Oct 3, 2015, 3:40 PM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Reds – Hughes: (LW: 27) Now Bryan Price will return as manager. Like Brad Ausmus, he was hired the same winter as Matt Williams and has had less success. 29. Phillies –…
Oct 2, 2015, 12:05 AM EDT
ATLANTA — It was Memorial Day, and Stephen Strasburg was an utter mess. He was dealing with a variety of nagging-but-seemingly-minor ailments that either knocked him out of games early or resulted in opponents scoring runs in bunches against him. Strasburg’s ERA stood at 6.55, a staggering 109th out of 110 qualifying major-league starting pitchers.…
Oct 1, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing left to play for on the team level, so attention shifts to individual performance during the season’s final week. And there has been no better individual performing better for the Nationals down the stretch than Stephen Strasburg. Distancing himself even further from his disastrous first half of the season,…
Oct 1, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Yunel Escobar was out of the Nationals’ lineup Thursday night, the fourth straight game he has missed with back spasms, but the veteran infielder appears likely to return for this weekend’s final series in New York. “He’s going to need one more [day off],” manager Matt Williams said prior to Thursday’s game. “He’s…
Oct 1, 2015, 3:42 PM EDT
ATLANTA — The forecast here tonight is lousy. It’s supposed to start raining sometime around first pitch, and once it starts it’s not supposed to stop. But they’ve apparently have sold 38,000 tickets to tonight’s game, not because 38,000 people are excited to watch the Nationals and Braves but because somebody named Sam Hunt is…
Sep 30, 2015, 11:23 PM EDT
ATLANTA — He didn’t arrive in D.C. with the hype that surrounded Stephen Strasburg. He doesn’t own a major award like Max Scherzer. He has never won 20 games like Gio Gonzalez. And he certainly didn’t display flair on and off the field like Livan Hernandez. None of that mattered, though, with Jordan Zimmermann. Simply…
Sep 30, 2015, 9:22 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals aren’t exactly putting forth their best performance in the waning days of a lost season. For the second straight night, they were shut down by a Braves pitching staff that has ranked among the league’s worst all year. Despite a bunch of golden opportunities early against Williams Perez, they…
Sep 30, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Jordan Zimmermann made his final start at Nationals Park last Friday night, an event that drew plenty of attention, in part because it didn’t end the way anyone would have liked for it to end. But the right-hander still had one more start to make in a Nationals uniform, and it will come…
Sep 30, 2015, 10:03 AM EDT
ATLANTA — The jokes were flying around the Nationals’ clubhouse Tuesday night, with teammates taking every opportunity they could to turn Trea Turner’s first career homer into an excuse to make fun of his boyish looks and physique. “For 135 pounds soaking wet, he hit that ball a long way,” Ian Desmond cracked. “He might…
Sep 29, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
ATLANTA — It was a loss, one of seven he has suffered this season, one of 77 the Nationals collectively have endured in 2015. So Tanner Roark couldn’t exactly be all smiles in the clubhouse at Turner Field after Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Braves. Roark, though, did his share of…
Sep 29, 2015, 9:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After the chaos that accompanied their final homestand of the season, the Nationals opened their final road trip Tuesday night, hoping matters would calm down and focus would return to baseball. It did, but that didn’t necessarily translate into winning baseball. A.J. Pierzynski’s two home runs off Tanner Roark proved the…
Sep 29, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
ATLANTA — It comes as no surprise at this point, but Ryan Zimmerman won’t have enough time to return from a strained oblique muscle to play before the end of the season. Sidelined for three weeks with the ailment, Zimmerman has been trying to get himself feeling well enough to return to the field before…
Sep 29, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA — And a good afternoon to you from Turner Field, where the tarp is on the field and the rain has been falling all day. The forecast does appear to improve some as the night progresses, but there’s at least a 50 percent chance of rain each of the next three days here in…
Sep 26, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Nice to see Pete Mackanin rewarded with a chance to return as manager in 2016. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Worst season in Atlanta since 1990. 28. Rockies…
Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it’s a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller is now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There’s…
Sep 18, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) The Phillies are setting records for the lowest attendance in Citizens Bank Park’s 11-year history, further proving that few sports fanbases can truly stay loyal when their…
Sep 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Shelby Miller’s bizarre season rolls on as the 24-year-old righty still hasn’t earned a win in 22 starts despite having a more-than-respectable 3.00 ERA. It’s pretty rare for a pitcher to be this snake bit (you’d think he could luck into a win here or there), but when you pitch for a…
Sep 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Rotation’s ERA since the All-Star break: 5.55. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Currently featuring nine pitchers with ERAs over 5.00. Good lord. 28. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW:…
Sep 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves are in the midst of a full-on tailspin, losing 20 out of their last 23 games. At this point, there isn’t much left to salvage other than trying to avoid an 100-loss season for the first time since 1988. But with their next seven games against the Mets and Blue…
Sep 8, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT
The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day. Major League Baseball…
Sep 6, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Some Nats fans and those in the media who follow the team on a regular basis may have looked past this weekend’s series against the Atlanta Braves, with the first-place New York Mets up next and all. But the Nationals themselves sure didn’t. They blasted the Braves again on Sunday for their third…
Sep 6, 2015, 12:13 PM EDT
With a huge series against the Mets awaiting them on Monday, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to secure a four-game sweep against the Atlanta Braves and make it five straight wins overall. The Nats are playing some of their best baseball of the 2015 season and they will hope to keep it rolling…
Sep 6, 2015, 12:36 AM EDT
There are the nights when Bryce Harper gets nothing to hit, takes his walks and leaves everything up to his teammates. And then there are the nights when Harper takes matters into his own hands and with several mighty swings of the bat authors yet another chapter to this remarkable season. With a 3-for-4 evening…
Sep 5, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Thursday night’s series opener was a blowout. Friday night’s game was a nailbiting, extra-inning thriller. Now came another blowout for the Nationals against a Braves ballclub in complete disarray. The Nationals’ bats broke out once again, this time against Shelby Miller, whose hard-luck season reached a new low when he allowed…
Sep 5, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
It’s a nice, warm Saturday here at Nationals Park, where everybody seems to have a little extra giddy-up in their step today. Must be carryover from last night’s dramatic win over the Braves. (Or perhaps Northwestern’s upset of Stanford earlier today. OK, that’s only why I have a lot of extra giddy-up in my step.)…
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