Jul 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There was a time, really not all that long ago, when any victory by the Nationals over the Braves was cause for celebration, something to be savored given how rare it was. Not so much anymore. These days, anything other than a win over Atlanta is cause for concern, as if something must be wrong…
Jun 30, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT
After a wild weekend of baseball in Philadelphia, the Nationals now head to Atlanta to wrap up their road trip with a 3-game series against the Braves. Hey, remember the whole “The Nats can’t beat the Braves ’cause they’re in their heads” thing? Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore. The Nationals have won eight straight against…
Jun 28, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — And we’re back for Game 2 of this doubleheader, with the Nationals now looking to extend their winning streak to nine games and sweep this weekend series from the Phillies. It’s Tanner Roark getting the start for the Nats, a decision that wasn’t made until late in Game 1, once it was clear…
Jun 28, 2015, 10:34 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Well, it’s a beautiful day here in Philly … guess we might as well play two! Yes, after yesterday’s rain-shortened, 1 1/2-inning fiasco, we’re back for a traditional, old-fashioned doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals and Phillies get underway with Game 1 at 1:05 p.m., then will pick right up with Game…
Jun 27, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals submitted a lineup for Saturday’s game against the Phillies that featured only one player projected to start on Opening Day (Ian Desmond) hitting in a spot he rarely has held in his career (third). Such is life for Matt Williams right now, with six of his regular position players currently out…
Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question. Also in question…
Jun 26, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — So, let’s see … Anthony Rendon has been placed on the DL with a left quad strain. Bryce Harper is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a tweaked right hamstring. D.C. native Emmanuel Burriss has been called up from Class AAA Syracuse to play for his hometown team. Ryne…
Jun 26, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
Updated at 6:33 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — Just when it looked like Anthony Rendon was finding his groove at the plate, the Nationals’ dynamic infielder finds himself back in an all-too-familiar place: the disabled list. Rendon was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a strained left quadriceps muscle, the latest physical ailment to derail his…
Jun 24, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT
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…
Jun 22, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
The latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was jam-packed after an eventful weekend for the Nationals. Mark talked lots about Max Scherzer, of course, but also Bryce Harper’s return and whether Major League Baseball should change their system of fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the bottom, you can also find my segment on…
Jun 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
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…
Jun 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There was no no-hitter this time. It wasn’t even a complete game. But what Gio Gonzalez turned in Sunday as a follow-up to Max Scherzer’s gem may very well have been his most efficient and effective start of the season. Buoyed by a nine run first inning — one he helped contribute to with an RBI…
Jun 21, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT
The Nationals’ pitching staff just capped it’s best run in team history with 24 consecutive scoreless innings, a weekend highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday against the Pirates. The pitchers deserve their credit, no doubt. But the Nationals’ lineup hasn’t exactly been dragging their feet. In Sunday’s win, the Nationals scored nine runs in…
Jun 21, 2015, 4:11 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The day after Max Scherzer etched his name in the history books with his first no-hitter, the Nationals’ lineup wasted no time on Sunday doing something special of their own. The Nats scored nine runs in the first inning and bounced Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton out of the game after recording just…
Jun 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Hours before Max Scherzer made history against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals revealed the surprising news that Bryce Harper was back in the lineup just 36 hours after suffering what first appeared to be a very scary injury. Harper left Thursday’s game after falling to the ground on a throw attempt and grimaced in pain…
Jun 20, 2015, 10:50 PM EDT
Updated at 10:50 p.m. When it didn’t happen six days earlier, when Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat blooper fell to the ground just beyond Anthony Rendon’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer could only shrug off his bad luck and wonder if he’d ever get another chance like that to pitch a perfect…
Jun 20, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT
After watching his team beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Friday night with his best player out of the lineup, Matt Williams was pleased to receive a text message from Bryce Harper the following morning. It simply said: “I’m good to go.” Despite writhing in pain after falling to the ground and leaving Thursday night’s…
Jun 19, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT
Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals’ lineup on Friday for their series-opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he rests his sore left hamstring that was injured during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Nationals are calling the injury a mild left hamstring strain, but they will not know the…
Jun 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT
So, the Nationals have lost 14 of their last 20 games, and they were already without Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman in their lineup. And now they watched as Bryce Harper suffered what at first glance appeared to be a serious left leg injury Thursday night, though was officially announced after the game by manager…
Jun 18, 2015, 11:43 PM EDT
Updated at 11:43 p.m. Manager Matt Williams says Bryce Harper suffered only a “mild” hamstring strain during what appeared to everyone inside Nationals Park to be a serious left leg injury sustained on a freak play in right field during Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Rays, offering up some cautious optimism about the 22-year-old…
Jun 18, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Doug Fister made his return from the disabled list on Thursday and matched Rays’ ace Chris Archer through five innings, but it was all spoiled by a sixth inning that proved nothing short of a disaster for the Nats. Not only did they surrender a lead in their eventual 5-3 loss to…
Jun 17, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 4-3 Team slash: .294/.361/.462 Team ERA: 4.35 Runs per game: 6.0 STOCK UP Max Scherzer, SP: 1-0/ 9.0 IP/ 0.00 ERA Is there anything Scherzer can’t do? After his latest outing…
Jun 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
For all the anguish displayed over the last week — some of it admittedly deserved — the Nationals did just wrap up a 4-4 road trip. No, that shouldn’t be cause for celebration, but neither should it be cause for panic. Do the Nationals have their share of issues? Absolutely. This has been a painfully…
Jun 16, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT
With one more game to be played in an AL park on this road trip, the Nationals have one last opportunity to utilize the DH and take advantage of the domino effects of an extra bat in the lineup. Last night, that meant giving Bryce Harper and his sore knee a chance to play without…
Jun 15, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals lineup tonight, his left knee/quad apparently feeling well enough for him to hit after sitting out yesterday’s game in Milwaukee. But Harper won’t be fully participating in the game at Tampa Bay; since they’re playing in an AL park, he’ll be able to serve as designated hitter for…
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