Sep 15, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Atlanta knowing they were on the verge of the NL East title. All they needed to do was exorcise one last demon: A Braves club that has been in a tailspin for the last month. For those who have watched this team stumble and bumble its way…
Sep 15, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman participated in a full workout Monday at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, and the injured third baseman now will begin playing in simulated games in anticipation of returning from a major hamstring strain for the final week of the regular season. Zimmerman is slated to play three innings at…
Sep 15, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where the Nationals hope to be celebrating something special before they leave town late Wednesday night. They’ll need to take 2 of 3 from the reeling Braves — as MLB.com’s Mark Bowman figured out, Atlanta is only 1/2-game better than Houston since April 29 — to clinch the NL…
Sep 15, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT
Top storylines: Magic number is at 4 – Thanks to a successful weekend in New York for the Nationals and a Texas Rangers’ sweep of the Braves, the Nats have a very good chance to clinch the NL East in Atlanta this week. The magic number is at 4, meaning they would secure the division with…
Sep 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
It seemed like a long shot at best, clinching the NL East title in Atlanta on the turf of the club that wore last year’s division crown and has been a thorn in the side of this franchise for some time. Yet here the Nationals find themselves, opening a 3-game series at Turner Field tonight,…
Sep 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT
Five days after getting temporarily removed from his job as closer, and two days after throwing a bullpen to tweak his mechanics, Rafael Soriano appeared in the Nats’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday in a low-leverage situation to continue searching for a fix. It was the top of the eighth inning and it…
Sep 10, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT
Say this for Matt Williams: His never-look-back, never-look-ahead mantra has permeated through the entire Nationals clubhouse in his first season as manager. Williams has refused throughout to discuss much of anything involving events or decisions that come on future dates, and his players have picked up on it along the way, never letting themselves get…
Sep 10, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s not often the Nationals find themselves with an opportunity to sweep the Braves. They hadn’t actually pulled that feat off since 2012, not at home since 2008. They still haven’t done it after a fairly lifeless performance this afternoon in the series finale against their division rivals. With Ian Desmond…
Sep 10, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT
With their series against the Braves in hand, and an 11-game road trip up ahead, the Nationals are resting both Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond on Wednesday with minor ailments. Rendon has flu-like symptoms, similar to what sidelined Adam LaRoche a week prior. Desmond is out with lower back tightness after leaving Tuesday’s game with…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT
The Nationals have an opportunity today to do something they haven’t done in quite some time: sweep the Braves. They haven’t done it since May 2012 at Turner Field, when Chien-Ming Wang got the win in relief, Steve Lombardozzi led off and played left field, Rick Ankiel drove in two runs and Jesus Flores was…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Nationals could do no right when placed on the same baseball diamond as the Braves. They gave up runs in bunches. They failed to deliver hits with men on base. They botched plays in the field. If there was a way to lose a…
Sep 9, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With a chance to put another nail in the Braves’ coffin, the Nationals broke out the hammer right away tonight. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first off Ervin Santana, then added another in the second to open up a commanding 5-0 lead and leave their NL East…
Sep 9, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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.…
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