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Wire Taps: Jayson Werth to Nationals Park Ring of Honor; Max Scherzer’s fourth pitch; National parks...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the third of four with the Cardinals in St. Louis.

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With the shenanigans over at R/Nationals (they turned themselves into a National Parks forum), I vote we turn this site into a comprehensive case study of the supreme court decision Federal Baseball Club v. National League.

Who says no?

Here’s the news, if you can still bear it:

Nationals to add Jayson Werth to Ring of Honor (The Nats Blog)
It's unclear if he'll join the home plate side or the right field side.

Ray Knight after Nats’ second straight walk-off loss: ‘This has been a messed up season’ (WaPo)
“It just beats anything I’ve ever seen,” Knight said after Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong led off the ninth inning with a home run off of Koda Glover.

The Nationals, Bryce Harper and Baseball's Worried Class (SI)
"Baseball devotees, both within and without the press box, are the most hypochondriacal fans on earth. If the beer weren’t $12 these days, life would be completely grand." This is the point this article makes, but the Nationals, this author argues, are the exception, gloomy for no reason whatever.

Is Max Scherzer adding a fourth breaking pitch? (The Athletic)
Scherzer added a curveball around 2012, which made him elite when added on to his slider. With his cutter, he's almost untouchable. But it looks like there are a few things in his repertoire he hasn't talked about -- a new breaking ball, for instance, fast as his curve but with movement near to a slider. There isn't a name for it yet.

Juan Soto leads Rookie of the Year Award poll (

‘I don’t wanna talk about baseball’: Nationals fans turn Reddit page into guide to national parks (WaPo)
R/Nationals is normally a hotspot for intense baseball discussion. But with recent events, the fans on the subreddit decided it was time for a full switch into National Parks, Nationals Park be damned.

With Sammy Solis struggling, do the Nats need to add another left-hander to the bullpen? (WaPo)
Solis apparently no longer has a spot in this year's bullpen, and Matt Grace certainly can't fill the void. It looks like it'll be Tim Collins to try and give the Nationals some sort of left-handed solace.

Nationals' Carter Kieboom leads top prospects (
Kieboom was a single short of the cycle in a 4-5 evening. He's now hitting .269 in Harrisburg.

Ryan Madson lands on disabled list with lumbar nerve irritation; Sammy Solis sent down (WaPo)
"Once he disclosed the problem to the Nationals’ training staff and they executed various treatment and prescribed anti-inflammatories, it became clear to everyone involved that Madson would not be able to help the team immediately."

Each MLB team's best August trade (
It's Kurt Suzuki.