More than two weeks have now passed since the craziest trade deadline in Nationals history. And that means all of the players involved in the club’s sell-off have had ample time to start making a name for themselves with their new teams.
Some have risen to the occasion and become instant fan favorites. Some are still trying to figure things out.
Here’s a look at the eight players the Nats traded away at the deadline, and how they’re performing so far ...
The biggest name of them all, Scherzer has made two starts for the Dodgers so far. His debut at home against the Astros was a spectacle that included a first-inning homer, then 10 strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball, capped by a curtain call from the Dodger Stadium faithful. Scherzer has since come back to the East Coast, where the late-summer weather awaited. He was limited to 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in Philadelphia on Tuesday and now is scheduled to take the mound tonight at Citi Field on “Sunday Night Baseball.”
That “How Did He Do That?” slide that went viral the other night caught everyone’s attention, but overall Turner is still trying to find his footing with the Dodgers. Through Saturday night, he’s 6-for-30 with two doubles, two walks, four strikeouts and a stolen base. At second base, he’s been charged with one error in six games.
Traded while he was still on the injured list, Schwarber finally made his return from the hamstring strain he suffered July 1 on Friday night, serving as the Red Sox’s designated hitter. He took four plate appearances, drew two walks, scored both times and did not hit any Schwarbombs over the Green Monster. But that day is surely coming soon enough.
Hand left the Nationals in a rut, and it has continued through his first two weeks with the Blue Jays. Hand took the loss in his Toronto debut, and then on Friday night he was summoned to get out of a ninth-inning jam with the bases loaded and proceeded to issue a four-pitch walk-off walk. The Nats will get a firsthand look at the lefty this week, because the Blue Jays come to town Tuesday for a quick two-game interleague series.
Because he was on the COVID-19 IL when he was traded to the Padres, Hudson had to wait a while to join his new club. He finally made his debut Wednesday and struggled, letting all four Marlins batters he faced reach base. But he bounced back in his next outing Friday, retiring the side in Arizona with two strikeouts.
Gomes homered in his final game with the Nationals, and then he homered in his first game with the Athletics. All told, the veteran catcher is batting .280 with two homers, eight RBIs and an .840 OPS in seven games with his new club. Though he surprisingly has only thrown out one of four basestealers.
The super-utility man extraordinaire picked up right where he left off in D.C. upon arriving in Oakland. In eight games, he’s batting .296 with a .367 on-base percentage and .811 OPS. How do those numbers compare to his stats with the Nationals? Well, they’re almost identical. And Harrison is playing all over the place again. He’s already been at second base, third base and left field for the A’s.
The most surprising deadline deal of all left plenty of folks wondering what the Cardinals thought they would be getting from Lester. What they’ve gotten is two really bad starts (six runs in five innings against the Braves, five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Royals) and then one surprisingly effective start Saturday night (one run in 5 2/3 innings against the Royals again).