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  1. Stock Watch: Harper’s magical season nearing its end

    Sep 23, 2015, 12:25 PM EST

    Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) smiles in the dugout after hitting a two-run homer during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (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: 4-2 Team slash: .269/.372/.437 Team ERA: 3.11 Runs per game: 6.6   STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .450 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.356 OPS The discussion about who should be NL MVP is just about over; the…

  2. Harper sets Nats walks record

    Sep 23, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    At the rate he is going, an MVP favorite at the age of 22, Bryce Harper is probably going to set a lot of records before his career is over. He will likely break a bunch of Nationals team records, as they only have 11 seasons to pull from. Then, he will set his sights on…

  3. Missed opportunities

    Sep 22, 2015, 11:39 PM EST

    USA Today

    Of all the reasons why the Nationals have fallen short of expectations in 2015, of all the persistent problems that have stood in their way, the continued squandering of opportunities has loomed as large as any. Time and time again the schedule has favored the Nats, or their opponent has gifted them breaks on a…

  4. Orioles 4, Nats 1: Momentum halts as Gio, lineup struggle

    Sep 22, 2015, 9:56 PM EST

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals took the field on Tuesday winners of seven of their last eight, but their momentum both on the mound and on offense was stalled as the Baltimore Orioles controlled the series opener from start to finish with the final result a 4-1 Washington loss. The Nats have lost 9 of their last…

  5. Espinosa has right hamstring tear

    Sep 22, 2015, 6:20 PM EST

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    Danny Espinosa is generally considered one of the toughest players on the Nationals, a guy who has played through bumps and bruises the size of watermelons, manager Matt Williams likes to say. So, when Espinosa goes down with an injury, you can bet it’s something relatively serious. The Nats infielder, who has not played since Sept.…

  6. Game 150: Orioles at Nats

    Sep 22, 2015, 3:05 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Okay, let’s give this another shot. The Nationals and Orioles had their series opener postponed on Monday night, so now they will try again on Tuesday with the same pitchers scheduled to start. The forecast is much better for this one with a slight chance of rain in the early evening before it clears up…

  7. Around the NL East: Harvey situation takes another turn

    Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers in a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it’s a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller has now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There’s unlucky,…

  8. The Baseball Show: Why Harper should be MVP

    Sep 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Bryce Harper was named co-NL player of the week on Monday along with teammate Stephen Strasburg. It was the third time this season Harper has earned the honors, having also won in back-to-back weeks in May. With how good Harper has been this season, those will likely not be the only awards he wins. There…

  9. Espinosa to have MRI on hamstring

    Sep 21, 2015, 6:04 PM EST

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    One day after it was revealed by the Nationals that infielder Danny Espinosa has been dealing with a right hamstring injury, manager Matt Williams said the next step will be an MRI, set for Tuesday. Espinosa has a right hamstring strain that was diagnosed after he underwent an ultrasound. Now he will require further testing…

  10. UPDATED: Harper and Strasburg co-NL players of the week

    Sep 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EST

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    UPDATED: 5:23 p.m. When the Nationals took Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper with back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in 2009 and 2010, the hope was that they would someday provide a dynamic tandem as two of the best players in baseball. For the last week, that was exactly the case, as both earned honors as co-NL…

  11. State of the Nats: So, you’re telling me there’s a chance

    Sep 21, 2015, 12:39 PM EST

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    Top storylines: A glimmer of hope – With the Mets having lost on consecutive days, and the Nationals on a three-game winning streak, the practically shut window of the Nats’ 2015 season has been pried open ever so slightly. Both teams have 10 games remaining until they face off in the final series of the regular season…

  12. Escobar, Moore power Nats’ offense

    Sep 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    When a team scores 13 runs in a game, there are usually plenty of contributors, and that was the case for the Nationals in their win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. But two players in particular – Yunel Escobar and Tyler Moore, who combined for seven RBI – stood out above all. Escobar recorded…

  13. Strasburg continues to dominate

    Sep 20, 2015, 6:09 PM EST

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    Stephen Strasburg’s 2015 season has been a tale of the extremes. Early on he went through the worst stretch of his career and suffered several injuries along the way. But lately he has been at his very best, carving up opposing lineups with record-setting command of the strike zone. Strasburg added 10 strikeouts in Sunday’s 13-3…

  14. Nats 13, Marlins 3: Nats ride huge 6th inning to win

    Sep 20, 2015, 4:33 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In order to avoid elimination and make something of their 2015 season, the Nationals will need a lot of help from the opponents left on the Mets’ schedule. But there is no question the Nats are holding up their end of the bargain. The Nationals took care of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

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

    Sep 18, 2015, 12:32 PM EST

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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:…

  25. 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…

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ON THE RADIO

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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