May 5, 2015, 1:19 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves have been scuffling of late, especially since last week’s meltdown against the Nationals. The Braves are 2-5 in their last seven games and have fallen to third place in the NL East at 12-14 (not that it matters this early in the season). And even though the season’s barely a month…
May 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
In his relatively short MLB career, Tanner Roark has already gone from afterthought prospect to surprise bullpen contributor to a 15-win starter and now back to relieving, somehow finding success at each stop. The former 25th round pick who lost 17 games at Triple-A the year before he debuted has become a baseball renaissance man.…
May 4, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT
[Updated 10:49 p.m.] Anthony Rendon has been diagnosed with an oblique strain after meeting with Nationals orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih on Monday, an injury that will end his minor league rehab assignment on terms that are anything but ideal. The 24 year old came to Washington on Monday after sitting out of games with the Double-A Harrisburg…
May 4, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT
This week we recorded our ‘Baseball in the District’ episode a little earlier than usual, so we decided to recap the Nats’ big series in New York over the weekend and look ahead to this week which features two division opponents coming to town. The Nationals begin with the Miami Marlins, who have won nine…
May 4, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT
The Nationals enter this week with two division series up ahead, first against the Marlins and then against the Braves. The Nats’ outlook is much better than it was just a week ago, as Washington has now won five of their last six. Many people have pointed to the back-to-back 13-run outbursts in Atlanta as…
May 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Strong showing in New York – The Nationals traveled to New York this weekend to face the Mets, who at the beginning of the series were undefeated at home and owners of the best record in baseball. The Nats also lost Denard Span for two-plus games during the series, yet they took three of…
May 3, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT
After leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out on consecutive nights, Denard Span has returned to the Nationals’ lineup as they get ready to take on the Mets in New York. Span was removed from the game on Friday due to soreness in his abdomen. He told MLB.com afterwards the discomfort was near the area where he…
May 3, 2015, 10:59 AM EDT
Gio Gonzalez turned in his best outing of the 2015 season on Saturday night with seven shutout innings as the Nationals held on to beat the Mets narrowly by the score of 1-0. Now they enter Sunday with a chance to take the series in New York with their third win in four games. The…
May 2, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT
Anthony Rendon is a late scratch from the Harrisburg Senators’ lineup once again, as the 2014 Silver Slugger continues to find trouble in his rehab from a sprained left MCL. Rendon was slated to hit second and play second base for the Nats’ Double-A affiliate against the Bowie Baysox before the decision. Tim Murray of ESPN…
May 2, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT
After splitting the first two of a four-game series, the Nationals and Mets pick back up on Saturday night with Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 5.01) and Jon Niese (2.74) on the mound. That may not be Matt Harvey vs. Max Scherzer, but when these two teams square off just about any pitching matchup is a good…
May 1, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
Anthony Rendon is back in the lineup at Double-A Harrisburg as he continues his rehab from a sprained left MCL, which represents a good sign after several days of missing time. The news was first announced by the Bowie Baysox, whom the Senators are facing on Friday night. Rendon will bat second in Harrisburg’s lineup…
May 1, 2015, 11:48 AM 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. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 30) Injuries have killed their lineup and their rotation may be the worst in baseball. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Aaron Harang (2-2, 2.51) has been a nice…
Apr 30, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES While Nats fans are still reveling in Tuesday night’s historic comeback victory, imagine what Braves fans are feeling right now. Their hot start to April has dissipated, losing seven of the last 10 games and falling below .500 for the first time this season at 10-11. Worst of all for Atlanta was that…
Apr 29, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests including Mark Zuckerman, who was there for the Nationals wild win over the Braves on Tuesday night. We also talked to Patrick Reddington, who runs the SB Nation blog ‘Federal Baseball.’ Mark was great on the…
Apr 29, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 1-6 Team slash: .222/.287/.352 Team ERA: 5.95 Runs per game: 3.85 STOCK UP Dan Uggla, 2B: .364 AVG/ 1.364 OPS/ 6 RBI Uggla may have compiled most of his stats for the…
Apr 28, 2015, 1:25 PM EDT
On this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, there was lots of talk about the Nationals and their recent losing streak, and what exactly is needed for them to get back on track. The good news is that they have star third baseman Anthony Rendon on his way back from a sprained MCL sprain. I…
Apr 27, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT
Top storylines: Little is going well – The Nationals are in last place in the NL East after losing five straight games and sit five games under .500. It is a place few predicted the Nationals would fall to even a week ago when things were starting to turn up. Lately it has been the Nats’ offense…
Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 AM 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. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Combined with last September’s collapse, Milwaukee has turned into a disaster zone. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Ruiz, Howard, Utley all have OPS under .600.…
Apr 24, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT
We tried something new this week on ‘Baseball in the District,’ as Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought our guest in studio to do a roundtable discussion. Tom Schad of the Washington Times joined us and covered many topics regarding the Nationals over the course of a long conversation. We talked about the…
Apr 23, 2015, 9:34 PM EDT
Four games into his Nationals career, Max Scherzer has recorded a quality start in each of his outings and had allowed just one earned run or less in every game up until Thursday. This time it was two earned runs, an outlier that illustrates exactly how good he’s been so far in 2015. When he mistakes they…
Apr 23, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
Now over two weeks into the 2015 season, the early returns on MLB’s new pace of play rule changes are starting to come in. The league has yet to fully enforce some of the rules as players and coaches get used to them, but so far so good according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Williams…
Apr 22, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-1 Team slash: .266/.354/.432 Team ERA: 2.43 Runs per game: 5.16 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, OF: .353 AVG/ 2 HR/ 6 RBI Harper’s early season power display is nothing we haven’t already seen. But this…
Apr 22, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Tanner Roark’s MLB career has so far been an unlikely success story filled with very few failures for a guy who just a year before he debuted in 2013 lost 17 games at the Triple-A level. He came up as a reliever and earned an opportunity to start. As a starter, he was brilliant with a…
Apr 21, 2015, 8:20 PM EDT
Released by the Nationals on April 1 as they pared down their roster for Opening Day, utility man Kevin Frandsen has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Frandsen will start with the D’Backs’ Triple-A affiliate in Reno, as he revealed via his Twitter account on Tuesday. Frandsen, 32, spent the 2014 season with the Nationals…
Apr 21, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT
[Updated 5:29 p.m.] Fresh off a week where both Jayson Werth and Denard Span returned to their lineup, the Nationals are close to getting another significant boost, as star third baseman Anthony Rendon is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Rendon has been playing in minor league…
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