It’s been a weird, weird season, so why not get a little weirder. The Nationals are 71-72 with 19 games to play. If they go 18-1, they can probably win the NL East!
Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:
Victor Robles to get a look at leadoff (MLB.com)
Robles has appeared in every game since being called up on Tuesday, and went 1-for-10 in the doubleheader — but it looks like he'll get some time at the top of the order.
Dave Martinez was the wrong man for the Nats job. Now, it would be wrong for him to lose it. (WaPo)
The Nationals should never have replaced Dusty Baker, especially with a first-year manager on a win-now team. But as the team reached their lowest point, it seems like Davey Martinez finally figured out his managerial flaws. He's communicating with his bullpen, and he remains open with his team, which, oddly, seems to still be fighting some. Keeping him along for next year allows for continuity with a team that will probably be pretty good, and lets the Nats see Martinez without some of his flaws.
On Jayson Werth night, former outfielder reminds Nationals of better days (WaPo)
Everyone, including Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, and Chase Utley, shared praise for Werth on the bigscreen last night. Ryan Zimmerman handed Werth a rocking chair, and the Nats gave Werth a photo of his NLDS walkoff signed by every 2012 National. Believe it or not, he got a little emotional.
Rain washed away Victor Robles’s first chance to be a major league leadoff hitter. It likely won’t be his last. (WaPo)
If Robles hits leadoff, then it sets off a chain reaction that embeds contact skills and speed further throughout the Nationals' lineup, making everything much, much more dangerous.
Martinez on Robles, Hellickson, Eaton and weather delays - Byron Kerr
"For us to go back out and play the last inning and go out and do what they did and have (Greg) Holland sit around and come back do what he did was awesome. (Sean) Doolittle comes in in the eighth inning and watch him stand and hold his hands up start drinking rain (laughs) that was pretty awesome too.”
Tetreault strong for Potomac (MLB)
The P-Nats are in the championship round of their playoffs.