Skip to content

Mark Zuckerman

  1. Boston’s Betts wows Nats in span of 2 innings

    Apr 14, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    BOSTON — Bryce Harper and Mookie Betts were born only nine days apart in October 1992, but until Monday afternoon had never shared the same baseball field. Nothing if not a student of the game, Harper pays plenty of attention to his fellow young, budding stars. And to that list, he now plans to add…

  2. The weight of expectations, and when enough is enough

    Apr 13, 2015, 8:28 PM EDT

    AP

    BOSTON — Matt Williams, perhaps as agitated by his team’s play as he has been since becoming Nationals manager 18 months ago, was asked if Monday’s debacle of a loss to the Red Sox — officially 9-4 but not nearly as competitive as that score would suggest — might serve as a wake-up call to…

  3. Red Sox 9, Nats 4: D.C. debacle in Fenway opener

    Apr 13, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a nutshell? It stunk. There’s no other way to describe it from the Nationals’ perspective. They put on a clinic in bad baseball for the first three innings, with errors committed, multiple fly balls falling in between outfielders, bases left uncovered, consecutive opposing batters plunked and assorted other maladies. Given…

  4. Span getting close, Rendon begins baseball activities

    Apr 13, 2015, 4:03 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    BOSTON — Denard Span is close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, and Anthony Rendon has begun baseball activities, encouraging news for both injured Nationals regulars. Span, recovering from abdominal muscle surgery last month, is playing seven innings in an extended spring training game in Viera, Fla., one of the final steps he needs to…

  5. Werth cautiously optimistic upon return to lineup

    Apr 13, 2015, 1:59 PM EDT

    AP

    BOSTON — In a perfect world, Jayson Werth would have played through a full spring training, building his workload up alongside all of his Nationals teammates, progressing toward Opening Day. Werth, though, couldn’t afford to do all that this year, not after needing right shoulder surgery in January. So as he sat in the dugout…

  6. Game 7: Nats at Red Sox

    Apr 13, 2015, 11:35 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    BOSTON — And hello from the one and only Fenway Park, which today hosts its 104th home opener, with a first-time opponent for this major event: the Washington Nationals. It’s a bit of an odd quirk, now with interleague play spread throughout the season, though it’s still pretty cool for the Nats (and those who…

  7. Werth set to debut for Nats today in Boston

    Apr 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    PHILADELPHIA — After a ragged opening week to the season, the Nationals are about to get one of their three key injured lineup members back: Jayson Werth. Werth is expected to be activated off the disabled list and make his season debut Monday in Boston after a brief, 3-game rehab stint with Class A Potomac…

  8. Ugly win, but better days are ahead for Nats

    Apr 12, 2015, 6:50 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    PHILADELPHIA — They struggled yet again to string together hits and mount something that remotely resembled a rally. They blew a late lead yet again and watched as their work-in-progress bullpen kept teetering on the brink of disaster. This time, though, the Nationals did just enough to win a ballgame. And thanks to Sunday’s 4-3,…

  9. Nats 4, Phillies 3 (10): Wild pitch salvages the weekend

    Apr 12, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A broken record would be less frustrating for Nationals fans to listen to right now than a recap of a ballgame played in the last week. Yes, it happened once again Sunday, with the Nats taking an early lead but unable to tack on after that, then hoping their bullpen cold…

  10. Game 6: Nats at Phillies

    Apr 12, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — There’s no such thing as a “must-win” game on April 12, but let’s just say the Nationals really, really, really want to win today’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park and at least head up to Boston at 2-4 with positive momentum instead of 1-5 having just been swept by the Phillies. Who…

  11. Espinosa back to switch-hitting again

    Apr 12, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    PHILADELPHIA — Danny Espinosa spent the entire spring hitting right-handed against right-handed pitching, acknowledging his long-term struggles from the left side of the plate, recognizing his best (and possibly only) hope of sticking in the big leagues was to give up switch-hitting. But when given his first opportunity of the season to face a right-handed…

  12. At 1-4, with issues, will Nats really “be fine?”

    Apr 12, 2015, 12:32 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    PHILADELPHIA — The theme inside the Nationals’ clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Phillies — a loss that left this team a surprising 1-4 to begin a season of sky-high expectations — was universal. “I think we’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. I…

  13. Phillies 3, Nats 2 (10): Bullpen falters again

    Apr 11, 2015, 10:33 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This may sound familiar: The Nationals got an early home run, couldn’t do much else at the plate and then left little margin for error for their bullpen, which couldn’t hold a late lead. Wilson Ramos provided the early homer, an opposite-field shot in the top of the fourth off Cole…

  14. Werth homers at Potomac, could debut Monday

    Apr 11, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT

    AP

    PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth homered during his rehab appearance with Class A Potomac on Saturday and appears to be on track to make his season debut for the Nationals on Monday in Boston. Werth, rehabbing from January surgery on his right shoulder, launched a solo homer off Lynchburg right-hander Adam Plutko to left field, the…

  15. Game 5: Nats at Phillies

    Apr 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — In their search for some semblance of offense, the Nationals are giving a couple of guys their first opportunity to start a game tonight: Reed Johnson and Danny Espinosa. The logic behind it: Both hit left-handers well. Johnson owns a career .310 batting average and .818 OPS against lefties, while Espinosa hits .271…

  16. Bullpen roles still need to be sorted out

    Apr 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    PHILADELPHIA — Had Matt Williams, on April 10, 2014, found himself in the exact same situation he found himself in during the seventh inning on April 10, 2015 — bases loaded, one out, the Nationals clinging to a 1-run lead — he wouldn’t have needed to think much about which member of his bullpen to…

  17. Offensive woes leave no margin for error for pitchers

    Apr 10, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT

    AP

    PHILADELPHIA — It’s easy to point to the fateful bottom of the seventh inning as the turning point of Friday night’s game, with the Nationals’ pitching staff imploding and turning a 1-0 lead into a 4-1 deficit in the blink of an eye. And certainly there are questions this team must answer when it comes…

  18. Phillies 4, Nats 1: No offense again, bullpen falters late

    Apr 10, 2015, 9:37 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a tough season-opening series against the Mets’ talented rotation, the Nationals may have thought they were due for some more fireworks against journeyman Jerome Williams. And when Michael Taylor led off the game with a home run down the left-field line, everybody in the visiting dugout perked up. But then…

  19. Williams on RISP struggles, keeping bench guys fresh

    Apr 10, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

    AP

    PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams talked this spring about the need for better “offensive efficiency” from his Nationals lineup this season, making the most of the opportunities presented to manufacture a run or two. Three games in, the Nats haven’t looked particularly impressive in that department. They entered Friday night’s game against the Phillies just 3-for-19…

  20. Game 4: Nats at Phillies

    Apr 10, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    PHILADELPHIA — It’s pretty remarkable to consider where the Nationals and Phillies stood as franchises only four years ago, then to consider where they both stand now. It’s been a complete 180-degree turn for both (though at least by 2011 the Nats had some glimmer of short-term hope, where these Phillies have very little). We’ll…

  21. Too early to draw any real conclusions

    Apr 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    The first series of the baseball season is perhaps the worst of them all, because it lends itself to over-analysis and the drawing of conclusions way before it’s appropriate to do that. Think about it: We don’t make too big a deal out of a 3-game series in mid-June, calling for roster moves or lineup…

  22. New-look bullpen gets job done in tight ballgame

    Apr 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    AP

    Blake Treinen made 15 appearances for the Nationals last season, many of them impressive outings that turned some heads within the organization. But he never really found himself in a situation like the one he was thrust into Wednesday night: the eighth inning of a 1-run game, asked to protect the Nats’ 2-1 lead against…

  23. Nats 2, Mets 1: Zimmerman homers, bullpen hangs on

    Apr 8, 2015, 10:22 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If the season’s first two games are a sign of things to come, the Nationals are going to be playing a bunch of low-scoring, tight affairs this month. Which means they’re going to need timely hits, mistake-free defense and a lock-down bullpen. They got all three on Wednesday night, and because…

  24. Game 2: Mets at Nats

    Apr 8, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    We’re 48 hours removed from Opening Day, but the weather suggests it feels like even more time has passed than that. After mid-70s and sunshine on Monday, it’s low-50s and rain tonight for the second game of the series between the Nationals and Mets. Hard to say if the rain will be significant enough to…

  25. Nats rank 6th in MLB with $163 million payroll

    Apr 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    The Nationals opened the 2015 season with a club-record $163 million payroll, sixth-highest in Major League Baseball. The Associated Press, in its annual calculations of Opening Day salaries, pegged the Nationals’ exact payroll at $163,264,559. That figure includes the salaries and prorated bonuses given to everyone on the 25-man roster and major-league disabled list. The…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
WASHINGTON2517
NEW YORK24191.5
ATLANTA20214.5
PHILADELPHIA18268.0
MIAMI16279.5
*Through Friday's games

THE BASEBALL SHOW

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to recap everything happening with the Nats and across baseball.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter