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  1. Around the NL East: Have the Mets locked up the division?

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Sep 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are in the midst of a full-on tailspin, losing 20 out of their last 23 games. At this point, there isn’t much left to salvage other than trying to avoid an 100-loss season for the first time since 1988. But with their next seven games against the Mets and Blue…

  2. Strasburg’s performance another missed chance for Nats

    Sep 10, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    What makes the Nationals getting swept by the Mets this week so devastating was not only the fact it all but pulled the plug on their postseason hopes. What added to their misery was that all three games featured unique breaks – at least for this team in this particular year – that would normally…

  3. Zimmerman, Taylor and Escobar all sit out vs. Mets

    Sep 9, 2015, 5:29 PM EST

    USA Today

    In order to avoid a sweep against the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday, the Nationals will have to do so with three regular starters out of their lineup. Ryan Zimmerman is out for the second straight day with a left oblique strain. Michael Taylor is still bothered by his sore right knee. And Yunel…

  4. Game 139: Mets at Nats

    Sep 9, 2015, 3:37 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After blowing two straight games to begin the series, the Nationals will now hope to avoid a sweep to the New York Mets on Wednesday with a true wild card as a pitching matchup. There is a lot of unknown there because Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.35) is coming back from injury. He left his last start…

  5. Stock Watch: Bullpen dooms Nats at worst possible time

    Sep 9, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 8-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-2 Team slash: .316/.391/.516 Team ERA: 3.66 Runs per game: 7.42   STOCK UP    Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .524 AVG/ 9 RBI/ 1.452 OPS Though Bryce Harper is closing out an MVP-caliber season,…

  6. Williams defends decision to have Rendon bunt

    Sep 9, 2015, 11:15 AM EST

    USA Today

    After the Nationals’ bullpen collapsed in jawdropping fashion, after the Mets had not only tied the game after trailing by six, but then took the lead on a go-ahead homer, the Nats found themselves with a pretty decent chance for redemption. The top of their order was up in the ninth against New York closer…

  7. A nightmare come true

    Sep 9, 2015, 1:18 AM EST

    USA Today

    In a season full of letdown losses, blown opportunities and bullpen implosions, and for a franchise that has experienced far more heartbreak than any team should through their first 11 years of existence, it’s hard to compare a regular season defeat for the Nationals to their infamous playoff disasters. This one, though, this one was…

  8. Zimmerman out vs. Mets with oblique injury

    Sep 8, 2015, 4:40 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated 5:29 p.m.] Out of the lineup for the second time in three days, this time for a huge matchup against the New York Mets, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a new injury he is dealing with. Zimmerman has soreness in his left oblique after hurting the muscle during a swing in Monday’s loss.…

  9. Game 138: Mets at Nats

    Sep 8, 2015, 3:18 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Monday’s series opener was a letdown for the Nationals, as they blew a sixth inning lead and lost ground in the NL East. But they have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday night and give themselves an opportunity for a big series win. Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 3.38) will start for the Nationals against Matt…

  10. On Harper’s message to Nats fans

    Sep 8, 2015, 10:21 AM EST

    USA Today

    The question was simply about the pennant race atmosphere at Nationals Park, and Bryce Harper’s answer was brief. But his quick, perhaps off-the-cuff response has set off a firestorm of scrutiny both from outside the city of Washington and within the Nationals fanbase itself. Harper, when asked about the crowd on Monday afternoon, noted how many…

  11. Scherzer’s woes continue in loss to Mets

    Sep 7, 2015, 6:41 PM EST

    USA Today

    Throughout the first half of the season Max Scherzer was the lone bright spot for a Nationals rotation that was expected by many to be among the very best. Somehow he managed to look like a better pitcher after signing a record free agent contract to come to Washington. But that has simply not been…

  12. State of the Nats: The main event

    Sep 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Mets coming to town – At times over the last few weeks, after several bad losses, the Nationals have appeared to have the odds stacked against them. Some had already proclaimed them as dead in the water. It was time to think about 2016 and all the changes that could come this offseason for…

  13. Taylor plays well in return to lineup; Zim rests foot

    Sep 6, 2015, 10:24 PM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals lineup on Sunday – once it was corrected with a late adjustment – featured the return of Michael Taylor to center field and the exclusion of Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Taylor was not 100 percent, but was ready to rejoin the lineup. Zimmerman was originally in there batting cleanup before becoming a…

  14. Have we seen the last of Ross in 2015?

    Sep 6, 2015, 6:13 PM EST

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    The emergence of rookie starter Joe Ross has been one of the more pleasant surprises for the Nationals in a year characterized by the unforeseen. What has become a breakout season for the young right-hander, however, could be nearing its inevitable end. The Nationals have alluded to an unspecified innings limit for Ross, whom they acquired in…

  15. Nats 8, Braves 4: Another blowout leads Nats into big series vs. Mets

    Sep 6, 2015, 4:42 PM EST

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Some Nats fans and those in the media who follow the team on a regular basis may have looked past this weekend’s series against the Atlanta Braves, with the first-place New York Mets up next and all. But the Nationals themselves sure didn’t. They blasted the Braves again on Sunday for their third…

  16. Game 136: Braves at Nats

    Sep 6, 2015, 12:13 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    With a huge series against the Mets awaiting them on Monday, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to secure a four-game sweep against the Atlanta Braves and make it five straight wins overall. The Nats are playing some of their best baseball of the 2015 season and they will hope to keep it rolling…

  17. Gonzalez locks in to shut down Braves

    Sep 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Midway through the top of the first inning on Saturday, it looked like Gio Gonzalez was in for a long night. He followed a flyout by Nick Markakis with back-to-back walks against Pedro Ciriaco and Freddie Freeman. Walks are a bad sign for any pitcher, but especially Gio who can be prone to them. Shortly thereafter,…

  18. Barrett begins long road back

    Sep 5, 2015, 5:59 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Just two days removed from having Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews, Aaron Barrett strolled into the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Satuday sporting a cast held up by a large sling over his right shoulder. Barrett was in good spirits despite the fact his procedure was much more intensive than the team…

  19. Williams makes all the right moves in Nats’ dramatic win

    Sep 5, 2015, 12:49 PM EST

    Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams is seen in the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Handing out credit after Friday night’s dramatic 5-2 extra-inning victory over the Braves should seem like a pretty simple task. After all, it was Matt den Dekker and Michael Taylor that came through in crucial late-game at-bats to seal a critical Nationals win to lower the NL East deficit to five games. But there may have…

  20. Taylor has MRI on bruised knee, expects to be back soon

    Sep 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EST

    Washington Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor (3) sits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Michael Taylor is out of the Nationals’ starting lineup for Friday’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves with a bruised right knee, marking the third straight game he’s missed with injury. The rookie centerfielder said Friday that he re-aggravated his previously bruised knee Monday night in St. Louis when he was making a throw from center to home plate. “Swelling came back…

  21. MLB Power Rankings: Braves sink to the bottom

    Sep 4, 2015, 1:24 PM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Braves – Hughes: (LW: 25) The Braves are in an absolute freefall, but with 13 combined games against the Nats and Mets, they can be big-time spoilers. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW:…

  22. Blowout sets Zimmermann up nicely to face Mets

    Sep 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    In the Nationals’ 15-1 pounding of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night, manager Matt Williams was afforded the opportunity of letting several key players sit out the later innings. Bryce Harper, for one, was pulled in the sixth to rest his left glute tightness. Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth also hit the showers and called it…

  23. Harper returns, Taylor still ailing

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:37 PM EST

    USA Today

    Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals’ lineup on Thursday as they prepared to begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves after he left the Nats’ win over the Cardinals the night before with left glute tightness. That was the good news. The bad news was that Michael Taylor, who is still nursing a sore right knee, was…

  24. Updated: Cole called up, Moore activated off DL

    Sep 3, 2015, 5:47 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated: 5:52 p.m.] The Nationals added two more players to push their active roster to 32 on Thursday by calling up right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and activating first baseman Tyler Moore off the disabled list. Cole, 23, rejoins the Nationals for his third stint of the 2015 season. He made his MLB debut on…

  25. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman

    Sep 3, 2015, 1:34 PM EST

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    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN After missing last week, Tim Murray and I picked back up with ‘Baseball in the District’ and brought on CSN Insider Mark Zuckerman as our guest. We talked to Mark right off the top of the show and touched on a lot of topics with him. Mark was great on the criticism…

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