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2017 Schedule
26-17, 1st in NL East
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17hJerry Crasnick

Revisiting preseason questions: Nationals

In mid-February, we wondered if GM Mike Rizzo would be able to solve the closer riddle. So far, Washington has used five different pitchers to record 12 saves as a team this season.

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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg threw 11 strikeouts on Sunday, eight using a curveball.

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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg threw his curveball 28% of the time, his highest rate in the last 2 seasons. The curveball was his putaway pitch. Braves hitters were 0-10 with 8 K vs it; he got as many outs with his curveball (10) as he did in his previous 4 starts combined. The 8 curveball strikeouts were 1 shy of his career high, done in 2013 against the Phillies and 2015 against the Mets (the Phillies game is the only other one in which opposing hitters went 0-10 against his curve).

Strasburg fans 11 in win (1:08)
Murphy puts Nats on board with solo shot (0:37)

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Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy hit his 10th career home run against the Braves in the fourth inning of Friday night's matchup.

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Daniel Murphy has hit HR in consecutive games for the 2nd time this season. The only other season in which he did so multiple times was last year, when he did it 3 times en route to a career-high 25 HR.

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4dDavid Schoenfield

Prospects who could push their teams over the top

Given the Nationals' pitching issues, opportunity could arise for a former first-rounder to slot into the rotation or a right-hander with big-time stuff to make an impact in the bullpen.

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4dDavid Schoenfield

Who would say no? Dealing the Nationals a closer

Washington has a ninth-inning problem. We weighed trade options and found a solution that stands out. Now, it's your turn to decide if it works.

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The Nationals' Tanner Roark threw 114 pitches Thursday, his second-most of the season, allowing seven earned runs in his start against the Pirates. Every qualified Nationals starter is in the top six of the National League in pitches per start.

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Nationals C Matt Wieters and CF Michael Taylor are both getting the night off Wednesday vs. the Pirates.


BBTN: Bury the Mets, Harper ramifications and more

Before a conversation with Astros C Brian McCann, Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss whether it's time to bury the Mets, Craig Kimbrel's resurgence, contract ramifications for Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and more. Plus, Paul Hoynes with some "Inside Heat" on the Indians.


Nats' Harper has now homered in every NL park

Bryce Harper belted his 13th home run, Ryan Zimmerman smacked a two-run double to add to his MLB-leading RBI total, and the Washington Nationals held off the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2741st
On Base Percentage.3463rd
Slugging Percentage.4711st
Earned Run Average4.4722nd
Quality Starts27Tied-1st

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