Reliving the Nats' championship celebration

On Tuesday night, the Nationals became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a division title. The Nats have been here before, winning their second National League East title in three years, but the story this year was written a little differently. The Nationals clinched in front of their home crowd in 2012. Of course, there is no place like home, but ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Out of the shadows, potential postseason problems don't concern Nats

Though the Washington Nationals don't know who their opponent will be, they know now that they will be bringing postseason baseball back to the nation's capital in October. The Nationals clinched the National League East division this week in Atlanta's Turner Field, but during last week's homestand they received a reminder of just how difficult it can be to deal with the not only the ... read more

David Huzzard: Nats' new magic number is 11

Eleven wins. That is what it will take for the Nationals to win the World Series. Sounds doable, right? All they need to do is go 11-8 in the month of October and they are not just the champions of the National League East, but the champions of the world. Winning 11 games in a month, playing three games over .500 - neither sounds too ... read more

Opposite dugout: Marlins and Nats get familiar as regular season nears conclusion

Manager: Mike Redmond, second year Record: 74-77 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: CF Marcell Ozuna (.270/.318/.456, 25 doubles, 23 HR, 85 RBIs); 3B Casey McGehee (.292/.362/.365, 28 doubles, 4 HR, 70 RBIs); RHP Jarred Cosart (4-2, 2.05 ERA, 1.01 WHIP); RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.71 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 5-6, 48 runs scored, 56 runs allowed Pitching probables Sept. 18: ... read more

Rachel Levitin: Nats have come a long way to earn second NL East crown in three years

Well, that answers that. The Nationals are officially the National League East champions for the second time in three years after clinching that spot at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday night. What a ride it's been thus far. To think that just two years ago, a perennial cellar-dweller clinched its first division title and has continued to make its visible imprint upon the major ... read more

Dave Nichols: Division crown in sight, but still work to be done

Entering play Tuesday, the Nationals' magic number to clinch the National League East was two. All they have to do is win one of the next two games against the Braves and the Nats will take the division title with almost two weeks left in the season. After they sew up the division, it'll give manager Matt Williams time to rest some guys, sort out ... read more

Opposite dugout: Braves trying to keep Nats from clinching NL East in Atlanta

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, fourth year Record: 75-74 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 1B Freddie Freeman (.293/.390/.476, 41 doubles, 18 HR, 73 RBIs, 90 R); LF Justin Upton (.277/.351/.502, 32 doubles, 27 HR, 96 RBIs); LHP Alex Wood (10-10, 2.83 ERA, 1.14 WHIP); RHP Ervin Santana (14-8, 3.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 10-6, 64 runs scored, 48 runs allowed Pitching probables ... read more

Marty Niland: No slow lane on the road to the 2014 postseason

It comes down to this: With 14 games left in the regular season, the Nationals visit their division archrivals in Atlanta with a chance to clinch the National League East, drop the Braves below .500 and send them to the outer fringes of the postseason picture. In a season where they've overcome numerous injuries and setbacks, and a year removed from a disappointing out-of-the-money finish, ... read more