Sep 16, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
ATLANTA — They gathered in Viera, Fla., seven months ago with this in mind, then survived the grind of spring training and a long baseball season to put themselves on the precipice of a division title. And tonight, the Nationals have a chance to do something they didn’t get to do even when they won…
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, 8:27 PM EDT
Updated at 11:30 p.m. ATLANTA — The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded…
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 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, 12:28 PM EDT
We welcomed in two guests on this week’s episode of Baseball in the District, CSN Insider Mark Zuckerman and Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network. Mark was great on the Nats’ bullpen situation, the pennant race and who should be the favorite in the NL. McAlpin talked about the struggling Braves and how the team’s morale…
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 7, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT
They’ve lost five straight games to the last-place Phillies, and if the Nationals are going to stop that surprising streak, they’re going to have to beat Cole Hamels this afternoon. That’s not something they’ve done on a regular basis in the past. The left-hander is 15-7 with a 2.58 ERA in 31 career starts against…
Sep 6, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT
There were several mistakes made along the way in the Nationals’ 9-8 loss to the Phillies in 11 innings on Friday, one in which the Nats blew a four-run lead overall and a three-run advantage in the ninth alone. The most surprising, however, had to be the collision between Bryce Harper and Denard Span in the…
Sep 6, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT
It was a crossroads many spotted from a distance. Despite a first place record and a near-lock for an NL East division title, the 79-60 Nationals have a problem brewing in the back of their bullpen. And after Friday’s 9-8 loss in 11 innings to the Phillies, it may finally be coming to a head. Manager…
Sep 5, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT
The Nationals return home this week to begin their final stretch of the 2014 season, a three-week span that will see them play only teams from the NL East. They have to continue outpacing the Braves to make the playoffs, of course, but at this point they are chasing more than a division title. With…
Sep 4, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .230/.286/.482 Team ERA: 3.16 Runs per game: 4.83 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, LF: .379 AVG/ 4 HR/ 1.212 OPS So um, perhaps he doesn’t need to be sent down to the minors after all. During a week in which the Nationals’…
Sep 4, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT
It was a wild road trip for the Nationals, who saw Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw all in one week, then beat the Dodgers in one of the craziest games of the 2014 MLB season. In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I discussed whether the Nationals and Dodgers…
Sep 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Ample time has now passed since the Nationals wrapped up their 8-5, 14-inning win in Los Angeles yesterday evening, enough time to process everything that happened during the longest game in club history (5 hours, 34 minutes). And the primary takeaway continues to be this notion: That was simply an epic baseball game, no matter…
Sep 1, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another day, another barrage of homers from the Nationals lineup. In Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers, the Nats added four more bombs to make it 14 total in their last four games. Seventeen of their last 20 runs overall have been on homers. The first one in their 6-4 win over L.A. was a solo…
Sep 1, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT
Top storylines: Dodgers up next – Monday night is the start of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers, the final chance to see the Nationals face a team outside of the NL East until October. It is a matchup of the two best teams in the NL based on record and could be a…
Sep 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
And so, August has come to an end, and what a month it was for the Nationals. It began with this team 10 games over .500, clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East. It ended with this team 19 games over .500, now up 6 games (though that number…
Aug 31, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After beating up on Felix Hernandez on Friday night and then riding Stephen Strasburg’s dominating start Saturday night, the Nationals found themselves in a fortuitous position this afternoon, with an opportunity to sweep the Mariners on the road and fully make up for the sweep they suffered in Philadelphia to begin…
Aug 30, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT
Though first pitch is an hour earlier than Friday night’s start, Saturday will be another late one for the Nationals. The Nats and Mariners will get started at 9:10 p.m. EDT with Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.59) going up against rookie lefty Roenis Elias (9-11, 4.01). Former National Chris Young was originally scheduled to pitch before a late…
Aug 30, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered Friday night in a three-game skid going up against the best right-hander of his generation. Few on their roster had ever faced Felix Hernandez, and those who had found no luck. But for some reason, in a development that no one could have predicted, the Nats slapped around King…
Aug 29, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT
On Friday night the Nationals begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners with a 10:10 p.m. start time on the East Coast. With the pitching matchup in store, however, this one will be worth the wait. The Nationals will go up against Mariners superstar Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07) for the very first time. The…
Aug 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
One day after reaching a contract extension with their New York-Penn League affiliate, the Nationals announced a new deal with Single-A Hagerstown that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016. The Suns became a Nats affiliate in 2007 and have since helped develop MLB stars such as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan…
Aug 28, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured two excellent guests. The first was Casey Stern, host of MLB Network Radio’s ‘Inside Pitch.’ The second was new Washington Times columnist Todd Dybas. Stern was great on big picture stuff including how impressive the Nationals’ most recent homestand was and what their World Series chances…
Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening. The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and…
NL EAST STANDINGS
x-Clinched division title
WED: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule
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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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