Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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…
Jul 4, 2010, 4:42 PM EST
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Capps, dumped by the Pirates in December, is now an All-Star with the Nats. [UPDATED AT 5:57 P.M.] Matt Capps arrived in Washington in December determined to prove the Pittsburgh Pirates made a collosal mistake by not tendering him a contract. On Sunday, he solidified that case…
Jul 4, 2010, 2:10 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ivan Rodriguez’s game-winning single set off a wild celebration. Stephen Strasburg has been the center of attention inside the Nationals’ clubhouse from the moment he arrived, and deservedly so. The rookie right-hander has accomplished more in his first four weeks in the big leagues than just about any…
Jul 3, 2010, 11:18 PM EST
Jordan Zimmermann's first start in nearly a year was a relative success. Pitching for Class A Potomac this evening, the right-hander tossed two scoreless innings against Wilmington. Zimmermann, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August to replace a torn elbow ligament, allowed two hits and did not walk or strike out a batter. He finished…
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