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Sam Dyson (R) Headshot

Dyson picked up his 10th save of the season Thursday, notching one strikeout and issuing one walk over 15 pitches to finish off the Phillies.

Dyson entered the game with very little margin for error nursing a one-run lead against a scrappy Phillies club that had already hit two home runs in the game. He responded by holding the Phillies without a hit, marking his fourth consecutive hitless appearance. Mark Melancon, who picked up the hold Thursday, is due to reclaim the closer's role in the near future, so this may have been one of Dyson's final cracks at a save this season.
2:29 am (EST)
Jeff Samardzija (R) Headshot

Samardzija (8-12) notched his eighth win of the season Thursday against the Phillies, holding the visitors to four earned runs over 6.0 innings while notching six strikeouts.

It wasn't an overly impressive outing from Samardzija as he was touched up for a pair of home runs, but the Giants' bats bailed him out and scratched five runs across a tough Aaron Nola. Samardzija has been reliably average for the bulk of the season, going six-or-more innings in 21 of his 25 starts but also allowing three-or-more runs in 18 of those outings. Samardzija's best characteristic this year has been his ability to limit walks, as evidenced by his 1.3 BB/9 rate and 6.96 K:BB ratio entering Thursday. He's lined up to face the Brewers' Jimmy Nelson in Milwaukee on Tuesday for his next start.
2:23 am (EST)
Aaron Nola (R) Headshot

Nola (9-8) took the loss Thursday in San Francisco, surrendering five earned runs with just three strikeouts over 5.0 innings.

Nola's ten-start streak of holding opponents to two-or-fewer runs came to an end Thursday as he was surprisingly touched up by a floundering Giants offense in a pitcher's park. He was relatively effective through his first four innings, but things began to fall apart for Nola in the fifth inning with the Giants scratching three runs across against him to force him from the game. Considering how effective Nola has been since late June, Thursday's hiccup was likely little more than an aberration for the 24-year-old ace. He'll look to bounce back Tuesday against the Marlins in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
2:12 am (EST)
Ryan Zimmerman (R) Headshot

Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's win against the Padres.

Thursday marked Zimmerman's second game in a row with a home run, and this time his long ball gave the Nationals the decisive lead. Zimmerman's 29 home runs on the year tie him with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt for the fourth-most homers in the National League. He's only slashing .252/.316/.563 since the All-Star break, but Zimmerman appears to have rediscovered his power stroke with four home runs in his last three games.
2:04 am (EST)
Sean Doolittle (L) Headshot

Doolittle picked up his 13th save of the season and 10th since joining the Nationals on Thursday, firing a clean frame with two strikeouts to finish off the Padres.

Doolittle continues to be a revelation in the back end of the Nationals' bullpen as his 10 saves give him the team lead over Koda Glover despite having just joined the team in mid-July. The southpaw has fired seven scoreless innings with just five base runners allowed in August. With each dominant outing, Doolittle continues to further entrench himself as the Nationals' clear answer in save situations.
1:58 am (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin (R) Headshot

Chacin (11-8) did not factor into the decision Thursday despite holding the Nationals to one earned run over 5.0 innings. He notched six strikeouts and issued four walks over 104 pitches.

Chacin and Edwin Jackson were locked in an unlikely pitcher's duel Thursday as each hurler held their opponent to one run apiece. Chacin did his best to keep the Padres in it, leaving the game with the score tied after his pitch count climbed into the triple digits after five innings. A Ryan Zimmerman home run off of Kirby Yates ultimately did the Padres in as the Friars simply couldn't find an answer against Washington's pitching. Chacin has allowed less than three runs in five of his last six outings, but he's notched just one win in his last four starts. He's lined up to face the Cardinals on Wednesday in St. Louis for his next start.
1:50 am (EST)
Raisel Iglesias (R) Headshot

Iglesias struck out three batters during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 22nd save of the season during Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Iglesias has now converted 10 consecutive saves and struck out 32 batters through 24 innings during that stretch. The Reds aren't going to provide their closer with oodles of save chances, but Iglesias fantasy value remains high because of his strong ratios (1.94 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 11.5 K/9).
1:44 am (EST)
Edwin Jackson (R) Headshot

Jackson (4-2) picked up the win with a strong performance Thursday, holding the Padres to one earned run over seven innings. He struck out four batters while issuing one walk and scattering eight hits. Jackson's ERA now sits at a sterling 2.92 since joining the Nationals, a span of

The Padres were able to scratch out eight hits, but the veteran Jackson never panicked as he continually stranded runners to prevent any crooked numbers. Jackson was also uncharacteristically efficient as he needed just 83 pitches to get through seven frames. His ERA since joining the Nationals sits at 2.92, and while his FIP entering Thursday (5.97) suggests that there's likely some regression in store for Jackson, he may be a decent streaming option in deeper leagues down the stretch.
1:40 am (EST)
José Peraza (R) Headshot

Peraza went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs during Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Despite inconsistent playing time, Peraza has found a grove at the dish and has gone 20-for-53 (.377) with a .419 on-base percentage, seven RBI and seven runs through his past 18 games. He's still far from a universal fantasy asset, but his recent form is encouraging, especially in deep keeper/dynasty settings. After all, This is the 23-year-old Peraza's first full season in the majors.
1:36 am (EST)
Kyle Schwarber (L) Headshot

Schwarber went 3-for-5 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to Cincinnati.

It's been a season of highs and lows for Schwarber, but even through all his struggles, he's still been able to provide fantasy owners with production in the homers column. Additionally, it's worth noting that he's now sporting a four-game hitting streak and has only struck out twice during that stretch. There are still shortcomings in Schwarber's approach at the dish, but there's also potential for him to catch fire and never look back.
1:29 am (EST)
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