Next week, the Washington Nationals will begin a playoff series for the fourth time in six years. They have yet to win a series. With a healthy Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg—plus Max Scherzer, Daniel Murphy, and others—this year could be different. I wrote about it in my final regular season column for CBS Local. Starting next Thursday, I’ll be recapping the playoffs with a “Five Things You Missed” column.
It came as no surprise when Daniel Murphy rejected the Mets’ one-year, $15.8 million offer last offseason. At the time, no player had ever accepted a “qualifying offer.”* Instead, Murphy tested the market and wound up with $37.5 million over three years from the Washington Nationals. If Murphy’s first half of 2016 is any indication, he made a mistake not accepting the Mets’ deal.
Two players hit “Little League grand slams” this past week, a feat that typically includes some defensive ineptitude. In one instance, the defensive culprit TOTALLY REDEEMED HIMSELF. Also, a prominent starting pitcher announced he’s hanging ’em up, and the Astros are about to break an MLB record. Read all about it in my latest recap for CBS Local.