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Two seasons in, Scherzer living up to mammoth contract

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Max Scherzer, whose dominant second half may have been enough to earn the Cy Young Award. PLAYER REVIEW: MAX SCHERZER Age on opening day 2017: 32 How acquired: Signed as free agent, January 2015 MLB service time: 8 years, 79 days 2016 salary: $15 million

How does Lobaton fit into Nationals’ 2017 catching plans?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Jose Lobaton, the reliable backup catcher who was thrust into a bigger role after Wilson Ramos was injured. PLAYER REVIEW: JOSE LOBATON Age on opening day 2017: 32 How acquired: Acquired from Rays with Felipe Rivero and Drew Vettleson for Nathan Karns, February 2014 MLB

Do Nats have a spot in 2017 for pinch-hitting savvy Heisey?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Chris Heisey, who proved to be a productive, veteran bat off the bench this season. PLAYER REVIEW: CHRIS HEISEY Age on opening day 2017: 32 How acquired: Signed as free agent, December 2015 MLB service time: 6 years, 42 days 2016 salary: $1.25 million Contract

Taylor’s stock with Nationals has dropped after rough season

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Michael A. Taylor, who after a promising rookie season struggled when given a chance to play this year. PLAYER REVIEW: MICHAEL A. TAYLOR Age on opening day 2017: 26 How acquired: Sixth-round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 2 years 2016 salary: $524,900 Contract status:

Rizzo on Turner, Strasburg, Harper and the offseason plan

The Nationals weren’t satisfied getting knocked out of the first round of the postseason for the third time in five years, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still view the 2016 campaign in a favorable light, general manager Mike Rizzo insisted today. “I definitely view it as a successful season that ended poorly for us,” Rizzo said during a 15-minute conference call, his first session

Was Revere’s rough year an anomaly or should Nats move on?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Ben Revere, who was acquired to be the club’s center fielder and leadoff man but wound up losing his starting job by late-summer. PLAYER REVIEW: BEN REVERE Age on opening day 2017: 28 How acquired: Acquired from Blue Jays for Drew Storen, January 2016 MLB

Barrett outrighted to Syracuse, elects free agency

The Nationals outrighted Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse today, hoping to keep him in the organization while he recovers from his second major elbow injury in two years. The right-hander, though, instead elected to become a free agent, ending his tenure with the Nats. Barrett had been on the 60-day disabled list all season, but clubs are required to transfer injured players back to the

Pressure will be on Harper to return to peak form in 2017

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Bryce Harper, who struggled to duplicate his MVP performance from 2015, perhaps in part because of a physical ailment. PLAYER REVIEW: BRYCE HARPER Age on opening day 2017: 24 How acquired: First-round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 159 days 2016 salary: $5

Can Turner duplicate electric second half over full 2017 season?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Trea Turner, who didn’t arrive in the big leagues until July, but wound up one of the most valuable players on the team. PLAYER REVIEW: TREA TURNER Age on opening day 2017: 23 How acquired: Acquired from Padres with Joe Ross, with Nats trading Steven

Can Werth keep it going in seventh and final year of contract?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Jayson Werth, who despite a slow start managed to put together another solid season even as the outfielder approaches the twilight of his career. PLAYER REVIEW: JAYSON WERTH Age on opening day 2017: 37 How acquired: Signed as free agent, December 2010 MLB service time:

More power in 2017 would make Robinson more valuable to Nats

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Clint Robinson, who in his second full big league season further established himself as a reliable bench bat who can take over at first base when needed. PLAYER REVIEW: CLINT ROBINSON Age on opening day 2017: 32 How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent,

Drew’s strong second half could entice Nats to try to re-sign him

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Stephen Drew, who struggled early in his first season in Washington, then managed to become a key performer off the bench despite a prolonged absence due to an unusual ailment. PLAYER REVIEW: STEPHEN DREW Age on opening day 2017: 34 How acquired: Signed as free

After career year halted by ACL tear, uncertain future for Ramos

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Wilson Ramos, who enjoyed a career year that included his first-ever All-Star selection, only to have it cut short in the season’s final week when he tore the ACL in his right knee. PLAYER REVIEW: WILSON RAMOS Age on opening day 2017: 29 How acquired:

Nationals retain entire coaching staff for 2017

Dusty Baker’s entire coaching staff will return in 2017. The Nationals announced today that all seven coaches on Baker’s staff - bench coach Chris Speier, pitching coach Mike Maddux, first base coach Davey Lopes, third base coach Bob Henley, hitting coach Rick Schu, assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones and bullpen coach Dan Firova - have been retained for another season. The news doesn’t come as

After sluggish April, Rendon recaptured top form in 2016

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Anthony Rendon, who got off to slow start but then became one of the club’s most consistent and productive hitters in the second half. PLAYER REVIEW: ANTHONY RENDON Age on opening day 2017: 26 How acquired: First-round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 3 years,

After an all-too-familiar year, what does future hold for Espinosa?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Danny Espinosa, who once again tantalized everyone with a midseason power surge, but once again finished with unimpressive numbers because of an inability to consistently make contact. PLAYER REVIEW: DANNY ESPINOSA Age on opening day 2017: 29 How acquired: Third-round pick, 2008 draft MLB service

Once a fallback option, Murphy turned in MVP-caliber year

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Daniel Murphy, whose first season in Washington proved to be among the best all-around seasons in Nats history and made the veteran infielder an MVP candidate. PLAYER REVIEW: DANIEL MURPHY Age on opening day 2017: 32 How acquired: Signed as free agent, December 2016 MLB

What can Nats expect from Zimmerman after difficult season?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’ll begin with reviews of each significant player on the Nationals roster. We begin today with Ryan Zimmerman, the once-reliable slugger who struggled through his worst major league season before finding his stroke just in time for the playoffs. PLAYER REVIEW: RYAN ZIMMERMAN Age on opening day 2017: 32 How acquired: First-round pick, 2005 draft MLB service time:

Top five offseason storylines for the Nationals

It happened much sooner than anyone around here wanted, but it’s now officially the offseason in D.C., and there’s nothing anybody can do to change that. This figures to be quite a compelling offseason for the Nationals, who will be motivated to do what they can to put themselves in a better position to advance deeper into October in 2017 than they did in 2016.

Looking back at what went right during the NLDS

There’s been plenty of teeth-nashing, head-banging and face-palming in the last 36 hours over everything that went wrong for the Nationals in Games 4 and 5 of the National League Division Series. That’s fine. Losses like this need to be analyzed and rehashed, with an eye on what could have been different. Let’s take a moment this morning, though, to do the opposite exercise. Instead

Ramos has surgery for torn ACL, Nats say rehab is 6-8 months

Wilson Ramos had surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee today, a procedure that may not allow the soon-to-be free agent catcher to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Ramos also had repairs done to the medial meniscus and lateral meniscus in his knee, the Nationals said. Rehab from the surgery, performed by orthopedist Robert Najarian, is expected to

Revisiting all the key decisions in the Nationals’ Game 5 loss

The sting hasn’t worn off yet, and it probably won’t for quite some time. The Nationals are dispersing around the country today, going home for the winter instead of going to Chicago for a shot at the pennant. Game 5 of the 2016 National League Division Series was an all-timer, one they’ll be talking about for years. Whether the Nationals themselves or their fans will

Nationals left to process another early October exit

Jayson Werth has been through this before, more times than he’d like to remember. No two postseason elimination games are quite the same, and every season-ending loss hurts in its own way. This one, though, this one was ... well, what exactly was it? The final score said the Nationals lost 4-3 to the Dodgers in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division

Nationals come up short again, lose 4-3 in epic Game 5

This one will require some time to fully process. The crowd of 43,936 that sat, stood, roared and groaned through every moment of Game 5 of the National League Division Series knows only that it just witnessed one of the wildest winner-take-all showdowns in baseball history. Someone will write a novel about this one, maybe on the 66-minute seventh inning alone, the critical frame of

Baker wants fans positive, says Strasburg won’t pitch in NLCS

Not that you’d expect anything less from him, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker is particularly relaxed and confident heading into Game 5 of the National League Division Series. And he’s been that way all day. “To tell you the truth, I got up, said my prayers like I always do,” Baker said when asked what his emotions were like today. “Got a cup of coffee.

NLDS Game 5 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers

And so it has come to this. Game 5. Winner-take-all. One team heads to Chicago this weekend for the National League Championship Series. One team heads home for the winter, wondering what might have been. We’ve experienced this once before during this era of D.C. baseball. The final outcome is one that continues to haunt everyone. Tonight’s result could go a long way toward pushing

Win or lose Game 5, Nationals have proven something this year

When they take the field shortly after 8 p.m. tonight, Max Scherzer leading the way, the Nationals will be facing far more than the Dodgers in a do-or-die baseball game. They’ll be facing their own demons, the demons of two previous postseason failures, the demons of two other regular season failures during this five-year run of excellence, the demons of Washington’s entire sports existence that

Scherzer looks forward to the “biggest start of my life”

LOS ANGELES - Max Scherzer didn’t even pause to think about it when asked Tuesday night about the significance of what takes place Thursday night in D.C. “Yep, this is probably the biggest start of my career,” he said. “Biggest start of my life. I’ve said that a handful of times throughout my career. How you handle that, going out there and using the emotion

“It’s win or go home - it’s time to win”

LOS ANGELES - It was the kind of sequence that championship clubs so often put together in October. Trailing late in a critical postseason game, facing one of the best in the sport, somehow finding a way to string together several quality at-bats and produce an inspiring rally. The Nationals did all that in the top of the seventh today at Dodger Stadium, and after

Late rally not quite enough for Nationals in tense Game 4 loss

LOS ANGELES - The seventh-inning rally, featuring so many quality at-bats and a little bit of good fortune, had brought the Nationals back from the brink, improbably giving them five runs off Clayton Kershaw and leaving the fate of Game 4 of the National League Division Series hanging in the balance. But the Dodgers weren’t totally deflated, despite their best efforts to melt down in

Strasburg has “a little discomfort” during bullpen session

LOS ANGELES - As the Nationals attempt to finish off the National League Division Series this afternoon, Stephen Strasburg continues to attempt to return from an elbow injury and pitch for his team at some point later in the postseason. But Strasburg’s road back to game action remains littered with speed bumps and potholes, and he hit one of them Monday while throwing in the

NLDS Game 4 lineups: Nats at Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - The Nationals today have the opportunity to do something they’ve never done before, not to mention something no major pro sports franchise in D.C. has done in a long time. With a victory in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, they would advance to their first National League Championship Series. In doing so, they would become the first D.C. team

Starters still unnamed as countdown to Game 4 looms

LOS ANGELES - The Nationals and Dodgers knew all along they’d be playing Game 4 of the National League Division Series this afternoon. They just didn’t know who the starting pitcher for either team would be. Or what time the game would begin. As they woke up this morning, they still hadn’t revealed the identities of the starting pitchers. But at least they knew the

Once a liability, Nationals bullpen has led the way in NLDS

LOS ANGELES - Shawn Kelley likes to walk around the clubhouse at Nationals Park wearing a T-shirt bearing a simple message: “Relievers are people, too.” Too often the guys who occupy big league bullpens are anonymous to the masses, a revolving door of arms brought into games only when the higher-profile starter can’t do his job. The game, though, is changing. Bullpens matter more than

Nats ride early offense, then bullpen to 8-3 victory in Game 3

LOS ANGELES - They played a four-hour game Sunday afternoon in cold, windy D.C., then flew across the country, then woke up and played another four-hour game Monday afternoon in warm, sun-baked L.A. But this is the postseason, and you do whatever is required of you this time of the year, physical and mental toll and sleep patterns cast aside for the moment. And right

Game 4 starters still undecided by both clubs

LOS ANGELES - They of course still need to play Game 3 this afternoon, but the Nationals know that no matter the outcome they will be playing Game 4 of the National League Division Series here at Dodger Stadium sometime Tuesday (either 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. EDT, depending on the status of the Cubs-Giants series). So the Nationals will need a starting pitcher for

With surprise homer, Lobaton gets monkey off Nationals’ backs

The reaction the moment Jose Lobaton made contact wasn’t joyous. There was no instantaneous celebration in the Nationals dugout, nor in the batter’s box when Lobaton connected with Rich Hill’s 1-1 curveball in the bottom of the fourth inning and sent it soaring toward left field. Any other day, the Nationals would have been jumping up and down and Lobaton would have been flipping his

Lobaton’s blast, bullpen’s dominance help Nats win Game 2

It had to come eventually. The Nationals simply couldn’t keep squandering every single scoring opportunity they had in the postseason, right? No, there actually is enough talent in this lineup to deliver big hits in big spots. But who in their wildest dreams expected the guy to deliver the biggest hit of them all to be Jose Lobaton? The longtime backup catcher, pressed into a

Lobaton’s homer gives Nats first lead (Nationals win 5-2)

Well, it didn’t take long for the Dodgers to take a lead in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. And they followed a familiar script. Corey Seager, the second batter of the game, blasted a 93 mph 3-0 fastball from Tanner Roark over the wall in right-center for a 1-0 lead. Seager did the same in Friday’s series opener, connecting off Max Scherzer.

NLDS Game 2 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers (take two)

The good news: There’s no rain in sight today. (Not that there turned out to be much of it yesterday after Major League Baseball postponed Game 2 of the National League Division Series.) The bad news: It’s cold. And it’s windy. There’s a stiff wind blowing from left field to right field, and it’s supposed to stay that way all afternoon. That wouldn’t seem to

Sunday morning notes before rescheduled Game 2

Some Sunday morning leftovers to get you warmed up before Game 2 of the National League Division Series finally is played at 1:08 p.m. ... * There were plenty of discouraging aspects of the Nationals’ 4-3 loss in Game 1 on Friday night, but here was a particularly encouraging thing that happened: Ryan Zimmerman had two hits. After a season full of strikeouts and hard-hit

NLDS Game 2 postponed until Sunday at 1:08 p.m. (updated)

Major League Baseball calls all the shots when it comes to postseason games. So when the time came this afternoon to decide whether Game 2 of the National League Division Series should proceed as planned, be delayed or postponed, all eyes turned to Rob Manfred, who already was on the premises for a pre-planned appearance at Nationals Park. The commissioner’s verdict: We’ll see you back

Nats hope more relaxed Turner will make difference in Game 2

Trea Turner’s importance to the Nationals’ chances this postseason is a given at this point. The Dodgers know it. Everybody knows it. Which means the Nationals’ chances of winning Game 2 of the best-of-five National League Division Series this afternoon go up considerably if Turner is able to produce atop the lineup and have the kind of impact he did throughout the season’s second half.

NLDS Game 2 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers

It’s a gray, dreary afternoon in the District, perhaps appropriate given the mood around here after last night’s frustrating 4-3 loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. The Nationals are basically in must-win territory today in Game 2, not a position they want to be in, but the position they find themselves in regardless. Tanner Roark, though, is a good person to

Nationals lament missed opportunity to beat vulnerable Kershaw

There were two ways for the Nationals to look at their offensive performance in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. The glass-half-full way: They put pressure on Clayton Kershaw all night, with nine men reaching base against the Dodgers ace, who was pulled after only five innings. And they kept that pressure up against the Los Angeles bullpen, ultimately giving themselves 10 at-bats

Clutch hit eludes Nats once again in Game 1 loss to Dodgers

The pessimistic view of Game 1 of the National League Division Series will suggest that this looked awfully familiar. The Nationals ace didn’t live up to the hype, surrendering a couple of big blows. The lineup gave itself countless opportunities with men in scoring position and couldn’t deliver. The end result: a one-run loss that leaves this club facing an uphill battle in this best-of-five

Strasburg throws off bullpen mound for first time since injury

Whatever hope Stephen Strasburg has of pitching for the Nationals again this season got a boost today when the right-hander threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since he injured his elbow against the Braves on Sept. 7. The bullpen session was brief, roughly 25 pitches over perhaps 10 minutes, but it did represent a significant step for Strasburg in his longshot attempt

Dusty Baker explains final NLDS roster decisions

The Nationals’ decision to carry only seven relievers with a six-man bench for the National League Division Series boiled down their opponent for this first round of the playoffs and the fact that several of their position players are still dealing with nagging ailments. Manager Dusty Baker said the Dodgers’ left-handed-laden lineup necessitated the carrying of three lefties in his NLDS bullpen. And with Daniel

NLDS Game 1 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers

The day has come at last. It’s been a long wait since the Nationals clinched the National League East title 13 days ago. But this afternoon, the postseason begins in D.C. It’s Game 1 of the National League Division Series, and it’s as good a pitching matchup as you can get: Max Scherzer vs. Clayton Kershaw. The two aces will take center stage and draw

Nats go with seven relievers for NLDS (Roark starting Game 2)

The Nationals’ finalized roster for the National League Division Series includes only seven relievers but six bench players, not to mention several notable names left out altogether. For their best-of-five series with the Dodgers, the Nationals opted to carry only 11 total pitchers. That leaves a seven-man bullpen of closer Mark Melancon; right-handers Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen and Reynaldo Lopez; and left-handers Marc Rzepczynski, Sammy

Scherzer vs. Kershaw: “I don’t expect for it to be a blowout”

Sometimes a postseason series matchup doesn’t have to be hyped up any more than with a simple mention of last names. Schilling vs. Clemens. Halladay vs. Carpenter. Bumgarner vs. Syndergaard. And now ... Scherzer vs. Kershaw. It would be difficult to conjure up a better pitching showdown for Game 1 of the National League Division Series than the one that will be on display later

Difo makes roster, three lefties in ‘pen, no Game 2 starter yet

The Nationals’ roster for the National League Division Series will include Wilmer Difo on the bench and three lefties in the bullpen. It probably won’t include both Clint Robinson and Ben Revere, though, with room only for one of those reserves. Dusty Baker revealed some aspects of his club’s roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers during today’s news conference at Nationals Park, but the

Nats have many factors to weigh on final NLDS roster decisions

The Nationals have until 10 a.m. Friday to submit and announce their roster for the National League Division Series. Don’t be surprised if they take every last minute available to them before finalizing which 25 players will take the field against the Dodgers. These decisions are easier said than done, and Dusty Baker, Mike Rizzo and everyone else involved in the process have some legitimately

Nats add live BP to workout, Murphy passes running test

The Nationals added another element to today’s pre-playoffs workout: live batting practice. And Daniel Murphy added more elements to his personal workout in an attempt to return from injury and start Game 1 of the National League Division Series: hard running in both the outfield and on the bases. By all accounts, both went according to plan, leaving everybody as ready as they could reasonably

Spotlight will shine on Nationals lefties during NLDS

The Dodgers do many things well. They pitch well. They hit for power. They play good defense. There is, however, one thing they really don’t do well: hit left-handed pitchers. No team in baseball was less productive against lefties than the Dodgers, whose .213 batting average was 21 points worse than anybody else in the majors, and whose .622 OPS was 55 points worse than

Murphy on track for Game 1, Scherzer officially named starter

For most of the Nationals roster, which still stands at 40 for now until final decisions are made before Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, today’s workout was an exercise in the routine and mundane. Pitchers fielded bunts. Infielders took grounders. Everybody took batting practice. For Daniel Murphy, more was at stake. The Nationals second baseman and MVP candidate hasn’t done

Revisiting those opening day media predictions

As sportswriters, the most important thing we ask of the athletes and coaches we cover is accountability. It’s easy to do interviews after you hit a game-winning homer. It’s not nearly as easy to do them after you give up a game-winning homer. But it’s part of the job, and so we ask them to stand up and take the heat when they lose. But

Turner earns another NL Rookie of the Month honor

Trea Turner’s odds of winning National League Rookie of the Year are nearly nonexistent, not because of his performance, but because he spent less than half of the season in the big leagues while Corey Seager played the entire year for the Dodgers and posted dynamic numbers across the board. Turner, though, can take solace knowing he clearly was the league’s best rookie through the

Starting times for NLDS Games 1 and 2 announced

The Nationals and Dodgers will be battling not only aces on the mound, but possibly late-afternoon shadows and the emergence of the Sun Monster when they open the National League Division Series with a pair of contests later this week. Game 1 of the best-of-five series will start at 5:38 p.m. Friday, Major League Baseball announced today. First pitch for Game 2 is slated for

Nationals now face long wait til NLDS opens Friday

Baseball is a sport played every day. Or almost every day. Yet here are the Nationals and Dodgers, champions of their respective divisions, ready to do battle in their best-of-five National League Division Series ... and they’re forced to take the next four days off before finally returning to the field. It’s an unfortunate, but necessary, part of the modern postseason schedule. With the two

With 20th win in the books, Scherzer now looks to postseason

Twenty wins means different things to different people. And its meaning has changed significantly throughout the course of baseball history, with most around the sport now fully acknowledging how many better ways there are to evaluate a pitcher’s season than mere wins and losses that are so dependent on the performances of others. But 20 wins does still mean something to those who wear the

Could Murphy pinch-hit and win batting title? (Nationals win 10-7)

Daniel Murphy has taken only two at-bats in the last two weeks, with the Nationals trying to give their MVP candidate as much time as possible to recover from a strained buttocks muscle and be ready for Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Murphy, though, might have good reason to try for one at-bat at some point in today’s series finale.

Game 162 lineups: Nats vs. Marlins

And so we have reached Game 162, always a big day on the baseball calendar. This, of course, isn’t the end of the 2016 season for the Nationals, who have far more important things still to come later this week. But it’s officially the day to turn the page from the regular season to the postseason. What’s at stake today: Max Scherzer is going for

With four-out save, Melancon starts prepping for postseason

There are few roles as defined in baseball as the closer’s role. Is your team leading by one, two or three runs entering the ninth inning? OK, you’re in. And the overwhelming majority of the time the last two seasons, Mark Melancon has been used just like that. So when the right-hander came bounding out of the bullpen yesterday with two outs in the eighth,

Nationals thrilled to open postseason at home

The Nationals tried to insist all along that home field advantage for the National League Division Series really didn’t matter all that much. They would have liked their chances against the Dodgers just the same had they been forced to open next weekend’s series in Los Angeles. But once it actually was clinched today, once they finished off a 2-1 victory over the Marlins and

Nats beat Marlins 2-1, secure home field advantage for NLDS

For the third time in as many trips to the postseason, the Nationals will have home field advantage in the National League Division Series. Now, they just need to prove they can take advantage of it this time around. Games 1 and 2 (and a potential Game 5) will be played in the District thanks to the Nationals’ 2-1 victory over the Marlins this afternoon,

Werth out of lineup today for “precaution” (Nationals win 2-1)

Jayson Werth insisted late Friday night he hadn’t suffered any kind of significant injury when he departed the Nationals’ game against the Marlins in the eighth inning with what the club termed “tightness in his back.” Werth even went so far as to say: “If I’m not in there tomorrow, I’d be surprised.” Well, he’s not in there, but the Nationals are still insisting he’s

Murphy, Scherzer, Zimmerman earn Nats’ first-ever annual awards

Daniel Murphy and Max Scherzer’s dominant seasons have made each a candidate for baseball’s top annual awards: MVP and Cy Young. Those won’t be announced until mid-November, but today each player was recognized as the best the Nationals had to offer in 2016. Murphy was named winner of the club’s first-ever Player of the Year Award, while Scherzer earned the first-ever Pitcher of the Year

Game 161 lineups: Nats vs. Marlins

It’s yet another gray, dreary, rainy day here in the nation’s capital. If I didn’t know any better, I would swear I’ve been in a coma the last 12 years and MLB actually relocated the Expos to Portland instead of Washington. As has been the case all week, the Nationals will do everything they can to try to get today’s game in. The Dodgers, if

Nationals trying to balance health vs. home field

This is a tricky weekend for the Nationals. Yes, they would like to secure home field advantage for the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. They’d also like to do everything to make sure they’re as healthy as possible for that five-game series with so much at stake. How, then, to strike a balance between taking care of their bodies while also keeping a

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