Happy final home game of the season!
For the last time this season: here’s the news from Nats Park.
Bryce Harper says he wants to remain a Nat. ‘But am I in those plans? I have no idea.’ (WaPo)
Harper grew up in Washington. He knows the city. He knows its faults. He says he wants to stay — and now he's shifted pressure to the Lerners to make the decision. If he stays, he's a hero — and if he leaves, he would suggest it's not his fault.
Max Scherzer Reaches 300 Strikeout Milestone In Win Over Marlins (Deadspin)
Scherzer has a chance to best Chris Sale's arbitrary number of 308 strikeouts from 2017 — it's his choice if he gets the ball.
Max Scherzer hits 300 strikeouts in front of home crowd in win (MLB.com)
"When [the fans] are standing on their feet, going crazy, it just gives you an extra adrenaline boost, and you just want to go out there and accomplish that. It was an amazing feeling to have the fans behind you and the respect that they gave."
Tanner Roark may not pitch again in 2018 (MLB.com)
The Nationals are not in a pennant race, and the Nats are happy to let Tanner Roark get some quality time with his wife and kids after the birth of his third child.
Max Scherzer joins elite 300-strikeout club in Nats win (MASN)
"Scherzer, whose career accomplishments already have set him on a path in the general direction of Cooperstown, checked off yet another all-important box on his resume tonight."
Harper, Scherzer, Doolittle win Nats' end-of-year awards (MASN)
Harper, for the first (and potentially final) time, won the player of the year, while Sean Doolittle picked up the annual "good guy" award. The pitching award is not a surprise.
"Mr. Steady" Anthony Rendon hits career marks in 7-3 Nats win (MASN)
"Rendon now has a hitting streak of 10 games, during which Rendon is hitting .462 (18-for-39) with three doubles, four home runs and 16 RBIs."
Washington filmmaker seeks footage of former Senators catcher — and spy (WaPo)
Moe Berg was a catcher for the Senators. He was also involved in a plan to assassinate Werner Heisenberg.
Four Teams Who’ve Underperformed The Most This Season (MLB Daily Dish)
You'll never guess number one!
Please keep the Nats out of your political screeds. Thank you. (WaPo)
The Nationals haven't united the city — they're an apolitical haven for conservatives and liberals, though. In other words, deeming them the team of the right because a few prominent Republicans are fans isn't smart — and deeming them the team of the left wouldn't do any good, either.