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Wire Taps: Michael A. Taylor’s role; Nationals’ Triple-A team moves to Fresno; Young arms get experience

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your off day...

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This is so, so stupid, but the Nationals somehow still aren’t dead. If the Braves play slightly less than .500 ball and the Nats go on an 11-game win streak, they can still make it to October. There is a less than zero percent chance that this happens, but it’s an infuriating reminder of what could’ve been.

Also: Bryce Harper’s (likely) final homestand as a National begins tomorrow. Go pay your respects if you feel so inclined.

Anyhow, the links:

The Nationals’ Class AAA affiliate will be moving to less-than-convenient Fresno (WaPo)
Nashville made sense. Nashville was close enough. Nashville, alas, went to the Rangers — meaning the Nats needed to scramble, landing them in a city without direct flights to Washington. They'll get another shot in 2020.

Michael A. Taylor’s opportunities have all but disappeared since Victor Robles arrived (WaPo)
Taylor found his rhythm over the summer, but it was too late: the outfield starters returned, and he was relegated to the bench. It may be time to finally address what many have suspected but dreaded for a while: the Nats may need to find another loving home for Taylor.

You’re the GM! Washington Nationals edition (Minor League Ball)
You are Mike Rizzo. Discuss your offseason in this thread.

Breaking down the Cy Young races (TheScore)
Max Scherzer is having his worst month of the year in September, which... isn't ideal.

Nationals’ young pitchers getting experience (
Gio Gonzalez is a Brewer, and the bullpen is scattered across the country — meaning the young guns have gotten their shot.

Stephen Strasburg Plunks Hitter, Catcher, And Umpire With One Pitch For Second Time In Two Starts (Deadspin)
Once is funny. Twice is a coincidence. Thrice is Strasburg trying to send a message of sorts.

Robles' adjustment at dish nets big game (MASN)
Victor Robles spoke with Davey Martinez and Kevin Long, who suggested a small adjustment to his front leg — and it netted impressive results.