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  • December 9, 2017 11:50 PM GMT

    The Washington Nationals will have to begin their playoff quest without Stephen Strasburg, as manager Dusty Baker said the right-hander will miss the teams NLDS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers?and perhaps the teams entire postseason run.Well, you wont see [Strasburg] in the first series, and I dont even know if youll see him, you know, maybe in the second series, Baker said on McNabb & Custer on ESPN Radio. You might see him in the World Series.Nats general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that Strasburg was unlikely to be back on the mound for the beginning of the playoffs.Strasburg has been on the disabled list since Sept. 7 because of a strained flexor mass in his right arm, and though he has played catch, he does not appear close to taking the mound.This is not the first time he has missed playoff action. In 2012, when the Nationals won their first division title, they played the postseason without Strasburg, whom the team shut down in early September due to concerns about his health in the wake of his 2010 Tommy John surgery.The top overall pick in 2009, Strasburg participated in Washingtons second postseason appearance in 2014. He took the loss in Game 1 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants.This season, Strasburg was 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA. He was named an All-Star for the second time, following a first half in which he went 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA.Information from ESPNs Eddie Matz contributed to this report. Robin Ventura Jersey . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Derek Holland Jersey . 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WASHINGTON -- With a lineup that was already sputtering, it was no surprise the New York Mets failed to bust out against Nationals ace Max Scherzer.Daniel Murphy homered twice, tormenting his former team yet again, and Washington completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with 4-2 victory Wednesday night.New Yorks offense did little against Scherzer (9-5), who allowed two hits with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 shutout innings.Were just not even giving ourselves chances, said Mets manager Terry Collins, who earlier in the day called it a game his team needed to win.After taking an early lead in Mondays series opener, New York went 23 innings without scoring before James Loneys two-run homer in the ninth off Shawn Kelley.The Mets have lost four straight and fallen six games behind first-place Washington in the NL East. Awaiting them is a four-game series against the major league-best Chicago Cubs to begin an 11-game homestand.Obviously, you wanted to come in here and have different results, outfielder Curtis Granderson said. Youve still got a lot of games to play plus a lot of games against this team and everybody else in our division.Scherzer retired 18 in a row before Brandon Nimmos single in the eighth and finished with at least 10 strikeouts for the fourth straight outing.Murphy homered off Logan Verrett (3-5) in the second for a 1-0 lead and golfed a two-run drive in the eighth against reliever Sean Gilmartin. The second baseman matched his career high with 14 homers as Washington won its fourth in a row.Hes doing the damage against everybody, Collins said. Weve just got to make better pitches. You cant miss on the inner half of the plate to Dan Murphy right now. Logan hung a slider and Gilly got a changeup down and in.Murphy is batting .428 (15 for 35) with four home runs and 11 RBI against New York. He signed a $37.5 million, three-year conttract with Washington last offseason after spending his first seven seasons with the Mets and powering them into the World Series last year with a record-setting postseason.ddddddddddddIts just obvious he wants to beat them up, Scherzer said.Kelley got four outs for his fourth save. He threw a called third strike past Nimmo with a runner on second to end it.Scherzer walked Kelly Johnson in the second, the same inning in which Asdrubal Cabrera registered New Yorks first hit. The Mets didnt reach base again until Nimmos hit on the final pitch from Scherzer, who left to a standing ovation.Granderson entered as a pinch hitter and singled off reliever Oliver Perez, giving New York two baserunners.Kelley, Washingtons fourth pitcher of the inning, whiffed Alejandro De Aza with the potential tying runs in scoring position to end the eighth.Making a spot start because Steven Matz was pushed back a day, Verrett lost his fifth straight decision. He allowed two runs and four hits with four walks over five innings.I felt like I kept us in the game, gave us a chance to come back and win it, Verrett said.Yoenis Cespedes struck out three times against Scherzer.THE GRANDY MAN CANGranderson was a late scratch from the starting lineup one day after being removed from Tuesdays game with right calf tightness. He said after the game hes day to day.TRAINERS ROOMMets: RHP Noah Syndergaard, who struggled in Mondays series opener, confirmed he has a bone spur in his elbow. He called it pretty insignificant.UP NEXTMets: Matz (7-3, 3.29 ERA) faces Chicago Cubs RHP John Lackey (7-4, 3.29) on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field, a rematch of last years NL Championship Series that the Mets won in a four-game sweep. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '