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Nationals announce playoff roster for NLDS vs. Dodgers

Nationals announce playoff roster for NLDS vs. Dodgers

The Nationals announced their 25-man playoff roster for their NL Division Series against the Dodgers on Friday morning and on it are a few surprises. Michael Taylor has earned the final outfielder spot, while Oliver Perez made it as the final reliever, while Matt Belisle was left off the roster entirely.

The Nationals will carry 14 position players and 11 pitchers. They need extra man power due to injuries in their lineup. By keeping Taylor and rookie infielder Wilmer Difo, they were well-positioned if Daniel Murphy (buttock) or Jayson Werth (back) aggravate their injuries or need to be replaced on defense or on base late in games.

Taylor is definitely the biggest shocker, as many had focused on Ben Revere and Brian Goodwin for the last outfield spot. Revere has the track record and Goodwin flashed promise down the stretch. But in Taylor, they have a guy who is decent vs. lefties - he had a .755 OPS - and the Dodgers feature some pretty good ones in their rotation. He can also play multiple outfield positions and brings speed as a pinch-runner. 

Belisle was excluded just over a week after manager Dusty Baker hinted he was a safe bet for the roster. Baker spoke of Belisle in terms of getting him ready for the postseason and how much guys like him can be used in the playoffs. Belisle posted a 1.76 ERA in 40 appearances this season.

Here's the full roster:

PITCHERS

CATCHERS

INFIELDERS

OUTFIELDERS

RHP Shawn Kelley

C Jose Lobaton

INF Stephen Drew

OF Bryce Harper

RHP Reynaldo Lopez

C Pedro Severino

INF Wilmer Difo

OF Chris Heisey

RHP Mark Melancon

 

INF Danny Espinosa

OF Michael A. Taylor

RHP Tanner Roark

 

INF Daniel Murphy

OF Trea Turner

RHP Joe Ross

 

INF Anthony Rendon

OF Jayson Werth

RHP Max Scherzer

 

1B/OF Clint Robinson

 

RHP Blake Treinen

 

1B Ryan Zimmerman

 

LHP Gio Gonzalez

 

 

 

LHP Marc Rzepczynski

 

 

 

LHP Oliver Perez

 

 

 

LHP Sammy Solis

 

 

[RELATED: Murphy looking good for Game 1 vs. Dodgers: 'I feel confident']

The Dodgers, by the way, are also going with an 11-14 split. Here is their playoff roster:

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Report: Nationals OF Adam Eaton out for season with torn ACL

Report: Nationals OF Adam Eaton out for season with torn ACL

Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday.

Eaton sustained the injury in Friday night’s 7-5 loss to the Mets when he stepped awkwardly on the bag while beating out a throw to first in the ninth inning. He then collapsed and needed assistance off the field.

The Nationals initially announced earlier Saturday that Eaton would go on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee strain. They also have since called up outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals acquired Eaton in a trade with the White Sox in December in exchange for pitching prospects Luca Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning.

The 28-year-old Eaton was hitting .297 with a .393 on-base percentage and 24 runs scored for the 16-8 Nationals.

Michael A. Taylor replaced Eaton in centerfield during the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Mets on Saturday.

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Bullpen falters again as Nationals drop 2nd straight to Mets

Bullpen falters again as Nationals drop 2nd straight to Mets

WASHINGTON -- The New York Mets wobbled into Nationals Park this weekend with a six-game losing streak, beset by injuries and lined up to face Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and the team with the best record in the majors.

Two days later, things don't look quite so bleak.

Michael Conforto hit two home runs and slumping Jose Reyes also connected, leading the Mets over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Saturday.

"It feels great because they've got a great club and they're red-hot," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

"When you face arguably two of the best pitchers in the game two days in a row and come out with two wins, that's huge for us," he said.

After being swept at home by the Nationals last weekend the Mets have a chance to flip the script on Sunday and even the season series at three games apiece. Even though it's still April, the importance of this series wasn't lost on the Mets skipper.

"We know we've got a long track, we've got to try and get back in the hunt, and that's what we're trying to do, put some wins on the board and try and get back in this thing," Collins said.

The Nationals were still steamed over a no-call involving a steal by Jayson Werth in the fourth inning.

Werth swiped second as Jose Lobaton struck out, and got up and tangled with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when the throw skipped away. Werth kept heading to third and was thrown out by a wide margin.

Werth argued along with Washington manager Dusty Baker that he should've been awarded the base because of the block.

"I saw him point obstruction, and then he gave some jive explanation that really didn't make sense to me," Baker said of second base umpire Angel Hernandez.

Werth saw the same thing that his manager. When asked after the game about how an umpire can point and not get the bag, Werth responded: "You're asking the wrong person at this point. I clearly don't know the rule."

A request to talk to the umpires was submitted too late to get comment.

Conforto's two-run homer in the fifth gave the Mets a 3-1 lead and his sixth home run of the season made it 4-2 in the eighth. It was Conforto's second multihomer game in the majors -- as a rookie, he did it in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series against Kansas City.

"It's huge," Conforto said about winning the first games of series against Washington's two star pitchers.

"But you know, we had a feeling that this was coming. We have a lot of faith in ourselves. Things were going bad for a bit, but there's no panic in here," he said.

Hansel Robles (4-0) came in to start the sixth and retired five of the six batters he faced, striking out four. Jerry Blevins then took over and fanned Bryce Harper.

Jeurys Familia, pulled Friday night in the ninth while Washington tried to rally, retired three straight hitters to earn his first save of the season.

Familia, who led the majors with a team-record 51 saves last year, began this season serving a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.

Strasburg (2-1) gave up three runs in seven innings. He has gone exactly seven innings in all five of his starts this season.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run in the eighth to cut the deficit to 4-3. Zimmerman, who also had two singles, drove in all three Nationals runs and now has 11 homers this season to go along with 27 RBIs.

Zimmerman's shot broke a tie with Andre Dawson to move into second place on the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise list with 226.

Reyes hit a solo shot in the ninth, his second of the season.

Michael A. Taylor had three hits in his first game since replacing the injured Adam Eaton in center field for the Nationals. Taylor doubled in the first and added singles in the third and fifth.

Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and allowing one earned run while striking out four.

RELATED: ADAM EATON OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN ACL