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  1. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals look dominant

    Jun 26, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jun 24, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (right) is greeted by first baseman Mark Reynolds (left) after Heywood hit a three run homer during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    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) Philly has the worst offense in baseball and has a certain pitcher with two different colored eyes up next. Good luck! 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29)…

  2. Fister continues amazing stretch for Nats rotation

    Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…

  3. Nats 7, Braves 0: Fister cruises to secure sweep

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…

  4. Harper, Rendon get the day off

    Jun 25, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jun 11, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Anthony Rendon (6) watch a hit by Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (not pictured) drop between them in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals gave stars Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon the day off on Thursday as they prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves in their series finale. Both players are dealing with minor injuries with the team about to embark on a six-game road trip. Harper felt a cramp in his right leg during the…

  5. Zimmermann keeps Nats rotation on a roll

    Jun 25, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    You can believe in the idea of momentum and feeding off teammates’ performances or not. Just recognize this: Jordan Zimmermann took the mound for the top of the first Wednesday night knowing full well what the four previous men who did the same for the Nationals had accomplished. Joe Ross, after allowing one run in…

  6. Slumping and with a heavy heart, Desmond comes up big

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…

  7. Nats 2, Braves 1 (11): Desmond saves day with sac fly

    Jun 24, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was just something about this matchup — Jordan Zimmermann vs. Shelby Miller — that seemed to foretell a compelling pitchers’ duel at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. Sure enough, a boisterous crowd of 36,141 was treated to a humdinger of a ballgame, with the two right-handers posting matching zeroes into…

  8. Game 72: Braves at Nats

    Jun 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    What kind of a roll is the Nationals’ rotation on? Well, that group collectively has tossed 26 consecutive scoreless innings over four games now. Not surprisingly, the Nats are 4-0 in those games. We’ve seen Joe Ross, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg all dominate. Now it’s Jordan Zimmermann’s turn to try to keep…

  9. Span and Rendon set the tone again

    Jun 24, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) celebrates with center fielder Denard Span (2)
after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers  at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    For much of the 2014 season, while injuries took their toll on the rest of the Nationals lineup, it was the combination of Denard Span and Anthony Rendon that led the way. Both players earned NL MVP votes as arguably the best one-two punch at the top of the order in baseball. Span led the…

  10. Strasburg healthy, confident after impressive return to Nats

    Jun 24, 2015, 2:17 AM EDT

    AP

    If the first step toward solving a problem is admitting you have a problem, Stephen Strasburg crossed an important bridge at some point during his 24-day stint on the disabled list. “Sometimes you’ve just got to take a step back to realize how bad it was,” the right-hander said. “Once I did, I was able…

  11. Nats 3, Braves 1: Strasburg sharp in return from DL

    Jun 24, 2015, 12:09 AM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Stephen Strasburg took the mound for the first time in 25 days, fresh off a DL stint that was as much about getting himself right mechanically as it was getting himself right physically, and quickly reminded everyone just how good he can be. Strasburg, after waiting out a 2-hour, 12-minute rain…

  12. Game 71: Braves at Nats

    Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper. Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players…

  13. Around the NL East: Mets losing skid drops them out of first

    Jun 23, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) leaves the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Mets 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES Fresh off a sweep of the Mets, the Braves head to D.C. this week just two games back of the Nationals. They’ve managed to avoid long dry spells, but haven’t exactly gone on a sustained run of winning, either. So if they want to make a legitimate push, taking care of business on…

  14. State of the Nats: Heating up

    Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jun 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: Strasburg likely to return this week – The Nationals won’t say it, but all signs point to Stephen Strasburg making his return from the disabled list this week against the Atlanta Braves, likely on Tuesday. Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper both mentioned Strasburg’s return after Sunday’s game, but the Nats said they do not plan to confirm…

  15. MLB Power Rankings: Nats, Giants are slipping

    Jun 19, 2015, 11:42 AM EDT

    Jun 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco Giants designated hitter Buster Posey (28) and center fielder Angel Pagan (16) return to the dugout after each scored a run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    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) They can’t even use their bullpen phone properly. What else is there to say? 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Here’s hoping Uecker is OK after suffering concussion. 28.…

  16. Around the NL East: Tough times in Philly

    Jun 18, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams, left, wipes sweat from his face as he speaks with teammates and pitching coach Bob McClure in the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Baltimore. Williams gave up six runs before he left the game with an injury in the first inning. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves continue to hover around the .500 mark as they sit comfortably in third place in the division, which is about where most pundits had them before the season started. The trio of starting pitchers Alex Wood, Shelby Miller and Williams Perez are all developing at a pretty steady rate, which is…

  17. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Mariners continue to fall

    Jun 12, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) follows through on his swing for a single during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

    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: 29) Finally, finally the Phillies look like they will trade Jonathan Papelbon. All kidding aside, he’s going to be a huge acquisition if a contender gets him.…

  18. Around the NL East: Help on the way for first-place Mets

    Jun 9, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Apr 21, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) with his hand wrapped in dugout before the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves’ have dropped five out of their last six games, and once again the bullpen continues to be the main culprit. Over the past 14 games, Atlanta relievers have a 7.62 ERA, a stretch that has made their season ERA of 4.90 the highest in baseball. So once again Nationals fans, it could…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates, Rangers moving up

    Jun 5, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) and right fielder Gregory Polanco (25) celebrate after the win against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Over their last 90 games (dating to Aug. 20, 2014), they’re 29-61. That’s not very good. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) Only one player with OPS+ over 100:…

  20. Around the NL East: Will the Mets’ six-man rotation work?

    Jun 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of baseball game Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    ATLANTA BRAVES If Nationals fans thought their team’s bullpen had issues, take a look at what’s going on with the Braves these days. In a recent 10-game road trip, Atlanta relievers allowed 22 earned runs in 22 innings of work, with the most egregious effort coming Wednesday night after a 6-0 Braves lead turned into…

  21. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Twins are early season surprises

    May 29, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (right) high fives catcher Jason Castro (left) after scoring a run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29) After looking like a playoff team at times last year, the Brewers look headed towards a lengthy rebuild right now. 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 30) I can’t imagine…

  22. Around the NL East: Another week of drama for the Marlins

    May 27, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT

    May 26, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings (26) looks on from the dugout before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The retooling Braves continue to tinker with their roster, as the team is reportedly about to send infielder Alberto Callaspo and pitchers Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for veteran third baseman Juan Uribe and reliever Chris Withrow. Callaspo’s departure makes sense, as he had…

  23. MLB Power Rankings: Marlins falling, Phillies rising

    May 22, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT

    May 15, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Braves won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 18) Name one reason why anyone should trust Loria/Samson on anything. You can’t. 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Starting rotation (4.80 ERA, 1.374 WHIP) is killing them.…

  24. Offense has Nats standing out in NL East

    May 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    May 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) and third baseman Yunel Escobar (5) celebrates with second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) after they scored during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    With the Nationals returning home having gone 5-2 on their West Coast road trip with just a half-game deficit in the NL East to make up, it seems like a good time to take stock of where they stand in the division heading into an off-day with the New York Yankees up next. Some may…

  25. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals standing out

    May 15, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT

    May 14, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 30) Scooter Gennett looked like a future All-Star last season, his first full year in the bigs. He’s been awful so far in 2015. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW:…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

WLGB
NEW YORK7158
WASHINGTON65635.5
ATLANTA547517.0
MIAMI527819.5
PHILADELPHIA527819.5
*Through Saturday's games

NL WILD CARD STANDINGS

WLGB
PITTSBURGH7949+6.0
CHICAGO7355
SAN FRANCISCO69604.5
WASHINGTON65638.0
*Through Saturday's games

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