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  1. The offseason plan

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    So, the season's over. Players have dispersed around the world, from Northern California (Drew Storen) to the Netherlands (Roger Bernadina). Mike Rizzo is preparing to go to Viera, Fla., to watch some instructional league games. Stan Kasten is preparing to vacate his office and move back to Atlanta before embarking on whatever is next in…

  2. Less than the sum of their parts

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez posted 21 quality starts but won only 10 games. NEW YORK — Now that the season is complete, scan the Nationals' stat page. You'll notice some impressive individual performances. Adam Dunn hit 38 homers, drove in 103 runs and posted an .892 OPS. Ryan Zimmerman hit…

  3. A marathon Game 162 … again

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Players congratulate each other after pulling out today’s 14-inning win. NEW YORK — Earlier this weekend, someone sitting on the Nationals bench brought up the finale from the 2009 season: a marathon, 15-inning game in Atlanta that finally ended with a 2-1 Washington victory. Justin Maxwell, who played…

  4. Adam Dunn’s pregame thoughts

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    NEW YORK — If this is his last game with the Nationals, Adam Dunn certainly isn't approaching it with any added emotion. The soon-to-be-free agent was his usual self in the clubhouse this morning, joking around with everyone, setting his fantasy football roster and generally avoiding any thoughts about where he'll be playing next year.…

  5. Game 162: Nats at Mets

    Oct 3, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez faces Mike Pelfrey in today's season finale at Citi Field. NEW YORK — So it has come to this, Game 162. That number always seems like a far-away, distant mirage, something unattainable. Then the next thing you know, it sneaks up on you. The Nationals limp…

  6. Limping to the finish line

    Oct 2, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard has suffered two losses in 18 hours. NEW YORK — This is what happens when a ballclub limps to the finish line, when a club that is woefully thin on the bench tries to overcome injuries to its top three hitters, when a club that has…

  7. Game 161: Nats at Mets

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya faces fellow Cuban Raul Valdes today at Citi Field. NEW YORK — After all that rain the last few days, this is a welcome sight: It's a gorgeous, autumn afternoon here in the Big Apple. Feels like October baseball. Which I suppose this technically is, though…

  8. Zimmermann: Mission accomplished

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:50 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann finished the season with back-to-back strong outings. NEW YORK — Had this 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Mets taken place in May or even July, the most significant development of the evening might have been the Nationals' utter lack of offense against Pat Misch and Hisanori…

  9. Outfield could stay intact in ’11

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    NEW YORK — For all the shuffling around that’s taken place in the outfield this season, the Nationals might very well enter 2011 with the same group of players vying for three starting spots. Though the Nats got consistent, everyday production from only left fielder Josh Willingham (whose season ended in August due to a…

  10. Game 160: Nats at Mets

    Oct 1, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The rain should clear from Citi Field in time for tonight's game. NEW YORK — As you can tell from the above photo, I made it to Citi Field safe and sound after Mother Nature (and United Airlines) threw a wrench into my travel plans this morning. But…

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