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  1. On second thought, Nats out of playoff position

    Aug 3, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT

    AP

    They were wholeheartedly anointed the team to beat in what looked like a weak NL East, and for most of the summer to date, the Nationals were living up to the billing. Baseball Prospectus publishes daily playoff odds, and pretty much for the last six weeks the Nats were given anywhere from a 75 percent…

  2. Game on

    Aug 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    There were any number of moments Friday night at Citi Field that could have stood on their own merits as epic examples of what pennant race baseball is all about. Matt Harvey taking the mound for the eighth inning with the Mets up 1-0, then giving up the tying hit to Yunel Escobar. Tyler Clippard…

  3. Mets 2, Nats 1 (12): Flores’ walk-off homer ends epic game

    Jul 31, 2015, 11:14 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: You want pennant race baseball? Here you go, folks. A few short hours after the trade deadline passed, the Nationals and Mets opened a big weekend series that will play a significant role in the outcome of this season’s NL East race. And it was everything you could want it to…

  4. Catching up with now-Mets pitcher Tyler Clippard

    Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT

    USA Today

    NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…

  5. Game 101: Nats at Mets

    Jul 31, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    NEW YORK — The Nationals roll into New York this weekend fresh off a series win against the Miami Marlins and with a three-game lead in first place in the NL East. The Mets will do their best to try and gain some ground in the division race against a Nats team that looks revitalized…

  6. Around the NL East: Are Mets moves enough to catch Nats?

    Jul 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jun 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) prepares to throw the ball to first to hold a runner on base against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Angels 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves continued their plan to acquire young pitching, trading veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for minor league arms John Gant and Rob Whalen. Both arms are considered mid-level prospects at best — neither of them are listed in Baseball America’s ‘Midseason Top 50 prospects‘ list…

  7. Around the NL East: Division gearing up for busy trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Jul 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We’re a week away from the non-waiver trade deadline, and we still don’t know who the Braves might ship in a deal. There have been rumors that it could be infielders Chris Johnson, Juan Uribe or reliever Jim Johnson. But perhaps the strangest buzz out right now is that 24-year-old right hander Julio…

  8. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman and Dan Zangrilli

    Jul 23, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT

    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN It was a good time to record our latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ with the Nats coming off a big series win against the New York Mets, and with the Pittsburgh Pirates up next. For our guests, we had Mark Zuckerman on to talk about the Mets series and…

  9. First-place Nats show Mets how to maintain even keel

    Jul 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    The Mets decided to put everything they had into this week’s series at Nationals Park. They held back their top three starters specifically to pitch in D.C. Their manager openly admitted these games were more important than others. Then he took blame late Wednesday for not bringing in his closer in the bottom of the…

  10. Plenty of contributors in Nats’ comeback win

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

    USA Today

    As if it wasn’t clear already, the second-inning departure of Yunel Escobar due to injury gave the Nats yet another reminder that if they are to win games these days, they are going to have to do so without the contributions of some of their biggest names. Escobar exited with a left wrist injury, another…

  11. Updated: Escobar leaves game with wrist injury

    Jul 22, 2015, 5:11 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    [Updated at 5:16 p.m.] Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the second inning against the New York Mets with a left wrist injury. He underwent an X-ray afterwards that showed no bone fractures. “That X-ray is negative. We’re going to send him in for further tests. That’s all we know at this…

  12. Nats 4, Mets 3: Huge 8th-inning rally turns series around

    Jul 22, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals insisted all along they weren’t going to place extra emphasis on this series, no matter how big the Mets tried to make it. Well, down to their last four outs and in danger of seeing their lead in the division fall to one measly game, the Nats might have suddenly…

  13. Game 93: Mets at Nats

    Jul 22, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s the rubber game of this big division showdown, the Nationals and Mets having split the first two games by identical 7-2 scores. With a win today, the Nats would head out of town with a 3-game lead in the NL East. With a loss, that lead would be down to 1 game. So, kind…

  14. Ross shines, but defense and bullpen contribute to loss

    Jul 21, 2015, 11:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Rookie right-hander Joe Ross had made spot starts for the Nationals before, but this was no ordinary outing. The 22-year-old starter came up to pitch in Stephen Strasburg’s place on Tuesday and faced the New York Mets, the second place team in the NL East. His counterpart? Reigning NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 All-Star…

  15. Mets 7, Nats 2: Game turns in New York’s favor late

    Jul 21, 2015, 9:59 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Jacob deGrom may be the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and may have been coming off a lights-out performance in the All-Star Game last week, but for six innings Tuesday night, Joe Ross was the more-impressive young right-hander on the mound at Nationals Park. Then came the top of the…

  16. Williams on Ripken/Desmond; Taylor on his catch

    Jul 21, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ian Desmond told a story after Monday night’s game that caught the attention of many baseball fans in the Mid-Atlantic area, how MLB Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. gave him some advice recently that may have helped him snap out of an extended hitless streak. Ripken saw Desmond before one of…

  17. Updated: Nats call up Ross, send Difo down

    Jul 21, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT

    USA Today

    [Updated 5:49 p.m.] The Nationals called up rookie right-hander Joe Ross to start against the New York Mets on Tuesday night and sent infielder Wilmer Difo down to Double-A Harrisburg as the corresponding move. Ross, 22, joins the Nationals for the second time this season. He made his MLB debut on June 6 against the…

  18. Game 92: Mets at Nats

    Jul 21, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman

    Joe Ross wasn’t on many people’s radar screens when the season began, but then the young right-hander made his major-league debut last month and wowed everybody with three impressive performances before he was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse. Now, the 22-year-old is back in D.C., called up to take Stephen Strasburg’s rotation spot and start…

  19. Brilliant defense key in Nats’ victory

    Jul 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    There was Yunel Escobar’s backhanded stab of John Mayberry’s smash down the third-base line in the top of the first, perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Michael Taylor’s galloping catch of Eric Campbell’s drive to deep right-center in the top of the fifth, again perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Bryce…

  20. Nats finally get to Matt Harvey

    Jul 21, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Matt Harvey has dominated his fair share of lineups throughout his brief MLB career and the Nationals are no stranger to what he’s capable of. Entering Monday night Harvey had a 0.68 ERA in six starts against Washington with three earned runs allowed and 47 strikeouts across 40 innings. Harvey had already seen the Nats…

  21. Nats 7, Mets 2: Big win over Harvey in big series opener

    Jul 20, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In Game 3 of their crazy week facing some of the best pitching the NL has to offer, the Nationals stared down the Dark Knight of Gotham and for the first time in a long time lived to tell about it. The Nats got to Matt Harvey for two runs in…

  22. Game 91: Mets at Nats

    Jul 20, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    They were shut out by Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Then they were shut out by Zack Greinke on Sunday. Now the Nationals have to face Matt Harvey in the opener of a huge series with a Mets club that comes to town a mere 2 games back in the NL East. Tough assignment? You bet.…

  23. State of the Nats: Mets coming to town

    Jul 20, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: New York Mets are coming to town – After dropping two of three against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and facing off with two of the best pitchers in baseball, the road will not get any easier for the Nats as the division rival New York Mets come to Washington. The Nats and…

  24. Around the NL East: Mets don’t look like they’re going away

    Jul 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 12, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) celebrates with relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves headed into the All-Star break reeling on multiple fronts. For one, they were swept in a four-game series in Colorado, dropping their record to a season worst five games below .500 at 42-47. But worst of all, Atlanta lost closer Jason Grilli for the season with a ruptured achilles tendon when…

  25. Around the NL East: Should the Mets make a big deadline splash?

    Jul 10, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jul 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  As the trade deadline approaches, are the Braves buyers or sellers? What if they’re both? It appears that assistant GM John Coppolella might be trying to tow the line between trying to make the club immediately better while also building for the future. On one hand, he has veterans like left fielder Chris…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK5650
WASHINGTON54501.0
ATLANTA48588.0
MIAMI436313.0
PHILADELPHIA416515.0
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NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

WLGB
PITTSBURGH6143+4.0
CHICAGO5747
SAN FRANCISCO57480.5
WASHINGTON54503.0
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