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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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:…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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:…

  10. Around the NL East: Can Mets hit consistently?

    May 14, 2015, 1:21 PM EDT

    May 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) grounds out to Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (not pictured) scoring New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES Atlanta continues to scuffle, losing five out of its last six games, including a weekend sweep at the hands of the Nationals. Pitching has been the Braves’ Achilles heel recently, so you’d have to figure it’s only a matter of time before the organization shakes things up to generate a spark. That was…

  11. Nats 5, Braves 4: More late heroics after a lost lead

    May 10, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals secured their first sweep of the 2015 season on Sunday thanks to some more late game heroics to bail out their bullpen. This time it was Matt Grace who gave up a would-be go-ahead run. And this time it was Wilson Ramos who provided the decisive hit in the 5-4 victory.…

  12. Game 32: Braves at Nats

    May 10, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Over .500 for the first time this season, the Nationals will look to keep their good fortune going on Mother’s Day in a Sunday afternoon matchup to close their weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. Sunday will also mark the end of their recent homestand, as up next is a trip west to play the…

  13. Harper continues amazing run with walk-off win

    May 9, 2015, 9:03 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) wipes chocolate syrup off his face that was squirted on him by starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) (not pictured) after his walk off home run against the Atlanta Braves  at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeat Atlanta Braves 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    After hitting five home runs in two games to lead the Nationals to victories, Bryce Harper was already making history on a daily basis and rocketing souvenirs all over the ballpark in the process. He was already leading the surging Nationals and rounding into form as one of the best players in baseball. So, on Saturday evening,…

  14. Nats 8, Braves 6: More homers again lead to walkoff win

    May 9, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT

    May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two run walk off home run off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cody Martin (57) (not pictured( at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeat Atlanta Braves 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ recipe for wins lately has included a heavy helping of home runs and good starting pitching. That trend continued on Saturday in the Nats’ 8-6 matinee win over the Atlanta Braves – their ninth victory in their last 11 games – though this one required a walk-off homer by Bryce…

  15. Game 31: Braves at Nats

    May 9, 2015, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Winners of eight of their last 10 games, the Nationals will try and keep it going on Saturday afternoon as they host the Atlanta Braves in the second game of their weekend series. This one features a solid matchup of right-handed starters in Doug Fister (2-1, 2.61) and Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.82). Fister is making his…

  16. Showstopper

    May 8, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT

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    The quotes from teammates about him — “Don’t touch him, you might get third-degree burns” — are ludicrous. The records being dug up by Elias and on Baseball-Reference — “He’s the first player in D.C. baseball history to do this” — are telling. And the balls soaring off his bat are leaving everybody watching in…

  17. Nats 9, Braves 2: Harper, Espinosa each homer twice

    May 8, 2015, 9:27 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals dug themselves into an early hole with a bit of sloppy play (dropped throws to the plate, runners straying too far off base) and poor at-bats against left-hander Eric Stults. But the tide quickly turned after that, thanks to a long-awaited blast from an old friend … and then…

  18. Game 30: Braves at Nats

    May 8, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After a much-needed off-day, the Nationals are back at it tonight, opening a 3-game weekend series against the Braves, trying to get back to the .500 mark with a victory tonight. The Nats get Jayson Werth back in the lineup after the veteran left fielder sat out two games (plus the off-day) with his surgically…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Nationals, Dodgers climbing

    May 8, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by manager Matt Williams (9) after the game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 7 - 5. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-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) Craig Counsell is a hero in Milwaukee, but not sure he can save this sinking ship. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Chase Utley’s OPS is…

  20. Around the NL East: Are the Mets falling back to earth?

    May 5, 2015, 1:19 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves have been scuffling of late, especially since last week’s meltdown against the Nationals. The Braves are 2-5 in their last seven games and have fallen to third place in the NL East at 12-14 (not that it matters this early in the season). And even though the season’s barely a month…

  21. The Baseball Show: A turning point last week?

    May 4, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT

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    The Nationals enter this week with two division series up ahead, first against the Marlins and then against the Braves. The Nats’ outlook is much better than it was just a week ago, as Washington has now won five of their last six. Many people have pointed to the back-to-back 13-run outbursts in Atlanta as…

  22. MLB Power Rankings: Cubs, Yankees rising fast

    May 1, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT

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    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) Injuries have killed their lineup and their rotation may be the worst in baseball. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Aaron Harang (2-2, 2.51) has been a nice…

  23. Around the NL East: Marlins climbing out of early-season hole

    Apr 30, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT

    MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies

    ATLANTA BRAVES  While Nats fans are still reveling in Tuesday night’s historic comeback victory, imagine what Braves fans are feeling right now. Their hot start to April has dissipated, losing seven of the last 10 games and falling below .500 for the first time this season at 10-11. Worst of all for Atlanta was that…

  24. Confident once again, Nats’ lineup is on fire

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

    AP

    ATLANTA — On Tuesday evening, the Nationals fielded a starting lineup that included only one hitter with a batting average better than .250 and five with a batting average worse than .205. This was a source of concern for some who were worried such a putrid April at the plate could be a sign of…

  25. Nats 13, Braves 4: Bats stay red-hot, set franchise record

    Apr 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

    AP

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s far too soon to know whether Tuesday night’s stunning comeback will be the turning point in the Nationals’ season. But it’s probably safe to say this: It certainly woke this team’s bats up. After pounding the shell-shocked Braves for 13 runs during that record-setting rally, the Nationals came right back…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

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NEW YORK7460
WASHINGTON69655.0
MIAMI567918.5
ATLANTA548121.5
PHILADELPHIA538221.5
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PITTSBURGH8053+4.0
CHICAGO7657
WASHINGTON69657.5
SAN FRANCISCO69668.0
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