#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Homers, walk-offs and a no-no

OK, let’s admit it. You weren’t done watching baseball and fully expected the Nationals to be playing in the postseason deep into October. We get it. We’re right there with you. And baseball withdrawal is a legit medical condition that deserves a lot more attention than it receives. Yes, you can tune to the National League Championship Series beginning on Friday. But that doesn’t solve ... read more

Ryan Sullivan: Nationals could face a painful choice this offseason

The last few games of this past week’s homestand put a spotlight on the main storyline of the Nationals’ offseason and one of the biggest in all of baseball: Which team will upcoming free agent Bryce Harper sign with this winter? The almost 26-year-old Harper will have, for the first time in his professional career, the opportunity to choose which team he plays for and ... read more

Opposite dugout: A lot on line for Rockies in final regular season series

Manager: Bud Black (2nd season) Record: 89-70 Last 10 games: 7-3 (update) Who to watch: 3B Nolan Arenado (.296/.374/.545 with 34 HR, 105 RBIs), SS Trevor Story (.291/.346/.562 with 35 HR, 105 RBIs, 26 SB), CF Charlie Blackmon (.287, 26 HR), 2B DJ LeMahieu (15 HR, 61 RBIs), 1B Ian Desmond (21 HR, 86 RBIs), RHP Kyle Freeland (16-7, 2.84 ERA), RHP Wade Davis (42 ... read more

Liz Barr: Anthony Rendon still has a lot to play for

On a team with stars such as Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Trea Turner and Juan Soto, sometimes it can be easy to forget about Anthony Rendon. And while it’s probably what he wants, as the man famously will go to excessive lengths to avoid talking about himself and his accomplishments, we would be doing the world a great injustice if we let what he’s done ... read more

Opposite dugout: Marlins arrive in D.C. on rare winning streak

Manager: Don Mattingly (3rd season) Record: 62-93 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: C J.T. Realmuto (21 HR, 73 RBIs), RF Brian Anderson (60 RBIs), SS JT Riddle (9 HR, 36 RBIs), LF Derek Dietrich (16 HR, 45 RBIs), RHP Kyle Barraclough (10 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 6-10 Pitching probables: Sept. 24: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-1) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-7); 7:05 ... read more

Ryan Sullivan: End of 2018 season looms large for Joe Ross, Nationals

One of several reasons the 2018 Nationals have underachieved this season has been their lack of starting pitching depth. Washington suffered lengthy injuries to starters Stephen Strasburg and Jeremy Hellickson this season, and replacements Erick Fedde, Tommy Milone and Jefry Rodriguez could not adequately replace their performance. However, one could argue the Nationals’ pitching depth began to feel strained in July 2017, when Joe Ross ... read more

Opposite dugout: Disappointing season draws to a close for the Mets

Manager: Mickey Callaway (1st season) Record: 70-82 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Michael Conforto (26 HR, 121 hits); SS Amed Rosario (.260 with 133 hits, 21 SB); 1B Wilmer Flores (.267 with 11 HR, 51 RBIs); 3B Todd Frazier (84 hits, 58 RBIs); RHP Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.78 ERA); LHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.03 ERA); RHP Robert Gsellman (3.97 ERA, 11 saves) ... read more

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