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  • Friday, May 7, 2021, Washington Nationals v. New York Yankees; 7:05 pm EDT

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Today’s Top Story: Another Dominant Max Scherzer Performance; Nationals Sweep the Marlins 

If the Nationals wanted to start the month of May on the right foot, then getting their first series sweep of 2021 of another NL East Rival: the Miami Marlins.

The future Hall of Famer, Max Scherzer, went the distance giving up only one run on pitching 106 pitches over nine innings. Scherzer finished the day with nine strikeouts, five hits, and no walks during the game. He only needed to pitch 76 strikes to finish the Marlins and help move the Nationals to .500 on the season.

In addition to a great performance from the Nationals Ace, the team saw another great hitting performance from their Face of the Franchise: Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman hit a three-run home during today’s game to center on an 0-2 pitch, which gave him a total of four home runs so far this season. Zimmerman is 15-45 with four home runs, 10 RBI’s while only playing in 16+ games. 
The Braves are coming to town for a three-game set starting tomorrow night. 

Click here to read our series recap.

Diving Deep into Max Scherzer’s Performance Yesterday. 

Well, how good was Max Scherzer’s performance yesterday against the Marlins? Pretty, Pretty, Good… 


Here are some of the stats that show exactly how good his performance was yesterday. 

  • Max Scherzer had a total of 22 Swing & Misses and had nine strikeouts. 
  • Out of his 106 total pitches, only 22 of them were in play during the game. 
  • Scherzer’s maximum pitch velocity was 96%, and the minimum pitch velocity was 75%.
  • Scherzer only gave up a total of five hits: one home run and four singles. Max didn’t allow any doubles or triples. 

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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Exclusive to the Nats Report: Top Washington Nationals Pitching Prospects are reportedly headed to Wilmington, Delaware 

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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