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44-32, 1st in NL East
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Strasburg injury is Nationals' nightmare

The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract month, but the team's ace can't stay healthy. Was it a mistake?

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Stephen Strasburg injury is Nationals' nightmare

With Stephen Strasburg hurt again, you couldn't blame GM Mike Rizzo and the Nats if they're feeling a bit anxious about their $175 million investment.

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Werth and the sun don't mix (0:44)
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Robinson gives Nats some breathing room (0:22)
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There's a reason they're the aces

For these four teams, their ace pitchers might as well be gold. And the drop off from their stats in comparison to all others should give you a good idea of why.

Lineup: Nationals (43-32) at Brewers (34-40)

  • 1. Ben Revere, CF (L)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 4. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  • 5. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 6. Clint Robinson, 1B (L)
  • 7. Stephen Drew, SS (L)
  • 8. Jose Lobaton, C (S)
  • 9. Tanner Roark, RHP
  • Daily notes

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals scratched Stephen Strasburg on Sunday, which casts doubt upon his Week 13 status. Barring good news in the next 24 hours, he's too risky to keep in.

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Expect Nationals to upgrade bullpen around deadline (0:51)
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Nationals taking precaution with Strasburg (0:38)
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Carter homers as Brewers beat Nationals 6-5

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer, Matt Garza pitched six innings for this first win of the season, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Saturday.

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This is what happens when you run on Bryce Harper (0:35)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mets GM Sandy Alderson on José Reyes rejoining the team after his suspension under MLB's domestic abuse policy: "I did meet with José personally. We talked for about an hour; the domestic abuse issue was the focal point of that conversation. I came away feeling that he had taken responsibility for this mistake on his part. That he was remorseful. He has paid a penalty for this, both financially and in terms of his career. He is committed to ongoing counseling and support of organizations working against domestic abuse. In addition to this personal meeting we had a lot of internal conversations. Jeff Wilpon was directly involved in this every step of the way. We are aware of the possible controversy this would generate. At the same time, José was a member of the Mets organization for 12 years. He was signed at 16-years-of-age and was a solid citizen during all that time. Not just as an organization, but as a place where José grew up, almost as a surrogate family, we felt he deserved a second chance, and that second chance was most appropriate with us, a place where he spent a lot of his formative years."

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What's causing Bryce Harper to struggle? (1:10)
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'Culichis' Pérez y Urías lanzan en partido entre Nacionales y Dodgers

La ciudad de Culiacán se vistió de gala la noche del miércoles con dos dignos representantes del béisbol mexicano topándose frente a frente en el Dodger Stadium. Leer

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D.C. among longest-suffering cities

Not since Mark Rypien led Washington over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI has D.C. triumphed in a major professional sport. According to Bill Barnwell, only three cities are mired in more miserable active streaks. Sports Misery Index

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Braves, Nats giving Harvey fits this year

The best (Nationals) and worst (Braves) teams in the NL East have combined to score 22 earned runs in 30 1/3 innings (6.53 ERA) against the Mets' Matt Harvey this year. All other opponents have scored 22 ERs in 85 1/3 IP (3.60 ERA) against him, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

Stats & Info

Bryce Harper's struggles in perspective

Harper is batting a horrific .195 when in a hitter's count in 2016, third-worst among 170 qualified hitters and .169 points worse than the major league average (.364). He led the league with a .542 clip in those situations last year.

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Taylor endures historically rough night

Michael Taylor became the only center fielder in the last 100 years to strike out five times and commit an error in the same game on Wednesday.

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Michael Taylor joins dubious list

Three days after going 4-for-4 with two home runs, Taylor became the fifth leadoff hitter in the last 30 seasons to have an 0-for-5 performance with five strikeouts on Wednesday.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs33914th
Batting Average.25217th
On Base Percentage.32316th
Slugging Percentage.42512th
Earned Run Average3.404th
Quality Starts49Tied-2nd
WHIP1.153rd
BAA.2293rd

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