Team Record: 95-67
Nats' plan for the week - The Nationals are back in the playoffs and once again have a four-day layoff to maneuver through before they begin their NL Division Series with Game 1 on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But this time, they are treating the four days very differently than they did in 2014.
This time, they will hold workouts open to the media on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In 2014, they were closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, so there should be additional coverage from all outlets throughout the week.
The Nats are also doing some cool stuff for fan outreach over the next few days. On Monday at 6:30 p.m. there will be a postseason kickoff party at the Capital Wheel at the National Harbor in Maryland, just over the Anacostia River from Nationals Park. On Wednesday, there is a postseason pep rally at 1015 Half St. SE held by 106.7 The Fan. That's from noon to 2 p.m. and will be hosted Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. On Thursday, the Racing Presidents will hold an event at the Mega Market in Ballston, Va. And Monday through Thursday, the Nats are holding a playoff ticket scavenger hunt through their Snapchat account.
All of that should help the Nats and their fans really make the most of this week as they celebrate their season and get ready for the playoffs.
Will Murphy, Werth be ready? - Manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday he feels good about where Jayson Werth is at, despite the Nats left fielder sitting out the weekend with back tightness. Daniel Murphy sounded optimistic he'll be ready for Game 1 on Friday, saying "hopefully" everything will go right the next few days.
Bryce Harper has been in the lineup for three games and on Sunday hit a double. And despite dealing with what sounds like a minor calf issue, Ryan Zimmerman is good to go for the postseason.
All four guys are banged up, but should be available. Them not being 100 percent may, however, dictate how Baker puts together his postseason roster.
"These injuries are going to maybe change our roster some because you don’t know if they’ll be ready in the first round or not, but they might be ready in the second round. Right now, we just have to get through the first round," he said.
One has to wonder if that means carrying an extra bench player, rather than another relief pitcher. Does he need an extra infielder as a contingency plan for Murphy? The Nats are pretty deep at the position already with Trea Turner's ability to move around, but that was certainly an interesting hint dropped by the skipper.
NL East Standings
Offensive game of the week: Trea Turner 10/1 vs. Marlins - 2-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
Pitching line of the week: Tanner Roark 10/1 vs. Marlins - 5.2 IP, ER, 3 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 109 pitches (67 strikes)
Quote of the Week
"This team is a baby-making team."
Tweet (or Instagram) of the Week
On the Grant and Danny show we talked about the metro lines closing at 10:00pm. Please tweet at me an article explaining this nonsense— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) September 30, 2016
Mon. - OFF
Tue. - workout
Wed. - workout
Thu. - workout
Fri. - 5:38 p.m. Game 1 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Scherzer* vs. Kershaw)
Sat. - 4:08 p.m. Game 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Roark* vs. Hill)
Sun. - OFF
*Not official yet, but... yeah.
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