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Wire Taps: Rotation order (incidentally) changed; Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon rest; Looking at velocity of starting pitching

The Nats take on the Braves today in an afternoon matinee. Before the game starts, catch up on all your Nationals news and links.

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Alright folks, put down your pitchforks. Preceding Wednesday's game, some may have been worried or angry about Jayson Werth's or Tanner Roark's performance.

Both players proved their worth last night - Roark pitched seven scoreless innings, and Werth hit a two run home run. Let's all make a conscious effort not to jinx it.

Here's the beat from Half Street.

Rotation order changed yet again after Strasburg scratch
The desired order won't be reached for a while longer. Strasburg missed Wednesday's start, meaning that Tanner Roark is now slotted between Gonzalez and Strasburg.

Looking at the early velocity of the starters
Everyone looks good so far, although small sample sizes and rain delays can spew info a bit. Hooray for fun with small sample sizes!

The Nationals don't have a setup man, and it's working really well
Although the Nats don't have a defined pitcher for the job, the team has been able to succeed in the eighth inning using a different bullpen arm for every different type of game.

Harper and the Nationals are a common ground for senators
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell can forget about a day of arguing over Merrick Garland by heading to the ballpark and watching Bryce Harper and the Nats.

Rendon, Zimmerman get scheduled rest
Dusty Baker wants his regulars to receive rest, and be ready for some tougher pitching, such as Julio Teheran today.

Harper sad to see Kobe Bryant go
Harper, who grew up a Lakers fan, had kind words for the retiring star.

Today's Game: Braves vs Nationals - 4:05 PM (MASN, WDCH 99.1)
Probable Pitchers: Julio Teheran (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs TBD (Yusmiero Petit or Stephen Strasburg)