Game 154 lineups: Nats at Mets

NEW YORK - First, the most important news of the day: Bryce Harper (along with Brian Goodwin and Stephen Drew) batted in another simulated game today, facing Nationals minor leaguers Steven Fuentes and Alex Troop. By all indications (i.e., from what I could tell from my vantage point up in the press box) things went well, which means it should be decision time for the ... read more

Looking at NLDS roster cases for Jackson, Robles, De Aza

NEW YORK - It’s no secret the Nationals are using the final two weeks of the regular season to make some final evaluations of players who are in the mix for the handful of postseason roster spots up for grabs. Which makes games like Friday night’s at Citi Field - a 7-6 loss to the Mets - meaningful, but in a different way than most ... read more

Robles’ efforts can’t make up for pitching woes in 7-6 loss

NEW YORK - They played the kids, and some of them provided some uplifting moments. But the Nationals lost tonight’s series opener to the Mets, 7-6, not because of anything their rookies did but because of what two struggling veteran pitchers did. Starter Edwin Jackson continued his September tailspin, giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings - five of those runs coming in the ... read more

Rookies get chance to play, make NLDS roster case (Nats lose 7-6)

NEW YORK - Dusty Baker had a logical reason for fielding a lineup entirely of backups and rookies tonight against the Mets. Given the fact the Nationals didn’t arrive in New York til 3:30 a.m. following their series finale in Atlanta, the veteran manager thought it would be a good time to let his regulars rest. Which isn’t to say Baker is sacrificing this game. ... read more

Game 153 lineups: Nats at Mets

NEW YORK - You want to see the kids? Well, tonight you get to see the kids. After playing his regulars three straight nights in Atlanta, Dusty Baker is giving them the series opener against the Mets off, instead going with a lineup full of youth, energy ... and inexperience. We’ll see how that pays off against New York right-hander Robert Gsellman, who has been ... read more

Why Nats’ wholesale lineup changes caused mass confusion

ATLANTA - Everything was moving along nicely. The Nationals had just scored a run in the top of the eighth, cutting the Braves’ lead to 3-2. They weren’t necessarily going to complete the comeback and win the game, but neither were they going to incite mass chaos on the field that led to an eight-minute delay ... Er, maybe they were. What transpired between the ... read more

Nats’ sloppy performance results in 3-2 loss (updated)

ATLANTA - Tanner Roark pitched well, but not well enough to overcome some sloppy defense behind him, a lack of offense from his teammates and a bizarre wholesale lineup change by the Nationals in the eighth inning. The end result was a 3-2 loss to the Braves, who thanks to R.A. Dickey’s pitching gem won the last of the 19 head-to-head matchups between these division ... read more

Drew, Goodwin push to return (Nats lose 3-2)

ATLANTA - Stephen Drew knows the odds are stacked against him. He hasn’t played in two months, and he still almost certainly needs surgery this winter for a tear in his abdomen. But the veteran infielder has been able to ramp up his workouts over the last week, and today in addition to taking batting practice he also ran extensively at SunTrust Park. All that ... read more