Apr 4, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT
In the latest installment of "Beltway Baseball," CSNwashington.com producer Chase Hughes and I talk about Ian Desmond's struggles at the top of the lineup, Jayson Werth's hot start, the pressure on Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse to produce and the rotation's strong performance so far. And in Part 2 below, we shift the discussion to…
Apr 4, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann pitched well yesterday but was pulled after six innings. There are a handful of things the Nationals could point to as potential problem areas following their first series of the year. The lineup has produced a total of eight runs in three games and is a collective 3-for-25 with runners…
Apr 3, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa had a rough day in the field, but he wasn’t alone. The Nationals have lost plenty of games like this over the years, lopsided defeats that really turn ugly late and leave fans either booing or streaming for the exits. It would be easy to look at today’s 11-2 thrashing…
Apr 3, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann face Tim Hudson in the rubber match of this series. Few pitchers in baseball have owned the Nationals over the years like Tim Hudson, who enters today's game with a 10-2 record and 1.91 ERA in 18 career starts against this franchise. There's something about the…
Apr 2, 2011, 11:58 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Rick Ankiel drops a perfect squeeze bunt in the seventh inning. Maybe it’s a good thing the Nationals don’t have that silver Elvis wig lying around the clubhouse anymore, the one that would always go to whomever was deemed player of the game after a win last season. They would have had…
Apr 2, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT
The Nationals, as has been expected since the end of last season, are transitioning Wilson Ramos into a starting role behind the plate. Ramos is starting today against the Braves, and manager Jim Riggleman said the rookie will share the job with Ivan Rodriguez 50-50 for the immediate future, with neither designated as the No.…
Apr 2, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces Tommy Hanson today at Nationals Park. Though Jim Riggleman insisted all spring Ivan Rodriguez would be his Opening Day catcher, the Nationals manager never said Pudge would be his everyday catcher. There has been an understanding all along that Wilson Ramos would be getting a…
Apr 1, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT
Photo by Bob Youngentob / CSNwashington.com Jayson Werth’s patience at the plate has rubbed off on his new teammates. Most of the positives that have been outlined from the Nationals’ 2-0 Opening Day loss to the Braves have centered around the club’s solid pitching and defensive performance. It’s difficult to find positives out of an…
Mar 31, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT
The season was barely 15 minutes old, and plenty among the announced crowd of 39,055 at Nationals Park hadn’t even settled into their seats when the home team faced its first real test of 2011. Already trailing the Braves 1-0, the Nationals had just seen Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman produce back-to-back singles, putting runners…
Mar 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nationals Park is ready to go for Opening Day. It's cold. It's damp. It's barely fit for man or beast outside. But it looks like there will be baseball today on South Capitol Street, and what could be better than that? Actually, the forecast is much better today…
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