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Nationals pitchers Strasburg and Doolittle capture top monthly awards

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Nationals pitchers Strasburg and Doolittle capture top monthly awards

September proved to be a good month for two of the Nationals' top pitchers.

Ace Stephen Strasburg and reliever Sean Doolittle were both awarded for their excellent pitching performances throughout the month. Strasburg was named the NL Pitcher of the Month while Doolittle was named the NL Reliever of the Month.

During September, Strasburg made five starts for the Nationals, where he was practically untouchable. He went 4-0 with an 0.83 ERA and struck out 40 batters. Prior to September, Strasburg went 20 straight innings without allowing a single run.

The streak finally came to an end on Sept. 17, but not before Strasburg had set a Nationals franchise record with 35 scoreless innings.

After the streak was broken, Strasburg allowed only two doubles during the rest of the month. He was also the only pitcher to post an opp SLG below .200 in September. 

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With the regular season in the books, Strasburg finished with a 15-4 record, a 2.52 ERA and his third ever NL monthly pitching award. With the Nats looking to make a run deep in the playoffs, Strasburg will likely be a major asset for them moving forward.

Doolittle has also proven to be an asset for the Nats. His quality pitching in September earned him his first ever NL monthly pitching award. 

The left-handed pitcher made eight saves for the Nationals in September as a reliever. Doolittle also had a 1.64 ERA and a .158 opponent batting average during the month. 

The reliever also denied opposing batters of any runs in nine of his 11 appearances. He even prevented any earned runs in 10 of those 11 games. His quality play throughout September earned him his first ever NL monthly pitching award.

Since joining the Nationals from Oakland in mid-July, Doolittle has proven to be one of the team's most reliable pitchers. 

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With the playoffs set to start on Friday, Strasburg and Doolittle will likely be major factors for the Nats in their series against the Chicago Cubs. 

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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.