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And now … the Braves

Jun 19, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

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They weathered an up-and-down first two months to the season, treading water while a host of key players overcame injuries, and have since gone on their first sustained run of the year, winning 12 of 18 and taking over first place in the NL East.

And now, the Nationals really find out where they stand in the big picture, because the Braves are coming to town for four games, and everybody knows what that means.

“This is the best team in the division over the last year,” Jayson Werth said. “If we want to win the division, it definitely goes through them. All these games are meaningful. We know what’s at stake and what they mean, even in the middle of June.”

If you’ve followed the Nationals even casually over the last season-plus, you know there is no greater hurdle standing between this team and October baseball than the Braves. Since the start of 2013, the Nats have gone 7-18 against their chief NL East rivals. Go even further back to August 2012, and they’ve won only seven of their last 29 games against Atlanta.

And it’s not only the record in those games. It’s the way the Nationals have played in those games. Committing errors. Making poor decisions on the bases. Blowing late leads.

All of that context will be hovering over Nationals Park tonight when Jordan Zimmermann faces Gavin Floyd in the opener of a 4-game series, but manager Matt Williams is being careful not to make more out of these games than any others.

“I think we feel good being where we’re at,” Williams said after last night’s 6-5 win over the Astros. “We face a really difficult team over the next four games. I think it was really important to win this one tonight, and we need to look to tomorrow now and be prepared for that. Beyond that, we can’t look. We can’t peek around the corner. It’s about when you open the door tomorrow, what’s tomorrow, and we’ll deal with that and let the days following deal with themselves. We need to come ready tomorrow.”

Thanks to their recent surge and the Braves’ recent slide — they’ve lost 6 of 8 and just got swept by the Phillies — the Nationals have given themselves a bit of cushion entering this series, leading both Atlanta and Miami by 1 1/2 games. A series split would still leave them holding that same lead. Even losing 3 of 4 would leave them only 1/2-game back.

Of course, there’s something to be said for the idea that the Nationals need not only hang with the Braves this weekend but prove to themselves and everyone else they’re actually capable of beating them.

“I’m going to plead the Fifth,” Denard Span said last night with a laugh. “I’m not going to give them bulletin-board material. If we go out there and play like we played tonight, play like we played the last two nights — playing aggressive, pitching the ball well, hitting with runners in scoring position — then there’s no question we should win.”

It’s important to remember it’s still mid-June. The season isn’t yet halfway complete. The Nationals still face the Braves nine more times later this summer and fall.

But make no mistake: This is an important weekend. The Nats may not be able to completely overcome their biggest hurdle over the next four days, but they certainly can make significant progress.

“Standings, for me, until you’re 10 games up going into September, they really don’t matter,” Werth said. “Anything can happen. With that said, we’ve been playing good ball, and I think coming into this series, we’ve got some momentum. Hopefully we can use that momentum and kind of build on it.”

  1. Brookstoor - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Our defense has been looking a lot better lately and our defensive miscues usually play a big factor in our losses to ATL. I’m not worried about our pitching as long as they have a plan against Gattis and Freeman. I hope we don’t get too aggressive on the base paths. I think we will be better served playing the Braves straight up. Hitting with RISP and hitting with two outs are a must, as always. This is a very winnable series.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Freeman has really been struggling lately but Gattis has been on fire. I haven’t seen anything that he hasn’t been able to put the barrel on in about 3 weeks.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I say leave nothing but carnage behind for the carrion fowl to pick over!
    GYFNG!!!

  3. scnatsfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    No excuses… win the series. Show the division who the boss is, don’t wait until September to do it.

  4. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    So ready for this series… Should be at all 4 games… I cant wait!

    • scnatsfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      jealous!

  5. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I think it was Hiram (Sorry, if it wasn’t)… But I remember someone mentioning Desi’s new tat…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2014/06/18/the-story-behind-ian-desmonds-end-nf-tattoo-is-incredible/

    • scnatsfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      wow, very cool. Great story.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Thank you Mrs B.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Thanks, Mrs B–I did ask about it.

      What I find cool is less the tattoo itself–a coat of arms with deer antlers and crossed bats–than the story behind it. I guess that’s often the case with tats, tho.

  6. laddieblahblah - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Joe, I replied to your comment on base stealing on the prior thread.

    There is no Earthly reason why the Nats cannot dominate the Braves. My Lord, if the Phils can thrash them in Atlanta, the Nats can beat them in DC. The Braves cannot hit, and they have trouble scoring runs. The Nats rotation, excepting Gio, is on fire right now. JZ, Stras, Fister and Roark is a pretty formidable pitching lineup for any batting order.

    Slow, breaking stuff seems to paralyze that lineup, as long as the Nats don’t hang breakers over the middle of the plate. No high FBs in the zone to Gattis. Breakers low and away to that guy, all series long. No grooving FBs to the Upton bros. Keep it down, down, down and away.

    Freddi seems to be in a slump, but he can break out any time. I’m sure the Nats have reviewed the tape and know what approach is working, and will use it.

    The Braves rotation just ain’t what it used to be, and the Nats lineup must take advantage of them. No reason why it can’t, as long as the usual suspects do not plan on hitting 5-run homers every trip to the plate. It’s not just the anemic hitting with RISP, it’s the number of times Nats hitters have fanned in those situations when a sac fy or grounder up the middle could have done the job of getting the runner from 3rd across the plate.

    I expect the Nats to play like these games count as much as games in September, and to play as hard as they can, now, to make those September games irrelevant, when the time comes.

    No stupid base running tricks, either. And the pen needs to tighten things up. They have been giving up far too many late game runs going back to the series with San Diego and SF, and continuing into the series with Houston. They can’t give up 5 runs a game to the Braves with the bull pen Atlanta has.

    Too bad Ramos is not available for this one.

    Norris is odds-on to be the starting catcher for the AL All-Star team, with Kurt Suzuki as the likely back-up. I’ll take Ramos over either one of those guys, but he just can’t seem to stay healthy.

    • veejh - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      It sounds like you are saying these are must win games without saying they are must win games. Anyone willing to admit these are must win games because they are? Ridding ourselves of the 500 lb, Braves gorilla on our back is imperative.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        They’re important. Not sure I’d go to “must” but they are more important.

        I remember a few years back, when the Marlins just totally owned the Nats. That, too, has passed, and so will the Braves. But probably not because they blow up the team rather than pay the going rate.

      • alexva6 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        You can play badly and win or you can play well and lose. Obviously in a short time frame I’ll take the former. In the context of the season playing consistently well is what separates the winners from the pack.

      • 6ID20 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        The Nats must win at least some of them. That’s about as far as you can go with that now.

      • bowdenball - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Must win? So if we get swept this weekend but then win 7 of the remaining 9 games against the Braves later in the season, we’re still doomed?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        There seems to be a lot of confusion in the comments section here about the meaning of words like “must” and “mandatory.”

      • nattyboh1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        They are not “must-win”, those come later or hopefully not at all.

      • laddieblahblah - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        If the Nats take 3 of 4 it will change the dynamic of the race in the NL East, IMO. Competitive sports has a big psychological component, and this weekend the Nats have a great opportunity to change that component in their favor, vis a vis the Braves.

        No one will say so, but that’s how it is.

        “Even losing 3 of 4 would leave them only 1/2-game back.”

        Don’t even think anything like that.

        Win tonight. Win tonight. Win tonight. The monkey is on the Nats back, and all of baseball knows it. Take that sucker by the neck, choke it to death, and beat the Braves about their heads and faces with its carcass. Then do it, again, tomorrow.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        Thanks for the lolz. Loved the imagery. Would that be a rally monkey, by any chance? Nah, probably not. Maybe an ebola monkey.

        “Win tonight. Win tonight. Win tonight. The monkey is on the Nats back, and all of baseball knows it. Take that sucker by the neck, choke it to death, and beat the Braves about their heads and faces with its carcass. Then do it, again, tomorrow.”

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        So far as needing to win and beating people with monkey carcasses goes–

        If the players need to tell themselves that to psych themselves up, ok by me. Why fans feel they need to do it, I can’t imagine.

        Of course, even if the players tell themselves this stuff, they may lose tonight anyway. And they’ll still need to play tomorrow, and the rest of the season. So hopefully they’re blessed with really, really short term memories and forget what they told themselves the night before.

        Tho if they have such short term memories, wouldn’t they have already forgotten all this stuff about the Braves owning them in the first place?

  7. micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Nats can make a statement to Atlanta this weekend, just like my boy General Sherman did, LOL

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Mick, I really wish you’d quit saying that. Consider it a favor?

      • micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        maybe, but I gotta tell you, I am be humorous about something that goes much deeper than a baseball team from Atlanta and surrounding southern region, see Dave Chapelle bit about the South, lol

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Maybe he could do his own episode of Drunk History?

  8. natsfan1a - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Yeah, I kinda ran the numbers already. :-) Should be an interesting series. We’ll be at the Sunday game and watching on tv until then.

    “Thanks to their recent surge and the Braves’ recent slide — they’ve lost 6 of 8 and just got swept by the Phillies — the Nationals have given themselves a bit of cushion entering this series, leading both Atlanta and Miami by 1 1/2 games. A series split would still leave them holding that same lead. Even losing 3 of 4 would leave them only 1/2-game back”

    • 6ID20 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Of course, this only references the relationship between the Nats and the Braves. The Marlins also need to be factored into this equation.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        True that the Marlins have the same standing as Atlanta, but the Nats are not playing them right now and thus have no influence on the outcome of Florida’s next four games. (I know. Thanks, Capt. 1a obvious.)

  9. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Geek Alert
    Death to the opposition!”

    • natsfan1a - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      lol, awesome! I’d not seen that one.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        I love the part when they tell Worf, “Maybe just a little less intense …”

  10. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Going back to the other thread, I think you guys are being way too hard on Zim’s arm. For one, plenty of LFers succeed with a weak arm all the time. Two, twice in the last two games Zimmerman has stopped a fast runner (Villar and Altuve) from going to second on a strong (enough) throw to second. If you expected him to throw out guy at the plate, that was unreasonable on your part. But nothing about Zim in LF, including his arm, has thus far made me believe he can’t play out there.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Agree. Worst case, Zim is like Juan Pierre, who played a lot of games in left field. Long-term, I’d rather see Ryan at first, where I think he’d be exceptional on defense, but he’s also a valuable left fielder.

    • Brookstoor - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      David so far so good with Zim. His arm isn’t just weak in the traditional sense though. He either has to make one of those high tosses to throw pain free or make what looks like a painful throw to actually get it in on time and those are the ones that skip to the cut off man. I accepted from the beginning that runners would go first to third or stretch singles into doubles with him out there. Like you said, no one should have expected a cannon or anything close to it. That’s not that big of a deal in my opinion, and like you said it would be the same case with any other weak armed left fielder. And his bat should outweigh any defensive weakness anyways.

    • therealjohnc - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Quick to the ball, field it cleanly, a quick release and accuracy is how a lot of outfielders have compensated for throwing woes. Mickey Rivers, Juan Pierre, Johnny Damon, etc. – the list is pretty long. Get to the ball and play fundamentally sound and you can minimize the impact. Zim does seem capable of that (although it may be more of an issue in ballparks like Colorado with a lot of ground to cover in LF).

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Like I said, if he catches the ball in the air, and doesn’t get anybody hurt, and keeps hitting, he’ll do fine.

      • natinalsgo - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        That Grossman guy the Asstros had had a noodle arm. I’m thinking Matt Williams likes RZ out there because he stopped replacing him in late innings.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      +1

  11. bowdenball - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    A quick history lesson for those who are overstating the importance of this game and the “mental hurdle” the Nats face vs the Braves:

    Not long ago, these roles were essentially reversed. In September of 2011 the Nats took 2 of 3 from the Braves to contribute to one of the worst September collapses in the history of baseball. The next season the Nats took 6 of the first 8 from the Braves and 10 of the first 15 while running away with the division. Somehow the Braves survived this terrible blow to sweep the Nats in September, take the top Wild Card spot in 2012, and win the division going away in 2013.

    That’s not to say these are just like any other game. Obviously they present the chance to win a game and hang a loss on your closest divisional competitor at the same time, which is big. But the mental hurdle, “must win” stuff is a bunch of malarkey. If the Nats go 1-3 in this series they will be still be over .500 and a half-game out of first with well over half the season remaining. Hardly a death sentence. And just like the Braves did in 2012, the pattern in these head to head contests can change at any time. Winning one series has no bearing on the next.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Thanks, Bowdenball, for saying this. Saying one team is owned by another is just silliness. I’m more worried about the Nats trying too hard against the Braves than I am about them being owned by the Braves.

      These teams are relatively evenly matched. I think the Nats are better, but even if they are, that doesn’t mean they’ll win this series. Baseball is among the most random and evenly matched of sports. In what other professional sport does the best team win only 60% of its games?

      • 6ID20 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        The Nats are owned by the Cards when playing in STL. That’s not silliness, that’s a fact.

      • bowdenball - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Yup, it’s true. In recent years a team that makes the playoffs every year, has won the World Series twice in the last seven seasons and is probably the best-run franchise in the game has been very successful at home against the Nats. I’m not sure why that’s surprising or meaningful.

    • micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      “malarkey” interesting, my question would be, if not now, when can one expect the Nats to get over this domination by the Braves?

      • bowdenball - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Maybe the next series? Maybe the series after? That’s the whole point. A loss is just a loss. It has no bearing on what will happen in the next game or the next series, as the recent history between the teams dating from 2011 shows.

  12. micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    there is no sugar coating here, Nats need to win at least 2 games from Braves this weekend, a split is fine. they can not lose a series at HOME verse this team period

    • jd - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      It wouldn’t be pleasant but it wouldn’t be the end of the world either.

      The games will go however the pitching takes them. You have to like our chances with our starters vs. theirs but stuff happens.

      BTW, what is this domination stuff you are talking about? Bowdenball just demonstrated to you that the matchup was strongly in the Nats favor until last year. This ebbs and flows year to year. I don’t buy the psychology aspect here at all.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        The “the Nats MUST do [x] or ALL IS LOST!” meme is a regular staple here. It’s favored by the more negative side of the house because they get to be negative whatever happens. If the Nats fail to do [x], the team sucks, is a mental case, is doomed, the season is over (etc). We’ve all seen that before. And if the Nats actually DO [x] (such as sweep an Astros team that has been playing very well for weeks and was pitching their ace, previously undefeated on the road, in the first game), well, then, no time for recognizing achievement, it’s on to the next thing the Nats MUST do or ALL IS LOST!

        Most fans know that (like Werth said) the series is an important one, no bones about it. But if the Nats get swept the season isn’t over. The flip side, of course, is that even if the Nats sweep, and take a 5.5 game lead on the Braves, the season isn’t over. Which makes sense given that, you know, we’re a couple of weeks short of the halfway point.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        The Nationals MUST win games 1, 3, and 4, by scores of 2-1, 6-1, and 8-4, respectively, scoring all their runs in odd-numbered innings, and hit two home runs into the red porch seats. If they fail to do this, the season will be lost and they are choking monster-dogs, and the Lerners will sell the franchise to Jeff Loria, who will move it to Aruba.

        How’s that?

      • letswin3 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Mick just seems to be a glass half empty type of guy. I don’t mean that as disrespectful, Mick, just that you rarely see positives or neutrals …. opting instead for more of the Chicken Little variety.

  13. micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    61D20, many in here do not like reality and when it is clearly pointed out, expect to be ridiculed by all the experts here and fan graph kooks

    • bowdenball - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      On the contrary, micksback1. My post is nothing but reality. The Nats owned the Braves during late 2011 and most of 2012. That has no bearing on how the Braves performed against the Nats from September 2012 to April 2014, as we know. If you can explain why you think this is different and the Nats can’t reverse the pattern between the teams just like the Braves did, I’m all ears.

      But until you do, maybe refrain from referring to others as kooks and assuming you will be ridiculed when you haven’t been? No reason to be so confrontational.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Well, since I did use the term “owned” already, I’ll clarify what I meant.

        Like all narratives, it only exists in hindsight. Two things are true about streaks (which is what “own” means, they are on a streak): 1) it’s impossible to know how long they will last, and 2) it’s fairly random, and so of course it will have stretches of mostly wins, or mostly losses. If every series of coin flips came up heads-tails-heads-tails … you would KNOW the coin was not fair.

        Also, it is 99% just in the fans’ heads. If it gets in the players’ heads (which it sometimes does), it can affect play, and outcomes, but mostly it’s in the fans’ heads only. IMO.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        “Reality is just a collective hunch.”

      • micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        OK, I think incorporating the Nats success the latter part of 2011 is not a good measure and in my view is comparing apples to oranges for 2 reasons:

        1) The Braves were in a tail spin verse the entire National Leaugue, and failed to make post season
        2) The 2011 Nationals team was not a contender and they had no pressure at all playing the Braves with their September call ups. Also, the Nats also dominated the Phillies at that point as well.

        Yes, 2012, the Nats dominated the Braves, however, now that we are contenders, picked by many to win it all the past 2 seasons by those who know more than both of us, we assume, the Nationals have been spanked by the Braves over the course of 1 and almost half another season. This is not where a contending team with so much expectations should be verse another contending team at this point. I know, many others would agree.

  14. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    “This is not where a contending team with so much expectations should be [versus] another contending team at this point. I know, many others would agree.”

    It is exactly what happens to contending teams, every year, when there are other contending teams in the same division. Other teams are good, too, and virtually every good team that ever existed had a losing record, despite being good, against somebody. That’s baseball.

    And it doesn’t matter how many people agree, if they are all wrong.

    • micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      according to you, they are all wrong, the discussion is simply about the Braves domination over the Nats both n the road and at home over the curse on almost 1 and one half seasons. It simply gets down to if one believes that the Nats have to reverse the trend in order for them to contend for a NL championship or not. We each have our reasons and facts for our position, that is all

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        My point (and, I think, bb’s) was that there is no trend, except in hindsight. It has no predictive value.

        That said, personally, I do believe it can get into the players’ heads, and affect their confidence, which can have an impact on how they play. I think there is such a thing as “smelling blood,” to borrow a phrase.

      • jd - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        There is no sense attaching more importance to this series than is necessary. MW has it right when he says that the worst thing you can do is peek around the corner. Go and win tonight’s game and then will think about tomorrow’s game. You don’t play them 4 at a time.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Anyway, bowdenball’s point was not that the Braves should have beaten the Nats, it was that getting beaten demonstrably had no relationship to games played after.

      Me, I think psychology does matter, but only for the players, not the fans.

  15. 6ID20 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    These are must-reverse-the-pattern games.

  16. David Proctor - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Anyone remember July 20, 2012? Big 4 game series with the Braves. We get a big 9-0 lead, blow it and lose. I merely lurked here at the time, but I remember a number of people, including Mick himself, declaring the season over at that point. Forget we still had a lead in the division. That game supposedly exposed the Nats as frauds and a second half collapse was incoming. Of course, we lost the first half of the doubleheader the next day and this site was nearly apocalyptic. John Lannan (!) won a tough second game and then we blew them out in the fourth game. The Braves left just the way they came in and they would never get closer than they were that weekend.

    Are these games important? Yes. Every game against a division foe is important, especially against one who figures to be there at the end. Is the season over if we lose? Well, was the season over on July 20, 2012?

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      +1

    • micksback1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      I did indeed think a collapse was coming and i am so glad i was wrong. The sad irony is that on that one night that October, I recall the Nats blowing a 6-0 lead at home, only this time, the season was truly over. Maybe that 9-0 loss on July 20 foretold how the season would end in 2012?

      • jd - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Probably not.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Perhaps we should add “irony” to the list of words causing confusion.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        I do not think it means what you think it means.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        If you predict doom at every opportunity, sooner or later you are bound to be right because doom occasionally happens. The 2012 Nationals played 162 regular season games, so after the fact you could look back after virtually ANY final outcome, positive or negative, and pulled something out of the season that looked vaguely familiar and said “Look – THERE – that game foretold the outcome of the season!” Heck, all you’d need is the appropriate music.

        It would be a steaming festering crock, of course, but a steaming festering crock with a strained patina of plausibility. That makes it a tempting logical fallacy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_hoc_ergo_propter_hoc).

    • chazzmichaelmichaelzz - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

  17. natsjackinfl - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    This morning, David Hazzard posted on twitter “The Nats can go up by 5 1/2 games over the Braves this weekend”.

    And I responded “Not if they lose tonight”.

    That’s how I enjoy my baseball, one game at a time unless of course I have my other TV, my laptop and my tablet out, then its 4 at a time.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      That’s David Huzzard.

    • jd - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      natsjack,

      Exactly right.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      I forget off hand who it was, but down 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, pointed out, “We don’t have to win four in a row. We only have to win one in a row, four times.”

      • chaz11963 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Well said! I am seeing so much negativity about the Nats when playing the Braves. There is no reason to believe this Nats team should lose to this Braves team. The Nats are much more talented, even without Harper and Ramos.

      • RPrecupjr - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        “We don’t have to win four in a row. We only have to win one in a row, four times.”

        Kinda like “You don’t need a parachute to skydive. You need a parachute to skydive TWICE” :)

  18. NatsLady - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

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