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Here are the latest headlines and analyses around the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for today, October 2.
Good Morning Washington Nationals Fan,
Here are the latest headlines and analyses around the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for today, October 2, 2023. I am Haden Raymer, let’s dive into the news.
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Leading today’s Morning Briefing: Nationals win series against the Atlanta Braves
Over the last week, I have talked ad nauseam about how the Nationals were chasing their 70th win on the season, and that going up against the Braves would make it an uphill battle. Friday night, the Nationals ended the conversation, putting up 10 runs against the MLB-best Atlanta Braves. With five home runs, the Nationals dominated the second half of the game. Carter Kieboom, Jake Alu, Keibert Ruiz, Dominic Smith, and Lane Thomas all hit one out of the park. This was only the third time in the last two years the Nationals hit five home runs in a game, according to Stathead. A good offensive showing is just what the Nationals needed heading into the offseason.
They slowed down a bit in game two, losing 5-3. CJ Abrams, Keibert Ruiz, and Jacob Young all got two hits. Joan Adon and Jordan Weems allowed all the runs, but Joe La Sorsa, Andres Machado, Cory Abbott, and Tanner Rainey all had scoreless outings. This was Rainey’s first MLB appearance since his Tommy John surgery last season.
On Sunday, the Nationals had a back-and-forth game that ended with a 10-9 victory. Keibert Ruiz continued to swing the bat well, going 3-5 with a double. The story of the afternoon was of course CJ Abrams, who got stolen base 46 and 47 to set a team record. Considering he only had nine heading into July, I would be shocked if that record was not set again next season. Jacob Young got his season total to 13 stolen bases in just 33 games. And with that, the season was over. 71 wins, a 16-game improvement over last season. Another 16-game improvement would put them at 87 wins, and there are some clear areas of need, so it should be doable.
Here are your final standings.
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