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97-65, 1st in NL East

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker is out as the Nationals' manager. The team just announced that Baker, who averaged 96 wins in two seasons with Washington, will not return. Baker and the Nats lost to the Cubs in the NLDS, their fourth straight first-round exit in four playoff appearances since moving to DC in 2005. The last two of those came on Baker's watch.

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Dusty Baker out as manager in D.C. (1:16)
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Baker won't return as Nationals manager in '18

Manager Dusty Baker will not be back in the Nationals dugout in 2018, the team announced Friday. Baker led Washington to the playoffs in both of his seasons, but the Nationals didn't win a postseason series.

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High score, close matchup

In the Cubs' 9-8 win over the Nationals in Game 5 of their NLDS, the total runs fell three short of the most in a one-run postseason game in MLB history.

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What's next for the Washington Nationals?

The Nationals will have to regroup after a loss to the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS, but there is still hope for the future in D.C.

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HQ reacts to Roger Goodell's wife's fake Twitter

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Israel Gutierrez ask if the Cubs were clutch or the Nats choked, if the Eagles will win the NFC East, react to Roger Goodell's wife defending him using a fake Twitter account and more.

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Nats can't take advantage of home field

For the second straight year, the Nationals were eliminated from the postseason in a winner-take-all game decided by one run.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What's next for the Nationals? Most likely, another NL East title. The only significant free agents are Jayson Werth, Brandon Kintzler and Matt Albers, while Matt Wieters has a player option. Michael Taylor's emergence in center field means Adam Eaton can shift over to left. Dusty Baker doesn't have a contract, but he'll probably return for another year -- and one last run with Bryce Harper before he hits free agency.

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Max dubs the Nationals 'the new Cubs' (1:06)
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Nats' loss tough for Washington (2:06)
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BBTN: Cubs finish Nats, LCS preparations

Buster Olney talks to Karl Ravech and Paul Hembekides about the Cubs' dramatic win, their LCS predictions and more (:58). Plus, Chelsea Janes (34:40) and Jesse Rogers (43:01) give the local perspectives of another clutch win by the Cubs and another devastating loss for the Nationals.

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How should Nats approach future with Baker? (0:51)
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Cubs' challenge pays off on 8th-inning tag play

With Game 5 hanging in the balance in the eighth inning, the Cubs felt there was no reason not to challenge a tag play at first base, which turned out to be a critical decision in their 9-8 win over the Nationals on Thursday.

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Max Scherzer's unbelievable, impossible, unprecedented loss

When Scherzer entered the game before the top of the fifth inning, there was 71.5 percent chance the Nationals would advance to the NLCS. After one insane inning, he took an L that defied the odds.

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Harper after loss: 'That's some fun baseball right there' (1:21)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8195th
Batting Average.2664th
On Base Percentage.3329th
Slugging Percentage.4492nd
Earned Run Average3.886th
Quality Starts991st
WHIP1.244th
BAA.2395th