Sep 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
With arguably the best rotation in baseball, but no clear ace, it has been a big debate in Washington over the past few months: who starts the first game of a Nationals playoff series? There is just a week to go in the regular season, but it appears we will all have to wait a…
Sep 23, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT
[Updated 11:15 p.m.] Denard Span made a highlight reel catch to end the top of the third inning on Tuesday night, a play that saw him dive to the ground and roll into the wall in left-center field. He got up rather quickly and ran to the Nationals’ dugout with no problem. But the next…
Sep 23, 2014, 7:06 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann is currently sporting a nasty bruise on his right shoulder three days after taking a Casey McGehee line drive off his arm on Saturday. It is not considered serious, as Zimmermann even threw the following day in Miami, but it could convince the Nationals to push his next start back. “I don’t expect him…
Sep 23, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman returned to the Nats’ lineup on Saturday after a two month absence and played seven innings at left field against the Marlins. That, at least originally, was the Nationals’ way of easing his right hamstring back into the mix. But then the game happened, and of course things didn’t go according to plan.…
Sep 23, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves’ disappointing fall from contention to elimination is finally complete, as their chase for a postseason berth officially came to an end a few days ago in a 10-2 loss to the Mets. Given this year’s post All-Star break free fall and that this is the first time Atlanta has missed the…
Sep 22, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT
Designated for assignment last Thursday by the Nationals, outfielder Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees. The Yankees announced the news through their Twitter account and DFA’d pitcher Josh Outman to make room on their 40-man roster. The Nationals claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Twins after letting go of Perez. It…
Sep 22, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT
Top storylines: Final stretch – The Nationals returned home on Sunday night after an 11-game road trip and will now finish out the regular season at Nats Park. They begin with three games against the New York Mets before four games in three days against the Miami Marlins. Winners of four straight and eight of…
Sep 20, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT
This week’s episode of The Baseball Show featured a look towards the playoffs, a comparison between the Nats and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a pie in the face of host Michael Jenkins courtesy of Joe Orsulak. This first segment talks about the Nationals clinching the NL East and what questions remain for them before…
Sep 19, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and myself, Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: Crazy way to clinch the AL West: Watching on TV as the A’s blow it in the 9th inning. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) –…
Sep 18, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT
[Updated 4:04 p.m.] The Nationals designated outfield prospect Eury Perez for assignment on Thursday and claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon from the Minnesota Twins off waivers. Florimon was the Twins’ Opening Day shortstop, but hit just .092 in 33 MLB games this season. The 27-year-old holds a .204 average in 214 career games across four seasons. Florimon’s one…
Sep 17, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance… Record: 5-2 Team slash: .253/.333/.407 Team ERA: 2.18 Runs per game: 4.42 STOCK UP Matt Williams, Manager This is a little unorthodox of a selection, but since the Nationals clinched the NL East Tuesday night you almost have to take a step back and credit the manager.…
Sep 16, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Simply put, it’s not looking good for Atlanta’s postseason chances. In a week in which their season was on the line in each and every game, the Braves dropped five of six and are perilously close to elimination. They’re now 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot and there’s no reason to…
Sep 15, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT
Top storylines: Magic number is at 4 – Thanks to a successful weekend in New York for the Nationals and a Texas Rangers’ sweep of the Braves, the Nats have a very good chance to clinch the NL East in Atlanta this week. The magic number is at 4, meaning they would secure the division with…
Sep 12, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a brand new set at Comcast SportsNet and a great discussion about the Nationals’ recent series win over the Atlanta Braves. The Nats are still 6-10 against Atlanta this year, but after this week have won five of their last eight. Is the storyline of them struggling against…
Sep 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT
Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Hughes: I think it’s clear at this point the Angels are the frontrunners for the World Series. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) – Roney: I…
Sep 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT
Five days after getting temporarily removed from his job as closer, and two days after throwing a bullpen to tweak his mechanics, Rafael Soriano appeared in the Nats’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday in a low-leverage situation to continue searching for a fix. It was the top of the eighth inning and it…
Sep 10, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT
With their series against the Braves in hand, and an 11-game road trip up ahead, the Nationals are resting both Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond on Wednesday with minor ailments. Rendon has flu-like symptoms, similar to what sidelined Adam LaRoche a week prior. Desmond is out with lower back tightness after leaving Tuesday’s game with…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT
We welcomed in two guests on this week’s episode of Baseball in the District, CSN Insider Mark Zuckerman and Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network. Mark was great on the Nats’ bullpen situation, the pennant race and who should be the favorite in the NL. McAlpin talked about the struggling Braves and how the team’s morale…
Sep 10, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-2 Team slash: .260/.339/.367 Team ERA: 2.36 Runs per game: 4 STOCK UP Adam LaRoche, 1B: .438 AVG/ 3 HR/ 7 RB It’s a safe bet that if you win NL co-player of the week honors, you’re stock is probably rising. Such is the case with…
Sep 9, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES With just 18 games left on the schedule, the time is now for Atlanta to make a late-season push to get to the playoffs. Hopes of winning a division title for the second straight year are rapidly fading with the Nationals leading the NL East by eight games, but the wild card is…
Sep 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams said before Monday’s game he wouldn’t manage late-inning situations any differently despite a bullpen in flux, extra options due to September roster expansion and the night’s opponent being the Atlanta Braves. But then the game unfolded and, with a two-run lead entering the eighth inning, the circumstances called for a little creativity. Up 2-0…
Sep 8, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT
When the MLB calendar reaches its final weeks and the season transitions from summer to fall, Nationals Park can sometimes present a surprise for whoever is playing in the outfield. During day games in September, the sun can make it very difficult to see flyballs, particularly ones that travel low to right and right-center field. Nationals players call it…
Sep 8, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT
Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano began the process of fixing his mechanics on Monday with a bullpen session in front of pitching coach Steve McCatty in Washington. Soriano was taken out of the closer spot after blowing a career-high seventh save of the season on Friday night. It is a temporary move to get the 34-year-old back on track…
Sep 8, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT
So it begins: with just 21 games left on their regular season schedule, the Nationals will kick off a stretch where they play six of their next 10 against the second-place Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Seven games separate the two, giving the Nationals a big opportunity to put their rivals down for good. Doug…
Sep 8, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT
Top storylines: Braves in town – The Nationals have 21 games remaining and a seven-game lead in the NL East, but six of their next 10 will come against the Atlanta Braves. If the Braves have any prayer whatsoever of getting back in this thing, their run has to begin on Monday night when they start…
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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