Strasburg and Nats Continue Slide


The Washington Nationals won the National League East in 2012 and they are the favorite by many to win the National League Pennant this year and get to the World Series. Its too early for Nats fans to panic, but the Nationals wake up today 10-11 record. In addition, Stephen Strasburg fell to 1-4 after he took his fourth loss on Wednesday. Strasburg  allowed  three runs in seven innings against the Cardinals. Just like the other Nationals pitchers, Strasburg has to be nearly perfect given the lack of Washington's offense. Strasburg threw 110 pitches over seven innings, giving up no other runs and a total of five hits, along with seven strikeouts. 

 MLB News & Notes

  • Jose Valverde picked up his first save of the year in the Tigers' 7-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday. Valverde was unable to find a closing job this offseason, so he signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on April 4th. He made his first appearance with the club on Wednesday night and he pitched a perfect ninth inning.
  • Jordany Valdespin hit a walk-off grand slam to help the Mets defeat the Dodgers 7-3 on Wednesday. Valdespin is hitting .286 with three steals this season and is a player fantasy owners need to keep an eye on in NL-Only leagues and deep mixed leagues.
  • Matt Kemp belted his first home run of the season on Wednesday night against the Mets. However, the Dodgers lost to the Mets. Kemp drove in all three of the Dodgers' runs in the first inning and a two-run shot in the sixth. After starting the season 1-for-18, Kemp is hitting .310.
  • Matt Harvey allowed three runs in six innings. He took a no-decision as the Mets defeated the Dodgers in 10 innings on Wednesday. After four straight victories to start the season, Harvey takes his first no-decision.
  • Jonny Venters (elbow) will resume light throwing next Tuesday. Venters will be shut down for the next four weeks after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured left elbow.
  • John Axford may return as the Brewers closer despite the fact that Jim Henderson is doing a good job. When asked about that possibility, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke replied, "probably not much." It will be interesting to see if Roenicke makes a change with Henderson doing a solid job as the Brewers closer.
  • Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases as the Pirates defeated the Phillies on Wednesday. Marte has started the season in impressive fashion as he has batted .329 with nine RBI.
  • Craig Kimbrel suffered his first blown save of the season Wednesday against the Rockies after allowing two runs on three hits and walking one. Kimbrel had not surrendered an earned run this season before Wednesday's appearance, so there's nothing to be concerned about with him.
  • Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases in the Indians' loss to the White Sox on Wednesday. Kipnis appears to be turning things around offensively after struggling to start the season and missing time with an elbow injury that he suffered in spring training.
  • Alex Rios went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over Cleveland. Fantasy owners should expect Rios to continue to have a solid season.