The Nationals won their second consecutive division title Sunday with a 3-2 win over the Phillies and a 10-8 Braves win in 11 innings that eliminated the Marlins.
And it wasn't lost on the players during their celebration that the Sunday clinching lineup included recent prospects, youngsters and guys who have never played in the majors until this season.
Sunday's lineup included regular Trea Turner, but also AdriÃ¡n Sanchez, Wilmer Difo, Victor Robles, Andrew Stevenson, Pedro Severino and...
The combination of Stephen Strasburg and a young lineup desperate to show they belong could be a recipe for difficulty for the Phillies.
Strasburg has struck out five in three innings. He has also enjoyed fine catches by right fielder Rafael Bautista and a Sun Monster-conquering catch from rookie Victor Robles.
Ben Lively has kept pace for the Phillies. Wilmer Difo doubled in the first and Andrew Stevenson walked in the second, but the Nats have been unable to plate a run through three frames...
Manager Dusty Baker said Saturday he was going to start the youngsters in Sunday's series finale against the Phillies so his regulars can have two full days off before the Braves arrive Tuesday night.
And with a win and a Marlins loss today, the Nationals will lock up their second consecutive National League East crown, and fourth in six seasons.
Monday is a scheduled day off. The only regular starter in the lineup is Trea Turner. The big deal is that top prospect Victor Robles makes his first...
Edwin Jackson did not receive a very kind birthday present from the Phillies on Saturday night.
They were able to see his pitches very well in a 5-4 setback.
The right-hander, now 34 years of age, allowed two early homers to Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco that set the tone. The Phillies added three more runs in the fourth.
The Nationals battled back from a 5-1 deficit to cut the lead to 5-4, thanks to a two-run shot and RBI single from Michael A. Taylor.
Even with the loss, the Nats' magic...
The Nationals are now 25-17 in one-run games after Thursday's 4-3 victory over the Phillies. The victory was the Nats' 34th comeback win of the season. Three of the Nats' last five wins have come by a single run.
They have gone 30-16 in series openers this season, as well.
These are statistics that could be beneficial come playoff time. There will be opportunities against good teams, most likely in the postseason, where the Nats will be down by one run, or up by one run, in the late...
Nationals starter Tanner Roark kept his club in the game long enough for a comeback, and then the bullpen shut the door again for three innings in a 4-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday night.
The Nats' magic number to clinch the National League East has dropped to four, thanks to the Braves' comeback 6-5 win over the Marlins in Atlanta.
Roark went six innings, allowing three runs, and Trea Turner came through with a two-run single in a three-run sixth-inning rally for the Nats' 86th win of...
The Nationals got on the board first against the Phillies and Aaron Nola in the first of four games Thursday night at Nats Park.
With one out in the second, Michael A. Taylor reached on a throwing error by first baseman Tommy Joseph and promptly stole second base.
With two outs, Alejandro De Aza lined a single to left field to score Taylor for a 1-0 Nationals lead.
Tanner Roark allowed a solo homer off the bat of Jorge Alfaro in the third. It was Alfaro's second homer of the season and came on...
The Nationals return home to begin a 10-game home stand with the magic number to clinch the National League East at six as they begin four games against the Phillies.
The club made a major announcement prior to the game that their top prospect, center fielder Victor Robles has had his contract selected from Double-A Harrisburg. Also called up are outfielders Andrew Stevenson and Rafael Bautista.
The 20-year-old Robles, ranked the No. 4 prospect in the game by MLB.com, hit .344 over his last 10...
The Nationals lead the National League East despite a bullpen that brings daily turbulence.
This week at Nationals Park they will see first-hand that they aren't the only team with late-inning issues. The Nationals' bullpen ERA (5.40) is 29th in baseball.
Seattle's bullpen has the highest ERA in the majors at 5.44, while San Diego is 27th at 5.04. The Mariners and Padres play in D.C. this week.
Edwin DÃaz, and his blazing fastball, was the Mariners closer at the season's start, but he...
The Nationals' Bryce Harper continues to make baseball life difficult for the Phillies.
In the bottom of the first, Harper hit a scorching line drive over the right-center field wall to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The homer was his 12th of the season and came on a 2-1 pitch. He has now hit 20 homers off the Phillies, second most to the 21 he has hit off the Marlins.
Anthony Rendon hit his first triple of the season in the next at-bat, but the Nats were unable to bring him home.
Still basking in the glow of another Bryce Harper walk-off gem against Philadelphia, the Nationals and Phillies embark on a day-night doubleheader on Mother's Day in the nation's capital. The two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth Saturday night was Harper's second walk-off this season against the Phillies and fifth of his career.
Game 1 features left-hander Gio Gonzalez against right-hander Jeremey Hellickson.
Manager Dusty Baker has elected to rest left fielder Jayson Werth, who has dealt...
Right-handers Tanner Roark and Jeremy Hellickson are in a Saturday afternoon pitchers' duel between the Nationals and Phillies.
Roark has not allowed a baserunner in the first three innings, retiring nine straight batters. He struck out the last two he faced in Freddy Galvis and Hellickson.
Hellickson also did well in the first two frames, although the Nats have reached deep right field on lineouts by Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and a flyout by Ryan Zimmerman.
With one out in the third, the...
Manager: Pete Mackanin (4th season)
Last 10 games: 3-6
Who to watch: LF Howie Kendrick (.355, 5 RBIs), CF OdÃºbel Herrera (.313/.421/.375), SS Freddy Galvis (2 HR), 3B Maikel Franco (2 HR, 8 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 4.50 ERA), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.90 ERA), RHP JoaquÃn Benoit (0.00 ERA in 4 games)
Season series vs. Nationals: 2-1
April 14: RHP Aaron Nola vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg, 4:05 p.m., MASN April 15: RHP Jeremy Hellickson vs. RHP Tanner...
The Chicago Cubs' agony is over.
They are celebrating their first World Series championship since 1908 after beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
And this might not be a one-time thing for the franchise of Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg and Ferguson Jenkins. The Cubs are built for the long haul.
The Cubs have two free agents - Aroldis Chapman and Dexter Fowler - and plenty of money to retain them. They also have their entire infield - Kris Bryant,...