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As the Washington Nationals packed this past week for an 11-game trip, clubhouse attendants wheeled cases of Korbel down a corridor and into a storage room adjacent to the locker room. An equipment truck sat parked outside.
The Nationals lead the Braves by a 10 1/2-game margin in the National League East, but that doesn't make this three-game series between the rivals any less important. Both squads have plenty of motivation.
The Washington Nationals have found a way to win in 2014. They lead the NL East by more than eight games going into the final weeks of the season.
If the Washington Nationals make the postseason, there will be another tough decision ahead for Nats' skipper Matt Williams. Will Tanner Roark end up in the bullpen? Back in January, when there was still some question about which pitcher would fill out the fifth spot in the Washington Nationals ' rotation behind Stephen Strasburg , Gio Gonzalez , Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister , 27-year-old right-hander Tanner Roark was asked about competing for a starting spot or possibly pitching out of the Nats' bullpen.
Don't be fooled by the Mets' hot play of late: Their actions demonstrate that the final two weeks of the season are still all about looking toward the future. Although they haven't been eliminated from playoff contention, the Mets intend to limit their starting pitchers to around 110 pitches a game from this point forward.
Royals 3, Tigers 0 : Big Game James coms up big in a big game. In the rain. So he's more like Big Rain Game James.
The likelihood of the next pitch type based on the pitcher's pitch usage, the hitter's strike zone analysis, handedness, pitcher-batter history, the on base configuration, and the count. A strike zone analysis for a hitter showing his batting average in eight different zones versus the handedness of the current pitcher.
That would have been a storybook ending to an enormous series for the psychology of the Washington Nationals, who, although well poised to make the postseason, had yet to prove capable of beating their fiercest division rivals, the Atlanta Braves. It would have been a huge monkey off the back of Stephen Strasburg, who pitched the finale, and who has not beaten the Braves in more than two years.
Atlanta avoided a sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. Despite the loss, the Nats still lead the National League East by eight full games.
Aaron Harang outdueled Stephen Strasburg, Justin Upton drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves avoided a series sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak as Harang held the NL East leaders to one unearned run over seven innings.
Sep 6, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports With a strong September the San Francisco Giants have a legitimate chance of winning the National League West, and they need to.
Adam LaRoche kept up his torrid stretch with two hits and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals essentially put to rest any thought that there is still a serious race for the NL East title with a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Washington's second victory in two nights over the Braves, gave the Nationals a nine-game lead over their second-place rivals with 19 to play.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Washington.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 03:25 pm
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