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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Davey Martinez’s future; Koda Glover’s usage; Strong finish leads to... what?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the finale with the Fish...

Sometimes, this team really seems like they’re ready to contend next year.

Other times, they lose to the Miami Marlins.

Anyhow, here’s the scoop from South Beach:

Dave Martinez seems secure to return as Nationals manager. At least for now. (WaPo)
Mike Rizzo has not made any comment to imply that Davey Martinez won't return. His managerial skills have improved, and he still has the faith of the clubhouse,...

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Robles adjustment at dish nets big game with bat; Rendon electric at plate - Byron Kerr

MIAMI - Center fielder Victor Robles had a big game offensively Monday and made another nice catch in theoutfield in the Nationals' 8-5 setback at Miami. The third inning homer was his first in the major league. In the seventh, his hard hit single kept a rally alive as the ... Read More

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Patrick Reddington

Erick Fedde and Nationals pay for walks in 8-5 loss to Marlins in Miami

Erick Fedde threw four scoreless against the Marlins, but ran into trouble after issuing back-to-back walks to the first two batters he faced in the fifth....

Erick Fedde gave up four hits, two walks, and four earned runs in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in his return from the Disabled List on September 4th, then the right-hander tossed 5 2?3 scoreless against the Philadelphia Phillies in his second outing following a two-month DL stint for a right shoulder issue.

“I see...

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Victor Robles First Career Home Run Went 427 Feet

Embed from Getty Images   The future of the Washington Nationals is now. Juan Soto is a 19-year old phenom, orchestrating one of the greatest seasons by a teenager in Major League Baseball. And as great as the Dominican Republic native has been, he the Nationals second-best prospect. The title of the club’s best prospect belongs to another Dominican, Victor Robles. The 21-year old got called up in the September expanded rosters, and after flashing his glove, arm, and base stealing...

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Patrick Reddington

OV3RR4TED: Bryce Harper continues to swing it in second half as Nationals finish out disappointing campaign...

Bryce Harper had a rough night in Miami last night, but he’s been on quite a tear in the second half of the 2018 season.

Coming off a 2 for 3 game in Atlanta in which he hit a two-run home run and took two walks, Bryce Harper entered play on Monday night with 97 runs scored, 97 RBIs, and 118 walks over 639 plate appearances in 2018.

“He could have easily pressed really hard early in the year, but he knew he had a lot more at-bats and a lot more games to play.” - Anthony Rendon on...

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Victor Robles' first home run give Nationals fans something to be happy about in September

Recording the first home run of his Major League career, Victor Robles made sure there was no question whether the ball was going out of the park. 

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals blow 4-0 lead, drop 8-5 decision to Marlins in series opener in Miami...

It was all going so well... for the first four innings, then things went all pear-shaped for the Nationals, who blew a 4-0 lead and lost to the Marlins, 8-5.

Jimmy Cordero (0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) and Koda Glover (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 ER) malfunctioned and the Washington Nationals blew a 4-0 lead in what ended up an 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins in tonight’s series opener in Marlins Park.

Erick Fedde tossed four scoreless innings before two walks caused him trouble in the fifth, both Victor...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins: GameThread 151 of 162

Washington and Miami start a two-game set in Marlins Park with Erick Fedde starting for the Nationals against Trevor Richards for the Fish. GAME TIME: 7:10 PM EDT; FOLLOW: MASN; 106.7 the FAN.

Next Game

Washington Nationals
at Miami Marlins

September 17, 2018 7:10 PM EDT
Marlins Park

Erick Fedde vs Trevor Richards

WEATHER: Lime Green, 88°

• D.C. Starting Lineup:

1. Victor Robles - CF

2. #Treange - SS

3. Run-Until-He's-Tagged, Tape-Measure-Testing, Laser-Throwing, Eyeblack-Oozing,...

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Matt Weyrich

Nationals vs. Marlins Series Preview: Nats roll into two-game set

The Washington Nationals are playing good baseball as of late and will aim to keep up their strong play during their final trip to Miami this season.

Nationals (76-74) vs. Marlins (58-91) series info:

Game 1: Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:10 p.m. ET (MASN/106.7 The Fan)

Game 2: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:10 p.m. ET (MASN/106.7)

Pitching matchups:

Monday: Erick Fedde (2-3, 5.12 ERA) vs. Trevor Richards (3-9, 4.85)

Tuesday: Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87) vs. Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42)

What to watch...

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Patrick Reddington

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

Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals start a two-game set in Miami’s Marlins Park at 7:10 PM, and Rendon attempts to extend a 25-game on-base streak.

With a walk in his first plate appearance on Sunday afternoon, Anthony Rendon extended an on-base streak to a career-best 25-straight games, over which the 28-year-old is 33 for 100 (.330/.422/.560) with 11 doubles, four home runs, 15 walks, and 12 Ks in 116 plate appearances.

Rendon homered for the 20th time this season the second...

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Patrick Reddington

Tanner Roark better than numbers show in one manager’s opinion...

Tanner Roark threw 95 pitches in 5 1?3 innings on Sunday, but he held the Braves to two runs on five hits and the Nationals beat their NL East rivals in SunTrust Park.

Tanner Roark was unbeaten in five straight starts (5-0) between July 25th and August 16th, with a 1.77 ERA, five walks, 28 Ks, and a .214/.246/.282 line against in 35 2?3 innings pitched over that stretch, but he came into today’s series finale winless in his last five outings, with an (0-3) record, a 5.84 ERA, no walks, 17...

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Nationals still fighting for NL wild-card spot as they visit Marlins

The Washington Nationals, who have won two straight division titles and three in the past four years, need a miracle to make the playoffs this

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Bryce Harper on the Phillies?; Adrian Sanchez in 2019; Adam Eaton fully healed...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the two-game set with the Marlins in Miami...

The Nationals played really solid baseball yesterday. It felt like it was 2017 again. It felt good. It almost made it feel like the end of the season may be a bad thing, instead of releasing us from our pain.

Here’s the news from Nats Park:

Could Adrian Sanchez be playing his way into a second base competition? (WaPo)
Sanchez is hitting .333 in 21 at-bats against lefties,...

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Will Kubzansky

A comprehensive list of Juan Soto things

Or: why Ronald Acuña Jr. is absolutely not the Rookie of the Year

Slightly more than two weeks ago, Juan Soto came out with the greatest quote of the year:

Juan Soto on what he’s done to get things going at the plate after a brief slump:

“Just keep doing Juan Soto things.”

— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 2, 2018

But two weeks later, Nationals fans are left with the question: what, exactly, are Juan Soto things? Aside from the fact that he’s a 19-year-old superstar...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals take 2 of 3 from Braves with 6-4 win in SunTrust Park...

Washington’s Nationals held on for a 6-4 win and took 2 of 3 from the Atlanta Braves in SunTrust Park.

Washington’s Nationals scored five runs in the first three innings, with two-run home runs by both Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, and they held on for a 6-4 win over Atlanta in the series finale in SunTrust Park, taking two of three from the Braves in the final matchup between the NL East rivals this season.

Roark vs the Braves: Tanner Roark took the mound today in SunTrust Park...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves: GameThread 150 of 162

Washington and Atlanta wrap up the weekend and season series this afternoon in SunTrust Park in the 1:35 PM EDT finale. Tanner Roark for the Nationals vs Braves’ lefty Sean Newcomb. FOLLOW: MASN 2; 106.7 the FAN in D.C.

Next Game

Washington Nationals
at Atlanta Braves

September 16, 2018 1:35 PM EDT
SunTrust Park

Tanner Roark vs Sean Newcomb

WEATHER: Rainy, 79°

• D.C. Starting Lineup:

1. Victor Robles - CF

2. #Treange - SS

3. Run-Until-He's-Tagged, Tape-Measure-Testing,...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ lineup for final game with the Braves in 2018...

Washington and Atlanta play their last game against one another this season at 1:35 PM EDT from SunTrust Park.

Adam Eaton took two. Trea Turner one. Bryce Harper walked three times. Anthony Rendon, who walked more than he K’d in college (and in the majors in ‘17), walked once. Juan Soto walked three times, his 15th multi-walk game of his rookie campaign, the most by a teenager in MLB history. Wilmer Difo walked twice. Spencer Kieboom too.

That’s 14 total, which, as the Nationals noted...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Nationals take their walks; Jeremy Hellickson likely done for season + more...

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

That sure was a lot of walks. I mean, a. lot. of. walks. Really. Lot of walks. Free passes galore. Washington skipper Davey Martinez does like to say that if Nationals’ hitters take their walks, and stay up the middle good things will happen. Read some of this stuff before the finale of the series in SunTrust Park...

NATS BEAT:

Jeremy Hellickson (wrist) exits early, but Nats walk away...

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Patrick Reddington

Jeremy Hellickson re-injures wrist in Nationals’ win over the Braves...

Jeremy Hellickson’s season is likely over after he re-injured his right wrist while swinging at the plate in the Nationals’ win in SunTrust Park on Saturday.

Jeremy Hellickson re-injured his right wrist in Saturday’s win over the Atlanta Braves, in his first start back off the Disabled List.

Hellickson initially injured the wrist in an August 15th game in Busch Stadium in St. Louis, falling on it while covering home on a play at the plate, and he ended up on the DL again after he’d...

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Nationals' Hellickson: injures right hand, won't return this season

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson may have thrown his last pitch as a member of the Nationals. The pending free agent re-injured his right wrist during an at-bat Saturday, and he told reporters afterward that he won’t return this season (via Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com). Saturday’s start was the first in a month for Hellickson, who had been on the shelf with a sprained wrist. Injuries notwithstanding, this will go down as a successful season for Hellickson after he had to settle for a...

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