Sep 17, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT
UPDATED With a four-week recovery timetable and just 17 games left on the Nationals’ regular season schedule, the chances of Drew Storen playing again in 2015 are very slim. And to have that sudden end caused by a self-inflicted wound has made the last week or so even harder to swallow for the Nats reliever. On Thursday, Storen explained what…
Sep 14, 2015, 7:38 AM EDT
Amazing how much can change in just one week. Only seven days ago, the Nationals were riding some positive momentum, heading into their critical series against the Mets a manageable 4 games back, with a chance to thrust themselves right back into the NL East race. That, of course, didn’t happen. After a disastrous sweep…
Sep 12, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT
Drew Storen’s late-season meltdown hit a new low Saturday when the Nationals revealed their struggling reliever broke his right thumb slamming shut a door in his locker after giving up the decisive home run in Wednesday’s loss to the Mets. Storen will likely miss the final three weeks of the season, manager Matt Williams told…
Sep 10, 2015, 12:41 AM EDT
When the obituaries for the 2015 Washington Nationals are written a few weeks from now — yes, some have already published them, but they’re not officially done yet, they’re just in hospice care — they will try to determine the cause of death. Injuries to their lineup? Underwhelming performances from their star-studded rotation? A bullpen…
Sep 9, 2015, 12:30 PM 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: .316/.391/.516 Team ERA: 3.66 Runs per game: 7.42 STOCK UP Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .524 AVG/ 9 RBI/ 1.452 OPS Though Bryce Harper is closing out an MVP-caliber season,…
Sep 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams doesn’t much like talking about big-picture stuff. You’ve repeatedly heard the second-year manager asked about the state of his Nationals this summer, and you’ve repeatedly heard him refuse to take the bait. But then comes a game like Tuesday night — a game that defied logic given the manner in which the Nationals’…
Sep 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
And you thought Monday’s loss was tough to watch? What transpired Tuesday in St. Louis made the previous night’s game feel pedestrian, as if it was just some run-of-the-mill loss every team suffers during the course of the season. It wasn’t, of course, but the Nationals’ 8-5 loss Tuesday — coincidentally the exact same score…
Aug 12, 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: 3-4 Team slash: .265/.348/.416 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game: 4.85 STOCK UP Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .435 AVG/ 8 RBI/ 1.375 OPS It appears that treating the plantar fasciitis in his…
Aug 10, 2015, 8:27 AM EDT
Life as a late-inning reliever is such that whenever a miscue occurs — however rare it might be — it’ll tend to be remembered far more often than a long stretch of dominance. That’s very much the case these days for Drew Storen, whose back-to-back tough outings against the Colorado Rockies has already begun to…
Aug 7, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT
The Nationals again built an early lead on a team with a losing record on Friday night, as they’ve grown accustomed to in recent games. But again their offense locked up in the later innings and again their bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain. This time it was against the Colorado Rockies, who…
Aug 5, 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: 3-4 Team slash: .213/.262/.356 Team ERA: 3.00 Runs per game: 3.14 STOCK UP Drew Storen, RP: 4 GP/ 1-0/ 0.00 ERA For those concerned about how Storen would take to…
Aug 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The impetus for last week’s Jonathan Papelbon trade wasn’t so much about the Nationals trying to bolster the ninth inning as it was about bolstering the seventh and eighth innings. Mike Rizzo already knew he had an elite closer in Drew Storen; what he didn’t have were consistently reliable setup men to bridge the gap…
Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…
Jul 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There’s no one way to win in October. Teams have found plenty of formulas for success in the postseason, whether in the form of a deep rotation, one dominant workhorse, a quality bullpen or an opportunistic lineup. But here’s one way to try to do it: Get seven innings out of your starter, then get…
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 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Take the names and reputations out of the equation and consider for a moment the basic facts of what happened yesterday: The Nationals acquired one of baseball’s best closers of the last decade, a 6-time All-Star and World Series champion in the midst of a dominant season, giving up only a second-tier prospect while convincing…
Jul 28, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT
Updated at 8:20 p.m. For the second time in two years, the Nationals decided to bolster their bullpen by acquiring an experienced closer who likely will bump Drew Storen from his once-secure role pitching the ninth inning. The Nationals and Phillies have finalized a trade that will bring Jonathan Papelbon to D.C., the team announced…
Jul 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Mets decided to put everything they had into this week’s series at Nationals Park. They held back their top three starters specifically to pitch in D.C. Their manager openly admitted these games were more important than others. Then he took blame late Wednesday for not bringing in his closer in the bottom of the…
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 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, 7:19 PM EDT
Max Scherzer was named to the NL All-Star team Monday evening and will join teammate Bryce Harper next week in Cincinnati as the Nationals’ lone representatives for the Midsummer Classic. For now. Scherzer, arguably the NL’s best pitcher through the season’s first half, is the logical choice to start next Tuesday night’s game at Great…
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 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…
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 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…
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