Apr 21, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have experienced precious little success against the Cardinals, dating all the way back to their heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NLDS. So while this was merely one game on a Tuesday night in April, it did present the Nats an opportunity to establish a new tone to this budding…
Apr 21, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Though they face them only a couple of times a year, no NL opponents has befuddled the Nationals more than the Cardinals. Forget even, if you can, the 2012 NLDS. In the two years since that playoff series, the Nats have gone 2-11 against St. Louis, hardly inspiring numbers. Obviously, the Nationals don’t have to…
Apr 15, 2015, 4:47 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals took the field on getaway day needing a win to avoid an unsightly series sweep. And for the second time, they came through, pounding the Red Sox with their best offensive barrage of the young season to head home feeling much…
Apr 15, 2015, 1:06 PM EDT
BOSTON — For the second time on this road trip, the Nationals find themselves needing to win on getaway day to avoid a sweep. They managed to do it in Philadelphia on Sunday. Now they’ll try to do it this afternoon in Boston. Encouraging signs: Ian Desmond had three hits last night, by far his…
Apr 10, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — It’s easy to point to the fateful bottom of the seventh inning as the turning point of Friday night’s game, with the Nationals’ pitching staff imploding and turning a 1-0 lead into a 4-1 deficit in the blink of an eye. And certainly there are questions this team must answer when it comes…
Apr 10, 2015, 9:37 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a tough season-opening series against the Mets’ talented rotation, the Nationals may have thought they were due for some more fireworks against journeyman Jerome Williams. And when Michael Taylor led off the game with a home run down the left-field line, everybody in the visiting dugout perked up. But then…
Apr 10, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — It’s pretty remarkable to consider where the Nationals and Phillies stood as franchises only four years ago, then to consider where they both stand now. It’s been a complete 180-degree turn for both (though at least by 2011 the Nats had some glimmer of short-term hope, where these Phillies have very little). We’ll…
Mar 31, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — This could prove to be “Awkward Day” at Space Coast Stadium, when the Nationals and Mets square off in the Viera finale of the spring. Why awkward? Let’s count the ways… 1. Yunel Escobar is playing third base for the first time since 2007 as the Nats try to figure out how…
Mar 28, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Less than a week after announcing Max Scherzer as their Opening Day starter, the Nationals announced the order for the rest of their rotation to open the season. Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will follow Scherzer and face the Mets in the season-opening series April 6-9. Gio Gonzalez and Doug…
Mar 26, 2015, 9:08 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — There was a moment in the top of the third inning Thursday evening at Space Coast Stadium that might as well have been classic Gio Gonzalez. After issuing back-to-back, 2-out walks to the Mets, the left-hander shouted out a naughty word that could be heard in every corner of this cozy ballpark.…
Mar 26, 2015, 4:16 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Hello from Space Coast Stadium, where the Nats and Mets are scheduled to play the odd 5:05 p.m. ballgame this afternoon/evening. I would offer an explanation for the strange starting time, but I have none. It’s actually not ideal from a weather standpoint: It’s been beautiful here all day, but there are…
Mar 19, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
We are fast approaching the stretch run of spring training, which means pitchers start going deeper into games, position players start getting more at-bats and guys on the roster bubble start being evaluated a bit closer. The Nationals today will see Gio Gonzalez make his third start of the spring. The lefty was fantastic in…
Mar 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The 2015 MLB season is just weeks away, which means it’s the time of year for fantasy baseball drafts. Don’t play fantasy baseball? Think that fantasy football is way, way better? Well, I certainly beg to differ. If you love baseball, fantasy can be a load of fun. It’s like fantasy football, but with a…
Mar 14, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
The Nationals play a pair of split-squad games on Saturday afternoon against the two teams who may give them their biggest challenge in repeating as NL East division champs. At home in Viera they will host the Miami Marlins, while on the road in Port St. Lucie they will go up against the New York…
Mar 9, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT
The day began with news of Denard Span’s core muscle surgery, a procedure that will force the veteran center fielder to open the season on the DL. But attention now shifts to the field of play, with the Nationals hosting the Braves in this afternoon’s Grapefruit League game in Viera. Tony Gwynn Jr., whose stock…
Mar 5, 2015, 12:19 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals shocked many around the baseball world when they signed Max Scherzer to a record contract back in January. They strengthened a strength and added more firepower to what was already a very good starting rotation. But so far, all of it has been talk and projections on paper. They have yet to…
Mar 2, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals typically have held live batting practice drills on four consecutive days each spring, giving each pitcher in camp two opportunities to work off a mound with a batter at the plate. But a condensed scheduled this spring forced them to cut these sessions in half, putting some added emphasis on…
Feb 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT
Mark sat down with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Tuesday for a one-on-one interview at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. Ramos is of course excited to be working with what many expect to be the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball. Ramos also shares some goals of his own, including staying healthy which…
Feb 23, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT
In Mark’s latest report from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., he looks at who could be the odd-man out of their star-studded rotation. Right now there are six players vying for five spots, meaning someone will likely get bumped to the bullpen within the next few weeks. In this video Mark has reaction from Max…
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 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Trade with Oakland, Dec. 2011 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 27 GS, 158.2 IP, 134 H, 66 R, 63 ER, 10 HR, 56 BB, 162 K, 1.197 WHIP, 10-10, 3.57 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 3.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Gio Gonzalez comes back for his fourth year for…
Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT
Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…
Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…
Jan 16, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
It has become a running joke among members of the Nationals’ media corps, that if they make a sequel to the 2011 Oscar-nominated film ‘Moneyball,’ they will have to cast somebody as Mike Rizzo. Rizzo and Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane have become trade partners so often, that telling the story of either team…
Oct 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
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