teammates combined for four. He doubled his first time up and then took Ryan Yarbrough deep to right in the third for his second long ball of the year. Winker struggled with his bat over the last two seasons in Seattle and Milwaukee, but he is off to a blistering start this year, hitting .373/.500/.608 with five RBI, 11 runs and a 9:10 BB:K in 64 plate appearances.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .232


Player Injury
K. Ruiz C Keibert Ruiz C Illness
J. Gray SP Josiah Gray SP Elbow
C. Cavalli SP Cade Cavalli SP Elbow
V. Robles CF Victor Robles CF Hamstring
S. Garrett LF Stone Garrett LF Ankle

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