RP - WSH
In Saturday's 6-2 win against the Diamondbacks, reliever Tanner Rainey pitched a scoreless 8th inning with one strikeout. Rainey earned his second hold of the season.
Tanner Rainey posted his best outing of the season and lowered his ERA to 8.31. In five appearances, Rainey allowed four earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched with three strikeouts and two walks. Over a full season, Rainey should provide strikeouts with the chance to chip in with saves if Brad Hand falters.
Tanner Rainey pitched one scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Monday but allowed two hits and one strikeout.
It appears that Tanner Rainey and Daniel Hudson will share setup duty roles. Rainey still holds a solid four-seamer around 94-95 mph with a filthy slider.
Reliever Tanner Rainey came in the 7th and allowed two hits, two earned runs, and one walk. Rainey gave up the only two runs of the game on a Pablo Sandoval home run. Since it was the second game of a doubleheader, the game ended at seven innings.
Tanner Rainey figured to be in the mix for saves with Brad Hand on the COVID-19 injured list. However, Rainey stunk in his 2021 debut. Hopefully, Rainey bounces back in his next outing with his electric fastball and slider combination.
Nationals RP Tanner Rainey (collarbone) threw 22 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday.
One of the best setup relievers in baseball, Rainey is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut over the weekend. Expect him to be ready for when the season begins. Rainey is a great target for leagues that use holds as a stat/category.
Tanner Rainey threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday and felt good, per Davey Martinez. Rainey had been shut down for a little while with a muscle strain near his collarbone.
Rainey went 1-1 last season in 20.1 innings, had a 2.66 ERA and a 0.738 WHIP. Rainey last pitched an inning on September 10th, 2020, so it is still unsure if he will be ready for opening day.