Jul 29, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES With the Braves just a half-game out of first place, are they considering making a big splash at the July 31st trade deadline to put them over the top? Well, according to the latest rumor mill, don’t expect Atlanta to be anything other than thrifty. It appears the team’s primary focus is upgrading the…
Jul 22, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Things are still as tight as ever atop this division, with the Braves tussling with the Nationals for first place. For the moment, Washington has pulled ahead of Atlanta in the standings by one game. But with the way things have been going between these two teams, you know things are always subject…
Jul 15, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES At the All-Star Break, this division’s starting to shake out the way most expected it to — with the Braves battling the Nationals down the stretch for the NL East crown. After a nine-game win streak briefly vaulted Atlanta into first place, Washington came right back and both teams enter the break tied…
Jul 1, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, the Braves looked like they were in a middle of a midseason tailspin, enduring a tough June stretch that saw them relinquish their division lead to the Nationals. But after winning six out of the last seven games — the best mark in the…
Jun 29, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: 1. Athletics (LW: 1) — Roney: Sean Doolittle is the latest Baseball’s Unhittable Closer. Still wondering why Beane went out and got Jim Johnson. 2. Brewers (LW: 3) — Hughes: They can certainly hit, but it might be…
Jun 24, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Much to the delight of local fans, the Braves are in the middle of a tough stretch. They went 2-4 against division rivals Philadelphia and Washington this past week, dropping them down to second place in the division. After losing eight out of the last 12 games, you wonder if the wheels are…
Jun 22, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT
Winning two games out of a four-game set technically goes down as a split, as both teams leave the park without a series win. But for the Nationals to take two against the Braves this weekend, given the recent history between the two, this one sure feels different for Washington. Before Thursday’s series opener, the Nationals…
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 22, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT
Since his return from a broken right thumb on June 3, Ryan Zimmerman has produced a bit of a mixed bag on offense. At first, he adjusted well with two doubles in his first game back. But then he fell into a slump and, until Saturday night, was hitting just .197 with a .552 OPS…
Jun 22, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT
After a brilliant and much-needed performance by Doug Fister on Saturday night, today the Nationals have a shot at splitting their four-game series with the Braves. In order to do that, however, they’ll likely need another very good outing from their starting pitcher. Today Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85) will be handed that task. Roark has…
Jun 22, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT
As he walked off the mound and back toward the dugout following his 117th pitch of the night, not a single one of them having led to an Atlanta Brave crossing the plate, Doug Fister finally let himself move out of the moment and consider the bigger picture. There may be no member of the…
Jun 21, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After heartache last night, would this finally be the night the Nationals would get past that oh-so-pesky roadblock known better as the Atlanta Braves? In a word, yes. Doug Fister was brilliant, tossing eight scoreless innings in a big-time start by the big right-hander. And the Nationals lineup delivered three clutch…
Jun 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT
There are perhaps two ways to look at last night’s game from the Nationals’ perspective. On one hand, they lost to the Braves, yet again, perhaps in a fashion more excruciating than any previous loss to Atlanta this year. On the other hand, they staged a fairly epic rally in the bottom of the ninth…
Jun 21, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: 1. Oakland Athletics (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: In a season of vast parity, they stand out right now as one of the only elite teams in the sport. 2. San Francisco Giants (LW: 2) – Zuckerman: They’ve been in a…
Jun 21, 2014, 1:20 AM EDT
As the ball went screaming off Anthony Rendon’s bat and soared toward the bullpen in deep left-center field, anything seemed possible, from the Nationals’ standpoint, for the first time in a long time. What’s that about this team’s mental hurdle trying to beat the Braves? How about a game-tying, 2-out, bottom-of-the-ninth homer off Craig Kimbrel…
Jun 20, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How do you put an end to a dominant streak by one club over yours, one that may have gotten into to your heads? How about a stunning, bottom-of-the-ninth rally against the best closer in the game? Unfortunately, that only works if you then finish things off with the winning run in…
Jun 20, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT
There’s really not much else to say about the Nationals and the Braves. You know the drill by now. All we can do at this point is wait and see what tonight’s game brings in this lopsided rivalry. Stephen Strasburg has the ball, and he’s been very good lately (2.15 ERA over his last 10…
Jun 20, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT
Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd – an Annapolis, Md. native – was cruising through his start against the Nationals on Thursday night, enjoying his best outing of the season. The 31-year-old was facing Jayson Werth in the first at-bat of the bottom of the seventh inning, having already thrown six scoreless frames with two hits allowed…
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 19, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If the Nationals hoped to open a big, 4-game series against the Braves on the right foot and begin to put to rest any questions about their ability to beat their NL East rivals, this wasn’t particularly the way to do it. The Nats were shut out by Gavin Floyd, until…
Jun 19, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT
It’s been two long months since the Nationals and Braves squared off, as they each played six of their first 12 games of the season against each other. Now they go at it in a midseason, four-game series that could vault either team into a commanding lead in the National League East. Jordan Zimmermann (5-3, 2.98) will…
Jun 19, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT
They weathered an up-and-down first two months to the season, treading water while a host of key players overcame injuries, and have since gone on their first sustained run of the year, winning 12 of 18 and taking over first place in the NL East. And now, the Nationals really find out where they stand…
Jun 17, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves continue to tread water as division leaders, regaining the top spot after wrestling back the lead from the Nationals despite a 3-4 week. They head into Tuesday night’s slate of games with a half game lead over Washington while also being just a game in front of Miami. As we head…
Jun 13, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: 1. Oakland Athletics (LW: 2) – Hughes: The Athletics host the Orioles right after the All-Star break. I’m sure their fans will be happy to see Manny Machado. 2. San Francisco Giants (LW: 1) – Hughes: They may…
Jun 10, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES It was only a matter of time before the Braves’ inconsistent play caught up with them. We mentioned in this space over the last few weeks that if Atlanta did not take advantage of a mediocre division, that at least one the teams chasing them would eventually close the gap. That finally happened this…
NL EAST STANDINGS
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets 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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