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Dave Martinez unhappy with Pedro Severino’s bat flip after hitting home run

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The Nationals stomped the Marlins on Saturday night, winning by an 18-4 margin. Three of those 18 runs came on catcher Pedro Severino‘s home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Severino watched his no-doubt homer sail towards the fence, then flipped his bat on his way to first base. It marked the second home run of the year in 62 games for Severino.

Manager Dave Martinez wasn’t happy with Severino’s bat flip, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Martinez said he’s fine with emotion from players who hit lots of home runs, but “when you have two, that doesn’t play.”

The Nationals entered Sunday on a three-game winning streak, a welcome reprieve from their lengthy skid dating back to mid-June. The club fell below .500 after losing Wednesday’s contest to the Reds, but bounced back with three consecutive wins against the Marlins including a come-from-behind win on Thursday, a walk-off win on Friday, and Saturday’s shelling. One might think Severino’s positive emotion might be emblematic of the team’s turnaround and Martinez would welcome it. It’s interesting that Martinez is matching some recently rare positivity with negativity towards his own players.

Roberto Osuna to be the Astros new closer

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When the Astros acquired suspended reliever Roberto Osuna it was viewed as a low-price move to bolster their bullpen. Now, it turns out, it was a move to get a closer. Manager A.J. Hinch said as much today, anyway, telling MLB Network Radio that Osuna is going to get most of Houston’s save chances going forward.

This comes the morning after a late innings loss to the Mariners. The closer who Osuna is going to take over for — Hector Rondon — didn’t even pitch in that game, with the damage coming on a three-run Robinson Cano homer off of Collin McHugh. Rondon has blown saves in two of his last three appearances, however, coughing up runs against the Mariners at home on August 12 and against the A’s this past Friday.

Osuna has made five appearances since joining the Astros, allowing one run, striking out three and walking one in five innings of work. Before that he saved nine games for the Blue Jays prior to his domestic violence suspension.