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Washington Nationals shortstop Alcides Escobar doubled and drove in two runs in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Escobar has slashed .394/.400/.485 with six RBI and a stolen base over his last seven games, during which time he has hit safely in every game. Escobar bats in the second spot of the lineup, making him a prime candidate to score plenty of runs, which could be a big help for fantasy managers in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josh Rogers put together his best outing yet on Tuesday, allowing one run on five hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings against the Miami Marlins. He struck out four batters and gave up one home run as he raised his record to 2-0 in the 7-1 victory. Rogers has seemingly come out of nowhere to record a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings over four starts. It's hard to trust the young lefty, but he's given no indication that fantasy managers should do otherwise.
Washington Nationals third baseman Carter Kieboom (thumb) is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins. Jordy Mercer is getting the start at third base and batting seventh in the game. Kieboom jammed his thumb during a slide in Monday's game and is still recovering from the incident. According to Nationals manager Davey Martinez, Kieboom is available off the bench if needed on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has struggled at the plate this month, slashing .174/.260/.188 with just one extra-base hit (a double) over 69 at-bats.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Erick Fedde allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings against the Miami Marlins Monday, taking a no-decision in an eventual 8-7 extra-inning loss. He gave up four hits, including three home runs, and no walks while striking out five batters. Fedde has not had a calendar month with an ERA under five since June, and with a 5.10 ERA and 1.39 WHIP for the season, he simply isn't a factor in the fantasy conversation.
Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas had another strong game Monday, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double, a walk, and two runs scored against the Miami Marlins in an 8-7 extra-inning defeat. Thomas has slashed .302/.390/.548 with six homers, 25 runs scored, and 22 RBI in his 33 games and 126 at-bats as a National. It remains to be seen whether this production will last into 2022, but he simply must be rostered and activated in all leagues for the remainder of this season.