Oct 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
This was, without question, a supremely disappointing baseball season in D.C. Yes, for the Nationals. But more importantly, for those of us who covered the team all season and completely botched our Opening Day predictions. We do this every year, and every year we’re proven wrong. But we keep coming back for more punishment every…
Oct 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The 2015 season was a massive disappointment for the Nationals, who fell short of the playoffs and a World Series title they were expected to compete for. In attempt to make sense of what went wrong for them and how they can prevent it from happening again, we’ve put together a three-part series on the…
Oct 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK — Take the Nationals’ just-completed season on several individual merits, and the unknowing observer might well have assumed this team had cruised into the playoffs. Bryce Harper posting historic numbers that made him a potentially unanimous MVP choice? Max Scherzer throwing two no-hitters, plus a 16-strikeout 1-hitter, with a 276-to-34 strikeout-to-walk ratio that…
Sep 26, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT
For weeks, the Nationals knew this day would come. They knew their inevitable fate of being eliminated from the playoff race was going to happen, one way or another. There were nights when it seemed like it was already over, then the window would open and a glimmer of light would shine through. There were many…
Sep 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The meeting was brief, tense and essentially spoke volumes of what Max Scherzer is all about. In the seventh inning of a 2-2 game with two outs and a man on second base, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a visit to the mound — not so much to remove his ace, but more so to see…
Sep 19, 2015, 12:35 AM EDT
As Jayson Werth crawled on all fours to touch the plate, his forehead bloodied, his uniform askew, his hair flowing in every possible direction, the Nationals came pouring out of their dugout to celebrate. Half of them approached Jose Lobaton, the man who lofted the sacrifice fly that made it all possible. The other half…
Sep 17, 2015, 10:58 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — When Jayson Werth returned from a broken wrist in 2012, he remained a productive hitter for the Nationals, just not a power hitter. His wrist needing more time to regain full strength, Werth wound up morphing from a middle-of-the-order power threat into a top-of-the-order table-setter. So when he returned from another fracture to…
Sep 17, 2015, 12:06 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper is as much a student of the game as anybody is these days, so he understands and appreciates what he accomplished here Wednesday night. Even if he didn’t much want to talk about personal accomplishments. “We got  more games left,” he said. “So I’ll answer that at the end of…
Sep 16, 2015, 9:56 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia at the start of the week, understanding they were now playing out the string in every sense other than the mathematical sense, their deficit in the NL East too great to overcome with so little time left on the calendar. Maybe that lack of pressure, though,…
Sep 15, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth, by all accounts, should have been on cloud nine Monday night. He had been on a tear at the plate over the last month, had just homered twice to lead the Nationals to victory and had done so in his old stomping grounds in front of booing Phillies fans. Why, then,…
Sep 14, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s been quite some time since the Nationals and Phillies played a ballgame with as little at stake as there was tonight. Truth be told, it probably hasn’t happened since the Nats called Montreal home. That made for a decided lack of buzz inside Citizens Bank Park for this one, with…
Sep 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Bryce Harper had a phenomenal game Wednesday night at a time when his team needed it most. He homered. He doubled. He homered again, this time with the Nationals trailing the Mets late, their season on the brink of collapse. It was the kind of performance that should have carried the Nationals through a must-win…
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, 11:00 AM 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: .293/.363/.478 Team ERA: 4.52 Runs per game: 4.85 STOCK UP Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .321 AVG/ 4 HR/ 11 RBI There’s a decent chance that it might be…
Sep 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
You’re not going to win every game. Nobody does. But when you’ve got significant ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it, you can’t afford to give away games that were there for the taking. Which is exactly what the Nationals have done too many times over the last month,…
Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…
Aug 27, 2015, 11:49 PM EDT
Denard Span’s return from the disabled list earlier this week was as big an emotional boost as the Nationals had experienced in quite some time. Which only made the center fielder’s return to the DL late Thursday night an even tougher punch to the gut. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his…
Aug 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams will get a chance to do something tonight he hasn’t been able to do since July 6: Fill out a lineup card that includes Denard Span’s name. And he very well may get a chance to do something he hasn’t been able to do at all in 2015: Fill out a lineup card…
Aug 22, 2015, 9:51 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals tried not to make too much of Friday night’s unsightly loss to the Brewers, which came on the heels of a red-eye flight from Colorado following a long West Coast trip. The proof, though, would hinge on how they played in tonight’s second game against Milwaukee. The answer: Well.…
Aug 22, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT
The sky is blue, the humidity is low, it’s a gorgeous Saturday in the District of Columbia, and there’s a ballgame to be played tonight. Can’t complain about that, right? OK, so there’s plenty to complain about right now as it pertains to the Nationals, who after dropping last night’s series opener to the Brewers…
Aug 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
For 10 days, they had either lost ground to the Mets or at best kept pace with the NL East leaders, unable to gain positive momentum of any kind. But late Wednesday night, the Nationals finally closed the gap a bit, taking advantage of the Orioles’ walk-off win over New York by rallying themselves to…
Aug 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Call it desperation. Call it a hunch. Call it a calculated gamble. Whatever you want to call it, the lineup card Matt Williams filled out Tuesday in Colorado was unlike any he had attached his signature to since becoming manager of the Nationals last year. Jayson Werth, owner of a .261 on-base percentage (.203 in…
Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
If it feels like you’ve been watching the Nationals’ worst stretch of baseball in a long time … well, you’re absolutely right. This team has gone 4-13 over the last 2 1/2 weeks, the franchise’s worst 17-game stretch since 2011. That’s also the last time the Nats finished with a losing record, a fact that…
Aug 14, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT
At this point, there’s not much else to say except for the obvious: The Nationals need to start playing better baseball, and as a result start winning more games, before their deficit to the surging Mets becomes too steep to overcome. They’ll try again tonight in San Francisco, hoping both that Max Scherzer can put…
Aug 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
This space could be devoted to a breakdown of Thursday night’s 3-1 loss in San Francisco, with mentions of Stephen Strasburg’s rocky first inning but impressive rebound after that, Yunel Escobar’s game-opening homer followed by a complete lack of offense by the Nationals after that and yet another case of this bullpen’s inability to keep…
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