Jun 24, 2010, 6:10 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER At best, Stephen Strasburg will be 4-1 when All-Star rosters are announced. It was probably sometime in the first hour following Stephen Strasburg's second career start that I received my first email from someone wondering whether there was any chance the rookie could make the National League All-Star…
Jun 24, 2010, 5:13 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond has cooled off dramatically at the plate in the last month. The Nationals' 1-0 loss to the Royals — an excruciating affair played under sweltering conditions — seemed to leave everyone in a sour mood. The crowd of 31,913, which included more than a few booing…
Jun 24, 2010, 1:27 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg had to pitch with men on base all afternoon. By the ridiculously lofty standards he’s established for himself over the last three weeks, Stephen Strasburg’s fourth career start today ranked as a disappointment. The Nationals phenom allowed nine hits over six innings to the unheralded Royals…
Jun 23, 2010, 5:14 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg will battle the Royals and the heat this afternoon. It's an absolute scorcher today, with temperatures in the mid-90s and the heat index approaching 100. Good thing Stephen Strasburg will be here to provide a nice, cool breeze with each fastball he fires up at the…
Jun 23, 2010, 4:17 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Luis Atilano earned his sixth win with 5 1/3 strong innings. Opportunities to sweep an opposing team shouldn't be wasted. Opportunities to sweep an opposing team behind the greatest pitching prospect in a generation simply can't be wasted. The Nationals will take the field at steamy Nationals Park…
Jun 22, 2010, 11:55 PM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
[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…
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