Jun 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Who makes the All-Star team? – The 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be announced this upcoming Sunday and Monday in a two-day special aired on ESPN. The starters will be revealed Sunday night, while the reserves will be announced on Monday. The Nationals should have at least two All-Stars, barring something unforeseen. Those would…
Jun 29, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Tom Schad of The Washington Times for a roundtable discussion on the Nationals’ off-day. Schad sat down for the entire episode as we talked about the Nationals’ recent winning streak, how their pitching…
Jun 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals are off Monday after splitting their doubleheader with the Philadelphia Phillies. Their loss in the second game snapped an eight-game winning streak, their longest of the season. It was an impressive run keyed by one of the best weeks by a starting rotation in recent baseball history. On Sunday night’s episode of ‘The Baseball…
Jun 26, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
Updated at 6:33 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Just when it looked like Anthony Rendon was finding his groove at the plate, the Nationals’ dynamic infielder finds himself back in an all-too-familiar place: the disabled list. Rendon was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained left quadriceps muscle, the latest physical ailment to derail his…
Jun 26, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) Philly has the worst offense in baseball and has a certain pitcher with two different colored eyes up next. Good luck! 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29)…
Jun 26, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT
You’re not supposed to glean much from a two-game stretch, especially in the context of a full baseball season. But for Ian Desmond and the Nationals, the past 48 hours have provided hope that the three-time Silver Slugger Award winner could be on the verge of ending his prolonged slump. After notching the game-winning RBI the…
Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT
After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…
Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…
Jun 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito and infielder Trea Turner have been selected to represent the Nationals at the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 20-year-old Giolito was drafted by the Nationals in 2012, and is widely considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game. He’s…
Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…
Jun 25, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT
Winners of eight of their last 11, the Nationals have a chance to secure a sweep over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon, as they get set to head out on a road trip beginning with Philly this weekend. The Nats will play without Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, who are both getting days off.…
Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT
Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…
Jun 24, 2015, 11:13 PM EDT
In the 11th inning after smoking a double to right-center field against the Braves, Bryce Harper ran through second base and stopped short before leaning down to put his hands on his knees. He stood at second base hunched over and appeared at first to be catching his breath. But manager Matt Williams and head trainer Lee…
Jun 24, 2015, 7:29 PM EDT
The Nationals’ bullpen has been through its fair share of changes this season, largely due to injuries up and down their pitching staff. Those circumstances have forced the Nats to at times call on rookies to come up and fill in. They have also relied heavily on second-year pros such as Aaron Barrett – who is also…
Jun 24, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams touched on a wide range of topics during his pregame press conference on Wednesday, including the passing of bench coach Randy Knorr’s wife, who should be selected to the All-Star team and the latest update on Ryan Zimmerman. First, the Knorr stuff. Knorr’s wife, Kimberly, passed away on Tuesday at the age…
Jun 24, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 4-2 Team slash: .300/.333/.405 Team ERA: 2.00 Runs per game: 4.16 STOCK UP Max Scherzer, SP: 9 IP/ 0 H/ 10 K/ 0.00 ERA There was no way that Scherzer was going…
Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…
Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT
The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…
Jun 23, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
[Updated: 5:35 p.m.] The Nationals activated right-hander Stephen Strasburg off the disabled list on Tuesday with plans for him to start later in the day in their series opener against the Atlanta Braves. Rookie starter Joe Ross was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Strasburg rejoins the Nats’ rotation after nearly a…
Jun 23, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Fresh off a sweep of the Mets, the Braves head to D.C. this week just two games back of the Nationals. They’ve managed to avoid long dry spells, but haven’t exactly gone on a sustained run of winning, either. So if they want to make a legitimate push, taking care of business on…
Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…
Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…
Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…
Jun 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There was no no-hitter this time. It wasn’t even a complete game. But what Gio Gonzalez turned in Sunday as a follow-up to Max Scherzer’s gem may very well have been his most efficient and effective start of the season. Buoyed by a nine run first inning — one he helped contribute to with an RBI…
Jun 21, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT
The Nationals’ pitching staff just capped it’s best run in team history with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, a weekend highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday against the Pirates. The pitchers deserve their credit, no doubt. But the Nationals’ lineup hasn’t exactly been dragging their feet. In Sunday’s win, the Nationals scored nine runs in…
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