Nothing has gone the Nationals way this season as last night’s game in Queens proved evident of that. After receiving a quality start from Erick Fedde who pitched five innings and only allowed a run the Nationals blew three leads due to poor pitching from the bullpen.
The Nationals blew a 3-1 lead and a 5-4 lead and eventually lost on a walk off infield single given up by Kyle Barraclough. Wander Suero who has pitched multiple innings twice in the past three games gave up the lead in the seventh while Tanner Rainey who joined the bullpen earlier this week gave up the lead in the eighth.
“I liked Rainey a lot in that situation,” Manager Davey Martinez told reporters after the game. “He’s throwing the ball really well.”
The Nationals still haven’t been able to finish games and sit with the fourth worst record in baseball.
“It’s frustrating. It really is,” Martinez said. “The guys are battling, but we’ve got to start finishing games.”
Martinez thought about using closer Sean Doolittle in the eighth against Pete Alonso who hit a game tying homer against Rainey. Martinez also thought about using Doolittle in the ninth but wanted to save him if a save situation were to occur.
Many across baseball thought the Nats were going to get better and climb up the standings by Memorial Day after activating Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and Trea Turner off the Injured List recently.
The Nationals, who started out with a $200 million play roll before the season haven’t put it together as they sit fourth in the NL East standings. Even the Marlins have put together a longer winning streak than the Nationals.
As MLB.com’s Nationals’ reporter Bill Ladson summed the season up perfectly with a tweet last night saying “The Nats bullpen… It’s the worst in their history. It tops 2009. No doubt in my mind.”