Sep 9, 2014, 3:22 PM EST
In a sense, the only thing the Nationals really needed to do this week was beat the Braves once. They did that last night, so if you want to look at it this way, anything they do now is gravy. Matt Williams and Co., of course, don’t think of things that way, so don’t expect…
Sep 9, 2014, 1:06 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES With just 18 games left on the schedule, the time is now for Atlanta to make a late-season push to get to the playoffs. Hopes of winning a division title for the second straight year are rapidly fading with the Nationals leading the NL East by eight games, but the wild card is…
Sep 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
Matt Williams said before Monday’s game he wouldn’t manage late-inning situations any differently despite a bullpen in flux, extra options due to September roster expansion and the night’s opponent being the Atlanta Braves. But then the game unfolded and, with a two-run lead entering the eighth inning, the circumstances called for a little creativity. Up 2-0…
Sep 9, 2014, 12:27 AM EST
Matt Williams popped out of the dugout and walked toward the mound, which could only mean one thing as far as the crowd of 25,448 was concerned. Doug Fister’s night was done with two outs in the seventh, and the Nationals’ bullpen was going to need to finish off this victory over the Braves. Fans…
Sep 8, 2014, 9:45 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: You want tense, September pennant-race drama against a division rival? You got it tonight when the Nationals and Braves opened a big, 3-game series that will go a long way toward either moving the Nats a step closer to the NL East title or allow Atlanta to sneak its way back…
Sep 8, 2014, 3:04 PM EST
So it begins: with just 21 games left on their regular season schedule, the Nationals will kick off a stretch where they play six of their next 10 against the second-place Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Seven games separate the two, giving the Nationals a big opportunity to put their rivals down for good. Doug…
Sep 8, 2014, 12:45 PM EST
Top storylines: Braves in town - The Nationals have 21 games remaining and a seven-game lead in the NL East, but six of their next 10 will come against the Atlanta Braves. If the Braves have any prayer whatsoever of getting back in this thing, their run has to begin on Monday night when they start…
Sep 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Cole Hamels said it Sunday afternoon after taking a loss to the Nationals. “If they maintain the way they are playing right now,” the Phillies ace said, “they are going to be walking in a parade somewhere.” Strong words from a rival player, but one who has seen the Nationals enough this season (and especially…
Sep 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
And so the home stretch is upon us, the final sprint to the finish line for the Nationals, who spent most of the first half of the season hanging near the front of the pack but over the last month have burst out to take a big lead coming around the turn. (Sorry for all…
Sep 2, 2014, 1:07 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves enter the regular season’s final month very much alive for a chance to play October baseball. Despite the early season injuries, the inconsistency, the losing streaks and all the other turmoil, they’ve weathered the storm with a solid late-August run to keep themselves afloat. After a 4-3 week that included back-to-back…
Aug 26, 2014, 1:33 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES With the way the Nationals have played the last two weeks, it’s pretty established they’re the cream of the NL East crop. Trailing Washington by 7.5 games, hopes of a division title seem slim if you’re the Braves. However, Atlanta is still in pretty good position for a wild card berth, sitting just…
Aug 19, 2014, 1:30 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES The good news for the Braves is that, after suffering through a brutal stretch, they’ve managed to rebound nicely by winning four straight games that included a sweep of the MLB-best Oakland Athletics. The bad news? The Nationals, the team they’re chasing in the division, have been scorching-hot and have won seven in…
Aug 15, 2014, 11:28 AM EST
Though the Atlanta Braves have somehow figured out the formula to dominate the Nats in head-to-head matchups, lately they’ve had much bigger things to worry about. Since beginning the season 17-7, Atlanta is 44-53 in the time since. As Mark Zuckerman noted on Thursday, only the Phillies and Rockies have been worse among NL teams.…
Aug 14, 2014, 11:00 AM EST
This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured three different guests for the very first time. The first was Nats outfielder Michael Taylor, the second was Kevin McAlpin from the Braves radio network and the third was WTOP’s Ben Raby. Taylor talked with Tim Murray about his memorable debut on Tuesday night in an…
Aug 12, 2014, 1:20 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES After coming off a disastrous road trip in which they lost all eight games they played, the Braves briefly staved off more disappointment with a series win against the Nationals over the weekend. But one series win doesn’t mean they’re all of a sudden out of the woods — not even close. Atlanta…
Aug 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EST
Top storylines: Pennant race should heat up - Though it was technically an early-August series between the Nationals and Braves, this past weekend sure felt like the beginning of the pennant race. There are seven weeks left in the 2014 season, the Nats have 46 games remaining while the Braves have 45. By the end of the…
Aug 11, 2014, 10:09 AM EST
ATLANTA — In the wake of yet another series loss at Turner Field, it’s easy to look at the Nationals and declare that they squandered an opportunity to step on the reeling Braves’ throats and create some major distance between themselves and their NL East rivals. And, to be sure, the Nats would have loved…
Aug 11, 2014, 1:16 AM EST
ATLANTA — He had been alternately dominant and maddening, striking out some batters at will yet unable to put away others, fighting for his life to get through the fifth inning with only one run on the scoreboard despite a massively high pitch count. And when he got Jason Heyward to tap a grounder to…
Aug 10, 2014, 11:16 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of their marathon, rain-delayed, 11-inning win early Sunday morning, the Nationals were grateful for a nationally televised Sunday night appearance at Turner Field. But they showed up a bit sluggish, especially at the plate against a very tough young Braves left-hander. Alex Wood dominated the Nationals’ lineup, allowing…
Aug 10, 2014, 8:00 PM EST
ATLANTA — Jayson Werth returned to the Nationals’ lineup Sunday night, but the veteran right fielder will be trying to play through an inflammation in the AC joint of his right shoulder that has bothered him more than a week. Werth was unable to start either of the first two games of the Nationals’ series…
Aug 10, 2014, 7:01 PM EST
ATLANTA — The Nationals, as expected, promoted Michael Taylor from Class AAA on Sunday, clearing a roster spot for their top outfield prospect by placing Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder contusion. Taylor was summoned by the Nationals on Saturday evening, pulled from Syracuse’s starting lineup at the last…
Aug 10, 2014, 5:21 PM EST
ATLANTA — Hello once again from Turner Field. Feels like I just left this place. Oh wait, I did! Thank god the Nationals and Braves are on Sunday Night Baseball, though, which afforded everybody the opportunity to sleep in this morning after last night’s rain-delayed, 11-inning affair that ended at 2:29 a.m. There will be…
Aug 10, 2014, 1:31 PM EST
ATLANTA — As if they didn’t have enough to worry about following a 4-1, 11-inning loss that ended at 2:29 a.m. and left them closer to fourth place than first place in the NL East, the Braves now are upset at Bryce Harper for smudging the dirt “A” logo they place behind home plate at…
Aug 10, 2014, 3:46 AM EST
ATLANTA — The digital clock at Turner Field read 2:29 a.m., and the impressive remaining number of the 36,832 fans who were in the park way back when this game was originally supposed to start made their way to the exits, exhausted and disgusted. Behind the third base dugout, though, were a handful of Nationals…
Aug 10, 2014, 2:29 AM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They were all set to play at Turner Field on Friday night. Pitchers warmed up. Players stretched. They sang the national anthem. And then at 7:03 p.m., 7 minutes before scheduled first pitch, they rolled out the tarp in anticipation of heavy rain which arrived a few minutes later. Little did…
ON THE RADIO
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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