Again the place his profession started, Nationals’ Josiah Grey is trying to transfer on


LOS ANGELES — A yr in the past, Josiah Grey might have seen the remainder of his baseball life right here, with the cotton sweet sunsets and thumping bass at Dodger Stadium. He loves the ballpark’s sound system. The climate’s additionally respectable, particularly for a New York native who went to school close to frigid Syracuse.

However at this degree, the game is a shrewd enterprise. Grey, 24 and already traded twice, is aware of that nicely. So on Tuesday evening, he’ll pitch in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers after debuting for them on July 20, 2021. Ten days later, he and catcher Keibert Ruiz have been formally traded in a bundle for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner.

“It’s a bizarre feeling however a superb feeling,” Grey stated Monday from the guests’ dugout. “Though my time with the Dodgers was brief, there’s a whole lot of fond recollections. It’s the place I grew up as knowledgeable baseball participant. That also means quite a bit.”

Grey’s staff, the last-place Washington Nationals, will attempt to win three straight video games for less than the fourth time this season. They’ve but to piece collectively a four-game profitable streak. They’re on the verge of promoting once more on the Aug. 2 commerce deadline — and doubtlessly dealing Juan Soto if their steep value is met. The Dodgers, in contrast, had taken eight straight earlier than falling to Washington, 4-1, on Monday.

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For Grey and Ruiz, that’s the distinction 12 months could make. Grey, although, has one thing to show after making an attempt a bit too exhausting to try this this spring. Again in late Could, he confronted the Dodgers at Nationals Park and yielded seven runs on 5 hits and three homers. Following the lopsided loss, Gray admitted he “let the feelings get forward of me and didn’t management them from the primary pitch on.” He very badly needed to point out the Dodgers what they gave up. In flip, he was finished in by Turner — one of many stars for whom he was traded — and some former teammates.

“I’ve mirrored on that begin a bit,” Grey defined. “Nevertheless it was actually only a small blip in an extended yr. It’s out of the best way, I took quite a bit and I’m glad I get to face them once more. I feel any competitor can be.”

“This go round, he is aware of although he’s in Dodger Stadium, he has to regulate his feelings and get to the subsequent pitch,” Nationals Supervisor Dave Martinez stated Monday. “ … He’s been good and he’s been studying. So nothing adjustments.”

After wilting in opposition to the Dodgers, Grey posted a 1.24 ERA in his subsequent 5 begins, the very best stretch of his season. His three since, nevertheless, have been much less sharp, amounting to 13 earned runs in 16⅔ innings. Grey is a flyball pitcher who’s prone to dwelling runs. The Dodgers’ lineup, tied for the fifth-highest dwelling run price within the majors and stacked with Turner, Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy, are a superb check.

The righty is at his finest when his slider and curve are clicking. And for as a lot because the Dodgers mash, their on-base-plus-slugging share in opposition to sliders and curves is across the center of the pack. Grey must give these pitches an opportunity by getting forward with well-placed fastballs. Popping out of the all-star break, he’s rounding out the rotation as a result of the Nationals are intently watching his innings.

He enters Tuesday at 92 after throwing 86⅓ final yr. His career-high is 130 between three minor league ranges in 2019. Grey, true to type, plans to pitch till the membership decides he shouldn’t anymore.

“The mathematics on all of that’s so powerful: how a lot do you have to enhance per yr, what’s an excessive amount of, when’s a superb time to cut back,” he stated. “I do know they’ll have their concept of what to do within the coming months and I’ll roll with no matter. However after all, everybody desires to maintain pitching.”

When he was traded final yr, the Dodgers have been flying from San Francisco to Phoenix for a collection in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Grey noticed experiences of a blockbuster deal within the air and was notified of his inclusion once they landed. That evening, he watched his outdated staff face the Diamondbacks from the staff lodge, considering how odd it was to be in the identical metropolis because the Dodgers, however not within the dugout.

Then on Sunday, Grey left Phoenix with the Nationals and headed to the place he pitched simply eight innings final summer time. The symmetry, nevertheless unfastened, had not crossed his thoughts till he was requested about it Monday. He’s lengthy been making an attempt to maneuver on.

“There are all the time going to be these connections and small issues which may make you bear in mind,” Grey stated. “However for me, I’m right here and have quite a bit to perform with the Washington Nationals. That’s what’s on my thoughts.”

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