Three young Nats — Taylor, Souza and Treinen — get the full September big league experience thanks to the veterans getting a break following Tuesday night’s clinch of the NL East division.
Hard decisions await manager Matt Williams. He said Wednesday that he expects Zimmerman to play “pretty regularly” when he returns from the disabled list. Again, Zimmerman will be an option in left field and at first and third base.
The Nationals will put out a lineup of backups, from the mound to the outfield, Wednesday night. It will be the first break for the regulars at the end of the season, one likely needed after a night of imbibing large quantities of alcohol.
Ian Desmond hit a mammoth two-run homer and scored the Nationals’ other run in a 3-0 win over the Braves Tuesday night that eliminated Atlanta from contention for the division title.
The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night before a boisterous crowd of 35,297 at Camden Yards.
It’s a battle of semantics occurring at an odd time of the season. In most situations, the team vying for the National League’s best record is not also replacing its closer in September. But, that’s where the Nationals find themselves.
The Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman had five at-bats and played three innings in the Instructional League Tuesday in Viera, Fla. According to manager Matt Williams, Zimmerman came out of the game feeling great.
The team announced the naming-rights deal at a ceremony Tuesday to officially break ground on the 41,500-seat stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017.
A crisp Stephen Strasburg and four runs were enough to reduce the Nationals’ magic number to two. They can win the National League East on Tuesday night against rival Atlanta.
Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was replaced in the fourth inning Monday night in Atlanta by Nate Schierholtz.
Each day, Span watches video of that night’s starter, plus his at-bats from the night before. He said there is nothing magical about the times he righted things after the typical dips a player goes through during the season.
The Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman will take the field Tuesday during rehabilitation work in Florida.