Patrick Reddington: Exploring Nats’ in-house bullpen options

When the Nationals missed out on Aroldis Chapman this week, manager Dusty Baker told reporters that he was disappointed that he wouldn’t be reunited with the hard-throwing lefty who debuted in the majors with the Reds while Baker was their manager. “Disappointing,” Baker said. “Would’ve liked to have him.” While Baker was interested in a reunion with Chapman, he said last week that generally speaking, ... read more

District 34 podcast: Trade deadline, Nats lineup and the Giants series

The Nationals are coming off a two-game interleague series with the Indians in Cleveland, a series they split but probably should have swept. Now they’re out west to start an important four-game series with the National League West-leading Giants before popping down to Arizona. On top of that, the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline looms on Sunday. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time for ... read more

Opposite dugout: Giants scuffling, but keeping pace in NL West

Manager: Bruce Bochy (10th season) Record: 59-42 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.285 average, 12 HR, 47 RBIs); SS Brandon Crawford (94 hits, 63 RBIs); 1B Brandon Belt (.392 OBP, 92 hits, 11 HR); RHP Johnny Cueto (13-2, 2.53 ERA); LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09 ERA). Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (4-3 in 2015) Pitching probables: July 28: RHP ... read more

David Huzzard: Nationals shouldn’t deal top prospects for bullpen help

There is some irony in the demands that the Nationals cave in to the Yankees’ high asking price for Andrew Miller. Not because Lucas Giolito is untouchable, but because Miller was once the 10th best prospect in baseball. It was also at this time he was traded to the Marlins, along with Cameron Maybin, for Miguel Cabrera. Maybin was listed as the sixth best prospect ... read more

Charlie Fliegel: Nats may have found their answer in center field

The Nationals have, over the past few weeks, inched closer to putting Trea Turner in center field, and last night they finally made the leap. Turner in center field makes too much sense to not at least try, and fans should be excited that the Nats are willing to do it. For starters, Turner appears to be an excellent hitter, and just the kind of ... read more

Steve Mears: Aroldis Chapman would not have been worth the high price

How many postseason saves does Aroldis Chapman have? Zero. Chapman does have a blown save and a loss. Wade Davis has four postseason saves with a perfect save record, and he also has three holds and four wins. Davis has 23 postseason games on his record and no blemishes. There is something called “incremental improvement” that sabermetricians look at to compare a 2.4 WAR player ... read more

Opposite dugout: Indians bring balanced attack in interleague matchup of division leaders

Manager: Terry Francona (4th season) Record: 56-41 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: SS Francisco Lindor (.303/.360/.458 with 12 HR, 49 RBIs), 2B Jason Kipnis. (.285 with 16 HR, 52 RBIs), 1B Mike Napoli (22 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.75 ERA), RHP Cody Allen (2.55 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-1 in 2013) Pitching probables: July ... read more

Marty Niland: Three questions facing Nats as they begin road trip

The Nationals seemed to have all the answers a week ago after starting their post All-Star break homestand with two wins in three games, but after a 2-4 finish, they hit the road to Cleveland, San Francisco and Arizona with more questions. Who will be the Nats’ fifth outfielder? Michael A. Taylor was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse following Sunday’s 10-6 loss to San Diego. Since ... read more