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5 Signs Losing Stephen Strasburg Is Already Affecting the Washington Nationals
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The Washington Nationals continue to battle as October draws closer and closer. Although they have already clinched a playoff berth and are on the verge of clinching the NL East, they are still faced with the reality that their team is not the same team that was on the field Opening Day. 

Stephen Strasburg, the team's ace, was shut down after his start on Sept. 7. Since then, the Nationals have been trying to remain the dominant team that they have been all season; however, it appears that the loss of Strasburg might already be wearing on them.

The Nats pulled the plug on Strasburg abruptly, and it might have had negative consequences for the rest of the team at the most important time of the season.

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