Liz Barr: Bryce Harper finishing season on a strong note

Bryce Harper’s 2018 season has been a roller coaster, to say the least. In a year many predicted to be off the charts due to his upcoming free agency, Harper has underperformed in the eyes of many. His numbers are not fantastic; they’re nowhere near what he hit last season (.319/.413/.595) or what he hit in his 2015 MVP campaign (.330/.460/.649). But his season has ... read more

Marty Niland: Strong finish could set Nats up for future, as it did in 2011

With wins in seven of their last nine games and three straight series victories under their belts, the Nationals seem determined to close out the 2018 season on a high note and set the tone for a winning 2019. It brings to mind the 2011 Nats season, when they won 14 of their last 17 games and eight of their last 10 to finish with ... read more

Opposite dugout: Fried fish playing out the string, trying to avoid 100 losses

Manager: Don Mattingly (3rd season) Record: 58-91 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: C J.T. Realmulto (.282 with 21 HR, 71 RBIs), 2B Starlin Castro (.280), RF Brian Anderson (59 RBIs), LF Derek Dietrich (16 HR, 45 RBIs), RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42 ERA), RHP Kyle Barraclough (10 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 5-9 Pitching probables: Sept. 17: RHP Erick Fedde (2-3) vs. RHP ... read more

Ryan Sullivan: Victor Robles flashes his offensive, defensive skills

Yesterday, the Nationals interrupted a road trip to play contest at Nationals Park against the Cubs rescheduled due to rain. At this point in the season, neither team likely wanted to make the trip, but it was one of the most entertaining and well-played games of the season. Unfortunately the Nationals were unable to come away with the victory, but a silver lining in this ... read more

Opposite dugout: Braves boast formidable mix of youth and experience

Manager: Brian Snitker (3rd season) Record: 82-64 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: LF Ronald Acuña Jr. (25 HR, 14 SB), 1B Freddie Freeman (.307/.388/.500, 85 RBIs), RF Nick Markakis (.306/.371/.457, 88 RBIs), CF Ender Inciarte (25 SB), RHP Kevin Gausman (3.89 ERA), RHP Arodys Vizcaíno (15 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 9-7 Pitching probables: Sept. 14: RHP Max Scherzer (17-6) vs. RHP Kevin ... read more

Opposite dugout: Cubs head back to D.C. for makeup with Central lead down to a game

Manager: Joe Maddon (4th season) Record: 84-61 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Javier Báez (.292 with 30 HR, 100 RBIs), 1B Anthony Rizzo (24 HR, 92 RBIs), 3B Kris Bryant (.277, 11 HR), RHP Pedro Strop (13 saves, 2.33 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-3 Pitching probables: Sept. 13: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-5) vs. RHP Joe Ross (0-0), 4:05 p.m., MASN2 Inside ... read more

Liz Barr: Wander Suero, Greg Holland have strengthened Nationals bullpen

In a season like the 2018 Nationals have been having, it’s important to focus on individual accomplishments. Not a lot of the guys have been necessarily bad, per se, and many of them are actually having fantastic seasons. Nothing is clicking all on the same cylinders at the same time. While their record isn’t what you want it to be, a number of guys can ... read more

Marty Niland: Dealing with disappointment is familiar territory for Nats fans

The 2018 season is a huge disappointment to most Nationals fans, many of whom believed the team had the potential to win an unprecedented third straight National League East championship and finally win a postseason series. But is this really the most disappointing season the Nationals have been through since moving to Washington in 2005? It’s certainly not the first letdown Nats fans have been ... read more