Opposite dugout: Struggling Reds interrupt homestand for makeup game in D.C.

Manager: Bryan Price (3rd season) Record: 63-92 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 1B Joey Votto (.318/.464/.556 with 29 HR, 78 RBIs), 3B Todd Frazier (35 HR, 88 RBIs), RF Jay Bruce (26 HR, 84 RBIs), LHP Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 4.97 ERA), RHP Aroldis Chapman (1.71 ERA, 32 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 5-0 Pitching probables: Sept. 28: LHP Brandon Finnegan vs. RHP Max ... read more

Opposite dugout: Phillies make Mackanin full-time manager for better consistency in 2016

Manager: Pete Mackanin (1st season) Record: 57-96 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.291/.335/.412 with 40 RBIs), SS Freddy Galvis (.265 with 44 RBIs), 1B Ryan Howard (23 HR, 77 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (6-2, 3.84 ERA), RHP Ken Giles (13 saves, 1.38 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 5-11 Pitching probables: Sept. 25: RHP Jerad Eickhoff vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann, 7:05 ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Harper walking toward a franchise record

The second of three free passes Bryce Harper took in the series opener of Washington's three-game set with the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night gave the Nationals' 22-year-old slugger 117 walks on the year, one more than the Nationals' previous single-season record holder, Adam Dunn, took in 2009. In the first of his two seasons in the nation's capital, Dunn, then 29, put up ... read more

David Huzzard: The importance of a winning season

With every passing day as the playoffs become more and more of an improbability, it is important to remember the 2015 Washington Nationals are still playing for something. With 78 wins and eleven games to play, the Nationals need to go 4-7 to clinch their fourth consecutive winning season. This might not sound like much or even that important. What's the big difference between 82 ... read more

Rachel Levitin: After season full of Nats' injuries, all eyes will be on Rizzo this offseason

After last night's 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals are 6 1/2 games back while the New York Mets maintain first place in the National League East. All other teams in the division have already been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The magic number is six. No matter what happens at the tail end of the 2015 season, though, the unfortunate part ... read more

Matt of Matt's Bats: Picking postseason favorites with Nats on outside looking in

With the Nats 6 1/2 games out of the National League East with 13 games to go, it looks a lot like the New York Mets are going to pull away with the division title. There still is hope, though. The Nats are 6 1/2 games out, and the Mets are coming off a series loss against the New York Yankees. If the Nats can ... read more

Opposite dugout: Orioles possess power, but poor pitching has dimmed playoff hopes

Manager: Buck Showalter (6th season) Record:73-76 Last 10 games:6-4 Who to watch: 3B Manny Machado (.289 with 29 HR, 75 RBIs), CF Adam Jones (27 HR, 82 RBIs), 1B Chris Davis (43 HR, 109 RBIs), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.287, 14 HR), RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 4.31 ERA), LHP Zach Britton (2.04 ERA, 34 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-2 Pitching probables: Sept. 21: RHP Ubaldo ... read more

Watch the celebration following Jose Lobaton's walk-off sac fly

Two Fridays ago, the Nationals sported their blue jerseys and faced their National League East rivals, the Braves, in front of the hometown crowd at Nats Park. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th, Michael A. Taylor came on to pinch-hit and sent a walk-off three-run home run into the stands. Fast forward to last night's scene in D.C. The boys ... read more