Jun 22, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT
While “Clipp and Save” are enjoying life in the spotlight tonight, their nicknames on T-shirts handed out to fans entering the ballpark, credit is due to the entire Nationals’ bullpen. While other facets of the roster have experienced ups and downs through the season’s first three months, this relief corps has remained remarkably consistent. Nats…
Jun 22, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nationals Park, shortly after a monster storm rolled through tonight. It's mostly gone unnoticed because the Nationals have lost far more games than they've won over the last month, but this club's bullpen continues to be among the best in baseball. Check out these ERAs for Washington's relievers…
Jun 22, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Craig Stammen nearly threw a no-hitter in his last start at Syracuse. John Lannan's demotion to Class AA Harrisburg yesterday leaves the Nationals searching for another starting pitcher, one they believe will give this team a better chance to win right now than Lannan did. But who will…
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…
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