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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals still waiting for World Series opponent; Nats’ rotation for Series; Friday workout notes...

Max Scherzer and the Nationals took in a Capitals game last night, while they wait to find out who they’ll play in next week’s World Series.

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What did Davey Martinez do in the the days between Game 4 of the NLCS and the first post-NL East Pennant workout in preparation for the World Series?

“Honestly, Wednesday, I was still kind of numb,” Martinez said.

“I didn’t do anything on Wednesday. As a matter of fact, by the time I settled in it was 6:00 in the morning, I slept till 3:00, had some dinner, went back to bed, so that’s how I spent my Wednesday.

“Honestly, I think these guys have played unbelievably, I think they needed a break, some guys really needed a break, heal their bodies a little bit. They’re very energetic, excited, so they’ll be ready.”

We’ll be ready. But seriously, we’re running out of things to write about and we just want the games to start again... Go read your links:


World Series Stories:

Nats eye good Series starts from Scherzer, Strasburg et al - (Washington Times)
"Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo assembled it, he explained, because an emphasis on starting pitchers has 'always been a part of my DNA as an executive.'"

Nationals have a plan to avoid rust ahead of World Series - (WaPost)
"The Nationals will wind up having a six-day break between their NLCS win and Game 1 of the World Series."

Who should throw out first pitch at Nationals’ World Series games? - (WaPost)
"My esteemed colleague and original Nationals beat writer Barry Svrluga suggested the team invite the entire 2005 squad back for the Fall Classic, which is a terrific idea."

The Washington Nationals deserve to win a World Series - (WaPost)
"I still remember watching my first Washington baseball game. I was 3 years old and was at Griffith Stadium with my dad. The year was 1948; the team was called the Senators."

How MLB authentication works in the World Series, and how Baby Shark fits in - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The stuffed animal 'Baby Shark' Gerardo Parra placed in the netting of the Nationals' dugout in the NL Championship Series is going to be authenticated."

Other Nationals Stories:

Revisiting our opening day predictions - (MASN)
"In case you don’t remember, a dozen of us who cover the Nationals on a regular basis published our predictions before the season began more than 6 1/2 months ago."

Nats trying to maintain edge during long break before World Series - (MASN)
"On Tuesday night, they celebrated like they’d never celebrated before. Which was appropriate, considering they’d never won the National League pennant before. So what did the Nationals do on Wednesday?"

Daniel Hudson comes to terms with being Nationals' closer - (WaPost)
"Hudson loves these guys and he loves having fun, but he was still unwinding from 'probably the highest-leverage [situation] I’ve ever been in in my career.'"

Max Scherzer, Adam Eaton visit NHL Capitals - (
"Max Scherzer and Adam Eaton were special guests at Capital One Arena, where Scherzer dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff, and Eaton gave a pregame locker-room speech to get the team fired up."

One game at a time? Not for Nats' rotation plans - (
"[T]he Nats did not reveal their exact plans for how they want to line up the rotation, but they did offer a hint the order will look similar to the regular season."


West Palm World Series? Astros, Nationals still owe millions on ballpark, contractors say - (The Palm Beach Post)
"Some builders of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, spring home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, want to know 'why two hugely successful major league baseball teams refuse to pay their bills.'"

Tim Bogar and Skip Schumaker to interview for Mets' managerial job, sources say - (Newsday)
"Another pair of managerial candidates surfaced Friday in Nationals infield and first-base coach Tim Bogar, and Padres first-base coach Skip Schumaker. Sources said the pair either has interviewed or will interview for the job."

86’d until now: Washington gets first World Series since 1933 - (WTOP)
"It’s been 86 years since the last time a World Series was played in Washington. That was two iterations of ballclubs and an entirely different league ago..."

Phillies managerial candidate Dusty Baker is 70, but he’s no dinosaur when it comes to analytics - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Dusty Baker, fired four months earlier after managing the Washington Nationals to 97 wins, raised his left hand and pointed to attract the attention of the moderator."

World Series 2019: How the Nationals built their NL champion roster through trades, free agency and the draft - (
"Like every team, the Nationals were assembled through all sorts of different methods. No team is built exclusively through the draft, or trades, or free agency."

"'Jealousy isn’t good’ — Bryce Harper on missing this ride on the Nationals’ World Series Express – (The Athletic)
"Asked if he felt any pangs of mixed emotions as he watched that baseball team from Washington celebrate a moment that never arrived for him, Harper couldn’t say 'no' fast enough."

Job Posting: Nationals Baseball Research & Development Analyst and Data Engineer - (FanGraphs)
"The Washington Nationals are seeking a data analyst to join their Baseball Research & Development team."