Aug 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
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: 30) Twice blew 5-run leads to the Mets this week. That about sums things up. 29. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) In an otherwise dismal year, George Mason’s Justin Bour…
Aug 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
The Nationals alluded to the limitations they were ready to apply on starter Joe Ross on Tuesday, as the rookie is already in uncharted territory in terms of innings pitched this season. Tanner Roark was sent to Single-A Potomac to stretch out his arm with the plan to return in September and take Ross’ rotation…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:13 PM EST
[Updated: 11:13 p.m.] Just two innings after Yunel Escobar left with a right hand contusion, the Nationals saw another player go down in their game against the Padres on Thursday night. Michael Taylor was removed after colliding with the center field wall on a long flyball hit by Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:09 PM EST
[Updated 11:09 p.m.] Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar left Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Padres with a right hand contusion after being hit by a 97 mile per hour fastball during an at-bat against Andrew Cashner. Escobar with hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The HBP scored a run, but…
Aug 27, 2015, 5:16 PM EST
Denard Span returned off the disabled list on Tuesday to give the Nationals’ their first complete lineup of the season. Then, on Wednesday night he landed two doubles and scored a run. But on Thursday, Span was out of the lineup after feeling soreness in his back, the same area of the injury that kept him…
Aug 27, 2015, 3:34 PM EST
It was a tough loss on Wednesday night, but the Nationals enter Thursday with a chance to win their third consecutive series, something they haven’t done since June 19-28. Rookie Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) will get the start against his former organization. The Padres traded Ross to the Nationals as part of a three-team deal…
Aug 27, 2015, 12:37 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES How unlucky is Shelby Miller? The 24-year-old All-Star pitcher has had a solid season, but doesn’t have a whole lot to show for it. As crazy as it sounds, Miller is in search for his first win since May 17 vs. the Marlins. The old saying is that you are what your record…
Aug 27, 2015, 10:14 AM EST
It was only a few weeks ago that it seemed as though Gio Gonzalez had turned a corner. The lefty starter was perhaps the most consistent member in the Nationals’ rotation, quietly stringing together quality starts over a month-and-a-half stretch. From June 21 to August 11, he sported a 5-0 record with a 1.48 ERA and 1.21…
Aug 26, 2015, 6:18 PM EST
Updated at 11:30 p.m. Amidst a season in which injuries have taken their toll on the Nationals’ roster, manager Matt Williams revealed to reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Padres of perhaps the most bizarre setback a player has suffered all year. Outfielder Reed Johnson, who had torn a ligament in his ankle in late April, was shut down…
Aug 26, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
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: .253/.367/.474 Team ERA: 3.23 Runs per game: 5.3 STOCK UP Anthony Rendon, 2B: .333 AVG/ 2 HR/ 5 RBI Ah, so this is the guy who finished fifth in NL…
Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
Stephen Strasburg has quite easily been the Nationals’ best pitcher over the last few weeks since he returned from the disabled list on Aug. 8, and that trend continued in Tuesday night’s win over the San Diego Padres. The Nationals right-hander overcame a second-inning home run by Jedd Gyorko to go six strong innings of…
Aug 25, 2015, 7:10 PM EST
With Denard Span ready to rejoin the team after an extended stint on the disabled list, the Nationals have optioned reliever Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac. While that may seem like a demotion for Roark, the three-year veteran will have a rewarding goal to work towards. The Nats plan to transition Roark back to starting and…
Aug 25, 2015, 5:30 PM EST
[Updated 5:35 p.m.] With just 39 games remaining on their schedule and a 5 1/2-game deficit to make up in the NL East, the Nationals got a big boost to their chances on Tuesday with the activation of Denard Span from the disabled list. Span returns after over six weeks on the DL while he…
Aug 25, 2015, 12:10 PM EST
On this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ much of the focus was on the productive last few days for the Nats and whether they can continue moving in the right direction. Mark discussed several topics with Joe Orsulak and host Sebastian Salazar including Anthony Rendon’s recent surge, Jayson Werth’s success in the leadoff spot…
Aug 24, 2015, 5:35 PM EST
Since the return of Anthony Rendon on July 25, the Nationals have had a logjam in their infield. And lately that has become even more evident thanks to the improved play of not only Rendon, but Ian Desmond as well. Finding Danny Espinosa playing time, in particular, has become a challenge at times. When Desmond and…
Aug 24, 2015, 12:39 PM EST
Top storylines: Span looks very close – Denard Span completed his sixth minor league rehab assignment game on Sunday and went 1-for-3 with Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats center fielder is now 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer, three walks, an RBI, six runs and one steal in 20 total plate appearances since he began playing again. Those are…
Aug 24, 2015, 9:11 AM EST
The Nationals know they have a long way to go before they can climb out of their current hole in the NL East standings. That said, the feeling among players after Sunday afternoon’s series-clinching win over the Milwaukee Brewers was the hope that their biggest bugaboo in recent weeks — the struggling offense — might finally start to…
Aug 23, 2015, 6:53 PM EST
The beginning of the Nationals’ weekend series against the lowly Milwaukee Brewers was about as unfortunate as they come. The Nats were blown out by a bad team on the first day of what is by all accounts a very important homestand. That followed a tough loss to the Colorado Rockies, one that saw Max Scherzer lose to Yohan…
Aug 23, 2015, 4:39 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It had been nearly two months since the Nationals won consecutive series, and it finally came against two of the worst teams in baseball, but the Nats’ performance to finish the weekend was a convincing sign of progress, nonetheless. After dominating the Brewers on Saturday night, the Nats followed suit with a 9-5…
Aug 23, 2015, 12:15 PM EST
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their second consecutive series, something they have not done since June 23-28. That is yet another mind-boggling fact about the 2015 Nationals, but here we are in August with the Nats hoping for an important series win against one of the worst teams in baseball. Jordan…
Aug 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
The major league debut of top prospect Trea Turner happened to come in a blowout defeat for the Nationals, but the 22-year-old shortstop didn’t let that spoil what was a day he will always remember. Turner received a nice ovation from the welcoming Nats crowd as he trotted out on defense to replace Ian Desmond…
Aug 21, 2015, 7:49 PM EST
In order to clear room for the MLB debut of top prospect Trea Turner, the National made a pair of roster moves on Friday. Utility player Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and reliever Aaron Barrett was moved to the 60-day DL with a right elbow strain.…
Aug 21, 2015, 5:50 PM EST
[Updated: 5:50 p.m.] Needing a right-handed bat for their bench and a boost for the pennant race, the Nationals have called up top prospect Trea Turner on the first day of a long homestand. Bench player Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain as the corresponding move. The team moved reliever…
Aug 21, 2015, 11:44 AM EST
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: 26) Chase Utley was traded and now he’s reunited with Jimmy Rollins. Good for them, but super awkward for Phillies fans. 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 30) As…
Aug 20, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 2-4 Team slash: .239/.332/.410 Team ERA: 5.76 Runs per game: 5.16 STOCK UP Stephen Strasburg, SP: 2 GS/ 1-1/ 1.38 ERA The Nats rotation’s had a pretty tough time of late, struggling so often…
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