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  1. Mets 1, Nats 0: Disappointing season ends with a loss

    Oct 4, 2015, 5:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ season officially came to an end Sunday afternoon in the same ballpark where it unofficially turned two months ago. Ever since suffering a 3-game sweep at Citi Field right after the July 31 trade deadline, this team found itself playing catch-up, ultimately unable to do that to the eventual…

  2. Game 162: Nats at Mets

    Oct 4, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — And so we have reached final day of what proved to be perhaps the most eventful season in Nationals. Certainly not the most successful, but probably the most eventful. And there’s still more than could happen before this day and this season are officially over. Bryce Harper enters Game 162 in a…

  3. Difo fractures hand during first career start

    Oct 4, 2015, 9:54 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Wilmer Difo fractured a bone in his hand diving into first base Saturday night, an unfortunate and abrupt end to the rookie’s first career start for the Nationals. Difo suffered a fracture of the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand, the club announced following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Mets. Recovery…

  4. Putting Scherzer’s no-hitter into historical context

    Oct 4, 2015, 1:15 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Any no-hitter is special, even in this age when they seem to happen on a somewhat regular basis. But some no-hitters stand out from the rest of the pack, and Max Scherzer’s gem Saturday night at Citi Field certainly fits the bill. By any number of measurements, Scherzer just authored one of…

  5. Scherzer throws 2nd no-hitter of season, shuts out Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Updated at 12:10 a.m. NEW YORK — In a perfect world, Max Scherzer would have done this either of the two previous times he faced the Mets, either on July 31 here at Citi Field or on Labor Day at Nationals Park. Those series were turning points in the Nationals’ season and played major roles…

  6. Game 161: Nats at Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The prospect of a Max Scherzer-Matt Harvey showdown in Game 161 of a pennant race sure sounded like something to get excited about. That was, until the Mets clinched the NL East a week ago, rendering this matchup tonight pretty meaningless. Actually, given how many regulars are sitting after playing in this…

  7. Harper out of lineup after getting hit in shin in opener

    Oct 3, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Bryce Harper will not be in the Nationals’ lineup for the second half of their day-night doubleheader after taking a 97-mph fastball to his left shin in the opener against the Mets. Harper was struck in his back leg by Noah Syndergaard’s sixth-inning pitch, falling to the ground in pain. He managed…

  8. Nats 3, Mets 1: Gio finishes strong, Harper still going strong

    Oct 3, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a raw, wet, windy Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, the Nationals gathered for the opener of a day-night doubleheader in advance of Sunday’s season finale, with very little still on the line. They still managed to show up and give a strong performance, riding Gio Gonzalez’s six innings of scoreless…

  9. Game 160: Nats at Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — OK, let’s try this again. After nonstop rain pelted the city all day and all night, conditions are supposed to clear up this afternoon before the Nationals and Mets take the field the first half of a day-night doubleheader. Gio Gonzalez and Noah Syndergaard will take the mound as each originally was…

  10. Nats-Mets postponed, day-night doubleheader Saturday

    Oct 2, 2015, 4:36 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — The opener of the Nationals’ final series of the season has been postponed, with heavy rain and strong wind pelting Citi Field all afternoon and not expected to let up all night. The Nats and Mets will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with a makeup game at 1:10 p.m. and the originally…

  11. Around the NL East: Mets claim first division title since ’06

    Oct 1, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT

    Sep 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The New York Mets celebrate in the clubhouse after clinching the National League East Championship at Great American Ball Park. The Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-2. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The good news for the Braves is that they managed to avoid a 100-loss season. The bad news? 2015 has been their worst campaign since 1990. As Atlanta heads into the offseason, there is plenty of work ahead for John Hart and John Coppolella. The front office has been creative in acquiring young…

  12. Around the NL East: Harvey situation takes another turn

    Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers in a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it’s a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller is now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There’s…

  13. Around the NL East: Mets sweating out September finish

    Sep 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   Shelby Miller’s bizarre season rolls on as the 24-year-old righty still hasn’t earned a win in 22 starts despite having a more-than-respectable 3.00 ERA. It’s pretty rare for a pitcher to be this snake bit (you’d think he could luck into a win here or there), but when you pitch for a…

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

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    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…

  15. Strasburg’s performance another missed chance for Nats

    Sep 10, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. A series that defined the Nationals’ season

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:41 AM EDT

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    When the obituaries for the 2015 Washington Nationals are written a few weeks from now — yes, some have already published them, but they’re not officially done yet, they’re just in hospice care — they will try to determine the cause of death. Injuries to their lineup? Underwhelming performances from their star-studded rotation? A bullpen…

  17. Mets 5, Nats 3: Another blown lead caps series sweep

    Sep 9, 2015, 9:46 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It couldn’t happen again. Could it? Well, yes, it could. And the latest installment of A Nightmare on South Capitol Street wasn’t any easier for the Nationals or their fans to watch. Leading by a run entering the eighth inning behind a dominant performance from Stephen Strasburg (13 strikeouts) and offensive…

  18. Williams on criticism: “It’s never any fun”

    Sep 9, 2015, 6:19 PM EDT


    Matt Williams has heard the fervor building over the last few weeks. He knows the criticism being levied at him. But he knows he can’t get caught up in any of that. “Well, it’s never any fun. I can tell you that,” the beleaguered Nationals manager said Wednesday afternoon. “But if I know anything about…

  19. A nightmare come true

    Sep 9, 2015, 1:18 AM EDT

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    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…

  20. Mets 8, Nats 7: Disastrous 7th inning dooms D.C.

    Sep 8, 2015, 10:26 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Sigh. There are ways to lose a game. And then there are ways to really lose a game. And then there’s what happened tonight at Nationals Park. It was as painful as any loss this team has ever suffered, ranking alongside postseason heartbreakers, arguably even tougher to stomach than those. At…

  21. Game 138: Mets at Nats

    Sep 8, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Nats to begin ’16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Marlins

    Sep 8, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

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    The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day. Major League Baseball…

  23. Mets 8, Nats 5: Back-and-forth opener goes to N.Y.

    Sep 7, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was a different energy in the air this afternoon as the Nationals and Mets opened a 3-game series unlike anything previously seen in these parts. True pennant race baseball has come to D.C. The fans felt it. The players and managers certainly seemed to feel it, as well, resulting in…

  24. Mets’ plan for Harvey may only include starts vs. Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 12:22 PM EDT


    The soap opera involving the Mets, Matt Harvey, Scott Boras and post-Tommy John surgery innings restrictions took another turn Monday morning when New York general manager Sandy Alderson suggested his young ace might only make two more starts this month and would only face the Nationals during the season’s final weekend if the game still…

  25. Game 137: Mets at Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 9:57 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    In nearly 11 years of baseball back in the District, the Nationals have barely played any regular-season games of truly significant magnitude. Think about it: They ran away with the NL East title in both 2012 and 2014. They collapsed in 2005 before hitting the stretch run. They waited too long to go on their…



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