If you can’t be with them — beat them.
That seems to be the slogan Daniel Murphy has lived by since leaving the Mets in 2015.
Tonight’s game started off with a bang… a grand slam by Murphy himself. This helped launch the Nationals to a 4-0 lead.
GRAND SLAM FWAHHH! pic.twitter.com/T8SQD9SkNQ— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 24, 2017
Just like these boys in the tweet, we “give a five” to Murphy as it was also the second grand slam of his career, both hit while playing under the Nationals. This follows his career night where he helped the Nats knock off the Cardinals.
Muprhy has absolutely owned the Mets since joing the Nationals. he has recorded at least one base hit in all 19 head-to-head games.
It's a great time to live near the Beltway, which is probably the first time in the highway/parking lot's history that people can say that. 20 games into the season, and both the Nationals and Orioles find themselves among the league's elite. Baltimore's dominance has been more surprising, given that their starting pitching was supposed to be terrible and is instead just average. That doesn't sound encouraging, but go ask an Orioles' fan if, before the season, they'd have taken a year of average starting pitching. The Nats look like a real contender once again, and Ryan Zimmerman's resurgence would be the most talked about part of this Nats season if it wasn't overshadowed by Bryce Harper's resurgence. How have the other 28 teams fared through the early part of the season? To the rankings!
30. ATLANTA BRAVES
The Dansby Swanson Era has gotten off to a rocky start. Some time in the 8-hole might help.
29. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
What a historically brutal start. At this point, they have to play .600 baseball for the rest of the year to even get to 90 wins.
28. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Madison Bumgarner is out for two months after injuring himself in one of the most Madison Bumgarner ways possible, so crawling out of the NL West basement is only going to get harder.
27. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The Marte suspension was shocking, and now the Pirates have to compete all summer against the Cubs and Cardinals without one of their best outfielders.
26. SEATTLE MARINERS
James Paxton has looked like an ace, which is great because Felix Hernandez has not.
25. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
That window sure closed quickly, didn't it?