Aug 3, 2015, 11:45 PM EDT
They were wholeheartedly anointed the team to beat in what looked like a weak NL East, and for most of the summer to date, the Nationals were living up to the billing. Baseball Prospectus publishes daily playoff odds, and pretty much for the last six weeks the Nats were given anywhere from a 75 percent…
Aug 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There were any number of moments Friday night at Citi Field that could have stood on their own merits as epic examples of what pennant race baseball is all about. Matt Harvey taking the mound for the eighth inning with the Mets up 1-0, then giving up the tying hit to Yunel Escobar. Tyler Clippard…
Jul 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Some thoughts about the Nationals’ 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Miami while watching the Mets-Brewers non-trade saga take one bizarre turn after another… — If you were worried Bryce Harper was in a funk at the plate, don’t be. No, he hadn’t homered since July 18 off Kenley Jansen, but it’s not like he had…
Jul 21, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a bunch of stuff on the Nats-Dodgers series, as it was an eventful one. They talked about Bryce Harper’s comments on Zack Greinke and, of course, the infamous power outage. But Mark, Joe Orsulak and Brent Harris also got to the Nats’ long list of injuries and…
Jul 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
There was Yunel Escobar’s backhanded stab of John Mayberry’s smash down the third-base line in the top of the first, perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Michael Taylor’s galloping catch of Eric Campbell’s drive to deep right-center in the top of the fifth, again perhaps preventing two runs from scoring. There was Bryce…
Jul 20, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT
Top storylines: New York Mets are coming to town – After dropping two of three against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and facing off with two of the best pitchers in baseball, the road will not get any easier for the Nats as the division rival New York Mets come to Washington. The Nats and…
Jul 18, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT
The afternoon, unusual as it was, started off in such uplifting fashion. The Nationals used a pinch-hit home run from Matt den Dekker and three scoreless innings of relief from Aaron Barrett, Casey Janssen and Drew Storen to win the completion of Friday night’s suspended game, 5-3 over the Dodgers. And then Clayton Edward Kershaw,…
Jul 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
For baseball fans, there are perhaps no more frustrating days in the calendar year than these, the gap between Tuesday’s All-Star Game and Friday’s resumption of the regular season. For sportswriters, though, these days offer up an obvious opportunity to look back at what has happened to date and what may still happen moving forward.…
Jul 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
CINCINNATI — He had just gone 0-for-3, striking out a couple of times and having very little impact on the 86th MLB All-Star Game. And this after having very little impact on the 83rd and 84th Midsummer Classics. Bryce Harper, though, was all smiles late Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. It mattered not…
Jul 14, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The 86th MLB All-Star Game already was a major event before Mike Trout stepped to the plate for the night’s first at-bat. That’s what happens when Pete Rose is introduced on the field in Cincinnati, and then Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays all take the field together…
Jul 14, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
CINCINNATI — It’s tough to imagine anything that happens tonight topping what happened during last night’s Home Run Derby, but this is the MLB All-Star Game, and you never really know what may transpire once you put all these great players together on one field. And then you add Pete Rose to the mix for…
Jul 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
CINCINNATI — Inside a ballroom at the Cincinnati Westin on Monday sat the best players the game of baseball has to offer, dynamic young talents like Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson, recent MVPs like Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, one of the great hitters in history in Albert Pujols and 3-time World Series champion Buster…
Jul 13, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT
Media day for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game took place on Monday afternoon as all of this year’s participants took questions from reporters ahead of Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were asked just about everything, so we thought it was best to share the highlights in question-and-answer form. You can also…
Jul 13, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT
CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper will bat third and start in right field for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, manager Bruce Bochy announced this afternoon. Harper, enjoying a breakthrough season that to this point would rank among the best in baseball history, was selected to hit in the heart of a stacked NL…
Jul 13, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
Top storylines: Home Run Derby, All-Star Game this week – The 2015 MLB All-Star break begins on Monday night with the Home Run Derby and the actual game will be played on Tuesday night. The Nats do not have a representative in the derby this year, but they will have Bryce Harper in the starting lineup for…
Jul 12, 2015, 12:44 AM EDT
BALTIMORE — Even the most ardent supporters of Danny Espinosa probably admit they didn’t see this coming, not to this extent. The All-Star break is a few hours away, and the Nationals right now are trying to figure out where they’d be without this guy. “He’s kept us afloat a little bit,” manager Matt Williams…
Jul 11, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another sellout crowd at Camden Yards — this one with noticeably more red sprinkled among the orange — was treated to another taut ballgame and another compelling chapter in this budding rivalry. And this time the Nationals emerged victorious, thanks to big blasts from their two biggest home-run hitters this season:…
Jul 8, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 3-3 Team slash: .182/.270/.304 Team ERA: 2.64 Runs per game: 3 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, RF: .381 AVG/ 8 BB/ 1.218 OPS It’s been quite an eventful week for the Nationals’ superstar…
Jul 6, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
Bryce Harper won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, not wanting to compete in the annual All-Star Game event with his father injured and unavailable to pitch to him. Harper, who finished runner-up in the 2013 derby at Citi Field with father Ron as his pitcher, said he couldn’t imagine participating again with anybody…
Jul 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
It’s the mathematical halfway point of the season, and while the conventional midway break doesn’t occur for another week, the Nationals’ first half seems to be a success. With 45 wins and a host of visits to the disabled list by key players, the Nationals should be in good shape for the last three months…
Jul 4, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT
Buster Posey had just grounded out to second base, and Stephen Strasburg felt tightness in his left side. Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz quickly came to the mound. They talked for a few moments. Strasburg lobbied to stay in the game, but with two outs in the fourth inning, Williams…
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…
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