Can they hold on to momentum? - After losing two straight to the Mets, it appeared all the momentum the Nationals had built over the month of August was lost. They were blown out in ugly fashion on Saturday night and were facing the sweep on national television Sunday night. But not only did the Nats avoid the embarrassment of a sweep, they rallied from behind to earn one of their most rewarding victories of the entire year. They also had the good fortune of seeing the Reds fail to gain any ground over the weekend. We’ll find out tonight if the Nats can get back on a winning streak.
Rest of September call-ups - Later this afternoon the Nationals are expected to fill out the rest of their September call-ups for this season. Davey Johnson said it should be a group of familiar faces, as the Nats have already had to call on their minor leagues far more than they would have liked this season due to injury. But we could see some surprises, perhaps shortstop Zach Walters who hit 29 home runs this season at Syracuse. The Nats called up three players on Sunday (Ian Krol, Erik Davis & Sandy Leon) but we could see as many as five new guys join them in Philly tonight.
Can they catch the Reds? - Cincinnati just lost two of three to the Colorado Rockies, and their schedule isn’t getting any easier. Up next is four games against the St. Louis Cardinals, who took two of three from them a week ago, and a three game series with the L.A. Dodgers. The Reds’ next seven games, in fact, could be the Nats’ best opportunity to gain some ground in the month of September. After Cincy plays the two expected playoff teams their schedule softens up with nine games against the Cubs, Brewers and Astros.