Jul 19, 2010, 1:55 AM EST
MIAMI — As I alluded to in my postgame article on CSNwashington.com, Rick Eckstein takes his team's poor offensive performances just as hard (if not more) than his players. That's certainly understandable, because this is Eckstein's livelihood. He spends every waking moment working with hitters, studying video, thinking about swings and opposing pitchers. Hitting consumes…
Jul 18, 2010, 9:56 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan reached base four times the last two days but did not score. MIAMI — Rick Eckstein can break down every at-bat by every one of his Nationals batters the last two days and point to those who did their job and were victims of bad luck…
Jul 18, 2010, 2:43 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals and Marlins meet in the series finale at Sun Life Stadium. MIAMI — A very pleasant Sunday morning to you all once again from Sun Life Stadium, where the Nationals and Marlins play the rubber game of this weekend series today. We've seen a couple of…
Jul 18, 2010, 3:28 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam Kennedy is tagged out trying to score from second on a fourth-inning error. MIAMI — Pick a moment, any moment, from tonight's 2-0 loss to the Marlins. Ian Desmond's dropped popup in the second. Adam Kennedy's out at the plate in the fourth. Ryan Zimmerman's home run-turned-foul…
Jul 17, 2010, 10:40 PM EST
MIAMI — The Nationals have been waiting for a bevy of injured pitchers to rejoin their rotation since April. At long last, they may not have to wait much longer for the reinforcements to arrive. Ross Detwiler, Scott Olsen, Jason Marquis and Jordan Zimmermann all should be within a month of returning to the majors,…
Jul 17, 2010, 7:20 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals look to make it two in a row tonight at Sun Life Stadium. MIAMI — How long had it been since the Nationals last shut out the Marlins in their home ballpark? Before last night's 4-0 victory, it previously occurred on Sept. 26, 2005, also a…
Jul 17, 2010, 4:05 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg again battled through a tough first inning, then dominated. MIAMI — Eight starts into Stephen Strasburg’s career, it’s become clear what distinguishes this rookie pitcher from just about every single one who came before. It’s not his triple-digit fastball, it’s not his knee-buckling curveball and it’s…
Jul 16, 2010, 10:20 PM EST
MIAMI — Matt Capps hasn't had much of a chance to catch his breath since departing Washington for Anaheim late Sunday afternoon. Between the cross-country flight, the All-Star Game and all its festivities, a quick trip home to Tampa and then the final jaunt to Miami to rejoin the Nationals for this weekend's series, Capps'…
Jul 16, 2010, 9:52 PM EST
MIAMI — When the Nationals optioned Luis Atilano to Class AAA Syracuse last weekend, the club made it clear the demotion would only be temporary and that the right-hander would rejoin the rotation to serve as the No. 5 starter out of the All-Star break. Atilano, though, struggled mightily in his first (and presumably only)…
Jul 16, 2010, 7:10 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sun Life Stadium, the cavernous home of the Florida Marlins. MIAMI — Good afternoon from the home of the Florida Marlins, which during the 17 years of their existence has boasted only seven different names: Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Pro Player Park, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium,…
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