Washington Nationals news & notes; Davey Martinez on Stephen Strasburg; Six-man rotation? + more

Stephen Strasburg Begins At Triple-A:

Stephen Strasburg was simply taking the mound when Davey Martinez spoke to reporters prematurely of the collection finale in Arizona on Sunday. Strasburg, 32, was in Trenton, NJ, so he may make his first rehab begin for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

It was the primary begin on the best way again for the right-hander, who landed on the 10-Day IL again on April 18th, retroactive to the fifteenth, with proper shoulder irritation.

Martinez was requested earlier than the Nationals’ matchup with the D-backs how carefully he could be following Washington’s ‘09 No. 1 general choose.

“I’ll take a look at all the pieces after our recreation,” Martinez stated. “I simply hope all the pieces goes effectively. Like I stated, it’s more about hoping that there’s no points along with his shoulder and he will get 5 innings in. We’ll see and I’ll take a look at all of that stuff and speak to some individuals after the sport right now and see the way it went.”

Strasburg bought 4 13 scoreless in, giving up two hits and two walks, whereas hanging out six in a 75-pitch, 41-strike outing.

Martinez didn’t speak to Strasburg going into the outing, however there must be discussions as soon as the 2019 World Series MVP is able to return, as a result of they’ll need to make room.

Erick Fedde, who began in opposition to the D-backs in Chase Area, is, clearly, pitching on the identical schedule as Strasburg, however will he be bumped again to the bullpen when Stras is ready for his return? Martinez stated he didn’t need Fedde to fret about that, or the rest as he ready for his begin.

“We simply need him to go on the market and pitch, focus on right now,” the supervisor stated.

“Make my choice robust, that’s what I need him to go on the market and do. So, both means he is aware of how vital he’s to us, whether or not he begins once more or he goes into the bullpen.

“However I actually like what he’s achieved. I actually do. He’s pitched effectively.

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“We’ve some choices to make, however for right now he’s going to start out and hopefully he goes on the market and retains us within the ballgame.”

Fedde tossed seven scoreless innings in what ended up a 3-0 win, retaining the D-backs off the board till the Nationals’ bats may lastly supplied some assist within the eighth.

“My job is to go on the market and pitch effectively, and right now I added one thing to my resume about why I ought to nonetheless be within the rotation,” Fedde stated after the beginning.

About that rotation…

So, Do We Have To Take That Latest 6-Man Rotation Speak Significantly?:

We dismissed latest speak of a possible six-man rotation in D.C. on our FBB Slack channel when it got here up just a few weeks again, however with the prospect of Stephen Strasburg’s return, there’s more speak of the likelihood, and Davey Martinez advised on Sunday that it’s an possibility that’s being thought of.

“We’re occupied with it,” the skipper stated. “We talked about it earlier with Joe [Ross] and Stras not pitching in any respect final yr, limiting their innings, particularly early this yr.

“Fedde throws the ball effectively, that’s one thing that we’ll have to speak about.”

Other than managing Ross and Strasburg’s innings/workload, what are the opposite advantages or drawbacks of a six-man rotation within the supervisor’s thoughts?

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“We’ve to check out the schedule, most significantly,” Martinez stated.

“I do know we bought one other day coming off, the twenty fourth, after which after that we play for a stretch after which we’ll have a Monday and a Thursday off once more, so we’ll check out all these items. I need to preserve [Max] Scherzer, so long as he’s feeling effectively, preserve him on his common schedule, however guys, possibly [Patrick] Corbin may use one other day, possibly Jon Lester may use a day, so we’ll preserve that in thoughts after which we’ll go from there.

“My two two largest considerations, like I stated, Joe, who didn’t pitch all yr final yr, and Stras, who hasn’t pitched all yr, and is coming off an harm, to ensure that we handle these guys as effectively.”

He additionally needs to be aware of the potential results of as soon as once more transferring Fedde forwards and backwards between the bullpen and rotation.

“I don’t need Fedde to get damage by transferring him forwards and backwards,” Martinez defined.

“We’ll have to sit down down and make a extremely good choice. Fedde has achieved nice as a starter, I actually consider that he can assist us within the bullpen, whether or not it’s a one or two inning stint, so we simply have to check out all these items when it comes up.

“For proper now, like I stated, Fedde will get the beginning in opposition to the Diamondbacks right now, and hopefully we go 1-0 with him on the mound.”

Narrator: They did.

Streak At Some Level?:

The longest win streak the Nationals put collectively in 2020’s 60-game marketing campaign was a four-game streak in late-ish September.

To date in 2021, that’s the longest streak they’ve been capable of put collectively, with one in opposition to the Blue Jays and three straight over the Marlins because the calendar turned from April to Could.

So what’s it going to take for the group to start out piling up wins, and placing collectively the sort of streaks they should get out of the basement within the NL East?

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Martinez, in fact, stayed on model all “1-0 each day’ when he was requested in regards to the membership’s lack of sustained win streaks earlier than Sunday’s recreation.

“For me proper now, we bought an opportunity to win the collection right now,” he stated. “I imply, let’s exit and attempt to win the collection right now and transfer on and get to Chicago.”

But when they’ll put collectively a sustained stretch of wins? How do they do it?

“Simply play constantly good baseball,” he stated. Our pitching has been fairly good up till yesterday. We’re hitting the ball, taking part in good protection, now it’s simply placing a few key hits right now with guys on base like we did the opposite night time and persevering with to do this each day.

“I nonetheless — on a optimistic observe — I nonetheless like what guys are doing, how guys are taking their method, we have to put that collectively each single day.

“Sadly, we play each day, so we’ve bought to be able to play each day.”

[ed. note “You’re on your own trying to parse that last sentence.”]

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