Watching them work for the last place among the citizens in 8-3 win over Dodgers, the questions were obvious, although the answers were not. At least for now.
Which team won the deal? Or was it laundry?
It looked like a steal to the Dodgers at the time. But they didn’t qualify for the World Series, and Scherzer didn’t sign a new contract. Turner, a free agent after this season, is playing at MVP level, but don’t the Dodgers need to win the World Series for the trade to be worth giving up perhaps two of their best prospects?
Grey, the electric starter, bats more than a batter per inning and concedes less than one hit per inning. Ruiz, a catcher with changeovers, defends well and makes quick contact on both sides of the plate. Both are under the team’s control until 2028, which is the cornerstone of the Nationals’ recovery plan.
However, they have a significant drawback: Gray is giving up too many home runs. Ruiz doesn’t hit enough of them.
Gray hit a staggering 42 home runs in 167-2/3 career innings. Mookie Betts greeted him with a 404-foot shot to center field on Tuesday in the first inning — the 14th of 18 starts this season, Gray turned down a home run — and Cody Bellinger hit a blistering run to the right on the first pitch of the fifth. inning.
Betts staved off a goal scoring threat in the fifth round when he bowled Victor Robles on a two-out Josh Bell single, but the defense hurt the Dodgers in the eighth.
The half began with second baseman Gavin Lux making a throwing error and Luis Garcia hitting pitcher Garrett Cleavinger at 0 and 2 with two strikeouts to give Washington a 4–3 lead.
“I left it a little,” Clivinger said. “Hung it in a bad place.” Referring to Lux’s mistake, Clivinger said, “It happens to everyone. We are all human. The next 100 times he’ll play like that.”
Cleavinger was called up from the A’s before the game to give what manager Dave Roberts called “a fresh hand”. Roberts stayed with him in the ninth because he wanted to give a few other pitchers the day off and the Nationals had earned four insurances.
Ruiz, who is batting .249, rode one of those runs with a single. However, he only has three home runs in 310 games. He doesn’t hit much, but he makes weak contact too often on fields outside the strike zone.
Despite their longball shortcomings, Roberts holds both Ruiz and Gray in high regard.
On Grey: “I really like Josiah. What stands out is the fastball; this is a unique fastball. This is a low arm lock, there is a rise and there is a slider. He was very good against right-handed hitters and it was harder for him to play against left-handed hitters.”
On Ruiz: “Cabert will be a really good player for a long time to come. The main thing for him is to take on the duties of catching and get to know the pitchers. He never had much strength, but he has elite batting skills on both sides of the plate.”
The Dodgers and Nationals may have another mega-deal ahead of this year’s August tournament. 2 trading term. The Washingtons are considering offers for superstar Juan Soto, and the Dodgers have enticing young players to close the deal.
If that happens, the Dodgers must win another World Series or three before Soto can become a free agent after the 2024 season. And citizens must successfully rebuild around multiple perspectives.
Anything less from either team, and the winner and the loser should be easy to spot.
Dodgers change their minds about Taylor
Roberts made it clear a few weeks ago that Chris Taylor would only be out in the field for the remainder of the season due to concerns over his right elbow, which was surgically repaired in the offseason.
Taylor then went on the injured list on July 5 with a broken leg and is now set to head to minor league rehab.
Will he only play outfield, or will he mix up at some second base? Have the Dodgers changed their stance?
“We have in the sense that a lot of it was caused by the elbow and gave it time to heal,” Roberts said. “We just feel like he can handle different hand angles in the infield and outfield, so having him take on ground players in the infield gives us more options.
“I just don’t think there are many downsides to Chris’ re-introduction to second base.”
And if the Dodgers acquire Juan Soto at the trade deadline, Taylor will have no place in the outfield. Recalling the possibility, Roberts laughed and said, “That’s right, that’s right.”
Heaney to give him another chance
Left-hander Andrew Heaney will make his fourth start of the season and first since June 19 when he hits the mound against the Nationals on Wednesday.
Heaney made two very effective starts early in the season before missing two months with left shoulder pain. His comeback only lasted one start when he again dominated but again injured his shoulder.
In 15-1/3 innings over three starts, he gave up one try, hitting 23. His ERA is .59.
Roberts said Heaney will be limited to about 75 assists on Wednesday. Heaney played only two games against the Nationals in his nine-year career, losing four tries in seven innings.