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Game 3 short turnaround? No problem, Nats say

Game 3 short turnaround? No problem, Nats say

WASHINGTON—Gio Gonzalez flew ahead of the rest of the Nationals on Sunday morning. Kenta Maeda, Gonzalez’s opponent and the Los Angeles Dodgers starter for Game 3 of the Division Series, left immediately after his interview session before Game 2. 

Saturday’s postponement of Game 2 inconvenienced everyone, and Major League Baseball had already scheduled Game 3 for a 4:08 pm start time. 

The early time wouldn’t have been a problem had there been no postponement. 

The Nationals flew right after Game 2, and hoped for some rest since Monday’s game begins 23 hours after Sunday’s ended. 

“We’re both at a disadvantage without a day off,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. 

He hoped that MLB would change the start time, but Monday was already a full day of Division Series play, and the Chicago Cubs-San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park was already set for a 6:38 p.m. West Coast start, 2 ½ hours after the Nationals-Dodgers is supposed to begin. 

“I’m just hoping that we play the late game rather than the early game. I would wish that. But, hey, whatever time they say we’ve got to play, we’vet got to  play, and you’ve got to put it out of your head whatever time it is,” Baker said. 

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said that the quick turnaround wouldn’t be a factor. 

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“We've flown to the West Coast during the regular season and usually don't have a day off,” Zimmerman said. “If you can't get excited to play or if you're tired, then you should just stay here and go home.”

Jayson Werth, who has played in 55 postseason games, his first with the Dodgers in 2004, is realistic about the challenges. 

“Food and sleep are probably the two biggest things. Game like this, emotions are running high. You may have to get yourself to eat on the plane. We'll get in late. Stuff some food down and hydrate. It's challenging, but they have to go through the same stuff. Get in, get some sleep and get back at it tomorrow. This is a crazy turnaround,” Werth said. 

“It's going to be like Opening Day tomorrow. We'll have to go through intros. Those games are always challenging. They have to go through the same thing. We've gotta dig deep and find a way.”

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Max Scherzer Giving Away Memorabilia For Good Cause

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Max Scherzer Giving Away Memorabilia For Good Cause

By Ryan Wormeli

Max Scherzer is the ace of the Nationals staff, a fan favorite, and the 2017 National League Cy Young award winner. He's also a soon-to-be father whose wife, Erica May-Scherzer, once accidentally threw out the jersey he wore when throwing his 2nd career no-hitter. This time around, I'm guessing they talked it over first before deciding to sell some of his memorabilia garage-style for a new fundraiser.

We don't have any more information about the fundraiser yet, but May-Scherzer posted some photos on Twitter this afternoon. 

And in case you're wondering, no, the Scherzer family cat featured in one of the pictures isn't for sale (we assume). Plus, even if they were willing to part with their cat, considering Scherzer is on a contract worth over $200 Million, their price would probably be pretty steep. How much would you pay to adopt the cat of a 3-time Cy Young winner?

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Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

$500 million.

That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts.

One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper.

Harper will become a free agent in 2018 and people are already projecting his market value at close to $500 million, if not more.

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a contract back in 2014 for 13 years, $325 million, holding the league record.

For Fancy Stats writer Neil Greenberg, $500 million is a bargain for someone of Harper's caliber.

"Harper is every bit as good [as Stanton] but he's also young," Greenberg told the Sports Junkies Friday.

"I mean, we don't see a player that's as good as Harper, that's as young a Harper, hit the market almost ever I want to say. You look at how many years of his prime he has left and then even if you start to give him just the typical aging curb off of that prime, he's probably worth close to 570 million dollars starting from 2019 and going forward ten years. And that includes also the price of free agency going up and other factors."

Harper, who is only 25 years-old, brings more to a team than just talent. He's one of the most recognizable figures in baseball, bringing tremendous marketing opportunities to an organization. Greenberg dove deeper into how that will increase his market value.

"And that's just for the on-the-field product. You talk about all the marketing that's done around Bryce Harper [and] what he does for the game. In my opinion, and based on the numbers that I saw, he's a bargain at $500 million."

Don't we all wish someone would say $500 million is a bargain for us?

After crunching the numbers, the biggest takeaway for Greenberg is the return on investment the Nationals have gotten out of Harper.

"Like if you look at his wins above replacement throughout his career, he's given you 200 million dollars in value for 21 million dollars in cash and he's due what another 26 or 27 million this year. I mean he's already given you an amazing return on investment."

"So, if you're the Nationals having - benefited from that - you know you have a little bit of, I guess, wiggle room in terms of maybe you're paying a little bit for past performance 'cause, you know, when a player is on arbitration in their early years they don't really get paid that much."

The Nationals still have Harper for one more season and many feel they need to make him an offer sooner than later. Whenever and whoever he gets an offer from, it's going to be a nice pay day for him.