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No Relief in Sight

June 30, 2019

Those wacky Nats relievers are at it again. Facing a Tigers team that was on an eight-game losing streakĀ and had only won three games at home all season, the Nationals led 5-3 in the seventh inning, when Manager Dave “Will You Miss Me Next Year?” Martinez called in Tanner Rainey.

Well, we’ve all seen this movie before, right? Rainey proceeded to walk the first two batters he faced – part of the top of the Tigers order which has scored the fewest runs in the league this year. But, hey, let’s not let that stop us.

Final score: 7-5, Tigers win.

I’m not sure which wrap up best summarizes this game, though. Was it the Washington Post, leaning heavily into the difficulties of relying on our relief pitchers, or the Washington Times, who went more with the “Tigers are pretty awful” approach.

I guess yesterday, both amounted to the same thing.

The Nationals have dropped back to 500, at 41-41. Remarkably, they are only 2.5 games out of the wild card spot, and since this is a major league baseball season, there are still 700 games to go.