Aug 15, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT
The Nationals continue their series at the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night as they hope to snap a four-game losing streak. Gio Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50) and Jake Peavy (2-5, 3.75) squaring off. The Nationals will also try to avoid dropping to .500 on the season for the first time since May 8. Gonzalez looks…
Aug 14, 2015, 12:04 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. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Jose Fernandez’s latest injury just the latest dagger in a season full of them. 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) End of an era with Doug Melvin out as…
Aug 13, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES With all their wheeling and dealing complete, the Braves will play out the string and try to find bright spots to carry into 2016. For the next month and a half, that means seeing how their young pitching develops as well as getting their first glimpse of the recently acquired Hector Olivera.…
Aug 13, 2015, 9:46 AM EDT
For the second time in a month, the Nationals were dominated in consecutive days by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ duo of aces, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. But this time the Nationals fielded a mostly healthy lineup, as their offense continues to lose its footing in the month of August. Greinke and Kershaw could be the…
Aug 12, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT
After getting shutout by the Dodgers on Tuesday night, the Nationals will aim for a series split on Wednesday with superstar Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.51) on the mound pitching for Los Angeles. Beating Kershaw will certainly not be an easy task, but the Nats will have Bryce Harper to help their cause. The All-Star right…
Aug 12, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 3-4 Team slash: .265/.348/.416 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game: 4.85 STOCK UP Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .435 AVG/ 8 RBI/ 1.375 OPS It appears that treating the plantar fasciitis in his…
Aug 11, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray and I welcomed in Mike Ferrin of Sirius XM radio. Ferrin is alway insightful and had great stuff to share from a national perspective on the Nats. Ferrin talked about the NL East race, whether it’s time for Nats fans…
Aug 11, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ went in depth on the Nationals’ pitching staff and the team’s most recent homestand. The Nats kicked off a big road trip with an important win on Monday night and perhaps turned the page after a tough weekend. That said, there is no question the Nats missed an opportunity at…
Aug 10, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT
Top storylines: West Coast trip up next – Having just gone 3-4 against teams with sub-.500 records on their recent homestand, things aren’t going so well for the Nats right now and up next is a brutal stretch through the NL West. The Nationals will begin with three games at the Los Angeles Dodgers who, lucky for the Nats,…
Aug 10, 2015, 8:27 AM EDT
Life as a late-inning reliever is such that whenever a miscue occurs — however rare it might be — it’ll tend to be remembered far more often than a long stretch of dominance. That’s very much the case these days for Drew Storen, whose back-to-back tough outings against the Colorado Rockies has already begun to…
Aug 9, 2015, 7:17 PM EDT
The Nationals returned home last Monday with an opportunity ahead of them. They had just been swept by the New York Mets to close a road trip where they lost seven of 10 games. But awaiting them was a seven-game stretch against sub-.500 teams within the friendly confines of Nationals Park. On the other end…
Aug 9, 2015, 6:06 PM EDT
[Updated 7:06 p.m.] Aaron Barrett is back on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain, just three days after he was sent to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nationals voided his option to make the move with Barrett needing a DL stint for the second time this season. Barrett also spent time on the shelf in…
Aug 9, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals had a chance to salvage their homestand with a series win against Colorado, but Carlos Gonzalez and his Rockies teammates had other plans on Sunday afternoon. The Rockies got to Max Scherzer to the tune of three home runs, all solo shots. Gonzalez had two of them and Daniel…
Aug 9, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT
Fresh off a dominant outing by Stephen Strasburg on Saturday, the Nationals will now send Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.31) to the mound looking to end this series against the Colorado Rockies and homestand on a high note. The Nationals are 3-3 through six games at home over the past week. Up next after Sunday is…
Aug 8, 2015, 3:52 PM EDT
Updated at 6:52 p.m. Needing to open up a roster spot for Stephen Strasburg’s return Saturday night, the Nationals placed second baseman Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms, leaving the club with a thin bench for the time being. Uggla said he had been dealing with back issues the last couple…
Aug 8, 2015, 2:09 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. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 28) It has been a trainwreck of a season for the Marlins, but at least Jose Fernandez (2.30 ERA, 53 SO, 43 IP) is back to pitching like…
Aug 7, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT
The Nationals again built an early lead on a team with a losing record on Friday night, as they’ve grown accustomed to in recent games. But again their offense locked up in the later innings and again their bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain. This time it was against the Colorado Rockies, who…
Aug 7, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT
One day after being moved to the bullpen for the first time in his accomplished seven-year MLB career, Doug Fister addressed the media to discuss the transition. Fister has accepted the move, but it was not easy, as one could understand. “It’s not the most fun message to go across. But you’ve gotta have a…
Aug 6, 2015, 10:59 PM EDT
The Nationals’ offense has been a problem area in recent weeks, so one game will not solve all of their woes and reinstall them as one of the most potent lineups in the majors. But in Thursday night’s win, there were several indicators that suggest they are moving in the right direction as a team.…
Aug 6, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT
[Updated 9:50 p.m.] He was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher last season and their only starter to win a playoff game, but 7-year veteran Doug Fister will now move to the bullpen. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Thursday’s game, saying that rookie Joe Ross will remain in the rotation when Stephen Strasburg returns…
Aug 6, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT
Max Scherzer loves fantasy football and this month will be able to apply that passion to a good cause. The Nationals’ ace is hosting a fantasy football fundraiser on August 22 at Nats Park. Scherzer will participate in a live fantasy draft with several of his teammates and fans who pay an undisclosed amount of…
Aug 6, 2015, 3:12 PM EDT
Updated at 3:12 p.m. On the heels of a trainwreck ballgame Wednesday night that saw their bullpen give up nine earned runs for the first time in six years, the Nationals optioned right-hander Aaron Barrett to Class AAA Syracuse before Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and recalled Blake Treinen to take his spot on…
Aug 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The circumstances were not ideal with his team down eight runs at home, but on Wednesday night Nationals utility man Tyler Moore was afforded an opportunity he had lobbied and waited for for quite some time. In the ninth inning of the Nats’ 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Moore became just the second position player…
Aug 5, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT
Ian Desmond is out of the Nationals’ lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as manager Matt Williams gives him a day to rest. The skipper described it as just one day off and that it does not mean Danny Espinosa has supplanted him as the team’s shortstop. Desmond has had well-documented struggles…
Aug 5, 2015, 3:06 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Stephen Strasburg fresh off two rehab appearances at Syracuse, and the continued development of Trea Turner in Triple-A, we thought it was a good time to bring in Chiefs’ play-by-play voice Kevin Brown for the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ Brown was great on Strasburg and the reaction…
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