Aug 5, 2015, 3:32 PM EST
If you add up their last nine offensive innings (beginning with the bottom of the ninth Monday night), the Nationals have scored nine runs on 14 hits against Diamondbacks pitching. That’s a potentially encouraging development for this struggling lineup, though we’ll see if it carries over into tonight’s game. One significant change to that lineup,…
Jul 31, 2015, 11:14 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: You want pennant race baseball? Here you go, folks. A few short hours after the trade deadline passed, the Nationals and Mets opened a big weekend series that will play a significant role in the outcome of this season’s NL East race. And it was everything you could want it to…
Jul 25, 2015, 4:20 PM EST
For weeks, we’ve been talking about members of the Nationals lineup who are unavailable to play. Tonight, we’re finally able to talk about a couple who are available to play, and who will play. Yes, Anthony Rendon is off the DL, having missed the last month with a strained left quadriceps muscle; he’s batting second…
Jul 20, 2015, 9:58 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In Game 3 of their crazy week facing some of the best pitching the NL has to offer, the Nationals stared down the Dark Knight of Gotham and for the first time in a long time lived to tell about it. The Nats got to Matt Harvey for two runs in…
Jul 20, 2015, 3:28 PM EST
They were shut out by Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Then they were shut out by Zack Greinke on Sunday. Now the Nationals have to face Matt Harvey in the opener of a huge series with a Mets club that comes to town a mere 2 games back in the NL East. Tough assignment? You bet.…
Jul 11, 2015, 10:50 AM EST
BALTIMORE — It got lost in the shuffle after the Nationals’ bullpen gave up the tying and winning runs late, but Gio Gonzalez turned in another strong effort Friday night at Camden Yards, offering more encouragement that the left-hander has turned a corner. Gonzalez allowed one run over six innings, departing with the Nationals leading…
Jul 10, 2015, 10:21 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Round 1 of this year’s Battle of the Beltways brought the season’s largest crowd to Camden Yards. And it brought a tight, tense ballgame to downtown Baltimore, decided late by bullpens and big at-bats. In the end, the Orioles’ relief corps and big bats came through when the Nationals’ could not.…
Jul 9, 2015, 2:41 PM EST
Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats in their series-opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Gonzalez was scheduled to start on Wednesday before the Nats’ game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed due to rain. The rotation for the rest of the weekend has yet…
Jul 8, 2015, 3:25 PM EST
Another day, another depleted lineup card filled out by Matt Williams. Denard Span and Yunel Escobar once again are not playing due to injuries, and as of this posting, the Nationals have announced no roster moves. Which means they’ll be playing with an extremely short bench again for tonight’s series finale against the Reds. How…
Jul 3, 2015, 2:35 PM EST
The last time the Nationals hosted the Giants … well, I guess the less said the better. You all know what happened. It’s a new season, though, and this weekend the Nats have an opportunity to keep their hot streak going against the defending champs. Gio Gonzalez gets the start in tonight’s series opener (note…
Jun 27, 2015, 5:05 PM EST
Updated at 6:13 p.m. PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals are miffed at the Phillies after Saturday afternoon’s game began on-time, only to be postponed due to heavy rain that had been forecast all along after only 1 1/2 innings, a decision that forced the Nats to burn up starter Gio Gonzalez and find a fill-in starter…
Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question. Also in question…
Jun 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
There was no no-hitter this time. It wasn’t even a complete game. But what Gio Gonzalez turned in Sunday as a follow-up to Max Scherzer’s gem may very well have been his most efficient and effective start of the season. Buoyed by a nine run first inning — one he helped contribute to with an RBI…
Jun 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Just when you thought it was safe to turn on a Nationals game and have some semblance of confidence in the starting pitcher’s ability to take control, Gio Gonzalez took the mound Tuesday night and reminded us this rotation remains something less than desired right now. Gonzalez lasted only 3 1/3 innings during the Nationals’…
Jun 15, 2015, 3:45 PM EST
Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals lineup tonight, his left knee/quad apparently feeling well enough for him to hit after sitting out yesterday’s game in Milwaukee. But Harper won’t be fully participating in the game at Tampa Bay; since they’re playing in an AL park, he’ll be able to serve as designated hitter for…
Jun 10, 2015, 4:44 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As was the case Tuesday night, the Nationals and Yankees found themselves in a tight pitchers’ duel for six innings. And as was the case Tuesday, the Yankees then busted out for four runs in the seventh to take the lead. This time, though, the Nats stormed back to tie the…
Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EST
NEW YORK — Hello again from Yankee Stadium, where today this very brief, 2-game series wraps up with a matinee, getaway-day game. The Nationals, losers in nine of their last 11 games, really need this one. The Yankees, on the other hand, are riding a 7-game winning streak and have opened up a 2 1/2-game…
May 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
It had been a month since the Nationals last dropped two games in a row, not to mention a series, so the events of the last 48 hours have come as a bit of a shock. A Nats club that was sky-high just lost two straight to the Reds, who had lost 10 of their…
May 30, 2015, 12:32 PM EST
On the heels of Stephen Strasburg’s abbreviated, 1-inning start last night, the Nationals sure could use a quality outing today from Gio Gonzalez. As always, Gonzalez’s ability to get quick outs and not raise his pitch count too early is key. The Nationals will be facing Reds rookie right-hander Raisel Iglesias, making only his fourth…
May 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
In the midst of Bryce Harper’s torrid May that has taken the baseball world by storm, it’s been easy to forget that the skill set of the Nationals’ phenom goes well beyond hitting the long ball. Just ask the Philadelphia Phillies, who saw Harper hurt them in more ways than one in the Nats’ 4-1…
May 24, 2015, 6:10 PM EST
Coming off a pair of ugly outings and having allowed at least five earned runs in three of his last five starts, Gio Gonzalez was searching for answers heading into Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Gonzalez had been uncharacteristically inconsistent, and something had to change. The lefty sought advice from a host of…
May 24, 2015, 4:22 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Gio Gonzalez turned the page on a pair of consecutive poor outings with one of his best games of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Nationals shut down the Phillies lineup in a 4-1 victory, giving them their eighth consecutive series win. The Phillies scored first in the fourth inning on…
May 19, 2015, 10:28 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: An enticing matchup between the red-hot Nationals (featuring the red-hot Bryce Harper) and the first-place Yankees produced some extra buzz at the ballpark Tuesday night. That the opener of this 2-game interleague showdown lived up to the hype only added to the intrigue. The Nationals burst out to a 2-0 lead…
May 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EST
Anytime the Yankees are in town, it’s a big deal. But it seems fair to ask tonight which team in this ballpark is the bigger deal, with bigger star power. It sure feels like the Nationals, doesn’t it? Indeed, Bryce Harper and Co. return home tonight deserving of all the praise and attention being heaped…
May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EST
When the Nationals first signed Max Scherzer to a record free-agent deal in January, many of us – including yours truly – scratched their heads. The Nats already had by most accounts the deepest rotation in baseball and by some numbers, such as starters ERA, the best. Where would Tanner Roark go? Was the move…
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