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The question was bound to come up. After the Cardinals knocked out the Nationals in Game 5 of their National League Division Series on� Friday, many wanted to know whether the series would have turned out differently if young Washington ace Stephen Strasburg had started Game 1 and Game 5. But Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo didn't want to re-visit his decision to shut down Strasburg for the season in September. Rizzo made the move then out of concern for the long-term health of Strasburg's elbow after the young pitcher returned this season from Tommy John surgery. "I'm not going to think about it," Rizzo told reporters. "We had a plan in mind. It was something we had from the beginning. I stand by my decision. We'll take the criticism as it comes, but we have to do what's best for the Washington Nationals. And we think we did." The Nationals were one strike away from eliminating the Cardinals in the ninth inning Friday night without Stras...

Nats fans get WS tickets email

After watching their team suffer one of the most painful losses in MLB postseason history on Friday night, Nationals fans woke up to an email about buying World Series tickets.

The Best of Jayson Werth Walk-off photoshops...

There seem to be millions of Jayson Werth photoshops flying around the internet at the moment, so we figured we'd start collecting all our favorites in one place. Above, the classic: Werthcycle, by @GotEm_Coach. And Obi Werth Kenobi, by @ampetersen99: ... Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.  

Here's Jayson Werth howling after Ryan Zimmerman's first inning HR

Since it's been a Jayson Werth sort of day around these parts, what with the cupcakes and Photoshops and whatnot,  what better way to celebrate Ryan Zimmerman's first inning 2-run HR than with a screencap of Jayson Werth, howling. Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Nationals hero Jayson Werth, in cupcake form

While you're basking in the glow of Jayson Werth's walkoff, here's a pic of a Jayson Werth cupcake by @ThinkFluffy. Sweet! (h/t @recordsANDradio) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Nats lose painfully after winning more than usual

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer For their first seven years, filled with on-field losses and off-field gaffes, the Washington Nationals merely existed, barely mattered. That's why so much that happened in 2012 felt new and significant to them. All the regular-season wins - a best-in-baseball 98 - and the NL East title, the postseason highs and lows...

Video: Drew Storen faces the media after Game 5

Gotta say, we had nothing but respect and admiration for Drew Storen before the Game 5 nightmare; but we might have even more respect and admiration for him now after watching him stand up and face a phalanx of reporters after the game. Stand up guy. Mike Wise of the Washington Post has a fairly painful-to-read account of Storen in the clubhouse after the game. Gut wrenching doesn...

Nationals Injury News: Sean Burnett to Undergo Surgery

The Washington Nationals are still stinging from their loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Division Series.  However, the team will need to begin to look toward 2013.  That begins with getting healthy.  As part of this start, Sean Burnett will will undergo elbow surgery next week. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Burnett will...

Cards stun Nats with 9th-inning rally

The Washington Nationals finally brought winning baseball back to the nation's capital. They also collapsed in the postseason in a way that will be tough to live down. The Nationals' historic season came to an end Friday night with a 9-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL division series. Washington sported the best record in baseball during the regular...

Harper, Nationals lead Cards 6-0 after 3 in Game 5

Bryce Harper tripled during an early burst, then the Washington teen homered the next time up as Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals took a 6-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals after three innings Friday night in the deciding Game 5 of the NL division series. A night after Jayson Werth capped a 13-pitch at-bat by hitting a winning home run in the ninth inning, the Nationals needed only...

Thoughts On A-Rod, Washington Nationals And Playoffs

This has been a compelling postseason and it is getting more intriguing with each day. At the start of the season I projected the Giants and Yankees to meet in the World Series, and that’s still in play. The Yankees’ showing makes them hard to figure out, but one thing is for certain, and that’s things will never be the same for Alex Rodriguez and how he’ll respond to being...

Links of the Day 10/13/12

This is the most depressing weather I think I have seen since March. Get your Washington Nationals World Series Tickets now! Oklahoma is destroying Texas right now. The Cardinals celebrated beating the Nationals, except two people did some interpretive dance. SCOREBOARD Still nothing

Cardinals 9, Nationals 7

WASHINGTON -- Pete Kozma's two-run single with two outs capped a four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals came all the way back from a six-run deficit to stun the Washington Nationals 9-7 in the decisive Game 5 of their National League Division Series on Friday night. The Cardinals advance to the National League Championship Series against San...
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