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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Apr 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. Game 22: Nats at Braves

    Apr 29, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — And so we’re back at Turner Field for the finale of this series, wondering whether the Nationals will use last night’s dramatic victory as a catapult to bigger and better things, or whether it was a mere blip in an otherwise frustrating month of baseball. Not wanting to mess around with perfection, Matt…

  9. Baseball in the District – Mark Zuckerman and Patrick Reddington

    Apr 29, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests including Mark Zuckerman, who was there for the Nationals wild win over the Braves on Tuesday night. We also talked to Patrick Reddington, who runs the SB Nation blog ‘Federal Baseball.’ Mark was great on the…

  10. Leftovers from the wildest win in Nats history

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — If your head is still spinning from the hysteria of last night — as a certain beat reporter’s certainly is — here are even more takeaways from the Nationals’ historic, 13-12 victory over the Braves… Denard Span went 5-for-6 with 11 total bases and nearly hit for the cycle Dan Uggla got most…

  11. The dramatic comeback sparked by the comeback vet

    Apr 29, 2015, 1:51 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — At the end of a 3-week stretch of bad baseball that had seen the Nationals find new soul-crushing ways to lose ballgames on a nightly basis, this sure felt like rock bottom: Down eight runs after two innings, with an unsuspecting rookie pitcher forced to take a beating in his major-league debut for…

  12. Nats 13, Braves 12: Uggla’s blast caps historic rally

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Where to begin with this one? Guess we need to start at the beginning, with A.J. Cole making his major-league debut and getting beat up to the tune of nine runs in only two innings, a painful way to be introduced to the world. Who would’ve believed that would be a…

  13. Game 21: Nats at Braves

    Apr 28, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — Major-league debuts are always a big deal, no matter how touted a rookie is or is not. But they’re an even bigger deal when they come in a particularly important game for that young player’s team, as most certainly is the case tonight for A.J. Cole and the Nationals. Losers of six straight…

  14. Can Nats channel last night’s emotion into something?

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:23 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A.J. Cole getting called up to make his major-league debut in place of the injured Max Scherzer, everyone seemed to gloss over a teeny little fact…

  15. UPDATE: Cole to make MLB debut Tuesday night

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 11:36 p.m. ATLANTA — With Max Scherzer’s sprained thumb not healed enough to make his scheduled start Tuesday night, the Nationals will send prospect A.J. Cole to the mound to make his major-league debut against the Braves. Cole, 22, is the organization’s top-rated, upper-level pitching prospect, rated the 30th-best prospect in the entire…

  16. Braves 8, Nats 4: Streak at 6 after another ugly night

    Apr 27, 2015, 10:18 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals showed up at Turner Field on Monday, hoping a change of scenery would be the impetus for a change of fortunes. Instead, they dug themselves into an even deeper hole with another ugly performance that extended their losing streak to six games and may have cost them their starting…

  17. Game 20: Nats at Braves

    Apr 27, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where the Nationals arrive reeling from a 5-game losing streak and weekend sweep in Miami, hoping tonight is the night things take a turn for the better. They’ll of course need a better offensive showing against Braves left-hander Eric Stults than they had over the last few days against…

  18. State of the Nats: Looking up in the standings

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Top storylines: Little is going well – The Nationals are in last place in the NL East after losing five straight games and sit five games under .500. It is a place few predicted the Nationals would fall to even a week ago when things were starting to turn up. Lately it has been the Nats’ offense…

  19. Scherzer doubtful for Tuesday’s start with thumb sprain

    Apr 26, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT

    AP

    Updated at 5:03 p.m. MIAMI — The odds of Max Scherzer making his scheduled start Tuesday night in Atlanta look slim after the Nationals ace was unable to throw Sunday morning without feeling discomfort in his right thumb, which he suggested is the byproduct of a sprained ligament. Scherzer, who jammed the thumb while hitting…

  20. MLB Power Rankings: Mets, Padres surprising early

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 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 – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Combined with last September’s collapse, Milwaukee has turned into a disaster zone. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Ruiz, Howard, Utley all have OPS under .600.…

  21. Around the NL East: Will the surging Mets stay healthy?

    Apr 21, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves had another solid week, and if not for the torrid Mets would probably still be atop the division standings at 8-4. What’s most intriguing so far about Atlanta’s start is that the offense seems to be doing just fine despite the loss of key bats in the offseason. How about former…

  22. MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Dodgers flying high

    Apr 17, 2015, 11:46 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. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) They have Jeff Francoeur batting cleanup. Jeff Francoeur. Cleanup. 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 27) This may be a tough year for Milwaukee fans after seeing…

  23. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Nats prospects Joe Ross and Tony Renda

    Apr 15, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I had two of the Nationals’ top minor league prospects on as guests. Tim traveled to Harrisburg on Monday and talked to both Joe Ross and Tony Renda. Both had great stuff on playing in Double-A and their development as…

  24. Around the NL East: Can the Braves stay hot?

    Apr 14, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA BRAVES  So, who had the Braves in first place after one week? Not many, especially after the Craig Kimbrel trade. But that, as they say, is why they play the games. Atlanta has posted the best ERA in the majors at 1.86, and have more than held its own offensively, scoring the 11th most…

  25. MLB Power Rankings: Royals, Tigers on a roll

    Apr 10, 2015, 12:56 PM 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. Philadelphia Phillies – Zuckerman (LW: 29): It’s not going to be a fun year on Broad Street. Unless you’re a fan of the visiting team. 29. Minnesota Twins – Hughes (LW: 28): Ervin…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

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WASHINGTON5446
NEW YORK52503.0
ATLANTA46569.0
MIAMI426013.0
PHILADELPHIA396416.5
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