May 8, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER It's a beautiful, but windy, day as the Nationals host the Marlins. If not for the fierce wind blowing from left to right field (gusts could approach 40 mph today) this would be a perfect afternoon for baseball. How that wind affects this game remains to be seen.…
May 8, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT
Today should have been John Lannan's day to pitch. It was his turn in the rotation. Of course, Lannan is not starting today against the Marlins because of a swollen left elbow. Matt Chico gets the nod instead. Lannan, though, is doing his best to act today like he is pitching. He did all his…
May 8, 2010, 3:45 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman's sixth-inning homer wasn't enough to carry the Nats tonight. Steve McCatty sighed as he pondered the state of the Nationals bullpen, one that features two dominant (and overworked) right-handers in Matt Capps and Tyler Clippard … and no one else reliable enough to be counted on…
May 8, 2010, 2:44 AM EDT
Needing to clear space on the roster for Matt Chico, who will start tomorrow’s game against the Marlins, the Nationals optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell to Class AAA Syracuse. Maxwell, who has spent the better part of the last two seasons bouncing back and forth between Syracuse and Washington, hit just .154 (4-for-26) with one homer…
May 7, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT
The Nationals don’t intend to announce tomorrow’s starting pitcher until tomorrow morning because they need to make a corresponding roster move. But manager Jim Riggleman said he would let Marlins skipper Fredi Gonzalez know in advance as a courtesy. And the Marlins’ game notes currently list Matt Chico as tomorrow’s starter. Infer from that as…
May 7, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Zimmerman and the Nats hope to fare better against the Marlins this weekend. The above photo has nothing to do with tonight's game. I took it last night during the Nats-Braves game. I've been trying for weeks to get a good shot of a guy trying to…
May 7, 2010, 4:26 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Willie Harris gets mobbed by teammates after his game-winning single. Not that Willie Harris isn't always motivated to win a ballgame, but when Scott Olsen nearly throws a no-hitter and then nearly watches it all go down the drain, the motivation to come through in the clutch ramps…
May 7, 2010, 3:39 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Scott Olsen’s brilliant performance tonight was the latest in a string of them. It’s amazing to think back now to late-March, when Scott Olsen looked like a prime candidate to be released. To that point, the left-hander had given no indication he was going to make a full…
May 6, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT
Since I was kind of critical of Adam Dunn in that earlier posting about his ninth-inning strikeout last night (in which he watched five straight pitches from Kris Medlen pass him by without ever swinging) it was only fair that I gave Dunn a chance to explain his thinking in that at-bat. What follows is…
May 6, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to earn a series victory over the Braves tonight. Perhaps the Nationals' best trait this young season has been their ability to avoid any kind of lengthy slumps. They've still yet to lose three games in a row. They've also managed to lose only three…
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NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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