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The Washington Nationals currently sit 12.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves (as of 8/5 at 8 PM.) with 51 games remaining. The Nationals began a three game set at home tonight against the Braves. If the Nationals want to have any shot at the post season they will almost certainly need to sweep the Braves or at least win two out of three. Losing two out of three will mean the Nationals will sit 13.5 games back with less then 50 games to go. A sweep would make them 15.5 games back and all but diminish their division hopes.
Including this week’s series, the Nationals have nine games remaining against the Braves with six at home. If they were to win six of the nine games, they would close the gap significantly. This makes the series this week all that more important. Yes, it will be a difficult task, but history saysthe year is not over just yet. Winning the series this week could give the Nationals a jump-start and help ignite a big winning streak. A series loss could kill t...
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Washington Nationals‘ Bryce Harper takes exception to intentionally getting beaned after connecting for a home run in his previous at bat. There is no mistaking what Atlanta Braves hurler Julio Teheran intentions were going right after the Nationals superstar. Order was restored after a few choice words from Harper. I have a feeling Justin Upton may want to watch himself when Jordan...
In this day and age, maybe it figures that a good ol' fashioned baseball brawl would take place in the Twitterverse instead of on the diamond.
The official Twitter feeds of the Braves and Nationals mixed it up a bit Tuesday night, shortly after players from both teams spilled out of the dugouts and bullpens - but no punches were thrown - when Atlanta's Julio Teheran hit...
Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 2-1 win over the Nationals -- securing Atlanta's 12th consecutive victory.
1. The Braves bullpen capped this crucial win with a flurry of dominance
Clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the game, Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel erased all lingering doubts, striking out the side in the eighth and ninth innings.
For Walden, he devoured...
"I mean, that’s baseball. But boy, we needed that one." (Davey Johnson, via Washington Times, 8/6/2013)
Braves 3, Nationals 2: Goodbye, NL East Crown! Rinse, wash, repeat. Death, taxes, blown chances, and no run support for Stephen Strasburg.
At this hour, Justiin Upton is still standing near home plate admiring his 8th inning bomb off Tyler Clippard.
If you had asked me which player would be one of the brighest spots on the Nationals season, I probably would have listed a couple dozen players before I came to Ross Ohlendorf's name. None the less, the pitcher known as "Dorf" has filled many roles for the Nats this season, including long reliever and spot starter. He's posted an awesome 1.85 ERA and 2.89 FIP this...
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth exited yesterday’s
win over the Milwaukee Brewers with a groin injury, and manager Davey Johnson
told reporters – including Bill Ladson of MLB.com – that the slugger is
unlikely to suit up for today’s weekend finale.
While Werth is likely to be out of today’s lineup, Johnson
said he hopes to have the outfielder back...
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was not happy after being hit by a pitch by Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game.
Tweet Currently in the seventh inning, the Atlanta Braves are leading the Washington Nationals 2-1, which in itself doesn’t sound too exciting. But that hasn’t been the case. Washington’s lone run came via a Bryce Harper home run in the third inning, which was followed by this. In the fifth inning, this happened. This […]
I want to be accepted as a modern baseball writer. As such, I have made a conscious decision years ago to be as much of a student of modern baseball statistics as possible with an unfortunately limited brain. It is not in me to create calculations and amazing charts and do all those things possible to build a case. But, at least I have made an effort not to stick in the past and...
Justin Time? The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in baseball after winning their eleventh consecutive game on Monday. One big reason for their recent success: Justin Upton. The younger Upton started off the season like gang-busters and mashed 12 homers in April alone, leaving fantasy owners like myself wiggling with joy like a puppy [...]
Despite a strong Strasburg start, the Nats lost to the Braves, 3-2, falling 13.5 games back in the division. They’re farther from first place in the NL East than they are last place in the National League. So, yeah, that’s over.
But at least our second baseman isn’t a big dumb meathead who insists on wearing a size smedium jersey all the time (and falls for Ian Desmond’s...
It could have been a showdown, a dogfight between two teams salivating for the division crown.
Instead, when the Washington Nationals (54-57) host the Atlanta Braves (67-45) for a three-game set at Nationals Park, they will simply need to focus on not embarrassing themselves.
Failing to challenge the Braves in this series could potentially put the Nationals a season-high...
The Washington Nationals (54-57) watched a three-run lead slip away on Sunday, as the Milwaukee Brewers (47-64) rallied to beat them, 8-5, and deny them the series sweep.
A five-run sixth inning to come from behind was the turning point for the Brewers, and despite five strong innings from Taylor Jordan, and home runs from Anthony Rendon and Adam LaRoche, the Nationals...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Alex Wood didn’t want to be the one to stop the Atlanta Braves’ winning streak.
Chris Johnson drove in two runs and Wood pitched six strong innings to lead the Braves to their 10th straight victory, 4-1 over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
Wood (2-2) allowed one run and two hits in his fourth major league...
Hit by a pitch two innings after homering, Bryce Harper jawed
and pointed at Atlanta's Julio Teheran, and the dugouts and
bullpens emptied, but the only haymakers thrown during the NL
East-leading Braves' 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday
night came from the teams' Twitter feeds.