Jordan Zimmermann may have earned the distinction as the Nats pitcher who never gets any run support, but Edwin Jackson has had it worse of late.
Jackson has allowed a total of five earned runs over the course of his last three starts and the Nationals have lost each of those games. In each game the Nats mustered just one run and that run wasnt scored until at least the sixth inning in all three outings.
Jackson has one win on the season despite a 3.17 ERA and 1.026 WHIP through 65.1 innings this season. The Nationals have lost each of his last five starts despite Jackson allowing three runs or fewer in each of them. The only times Washington has won with Jackson pitching were when he threw a two-hit complete game on April 14 vs. the Reds and on May 2 when Ian Desmond hit a walk-off home run against Arizona.
Jackson this year is actually pitching his best on the road, he holds a 2.89 ERA through 37.1 innings in away games but is 0-and-2 in those starts. He has earned the losses in consecutive games, his two most recent appearances. On May 23 he allowed three earned runs at Philadelphia and on May 29 took the loss despite just one earned run at Miami.
It is still early in the year, the Nationals have played just 49 games, but through his first ten starts Jackson is putting together one of his strongest seasons. His 3.17 ERA would be the lowest of his career if he keeps it up. If he continues his pace the wins should start piling up at some point, but if not he may need to start hitting home runs like Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg.
Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez became the first former Nationals player (2005-present) to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. He was inducted in his first year of eligibility, marking the 52nd first-ballot hall of famer in history.
Rodriguez, who was the first free agent signed by current Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, played the final two seasons of his career with Washington in 2010-11. During his time in D.C. he hit .254 six homers and 68 RBI. Pudge's greatest contribution to the Nationals came from his leadership and work ethic. He guided Stephen Strasburg through his rookie season and also helped develop Wilson Ramos so he could pass the torch to him.
During his 21-year career, Pudge made 14 all-star teams, won 13 gold gloves, won seven silver slugger awards, led his league in caught-steeling percentage nine times, and was named American League MVP in 1999 with the Texas Rangers. He became a World Series champion in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. Pudge's 13 gold gloves are the most ever by a catcher, and his 2,844 career hits are the most ever by a player who appeared in 50 percent or more of their career games as a catcher.
In addition to Rodriguez, former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines was inducted to the Hall of Fame. Raines is the franchise leader (Expos/Nationals) in walks (793), runs (947), stolen bases (635) and triples (82). Raines was an all-star seven times and he won a silver slugger in 1986 with the Expos. He is the only player in MLB history with at least 100 triples, 150 homers and 600 RBI in a career, and the only player to steal at least 70 bases in six consecutive seasons.
Related: Bryce Harper wants Nationals to spend money on players, not team store
Bryce Harper isn't one to keep his opinions to himself. The Nationals slugger is outspoken about what he wants, whether that's to "Make Baseball Fun Again" or to make at least $400 million on his next contract.
On Wednesday, he gave his take on how the Nats should be investing their money this summer. Here's Harper responding to a tweet from ESPN's Jim Bowden.
Harper's message: Players over everything else. Sorry, gift shop.
It's plain to see where the 2015 NL MVP is going with this. Obviously, he wants as much talent around him as possible for a chance to win the World Series.
Matt Wieters, a four-time All-Star catcher, and Greg Holland, a two-time All-Star closer, could be significant additions to Washington's roster.
Harper is set to become a free agent in 2018, at which point an organization like the New York Yankees will be prepared to offer him both a massive salary and a massive investment in the players around him.
The slugger probably hopes his current team will try to surround him with winning pieces in an effort to keep him. But if a report about the Nationals' reaction to his contract demands proves accurate, they may have another agenda.
There's Harper drama around the Nationals? Just a regular Wednesday here in Washington.
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