Good Morning, Washington Nationals Fans. Thank you for starting the day with us!
Today’s Game time weather via Capital Sports Forecast: Mostly clear skies for game one with growing clouds as the evening approaches. Temps in the mid-70s for a high, dipping into the 60s near the end of game two. No rain expected.”
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Today’s Top Story: Starting the 2021 Season in a Comeback Fashion
When the Nationals went down 2-0 after one inning with Max Scherzer pitching, one could have thrown in the towel and just given the Washington Nationals a loss and chalk it up to COVID, or whatever you wanted to tell yourself why the Nationals would lose their 2021 season opener. However, in true 2019 Washington Nationals fashion, the Nationals ended up coming from behind to win on a Juan Soto RBI line drive in the bottom of the ninth.
The 2019 Nationals were defined by their ability to come from behind late, but the 2020 Nats went 0-24 when trailing after seven innings; however, in 2021, the Washington Nationals are now 1-0 coming from behind wins.
Some Highlights from the game:
- Within less than 24 hours after signing with the Washington Nationals, Jonathan Lucroy had a very good game for himself. In his first game in a Washington Nationals uniform, Lucroy had two RBI’s. In his first at-bat in Washington, Lucroy had a double, which scored Andrew Stevenson and Hernan Perez. It will be interesting to see how Dave Martinez will use Lucory moving forward when Gomes and Alex Avila return from COVID-19 protocols. One can make a quick argument that maybe the new platoon behind home plate should be Gomes and Lucroy. (More on that later in the week on the site)
- During the game, Soto looked off-balance, and it wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth that everything came together for the young Superstar. Honestly, there is something that this kid brings to the plate every time he steps into the batter box. Maybe it fitted that (hopefully) Soto, the new face of the franchise, had the game-winner as fans returned to the stadium for the first time since the magical 2019 year. Just maybe it makes sense that the only other player in Washington Nationals history to hit a walk-off for the Nationals on Opening Day since moving to Washington D.C. in 2005 was the former “face of the franchise,” Ryan Zimmerman in 2008.
Today, the 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg will make his 2021 season debut at today’s 4:05 pm EST game.
Podcast Alert: In the Clubhouse with the Nats Report
Heading to Nats Park today and need your Washington Nationals fix? I was hoping you could take a listen to my interview with Washington Nationals Pitching Prospect Jackson Rutledge. I had so much fun talking with the Nationals prospect, and I think you will also enjoy it!
Opening Series Washington Nationals Coverage
The Nats Report has you covered and will keep you in the loop on the latest information, lineups, analysis, and so much more. How we have you covered:
- Atlanta v. Washington Nationals Series Preview
- My article on what this Opening Day Means to Me
- What does success look like for the Washington Nationals in 2021
- How does Lindor’s Extension Impact the Nationals
- Washington Nationals Spring Training Review 2021
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Must Reads: Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Headlines
- Nats notch a walk-off on Opening Day via a Juan Soto single in the 9th! via Talk Nats
- Perspective: How good was that Nationals Opening Day? Let us count the ways via The Washington Post
- “Oh hell no, I’m swinging the whole time.” – Juan Soto on swinging 3-0 on his walk-off winner via Federal Baseball
- Nationals: Andrew Stevenson taking advantage of his opportunity via District on Deck
- Down Nine Players, the Nationals Rally to Shock Atlanta via the New York Times
- The Washington Capitals reimagined as Washington Nationals players via Russian Machine Never Breaks
- For MLB, playing the 2021 All-Star Game in Georgia just wasn’t worth the hassle via ESPN
- Why Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. might need surgery via LA Times
- Vintage Kershaw re-emerges in win over A’s via MLB
- Nike and Major League Baseball Announce City Connect Jersey Series via the Source