Jul 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
For the last week, Matt Williams has faced a nightly lineup decision, the crux of which has boiled down to the question of who would start at third base. For the next two nights, Williams will face another lineup decision. This time, though, the Nationals manager has another position to consider: designated hitter. With the…
Jul 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
A Nationals club that boasts the NL’s fourth-best record but fewer dominant performances by individuals so far this season received only one All-Star selection Sunday evening: right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. There’s still a chance of more Washington representation at Minnesota’s Target Field on July 15, with infielder Anthony Rendon one of five candidates in the NL’s…
Jul 2, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-2 Team slash: .229/.304/.358 Team ERA: 3.43 Runs per game: 4.83 STOCK UP Gio Gonzalez, SP: 1-0 / 7.0 IP/ 0.00 ERA It might be too early to make any grand proclamations, but perhaps we’re in the midst of witnessing a midseason rebound for Gonzalez. He…
Jun 30, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Harper’s return - It’s been over two months since Bryce Harper last took the field with the Nationals, but his long recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb is just about over. Barring something unforeseen, Harper is expected to be in the Nats’ lineup to face the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Harper…
Jun 29, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
CHICAGO — The optimist will look at the fact the Nationals are tied for first place, with the best pitching staff in baseball, sporting a +39 run differential despite the fact they had their full, Opening Day lineup together for all of seven innings … on Opening Day. The pessimist will look at the fact…
Jun 29, 2014, 12:33 AM EDT
CHICAGO — Forget who you’re playing or what the circumstances suggest, a doubleheader sweep is no sure thing. Now play that doubleheader at the end of a 7-game road trip, in sweltering humidity interrupted only by a 55-minute downpour, needing to win both ends of the twinbill to salvage a series split and maintain your…
Jun 26, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .211/.272/.219 Team ERA: 2.85 Runs per game: 2.85 STOCK UP Tanner Roark, SP: 1-0/5.1 IP/1.69 ERA Roark showed great moxie during his start in the weekend series against the Braves, limiting them to just one earned run in 5.1 innings and earned the…
Jun 22, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a season of 162 games, it’s not often a team experiences ups and downs as dramatic as the Nats have over the last four days. Entering their four-game series with the rival Braves, the Nationals lost their first two in frustrating fashion, briefly losing their grip on first place in the…
Jun 19, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT
It’s one thing to consistently lose to a good team. It’s quite another to consistently get beaten up at a rate that suggests there is a vast talent difference between the two clubs, which nobody believes is the case when the Nationals play the Braves. But the numbers don’t lie, and the numbers at this…
Jun 12, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT
The Nationals traveled to San Francisco this week looking to challenge the Giants and their best record in baseball, but so far through three games it’s been Washington who has looked like the better team. On Wednesday night they again beat the Giants in convincing fashion, controlling the game from start to finish. Tanner Roark outpitched Matt…
Jun 5, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT
When it comes to this juncture of the 2014 season, the Nationals sure have good timing. Just days before they embark on a 10-game road trip mostly on the West Coast, they’ve put together their best stretch of baseball so far this year. Five wins in six games, all five as convincing as victories come.…
Jun 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT
The Nationals activated Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Zimmerman is in the starting lineup at left field as the Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a three-game series. Once a Gold Glove third baseman, Zimmerman will be playing in…
Jun 1, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT
The excellence of Yu Darvish is not something many fans – or baseball players for that matter – in Washington, D.C. have been able to appreciate in his two-plus seasons in the majors. Darvish plays in the American League in a division out west where many of the games don’t even start until after 10…
May 31, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT
Doug Fister’s tenure with the Washington Nationals by no means started off on the right foot. He was injured in spring training and didn’t debut until May 9 in a trainwreck of a start out in Oakland. Since, however, Fister has battled through an inconsistent month overall for his team to put in four consecutive…
May 29, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 1-5 Team slash: .223/.321/.318 Team ERA: 3.39 Runs per game: 3.16 STOCK UP Wilson Ramos, C: .364 AVG/.391 OBP/.545 SLG Simply put, it was a brutal week for the Nationals. They lost five of their last six games, so it was a…
May 29, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT
After the Nationals’ sixth loss in their last seven games - this an 8-5 defeat against the Marlins in 10 innings - one all too familiar stat jumped out of the boxscore. The Nats’ inability to bring home runners in scoring position has been a problem all season, and it once again proved costly on Wednesday night. Eleven…
May 27, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT
Top storylines: Espinosa continues to struggle - Much of the reason the Nationals have been so bad offensively in May has been due to injuries. Missing Adam LaRoche, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper is enough to make any team start struggling at the plate. But adding to their troubles have been players slumping who were initially…
May 27, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT
After getting Adam LaRoche back from a quad injury on Sunday, the Nationals are getting increasingly close to full strength. Though Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t have a specific timeline to return, he will begin swinging a bat on Tuesday. Once he takes the field again – as long as no one else goes down in the…
May 26, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Marlins entered Nationals Park on Monday with the worst road record in the majors, and Tanner Roark took the mound for Washington with a 0.78 ERA across 46 innings at home. Though those numbers would suggest a favorable matchup for the Nats, their Memorial Day bout with Miami didn’t go quite…
May 25, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH — There are pitchers who will openly say they take the mound with a little extra emotion and motivation when their club is in the midst of a losing streak and desperately needs to put an end to it. Some guys relish the idea of being their team’s stopper. Doug Fister, though, doesn’t buy…
May 25, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT
PITTSBURGH — You may want to avert your eyes for a moment, but I feel compelled to share this fact: If the Nationals lose today, they would suffer their first four-game sweep since July 2009 against the Cubs, their first four-game road sweep since August 2008 in Milwaukee. Yikes. But enough with the negative news.…
May 24, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH — Adam LaRoche walked into the visitors clubhouse at PNC Park this afternoon, found a locker waiting with his equipment and uniform already in place and made it clear he will be in the Nationals’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the the Pirates. “Yeah,” he said. “Otherwise I wouldn’t be here.” Having emerged…
May 22, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT
After tying a Nationals’ record with a perfect 5-for-5 game on Tuesday night, center fielder Denard Span picked up right where he left off against the Reds on Wednesday. Span took the second pitch from Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon over the right field fence for his first home run of the season. Six plate appearances…
May 21, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams gave several injury updates before Wednesday’s game against the Reds, most notably the team’s plans for Adam LaRoche to complete a minor league rehab assignment this week before his return. LaRoche ran the bases on Wednesday and will have his strained right quad evaluated by the team’s training staff before his…
May 20, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT
The latest X-ray of Ryan Zimmerman’s right thumb showed the fracture that has sidelined him more than five weeks has not fully healed, preventing the Nationals third baseman from being able to start hitting and delaying his eventual return from the disabled list. Zimmerman, out since fracturing the thumb on an April 12 pickoff play…
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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