Opposite dugout: Mariners, Nats put baseball's top two pitching staffs head-to-head

Manager: Lloyd McClendon, first year Record: 72-60 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 2B Robinson Cano (.325/.393/.469, 30 doubles, 12 HR, 71 RBIs); 3B Kyle Seager (.275/.344/.471, 26 doubles, 20 HR, 81 RBIs); RHP Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07 ERA, 0.89 WHIP); RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.83 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats (2013): Did not play Pitching probables Aug. 29: Felix Hernandez vs. ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Nats remained at even keel during 10-game winning streak

Before the Nationals' run of 10 straight wins, which started on Aug. 12 and lasted until Aug. 22, the longest winning streak this season came over a five-game stretch between June 28 and July 2, when the Nats beat the Chicago Cubs in both games of a doubleheader in Wrigley Field and took three straight from the Colorado Rockies on the road in Coors Field. ... read more

David Huzzard: Changing the Nationals' narrative

Way back on May 28, the Nationals were 25-27, averaging 3.9 runs a game and allowing 3.9 runs a game. The Nationals were two games under .500 and playing like they were a .500 team. The narrative at that time was that they were one of the most disappointing teams in baseball and the hangover from Game 5 in the 2012 National League Division Series ... read more

Rachel Levitin: Keeping score enriches the experience of baseball

It's safe to say at this point that this year's Nationals are pretty good at baseball. They've been a thrill to watch, especially the last couple of weeks. Close games turned nail-biters turned walk-off wins - that's a few of the ways the 2014 Nats will be remembered. And the good news is there's several ways to commemorate a good season of well-played baseball. Today, ... read more

Opposite dugout: Last-place Phillies starting to play spoiler for postseason contenders

Manager: Ryne Sandberg, second year Record: 58-72 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Marlon Byrd (.269/.317/.466, 24 doubles, 23 HR, 75 RBIs); 2B Chase Utley (.280/.349/.428, 29 doubles, 11 HR, 69 RBIs); CF Ben Revere (.314/.333/.368, 58 R, 38 SB); LHP Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 5-8, 41 runs scored, 63 runs allowed Pitching probables Aug. 25: ... read more

Marty Niland: Homestand for the ages shows Nats have character

Has there ever been a better time to be a Nationals fan? A team that some baseball experts called the biggest disappointment of the season just a few weeks ago now sits atop the National League after a 9-1 homestand for the ages - the most remarkable this team has seen since moving to town. This one wasn't quite as successful as the 12-1 run ... read more

Nats, Astros expected to submit new plans for shared spring training site soon

The Nationals and Houston Astros are still hoping to construct and share a new spring training facility in Palm Beach County, and are expected to submit a revised plan for a complex in the coming weeks. Springtrainingonline.com reports that the teams are hoping to finalize arrangements for the project by the end of the year, despite being courted by other cities in both Florida and ... read more

Opposite dugout: Up-and-down Giants heating up after latest slump

Manager: Bruce Bochy, eighth year Record: 67-59 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Michael Morse (.283/.339/.482, 29 doubles, 16 HR, 57 RBIs); RF Hunter Pence (.283/.335/.465, 26 doubles, 9 triples, 17 HR, 54 RBIs, 85 R); RHP Tim Hudson (8-9, 3.03 ERA, 1.18 WHIP); RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.73 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 1-3, 12 runs scored, 18 runs allowed ... read more