Mar 24, 2015, 8:43 PM EDT
One day after getting released by the Nationals, 37-year-old veteran reliever Heath Bell has decided to call it a career. The right-hander retired on Tuesday after 11 major league seasons. Bell signed a minor league deal with the Nats in late December and pitched for them in seven spring games. He allowed five runs (4…
Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT
For Mike Rizzo, Matt Williams and Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ signing of the latter to a seven-year, $210 million free agent deal in many ways brought a relationship that developed years ago full circle. Rizzo was the scouting director for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they evaluated and then drafted Scherzer with the 11th overall pick…
Jan 12, 2015, 2:09 PM EDT
2014 record: 64-98, 5th place in NL West Manager: Chip Hale, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $90 million Key additions: 3B Yasmany Tomas, SP Robbie Ray, SP Jeremy Hellickson, 2B Domingo Leyba Key losses: SP Wade Miley, C Miguel Montero, SS Didi Gregorious Projected lineup CF A.J. Pollock LF David Peralta 1B Paul Goldschmidt RF Mark Trumbo 3B Yasmany Tomas 2B Aaron Hill SS…
Dec 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT
The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reportedly are about to finalize a trade that, for most of the baseball community, is notable because it includes the guy who will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx: Didi Gregorius. For the Nationals and anyone who follows them, though, this deal is significant because of a different…
Aug 24, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT
Perhaps it hasn’t quite translated to the Nationals fanbase, or perhaps it has, but from a media perspective, it has been quite rare this season to see manager Matt Williams show much of a reaction whether his team has won or lost. He does not get too high when the Nats are winning, and even…
Aug 21, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT
This week Nationals manager Matt Williams revealed a goal for his team: win 10 straight and he’ll do his impression of Babe Ruth, an act he gained attention for in the early 1990s as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Well, now that the Nats have won 10 straight, will Williams hold up his…
Aug 21, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT
It has become an almost nightly occurrence for the Nationals to find themselves tied late in a game, whether it be the bottom of the ninth or in extra innings. Night after night after night, the Nationals have been put in position to have one pitch decide the outcome of an entire day. On Thursday…
Aug 21, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Throughout the Nationals’ recent winning streak, they have found a variety of ways to win. Some have been pretty, some have been ugly. On a soggy Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, the Nats perhaps got their ugliest win yet in what is now a 10-game winning streak, tying a team record. Now, make…
Aug 21, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT
This shouldn’t be happening, not like this. It’s not that the Nationals have won nine straight games. And it’s not that they’ve won in walk-off fashion four of the last five nights. It’s that they’ve won three of the last four nights after blowing a lead in the eighth or ninth inning. Really, who does…
Aug 20, 2014, 10:23 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In search of only the second 9-game winning streak in club history, the Nationals did plenty of things right. They got another highly effective start from Tanner Roark (seven scoreless innings), got a couple of big hits from Asdrubal Cabrera and Jayson Werth and a nice takeout slide from Bryce Harper…
Aug 20, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT
Only once in their nearly 10 seasons of existence have the Nationals rattled off at least nine straight wins (they did it in June 2005, then added one more for the even 10, establishing the club record). Tonight, they’ll try to make it nine in a row, riding the high of last night’s 8-1 thumping…
Aug 20, 2014, 10:23 AM EDT
With all the errors Ian Desmond piled up early this season, and for all the trouble he’s found keeping his batting average around or above .250, there have been many moments in 2014 where it looked like the two-time Silver Slugger was having a down year. But perhaps quietly, Desmond has put together a recent stretch that…
Aug 20, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT
There are nights when the Nationals hope Stephen Strasburg takes the mound and does something like this, and then there are nights when the Nationals need Stephen Strasburg to take the mound and do something like this. It might sound harsh to suggest a team already on a 7-game winning streak needed eight innings of…
Aug 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT
There have been only three winning streaks of at least eight games in Nationals history (a 10-gamer in June 2005, an 8-gamer in June 2011 and another 8-gamer in August 2012). So tonight, they’ll go for their fourth such streak over the last 10 seasons, trying to beat the Diamondbacks again (though perhaps not in…
Aug 19, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT
It used to cross Adam LaRoche’s mind when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, or later, and realized a home run would win the game for his team. But at some point over the last 11 years, he realized it was doing him no good to worry about it.…
Aug 18, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Riding a season-high 6-game winning streak that included a weekend sweep of the contending Pirates, the Nationals opened a 4-game series against the non-contending Diamondbacks feeling mighty good about themselves. What they didn’t expect was a real battle against unknown Arizona left-hander Vidal Nuno, who went toe-to-toe with Jordan Zimmermann, and…
Aug 18, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT
Their season-opening Nos. 1 and 2 starters have struggled. Their young phenom outfielder hasn’t quite put it all together yet. Their face-of-the-franchise third baseman has missed most of the season due to injury. And their closer inspires confidence in few right now. … Yet the Nationals, owners of the best record in the NL, tonight…
May 14, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In the finale of what became a frustrating West Coast trip, the Nationals once again struggled to produce at the plate with a makeshift lineup. But they had a highly effective Doug Fister on the mound for them, and because of him, they gave themselves a chance to beat the Diamondbacks.…
May 14, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT
A frustrating road trip for the Nationals ends today in Phoenix with a matinee against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Nats got swept in Oakland and have split the first two games of this series, so even a win today would send them home only 2-4 on the trip. A loss would leave them…
May 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Some ballgames are loaded with twists and turns and enough key decisions to leave armchair managers second-guessing for days. And then there are ballgames like the one played last night at Chase Field, a 3-1 Diamondbacks win over the Nationals that was about as clear-cut as they get. If you missed it, here’s the Cliff…
May 13, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT
The Nationals certainly are capable of coming from behind to win games; they’ve already done it 11 times this season. Which means they’ve only taken a lead and held it through an entire game nine times. In order to add to the total of the second category, they need to start scoring early runs and…
May 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
If you weren’t able to stay awake through the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks late last night … well, you can be excused. It’s tough to ask anyone to stay up well past midnight for a mid-May ballgame out west. You’re in luck, though, because your humble beat reporter is paid…
May 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT
After a brutal weekend in Oakland, the Nationals limp into Phoenix to face a Diamondbacks club that surprisingly has been among the majors’ worst so far this season (though Arizona has won seven of its last 10 to right the ship somewhat). Matt Williams, who played and coached for the D’backs and who lives in…
Jan 6, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2013 record: 81-81, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Kirk Gibson, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: 1B Mark Trumbo, CL Addison Reed, RP Brad Ziegler Key losses: SP Tyler Skaggs, RP Heath Bell, SP Daniel Hudson Projected lineup CF Gerardo Parra 2B Aaron Hill 1B Paul Goldschmidt C Miguel Montero LF Mark Trumbo 3B…
Nov 9, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT
At Matt Williams’ introductory press conference at Nationals Park, three Nats players decided to show up to meet their new manager. Ian Desmond, Tanner Roark and Jayson Werth were all in attendance, ready to move forward with their new skipper. But though Werth and Williams met each other for the first time that day, it…
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