Patrick Reddington: Severino thrust into different role with Ramos injury

Pedro Severino caught Max Scherzer for the first time on Aug. 3rd in Arizona’s Chase Field. Scherzer talked after the outing, an eight-inning start in which he allowed four hits and three earned runs, striking out 11, about getting to know the 23-year-old rookie and getting comfortable with Severino behind the plate. “It was great,” Scherzer told reporters. “He did a great job behind the ... read more

Opposite dugout: In wake of tragedy, Marlins try to finish season on high note

Manager: Don Mattingly (1st season) Record: 78-80 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Christian Yelich (.292 with 20 HR, 95 RBIs), CF Marcell Ozuna (.264 with 23 HR, 75 RBIs), RF Giancarlo Stanton (27 HR, 74 RBIs), RHP Tom Koehler (4-13, 4.15 ERA), RHP A.J. Ramos (2.86 ERA with 39 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 8-8 Pitching probables: Sept. 30: RHP Andrew Cashner ... read more

District 34 podcast: Injury updates heading into the postseason

Playoff baseball is back in D.C.! The Nationals are back in the postseason after clinching their third National League East division title in five years last weekend, and will face the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. That series starts next Friday, but where it will begin remains to be seen. The Nationals hold a two-game lead over the Dodgers heading into today’s series ... read more

David Huzzard: Nats need role players to step up

Wilson Ramos is lost for the postseason, Stephen Strasburg will miss the series against the Dodgers, and Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy are dealing with nagging injuries. To say the Nationals are entering the postseason not in their best shape is an understatement. In order to make a deep playoff run, the Nationals are going to need some guys to step up. This isn’t uncommon ... read more

Charlie Fliegel: Who steps up in Ramos’ absence?

The season-ending injury to Wilson Ramos is obviously a big blow to the Nationals. And with everything Ramos has gone through, especially after the season he was having, it’s hard not to feel sad for him. But the loss of one player, even one who was the team’s second-best hitter this year, won’t end the Nats chances. Ramos hasn’t exactly been hitting well recently, ... read more

Steve Mears: “Next man up” and the postseason roster

The Nationals have been holding tryouts for the postseason roster, and last night, Dusty Baker made some calculated moves, some interesting moves and some moves out of necessity. The moves out of necessity were to replace Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, as both are nursing injuries. Then Baker had to replace Wilson Ramos, who left the game with an apparent right knee injury. Baker went ... read more

Relive Nats Clinchmas through GIFs, videos and photos

The Nationals have returned home as National League East champions! Before the team takes on the Diamondbacks, let’s take a look back at Saturday night’s party in Pittsburgh. The Nats headed into Saturday’s game with the magic number at two. Needing a win and a Mets loss, the Nats jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth inning at PNC Park and didn’t look ... read more

Opposite dugout: With nothing to lose, D-backs looking for payback against Nats

Manager: Chip Hale (2nd season) Record: 64-91 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Jean Segura (.314/.362/.482 with 17 HR, 60 RBIs), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.301/.414/.495 with 23 HR, 91 RBIs), RF Yasmany Tomas (29 HR, 75 RBIs), LHP Robbie Ray (8-13, 4.66 ERA), RHP Jake Barrett (3.49 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 0-3 Pitching probables: Sept. 26: RHP Archie Bradley vs. RHP Tanner ... read more