Washington Nationals

NL East

Gio Gonzalez dropped to 6-4 after pitching just four innings Wednesday in the Nationals 3-0 loss to the Orioles. He pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Fantasy Impact: A three hour rain delay after the fourth inning ended Gonzalez's night prematurely. He surrendered a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo in the second, but otherwise kept the Orioles off the board. He should last longer in his next start, as he pitches underneath a dome in Tampa Bay next Monday.

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Michael Taylor came in as a pinch-hitter Tuesday and scored a run and had an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Taylor is a base stealing machine when he gets on the bags. While he didn't have any stolen bases in Tuesday's game, he still made a contribution with the run and RBI. It will be interesting to see how the Nationals continue to use him.

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Spencer Kieboom went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's win over the Orioles with a run scored and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Kieboom has been the better offensive option than Pedro Severino for the Nationals. The Nationals went and helped their bullpen out with the acquisition of Kelvin Herrera. It might be time they looked to help the team as a whole by finding a well-rounded catcher.

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Juan Soto went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's win over the Orioles with a run scored and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: Soto's patience at the plate has been phenomenal since being called up. He has hit safely or walked in all but one game in June. Soto has proven he has a ton of power but he will also take his walks when they come to him. If you don't have Soto on your roster, you may want to look at formulating a trade offer for him.

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Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's win over the Orioles with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Eaton has hit safely in every game but one since his return from the DL. Hopefully he can stay healthy for the remainder of the season as his bat has certainly helped the Nationals tremendously.

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Matt Adams was placed on the 10 day DL with a fractured left index finger. The injury occurred Friday when Adams was attempting to bunt. (Source: Chelsea Janes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There isn't currently a timetable for Adams return. It's certainly a blow for the Nationals as Ryan Zimmerman is said to not be close to a return either.

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Brandon Kintzler began throwing on flat ground Tuesday. He's been on the DL with a flexor strain since June 10th. (Source: Jorge Castillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals are hopeful that Kintzler will return to the bullpen in early July. It's suspected that the Nationals grabbed Kelvin Herrera now rather than later due to the rash of issues their bullpen has had recently.

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Trea Turner went 4-for-4 with home run, a double & two runs scored in the Nationals' win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Turner's masterful outing was a well needed one, as he was batting just .200 in his first 14 games this month. Turner's outing was good enough to bump his slash line up to a solid .267/.349.407 on the season.

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Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's 9-7 win over the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: It's been a weird year. Harper has 19 homers and 44 RBI this year, which is great, but he's batting just .213 with a .822 OPS. The impending free agent is walking plenty with a .351 OBP, but he isn't getting many hits. His BABIP suggests positive regression is coming, but fantasy owners are understandably getting impatient. He needs to go on one of his famous hot streaks soon.

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Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless eighth inning in the Nationals' 9-7 win over the Orioles Tuesday. He picked up his first hold of the season.

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Herrera will serve as a setup man for Sean Doolittle. He'll be a fine source of holds in leagues that use holds as a category, but Herrera is no longer going to be getting saves with his new club.

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Sean Doolittle got his 19th save on Tuesday, allowing a solo home run in the ninth inning but preserving the lead as the Nationals beat the Orioles 9-7.

Fantasy Impact: Doolittle surrendered a solo home run to Joey Rickard, the first time he's allowed a run since May 19th and the first time he's allowed a home run since April 15th. Doolittle was reaffirmed as the Nationals' closer despite the trade for Kelvin Herrera by manager Dave Martinez, and this outing won't affect his role.

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Jefry Rodriguez made his first career start on Tuesday, pitching five innings and allowing five earned runs on four hits while walking three and striking out six. He took a no decision as the Nationals beat the Orioles 9-7.

Fantasy Impact: Six strikeouts in five innings is certainly encouraging, but he also allowed two home runs in this start. It was ultimately a lackluster performance against a weak team, as the Orioles have a .290 wOBA against right-handed pitching, the third worst mark in the majors. If Rodriguez starts again it would come on Sunday at home against the Phillies.

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Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) has not resumed throwing yet. (Source: Chelsea Janes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg hasn't pitched since June 8th due to shoulder inflammation and is only working on building strength right now. There is no timetable for his return, but since he's not throwing it could be several weeks before we see Strasburg again.

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Pedro Severino went 0-for-4 against the Yankees on Monday night. Two of those at-bats were strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Severino hasn't provided any offensive help to the Nationals when he's been in the lineup. Hopefully the Nationals are looking for catching help as the trade deadline approaches.

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Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs in the Nationals' loss to the Yankees on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Rendon had his second consecutive two-hit outing on Monday, giving him seven hits in his last four games. Rendon also scored both of the Nationals' runs, his best since scoring four against the Rays on June 6th.

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Erick Fedde dropped to 0-2 as the Nationals lost to the Yankees 4-2 on Monday. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Fedde continues to underwhelm in his starts this season. He now owns a 5.63 ERA, 4.65 FIP, and 7.31 K/9 through three starts. We can cut him a little slack since two of his three starts have come against the Yankees, but Fedde has a long way to go before entering mixed-league consideration. If Fedde starts again it would come Saturday at home against the Phillies.

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Wilmer Difo went 2-for-4 with two singles, a run, an RBI and a stolen base in the Nationals' loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Difo had his first multi-hit game of the month against the Blue Jays, his first since May 27th. Difo also batted in his fourth run of June, as well as scoring his sixth.

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Ryan Madson entered a tie game in the eighth and allowed two home runs and fell to 1-3 after the Nationals lost to the Blue Jays 8-6 on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Madson had only allowed one earned run all month prior to this start, but he served up back-to-back home runs, allowing the Blue Jays to take a late lead. Madson hasn't been quite as effective this season with a 4.56 ERA compared to his 1.83 ERA last season. The veteran still has a 3.12 FIP and these were the first two home runs he has surrendered all year, so he's still pitched relatively well despite a high ERA. Madson will most likely turn things around, but doesn't have much fantasy value outside of a holds league anyway.

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Tanner Roark only made it through four innings Sunday and took a no decision as the Blue Jays beat the Nationals 8-6. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Mr. Reliable was anything but today, as he failed to notch a quality start for just the third time this season and failed to make it through five innings for the first time. His ERA rose to 3.87 after this start and he's now allowed 11 home runs in 84.1 innings. Roark's 4.41 FIP and 1.22 HR/9 are both his highest since 2015. He'll try to right the ship next Friday against the Phillies in Washington.

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Max Scherzer dropped to 10-3 after the Nationals fell to the Blue Jays 2-0 on Saturday. He struck out ten batters over six innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer's only mistake was hanging a slider to Devon Travis, who crushed it for a two-run homer. He still pitched well and notched his 13th quality start, but his offense couldn't support him. Scherzer's next start will come Thursday against the Orioles in Washington.

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