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A Washington Nationals podcast offering recap and analysis after every game, plus all the breaking news throughout the year. Hosted by Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com & Al Galdi, host of "The Al Galdi Podcast". For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tim Shovers at natschatpodcast@gmail.com.

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A Washington Nationals podcast offering recap and analysis after every game, plus all the breaking news throughout the year. Hosted by Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com & Al Galdi, host of "The Al Galdi Podcast". For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tim Shovers at natschatpodcast@gmail.com.

    Game 45: Fedde & 'Pen Shutout NL Leading L.A.

    Game 45: Fedde & 'Pen Shutout NL Leading L.A.

    The Nats blanked the Dodgers 1-0 on Wednesday to avoid the sweep. Mark & Al have a low scoring victory to discuss as Erick Fedde's is starting to turn a few heads with his 3.55 ERA. We are ver a month away, but are those All Star whispers you hear? Tanner Rainey hung on in the 9th for only his 2nd Save of the year. Could Rainey be traded this July?
    (17:42) The Nationals had more instances of poor base running despite the win. Juan Soto himself was tagged out trying to steal, but more importantly his average his shockingly down to .236. What's up with Soto?
    (30:02) Joe Ross will have a MRI exam one day after making his first minor league rehab start in Harrisburg. Is this news as bad as it initially reads? The hosts also discuss how Stephen Strasburg felt the day after he took the mound too.
    (38:04) Eric Bach from the Fred Nats gives an update on the latest with the low-A team as Strasburg rehabbed there this week.
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    • 42 min
    Game 44: Gray Gives up 3 HRs to his Old Squad

    Game 44: Gray Gives up 3 HRs to his Old Squad

    The Nats lost 9-4 to the Dodgers despite out-hitting their opponents. Al recaps the sixth consecutive LA victory in Navy Yard as Josiah Gray only lasted three innings and his ERA has ballooned to 5.34. What's up with the continued trend of him giving up so many homers?
    (10:41) The Nationals only scored four runs off of ten hits and Al puts into perspective the state of the offense compared to this visiting team. Nelson Cruz had his first three hit game since coming to Washington as his average is now to .219, much higher than his .155 when April concluded.
    (20:04) It was a busy Tuesday night for the organization as both Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross made minor league rehab starts. Al runs through Strasburg's night in Fredericksburg and Ross' appearance with AA Harrisburg. The concluding segment is an update on the latest report regarding the contractual futures of Mike Rizzo and Davey Martinez.
    (31:01) Matt Noble from the Maryland Baseball Network gives us an update on the Big The Champion Maryland Terrapins as the Conference Tournament is this week.
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    • 35 min
    Game 43: Trea Turner & the Dodgers Dominate in D.C.

    Game 43: Trea Turner & the Dodgers Dominate in D.C.

    The Nats opened the home-stand with a 10-1 loss at the hands of the Dodgers. Mark & Al discuss how Washington was drubbed top to bottom by LA as the offense couldn't do much of anything against Tyler Anderson, who had a Perfect Game bid game going into the 6th inning.
    (08:33) A lot of negatives in this section. Juan Soto had misadventures in the outfield, Joan Adon didn't last five frames, and Austin Voth's ERA is sitting above 9.00. Is it time to DFA Voth?
    (26:07) Trea Turner spoke to reporters prior to his first game back in Navy Yard since last summer's trade. This leads to a conversation about hindsight on the decision to trade him away and put the rebuild in full effect. Turner went 1 for 4 with 3 RBIs on Monday night. What will Free Agency look like for the All Star Shortstop?
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    • 42 min
    Game 42: Shuffled Lineup Leads to Easy Win

    Game 42: Shuffled Lineup Leads to Easy Win

    The Nats took care of the Brewers 8-2 as Davey Martinez featured a new look lineup card. Al & Mark (Live from Milwaukee) recap Sunday's victory that saw Juan Soto moved down to 3rd in the order and with Keibert Ruiz now occupying the 2nd spot. The result..... eight consecutive hits in a six run 4th inning.
    (18:04) Nelson Cruz exited early after suffering a sprained ankle while sliding into 2nd base and was replaced by Riley Adams as DH. What will the roster move be to replace him? Josh Bell's average has fallen below .300 (.291) as he is 0 for his last 19. Is that why Bell dropped to fifth in the order instead of clean-up?
    (25:55) Mark handicaps the situation at SS as Dee Strange-Gordon has seen elevated playing time at the expense of Alcides Escobar. Finally, yet another update on Stephen Strasburg & Joe Ross as they will make minor league rehab starts on Tuesday.
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    • 41 min
    Game 41: Soto Struggles Continue in Defeat

    Game 41: Soto Struggles Continue in Defeat

    The Nats lost 5-1 in Milwaukee as Juan Soto's hit-less evening dropped his average to .245 on the season. Mark (Live from American Family Field) and Al dive into the curious postgame comments from Juan Soto on his struggles so far this season.
    (11:14) Lane Thomas has had a good weekend as he homered, one day after almost hitting an Inside the Park HR. The hosts take a chance to evaluate his play so far in 2022.
    (14:43) Patrick Corbin gave up 5 runs in 5 frames as Washington still has not won any game that he has started this year. This is a few starts after his manager declared him "Back". Keibert Ruiz was the catcher for this game, which is a deviation from Riley Adams catching the left-hander recently.
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    • 27 min
    Game 40: Nats Turn a Triple Play but Get Shutout

    Game 40: Nats Turn a Triple Play but Get Shutout

    The Nats were blanked 7-0 in the series opener in Milwaukee. Mark (Live from Wisconsin) & Al recap the very unusual 7th inning as the top of the frame saw an almost Inside the Park HR, and the bottom featured a Triple Play. Should Lane Thomas have been rewarded home plate or did the umps get it right?
    (13:13) The game unraveled in the 8th as the Brewers scored five runs off of Austin Voth. Why not use Tanner Rainey in that spot when it's a close game?
    (22:07) The offense had another bad game as they were shutout by Milwaukee. The 5th inning was a real head scratcher as all three Nationals hitters laid down bunts. How did that occur?
    (33:48) Carter Kieboom's season is over as he will have "Tommy John" Surgery on his throwing elbow and is expected to be back by Spring Training 2023. This leads to a discussion about the recent Washington 1st Round picks that have not met expectations.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
397 Ratings

397 Ratings

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2022 is a tough year for the Nats

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Mark, Al, and occasionally Tim provide the most in-depth and thought out analysis on the Nationals. You can tell the quality of the podcast matters tremendously to them as well.

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I appreciate this show always posting after each game. Even more so when the team records the show at 3:00am!
The show provides a balance of a Nats fan’s passion and an organizational perspective on a day to day, game to game basis.

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