BY PETER HAILEY
Even though Tyler Clippard just became a member of the Mets on Monday, he's already adopting a philosophy that his new teammates have had all season long: The Nationals are public enemy No. 1, and they need to be taken down.
Clippard, who pitched for Washington from 2008-2014, was acquired by New York in exchange for a minor leaguer just a few days ahead of the MLB's trade deadline, as the team wanted to bolster its bullpen for the year's stretch run. Currently, the Mets are two games back from the NL East-leading Nats, and have been pursuing them for a few months now.
It sure sounds like Clippard is eager to join the hunt.
"The Mets, here, are right in the mix," Clippard said to ESPN. "And it's going to be a lot of fun chasing down my old teammates there in Washington. There's a lot of incentive there for me on a personal level and on a professional level to get the job done here in New York."
That wasn't the only thing Clippard said about his former employer, though. Not only does he want to catch the Nationals -- he thinks it can be done, too.
"They're beatable," Clippard said. "There's no perfect team in baseball right now. Everybody can go on skids. Everybody is vulnerable... It's one of those things -- you've got to play the season out and see what happens."
The 30-year-old reliever, who is currently sporting a 2.79 ERA, won't have to wait long to face his old club: New York and Washington will square off this weekend in the Big Apple in a three game series that concludes with a Sunday night game. The showdown will give Clippard his first chance to act on what he's said about the Nationals -- and provide an opportunity for Nationals' hitters to respond as well.
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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies are 2-for-2.
Tuesday night's game was postponed following a two-hour rain delay. Monday's game was postponed after a three-hour rain delay.
Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., bumping a four-game series to a five-game series. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled to also play a split day-night doubleheader Wednesday.
The day was not without news. Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose in batting practice when a ball bounced off his bat and struck him in the face. Scherzer was attempting to bunt at the time.
Scherzer's injury and the multiple postponements throw the Nationals' pitching plans into disarray. They're not sure if Scherzer will pitch as expected Wednesday. It appears Austin Voth, who was scratched from his Thursday start for Triple-A Fresno, will be available to pitch in one of the Wednesday games -- should they be played. More rain is expected Wednesday.
The Nationals will bump Patrick Corbin, who was slated to pitch again Tuesday, into a Wednesday spot. Wednesday's other starter is TBA. It could be Scherzer if he is ready. It could be Erick Fedde, and Voth could be used in the bullpen as the 26th man. That would provide Scherzer a chance to pitch Thursday and Strasburg on Friday against Atlanta.
Or, Scherzer could be provided more time off. There's a lot to sort out once again thanks to the rain.
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On June 18, 2006, a 21-year-old Ryan Zimmerman beat the New York Yankees with one swing. The once rising star who would later be nicknamed 'Mr. Walk-Off' launched his first career game-winning home run 13 years ago today.
The blast marked the 10th long-ball of his big league career and came on Father's Day with his dad, Keith, in the stands.
Fast forward to 2019 and the now 34-year-old owns a .279 career batting average with 267 home runs.
But 2019 hasn't given him much of a chance to add to those totals, seeing how he's played in just 22 games after being placed on the 10-day Injured List April 28 because of plantar fasciitis.
His recovery, though, is well underway. NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas reported Tuesday that the first baseman ran the bases and will do so again Wednesday. If these drills go well, look for the veteran to begin a rehab assignment as part of his continued efforts to return to help the Nationals make a run in his 15th season.
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