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  1. Stock Watch: Starting pitchers scuffling

    Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 24, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:  3.83   STOCK UP    Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS   Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…

  2. The Baseball Show: A rough start to the second half

    Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

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    There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…

  3. Is Desmond back?

    Jul 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    You wondered it after enjoying a big day at the plate to begin the week and shared an anecdote about a pep talk he received from Cal Ripken. And then you wondered it after he went 5-for-9 in the Nationals’ series against the Mets. And then you really wondered it when he homered Thursday night…

  4. Rough start to 2nd half, but Nats weathering storm

    Jul 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have come out of the All-Star break and gone 3-5, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game but giving up an average of 4.75 during that same stretch. Not exactly the kind of baseball you want to be playing at this stage of the season. Even so, the Nats have actually gained…

  5. Fister and Roark struggle; Desmond keeps heating up

    Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…

  6. Williams on Ripken/Desmond; Taylor on his catch

    Jul 21, 2015, 6:24 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Ian Desmond told a story after Monday night’s game that caught the attention of many baseball fans in the Mid-Atlantic area, how MLB Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. gave him some advice recently that may have helped him snap out of an extended hitless streak. Ripken saw Desmond before one of…

  7. Desmond says encouragement from Cal Ripken has helped

    Jul 20, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond entered Monday’s game hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, a streak that dated back to July 10, a span of 10 days. But in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Mets on Monday night, Desmond reached base twice: once on an infield single and then later with a two-run homer, his eighth of…

  8. Dodgers 4, Nats 2: Kershaw dominates in nightcap

    Jul 18, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Only 20 minutes following a rousing win in the completion of Friday night’s suspended game, the Nationals took the field full of pep and positive vibes. And then a left-hander named Clayton Kershaw sucked all the life out of them over the next 2 1/2 hours. The Dodgers ace, 3-time Cy…

  9. Rizzo confident Desmond can turn season around

    Jul 15, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

    USA Today

    With a full four days off in between games due to the 2015 MLB All-Star break, most of the Nationals roster will get a nice rest before they get back going against the Dodgers on Friday night. The second half of the season is about to begin and, though the Nats are currently in first…

  10. Stock Watch: As usual, Harper leading the way

    Jul 8, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  11. Lineup goes quiet in 4-1 loss to Braves

    Jul 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There are nights when the Nationals’ lineup looks capable of posting big numbers, no matter how many regulars find themselves shelved due to injury. And then there are nights like Wednesday. The Nationals looked feeble at the plate during their 4-1 loss to the Braves, held to a measly four hits by rookie right-hander Matt…

  12. Desmond showing signs of breaking out of slump

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond wasn’t going to get too excited over a couple of strong days at the plate, even if they included a monstrous home run and several more quality at-bats. “Baby steps,” the Nationals shortstop said after Sunday’s doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. “I feel like I’m moving in the right direction.” For…

  13. Phillies 8, Nats 5: Roark rocked as winning streak ends at 8

    Jun 28, 2015, 8:01 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a dazzling performance by Stephen Strasburg in the opener of their doubleheader, the Nationals were hoping for something special out of Tanner Roark in the nightcap. They didn’t get it, nor did they get enough offense against the Phillies’ fill-in starter, Severino Gonzalez, and thus were left to settle for…

  14. Nats hoping Desmond’s long slump is nearing its end

    Jun 26, 2015, 8:37 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) celebrates with his teammates after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    You’re not supposed to glean much from a two-game stretch, especially in the context of a full baseball season. But for Ian Desmond and the Nationals, the past 48 hours have provided hope that the three-time Silver Slugger Award winner could be on the verge of ending his prolonged slump. After notching the game-winning RBI the…

  15. Slumping and with a heavy heart, Desmond comes up big

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT

    MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

    Ian Desmond knows one swing will not solve all of his problems and break him out of his worst offensive funk in years. After all, it wasn’t even a hit. But given the circumstances surrounding the night, his slump and the team, Desmond’s walkoff sac fly to beat the Braves on Wednesday sure seems like…

  16. Game 72: Braves at Nats

    Jun 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

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    What kind of a roll is the Nationals’ rotation on? Well, that group collectively has tossed 26 consecutive scoreless innings over four games now. Not surprisingly, the Nats are 4-0 in those games. We’ve seen Joe Ross, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg all dominate. Now it’s Jordan Zimmermann’s turn to try to keep…

  17. Desmond in depth on his struggles

    Jun 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Stuck in a month-long slump, shortstop Ian Desmond was given Friday night off by the Nationals’ coaching staff with the intention of giving him some rest, both physically and mentally. He was also out of the lineup initially on Saturday before Yunel Escobar was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. Desmond is not used…

  18. Desmond gets another day off

    Jun 19, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond got his first day of the season off last week in Milwaukee, but the Nationals shortstop still spent much of his time at Miller Park in work mode, whether in the batting cage or the dugout, trying to fix what has been ailing him all year. So when he decided to give Desmond…

  19. Souza returns to Nats Park with big game

    Jun 17, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT

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    Steven Souza, Jr. played only 21 games for the Nationals before getting traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this past offseason, the but the big-swinging outfielder will long be remembered for his final play in a Nats uniform. That would, of course, be his leaping grab in left-center field to save Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter on…

  20. An erratic road trip ends on a high note

    Jun 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  21. Game 61: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 12, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT

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    Things did not go well last night for the Nationals, who blew an early 5-1 lead to the Brewers, with Tanner Roark fading as his start progressed, the bullpen giving up the go-ahead run and Aaron Barrett suffering what we now know was a biceps strain (he has been placed on the DL). But tonight…

  22. Stock Watch: What’s wrong with Zimmerman?

    Jun 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman reacts after he struck out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Washington. The Cubs won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 2-4 Team slash: .240/.290/.399 Team ERA: 4.42 Runs per game:  3.16   STOCK UP  Danny Espinosa, 2B/LF:  .438 AVG/ 2 HR/ 4 RBI  It’s hard to believe, but Espinosa has quietly been one of…

  23. Key decisions backfire for Nats in latest loss

    Jun 9, 2015, 11:57 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — There is, of course, the biggest underlying problem for the Nationals that has stretched over the last two weeks: A team-wide offensive slump. But when a team isn’t scoring runs with any regularity, it must find other ways to win close, low-scoring ballgames. And that means every key decision made, whether by…

  24. Streaky Nats try to find some consistency

    Jun 9, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

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    There was the 7-13 start to the season, which left more than a few observers concerned. Then there was the 21-6 stretch that included nine consecutive series won, leaving more than a few observers raving about the Nationals. Now, though, there is a 2-8 slump, one that has dropped the Nats out of first place…

  25. Nats lineup still searching for answers

    Jun 7, 2015, 9:32 AM EDT

    Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) reacts after striking out to end the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    When the Nationals broke out for seven runs on Friday night, the hope was certainly for that momentum to carry over on Saturday in their early afternoon bout with the Cubs. Manager Matt Williams had adjusted his lineup with Ryan Zimmerman batting second and Anthony Rendon hitting cleanup. He went with the same approach on…

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