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- Friday, April 30, 2021: Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 7:05 pm EDT
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- Tuesday, May 4, 2021: Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals 7:05 pm EDT
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Today’s top story: Miami Marlins arrive in Washington D.C. for a weekend series
After a two-game split with the Blue Jays in Dunedin, FL, this week, the Nationals head home to face the Miami Marlins for a three-game set starting Friday evening. The Marlins, who also had Thursday off, are coming off a 2-1 series win against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
After treading water to a 9-12 record, Washington is looking to get some traction against a divisional opponent back home in DC. Their longest win streak of the season is two games, and winning another series would be huge for them as they still have many important players on the IL.
The Marlins sit in fourth in the NL East. They have only won 3 of their last 7 games and are looking to build on this season after a strong 2020. More in our GameNotes later this afternoon. Don’t forget to subscribe!
BIG SCOOP: Washington Nationals pitching prospects receive assignments
As the Minor League Baseball season draws closer, the Washington Nationals are moving some of their pitching prospects to the new affiliated teams in Fredericksburg, VA, Wilmington, DE, Harrisburg, PA, and Rochester, NY.
According to a source who told the Nats Report, the Washington Nationals are moving top pitching prospects, Jackson Rutledge, Cade Cavalli, Matt Cronin, Cole Henry, Todd Peterson, and Joan Adon (RHP, 22) to play with the Wilmington Blue Rocks for now.
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Where has the 2019 Patrick Corbin gone? Or was he ever there?
Could Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin’s struggles in 2021 have been predicted, and what is the next step?
From the article: “Coming off a career season in Arizona, Corbin posted a career-best 3.15 ERA in 200 innings and was named an All-Star in 2018. In his six years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Corbin had a 50.9% winning percentage (56-54) and a 3.91 ERA. He allowed 447 runs and 944 hits, and struck out 897 batters in 172 games played and 154 games started. While in Arizona, Corbin also appeared in two all-star games and finished 5th and 11th in the Cy-Young voting in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Corbin was rewarded with a six-year, $140 million guaranteed contract, including a $2.5 million signing bonus and an annual average salary of $23,333,333.”
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MLB News: New MLB team may be worth $2.2B
During a Tuesday SporticoLive online discussion, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred relieved a very interesting tidbit about the valuation if a new team was to be created. The company that led the New York Yankees at $6.75 billion estimated the average MLB value at nearly $2.2 billion, despite recent economic issues due to COVID-19.
“If, in fact, these assets are worth an average $2.2 billion, I think that’s kind of a lodestar in terms of where you would start, in terms of evaluating expansion opportunities,” Manfred said during the online event. “Expansion is not purely additive, right, from the perspective of the existing owners. There are huge shared revenue streams that are diluted as a result of having 32 as opposed to 30 as your denominator, and if that was in fact the expansion number, and that has to be taken into account as well.”
During the event, Manfred also addressed and defended the recent announcement of Major League Baseball moving its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Colorado. “We were injected into a very politicized situation. I think we did the right thing,” Manfred said. “We thought our players were going to be in an extraordinarily difficult situation given how politically charged it was, and we think that the decision we made will actually be player protective.”
Sportico reported that the New York Yankees topped their 2021 MLB Valuations at $6.75 billion. Bringing it locally, Sportico valued the Washington Nationals at $2.1 billion.
Click here to see the full list via Sportico.
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Must Reads: Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Headlines
- Washington Nationals’ Yadiel Hernández still swinging it; working on defense, making most of opportunities… via Federal Baseball
- Washington Nationals can’t afford to be aggressive on the bases via District on Deck
- After three great starts (and one dud) this season, Joe Ross is still his harshest critic via The Washington Post
- The one thing the 2021 Washington Nationals do well… via Federal Baseball
- Rays rookie Shane McClanahan shows nasty stuff in MLB ‘debut’ via CBS Sports
- Prospects we’re excited to see in 2021 via MLB.com
- Three Strikes: Anthony Rizzo’s hilarious strikeout, a sad Mets trend and a call no one understood via USA Today
- Brewers place ace Corbin Burnes on injured list for unspecified issue via ESPN
- Bumgarner back on mound; Bieber-Keuchel matchup via Associated Press