Jul 5, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT
After a tough, win streak-ending loss to the Cubs on the 4th of July, the Nationals got a bit of a break for the second game of this series. Late Friday night the Cubs traded their No. 1 starter, Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics, right before he was set to start against the Nats.…
Jul 3, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT
Here are this week’s power rankings with analysis from Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and I: 1. Athletics — Hughes: Scott Kazmir is a legitimate Cy Young candidate right now.2. Brewers — Zuckerman: Peripheral stats still say they’re not quite this good, should come back to earth a bit. 3. Tigers — Zuckerman: Rick Porcello, forgotten man of Detroit’s…
Jul 2, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-2 Team slash: .229/.304/.358 Team ERA: 3.43 Runs per game: 4.83 STOCK UP Gio Gonzalez, SP: 1-0 / 7.0 IP/ 0.00 ERA It might be too early to make any grand proclamations, but perhaps we’re in the midst of witnessing a midseason rebound for Gonzalez. He…
Jul 1, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, the Braves looked like they were in a middle of a midseason tailspin, enduring a tough June stretch that saw them relinquish their division lead to the Nationals. But after winning six out of the last seven games — the best mark in the…
Jul 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ happened to fall right at the halfway point of the 2014 season. With that in mind, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I evaluated where they are right now and made predictions for the second half. We also welcomed in two guests. The first was radio voice of the…
Jul 1, 2014, 12:24 AM EDT
It had been 80 games since the Nationals last had their full lineup together and healthy, the group Mike Rizzo assembled for this season before injuries struck almost immediately on Opening Day. Half a season where the Nats patched together lineup cards just hoping to stay afloat in the NL East. On Monday, Bryce Harper…
Jun 30, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT
Finally having Bryce Harper back in the mix on Monday, Matt Williams’ lineup card looked much like it did on Opening Day, the last time he had a roster at full health to choose from. Harper is back in left field with Ryan Zimmerman at third base, Anthony Rendon is back at second. Denard Span remains…
Jun 30, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT
The Nationals made official on Monday the activation of Bryce Harper from the disabled list, setting up his expected return to the lineup after missing more than two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Reliever Xavier Cedeno was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Harper has been out since April…
Jun 30, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Harper’s return – It’s been over two months since Bryce Harper last took the field with the Nationals, but his long recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb is just about over. Barring something unforeseen, Harper is expected to be in the Nats’ lineup to face the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Harper…
Jun 29, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: 1. Athletics (LW: 1) — Roney: Sean Doolittle is the latest Baseball’s Unhittable Closer. Still wondering why Beane went out and got Jim Johnson. 2. Brewers (LW: 3) — Hughes: They can certainly hit, but it might be…
Jun 27, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT
Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole was promoted from Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, as he continues his development as one of the Nats’ most promising minor leaguers. Cole, 22, is considered the team’s second best prospect after fellow right-hander Lucas Giolito and was ranked 69th among all MLB prospects by Baseball America prior to…
Jun 27, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT
The return of Bryce Harper is getting close, it could happen as soon as Monday, according to Matt Williams. When he gets back the Nationals will have their full Opening Day lineup, a rare luxury for the team this season. Harper has been tearing it up in the minor leagues, but what impact will he…
Jun 26, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .211/.272/.219 Team ERA: 2.85 Runs per game: 2.85 STOCK UP Tanner Roark, SP: 1-0/5.1 IP/1.69 ERA Roark showed great moxie during his start in the weekend series against the Braves, limiting them to just one earned run in 5.1 innings and earned the…
Jun 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Despite a disaster of a series finale – a 9-2 loss to the Brewers that was capped by the benches clearing – the Nationals have to be pretty satisfied with their performance in Milwaukee. They won the first two games against the NL’s best team, including a 16-inning marathon that took just about everything out of them. Now,…
Jun 25, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT
The Nationals announced four roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, including the release of oft-injured pitcher Christian Garcia and the call-up of right-hander Taylor Hill from Syracuse. In order to make room for Hill on the roster, the Nationals designated bench player Greg Dobbs for assignment. Second baseman Jeff Kobernus replaced Hill on the roster at…
Jun 25, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT
Just over 12 hours after the longest game in Nationals history was completed, the Nats will pick right back up in Milwaukee for the final game of their series with the Brewers. Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.24) will take the mound in a 2:10 p.m. start, as the Nationals look for the three-game sweep. Strasburg will…
Jun 24, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Much to the delight of local fans, the Braves are in the middle of a tough stretch. They went 2-4 against division rivals Philadelphia and Washington this past week, dropping them down to second place in the division. After losing eight out of the last 12 games, you wonder if the wheels are…
Jun 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT
For Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, Monday night’s 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers must have brought quite the sigh of relief. The lefty entered the game with a 4.85 ERA after a recent stint on the disabled list. He later left hugging his teammates and pitching coach Steve McCatty in the dugout after throwing six scoreless…
Jun 23, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT
Top storylines: First place Milwaukee Brewers up next – It still feels strange, even as I write this, but on June 23 the Milwaukee Brewers hold the best record in the National League at 47-30. That’s only a half-game behind the Oakland Athletics, who at 47-29 are best in the game. This week the Nationals will get…
Jun 23, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT
You don’t have to remind Tyler Clippard that the Braves have been his kryptonite of late; he’s already well aware. The Nationals’ setup man has been solid all season against the majority of clubs around baseball, owning the second highest mark in the majors for holds with 17 and having recently come off a stretch in…
Jun 22, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT
Winning two games out of a four-game set technically goes down as a split, as both teams leave the park without a series win. But for the Nationals to take two against the Braves this weekend, given the recent history between the two, this one sure feels different for Washington. Before Thursday’s series opener, the Nationals…
Jun 22, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a season of 162 games, it’s not often a team experiences ups and downs as dramatic as the Nats have over the last four days. Entering their four-game series with the rival Braves, the Nationals lost their first two in frustrating fashion, briefly losing their grip on first place in the…
Jun 22, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT
Since his return from a broken right thumb on June 3, Ryan Zimmerman has produced a bit of a mixed bag on offense. At first, he adjusted well with two doubles in his first game back. But then he fell into a slump and, until Saturday night, was hitting just .197 with a .552 OPS…
Jun 22, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT
After a brilliant and much-needed performance by Doug Fister on Saturday night, today the Nationals have a shot at splitting their four-game series with the Braves. In order to do that, however, they’ll likely need another very good outing from their starting pitcher. Today Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85) will be handed that task. Roark has…
Jun 21, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT
The Nationals are currently lagging in All-Star voting with just over two weeks to go until the rosters are announced on July 6. Of course they will get at least one guy on the NL team, but who will it be? In this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark discussed that very topic with…
NL EAST STANDINGS
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Braves at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule
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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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