If this isn't rock bottom for the new and improved Washington Nationals, it has to be close. Washington got pounded 8-0 on Monday in a game started by Zach Duke, thanks to the shockingly effective Ross Detwiler missing his start thanks to an oblique injury. Washington is now just a game above .500, 3.5 games out in the NL East, and they also have a -25 run differential, which is worse than more than half of the teams in the National League. The Nationals' schedule won't be getting any easier either, as after they leave San Francisco on Wednesday, they face the Phillies for three (who always play the Nationals tough), the Orioles for four, and the Braves for three in Atlanta. The Braves really have a chance to put some distance between the two teams over the next two weeks.
PIC OF THE DAY
Coco Crisp welcomes Jurickson Profar to the majors...hopefully for good, this time. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Day: Indians 10, Mariners 8 (ten innings). It doesn't get much better than this, unless you're a self-loathing Mariners fan. Trailing 6-5 going into the eighth inning, Kyle Seager tied the game at six with a solo homer off of Vinnie Pestano. In the ninth, Seattle took a 7-6 lead when Endy Chavez (yes, THAT Endy Chavez) hit a solo homer of his own off of Chris Perez. Cleveland proceeded to tie the game in the ninth when Tom Wilhelmsen mishandled a throw from Justin Smoak on what would have been the final out of the game. In the tenth, Seattle once again jumped out to a lead after Smoak homered. But in the bottom of the inning, Michael Brantley singled, Drew Stubbs attempted to bunt him over and reached safely on a Smoak error, and Yan Gomes hit a walkoff, three-run homer to left to end the game, and break the Mariners' hearts once again. But it's OK Mariners fans, Root Sports proclaimed you the winners.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Pat Corbin has arrived, dominating the Rockies in a 5-1 Diamondbacks win. Corbin allowed one run on three hits over nine innings, walking one and striking out ten in the 97 pitch victory. Clayton Kershaw continued his run as the best pitcher in baseball, leading the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Brewers while allowing one run on three hits over nine innings, striking out five with one walk. Julio Teheran lost his shutout in the ninth, but still powered the Braves to a 5-1 win over the Twins, giving up one run on five hits in 8 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out four. RA Dickey put his foot down in Toronto's 7-5 win over Tampa Bay, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in eight innings, walking four and striking out five. Finally, Ryan Vogelsong allowed three hits in five shutouf frames in the Giants' 8-0 win over the Nationals, walking one and striking out two, but broke his hand in the process and will miss six weeks.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Yan Gomes led the Indians to that big win over the Mariners, finishing with a 3/5 line with two homers and four RBI. Brandon Belt continued to heat up for the Giants, going 4/5 with four runs and a homer in their win over Washington. Seth Smith helped the A's to a 9-2 win over the Rangers, going 2/4 with three runs, two RBI, two walks, and a homer. Andre Ethier showed up in the Dodgers' win over the Brewers, going 2/4 with two RBI, a triple, and a homer. Lastly, former Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez helped the Astros to a 6-5 win over the Royals, going 2/4 with a three-run homer.
Other Games: The Reds edged the Mets 4-3 in Johnny Cueto's return to the club. The Yankees beat the Orioles 6-4 in ten innings as Jim Johnson blew his third straight save. The Marlins smacked the Phillies 5-1. The White Sox beat the Red Sox 6-4, and Jon Lester lost his first game of the year. The Padres beat the Cardinals and Shelby Miller 4-2.
What You Missed: Aroldis Chapman blew a save on Sunday because he gorged himself on Cuban pastries. The Braves bullpen is in a state of flux right now. Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has set a precedent for the future.
Today's Games: Matt Garza makes his season debut for the Cubs against Wandy Rodriguez in Pittsburgh. Max Scherzer gets the nod for the Tigers in Cleveland. Alex Cobb starts for the Rays against the Blue Jays. Yu Darvish will get the nod for the Rangers against the A's. Jose Fernandez starts for the Marlins against the Phillies. Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers in his old stomping grounds of Milwaukee. Jhoulys Chacin starts for the Rockies against the Diamondbacks. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cardinals against the Padres. Stephen Strasburg takes on Matt Cain in San Francisco.
National TV: Yankees-Orioles (7 PM, MLB Network), Rays-Blue Jays (7 PM, MLB Network)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.