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Jackson finally gets run support, second win

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Jackson finally gets run support, second win

Nationals starter Edwin Jackson has gone at least six innings allowing three runs or less in seven of his 11 starts this season, including five of his last six outings. Yet on Wednesday night in the Nats 5-3 victory over the Mets - the teams 54th game of the year - Jackson earned just his second win as a Washington National. He finally enjoyed some run support that not only came early, but also late as he made mistakes seldom seen during his brief time in Washington.

Those guys put some good at-bats out there, that along with the defense helped me out tonight, he said.

They continued to pick me up and it is just a great feeling. It shows you what this team is capable of doing.

Jackson noted afterwards the lack of run support during his starts this season, but said it doesnt affect his approach inning by inning.

They arent going out and not scoring runs on purpose, it is just one of those things. The times you give up a few runs like tonight, they come back and pick you up. It is just one of those things that goes up and down.

Jackson ended up with just two earned runs through seven innings of work with three hits and four walks allowed. But through some stretches Jackson let pitches get away from him and he made mistakes that would have been more costly in lower scoring games.

Things got interesting in the fourth inning when Jackson made a throwing error that helped lead to a Mets run. New York third baseman David Wright singled on a drive to right field to lead off. With Lucas Duda at the plate Jackson decided to check Wright at first with a pickoff attempt. His throw got away from Adam LaRoche and Wright advanced all the way to third. Wright was able to score as Duda grounded to Ian Desmond for the fielders choice.

The error was actually Jacksons second of the variety in his last two games, he sent the Marlins Chris Coghlan all the way to third on May 29 in Miami. Jackson, however, assures he has no problem with throwing to first.

I definitely dont have a case of the yips, I definitely dont mind throwing the ball to first, he said. The ball just slipped, there is no excuse. I wasnt trying to do anything, the ball just got away from me.

Jackson on the year now holds a 3.11 ERA which is lower than any season mark he has posted in his career. His 2.4 walks per nine innings this season is also down from his career average of 3.6. There has been a slight improvement in his overall efficiency, something manager Davey Johnson is keen to point out.

He probably had a little bit of a reputation coming in that he threw a lot of pitches and that he was a little bit wild, but of the starters I think he has been as sharp as any of them, Johnson said. His walk total is way down, his stuff is exceptional, and hes been coming back when we really need him like today.

Jackson himself says he has been in a groove the last month or so and hopes his strong season can continue.

It is just one of those things that comes with time. For some people it happens quicker than others, but it is just one of those times where things start to click and you definitely have to take advantage of it, he said.

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Andrew McCutchen trade talks reportedly intensify Between Pirates and Nationals

Andrew McCutchen trade talks reportedly intensify Between Pirates and Nationals

BY TYLER BYRUM

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates are in serious conversations to send former N.L. MVP Andrew McCutchen to D.C., according to ESPN and other outlets.

After rumors of the two teams discussing the trade prior to this season's trade deadline, this appears to be a deal that both sides are looking to move forward on this week.

In return the Pirates are interested in outfield prospect, Victor Robles, and younger pitchers, Joe Ross and Reynaldo Lopez.

ESPN's Jayson Stark noted that the rumored move could have a ripple effect: 

The Nationals, according to one exec, would like to make this deal today, because the ripple effect of trading for McCutchen would likely be a move to nontender shortstop Danny Espinosa before tomorrow's tender date.

McCutchen has a $14 million contract next season with an option for $14.5 million in 2018. McCuthchen, a five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger winner, won the 2013 National League MVP award on the back of 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

Adding McCutchen to centerfield would give the Nationals one of the best outfields in the league with McCutchen joining Jayson Werth and Bryce Haper.

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Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon named NL Comeback Player of the Year

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon named NL Comeback Player of the Year

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was named National League Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday. The award is voted on by the 30 beat writers for MLB.com. 

Coming off an injury-filled 2015 season, Rendon bounced back to be one of the most consistent players on the team in 2016. The Houston native started a career-high 156 games and hit .270 with 20 homers, 85 RBI and 91 runs scored. In 2015 in which he played only 80 games, Rendon's wins above replacement was 0.3. In 2016 his WAR jumped to 4.1. 

After a 95-win, NL East winning season, a few of the Nationals players have gained recognition for their stellar play this season. In addition to Rendon's Comeback Player of the Year award, Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young, Daniel Murphy finished second in MVP voting, Trea Turner was second in Rookie of the Year voting, and Dusty Baker finished third in NL Manager of the Year award voting.