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State of the Nats: Momentum kept?

Sep 2, 2013, 12:24 PM EST

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Can they hold on to momentum? – After losing two straight to the Mets, it appeared all the momentum the Nationals had built over the month of August was lost. They were blown out in ugly fashion on Saturday night and were facing the sweep on national television Sunday night. But not only did the Nats avoid the embarrassment of a sweep, they rallied from behind to earn one of their most rewarding victories of the entire year. They also had the good fortune of seeing the Reds fail to gain any ground over the weekend. We’ll find out tonight if the Nats can get back on a winning streak.

Rest of September call-ups – Later this afternoon the Nationals are expected to fill out the rest of their September call-ups for this season. Davey Johnson said it should be a group of familiar faces, as the Nats have already had to call on their minor leagues far more than they would have liked this season due to injury. But we could see some surprises, perhaps shortstop Zach Walters who hit 29 home runs this season at Syracuse. The Nats called up three players on Sunday (Ian Krol, Erik Davis & Sandy Leon) but we could see as many as five new guys join them in Philly tonight.

Can they catch the Reds? – Cincinnati just lost two of three to the Colorado Rockies, and their schedule isn’t getting any easier. Up next is four games against the St. Louis Cardinals, who took two of three from them a week ago, and a three game series with the L.A. Dodgers. The Reds’ next seven games, in fact, could be the Nats’ best opportunity to gain some ground in the month of September. After Cincy plays the two expected playoff teams their schedule softens up with nine games against the Cubs, Brewers and Astros.

NL East Standings


NL Wild Card Standings


Offensive game of the week: Jayson Werth 8/29 vs. Mets – 3 for 4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Pitching game of the week: Gio Gonzalez 8/29 vs. Mets – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, 108 pitches, 74 strikes


Quote of the week:

Jayson Werth on the road forward after Sunday night’s win:

The rest of the way these games are going to be pretty much do or die games. We’re gonna have to win. We’re gonna have to win every night. We’re gonna have a little wiggle room there but not a whole lot. I’ve been in this situation before. I know it can be done. I’ve been on teams that have done it. I believe. I got faith. We got a long hard road but I believe.

Tweet of the week:

Some friendly trash talk between Harper and Ian Desmond last night on the busride to Philly:

Road ahead

MON – 7:05 p.m. at Phillies (Strasburg)
TUE – 7:05 p.m. at Phillies (Gonzalez)
WED – 7:05 p.m. at Phillies (Zimmermann)
FRI – 7:10 p.m. at Marlins (Haren)
SAT – 7:10 p.m. at Marlins (Ohlendorf)
SUN – 1:10 p.m. at Marlins (Strasburg)

  1. Section 222 - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    The last time the Nats took a roadtrip to Philly and Miami (right before the ASG), they lost 5 of 7 games. That was after a successful homestand against lousy teams (the Brewers and Padres). Hmm, sound familiar? If they’d been playing do or die baseball then, things might be different now.

    One funny thing about fan psychology — if the Nats had won in stirring fashion on Saturday and got blown out last night, I’ll bet it would be all doom and gloom here. Same record, but we’d be talking about how disappointing it was that they coudn’t win that series. Some might even declare the season over. I guess just like momentum is your next starting pitcher, fan hopefulness is last night’s result.

  2. nats106 - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Unfortunately Wainright has not brought his A game today.

    We will need more help than that in the next 7 days otherwise the last homestand will be as you have said before-just enjoy the games. I’m still not quite there yet, but losing 2 of 3 this weekend Is getting me there more quickly than I would like.

  3. NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    And… Jay Bruce does a Ryan Zimmerman. How was that not an error?

  4. nats106 - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    NL, you mean Freese with missing the high hop?

    They OWE the Nats for two years ago. It is their duty and responsibility to come back, win today and sweep the 4 game set.

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Yes you are right. Freeze froze.

  5. masterfishkeeper - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    In other news, the Fish are going to hold Fernandez back so that his last two starts are at home. This means that he will pitch against our Nats Friday.

    • NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      We need to do what we did with Harvey. Wait him out and don’t give up much. They are not going to let him go 120 pitches. Run up his pitch count and get to the bullpen. Other than Cishek, I don’t think they have much.





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