Jun 19, 2010, 4:02 AM EDT
It was the kind of pitching performance you might witness once a year: seven innings of 10-strikeout, zero-walk brilliance that left a sellout crowd (including the President of the United States) cheering and opposing hitters dumbfounded. Too bad it all went to waste. As Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals found out tonight, one fantastic pitching…
Jun 18, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT
[UPDATE AT 7:15 P.M. -- Obama is indeed here. He's sitting in the owner's suite behind Section 208 on the club level, third-base line. Got here in the bottom of the first.] Two people already sighted at Nationals Park so far today: Jordan Zimmermann and Jason Marquis. One more person who could be here before…
Jun 18, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats are back home, and Stephen Strasburg is back on the mound. Hello again from Nationals Park, where the Nats return following a brutal 1-5 road trip through Cleveland and Detroit that included a sweep at the hands of the Tigers. Actually, the only game this team…
Jun 17, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina and the Nationals were no match for Detroit's pitching staff. DETROIT — Remember all those good vibes surrounding the Nationals one week ago? Yeah, they're gone. Vanquished into thin air during a 1-5 road trip through Cleveland and Detroit that included a sweep at the hands…
Jun 17, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT
DETROIT — Twice, the Nationals have handed Stephen Strasburg the ball in the midst of a losing streak and asked the rookie right-hander to stop the bleeding. And he’s done it. Tomorrow night, the Nats will once again Strasburg to play the roll of stopper. After getting swept by the Tigers, they head home stuck…
Jun 17, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's win or get swept today at Comerica Park. DETROIT — In what might as well be dubbed a "must-win" game for the Nationals, Jim Riggleman will trot out a lineup that should appease plenty of fans who have been clamoring for a Willingham-Bernadina-Morse outfield. Congrats, you're getting…
Jun 17, 2010, 3:30 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez's uncharacteristic wildness cost the Nationals tonight. DETROIT — The veteran right-hander couldn't find the strike zone during one laborious inning that did him in. The lineup could only muster two good swings against the opposing ace, and unfortunately both came with the bases empty. There wasn't…
Jun 16, 2010, 9:26 PM EDT
DETROIT — John Lannan thinks he knows why he's been struggling his last few times on the mound: He's overcompensating in an attempt not to suffer a recurrence of the elbow pain that hampered him last month. Lannan, who was roughed up by the Tigers last night for seven runs and 10 hits in only…
Jun 16, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats have their work cut out for them tonight against Justin Verlander. DETROIT — The Nationals have faced their share of top pitchers this season. Roy Halladay. Johan Santana. Roy Oswalt. Tim Lincecum. Josh Johnson. Ubaldo Jimenez. Chris Carpenter. Tonight, another big name is added to the…
Jun 16, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT
DETROIT — In the wake of the Nationals' 7-4 loss to the Tigers last night — their 19th loss in 30 games, by the way — I started thinking about what currently plagues this team. My first thought was that the rotation (aside from Stephen Strasburg and Livan Hernandez) has taken a step backward and…
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