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5 Takeaways From Washington Nationals’ 2014 September Call-Ups

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5 Takeaways From Washington Nationals' 2014 September Call-Ups

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The Washington Nationals have announced their September call-ups. The team is bringing both pitchers and hitters to lighten the load of the regulars in the final weeks of the season. The Nationals are in first place in the NL East and will get a chance to heal some of their everyday players before playoff time. Here are five takeaways from the Washington Nationals' 2014 September call-ups.

5. Nationals Will Rest Up Some Starters

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5. Nationals Will Rest Up Some Starters

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The Nationals are in first place in the NL East and a lock for the playoffs. Bringing up players like catcher Sandy Leon and outfielders Steven Souza and Tyler Moore will give the team a chance to rest some of the everyday starters. Players like OF Jayson Werth have had some day-to-day injuries throughout the season and other regulars like C Wilson Ramos could benefit from a day off if the Nats decide to play some of their September call-ups.

4. Nationals Can Test Out Their Young Talent

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4. Nationals Can Test Out Their Young Talent

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The Nationals are calling up players like outfielder Tyler Moore who has played below his potential. This could be a great time for the ball club to test out players like Moore. September is a chance for the young prospect to prove his worth and test his talent at the MLB level.

3. Players Like Steven Souza Can Legitimately Contribute

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3. Players Like Steven Souza Can Legitimately Contribute

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Nationals prospect Steven Souza is having a fantastic year at triple-A Syracuse. He is hitting for a .350 batting average through over 400 at-bats. Souza is a 25-year-old IF-OF prospect with a lot of potential. He can fit in anywhere defensively and has a chance to bring his slugging ability to the MLB.

2. Pitching Remains Washington Nationals' Priority

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2. Pitching Remains Washington Nationals' Priority

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The Nationals called up relief pitchers Blake Treinen, Aaron Barrett and Xavier Cedeno. Barrett was 3-0 early in the season before being sent down to work on his throwing motion. Treinen, like Barrett, also had over 30 innings of pitching under his belt with the Nationals in 2014. They will contribute to what has become the foundation of the Nationals' success this season -- pitching.

1. September Is Chance For Pitchers To Join Playoff Bullpen

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1. September Is Chance For Pitchers To Join Playoff Bullpen

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The Nationals have one of the best pitching staffs in the MLB. That includes a stellar bullpen. But, despite retaining first place in the NL East through the month of August, there are a handful of relief pitchers like Jerry Blevins and Ross Detwiler whose earned run averages have slipped as of late. September will be a chance for both the bullpen regulars and the call-ups to make a case for themselves staying on come October.

Harry Floyd is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @floydhe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.