Sometimes, this team really seems like they’re ready to contend next year.
Other times, they lose to the Miami Marlins.
Anyhow, here’s the scoop from South Beach:
Dave Martinez seems secure to return as Nationals manager. At least for now. (WaPo)
Mike Rizzo has not made any comment to imply that Davey Martinez won't return. His managerial skills have improved, and he still has the faith of the clubhouse, which consistently praises him. Martinez seems confident he'll be back next year. Then again, change "Martinez" to "Dusty" and you know where the story goes.
Tanner Roark did not travel with Nationals to Miami as he awaits birth of third child (WaPo)
Tanner Roark did not have time for postgame interviews on Sunday, because he was about to welcome another Roark to the family.
Nationals cautious with Koda Glover's return (MLB.com)
Since his mid-August return, Koda Glover has essentially dominated (except for last night, but we don't talk about that) — but part of that has to do with Davey Martinez carefully deciding when to use him.
Nats bullpen falters despite early lead in 8-5 loss (MASN)
After Jimmy Cordero allowed four straight singles and Wander Suero balked in a run, the Nats were basically done for the night.
Martinez believes Erick Fedde is a potential No. 3 or No. 4 starter (MASN)
“I see him as a real (No.) 3 or 4 starter potential here ...,” Martinez said. “But he’s getting better. The big thing is he’s getting better. We always talk about guys being hot. I always tell him it’s not about being hot, it’s about being consistent. Every time you go out there just be consistent. He’s done that.”
Marty Niland: Strong finish could set Nats up for future, as it did in 2011 (MASN)
The Nats have won the last three series they played and are 7-4 in their last 11. Just like 2011, when the Nats went 14 for their final 17, a nice streak to end the year could leave the team with something of a good taste in its mouth afterwords, which would be odd and rare — but the 2011 team, a weird mishmash of players, managed to do it.
Ranking rookies by long-term potential (MLB.com)
"Soto is a better pure hitter than Acuna and no slouch in the power department either. Only four teenagers have logged an .800 OPS in a season with 400-plus plate appearances: Soto (.953), Hall of Famer Mel Ott (.921), Tony Conigliaro (.883) and Bryce Harper (.817)."