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MLB podcast: Dodging the draft / Can the Mets turn it around?


Welcome to Expand the Zone, theScore’s weekly MLB podcast hosted by Jonah Birenbaum and Michael Bradburn.

Find the show on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher. Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe, too!

Topics in this edition include:

  • Breaking down Carter Stewart’s groundbreaking decision to sign in Japan and forgo the 2019 MLB Draft
  • Is it time to panic about the Mets?
  • Were the Blue Jays wrong to sit Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Victoria Day?
  • Who has the sweetest swing/delivery in baseball?



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Nationals’ Dave Martinez throws epic tantrum after ejection vs. Mets


Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez reached a boiling point Thursday against the New York Mets.

With his club mired in a season-long slump, the skipper lost his cool after home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman ejected Howie Kendrick – and then Martinez himself – for arguing a check-swing call.

Martinez flashed shades of legendary manager Billy Martin, who was known for his epic meltdowns.

After Washington’s bullpen blew another late lead, Martinez said his team is searching for answers.

“We’ve got to find a guy in the 7th and 8th to get the ball to Doolittle,” he said, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN.

Martinez did add, however, that “you can’t put the blame on one thing. When we lose, we lose together. When we win, we win together.”

The Nationals (19-30) entered Thursday’s action with the National League’s second-worst record. They boast the fourth-lowest winning percentage (.388) in the majors, ahead of only the Kansas City Royals (.347), Miami Marlins (.326), and Baltimore Orioles (.306).

Many expected the team to compete for another NL East division title despite losing superstar Bryce Harper to the rival Philadelphia Phillies in free agency. This season, however, has been anything but a success so far. The Nationals already fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist as their collective 4.93 ERA ranks 24th in the majors and the bullpen’s 6.89 ERA sits dead last.





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