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Countdown Clock: 96 Days to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game (Coors Field in Denver, CO)
Today’s Morning Briefing was written by Richard.
Today’s Top Story: The Nationals Head to Los Angeles
After finally taking the field for three games in 24 hours, the Washington Nationals begin their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday with a 1-2 record. The Nationals are trying to bounce back after getting swept in a doubleheader on Wednesday. However, they will have to do so while still having a handful of key players stuck in quarantine and questionable to play in this series.
ICYMI: The Curious Case of Erick Fedde
Due to COVID protocols, the Nationals were scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday to close out their first series. After taking the home opener on Tuesday with a depleted roster, the Nationals wanted nothing more than to compete with the Braves and not blow through their bullpen in the first game of the doubleheader. Forced into duty due to both Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester being unavailable, RHP Erick Fedde took the mound for the Nationals in Game1.
What Happens To the Washington Nationals When The “Regulars” Return?
The Nats Report Contributor Frank dives deep into what will happen when all the “regular” players come back from COVID-19 protocols. Which “replacements” are going to be moved down to the minors, and who should stay. From the article: “With both starting catcher Yan Gomes and backup Alex Avila out due to COVID protocol, this forced the Nationals to go outside the organization and bring in free-agent veteran Jonathan Lucroy. The 34-year-old has looked good so far in two starts, going 2-for-7 overall and hitting a crucial two-run double in the season-opening win. This is obviously a very small sample size, but what if he continues to perform while we wait for Gomes and Avila to return. It is certain that Gomes has a spot on this team, so there really is no point in discussing him.”
Podcast Alert: In the Clubhouse with the Nats Report
Need your Nationals fix? Take a listen to my great interview with Washington Nationals Pitching prospects Cade Cavalli and Jackson Rutledge. After listening to these two interviews, you will definitely be excited for the pitchers of the future!
Bonus Episode: Last night, I sat down with Nationals fan-favorite Capitan Obvious. During the episode, he shares his origin story and some other great stories about growing up a Washington Senators fan and now rooting for the Nationals!
Must Reads: Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Headlines
- Sam Clay’s MLB debut included strikeouts of Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna! via Talk Nats
- Washington Nationals liking Victor Robles as leadoff man so far... via Federal Baseball
- Washington Nationals and Rockies have the same mindset about Big City via District on Deck
- New challenge awaits Nationals in L.A. via MASN Sports
- Washington For Nationals’ replacement players, a rare and weird opportunity via the Washington Post
- Should opening series encourage or discourage Nats? via MASN Sports
- Ex-Yankee David Wells boycotts MLB over All-Star Game move via New York Post
- MLB Inspecting “Suspicious Baseballs” From Trevor Bauer’s Latest Start via MLB Trade Rumors
- MLB commissioner decided to move All-Star Game after pressure from Stacey Abrams on voting issues: sources via Fox News
- Tiny and funky are not the usual descriptions for an MLB city via Tampa Bay Times