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Game 16 lineups: Nats vs. Cardinals

After everything that’s happened in the last 48 hours, would you believe the Nationals have a chance today to win their season series against the Cardinals? Yep, they enter this afternoon’s finale at Nationals Park with a 3-2 record against St. Louis over the last week, and a win in this one would wrap it up. At worst, they’ll split the six-game season series. (Side ... read more

Nats prepare to proceed for a while without Soto in lineup

Uplifting as the Nationals’ 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night was, it could not erase the fact Juan Soto is now on the injured list and a ballclub already dealing with more issues than it ever thought possible in late April has another one to contend with. The transaction to place Soto on the 10-day IL with a left shoulder strain caught everyone ... read more

Nats emerge victorious at end of eventful evening (updated)

Davey Martinez and his players have been insisting for several days now that the mood inside the Nationals clubhouse remains upbeat, that nobody is feeling a sense of dread two weeks into a season that has seen all manner of calamity befall this team. From a roster-ravaging COVID-19 outbreak to an ineffective string of pitching performances to a lineup that has been hit-or-miss to yet ... read more

Soto surprisingly lands on IL with shoulder strain

A Nationals club already beset with major pitching issues now has a major lineup problem: Juan Soto is injured. The Nats placed Soto on the 10-day injured list this evening with a left shoulder strain, an out-of-nowhere announcement less than an hour before they face the Cardinals on South Capitol Street, one that leaves this 5-9 club in further disarray at a moment when it ... read more

Nats promote Fuentes, still figuring out long-term pitching plan

Desperate for fresh arms who could help them navigate their way through a week that has seen three starters get knocked out early, the Nationals made another roster move today while continuing to map out a pitching plan for the weekend and beyond. The Nats promoted Steven Fuentes from their alternate training site in Fredericksburg, summoning the 23-year-old right-hander now in case he’s needed during ... read more

Game 15 lineups: Nats vs. Cardinals (updated)

Well, this is what it has come to: The Nationals tonight desperately need a quality start from Patrick Corbin, who has yet to come close to producing such a performance in 2021 (and often didn’t do it in 2020, for that matter). In 13 starts since the 2019 postseason, Corbin has made it through six or more innings allowing three or fewer earned runs only ... read more

As he drops in lineup, Robles rediscovering old form in outfield

Maybe it was the diving catch in deep left-center after a long run from his position in the middle of the outfield. Maybe it was the 270-yard bullseye he hit on the fly from the base of the center field wall to second base to nab a greedy runner. Whatever moment you choose, chances are you’ve at some point in the last two weeks watched ... read more

Ross blasted for 10 runs, adding to rotation woes (updated)

If the Nationals are going to survive with Stephen Strasburg on the injured list, Patrick Corbin a mess and Jon Lester still building his arm up at the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, they’re going to have to rely on the remaining members of their rotation not only to pitch effectively but to at times exceed expectations. For two starts, that’s exactly what they got ... read more