By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
With falling morning tides, fish will be over grass beds or near shoreline cover like wood and pads.
Another week like last with moving lures the best choice. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cool nights and mornings will provide a chilly start around 70 with a chance of rain on Monday. Partly cloudy skies all week. Highs this week around 85 before warming into the weekend.
Another week of topwaters early into mid to late morning with cloud cover. Try poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash 80s or walkers like the Gunfish. Toss hollow frogs like Manns Super frog in white with clear water or black with some stain and Manns HardNose toads with a 70 Mustad swimbait hook on braid.
For moving lures as the tide falls, try chatterjigs, Manns Baby 1-Minus and Swimbaits like HardNose SwimShads on 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line with a 7 foot Quantum swimbait rod for single hook baits. For treble hooks use the KVD Quantum cranking rod.
If the suns out, cast weightless stick worms like Mizmos Quiver Stix rigged Texas style on a 30 Mustad Mega Bite hook. For wacky rigs, use either 20 Mustad weedless wacky rig hooks or a size 2 Mustad Octopus hook. Both available in RED and recommended! GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon tied to 20 pound braided line on spinning gear will help to skip this bait, allowing it to free fall. Watch line for movement or twitches!
Texas rigged Mizmo Tubes in green pumpkin patterns pitched to grass edges and deeper ends of shoreline cover or pads will work if the sun is out.
Soak all soft plastics in garlic Jacks Juice bait spray to get fish to hold on longer.
Catcher Wilson Ramos has returned to the Nationals after spending five days on MLB's bereavement list due to the death of his grandfather Jesus Campos. Catcher Pedro Severino was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Ramos.
Ramos, 28, returns to the Nats with a .316 average, two homers and eight RBI in 15 games this season. He has the second-best average on the team this season behind second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Ramos left the Nationals on April 26 after hearing of his grandfather's death. The Nationals' lineup struggled initially with Ramos out, but has since recovered to score 11 runs in their first two games at the St. Louis Cardinals. Ramos is not in the lineup Sunday as the Nats aim for a sweep.
Jose Lobaton has been filling in most for Ramos and on Monday Gio Gonzalez is set to pitch. Lobaton has caught Gonzalez exclusively so far this season.
Ramos caught Gonzalez 11 times last season out of 30 total starts. The combo produced a 4.52 ERA in 61 2/3 innings. Gonzalez held a 3.39 mark in 114 innings with Lobaton.
Gio has worked mostly with Lobaton since the catcher was acquired by the Nats before the 2014 season, but has been very good with both catchers in his career. He holds a career 3.25 ERA and .241 BAA with Lobaton and a 3.42 ERA and .247 BAA with Ramos.
Giancarlo Stanton blasted a 462-foot homer on Saturday at Miller Park, the second-longest home run any player has hit so far this season.
This particular shot bounced off the massive scoreboard in center field in Milwaukee. Stanton knew he had it as soon as it left the bat.
According to MLB's StatCast, the ball left Stanton's bat at a speed of 116.8 miles per hour. The only homer hit this season with an exit velocity of 117 or higher was by Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies.
Check out Stanton's bomb:
BALTIMORE -- Buck Showalter won’t designate a closer to fill in while Zach Britton recuperates from a sprained left ankle.
“I’ll never tell till we get there,” Showalter said. “We have some options.”
Darren O’Day filled in for Britton last September when he had a lat injury. In 2015, O’Day had six saves, and Brad Brach had one.
O’Day threw 21 pitches in allowing three runs in the eighth inning on Saturday night, the second straight game he appeared in, so he might not be available.
“We’ve got certain guys, and I’m not going to broadcast it before the game…that aren’t available. I’m not going to pitch them today,” Showalter said.
Brad Brach, who picked up his first major league save and didn’t pitch Saturday, would likely be the next choice.
Mychal Givens, who saved 15 games for Bowie last year, could be another option. Showalter refused to rule out Dylan Bundy.
“I’d think about anybody that gives us the best chance to win a game. All eight guys down there [are] in play. Not one more than another,” Showalter said.
“They’re all relevant. There’s just a certain finality about that inning.”