Jul 28, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT
There’s been a whole lotta stuff flying around today, most notably trade rumors, but ultimately there’s a ballgame to be played tonight in Miami. The Nationals continue their 3-city, 10-game trip beginning tonight at Marlins Park, where Jose Fernandez takes the mound as the latest big-name pitcher to take on this lineup. The good news:…
Jul 22, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals insisted all along they weren’t going to place extra emphasis on this series, no matter how big the Mets tried to make it. Well, down to their last four outs and in danger of seeing their lead in the division fall to one measly game, the Nats might have suddenly…
Jul 22, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT
It’s the rubber game of this big division showdown, the Nationals and Mets having split the first two games by identical 7-2 scores. With a win today, the Nats would head out of town with a 3-game lead in the NL East. With a loss, that lead would be down to 1 game. So, kind…
Jul 18, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Well, if you had to condense it down to one word, it would be: Weird. The opener of this series between NL powers began Friday evening under normal circumstances, with the Dodgers taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on Adrian Gonzalez’s homer off Jordan Zimmermann. And that’s when this…
Jul 17, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
After four days off for the All-Star break, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night with a big series against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers come to town with their vaunted pitching staff, but it will not be Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke starting on Friday night. Instead, L.A. will pitch…
Jul 16, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT
[UPDATE AT 11:30 P.M. — The Dodgers changed their rotation order Thursday night. Mike Bolsinger will now start Friday against Jordan Zimmermann, with Clayton Kershaw starting Saturday against Doug Fister. Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer remain the Sunday starters.] The Nationals will give the ball to Jordan Zimmermann first out of the All-Star break, sending…
Jul 11, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Another sellout crowd at Camden Yards — this one with noticeably more red sprinkled among the orange — was treated to another taut ballgame and another compelling chapter in this budding rivalry. And this time the Nationals emerged victorious, thanks to big blasts from their two biggest home-run hitters this season:…
Jul 11, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Hello again from Camden Yards, where again the humidity is down and we’re in for what appears to be a beautiful night for baseball. It’s Game 2 of this weekend’s Battle of the Beltways, and after losing last night in walk-off fashion, the Nationals need to get back on track and avoid dropping…
Jul 10, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT
[UPDATED: 6:12 p.m.] BALTIMORE — The Nationals placed Denard Span on the disabled list and Jordan Zimmermann on the paternity leave list Friday afternoon, part of a flurry of roster moves before the start of their weekend series against the Orioles. Infielder Wilmer Difo was recalled from Class AA Harrisburg to take Span’s roster spot…
Jul 5, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann’s last three starts have been special, and on Sunday, his excellent outing gave the Nationals a three-game sweep over the defending world champions. Zimmerman pitched seven solid innings, and Wilson Ramos slammed a tie-breaking homer as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 before 33,157 at Nationals Park on Sunday night. Zimmermann…
Jul 5, 2015, 4:48 PM EDT
The bad news: Stephen Strasburg is back on the DL, this time with a left oblique strain. With the Nationals not needing a fifth starter until after the All-Star break, Taylor Jordan has been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to serve as a long man in the bullpen for the time being. The good news:…
Jul 1, 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: 5-1 Team slash: .269/.336/.406 Team ERA: 2.29 Runs per game: 4.6 STOCK UP Jordan Zimmermann, SP: 1-0/ 15.2 IP/ 0.00 ERA For this edition of Stock Watch, we probably should have…
Jul 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There was a time, really not all that long ago, when any victory by the Nationals over the Braves was cause for celebration, something to be savored given how rare it was. Not so much anymore. These days, anything other than a win over Atlanta is cause for concern, as if something must be wrong…
Jun 30, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT
After a wild weekend of baseball in Philadelphia, the Nationals now head to Atlanta to wrap up their road trip with a 3-game series against the Braves. Hey, remember the whole “The Nats can’t beat the Braves ’cause they’re in their heads” thing? Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore. The Nationals have won eight straight against…
Jun 25, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
You can believe in the idea of momentum and feeding off teammates’ performances or not. Just recognize this: Jordan Zimmermann took the mound for the top of the first Wednesday night knowing full well what the four previous men who did the same for the Nationals had accomplished. Joe Ross, after allowing one run in…
Jun 24, 2015, 10:16 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was just something about this matchup — Jordan Zimmermann vs. Shelby Miller — that seemed to foretell a compelling pitchers’ duel at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. Sure enough, a boisterous crowd of 36,141 was treated to a humdinger of a ballgame, with the two right-handers posting matching zeroes into…
Jun 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
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…
Jun 22, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
When Max Scherzer painted his 1-hit, 16-strikeout masterpiece last week in Milwaukee, the thought immediately came to mind that we might have just witnessed the best pitching performance in Nationals history. And then six days later, Scherzer perhaps topped that masterpiece with his almost-perfect-game-still-no-hitter against the Pirates. Which leaves me now wondering what exactly is…
Jun 17, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
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…
Jun 17, 2015, 10:10 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Theory of Baseball Momentum would dictate that a team that scores 16 runs on 23 hits one night would be in prime position to stay hot the next night against the exact same team. Matt Williams, though, doesn’t believe momentum exists from game-to-game, and on Wednesday night the Nationals manager…
Jun 17, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT
So, when you score 16 runs on a club-record 23 hits, what do you do for an encore? We’ll find out tonight when the Nationals-Rays series shifts to D.C. after a pair of games in St. Petersburg. The Nats will be hoping to carry over some momentum from last night’s offensive onslaught, and they’ll be…
Jun 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Friday night’s game in Milwaukee — an 8-4 loss to the Brewers — won’t go down as one of the more memorable games of the season. It was another frustrating loss to a struggling opponent, and it continued the Nationals’ downward trend. They’ve now lost 11 of their last 14, leaving them a precarious 31-30…
Jun 12, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT
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…
Jun 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
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…
Jun 7, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT
The Nationals lineup has suffered through a well-documented stretch of futility in recent weeks, but on Sunday there were glimpses of hope. They struck for three runs off eight hits against the Cubs, representing a sign of progress given just how bad they have been lately. Three runs is a step in the right direction, but…
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