Oct 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 MLB service time: 5 years, 162 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $8.5 million Contract status: Signed for $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016, $12…
Oct 8, 2014, 2:30 PM EST
Gio Gonzalez’ playoff record now includes three starts to analyze, two in 2012 and one this year, the Nats’ season-ending loss in Game 4 of the NLDS. His 3.21 career ERA in the postseason makes it difficult to draw a true conclusion, but a close look reveals he has been anything but sharp. Gonzalez walked 11…
Oct 8, 2014, 12:23 AM EST
Updated at 4:00 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Postseason baseball requires the utmost precision. Every pitch is magnified. Every swing is crucial. Every fielding attempt is life-or-death. The teams that win in October are the ones, quite simply, that don’t make mistakes. They pitch well. They hit at the right moments. They make all the plays…
Oct 7, 2014, 5:53 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals won a do-or-die game yesterday, no small achievement. But all that did was set the stage for another do-or-die game tonight, in which a win would only ensure one final do-or-die game Thursday in D.C. In other words, the task remains tall. The matchup in Game 4, however, does favor…
Oct 7, 2014, 12:33 PM EST
After beating Madison Bumgarner in Game 3 on Monday afternoon, the Nationals will now send their own best lefty to the mound in Game 4 hoping to keep their season alive. Gio Gonzalez was the Nationals’ starter for both Games 1 and 5 back in 2012, so he has experience both pitching on the road…
Sep 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EST
Nationals manager Matt Williams said this week he needed to see how Jordan Zimmermann’s bruised shoulder fares on Sunday before determining the team’s postseason rotation. On Saturday, Williams delayed that announcement even more. Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be…
Sep 25, 2014, 11:28 PM EST
With tough decisions to make before October, particularly regarding his starting rotation, Nationals manager Matt Williams has joked recently about long nights for his coaching staff. “We might all sleep here,” he said on Thursday. That is, if they sleep at all. It was one thing to have to pick their starter for Game 1 of…
Sep 25, 2014, 10:07 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Whether Gio Gonzalez needed to show anything more to make his case for a spot in the Nats’ postseason rotation or not, he sure leaves the 2014 regular season on a high note. The Nationals lefty was dominant in the team’s 3-0 win over the Mets on Thursday night, striking out a…
Sep 25, 2014, 5:46 PM EST
One down, three to go in this unusual ‘two doubleheaders in two days’ stretch for the Nationals. They dropped the afternoon game against the Mets 7-4, now Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74) will look to lead the Nats to victory in their final matchup of 2014 against New York on Thursday night. Denard Span is sitting…
Sep 24, 2014, 7:00 PM EST
Updated at 7:51 p.m. Tonight’s game against the Mets has been postponed due to rain. The Nationals announced they’ll play a day-night doubleheader against New York on Thursday, with a makeup game at 1:05 p.m. followed by the originally scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. Fans holding tickets for tonight’s rainout can use them for seats…
Sep 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EST
With arguably the best rotation in baseball, but no clear ace, it has been a big debate in Washington over the past few months: who starts the first game of a Nationals playoff series? There is just a week to go in the regular season, but it appears we will all have to wait a…
Sep 24, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
Imagine a right-hander who has won 15 games (tied for the club lead and sixth in the National League), sports a 2.85 ERA (12th in the league), is about to surpass 200 innings pitched and has 10 quality starts in 13 tries since the All-Star break with a 2.65 ERA and 1.04 WHIP during that…
Sep 22, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
Top storylines: Final stretch – The Nationals returned home on Sunday night after an 11-game road trip and will now finish out the regular season at Nats Park. They begin with three games against the New York Mets before four games in three days against the Miami Marlins. Winners of four straight and eight of…
Sep 18, 2014, 11:28 PM EST
MIAMI — A month ago, when he was laboring through the toughest stretch of his Nationals career, Gio Gonzalez noted that he felt like he was still trying to catch up to the rest of his rotation mates after missing a month with shoulder inflammation. Perhaps that was Gonzalez’s biggest problem all along: He was…
Sep 18, 2014, 9:57 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals put most of their regulars — all but Adam LaRoche, still nursing a sore back — in the lineup Thursday, but for three innings you would’ve thought the backups were again. Miami left-hander Brad Hand retired the first 10 batters he faced, causing perhaps a mild stir among the…
Sep 18, 2014, 3:44 PM EST
MIAMI — Hello from Marlins Park … well, actually I’m not at Marlins Park at the moment I type this. I’m at a TV studio in downtown Miami getting ready for today’s Baseball Show on Comcast SportsNet. We’ll be on live at 4 p.m., talking about the Nationals’ division clincher, what they’re going to do…
Sep 12, 2014, 10:22 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Seeking their 13th consecutive victory at Citi Field, the Nationals dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole when Gio Gonzalez once again struggled in the first inning. But as they’ve done so often this season, they clawed their way back, ultimately tying the game in the fifth inning. For that, the…
Sep 12, 2014, 3:41 PM EST
One of these days, the Nationals likely will lose a ballgame at Citi Field. They just hope it’s not tonight. Having now won 12 consecutive games in Queens, a streak that dates back to June 2013, the Nats would love to make it a baker’s dozen tonight and reduce their magic number to at least…
Sep 7, 2014, 4:56 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Having lost the first two games of this series, not to mention five straight to the Phillies, and now needing to beat Cole Hamels to avoid a sweep, the Nationals weren’t exactly in an ideal situation this afternoon. But they came through with a strong, if not flawless, performance in this…
Sep 7, 2014, 11:52 AM EST
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 1, 2014, 11:24 PM EST
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, 4:52 PM EST
They were swept in Philadelphia. They took 2 of 3 in Seattle. So, what does the final leg of perhaps the Nationals’ toughest road trip of the season have in store? We’ll start to find out tonight when they open a big, 3-game series at Dodger Stadium against the team directly behind them for the…
Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…
Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…
Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…
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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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