Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
MIAMI — Baseball has a reputation for being among the most complex major sports in the world, but sometimes it’s actually a rather simple game. Take the Nationals, who after a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night are now a disappointing 7-10 on the season, the vast majority of those losses coming in…
Apr 24, 2015, 9:45 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s only April 24, but the Nationals recognize this 3-city, 10-game road trip through the NL East presents a real opportunity to make up some ground in the division. So they took the field at Marlins Park tonight with a sharp effort, getting dominant and efficient work from Jordan Zimmermann, some…
Apr 24, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT
MIAMI — From the day he was drafted, Bryce Harper seemed like a strong candidate to lead the majors in something before long, whether home runs, slugging percentage, outfield assists or something along those lines. It may come as a bit of a surprise, though, that Harper currently leads all MLB hitters in a stat…
Apr 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
MIAMI — Hello from the one and only (which is probably a good thing) Marlins Park, where tonight the Nationals open a 10-game road trip with the first of three against the Marlins in this amusement park of a baseball stadium. Miami, which entering the season appeared to be the Nats’ biggest challenger in the…
Apr 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have now played 16 games, which is one-tenth of their regular season. That’s still a very small fraction, but it’s not so insignificant that we can’t examine a few big-picture issues. So with that in mind, here are some things we’ve learned about the 2015 Nationals so far… The rotation is good as…
Apr 23, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, a painful condition that left the Nationals first baseman noticeably limping around the field during Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. Zimmerman said he first noticed the problem about four or five days ago, but the condition was worse Thursday, as was apparent for…
Apr 23, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha looked like a good pitching matchup on paper, and it proved to be just that. In the end, Wacha was just a little better than Scherzer, with the Cardinals also benefiting from some Nats defensive hijinks late. Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings, retiring 16-of-17…
Apr 23, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT
The final game of this series features the best pitching matchup of the three: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha. Scherzer, the St. Louis native, has been outstanding so far in his D.C. tenure, with an NL-leading 0.83 ERA in his first three starts. Wacha, meanwhile, has a 1.35 ERA so far and came within one…
Apr 23, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Matt Grace was at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, wearing his Chiefs uniform, looking forward to a matinee against Rochester that would begin 30 minutes later. Ten hours later, Grace found himself in the clubhouse at Nationals Park, a pack of reporters surrounding him and asking about the scoreless inning of…
Apr 22, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
When Blake Treinen was a starter, both in the minors and in brief stints with the Nationals last season, he could take some comfort knowing one run surrendered in one inning likely wouldn’t spell doom for him or his team. Now that Treinen is pitching exclusively in relief, more specifically late-inning relief, that margin for…
Apr 22, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Rarely do things turn out well when your starter puts you in a 5-0 hole after three innings. But somehow the Nationals managed to overcome Doug Fister’s rare early struggles and storm all the way back with a 5-run bottom of the third. Yunel Escobar once again provided the biggest hit,…
Apr 22, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Anthony Rendon is set to play Friday for Class AA Harrisburg, the first step in what could be a brief rehab assignment that positions the third baseman to make his big-league season debut late next week. Rendon, out since early March with a sprained MCL in his left knee, spent the last two days playing…
Apr 22, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT
Felipe Rivero, who made his major-league debut for the Nationals on Friday, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with gastrointestinal bleeding, a potentially serious ailment that has forced the club to add yet another rookie left-hander to its bullpen. Matt Grace, a highly touted 26-year-old reliever, was promoted from Class AAA Syracuse to…
Apr 22, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
On the heels of an impressive, walk-off, extra-inning win last night, the Nationals are back at it tonight against the Cardinals, hoping for perhaps a little more offense with men on base, not to mention fewer men on base when they’re in the field. Doug Fister is a good choice to take the mound, in…
Apr 22, 2015, 12:54 AM EDT
Yunel Escobar, in his very brief time with the Nationals, has been many things for this team. He’s been a second baseman. He’s been a third baseman. He’s been a leadoff hitter. He’s been a contact hitter. He’s been a burst of energy and charisma for a ballclub that sometimes feels like it needs that.…
Apr 21, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have experienced precious little success against the Cardinals, dating all the way back to their heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NLDS. So while this was merely one game on a Tuesday night in April, it did present the Nats an opportunity to establish a new tone to this budding…
Apr 21, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Nearly every young ballplayer has a moment when he questions whether he’s ever going to make it to the major leagues, especially those drafted in later rounds who toil in the minors for awhile. It’s probably safe to say no ballplayer besides Mitch Harris has ever experienced that moment while stationed on an aircraft carrier…
Apr 21, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Though they face them only a couple of times a year, no NL opponents has befuddled the Nationals more than the Cardinals. Forget even, if you can, the 2012 NLDS. In the two years since that playoff series, the Nats have gone 2-11 against St. Louis, hardly inspiring numbers. Obviously, the Nationals don’t have to…
Apr 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann pitched well enough to win Saturday afternoon. But that’s never been good enough for Zimmermann, nor for those who have come to expect more out of the Nationals right-hander. So Zimmermann was fairly hard on himself following the 5-3 loss to the Phillies, one in which he gave up four runs (two earned)…
Apr 18, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT
If Ian Desmond ever was going to go crawl in a hole and disappear from public view, this might have been the time. If Matt Williams ever was going to bench his starting shortstop after another nightmare defensive inning, this might have been the time. And if ever the crowd of 35,330 at Nationals Park…
Apr 18, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT
After a final tune-up Saturday at Nationals Park in which he went through a full pregame workout and emerged with no lingering issues in either area where he recently underwent core muscle surgery, Denard Span is likely to make his season debut Sunday. “I feel pretty good,” the veteran center fielder said following the Nationals’…
Apr 18, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Ian Desmond’s defensive struggles have been painful enough to watch on their own, but the fact several have directly impacted the results of Nationals games has only made this saga all the more painful to experience. That saga hit a low point Saturday afternoon, when a pair of Desmond miscues at…
Apr 18, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT
The Nationals will wait until they get MRI results on Yunel Escobar’s injured left groin muscle before deciding whether the veteran infielder needs to be placed on the disabled list, leaving their infield dangerously thin for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Phillies. Escobar, who hurt himself running down the first-base line in the fourth inning…
Apr 18, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT
It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the District, a perfect day for some matinee baseball as the Nationals try to extend their winning streak to four game and get back to the .500 mark overall, facing a Phillies club that has lost six in a row. Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup after straining…
Apr 17, 2015, 11:51 PM EDT
If there was one minor knock on Max Scherzer upon signing his record-setting contract with the Nationals this winter, it was a reputation for not pitching as deep into games as you might normally expect from a starter who signs a record-setting contract. Three impressive starts into his career in D.C., Scherzer is bucking that…
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