Opposite dugout: Braves are hoping to avoid 100-loss season

Manager: Brian Snitker (1st season) Record: 56-90 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Freddie Freeman (.296/.393/.556 with 30 HR, 78 RBIs, CF Ender Inciarte (.288, 15 SB), RF Nick Markakis (84 RBIs), LF Matt Kemp (31 HR, 99 RBIs), RHP Mike Foltynewicz (8-5, 4.41 ERA), RHP Jim Johnson (15 saves, 3.02 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-13 Pitching probables: Sept. 16: RHP Max ... read more

David Huzzard: Zimmerman aging, but deserves a championship finish

When I think of the Nationals - not the current squad, but the franchise as a whole - the two players I view as the heart and soul of the team are Livan Hernandez and Ryan Zimmerman. The part that is sad to me is Zimmerman had the best years of his career before the Nationals were good. Shoulder injuries and age have caught up ... read more

Charlie Fliegel: Against Dodgers, Gonzalez should get nod over Ross

The latest news on the Nationals pitching staff hopefully heralds the return of Joe Ross. It remains to be seen whether Ross will start in the playoffs, and whether he can. If Ross does indeed come back healthy and his endurance is there, it seems like a no-brainer to start him after Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark (and, if Stephen Strasburg can make it back, ... read more

Steve Mears: Is it time for the Nationals to tweak their lineup?

Is it time to rearrange the lineup to thwart the competition? The Nationals have been stacking left-handed hitters Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper for months. Both players hit left-handed pitchers well. Harper actually has a higher slugging percentage (eight points) against left-handed pitchers versus the right-handed pitchers, but his on-base-percentage is 53 points lower against left-handers. Would the lineup do better putting Anthony Rendon between ... read more

Marty Niland: Nats fans can celebrate some recent milestones

This past week produced a couple of milestones for the Nationals in the 2016 season, as they continued their hopeful march toward the National League East title. Their sweep of the Atlanta Braves guaranteed the Nats their fifth consecutive winning season. Does that seem pretty ho-hum for a team that’s seems bound for a third postseason in that span? Ask the most experienced baseball fan ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets surging at right time for return to postseason

Manager: Terry Collins (6th season) Record: 76-67 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: CF Yoenis Cespedes (.293 average with 30 HR, 78 RBIs); SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.277 average with 125 hits); RF Curtis Granderson (26 HR, 108 hits); RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-8 with 2.48 ERA); RHP Robert Gsellman (2-1 with 3.92 ERA). Season series vs. Nationals: 6-10 Pitching probables: September 12: RHP Rafael Montero ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Strasburg’s latest injury not the worst-case scenario

Considering what the worst-case scenarios could have been, the diagnosis of a strained flexor mass for Stephen Strasburg was relatively “good” bad news. It’s still a significant blow for the Washington Nationals and their 28-year-old starter, of course. “It’s very good to know,” Dusty Baker told reporters after the official announcement of the results of the MRI on Strasburg’s elbow. “I met with our trainer ... read more

District 34 podcast: Stephen Strasburg suffers elbow injury in return from DL

First of all, we have some breaking news: District 34 is now on iTunes! You can subscribe through the iTunes store to have immediate access to new episodes as soon as they’re available! Thanks to all our listeners, and we hope you continue to follow us for all your latest Nationals news and talk. So please subscribe, rate and review District 34 on iTunes and ... read more