Jun 7, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ offense showed signs of life on Sunday with two early runs to give Jordan Zimmermann a lead to work with, but Zimmermann himself could not capitalize in what ended up one of his worst starts of the 2015 season so far. Zimmermann gave up four runs to the Cubs and…
Jun 7, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals close out their season series with the Chicago Cubs in a late afternoon Sunday start with Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 2.88) and Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.99) set to pitch. The Nationals lost 4-2 on Saturday, as their offense struggled against Jason Hammel. They will hope for better results from their lineup on Sunday, but…
Jun 7, 2015, 9:32 AM EDT
When the Nationals broke out for seven runs on Friday night, the hope was certainly for that momentum to carry over on Saturday in their early afternoon bout with the Cubs. Manager Matt Williams had adjusted his lineup with Ryan Zimmerman batting second and Anthony Rendon hitting cleanup. He went with the same approach on…
Jun 6, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT
Desperate times call for desperate measures and with two starters on the disabled list and mixed results from their usual spot-starters, the Nationals called on prospect Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. It was an unexpected move that caught Ross himself by surprise. He was called in…
Jun 6, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT
Danny Espinosa would have started making the mental adjustment required when moving from a spot in the daily lineup to a spot on the bench, if only he had enough time to consider it. Before Espinosa could get comfortable in a reserve role, though, he found himself right back on the field for the Nationals…
Jun 5, 2015, 10:03 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: His lineup mired in a slump approaching two weeks, Matt Williams decided to try something different on Friday. Struggling Ryan Zimmerman was moved up to the No. 2 spot. Bryce Harper took over No. 3 duties, with fresh-off-the-DL Anthony Rendon entrusted with the cleanup spot. Whether those changes made a difference…
Jun 5, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
The Nationals are in a funk right now, of that there’s no doubt. They’ve lost six of their last seven games, and their once-productive lineup has gone silent, averaging a mere 2.3 runs and 6.9 hits per game since May 20. And because of all that, they found themselves this morning in second place in…
Jun 5, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT
Updated at 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Joe Ross, one of the players acquired in last winter’s complex trade that most notably will bring shortstop Trea Turner to the Nationals next week, will be promoted from Class AA Harrisburg and start Saturday’s game against the Cubs, manager Matt Williams announced. Ross, 22, isn’t currently on the Nationals’…
Jun 5, 2015, 1:52 AM EDT
With their offense stalled in a two-week long slump, the Nationals walked a tightrope on Thursday night that caused several close plays and one big mistake on the basepaths to loom large in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The game itself ended when Clint Robinson was picked off by catcher David Ross at…
Jun 5, 2015, 1:24 AM EDT
The Nationals saw Anthony Rendon finally return on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for them to have another player go down. Third baseman Yunel Escobar left the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs with a right wrist injury. Escobar hurt his wrist during a check-swing while facing Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the first…
Jun 5, 2015, 12:14 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a delay of nearly two hours due to heavy and persistent rain, the Nationals’ offense squandered a solid outing by Gio Gonzalez as Washington fell 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs, their sixth loss in seven games. Gonzalez overcame a two-run first inning that could have been much worse to put in…
Jun 4, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT
Losers of six of their last eight, the Nationals will try to get back on track against the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series beginning Thursday night. The Nats took two of three in Chicago just two weeks ago, now they meet again. Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.73) will get the start for Washington in his…
Jun 3, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I looked ahead to this weekend’s Nats-Cubs series with CSN Chicago Insider Patrick Mooney. We also talked to Matt Swope, Director of Baseball Operations for the Maryland Terrapins. Mooney was great on Kris Bryant and the…
May 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
It has turned into a broken record, but never has a broken record sounded so sweet to Washington baseball fans. The Nationals won another series Wednesday night, their ninth straight series won, matching a franchise record. And what a series it was, a tense, compelling, 3-day event at Wrigley Field that saw the Nats win…
May 27, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT
We’ve seen a pair of nip-and-tuck, 1-run games so far in this series between the Nationals and Cubs, with each team winning once. And now for the series finale, we get a great pitching matchup of the two guys who got the biggest free-agent contracts last winter: Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. Scherzer has been…
May 26, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
If you were worried when Bryce Harper slammed pretty hard into the ivy (and the brick wall behind it) making a catch yesterday at Wrigley Field, it appears you can stand down. Harper, who appeared to jam his right hand against the wall while bracing himself, stayed in the game (and doubled in his next…
May 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Major-league closers, like NFL kickers and the sanitation department, only draw your attention when something goes wrong. We just expect them to work flawlessly, and if everything goes according to plan, we don’t even notice them. Drew Storen, though, deserves our attention right now, because he has been just as responsible for the Nationals’ prolonged,…
May 25, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT
Tanner Roark was among the best starting pitchers in the NL last season, a 15-game winner with a 2.85 ERA over 31 starts. But when the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract in January, Roark found himself the odd man out of a jam-packed rotation, relegated to bullpen duties to begin 2015. Today,…
May 25, 2015, 9:23 AM EDT
Top storylines: Nats head to Wrigley to play Cubs – The Nationals pick right back up on Monday with a 2:20 p.m. start at the Chicago Cubs, as the red-hot Nats travel into Wrigley Field to take on one of the better young teams in baseball. Fans all around the country have likely been eyeing this…
May 23, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT
Tanner Roark will make his first start of the season Monday in Chicago without much time to build up his arm after seven weeks spent in the Nationals’ bullpen. But the right-hander doesn’t expect that to mean much when he takes the mound at Wrigley Field on Memorial Day. “Nothing, really,” he said. “You’ve just…
May 22, 2015, 6:23 PM EDT
Tanner Roark will return to the Nationals’ rotation next week, making a start at Wrigley Field in place of the injured Doug Fister. Roark will start either Monday’s series opener or Tuesday night’s game against the Cubs, according to manager Matt Williams, depending if he’s needed at all out of the bullpen this weekend against…
Jan 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL Central Manager: Joe Maddon, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $110 million Key additions: SP Jon Lester, C Miguel Montero, 2B Tommy La Stella, manager Joe Maddon Key losses: OF Justin Ruggiano, C Jeff Baker, C/1B Ryan Lavarnway Projected lineup LF Chris Coghlan SS Starlin Castro 1B Anthony Rizzo RF Jorge Soler C…
Nov 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Last year we at CSN went through all 30 MLB teams and cited one reason for each why their fans should be thankful. Well, one year later as we all celebrate Thanksgiving, here is another stab at that idea. Some teams have more to be thankful for than others, of course, but each team in baseball…
Nov 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals drafted Jordan Zimmermann. They developed him. They rehabbed him through Tommy John surgery. And they groomed him into one of baseball’s best and most consistent pitchers, a huge piece of their 2012 and 2014 NL East championships. So why on earth would they even consider trading Zimmermann away now? Well, it should be made…
Jul 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is plenty used to being in the middle of things during the final key moments of a ballgame. This is, after all, a guy with nine career walk-off homers on his ledger. So the fact Zimmerman delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit yesterday for a Nationals club that eked out a…
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