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It all comes down to one game, one primetime matchup between the Nationals and Dodgers set for Thursday night in Washington. On the latest episode of 'Baseball and the District,' Tim and I broke down the series so far and looked ahead to the decisive Game 5.
Clearly, Max Scherzer needs to step up, but who else has to come through for the Nationals to extend their season? Will it be Bryce Harper who rises to the occasion, or someone else?
We discussed that topic and much more, including how starting pitching has been a major issue, but how the bullpen and lineup have been very impressive.
Feel free to share your opinions with us on Twitter @ChaseHughesCSN and @1TimMurray.
You can listen to the show on ESPN 980's website or download the show on iTunes.
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Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in seven innings, Bryce Harper had two doubles and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back homers against John Lackey (5-9) during Washington's four-run second inning. After the Cubs pulled within three at 6-3, Daniel Murphy went deep in the fifth.
It was a rough day for the Cubs, who cut veteran catcher Miguel Montero after he criticized pitcher Jake Arrieta for his role in the Nationals' seven steals in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the World Series champions. Then reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant departed with an apparent right ankle injury.
Bryant awkwardly clipped third base while catching a foul pop off the bat of Wieters in the sixth. He walked around gingerly before being helped off the field.
With Bryce Harper's free agency approaching in 2018, the Nationals slugger has kept his options open as everyone is speculating about where he'll end up when his contract with the Nats has come to an end.
From the Yankees to the Cubs, the rumor mill simply isn't stopping. And, perhaps, another clue about his plans has appeared.
Before Tuesday night's matchup against the Cubs, Harper posted an Instagram with his wife, Kayla, along with childhood friend and Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant, and Bryant's wife, Jess.
That was nothing unusual as the pair grew up playing baseball together in their hometown of Las Vegas. However, the caption is what stuck out.
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"Just two Vegas boys living out our dream with the ones we love! This is what it's all about..What a time to be alive🙌🏻#MLB #702 #Back2BackOneDay"
Social media went into a frenzy over what seemed like an allusion to Harper's future: he wants to eventually join back up with his childhood buddy Kris Bryant, just like the good ol' days.
Adding to the worry is that Harper's dog is named Wrigley.
Are the Cubs a shoo-in for Bryce Harper with the appeal of his childhood best friend and his dog's name?
Could this allusion mean heading up the windy city and a reunion for Harper and his pal?
Did Harper just hint at his future with the Cubs with an Instagram hashtag?