Jun 22, 2010, 3:58 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Michael Morse's hot bat hasn't landed him an everyday job yet. There may be no tougher challenge in sports than assembling a 25-man baseball roster and then choosing the nine men who will fill out a lineup card on any given day. Not a day goes by in…
Jun 21, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT
[UPDATE AT 7:25 P.M. -- Read my full, updated story on Lannan's demotion, including quotes from Mike Rizzo, Jim Riggleman and Steve McCatty, on CSNwashington.com.] The Nationals have optioned struggling left-hander John Lannan to Class AA Harrisburg, a surprise demotion for the man who started Opening Day each of the last two seasons. Lannan, 2-5…
Jun 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After getting swept by the Tigers and White Sox, the Nats try to rebound against the Royals. No one expected Livan Hernandez to carry a sub-2.00 ERA through the entire season, so the fact the veteran right-hander has come back to earth over the last few weeks is…
Jun 21, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT
Remember way back to the beginning of this month, when Stephen Strasburg was still in Syracuse, when the Nationals were still a .500 team and when the scheduling gods seemed to be smiling down upon this club? Back then, the thinking was that the Nats had done a fantastic job surviving what would be the…
Jun 20, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Desperate for a win, the Nats close out their series with Chicago today. Is it time to panic in NatsTown? Five straight losses. Eleven total runs scored. Seven games under .500. If nothing else, this certainly qualifies as the low point of the season to date. Some might…
Jun 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats will try to end a four-game losing streak tonight. In the wake of last night's hullabaloo over Stephen Strasburg and Barack Obama, let's not forget the Nationals are stuck in a four-game losing streak and have fallen to a season-worst six games under .500. The struggles…
Jun 19, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT
Photo by Traci Zuckerman / SPECIAL TO NATS INSIDER President Obama, noted White Sox fan, made an unannounced visit to Nationals Park. When my parents, brother and sister decided to come visit this weekend, they figured they'd catch a ballgame at Nationals Park with my wife and in-laws. And when it became clear Stephen Strasburg…
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…
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- Injuries highlight the importance of rotation depth
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