May 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
We are now 41 games into the 2015 season, which means the Nationals have played more than one-quarter of their regular-season schedule. Some people say you can’t start to truly evaluate a ballclub until it has played at least 40 games. Others say you can’t do it til Memorial Day. Well, we’re right in between…
May 20, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman got the headlines Tuesday night, and rightfully so after launching the 10th walk-off homer of his career to beat the Yankees in dramatic fashion. But that blast off the right-field foul pole might not have been possible if not for some yeoman’s work from the Nationals’ bullpen, which was forced into both early…
May 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Nationals rookie reliever Matt Grace has only made seven appearances since getting his first call-up on April 22, but so far so good. The 26-year-old lefty is yet to allow a run through four innings and has made the initial adjustment look rather easy. The former eighth round pick is trying to learn as much…
May 7, 2015, 1:09 PM EDT
There were Bryce Harper’s homers, all three of them. And there were Max Scherzer’s seven innings of dominance. But the Nationals’ 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon still required one final, electric performance from Drew Storen to be secured. And it was electric, even though the Nats closer got himself in a quick…
May 7, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-2 Team slash: .262/.322/.373 Team ERA: 2.32 Runs per game: 3.42 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, RF: 3 HR/ 8 RBI/ 1.047 OPS Was there any way he wouldn’t make it…
Apr 22, 2015, 12:54 AM EDT
Yunel Escobar, in his very brief time with the Nationals, has been many things for this team. He’s been a second baseman. He’s been a third baseman. He’s been a leadoff hitter. He’s been a contact hitter. He’s been a burst of energy and charisma for a ballclub that sometimes feels like it needs that.…
Apr 12, 2015, 6:50 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — They struggled yet again to string together hits and mount something that remotely resembled a rally. They blew a late lead yet again and watched as their work-in-progress bullpen kept teetering on the brink of disaster. This time, though, the Nationals did just enough to win a ballgame. And thanks to Sunday’s 4-3,…
Apr 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Blake Treinen made 15 appearances for the Nationals last season, many of them impressive outings that turned some heads within the organization. But he never really found himself in a situation like the one he was thrust into Wednesday night: the eighth inning of a 1-run game, asked to protect the Nats’ 2-1 lead against…
Apr 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The day has arrived. At long last we can say what we’ve waited six long months to say: It’s baseball season. The Nationals host the Mets later this afternoon, and once Max Scherzer throws his first pitch around 4:05 p.m., a hugely anticipated season in D.C. begins. Which means it’s time to continue our annual…
Mar 31, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth got his first three at-bats of the spring Monday in a minor-league game and emerged feeling confident about the state of his surgically repaired right shoulder. What the veteran Nationals outfielder isn’t confident about is whether he’s got enough time left to be ready for Opening Day. “I felt like…
Mar 30, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
Updated at 5:45 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Closer Drew Storen departed Monday’s game against the Cardinals after facing only four batters, walking off the field with a trainer in what surely caused a moment of panic among the Nationals and their fans. Once it was revealed Storen merely had a blister on his right big…
Mar 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Two more observations from Friday’s 1-1 tie against the Cardinals, unrelated to each other… — Drew Storen made his return to the mound, exactly two weeks removed from surgery to remove the broken hamate bone from his left hand. What looked like it could be a quick and tidy top of the…
Mar 20, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
As you stare out the window this morning and see snow falling in the D.C. area, it’s difficult to believe they’ll be playing a real baseball game here in a mere 17 days. Believe it, though, because not even Mother Nature can get in the way of this. Baseball season has almost arrived. Which, in…
Mar 13, 2015, 5:09 PM EDT
Drew Storen became the latest prominent Nationals player to suffer a spring training injury, requiring minor surgery Friday to remove the broken hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. Manager Matt Williams told reporters in Viera the right-handed Storen would likely be able to resume normal throwing within 2-to-3 days and thus is…
Feb 24, 2015, 1:15 PM EDT
Among the Nationals’ biggest challenges this spring is reconfiguring their bullpen after trading Tyler Clippard (and letting Rafael Soriano leave as a free agent). They recognize they can’t fully replace Clippard, one of the best and most-consistent relievers in baseball, but they also like the options they have to fill that role. In this video…
Feb 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Mark sat down with Drew Storen on Monday in Viera, Fla., as he looks forward to the 2015 season knowing he will be the Nationals’ closer. For Storen, that’s a change from the last two years where Rafael Soriano held down the role when the season began. Storen is happy to be back in the…
Feb 20, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT
Nationals pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, Fla. on Thursday ready to get started for the 2015 season after an eventful winter. Mark is down there and caught up with a few players including Gio Gonzalez and Drew Storen. In this video, Mark also adds some analysis of the first day of 2015 spring training.…
Feb 8, 2015, 9:52 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2015 2015 salary: $3.5 million 2014 stats: 50 G, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 22 R, 20 ER, 6 HR, 7 BB, 28 K, 1.182 WHIP, 25 SV, 5 BS, 3-3, 3.94 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 0.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Casey Janssen comes to…
Feb 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2015 salary: $5.7 million 2014 stats: 65 G, 56.1 IP, 44 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 46 K, 0.976 WHIP, 11 SV, 3 BS, 2-1, 1.12 ERA, 2.71 FIP, 0.9 WAR 2015 storyline: After a brilliant regular season…
Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
In trading Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar on Wednesday, the Nationals found both their starting second baseman for 2015 and an insurance policy at shortstop in case Ian Desmond leaves in a trade or via free agency next winter. Escobar is under team control for the next three years, while Clippard…
Jan 16, 2015, 10:40 AM EDT
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Doug Fister became the latest members of the Nationals to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to contracts before MLB’s Friday afternoon deadline. Fister signed for $11.4 million, with Strasburg agreeing to a $7.4 million salary and Storen a $5.7 million salary in 2015, according to sources familiar…
Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…
Dec 23, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 9: Drew Storen replacing Rafael Soriano as…
Dec 19, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT
Nationals closer Drew Storen stopped by to go one-on-one with Mark at last weekend’s NatsFest to talk about his offseason and his expectations for 2015. It has been a busy few months for the right-hander, who got married shortly after the Nats were ousted from the playoffs. Storen talked about traveling this offseason and how…
Dec 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Two winters ago, in the wake of a difficult postseason debut in which he gave up the runs that handed the Cardinals a 5-game NLDS victory over the Nationals, Drew Storen watched helplessly as general manager Mike Rizzo brought in a new closer, relegating him to a lesser relief role. So forgive Storen if privately…
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