Washington Nationals: September storylines to follow

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: Stephen Strasburg
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Yes, another one from the Tim McCarver school of easy answers.

A whopping 47 players have worn a Washington Nationals uniform this year, not counting any new players promoted from the minors with roster expansion. From Wilmer Difo struggling in center field to Jeremy Guthrie’s forgettable start in April, the Nats have made the best out of a situation that sinks teams.

The team today, even without Bryce Harper, can take a round in the playoffs. Depending on luck and skill, the Nats could stun their presumed NL Championship Series opponent Los Angeles and make their first World Series. But, Washington cannot afford to lose any more players.

Because it is a matter of time before the postseason is a done deal, Dusty Baker will spend September keeping his regulars sharp and rested. Before the month ends, you may see the Nats expand the starting rotation to six. Certainly, there will be a zillion pitching from the bullpen too.

As Jayson Werth and Trea Turner play themselves into shape, others such as Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman will rotate out.

The last thing the Nats needs is another Wilson Ramos moment in September. Although the bench has proven their worth that depth must be preserved.

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