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Wire Taps: Nationals lose sixth straight in Citi Field; look to avoid sweep in finale with Mets

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Mets in Citi Field...

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Six straight losses in Citi Field. Five in a row in which they led in the eighth. Davey Martinez and his club have every reason to be frustrated, but the Washington Nationals can’t stew in last night’s loss, because they have to avoid a sweep in the series finale, and Jacob deGrom in on the mound for the New York Mets this afternoon... Go read your links:

NATS BEAT:

Another loss to Mets:

Broken record: Nats bullpen cannot hold late lead in 4-3 loss to Mets - (MASN)
"The Nationals are finding it a very difficult proposition to finish off games recently at Citi Field."

Soto's 2 HRs go for naught after 'pen falters - (MLB.com)
"Unfortunately, Rodney couldn’t get anybody out in the eighth. Luis Guillorme hit a pinch-hit home run to tie the score at 3."

Mets stun Nationals for a second straight night, rallying in the eighth for a 4-3 win - (WaPost)
"The Washington Nationals cannot wake up from this recurring nightmare."

Scherzer and Rendon:

Nationals’ Anthony Rendon really does look headed for free agency - (WaPost)
"The elder Lerner’s enduring involvement does not mean Rendon will sign an extension by season’s end. But it does add another layer to negotiations..."

Scherzer "felt good" in latest bullpen session - (MASN)
"Scherzer has had some time for introspection during this most recent rehab timeline and has seriously considered adjusting his exercise program..."

Scherzer takes step forward with 'pen session - (MLB.com)
"It’s not known how many bullpen sessions Scherzer will have before he returns to the rotation. He first wants to learn how he can stay healthy for a full season."

Max Scherzer’s long road back continues with first bullpen session - (WaPost)
“'I don’t know,' Scherzer said when asked about a timeline for his return. 'It’s not soon enough, whenever it is.'"

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

MLB manager hot seat rankings: Mets' Callaway, Nationals' Martinez earn some breathing room - (CBSSports.com)
"Davey Martinez and Mickey Callaway's jobs seemed so imperiled that we ranked them as the two managers likeliest to lose their gigs the last time we surveyed the hot seats around the league."

deGrom's slider key to bid for Cy Young repeat - (MLB.com)
"The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner is back for more. Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom has been great this season..."

MLB: Nationals' bullpen could prevent another postseason run - (Yahoo!Sports)
“'We’re excited to see them,' New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil said."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Underwhelmed by Bryce Harper’s first season with the Phillies? His former hitting coach offers reasons to believe - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"And to hear Rick Schu tell it, all of the changes aren't a sign that Harper is lost at the plate. He has been doing it ever since he entered pro ball as the first overall pick in the 2010 draft."

Miami Marlins' Martin Prado talks walk-off over Atlanta Braves - (Miami Herald)
"Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado discusses his walk-off winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019."

Braves remove Shane Greene from closer's role less than 10 days after acquiring All-Star reliever - (CBSSports.com)
"Greene has already been demoted from the ninth inning, as announced by manager Brian Snitker following the club's win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night."

Brodie Van Wagenen's deal for J.D. Davis looking like a winner - (NY Post)
"On a roster in which so many vital pieces still have Sandy Alderson’s fingerprints, low-key acquisition J.D. Davis has been perhaps the most valuable player during the Mets’ remarkable turnaround."

Mickey Callaway setting high bar is extending unlikely Mets run - (NY Post)
"After the Mets had a seven-game winning streak snapped just over a week ago, Mickey Callaway came up with this sound idea. 'Let’s just start another streak,' the manager said."