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State of the Nats – 8/5

Aug 5, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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Team Record: 54-57 (20-21)

N.L. East Standings


Wild Card Standings

Offensive Game of the Week: Bryce Harper 8/2 at Brewers – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R
Pitching Line of the Week: Dan Haren 8/3 at Brewers – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 102 pitches, 70 strikes
Top Storylines

Braves in town – The Nats and Braves haven't played each other since June 2, but will now face off in six of their next 12 games. The first series brings the Braves to town who are riding a ten game winning streak. The Nationals, conversely, have lost three of their last five and are 6-10 since the All-Star break. If Washington has any chance in catching up with Atlanta in the NL East, they will need to make a strong statement in this series. The Braves have had their number this season, winning seven of the ten matchups and outscoring the Nats 40-20 overall. But fortunately for the Nats they will have Strasburg, Gio, and Zimmermann pitching.

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  1. Chevy Chase Bob - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Big Week!

  2. Chevy Chase Bob - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Big Week!

  3. SonnyG10 - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Let's win tonight and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.

  4. A DC Wonk - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    How much longer does TyJo have? And who replaces him at that point?

  5. alexva - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    hard to say, that's up to DaJo and MiZo

  6. Theophilus T. S. - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I would guess Jordan has one start more, possibly two depending how the next one goes. By then, Ohlendorf should (?) be back from the DL. Or Karns, who's just taking up space on the 40-man right now. He's pitched fewer innings than Jordan but (A) he's 25; (B) his medical history is different; (C) he's been pitching deeper at H'burg recently. So I doubt if he has any relevant pith limit. After Ohlendorf and Karns, then some waiver guy TBD.

  7. Theophilus T. S. - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    "pitch limit"

  8. SCNatsFan - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Not to be overly pessemistic but I think Jordan has 3 starts left, and after then I don't think who pitches won't matter much. I hope I'm wrong but hard to see a big streak in this team right ow.

  9. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Ran the stats Not a single category where the Nats are ranked higher than Atlanta, not one. Offense, Defense, Starters, Bullpen.Gonna have to do this on grit, luck, and Strasburg's no-hitter. :)Injuries and Rankings – Nats/Atlantahttp://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/2013/08/injury-daze-nats-vs-atlanta.html

  10. Roberto Fenili - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    What's to worry NatsLady about the categories. They’re good, I don’t think they’re better than us. Yhey’re a good ballclub, they have talent. They’re hot right now, but it all evens out.

  11. A DC Wonk - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    NatsLady — what about age? We're a younger team, no? (he asks, while grasping at sraws)As far as SP goes — would Stammen be a better choice than, say, Karns?

  12. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    alexva said… hard to say, that's up to DaJo and MiZo+1

  13. RaleighNat - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I really think the focus is on the wild card…with a sweep we get to 9.5 back. We need to win (we really needed to win yesterday) to catch the reds and dbacks…that's the path. To do that, the team is going to have to do something it hasn't done all year – play up to their potential (which IMO is very, very good).

  14. sjm308 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Wonk – even though Stammen has not been what I would call a stopper this year, I can't see them moving him back to a starter. First, it opens another hole in the bullpen. Second, I am pretty sure the routine for starting is not something you just jump into. If Ohlendorf is not ready I think they have to go get either Karns or dare I say this, Maya (ouch ouch ouch) from the minors. The other option I did hear that makes sense is to skip Taylor Jordan's next start (off day on Thursday) which gives us almost another week for either Ross to heal. If Taylor has two starts left, its almost Sept 1 and then every pitcher on the 40 man can come and play with the big boys. I realize they won't do that but those are my thoughts.Go Nats!!

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 47 --
ATLANTA 58 49 1.0
MIAMI 53 54 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 61 12.5
Through Wednesday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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