Microcosm schmicrocosm. 11-19 in one-run games. 6.0 games out in the NL East. Two over .500 after 116. None of it’s pretty. Will things change over the next seven weeks? If they do not, then it will be a winter of the “Washington Nationals missed their window” and no one here wants to hear that... Read your links.
Jeremy Hellickson solid, but Nats fall to Cubs - (MLB.com)
"It was another close loss for the Nationals, who are now 11-19 in one-run games and fell to six games behind the first-place Phillies in the NL East."
Nationals’ 3-2 loss to Cubs has a haunting familiarity - (WaPost)
"Every team has history with Wrigley Field. If every series is important for this team now, this one is something more..."
Nats let another close one slip away, fall 3-2 to Cubs - (MASN)
"Barring a complete reversal of fortune over the next month-and-a-half, the Nats won’t be playing in October..."
Dave Martinez returns to Wrigley Field - (MLB.com)
"This first season as the Nationals' manager has gone anything but smoothly for Martinez, as he commands a team that is underachieving its high preseason aspirations..."
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Dave Martinez reflects on past while moving forward in return to Wrigley Field - (WaPost)
"No matter how hard he tries, no matter how often he ditches his glasses for public appearances so no one will think he’s copying Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon’s trademark look, everyone associates the two."
A night to remember in the MASN broadcast booth - (MASN)
”F.P. is much different during the action than I anticipated. I expected him to be far more reactionary in this position, seeing what happens on the field and giving his instant opinion.”
Will Dave Martinez's inside knowledge on Cubs impact this weekend's series? - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Martinez mostly brushed aside any notion that he could have an inside edge on scouting his former team, but he did allow a moment to be coy."
What has been the issue with the Washington Nationals in 2018? - (FOX Sports)
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Rizzo never traded Harper, but Nats other moves have shaken team up - (Fancred Sports)
"In the aftermath of that game and scene, the glove-tossing reliever Shawn Kelley and Rizzo staged quite a scene near the team’s clubhouse, and according to onlookers, things got heated between the pair."
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What the Justin Bour trade means for the Phillies in 2018 and beyond - (Philly.com)
"You’ve heard the Phillies talk a lot about hunting value at the margins, and Friday’s trade for lefty slugger Justin Bour is a perfect example of it."
Steven Matz may force 6-man rotation for Mets - (MLB.com)
"Could a six-man rotation be in the works for the Mets? Manager Mickey Callaway says it's something that's being heavily considered."
Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets game recap, Aug. 10 - (Miami Herald)
The Marlins were having trouble scoring runs with Justin Bour. In their first game without him, there was no discernible difference.
Chipper Jones says Braves ‘on cusp of being right back where we expect... - (AJC.com)
"The Braves entered play Friday -- the start of an 11-game homestand -- with a 62-50 record, one game behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East."