Jul 8, 2010, 3:55 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Dunn has his eyes on a contract extension with the Nationals. As the small-but-enthusiastic crowd of 13,762 stood and cheered until Adam Dunn emerged from the dugout to doff his helmet, you couldn't help but think to yourself: Why on earth would the Nationals not want to…
Jul 7, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT
The Nationals, ever cautious about Stephen Strasburg’s workload, are formulating a pitching plan for the rookie right-hander that likely will result in an early-September shutdown. The Nats originally hoped to extend Strasburg through the end of the season. But after meeting the last few days to map out a plan for the season’s second half,…
Jul 7, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After last night's heroics, the Nats look to win in more conventional fashion. Did you know the Nationals' last three wins have all come in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth? You can even look it up! Thursday vs. Mets: Ryan Zimmerman's sac fly scores Willie…
Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard has put 18 men on base in his last 5 2/3 innings. There was arguably no relief pitcher in baseball more dominant over the first half of the season than Tyler Clippard. And there has arguably been no relief pitcher in baseball less effective over the…
Jul 7, 2010, 3:58 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman is mobbed at the plate following his game-winning homer. Ryan Zimmerman cringes every time the label is attached to his name. "Face of the Franchise." He's been tagged with that title practically from the moment he was drafted way back in 2005, and he's always been…
Jul 6, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg heard — and was flattered by — all the talk about his possible All-Star candidacy. In the end, though, the rookie ace didn’t believe he deserved that honor only six starts into his big-league career. “I really didn’t feel like I was qualified to make the team … based on how much experience…
Jul 6, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The surprising Padres come to scorching Nationals Park tonight. The Padres have been playing as well this season as anyone else in the National League, and as the All-Star break approaches, there's little reason to believe these guys can't sustain their level of performance and challenge for the…
Jul 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps' trade value will never be higher than it is now. Matt Capps is going to get a lot of attention for the next week, and deserves some time in the spotlight. After an incredibly difficult 2009 both professionally and personally, he has enjoyed a fantastic first…
Jul 5, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Even at his worst, Stephen Strasburg has been really good. Now that we know Stephen Strasburg won't be going to Anaheim next week for the All-Star Game — a resolution that, honestly, is probably best for everyone involved — we can get back to his development as a…
Jul 4, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats host the Mets on a gorgeous Independence Day in the District. Happy Independence Day, everyone. And what better way to celebrate than by watching a ballgame in the nation's capital? The Nationals will look to make the day really special by defeating the Mets and taking…
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