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NL East rival of the Washington Nationals, often referred to as Barves.

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Nats home season begins with literal dumpster fire, figurative one narrowly avoided

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a literal dumpster fire before the game, the Nats had a figurative dumpster fire on the basepaths. Add in the replay equivalent of the Nats baserunning on the strange over-ruling of Ian Desmond’s inside-the-park home run and it had the makings of being a frustrating afternoon. It was disappointing the lack of a call by the umpires on the field allowed the replay officials in New York to reward Justin Upton giving up on a play.

However, the Home Opener, even with its long lines and huge number of fans is still always a joy. The clock isn’t working though — no hands left.

SATURDAY


Ryan Zimmerman throws one away and everything goes bad for Stephen Strasburg. He’s hurting. 6-2 loss.

SUNDAY

A no-doubt-about-it homer by Ian Desmond is the difference as the Nats win 2-1 with Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper out of the lineup. Taylor Jordan pitched 6 1/3 innings of 1 run ball.

The Nats are 4-2 which is a good place to be, but it’d have been nice to get some hitting off of starting pitchers in the first week of the season.

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MEDIOCRITY CLINCHED: Nats sweep doubleheader, win 81st game

A big day for the resurgent Washington Nationals — they won twice today over the first place Atlanta Braves and for the 27th time in 37 games. Denard Span extended is hitting streak to 28 games. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 10th home run in 15 games. Tanner Roark went to 7-0 since being called up. The Nats kept pace in the second play-in game spot at race 4½ games back of the Cincinnati Reds.

GAME 1

NATS! SNATCHING VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY

— William F. Yurasko (@doubleuefwhy) September 17, 2013

A 3-0 lead turns into a 5-3 defecit, but the Nats get to Craig Kimbrel in the 9th with a walk, single, walk, sacrifice and two-run error by Andrelton Simmons. D-SPAN wins it.

GAME 2

Roark throws seven scoreless. Nats overcome Trent Jewitt letting D-Span go for home. Rafael Soriano overcomes two leadoff baserunners in non-save situation. Nats pile on late, win 4-0. Braves can’t clinch NL East in D.C.

So, which was more important to you?

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Oh and here are playoff scenarios: If The Nats Do This And Reds Do That Then Playoffs Here We Come

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What the Nats should do during today’s split doubleheader

The Washington Nationals return to the field after yesterday’s unforeseen postponement with a split doubleheader today. Game 1 is at 1 p.m. and game 2 is at 7 p.m. The Atlanta Braves are the visitors.

Though no active Navy personnel were apparently among those killed yesterday, the Nats ought to have a Navy color guard present the colors as there is no civilian equivalent that I am aware of. The National Anthem ought be sung or performed by the Navy chorus and/or a Navy band. Singing “Anchors Aweigh” would also be a welcome inclusion. Similar arragements ought to be made for first responders from the District ought to be made part of a game’s pageantry as well. I am not up on protocol, so I cannot say whether a combined Navy/DC Police presence would be appropriate.

A black arm band on a uniform sleeve would be a simple, appropriate tribute, though I expect the Nats to wear their blue stars and stripes uniforms instead. I would not be surprised if they wear the blue stars and stripes jerseys for both games or even the rest of the series and homestand.

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UPDATE: Postponed, finally – EARLIER: Nats should just postpone tonight’s game

UPDATE 6:03 p.m.: Mike Rizzo explains the how the decision was reached, but no timeline is included (Mike Rizzo on the decision to postone Nationals-Braves game Nationals Journal, The Post):

Rizzo said the Nationals felt it was inappropriate to make a decision until all they gathered all the information from the unfolding incident and relevant team officials.

“Because of the [logistics] that go into this and the immense coordination that it takes to make these decisions with federal, state and local authorities,” Rizzo said. “It’s just a timely process.”

EARLIER

UPDATE: Game post-poned, not “official” but two sources are good enough:

A mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (WUSA), which Nationals Park is adjacent to, has left several dead and is still under investigation.

The Nats need to just postpone tonight’s game with the Atlanta Braves already (The Post). Also, lower the flags to half-staff.

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The Nats are what their record says they are

The problem with the Washington Nationals isn’t that twitter accounts of the opposing team, a retired player or their “regional broadcast partner” are trolling them.

The issue is that the Nats have a 54-59 record that has them 14½ back of the division lead and 8 back of the play-in game. Social media fights are side-effects of the Nats underachievement.

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Where is Miguel Batista? Strasburg has forearm tightness, Nats can’t capitalize early, fall to Braves

Uh oh.

Washington Nationals superstar Stephen Strasburg has forearm tightness (The Post) which explains why he was wild at times last night against the Atlanta Braves. He kept walking the first batter of the inning — two of them scored over six innings of work. #37 struck out the side in the sixth though. Still, Natstown is on edge yet again as another loss (Tyler Clippard gets pegged with it after allowing a run in the 7th – leadoff batter again) and Strasburg being potentially hurt.

Is Miguel Batista available? Can he recapture his Miss Iowa magic? His spot start for Strasburg in 2010 was one of that season’s highlights. Apparently, he’s in the Toronto Blue Jays system with the Buffalo Bisons.

We probably won’t know for a few days whether Strasburg will miss a start – he insists he won’t. Could a Chris Young call up for Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh be on the way? Or will we see Zach Duke get the ball against the Pirates, his old team.

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Nats take Reds series, head to Atlanta

I’ll admit, I had grown skeptical of the 2013 Washington Nationals and I did not see the series victory over the Cincinnati Reds coming. Three wins in a row followed by a dud yesterday. The dominant pitching of the first two nights was quite refreshing, in particular Jordan Zimmermann’s outstanding complete game on Friday night. They took the regular season Reds series 4-3.

An opprutunity is in front of the Nats this week with four games against the Atlanta Braves, who stormed out of the gate this season. They’ve already had some fun with “Natitude” and are now pushing “Gattitude” (DC Sports Bog, The Post) for their young catcher, Evan Gattis. Divisions aren’t won in April though, but a bad series here makes the climb back harder for D.C.

One thing leftover from that difficult sweep a few weeks ago — I recall reading a post about the Braves broadcasters suggesting the Nats rise through the draft was not the “right way” because they built the team off of #1 overall picks through losing. The Nats couldn’t do things that way — MLB’s ownership tenure left the franchise so barren that they couldn’t build any other way.

BRYCE HARPER, YEAR ONE

Not a bad start to Bryce Harper’s career? The anniversary of his debut was this weekend. A documentary is on ESPN tomorrow (DC Sports Bog, The Post) night at 9 p.m. Also, D.C. sports world’s collide – Jess Atkinson, local product turned Washington Redskins kicker and then sports anchor, produced it. Too much too soon? Probably.

KIND OF BORING BOSWELL CHAT

Read it anyway.

ON THIS DAY IN 1886


The Washington Nationals debuted in the National League
D.C. Baseball History

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Lost weekend for Nats as Braves sweep them

Oh man, tough, tough weekend for the Washington Nationals. They got swept by the Atlanta Braves, who are off to a very strong start and already hold a 4 game lead in the division. It is a long season. Especially when you are reminded more of 2008 than 2012. It isn’t time to panic, but the team has some stuff to work through. Also, Danny Espinosa needs to shut up (Hardball Talk). So does Stephen Strasburg. If your team gets swept, you aren’t the better team. It has been proven. Now go, get better (The Post) and return the favor at the end of the month and be the better team again.

Also, can you imagine if Bryce Harper had said what Espinosa said?

The heartbreak of the series though – Wilson Ramos is on the DL with a bad hamstring. Kurt Suzuki will get the bulk of the catching responsibilities for at least 15 days with Jhonatan Solano who had to wait 20 minutes due to the “rule prohibiting teams from having more than 25 active players in the clubhouse at once.” Just what a guy who woke up at 4 a.m. and flew in from Syracuse needs. Hey, I work up at 4 a.m. today! I wasn’t in Syracuse though.

FRIDAY

Stopper Ross Detwiler was done in by the bullpen again. Detwiler left after 7 innings with a 4-1 lead. He’s been the best D.C. starter thus far out of the 5th spot in the rotation. Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Craig Stammen blew it, as did Ryan Zimmerman, who made a critical throwing error in the ninth while playing in his 1000th game.

SATURDAY

Another Zimmerman error proves to be the difference as the third baseman extends the inning for the Braves, who capitalized with a Evan Gattis homer. Strasburg was okay, striking out seven and giving up no earned runs.

SUNDAY

Gio Gonzalez, fresh off of his visit to see D.C. United (2-0 loss to Red Bull NY) stunk up the joint, giving up 7 earned runs.

Now, the Nats get a little of what they need — a series with the Marlins. They probably don’t need a trip to Miami though, I’d be happier if they were going some place less exciting.

140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

IN SCORES OF OTHER GAMES

The Nats bullpen nearly did in the Caps, who also had a big lead on Saturday night.

Also, the New York Yankees triple play on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles was sweet. More like OrioLOLes, amirite?

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Come on Nats, just clinch the division already

I was busy last week doing various home improvement projects — now that’s a vacation! I haven’t blogged much about the Washington Nationals in that span, so I’ll try to catch up here. The magic number is 1 with 3 games to play. It seems like we’ve been in single digits for about a month. I’m getting nervous. Hopefully, John Lannan can shut the door on his all-time nemesis, the Philadelphia Phillies this evening and clinch D.C.’s first ever division title. It didn’t happen yesterday with Ross Detwiler on the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals, who play something like 30 miles from his hometown in Missouri.

I’d be okay with those Cardinals beating the Atlanta Braves too, I’m okay with the Nats backing into the title. Just get it done!

Saturday night was fun though, Michael Morse’s phantom grand slam was pretty awesome.

IN OTHER NEWS

LivingSocial will sponsor any overtime Metro in the playoffs (The Post). I wondered if sponsorship was going to happen. They will make out very well on it, whereas the Lerners are still cheap as hell.

Politicians, the ultimate front-runners, are into the Nats. There are approximately a gross of these kinds of stories out there.

The CityPaper jumps on the Nats bandwagon. Really. What next, DCist? (Lemme know if that happens, they’ll probably mess up the players names)

The Sports Illustrated “Beltway issue” was really disappointing, especially the cover and the lack of “Nats are forced to subsidize the Orioles” mention, but the Davey Johnson profile was good, but isn’t online yet.

Sure, The Onion is living in 1990 with this story, but it is still kind of funny if you like dark humor.

The reaction by Phillies fans to Jayson Werth continues to be strange and amusing. That’s kind of stupid Gov. Rendell, but I still like you more than your successor. Werth also stole the Phillie Phantic’s keys. I’m sure there is an overwhelming desire to ruin the Nats season up there.

HISTORY

Yesterday was the 41st anniversary of the final Washington Senators game which I blogged about last year.

Saturday was the 8th anniversary of the announcement baseball was returning to D.C.

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Nats: Rain, rain/Braves/Teddy losing streak, go away

A three-game sweep by the second place team, four losses in a row and then an off day. It has been a while since the Washington Nationals won. I’m not sure they will tonight either because they might not even play.

In the event of a rain delay, here’s Metro’s official position:

So, if you are staying at home and find the need for some “rain delay theatre” the E:360 Let Teddy Win feature on ESPN is probably a good choice.

That’s Scott Abelman of Let Teddy Win in the preview.

MOVING BACK TO THE FIELD…

Tough series with the Atlanta Braves over the weekend, losing 2-1 on Friday, 5-4 on Saturday (with Davey Johnson getting tossed by umpire Marvin Hudson) Marietta, Ga.

Sunday night, the Nats just got beat with Gio Gonzalez struggling which segues to…

MEANWHILE OFF THE FIELD, AGAIN

Gio Gonzalez dating Mark Rypein’s daughter Angela?. I suppose a trans-generational D.C. sports power couple is fun. – Mr. Irrelevant

Bryce Harper and Wale at Ben’s Chili Bowl. I don’t listen to Wale, so I don’t know if he’s D.C. famous or nationally relevant. I wonder what Harper got. – Nats Enqurier

MORE STORIES YOU SHOULD READ

September baseball means something for the first time in many generationsThe Post.


Steve Lombardozzi Is Ready Whenever Nationals Need Him
. With Danny Espinosa and Michael Morse ailing, super-sub needs to super. – SB Nation DC

A great profile of Davey Johnson on ESPN

I don’t expect Adam LaRoche back next year, after a big year this season, I think he’ll try to cash in. The Nats can probably absorb the loss. - The Wash. Times

DODGERS SERIES SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT
I’m not holding my breath for a 7:05 start. A day-night doubleheader tomorrow wouldn’t be crushing.

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