The Nats had an eighties party last night — Juan Soto dressed up as Indiana Jones, Patrick Corbin went full Beetlejuice, and if anyone knows what this is, please let us know.
Anyway, here’s the scoop from South Capitol:
Nationals option Spencer Kieboom, limiting their catching options when rosters expand - The Washington Post
"One side effect of his early promotion: Rosters expand to 40 on Sunday, but Kieboom will have to wait a minimum of 10 days to return to the majors. The Nationals’ only other catcher on the 40-man roster is Raudy Read, a 25-year-old with an .850 on-base-plus-slugging percentage at Fresno. The Grizzlies’ season ends Monday, though the Nationals will need to plan ahead if they want Read available as early as Sunday."
Ali Modami is the Nationals’ secret good luck charm (WaPo)
Ali Modami has taken out the Nats' lineup card ahead of every game, and now that the Post wrote about it, it's been jinxed. Anyway, he's also a coach for players to ride mid-game and a former Phillies BP pitcher, who sued the team, as well as the ever-reliable batting practice pitcher for the Nationals now.
Thursday morning Nats Q&A (MASN)
Mark Zuckerman talks Jeremy Hellickson, Michael A. Taylor, Greg Holland, Aaron Barrett, Matt Grace, and secrets of the trade.
Nationals eye reinforcements when rosters expand to 40 (Washington Times)
Expect Greg Holland, Aaron Barrett, Wil Crowe, Carter Kieboom, Wilmer Difo, Jake Noll, and Raudy Read to get a shot at the majors, as will Michael A. and Andrew Stevenson in all likelihood.
Should the Nationals consider a six-man rotation? Plus thoughts on Sean Doolittle, the Braves and unheralded coaches (The Athletic)
If the Nats added Erick Fedde back into the rotation, Max Scherzer and the rest of the rotation could get some rest while Davey Martinez would still line up the big guns for the Braves and the Wild Card game. (In the meantime, can we discuss how good Paul Menhart has been for the Nats?)
You might not realize it, but at 35, Kurt Suzuki has been pretty darn good for the Nats (WaPo)
Kurt Suzuki is having a super solid year behind the dish for the Nats, syncing up well with Max Scherzer, playing to counts where he can do damage, and coaching young pitchers while serving as important clubhouse glue.
Bowden: Handicapping the National League wild-card races (The Athletic)
If Jim Bowden had to guess, the Nats will get the first wild-card slot, and may well have a shot at catching the Braves. If they don't, he anticipates a Cubs-Nats matchup in DC.