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Wire Taps: Relievers for Nationals to target; Joe Blanton to DL; The end of fun with small sample sizes...

The Nationals and Pirates finish their three-game set in PNC Park at 12:35 PM EDT this afternoon. Catch up on all the news first...

MLB: Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Lately, many articles have gone up—everywhere from the Washington Post to Sports Illustrated—that the Washington Nationals have “a horrendous bullpen that must be fixed if they want to win a championship” or something along those lines, a sentiment that every fan on Twitter has repeated.

Here’s a thought: is it possible that Mike Rizzo actually knows that his bullpen is struggling?

Is it possible that the Nats are desperately thinking of ways to fix the bullpen, of how and when to act as soon as possible?

Generally, one would assume that the general manager of a team—especially one of a team as good as these Nationals are—would be working hard to fix the team’s biggest problem.

Just a thought. After that passive-aggressive rant, please enjoy the links from Pittsburgh.

Relievers for the Nats to target
David Robertson? Good. Alex Colome? Great. Bud Norris? Well, about that, you see...

Blanton heads to DL with right shoulder inflammation
Joe Blanton had the best season of his career with the Dodgers last year. With the Nats this year, he's had his worst ever.

The Nationals think that because he was ramped up so quickly from being a free agent to going full throttle, something is up with his pitching arm.

Chasing second MVP award, Bryce Harper still younger than some rookies
Lest we forget, Bryce Harper is still absurdly young.

Bryce Harper has (finally) homered in all 15 NL ballparks
Harper has played in 27 ballparks and homered in 23 of them. (Really, he's homered in 16 NL ballparks, including Turner Field and SunTrust Park.)

Beginning to look at guys with a serious lens
Behold! The annual post declaring "fun with small sample sizes" season over!

Today’s Game: Nationals vs Pirates — 12:35 PM
Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.88 ERA) vs Tyler Glasnow (1-3, 7.98 ERA)