The postseason snapshot updated for the Wild Card race!

With 14-games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Nationals postseason picture is focused on the first Wild Card spot which would come with the coveted home field advantage. The game is set for Tuesday, October 1st and televised on TBS. The Washington Nationals are now 82-66 record. This is what some fans forget — the Nationals control their own destiny because they are in the first spot for the Wild Card. Sure, you have to win. The Nationals have to take the approach of, “You win and you’re in” and it is just that simple. Keep winning, and everything will take care of itself. Continue reading

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The Nats finish their season series with the Braves on a high note!

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This was a game that the Washington Nationals really needed to win, and Anibal Sanchez and Howie Kendrick delivered for this team in a big way. The Nats shutout the Braves 7-0 after Sanchez went 7.0 scoreless innings. On the offense, everyone contributed, and Howie Kendrick went 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs. The Nats put together that balanced win as they excelled in all aspects in a great team win. Continue reading

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Game #148 The Nats are out of balance

Where have the bats gone? Photo by Andrew Lang for TalkNats

For weeks this team has been out of balance; starting pitching, the offense, and the bullpen have rarely been clicking together. Yesterday, the Nationals got 5 2/3 innings from spot starter Austin Voth, and he departed with a 1-0 lead. In the final 3 1/3 innings, the bullpen gave up 10-runs, and the Nationals never scored any more runs. In this series, the Nats scored all of one run in the first two games against the Braves in their final games of the 2019 regular season. The Braves have already punched their ticket to the postseason while the Nats are clinging to their diminished lead in the Wild Card race.  Continue reading

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Game #147 Austin Voth has a tall order for today!

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This is one of those games that the Washington Nationals find themselves as underdogs on the betting lines, and it is understandable as the Nats have the inexperienced Austin Voth starting today. Last night the Braves clinched the season series 10-7. There was a point where it looked like the Nats had the Braves number. The Nats took the first three games in their head-to-head matchups, and since that point, the Braves have dominated. Continue reading

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A day after scoring 12, the #Nats can’t score at all. That’s baseball!

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A sellout crowd welcomed the Washington Nationals home, and they were rewarded with one of the grossest displays of offensive ineptitude the Nats have put forth all year. Continue reading

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Game #146 Max Scherzer on this Friday faces a familiar foe (Freddie F. Freeman)

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Five days ago, Max Scherzer beat the Atlanta Braves, and he once again will face them and rookie Mike Soroka in the first of a three-game series which will be the last series they will meet in this regular season. In the last game, Scherzer played the role of the stopper, and today he plays a much better role of being the pitcher to continue the winning ways into a 3-game winning streak. Fortunately for the Nats’ Cy Young hurler, he flew ahead of the team yesterday afternoon as his teammates did not land until 5:01 AM at Dulles Airport. The Nats have shown resilience in the past like their weekend in Chicago that they can still get the job done with sleep deprivation.  Continue reading

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A big series win in Minnesota as the Nats now fly back early Friday morning to DC

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While some were ready to count the Nationals out on Tuesday, the team came back and won this series against the first place Minnesota Twins. Patrick Corbin did his job in this game and notched another win as he went 6.0 innings giving up 3-runs and exited with a 10-3 lead. That lead was in jeopardy in the 8th inning as reliever Aaron Barrett gave up 3-runs in 1/3 of an inning to make the score 10-6, but he also left a mess behind as the tying run was in the on-deck circle which prompted manager Dave Martinez to go to Fernando Rodney to put out the fire — which he did to retire Nelson Cruz with bases loaded. Continue reading

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Game #145 Patrick Corbin (weather permitting) will try to seal a series win in Minnesota!

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Tonight’s weather could cooperate like last night or Mother Nature could throw a curveball  on a night where the Twins scheduled a late night game on a “getaway” date. In the last hour, the forecast looks better than it did earlier. If the game was postponed, neither team has an opening in their schedule until the first day after the season ends so MLB has the decision-making on this one as to the weather, and a postponed game would only be made up if needed for postseason implications. Again, the hope is that they can get the game started on-time.  If not, it will be a very long night travelling for our Washington Nationals. In fact, D.C.’s weather forecast for Friday is somewhat dicey as the Nats will face the Braves, again. After tonight, the Nats only have five remaining series against the Braves, Cardinals, Marlins, Phillies, and Indians. Tonight’s game will also determine the winner of this series. Continue reading

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Stephen Strasburg wins his league best 17th; Nats win their 80th!

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The Washington Nationals offense staked Stephen Strasburg to a 5-0 lead, and the Nats rolled from there in a 6-2 win. This win was the team’s 80th of the season, and Strasburg won his 17th game of the season which is the tops in the NL. It was the Minnesota Twins who made some key mistakes to give the Nationals some extra chances, and the Nationals took advantage. Strasburg went 6.0 full innings throwing 104 pitches while giving up 2 earned runs. While he was not his sharpest, he made some big pitches when he got himself in trouble. The Nationals bullpen threw a three inning shutout, and we saw Sean Doolittle in his first “LOOGY” spot of the season which was a big spot and Doo delivered. Continue reading

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Game #144 Stephen Strasburg looks for #17

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Every win that Stephen Strasburg tallies is another for the Washington Nationals as well as a new high in his illustrious career. He is tied for the lead in the NL with 16 wins with Max Fried, and with a win tonight, Stras would be the leader in wins at 17 plus he would lead the NL in innings pitched ahead of Madison Bumgarner, Aaron Nola, Jacob deGrom, and his teammate Patrick Corbin.  While innings pitched is not an awards category, it does show a lot about the pitcher as an iron man, and once Strasburg throws his 56th pitch tonight, he will take the NL lead in pitches thrown too. Stras is coming off of a season high 115-pitches thrown six days ago in his start on Thursday against the Braves.  Continue reading

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