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  1. 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…

  2. Game 155: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 27, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they still have eight games to play. On Sunday they finish off their series with the Philadelphia Phillies with Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.94) and Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.93) set to pitch. Gio will look to recover from a rough outing against the Orioles on Sept. 22. He gave…

  3. Nats 2, Phillies 1 (12): Nats eliminated from playoffs despite walk-off win

    Sep 26, 2015, 7:58 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came to the ballpark on Saturday with a matchup against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies, knowing their elimination number for the playoffs sat at just one game. Their season stood on its last leg, despite nine games remaining and their preseason expectations of a World Series title. That end would…

  4. Game 154: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 26, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals being eliminated from playoff contention has perhaps been a delayed inevitability for quite some time, but that won’t make it any easier when it actually happens. That time may come on Sunday, as the Nats enter their afternoon matchup with the Phillies holding on to an elimination number of just one game in…

  5. An emotionless D.C. finale for Zimmermann, Nats

    Sep 25, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT


    Jordan Zimmermann and Matt Williams are many things, but sentimental men they most certainly are not. Both the Nationals right-hander and his manager care too much about the competition at hand to get caught up in emotions. So the fact neither made much of the manner in which Zimmermann departed Friday night’s 8-2 loss to…

  6. Phillies 8, Nats 2: On cusp of elimination after ugly loss

    Sep 25, 2015, 9:35 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals already were moving ever closer to elimination when they took the field for the opener of a weekend series with the Phillies. The crowd of 31,019 that gathered on South Capitol Street did so knowing the outcome of the game would be secondary to the reception the man on…

  7. Game 153: Phillies at Nats

    Sep 25, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Jordan Zimmermann made his first career start at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009, in front of a sparse gathering of a few hundred fans who waited out a 2-hour, 10-minute rain delay to see a promising rookie right-hander beat the Braves, 3-2. Tonight, Zimmermann takes the mound at Nationals Park for the 94th time…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Werth’s power stroke finally returns

    Sep 17, 2015, 10:58 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — When Jayson Werth returned from a broken wrist in 2012, he remained a productive hitter for the Nationals, just not a power hitter. His wrist needing more time to regain full strength, Werth wound up morphing from a middle-of-the-order power threat into a top-of-the-order table-setter. So when he returned from another fracture to…

  11. Nats 12, Phillies 2: Homer parade includes Harper’s 40th

    Sep 16, 2015, 9:56 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia at the start of the week, understanding they were now playing out the string in every sense other than the mathematical sense, their deficit in the NL East too great to overcome with so little time left on the calendar. Maybe that lack of pressure, though,…

  12. Game 145: Nats at Phillies

    Sep 16, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — On the heels of dominant performances last night from Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the Nationals tonight go for a series sweep of the Phillies, hoping Gio Gonzalez can turn in another quality performance. Gonzalez has been good his last two times out, tossing six scoreless innings against the Braves and five innings…

  13. Strasburg’s 1-hitter was weeks in the making

    Sep 16, 2015, 10:11 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — To the observer watching from afar, Stephen Strasburg’s absolute gem of a pitching performance Tuesday night might have seemed to emerge from nowhere. Strasburg throwing a 1-hitter? On 14 strikeouts? The same guy whose career appeared to be teetering on the brink earlier this summer? Anyone who has been watching Strasburg over the…

  14. Harper on Williams: “I love him as a manager”

    Sep 15, 2015, 11:29 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper offered full-throated support for Matt Williams on Tuesday night, crediting the Nationals manager for helping him through an MVP-worthy season and stumping for his return in 2016. “Truly, I love him as a manager,” Harper said following the Nationals’ 4-0 victory over the Phillies. “Flat-out, I absolutely do. And if I…

  15. Nats 4, Phillies 0: Strasburg and Harper dominate

    Sep 15, 2015, 9:41 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It won’t come as much consolation near the end of a disappointing season, but there are still nights when you can appreciate just how special Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper can be. This was one of those nights, and it deserves to be appreciated. The Nationals’ two No. 1 draft picks…

  16. Game 144: Nats at Phillies

    Sep 15, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — There haven’t been a whole lot of encouraging developments for the Nationals over the last six weeks or so, but Stephen Strasburg certainly has been plenty encouraging of late. Tonight, the right-hander takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park hoping to continue his roll against a Phillies lineup that features journeyman Andres Blanco…

  17. Werth laments “opportunity lost” this season

    Sep 15, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth, by all accounts, should have been on cloud nine Monday night. He had been on a tear at the plate over the last month, had just homered twice to lead the Nationals to victory and had done so in his old stomping grounds in front of booing Phillies fans. Why, then,…

  18. Papelbon’s blown save opens door for Fister to get his 1st

    Sep 15, 2015, 12:59 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has been through this rodeo before. He’s been saving games — and blowing saves — for 11 years now. So don’t expect him to get too caught up with what happened Monday night in his old stomping grounds. Though it certainly helped that his Nationals teammates picked him up during a…

  19. Nats 8, Phillies 7 (11): Extra-inning rally bails out Papelbon

    Sep 14, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s been quite some time since the Nationals and Phillies played a ballgame with as little at stake as there was tonight. Truth be told, it probably hasn’t happened since the Nats called Montreal home. That made for a decided lack of buzz inside Citizens Bank Park for this one, with…

  20. Papelbon critical of former team upon return to Philly

    Sep 14, 2015, 6:31 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has never been one to mince words or withhold his true feelings about a subject, so it shouldn’t have come as much surprise when the Nationals closer returned to Citizens Bank Park on Monday and lobbed criticism at the Phillies organization that traded him earlier this summer. Papelbon, who signed a…

  21. Harper cleared to play, Zim still not cleared to swing

    Sep 14, 2015, 6:01 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals lineup Monday, having passed multiple concussion tests administered to him over the previous 24 hours following his collision with Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich. “He’s fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “No issues from yesterday. And he didn’t have any issues last night. He’s good to go.…

  22. Game 143: Nats at Phillies

    Sep 14, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where we may witness history over the next three nights: This might well be the first series between the Nationals and Phillies with so little at stake since one of these franchises played in Montreal. (Hey, I didn’t say this was positive history!) It’s kind of odd to…

  23. 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…

  24. Around the NL East: Mets being cautious with Harvey

    Sep 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Sep 2, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are nosediving as the season comes to a close. After being swept by the Marlins, they’ve dropped eight straight and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East (not that it matters, considering how poor the rest of the division is). Things are so bad right now that Atlanta…

  25. Around the NL East: Will the Mets ever lose again?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT

    Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) celebrates win with relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (46) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES How unlucky is Shelby Miller? The 24-year-old All-Star pitcher has had a solid season, but doesn’t have a whole lot to show for it. As crazy as it sounds, Miller is in search for his first win since May 17 vs. the Marlins. The old saying is that you are what your record…



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