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DJ Herz dazzled in Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Marlins, allowing just one hit and zero runs while striking out 13 across six innings.

Fantasy Impact: This performance was a masterclass in pitching efficiency and control, as Herz did not issue a single walk and kept Miami hitters off balance all game. With this outing, Herz's season ERA dipped to 3.77, and his WHIP improved to 1.19, signaling a potential breakout trend. His strikeout rate remains elite at 13.2 K/9, bolstered by today's double-digit strikeout game. Fantasy managers should take note of Herz's rising stock, especially in leagues that reward strikeouts heavily. His ability to maintain a high strikeout-to-walk ratio and a solid FIP suggests sustained success could be on the horizon, making him a valuable asset in most fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Joey Meneses went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in the Nationals' 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: His two-run shot contributed significantly to the team's victory, marking his third homer of the season. Despite a modest .244 batting average over 59 games, Meneses's ability to drive in runs (36 RBI) remains a key asset for fantasy managers. His power numbers are not eye-popping, but his knack for timely hitting can offer sporadic boosts in RBI-focused formats. However, his relatively high strikeout rate and low walk rate limit his upside in leagues that penalize for strikeouts or reward for on-base percentage.

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Lane Thomas went 2-for-4 in the Nationals' 4-0 win over the Marlins, contributing a home run, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: This performance could be a sign of Thomas finding his rhythm at the plate after a somewhat tepid start to the season, marked by a .238 batting average and a modest slugging contribution. His ability to add power with his sixth homer and drive in runs is crucial for fantasy managers looking for outfield production. While his strikeout rate remains a concern, his speed on the bases with 16 stolen bases offers a valuable dimension to his fantasy value. Thomas's performance in this game might hint at more consistent production moving forward, making him a player to watch or possibly pick up if available in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Jesse Winker will undergo an MRI on his right knee Saturday. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Winker was removed from the game in the third inning after sliding back into second base. The Nationals will likely provide more information on the severity of the injury on Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

Cade Cavalli threw a two-inning simulated game on Saturday. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cavalli reportedly came out of the sim game very encouraged with how he felt and how he threw. He will likely head on a rehab assignment soon before being activated from the injured list.

Category: Injury Updates

Jacob Young went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Nationals' 8-1 victory over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: While Young didn't contribute any RBIs or extra-base hits, his ability to get on base and score runs was pivotal in the lopsided win. His performance this season has been fairly steady, maintaining a .263 batting average with a solid .338 BABIP, indicating a decent level of success on balls he puts in play. However, his lack of power and moderate strikeout rate could limit his upside in fantasy formats that heavily reward extra-base hits and home runs. Young's speed is a bright spot, with 17 stolen bases, making him a valuable asset in categories that reward stolen bases.

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CJ Abrams went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Nationals' 8-1 rout of the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Delivering a solid performance, Abrams contributed significantly to the team's offensive explosion, driving in runs and crossing the plate once himself. This game marks a positive uptick for Abrams, who's been struggling to maintain a consistent batting average this season. His multi-hit game could be a sign of turning things around, especially considering his ability to put the ball in play with reduced strikeouts. Fantasy managers should keep an eye on Abrams, as his blend of speed and emerging power could provide valuable versatility if he continues on this upward trajectory.

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MacKenzie Gore turned in a masterful performance on Friday, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out 10 over seven innings in the Nationals' 8-1 victory over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: This outing was a textbook display of Gore's capabilities when he's on his game, mixing pitches effectively and dominating a lineup that struggled to gain any momentum against him. With this win, Gore improves to 6-5 on the season, and his ERA dips to an impressive 3.24. His season-long metrics, including a high K/9 and solid FIP, suggest that despite a slightly elevated WHIP and BABIP, he remains a strong fantasy option due to his ability to rack up strikeouts and limit runs. Fantasy managers should continue to view Gore as a valuable asset in their rotations, especially given his high strikeout upside.

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Joey Gallo’s MRI revealed a significant hamstring strain, per manager Davey Martinez. (Source: Bobby Blanco on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Martinez added that he will be out for a while. Joey Meneses will continue to see increased playing time at first base.

Category: Injury Updates

Patrick Corbin delivered a decent outing, allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out four over 5.1 innings in Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his solid performance, the Nationals' bullpen couldn't hold the line, letting the game slip away. Corbin's season has been a struggle, marked by a bloated 5.84 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP over 14 starts. His low strikeout rate of 5.6 K/9 continues to limit his fantasy upside, and with a high BABIP of .337, it's clear he's been battling both control issues and some bad luck. Fantasy managers should view him as a risky play, primarily in deeper leagues or as a streaming option against less formidable offenses.

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Ildemaro Vargas is in the starting lineup for the Nationals Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Vargas will draw the start at third base and bat seventh against the Tigers. He is hitting .277, with 11 RBI, and five steals this season.

Nick Senzel is out of the starting lineup for the Nationals Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Senzel will get a rare day off after appearing in six straight games. Ildemaro Vargas will get the start at third base against the Tigers.

Drew Millas is in the starting lineup for the Nationals Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Millas will start behind the plate and bat eighth against the Tigers. He is hitting just .077 this season.

Keibert Ruiz is out of the starting lineup for the Nationals Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz will get the day off after playing in the night game Wednesday. Drew Millas will start behind the plate against the Tigers.

Luis Garcia went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base in the Nationals' 7-5 win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: This performance subtly boosts Garcia's season batting average and adds a bit to his stolen base tally, now standing at nine. While his power numbers aren't eye-popping, his ability to contribute across multiple categories can provide some depth in fantasy lineups, especially in leagues that value middle infielders who can steal bases. Garcia's consistent contact ability, evidenced by a reasonable strikeout rate and a BABIP of .309, suggests he could maintain or slightly improve his batting average as the season progresses.

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The Nationals are expected to recall Trey Lipscomb from Triple-A Rochester. (Source: Andrew Golden on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lipscomb will likely take the roster spot of Joey Gallo, who is expected to go on the 10-day IL with a strained hamstring. The 23-year-old has hit .252, with one home run, nine RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 33 games with the Nationals this season.

Category: Transactions

Mitchell Parker allowed no earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one over 4 2/3 innings in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Despite a shaky command that led to three walks, Parker managed to keep the Tigers scoreless during his time on the mound. His ability to avoid damage, despite the traffic on the bases, helped maintain his solid ERA of 3.21 and WHIP of 1.09 for the season. However, his low strikeout total continues a concerning trend for fantasy managers, as his K/9 remains modest at 6.7. Moving forward, Parker's fantasy value hinges on his ability to maintain control and limit scoring, but his lack of strikeouts could limit his upside.

Category: Game Recaps

Josiah Gray (elbow) is expected to make his next rehab start Friday with Double-A Harrisburg. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gray completed three innings in his first rehab start with Single-A Fredericksburg. He is still expected to make up to five rehab starts, per manager Dave Martinez.

Category: Injury Updates

Kyle Finnegan earns save Sunday

Mon, Jun 10th 2:22am EDT
By Ari Koslow

Kyle Finnegan pitched a clean inning to earn the save on Sunday against the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Finnegan needed just 11 pitches to earn his 18th save on the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the Nationals' 7-3 win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: While Rosario's season has been underwhelming with a .188 batting average and a low .263 wOBA, his performance in this game could be a sign of turning things around. His ability to drive in runs, evidenced by his three RBI, remains an asset in formats that value RBI production. However, his overall fantasy value is still limited by his high strikeout rate and low batting average. Fantasy managers should view Rosario as a situational play rather than a regular starter until he shows more consistent production.

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