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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s series opener with the Miami Marlins...

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Washington and Miami start a three-game set in Marlins Park at 7:15 PM tonight. Here’s the Nationals’ lineup that will take on the Fish...

With multi-hit games in each of his last three starts, Howie Kendrick, (who’s 8 for 12 with a triple and two home runs in those games), is now 17 for 39 (.436/.476./692) so far in the month of September, making it difficult for manager Davey Martinez, (who has been calling lineups in over the last few days as...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez joining team in Miami after health scare...

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Davey Martinez will be back on the bench with the Nationals when they start a big three-game series against the Marlins tonight.

Davey Martinez left the Washington Nationals’ dugout during this past Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Braves in the nation’s capital, after experiencing chest pains.

According to the team, Martinez will be back with the team tonight when they start a three-game series in Miami’s Marlins Park.

Martinez was taken to a...

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Manager Dave Martinez returns to Nationals after heart procedure

The Washington Nationals announced that Dave Martinez will resume managerial duties when the team faces the Miami Marlins on Friday night. The skipper has been absent the past three games after suffering chest pains on Sunday that necessitated Martinez undergoing a heart procedure. Martinez underwent a minor cardiac catheterization on Monday. The chest pains suffered by Martinez on Sunday occurred during the Nationals’ game against the Atlanta Braves, which caused the manager to leave in...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: The Nationals start “must-win” series with Marlins; Nats’ postseason rotation planning + more

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series with the Marlins in Miami...

The writers covering the Nationals on the internet apparently took advantage of the off day (we sure did) to rest up and get ready for the next few weeks where the season will be, one way or another, decided. Hope you got some rest. Go read your links...

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Matt Weyrich

The Washington Nationals’ April and May demons have returned in September

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Amid their most important stretch of games this season, the Washington Nationals are suddenly playing like they did at the start of the year.

When the Washington Nationals were in the midst of their sluggish 19-31 start to the 2019 season, two glaring issues persisted.

The bullpen was bad, historically bad, and that got the most attention. But the other problem was the lineup, which often failed to provide run support for its starting pitchers and came up...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo on the stretch run; Nats trying to make it back to the postseason...

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Before the Nationals’ loss in the series finale with the Cards, GM Mike Rizzo talked about where things stand as the last weeks of the season play out...

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies during his weekly interview on Wednesday morning that as much as the team has stressed going 1-0 every day and remaining focused on the task at hand, they’re also planning ahead, and the battle for a postseason...

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Blake Finney

The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Washington Nationals’ series loss in St. Louis

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There’s no denying it, the Nationals have been limping toward the finish line in the Wild Card race lately. Here are the main takeaways from the series with the Cardinals...

As many have touched on lately, for the first time since the franchise moved to the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals are playing actual meaningful baseball in September.

However, it hasn’t quite gone to plan so far, as the team has an underwhelming 7-10 record this month...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Would Max Scherzer start Wild Card?; Nationals’ loss to Cardinals feels familiar; Chip Hale brings energy to fill-in job

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your off day before the Nats play the Marlins tomorrow...

Looking at these Nationals—unable to push runs across the plate against strong teams—it just feels unlikely that even if they made it to the Wild Card game, they’d be able to get it done. The momentum that once was there seems to have disappeared.

Anyway, here are the even-less optimistic Wire Taps!

Think Max Scherzer is a lock to...

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Patrick Reddington

Confidence in Washington Nationals waning as rough September continues...

Washington’s Nationals are off to a rough start in September as they try to hold onto the top spot in the National League Wild Card race.

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Nationals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

When this week’s FanPulse polls were sent out on Monday (9/16), the Washington Nationals were coming off a series loss in Atlanta, where they dropped 2 of 3 to the Braves, and a win in...

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Patrick Reddington

Max Scherzer has good day turn bad late in Washington Nationals’ 5-1 loss to St. Louis Cardinals

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Max Scherzer went out for the seventh, trailing 2-1, and got a two-out fly for what should have been the third out of the inning... should have.

Going into Wednesday’s afternoon’s outing in St. Louis, Washington’s fill-in manager Chip Hale said that in his sixth start back following two IL stints, 35-year-old Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer, who built his arm back up over the previous five, was good to go as deep as he could this time out.

“I...

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Somehow, Howie Kendrick is still killing the ball

It was June 11 that I wrote a piece titled “Howie Kendrick Is Killing The Ball.” At that point in 2019, the veteran National had quietly been one of the majors’ most effective hitters of the season. Kendrick was then the proud owner of a .333/.376/.604 line with a 149 wRC+ in 342 plate appearances, and though there may have been skepticism in regards to the 36-year-old’s early season excellence, he hasn’t let up over the past two months. The fact that Kendrick hasn’t slowed down...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals drop 2 of 3 in St. Louis with 5-1 loss to the Cardinals in today’s series finale...

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Washington’s now dropped 31 of 43 games against St. Louis in Busch Stadium III since it opened in 2006, with losses in 12 of 14 series in the Cardinals’ home.

In the rubber match series finale in Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals’ right-hander Adam Wainwright outdueled Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer in what ended up a 5-1 win for the home team.

It was a 2-1 game in the seventh inning when Scherzer’s frame was extended, on a two-out...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals: GameThread 151 of 162

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Washington and St. Louis wrap up their three-game set in Busch Stadium at 1:15 PM EDT with Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nationals against Cardinals’ righty Adam Wainwright. FOLLOW: MASN; MLBN; 106.7 the FAN.

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Washington Nationals
at St. Louis Cardinals

September 18, 2019 1:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Adam Wainwright vs Max Scherzer

WEATHER: Cloudy, 63°

• D.C. Starting Lineup:

1. Trea Turner - SS

2. Mighty Mouse - RF

3....

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Davey Martinez out of hospital; How NL Central will determine Nationals’ playoff fate; Kurt Suzuki not throwing yet

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Cardinals in St. Louis...

The Nats needed that win — but they also need Max Scherzer to be Max Scherzer again. Tonight in his native Missouri wouldn’t be a bad time for him to kick it into high gear.

Here’s the scoop from St. Louis:

Davey Martinez out of hospital, not cleared to travel yet (MASN)
"Nothing major,” the GM said. “The procedure is the only thing...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the St. Louis Cardinals

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Washington and St. Louis wrap up their three-game set in Busch Stadium at 1:15 PM EDT.

How did the Washington Nationals respond to Monday night’s 4-2 loss in St. Louis, which left them a +0.5-game up on Chicago’s Cubs for the top Wild Card spot and +1.5 over the next-closest team, Milwaukee’s Brewers?

They didn’t panic, fill-in skipper Chip Hale said after the Nats’ 6-2 win over the Cardinals in the second of three in Busch...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ lefty Patrick Corbin and his slider beat the Cardinals, 6-2 final...

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Patrick Corbin matched his season high of 11 Ks, and had his slider working in St. Louis...

Patrick Corbin wasn’t at his best in his last outing before Tuesday night’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals on the road in Busch Stadium, but he managed to hold the Minnesota Twins to three runs on nine hits in what ended up a 12-6 win in which he earned his 12th win of the 2019 campaign (12-7, 3.20 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 60 BB, 213 Ks, .225/.288/.369 line against in...

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Patrick Reddington

Howie Kendrick says he’s not an everyday player anymore; but he’s producing when called upon

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Whether he’s starting, coming on late in games, or pinch hitting, Howie Kendrick has put up impressive numbers in 2019.

Howie Kendrick went 3 for 4 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored in the 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon, but Washington’s 36-year-old, 14-year veteran wasn’t in the Nationals’ lineup for the first of three in St. Louis, Missouri’s Busch Stadium on Monday night.

Kendrick’s three-hit game left him 24...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals 6-2 over Cardinals to set up rubber match in St. Louis tomorrow...

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Washington’s Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in Busch Stadium to set up a rubber match in tomorrow’s series finale.

Howie Kendrick tripled and scored on a sac fly in the second, then homered in his second at bat tonight in the fourth, and Juan Soto doubled and scored on an RBI single by Victor Robles in the sixth, before Robles drove in another run in the eighth, and Soto hit a sac fly to drive in a run in the ninth inning in the...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals: GameThread 150 of 162

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Washington and St. Louis play the second game of their three-game set in Busch Stadium at 7:45 PM EDT with Patrick Corbin on the mound for the Nationals against Cards’ righty Miles Mikolas. FOLLOW: MASN; 106.7 the FAN.

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Washington Nationals
at St. Louis Cardinals

September 17, 2019 7:45 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Miles Mikolas vs Patrick Corbin

WEATHER: Partly Cloudy, 83°

• D.C. Starting Lineup:

1. Trea Turner - SS

2. Adam Eaton - RF

3....

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 2nd of 3 with the St. Louis Cardinals in Busch Stadium

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Nationals are 1-4 in five games against the St. Louis Cardinals with two more to play in Busch Stadium in 2019.

With Davey Martinez at home in D.C. recovering after experiencing chest pains during the series finale with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon, and having a procedure called a “cardiac catheterization” on Monday morning, the Washington Nationals traveled out to St. Louis for the start of three-game set in Busch Stadium last...

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