Jul 14, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman has set a high standard for himself, which affects his grade. OK, class, settle down. Time to pay attention. I've gone through all of your midterm exams and now it's time to tell you how you did. I'm pleased to report that several of you did…
Jul 13, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Angels Angel Stadium, site of tonight's All-Star Game. For all its flaws — and it has several — Major League Baseball's All-Star Game remains by far the best of the all-star competitions held in all the major sports. There's still something about the midsummer classic that makes it … well, a…
Jul 13, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT
Though their 39-50 record at the All-Star break represents a 12-game improvement from 2009, the Nationals hardly feel like they reached their full potential during the season’s first half. Has progress been made? Yes. But, as Jim Riggleman put it: “It’s kind of been a step forward and then a slow down. I won’t say…
Jul 12, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg's arrival highlighted the first half of the Nationals' season. Was the first half of the Nationals' season eventful? Is Ed "Too Tall" Jones too tall? Quite a bit has happened in NatsTown since Barack Obama threw out the first pitch on April 5, from that Opening…
Jul 11, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals stranded 13 men on base in today's loss. As much as the Nationals have tried to view this season as 162 individual games, never looking back or looking forward, it was tough for everyone to pack their bags this afternoon and not embark on the All-Star…
Jul 11, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's the final day of the season's first half at Nationals Park. And so we have come to the end of the first half of the season, a first half that included some dizzying highs (Stephen Strasburg's debut, Willie Harris' game-saving catch in New York, Adam Dunn's recent…
Jul 11, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard's ERA has more than doubled in less than three weeks. There is perhaps nothing more aggravating in baseball than a relief pitcher who can't get batters out, especially when said reliever is entrusted to protect a late lead and then implodes. By all accounts, Tyler Clippard…
Jul 11, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT
More discouraging news for Jesus Flores, whose attempted return from a major shoulder injury has suffered another setback. After experiencing shoulder pain while working out in Viera, Fla., Flores was sent to orthopedist James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Andrews had Flores undergo an MRI, which revealed no new damage, but the catcher still has been…
Jul 10, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT
When Jordan Zimmermann underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow August 19, he immediately wanted to know how long it would be before he could pitch again in the major leagues. Doctors told him the standard recovery time for that major procedure is 12-to-18 months. Zimmermann immediately established a goal for himself: Make it…
Jul 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The temperature has finally cooled off. The Nationals' bats have not. Remember when everyone was worried about the Nationals' putrid offensive output? Come on, it's not that hard to remember. It was only a week ago that this team looked incapable of scoring more than two runs a…
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