Sep 7, 2015, 4:31 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was a different energy in the air this afternoon as the Nationals and Mets opened a 3-game series unlike anything previously seen in these parts. True pennant race baseball has come to D.C. The fans felt it. The players and managers certainly seemed to feel it, as well, resulting in…
Sep 7, 2015, 12:22 PM EST
The soap opera involving the Mets, Matt Harvey, Scott Boras and post-Tommy John surgery innings restrictions took another turn Monday morning when New York general manager Sandy Alderson suggested his young ace might only make two more starts this month and would only face the Nationals during the season’s final weekend if the game still…
Sep 7, 2015, 9:57 AM EST
In nearly 11 years of baseball back in the District, the Nationals have barely played any regular-season games of truly significant magnitude. Think about it: They ran away with the NL East title in both 2012 and 2014. They collapsed in 2005 before hitting the stretch run. They waited too long to go on their…
Sep 6, 2015, 12:36 AM EST
There are the nights when Bryce Harper gets nothing to hit, takes his walks and leaves everything up to his teammates. And then there are the nights when Harper takes matters into his own hands and with several mighty swings of the bat authors yet another chapter to this remarkable season. With a 3-for-4 evening…
Sep 5, 2015, 10:12 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Thursday night’s series opener was a blowout. Friday night’s game was a nailbiting, extra-inning thriller. Now came another blowout for the Nationals against a Braves ballclub in complete disarray. The Nationals’ bats broke out once again, this time against Shelby Miller, whose hard-luck season reached a new low when he allowed…
Sep 5, 2015, 3:33 PM EST
It’s a nice, warm Saturday here at Nationals Park, where everybody seems to have a little extra giddy-up in their step today. Must be carryover from last night’s dramatic win over the Braves. (Or perhaps Northwestern’s upset of Stanford earlier today. OK, that’s only why I have a lot of extra giddy-up in my step.)…
Sep 5, 2015, 1:49 AM EST
Jonathan Papelbon was holding court inside the Nationals’ clubhouse Friday night, the room thumping like it hadn’t in a long time after a 5-2, 10-inning victory over the Braves — with an even bigger roar about to be come moments later when the Marlins walked off the Mets in Miami — when the veteran closer…
Sep 4, 2015, 10:31 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There are no guarantees in baseball, not even when facing a team that has lost 16 of its last 17 and is giving up runs like they’re on clearance. So it was that one night after mauling the Braves during a 15-1 victory, the Nationals found themselves locked into a tight,…
Sep 4, 2015, 5:33 PM EST
Aaron Barrett had Tommy John surgery on Thursday, an expected procedure that will sideline the Nationals reliever through most — if not all — of the 2016 season. Barrett had been on the disabled list since August 5, when he gave up three runs in one-third of an inning against the Diamondbacks and informed club…
Sep 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EST
It’s been more than two months since Tanner Roark started a game for the Nationals, his season broken into multiple parts that have included stints as a long reliever, short reliever, spot starter and minor-league starter. He just served as the latter, making two minor-league starts in advance of his return to the Nats’ rotation…
Sep 4, 2015, 12:16 AM EST
There is perhaps no player in baseball who can wow a stadium full of fans, teammates, opponents and others just by swinging his bat more than Bryce Harper. But what the Nationals’ 22-year-old slugger did Thursday night by never taking that bat off his shoulder actually produced a more awe-inspiring reaction. The Nationals shellacked the…
Sep 3, 2015, 10:07 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ final 30 games of the season feature a whole lotta games against the NL East’s three weaklings. And nobody looks weaker right now than the Braves, who entered Thursday’s series opener having lost 15 of their last 16. Make it 16-of-17 after the Nats pummeled them in a rout…
Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg threw off the bullpen mound at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon and emerged with no problems, though the club will hold him from starting again until the finale of next week’s do-or-die series with the Mets. Strasburg, who departed his last outing Sunday with neck tightness, received treatment and quickly returned to his…
Sep 3, 2015, 3:34 PM EST
The last three nights presented perhaps the Nationals’ toughest test the rest of the season: a road series in St. Louis against the best team in baseball. As frustrating as that series proved to be, they emerged with one win. Which, to be honest, is probably what most would have expected going into it. Now,…
Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Ryan Zimmerman is the last guy in the Nationals clubhouse who is going to gather his teammates together and offer an impassioned plea for better play on the field. There isn’t an ounce of cheerleader in the man’s body. Never has been, never will be. Which doesn’t mean Zimmerman can’t still be a leader of…
Sep 2, 2015, 10:16 PM EST
Bryce Harper departed Wednesday night’s game in St. Louis in the fourth inning with “left glute tightness,” according to the Nationals. Harper popped out to lead off the fourth, reaching for the pitch from Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons and jogging only a few steps out of the batter’s box before turning around and walking back…
Sep 2, 2015, 6:39 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg will not make his next scheduled start, replaced by Tanner Roark for Friday night’s game against the Braves in D.C., manager Matt Williams told reporters in St. Louis on Wednesday. Strasburg, who came out of his last start due to a recurrence of neck tightness, has been able to play catch the last…
Sep 2, 2015, 4:42 PM EST
The Nationals may have blown two golden opportunities to win games in St. Louis the last two nights, but the Cardinals also did their part to present the Nats with those opportunities, whether in Mike Matheny’s bullpen usage or the need to start Marco Gonzales instead of Carlos Martinez last night. And for tonight’s series…
Sep 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
And you thought Monday’s loss was tough to watch? What transpired Tuesday in St. Louis made the previous night’s game feel pedestrian, as if it was just some run-of-the-mill loss every team suffers during the course of the season. It wasn’t, of course, but the Nationals’ 8-5 loss Tuesday — coincidentally the exact same score…
Sep 1, 2015, 5:19 PM EST
The Nationals’ first round of September call-ups include a third-string catcher making his major-league debut, an extra long reliever with experience earlier this season and a veteran hitter returning from a minor injury. Catcher Pedro Severino, left-hander Sammy Solis and infielder Dan Uggla all were added to the Nationals’ roster before Tuesday night’s game in…
Sep 1, 2015, 4:35 PM EST
Last night was among the Nationals’ most-agonizing losses of the season, but there’s another game to be played tonight. And so they will take the field at Busch Stadium, hoping to snap an 8-game losing streak there that dates all the way back to Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS. It’s an intriguing pitching matchup…
Sep 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
You’re not going to win every game. Nobody does. But when you’ve got significant ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it, you can’t afford to give away games that were there for the taking. Which is exactly what the Nationals have done too many times over the last month,…
Aug 31, 2015, 4:45 PM EST
The schedule over the season’s final five weeks is favorable to the Nationals … except for the next three nights. That’s because they must face the best team in baseball inside a park where that team has been nearly unbeatable. The Cardinals are 84-46 overall, a staggering 46-19 at Busch Stadium. And the Nats, of…
Aug 29, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
The first start of any major leaguer’s career is going to feature its share of butterflies-in-the-stomach moments, only more so when that start comes at an unfamiliar position. Trea Turner, though, acquitted himself well Friday night in the first start of his Nationals career, even though it came not at his natural shortstop position but…
Aug 28, 2015, 11:48 PM EST
There is no one person responsible for the Nationals’ struggles this month. It’s never that simple. But Max Scherzer hasn’t exactly helped the cause. Which, given the way things were going earlier this summer, is pretty hard to believe. “You want to go there and compete and do everything you can to help the ballclub…
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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.
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