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Wire Taps: Juan Soto injury likely minor; Max Scherzer feeling better; Nationals’ pen finally holds on at Citi Field

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s series opener with the Cincinnati Reds...

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Two pieces of good news to start these Wire Taps: Juan Soto is okay, and the Nats won’t have to go to Citi Field again this year unless they meet the Mets in the playoffs as the second wild card team or in a playoff series.

Here’s the heat from Half Street:

Max Scherzer feeling ‘really good’ after first bullpen session since hitting injured list (WaPo)
Max Scherzer said on Saturday that he wasn't worried with how he felt right after his bullpen session; he was worried about the next day. On Sunday, he woke up, threw again, and felt perfectly fine — though the Nats will take another look at him Monday morning before throwing him in a simulated game and perhaps a rehab start.

2020 Vesting Options Update (MLBTR)
If Sean Doolittle finishes 100 games, then he gets a mutual option with the team — meaning he can actually opt out of his deal, which wouldn't exactly be great news for the Nats.

Nationals’ Juan Soto avoids serious injury after rolling his ankle against the Mets (WaPo)
The X-rays, at least for now, are negative — and Soto says he feels better, maybe good enough to play tonight or the next night given that he felt fine after a few calf raises.

Davey Martinez updates Scherzer, Zimmerman, Dozier and Robles (MASN)
Ryan Zimmerman took batting practice on Saturday and is testing his foot, feeling considerably better now. In the meantime, Brian Dozier is out resting and waiting for his first child, and the Nats are working with Victor Robles after his rough start to August (a .130 batting average says most of it).

Asdrúbal Cabrera delivers clutch hit in 7-4 win, Soto injury just mild sprain (MASN)
“I tried to hit the ball to the other side of the field and it was a fastball in,” Cabrera said of the base hit against his former team. “I got jammed a little bit, but it was right to the line, so that was really good.”

Nationals’ bullpen finally comes through against the Mets to help prevent a sweep - (WaPost)
Sean Doolittle had a 15.00 ERA and a 1-for-4 conversion rate in save opportunities against the Mets, compared to a 1.90 ERA and a 24-for-26 rate against everyone else. The loud noises helped Doolittle relax, oddly, and he closed down yet another rollercoaster ride between the Nats and Mets.

Cabrera stings Mets, Nats hold on to end NY's streak, 7-4 (AP/USA Today)
After all his struggles with the Mets this year, the fans have caught on to Sean Doolittle and started jeering him when he entered. Then he sat down the side in order — and best of all, the Nats won't head to Flushing until 2020 barring a postseason meeting.

Dave Martinez learned to be patient from Buck Rodgers (
"Go out there, have fun and play baseball. If I go 0-for-4, I have another day tomorrow and do it again. That’s how I approach it with the players every day.”

Asdrúbal Cabrera, Nats end Mets' winning streak (
The Nats managed to chase Jacob deGrom after five innings, but it was a decisive blow from Asdrúbal Cabrera, the former Mets stalwart, that got the Nats their lead back, which Victor Robles then expanded with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Juan Soto has leg injury (
Soto turned his ankle rounding third and couldn't stay in the game, though it did mean Victor Robles got to bat and hit a two-run homer, which Soto jokingly took credit for.

Patrick Corbin "felt really good" for six innings in no-decision against Mets (MASN)
Corbin had a nice bounceback after a rough start in the desert, only allowing a pair of solo homers over six innings.

MLB Week 19 Power Rankings (
The Nats are behind the Braves, which makes sense. They're also behind the Mets, which makes no sense, given that the team currently has a BABIP of roughly 1000000.000