Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense15th112.8 (13th)245.2 (15th)
Defense11th92.3 (6th)248.5 (19th)

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 11
at NYJ
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 18
at PIT
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 25
DEN
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Sep 29
MIA
4:25 pm EDT
Sun Oct 9
at DAL
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 16
at NE
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 23
CLE
9:30 am EDT
Sun Oct 30
WAS
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 14
at NYG
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 20
BUF
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 27
at BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 4
PHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 11
at CLE
8:30 pm EST
Sun Dec 18
PIT
8:25 pm EST
Sat Dec 24
at HOU
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 1
BAL
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Nationals' Shawn Kelley: Gets one-out save Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley came on to record the final out of Thursday's win over the Giants for his fifth save of the year.

Jonathan Papelbon started the inning, but got yanked, with the Nats ultimately piecing it together with Oliver Perez and then Kelley. With Papelbon struggling as the closer, Kelley could be in for a full-time promotion to the ninth-inning role. Snatch him up in fantasy before the announcement.

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Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon: Pulled from Thursday's save chance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Papelbon was yanked with one out in the ninth inning Thursday against the Giants after allowing a hit and a walk. He was ultimately charged with a run.

Oliver Perez and finally Shawn Kelley ended up piecing together the save, but first, one of Papelbon's baserunners scored on an error. The 35-year-old has unraveled recently, pitching a total of exactly one inning in his last three appearances while allowing eight runs (seven earned) with a 1:4 K:BB. Papelbon was already barely clinging to his job as the Nationals' closer, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get displaced by Kelley on a permanent basis.

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Giants' Johnny Cueto: Pitches just five ineffective innings in loss to Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cueto (13-3) suffered only his third loss of the year Thursday after allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings against Washington.

The 30-year-old righty took the loss in the All-Star game and has carried that into his second half, opening with an 0-2 record in three starts. Before these two losses, though, Cueto hadn't suffered a defeat since way back on April 21. He'll get a ripe opportunity to bounce back Wednesday against the Phillies.

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Nationals' Tanner Roark: Bounces back for win No. 10
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Roark (10-6) held the Giants to one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in Thursday's 4-2 win.

After a five-run crash landing against the Padres his last time out, Roark got back to doing what he's done most of the year -- pitching effectively without an elite strikeout rate. In fact, if you don't count his 15-strikeout outlier back in April, Roark has only 98 strikeouts in his other 129.2 innings. But he also owns sub-3.00 ERA after this performance, so it's hard to knock Roark for the missing whiffs.

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Red Sox's Brad Ziegler: Blows save, absorbs walkoff loss against Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ziegler (2-5) gave up two unearned runs in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, suffering a blown save and a loss.

After six straight scoreless outings to open his time in Boston, Ziegler's come crashing down with consecutive losses, although it's hard to blame him for Hanley Ramirez's game-ending throwing error. His time as the closer is coming to an end soon regardless of his performance, though, as Craig Kimbrel's return from the DL is getting close.

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