The Nationals have 6 games left. Their max win total is 84; their minimum is 78. Based on the entire season, it seems like they're a .500 club, so 81-81 seems like the right outcome here. Here's the scoop from South Capitol, where the Nats are playing meaningless baseball for the first time in three years and Bryce Harper is making his potential final stand: On base running and how young players change the Nationals' game (WaPo) Wilmer Difo is still missing signs. Many other Nats are young, and are making baserunning gaffes. Can they improve next year to weaponize their crazy speed? Players react to Nats' elimination from NL wild card - Byron Kerr "It's not what you want to do, but can't win
The Washington Nationals' disappointing season is almost over. Now the big question is: Should the Nats let Bryce Harper sign with another team? I can almost hear kids around the D.C. area who wear Bryce Harper T-shirts screaming: "No way! Bryce should stay a National!" It's a tough decision, so let's take a closer look. First, I should explain how sports contracts work. Professional baseball players such as Harper sign a contract to play for a team for a certain number of years for a certain amount of money. When the contract is over, the player (if he has been in the major leagues long enough) can become a free agent, a player who can sign with any team. Harper's contract with the Nationals
Even as the Washington Nationals' playoff hopes fade with the September crowds, even as the end settles in slowly like signs of autumn on the heels of a hot summer, possibility lives in Max Scherzer. Because even as the Nationals entered the day any combination of four losses or Braves wins away from official elimination, even as young players take the place of older ones - even as Jacob deGrom seems likely to take the National League Cy Young Award from him - Scherzer sees possibility in every opportunity. He pitched like a determined man again as he struck out 13 in the Nationals' 5-4 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday night, a game in which his team once again refused surrender. They rallied
These days, there's a certain routine with the flailing Giants. There's a ritual. At some point in the afternoon, the lineup card for the day is released, and it features one or two (or three or four) veterans starting, while youngsters at the same positions practice their Big League Chew technique from the dugout. There's a Gregor Blanco, where you'd wish to see a Chris Shaw; a Joe Panik where you were seeking an Abiatal Avelino. This can be upsetting. It's okay to be upset. I, myself, am frequently upset that the Giants higher-ups allocate so many plate appearances to veterans in a year where postseason hopes have long since faded in the rear view mirror. And yet, in many ways, it's entirely
The Washington Nationals begin their final homestand of the season Thursday night when they host the New York Mets. Washington (77-75) sits seven games behind the Braves in the National League East and 6 1/2 behind the Cardinals for the second wild card. The homestand may be the last for All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper, a free-agent in the offseason.
The more Gabe Kapler plays Carlos Santana at third base in a division race, the more likely it becomes we could see him there next season. By Corey Seidman
Since June 1, the Giants have led the majors in ERA. Since June 1, the Giants are 46-50. While the Giants have been one of the best pitching staffs for a majority of the season, they've been one of the very worst offenses for almost all of it. Apologies to the 334 of you who voted for a rebuild, but the front office doesn't want to go into a rebuild especially when Bobby Evans and Brian Sabean are in the final years of their contracts. Assuming everyone keeps their job, the front office is going to try to win baseball games in 2019. If the Giants are to win baseball games in 2019, they'll need to score more runs. That much is obvious. What isn't obvious is how they're going to do that. Signing
The Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night and Stephen Strasburg tied his season high with 11 strikeouts on the night.
MIAMI — The Washington Nationals flew home to Washington early Wednesday morning, landed at Dulles International Airport and drove back to their apartments, many of which are probably packed up by now. Even in playoff seasons, the clubhouse staff helps players pack up their lockers and ship out stuffed cardboard boxes that populate the space outside their lockers on the last home stand. The Nationals, who are fending off mathematical elimination, will almost certainly will not return to Nationals Park in October. So this trip home for seven games against their division rivals might be the last flight “home” to D.C. some of these Nationals ever take. Bryce Harper is one of those players, his much