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  1. Williams impressed with Treinen’s night vs. Marlins

    Sep 20, 2015, 12:40 PM EST

    USA Today

    The 2015 season has been a trying one for the Washington Nationals, and reliever Blake Treinen is certainly no exception. The right-hander surprised many as a rookie in 2014 and look poised for a big sophomore season with the potential to lock down a late innings role. That plan did not go accordingly, as Treinen…

  2. Game 149: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 20, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to take three of four against the Marlins and make it seven wins in their last eight overall. Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.98) will look to follow strong outings from Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann. Strasburg had perhaps the best start of his career his last time out, eight…

  3. Scherzer’s fiery exchange with Williams highlights extra-inning win

    Sep 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Sep 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    The meeting was brief, tense and essentially spoke volumes of what Max Scherzer is all about. In the seventh inning of a 2-2 game with two outs and a man on second base, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a visit to the mound — not so much to remove his ace, but more so to see…

  4. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Blue Jays looking scary

    Sep 18, 2015, 12:32 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    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) The Phillies are setting records for the lowest attendance in Citizens Bank Park’s 11-year history, further proving that few sports fanbases can truly stay loyal when their…

  5. Harper creating distance in quest for batting title

    Sep 18, 2015, 10:34 AM EST

    USA Today

    With Bryce Harper already at the 40-home run mark and in pursuit of a likely NL MVP award, perhaps overlooked in his historic season is his chance for another rare and impressive accomplishment. With two more hits on Thursday night, Harper raised his NL-best batting average to .340. The first batting title in Nationals team history is well…

  6. Storen explains injury, his hope to bounce back

    Sep 17, 2015, 6:08 PM EST

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    UPDATED With a four-week recovery timetable and just 17 games left on the Nationals’ regular season schedule, the chances of Drew Storen playing again in 2015 are very slim. And to have that sudden end caused by a self-inflicted wound has made the last week or so even harder to swallow for the Nats reliever. On Thursday, Storen explained what…

  7. Baseball in the District – Appreciating Harper’s historic year

    Sep 17, 2015, 1:21 PM EST

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    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN For the first time in two years of doing ‘Baseball in the District,’ we did an episode with no guests. Frankly, there was plenty to talk about already regarding the Nats, even as their hopes for a playoff berth continue to drift away. Tim Murray and I talked about Bryce Harper’s…

  8. Around the NL East: Mets sweating out September finish

    Sep 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   Shelby Miller’s bizarre season rolls on as the 24-year-old righty still hasn’t earned a win in 22 starts despite having a more-than-respectable 3.00 ERA. It’s pretty rare for a pitcher to be this snake bit (you’d think he could luck into a win here or there), but when you pitch for a…

  9. Stock Watch: Harper cementing MVP-caliber season

    Sep 16, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Sep 15, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) watching the ball of his solo home run during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies  at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-3 Team slash: .240/.315/.389 Team ERA: 2.67 Runs per game: 3.5   STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .450 AVG/ 5 HR/ 1.772 OPS  Is there any doubt these days as to who…

  10. MLB Power Rankings: AL West race heating up

    Sep 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Rotation’s ERA since the All-Star break: 5.55. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Currently featuring nine pitchers with ERAs over 5.00. Good lord. 28. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW:…

  11. Baseball in the District – ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick

    Sep 10, 2015, 3:39 PM EST

    USA Today

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Man, what a day to to talk about the Nats. This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ just happened to fall on the day after the Nationals were swept by the New York Mets. Our guest this week was ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, who was great on the Nats from a national…

  12. Around the NL East: Have the Mets locked up the division?

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Sep 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are in the midst of a full-on tailspin, losing 20 out of their last 23 games. At this point, there isn’t much left to salvage other than trying to avoid an 100-loss season for the first time since 1988. But with their next seven games against the Mets and Blue…

  13. Strasburg’s performance another missed chance for Nats

    Sep 10, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    What makes the Nationals getting swept by the Mets this week so devastating was not only the fact it all but pulled the plug on their postseason hopes. What added to their misery was that all three games featured unique breaks – at least for this team in this particular year – that would normally…

  14. Zimmerman, Taylor and Escobar all sit out vs. Mets

    Sep 9, 2015, 5:29 PM EST

    USA Today

    In order to avoid a sweep against the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday, the Nationals will have to do so with three regular starters out of their lineup. Ryan Zimmerman is out for the second straight day with a left oblique strain. Michael Taylor is still bothered by his sore right knee. And Yunel…

  15. Game 139: Mets at Nats

    Sep 9, 2015, 3:37 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After blowing two straight games to begin the series, the Nationals will now hope to avoid a sweep to the New York Mets on Wednesday with a true wild card as a pitching matchup. There is a lot of unknown there because Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.35) is coming back from injury. He left his last start…

  16. Stock Watch: Bullpen dooms Nats at worst possible time

    Sep 9, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 8-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-2 Team slash: .316/.391/.516 Team ERA: 3.66 Runs per game: 7.42   STOCK UP    Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .524 AVG/ 9 RBI/ 1.452 OPS Though Bryce Harper is closing out an MVP-caliber season,…

  17. Williams defends decision to have Rendon bunt

    Sep 9, 2015, 11:15 AM EST

    USA Today

    After the Nationals’ bullpen collapsed in jawdropping fashion, after the Mets had not only tied the game after trailing by six, but then took the lead on a go-ahead homer, the Nats found themselves with a pretty decent chance for redemption. The top of their order was up in the ninth against New York closer…

  18. A nightmare come true

    Sep 9, 2015, 1:18 AM EST

    USA Today

    In a season full of letdown losses, blown opportunities and bullpen implosions, and for a franchise that has experienced far more heartbreak than any team should through their first 11 years of existence, it’s hard to compare a regular season defeat for the Nationals to their infamous playoff disasters. This one, though, this one was…

  19. Zimmerman out vs. Mets with oblique injury

    Sep 8, 2015, 4:40 PM EST

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    [Updated 5:29 p.m.] Out of the lineup for the second time in three days, this time for a huge matchup against the New York Mets, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a new injury he is dealing with. Zimmerman has soreness in his left oblique after hurting the muscle during a swing in Monday’s loss.…

  20. Game 138: Mets at Nats

    Sep 8, 2015, 3:18 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Monday’s series opener was a letdown for the Nationals, as they blew a sixth inning lead and lost ground in the NL East. But they have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday night and give themselves an opportunity for a big series win. Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 3.38) will start for the Nationals against Matt…

  21. On Harper’s message to Nats fans

    Sep 8, 2015, 10:21 AM EST

    USA Today

    The question was simply about the pennant race atmosphere at Nationals Park, and Bryce Harper’s answer was brief. But his quick, perhaps off-the-cuff response has set off a firestorm of scrutiny both from outside the city of Washington and within the Nationals fanbase itself. Harper, when asked about the crowd on Monday afternoon, noted how many…

  22. Scherzer’s woes continue in loss to Mets

    Sep 7, 2015, 6:41 PM EST

    USA Today

    Throughout the first half of the season Max Scherzer was the lone bright spot for a Nationals rotation that was expected by many to be among the very best. Somehow he managed to look like a better pitcher after signing a record free agent contract to come to Washington. But that has simply not been…

  23. State of the Nats: The main event

    Sep 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Mets coming to town – At times over the last few weeks, after several bad losses, the Nationals have appeared to have the odds stacked against them. Some had already proclaimed them as dead in the water. It was time to think about 2016 and all the changes that could come this offseason for…

  24. Taylor plays well in return to lineup; Zim rests foot

    Sep 6, 2015, 10:24 PM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals lineup on Sunday – once it was corrected with a late adjustment – featured the return of Michael Taylor to center field and the exclusion of Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Taylor was not 100 percent, but was ready to rejoin the lineup. Zimmerman was originally in there batting cleanup before becoming a…

  25. Have we seen the last of Ross in 2015?

    Sep 6, 2015, 6:13 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    The emergence of rookie starter Joe Ross has been one of the more pleasant surprises for the Nationals in a year characterized by the unforeseen. What has become a breakout season for the young right-hander, however, could be nearing its inevitable end. The Nationals have alluded to an unspecified innings limit for Ross, whom they acquired in…





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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