Key vets ready to empty the tank one last time for World Series

HOUSTON - When they take the field tonight for the first time as World Series participants, once the players have been introduced, once the anthem has been sung, once the ceremonial first pitch has been thrown, the Nationals will embark on their 11th game of this postseason. They’ll do with Max Scherzer on the mound for the fifth time, fourth as a starter. There’s a ... read more

Nats must decide who starts Game 3, who starts at second base

HOUSTON - The decision to start Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in Games 1 and 2 of the World Series was easy for Davey Martinez and the Nationals. The tougher decision is how to line up Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez after that, not to mention how to assemble a lineup for these games in an American League ballpark. Martinez didn’t reveal the rotation plan ... read more

Scherzer gets ball for Game 1 of World Series (updated)

HOUSTON - The Nationals could’ve gotten cute with their World Series rotation, sticking with the order that led them to a National League Championship Series sweep of the Cardinals and saved up their two best horses for potential Games 6 and 7. In the end, manager Davey Martinez decided to keep thing simple and just go with his best guys right out of the chute ... read more

Nats vs. Astros: World Series tale of the tape

The matchup is now set. After a thrilling Game 6 victory over the Yankees late Saturday night, the Astros captured their second American League pennant in three years and thus advanced to the 2019 World Series to face the very well rested Nationals, who today will work out and meet with a throng of media members at Minute Maid Park, with Game 1 of the ... read more

How the 2001 D-backs served as a model for the 2019 Nats

Mike Rizzo has worked in professional baseball for 36 seasons, and until this current campaign he had worked for a team that reached the World Series only once. That was in 2001 with the Diamondbacks, for whom Rizzo served as scouting director. It’s Rizzo’s favorite team, from a professional standpoint, and for good reason. It provided him his lone World Series ring, which he wears ... read more

Nats have several decisions to make before start of Series

This extended break between the National League Championship Series and the World Series offers the Nationals a chance to rest their overworked pitchers and a chance to figure out how to make sure their hitters stay in a rhythm without facing live pitching in actual games for six days. It also offers ample opportunity for the Nats to consider all their roster, lineup, bullpen and ... read more

Nats trying to maintain edge during long break before World Series

On Tuesday night, they celebrated like they’d never celebrated before. Which was appropriate, considering they’d never won the National League pennant before. So what did the Nationals do on Wednesday? “Nothing,” reliever Sean Doolittle said. “Nothing. I woke up at like 11, I took the dogs for a walk and grabbed some bagels from Bethesda Bagels, and then realized that I didn’t have anything to ... read more

Revisiting our opening day predictions

So, traditionally we’ve run this feature right after the Nationals’ season ends. But until now, that’s always happened by this point of the year. Obviously, the season isn’t over yet. But since all but one of the prediction categories from opening day has already been settled, and since we’re still trying to fill this long gap between National League Championship Series and World Series, this ... read more



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