Citizens of Natstown Podcast Episode 159

The Citizens are back to discuss the last two weeks in Nats news, Robles' call up, postseason bullpen musings, the state of the rest of the NL as it relates to playoff seeding, and more!

Early in the show O'Hara plugs the the Half Street Irregulars' Field Day at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday September 24th. If you're interested in attending reach out to Frank Latucca on twitter and he'll get you squared away. If you'd prefer to just donate you can do so here.

Citizens of Natstown Podcast Episode 158

The Citizens are joined by Citizen Alum Frank Latucca (@Nationals101) to chat about the last two weeks in Nats news, our hopes for September, musings on playoff rosters with two more weeks of data, Dan Haren, and more!

Early in the show Frank brings up the the Half Street Irregulars Field Day at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday September 24th. If you're interested in attending reach out to Frank on twitter and he'll get you squared away. If you'd prefer to just donate you can do so here.

The Nats Need a Catcher

With everything going on around the Nationals recently you can be excused for not noticing their biggest problem. To start, being 13.5 games up in the division does not call for close analysis of a team. Add on a whole host of injuries and the most obvious problem, the bullpen, being solved it’s easy to miss. But the Nationals are getting almost unbelievably bad production from their catchers and it’s not looking like it will get better any time soon.

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Six Off the Radar Reliever Trade Candidates

As you may have heard the Nationals are looking for bullpen help. And not just closer help like in years past, no they need an entire bullpen of new pitchers. However, picking up a handful of the top trade candidate relievers would be very expensive in total. The Lerners love prospects and do not like expensive, so Mike Rizzo and the Nationals front office will likely have to get a bit creative to bring in the stock they need.

So, my goal today is to find some relievers who can fill in admirably in a middle innings (think 6/7th) role for the Nats without breaking the bank. These guys are so far under the radar as to be completely off it.

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Fixer Upper: The Nats Bullpen House

The Nationals have a bullpen problem. You didn’t need me to tell you that. If you have a vague awareness that the Washington Nationals are a baseball team then you know that they have a bullpen problem. The question, with the Nats rolling to a 21-10 start and 6.5 game lead on the New York Mets, is how big of a problem is it?

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