Sep 16, 2015, 9:56 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia at the start of the week, understanding they were now playing out the string in every sense other than the mathematical sense, their deficit in the NL East too great to overcome with so little time left on the calendar. Maybe that lack of pressure, though,…
Sep 16, 2015, 6:43 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — The lion’s share of praise heaped upon Bryce Harper this season has been for his accomplishments at the plate. And deservedly so; Harper’s 1.134 OPS entering play Wednesday is the best compiled by a major-league hitter since Barry Bonds’ outrageous 1.422 mark in 2004. Harper’s performance in the field, though, deserves some attention…
Sep 16, 2015, 3:36 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — On the heels of dominant performances last night from Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the Nationals tonight go for a series sweep of the Phillies, hoping Gio Gonzalez can turn in another quality performance. Gonzalez has been good his last two times out, tossing six scoreless innings against the Braves and five innings…
Sep 16, 2015, 10:11 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — To the observer watching from afar, Stephen Strasburg’s absolute gem of a pitching performance Tuesday night might have seemed to emerge from nowhere. Strasburg throwing a 1-hitter? On 14 strikeouts? The same guy whose career appeared to be teetering on the brink earlier this summer? Anyone who has been watching Strasburg over the…
Sep 15, 2015, 11:29 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper offered full-throated support for Matt Williams on Tuesday night, crediting the Nationals manager for helping him through an MVP-worthy season and stumping for his return in 2016. “Truly, I love him as a manager,” Harper said following the Nationals’ 4-0 victory over the Phillies. “Flat-out, I absolutely do. And if I…
Sep 15, 2015, 9:41 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It won’t come as much consolation near the end of a disappointing season, but there are still nights when you can appreciate just how special Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper can be. This was one of those nights, and it deserves to be appreciated. The Nationals’ two No. 1 draft picks…
Sep 15, 2015, 6:43 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Wilson Ramos didn’t realize it until informed Tuesday afternoon. But upon learning he had played in his 114th game of the season the previous night, establishing a new career high, the Nationals catcher couldn’t hold back a wide smile. “You tell me that right now, and it makes me feel excited,” he said.…
Sep 15, 2015, 3:33 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — There haven’t been a whole lot of encouraging developments for the Nationals over the last six weeks or so, but Stephen Strasburg certainly has been plenty encouraging of late. Tonight, the right-hander takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park hoping to continue his roll against a Phillies lineup that features journeyman Andres Blanco…
Sep 15, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth, by all accounts, should have been on cloud nine Monday night. He had been on a tear at the plate over the last month, had just homered twice to lead the Nationals to victory and had done so in his old stomping grounds in front of booing Phillies fans. Why, then,…
Sep 15, 2015, 12:59 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has been through this rodeo before. He’s been saving games — and blowing saves — for 11 years now. So don’t expect him to get too caught up with what happened Monday night in his old stomping grounds. Though it certainly helped that his Nationals teammates picked him up during a…
Sep 14, 2015, 11:00 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s been quite some time since the Nationals and Phillies played a ballgame with as little at stake as there was tonight. Truth be told, it probably hasn’t happened since the Nats called Montreal home. That made for a decided lack of buzz inside Citizens Bank Park for this one, with…
Sep 14, 2015, 6:31 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has never been one to mince words or withhold his true feelings about a subject, so it shouldn’t have come as much surprise when the Nationals closer returned to Citizens Bank Park on Monday and lobbed criticism at the Phillies organization that traded him earlier this summer. Papelbon, who signed a…
Sep 14, 2015, 6:01 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals lineup Monday, having passed multiple concussion tests administered to him over the previous 24 hours following his collision with Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich. “He’s fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “No issues from yesterday. And he didn’t have any issues last night. He’s good to go.…
Sep 14, 2015, 3:32 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where we may witness history over the next three nights: This might well be the first series between the Nationals and Phillies with so little at stake since one of these franchises played in Montreal. (Hey, I didn’t say this was positive history!) It’s kind of odd to…
Sep 14, 2015, 7:38 AM EST
Amazing how much can change in just one week. Only seven days ago, the Nationals were riding some positive momentum, heading into their critical series against the Mets a manageable 4 games back, with a chance to thrust themselves right back into the NL East race. That, of course, didn’t happen. After a disastrous sweep…
Sep 13, 2015, 1:40 PM EST
Updated at 4:36 p.m. An already disastrous week for the Nationals was dealt yet one more blow Sunday afternoon when Bryce Harper was forced out of the club’s series finale in Miami following a first-inning collision with second baseman Derek Dietrich, though the initial prognosis for the 22-year-old slugger was encouraging. Harper was suffering from…
Sep 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EST
How inept has the Nationals lineup been this weekend? In two games at Marlins Park, that lineup has scored a total of one (unearned) run on 10 hits, only one of them going for extra bases. Is it any wonder, then, that the Nats have lost both games, despite having surrendered only four runs? They’ll…
Sep 12, 2015, 6:39 PM EST
Drew Storen’s late-season meltdown hit a new low Saturday when the Nationals revealed their struggling reliever broke his right thumb slamming shut a door in his locker after giving up the decisive home run in Wednesday’s loss to the Mets. Storen will likely miss the final three weeks of the season, manager Matt Williams told…
Sep 12, 2015, 3:45 PM EST
There’s no sugarcoating it: The Nationals are reeling right now, having lost four straight, all via runs scored late by the opposition, too all but officially eliminate themselves from postseason contention. And the challenge doesn’t get any easier tonight in Miami. Jose Fernandez is on the mound for the Marlins, making his first start in…
Sep 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals lost a close ballgame Friday night, giving up the winning run in the seventh inning. Really, who could have seen that coming? It’s a broken record now, but one the Nationals can’t shut off. They just keep going around and around in circles, making the same mistakes, losing in the same fashion every…
Sep 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EST
The raw emotions of this week’s sweep at the hands of the Mets have had some time to wear off, the Nationals have had a chance to take a day off and tonight they get back to work, the stakes perhaps not nearly as high as they were the last time they took the field…
Sep 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Bryce Harper had a phenomenal game Wednesday night at a time when his team needed it most. He homered. He doubled. He homered again, this time with the Nationals trailing the Mets late, their season on the brink of collapse. It was the kind of performance that should have carried the Nationals through a must-win…
Sep 10, 2015, 12:41 AM EST
When the obituaries for the 2015 Washington Nationals are written a few weeks from now — yes, some have already published them, but they’re not officially done yet, they’re just in hospice care — they will try to determine the cause of death. Injuries to their lineup? Underwhelming performances from their star-studded rotation? A bullpen…
Sep 9, 2015, 9:46 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It couldn’t happen again. Could it? Well, yes, it could. And the latest installment of A Nightmare on South Capitol Street wasn’t any easier for the Nationals or their fans to watch. Leading by a run entering the eighth inning behind a dominant performance from Stephen Strasburg (13 strikeouts) and offensive…
Sep 9, 2015, 6:19 PM EST
Matt Williams has heard the fervor building over the last few weeks. He knows the criticism being levied at him. But he knows he can’t get caught up in any of that. “Well, it’s never any fun. I can tell you that,” the beleaguered Nationals manager said Wednesday afternoon. “But if I know anything about…
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