Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals’ lineup to face the Cardinals on Thursday after missing the previous night due to a sore left quadriceps muscle.
Coming off a series win over the Miami Marlins, the Nationals now return home for an 11-game homestand beginning with four games against the defending NL champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Here is our first installment of MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney:
In an airtight, 1-1 NLDS Game 4 heading into the seventh inning, Nationals manager Davey Johnson called on unlikely arm to relieve starter Ross Detwiler.
Amazing what a difference the outcome of one game can make.