Who’s ready for a series with the Mets?  The one thing that was concerning me during the Nationals’ recent chase of the NL East leaders was the absence of sweeps:  yes, they won 8 of 12 but nary a sweep of the Rockies, Brewers, Marlins or Padres.  That’s why the brooming of the Braves was so sweet.  Contenders sweep and put pressure on the division leaders…and the four game wipe-out of Atlanta moves the Nats within four games of the Mets.  Six games remain between the two teams.  Starting today.  Scherzer pitches. Buckle up…

Last Week’s Heroes– Bryce Harper hits .529 while walking 12 times and scoring 11 runs.  Ryan Zimmerman tallies 4 HR and 14 RBI.  Jayson Werth minimizes the absence of Denard Span atop the lineup by hitting .323.  Michael A. Taylor comes up big with a pinch-hit homer Friday in extra innings…in what was precisely the type of game the Nats have lost all season. 

Last Week’s Humbled– manager Matt Williams was never thought of as a great strategist…but last week’s handling of the bullpen in St. Louis caused the armchair skippers to sound off.  Could he have handled the relievers better against the Cardinals?  Perhaps.  But we knew we weren’t getting a “micro” guy when they hired Williams…and his “big picture” focus seems to have the team surging in September.  Or maybe it just seems that way because the Braves are awful. 

Game to Watch– Tuesday Jordan Zimmermann pitches against the Mets Matt Harvey.  Zim’s won four straight starts…while Harvey’s lost just one decision since the All Star Break.  That loss?  To the Nationals.  This game can either prevent a series loss or secures a series win for the Nats…

Game to Miss– Saturday Joe Ross matches up with Miami’s Jared Cosart.  The 7:10 start means Nats-Marlins is going up against a top ten matchup in Michigan State-Oregon.  Hmm…

 

 

 

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