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…
Jun 7, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ offense showed signs of life on Sunday with two early runs to give Jordan Zimmermann a lead to work with, but Zimmermann himself could not capitalize in what ended up one of his worst starts of the 2015 season so far. Zimmermann gave up four runs to the Cubs and…
Jun 3, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I looked ahead to this weekend’s Nats-Cubs series with CSN Chicago Insider Patrick Mooney. We also talked to Matt Swope, Director of Baseball Operations for the Maryland Terrapins. Mooney was great on Kris Bryant and the…
Jun 2, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT
With a taxed bullpen, a doubleheader to manage and the highest-scoring MLB team in town, the Nationals turned to Jordan Zimmermann on Tuesday hoping for a long and efficient start. They got just that, as Zimmermann carved up the Toronto Blue Jays in his best game of the 2015 season so far on a dark and rainy…
Jun 2, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a rain-soaked Monday night, the Nationals and Blue Jays were back at the ballpark early Tuesday, hoping to squeeze two games in despite another ominous forecast. The rain held off enough, though, to get the afternoon opener in without delay. A well-pitched, fast-paced game by Jordan Zimmermann and R.A. Dickey…
Jun 2, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Hey, let’s try this again. After last night’s washout, the Nationals and Blue Jays are back at the park early today, attempting to pull off a day-night doubleheader despite more rain in the forecast at various times during the day. (Actually, there’s rain in the rain in the forecast every day this week.) Both teams…
May 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ 3-2 loss in Chicago on Tuesday had a little bit of everything. A gutty pitching performance by Jordan Zimmermann. Another jaw-dropping home run by Bryce Harper. And some inexplicable mental mistakes by Yunel Escobar and (to a lesser extent) Ian Desmond during the decisive ninth inning. All of that made for one of…
May 26, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
If you were worried when Bryce Harper slammed pretty hard into the ivy (and the brick wall behind it) making a catch yesterday at Wrigley Field, it appears you can stand down. Harper, who appeared to jam his right hand against the wall while bracing himself, stayed in the game (and doubled in his next…
May 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Two batters into Wednesday night’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals were down a run, a pair of Yankees having already connected for base hits. Four batters in, and the score was 2-0, as the crowd of 37,648 — at least, the portion of it that wasn’t still making its way into the park —…
May 20, 2015, 9:48 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals don’t seem to know how to play a boring ballgame right now, and Wednesday night’s wild affair with the Yankees was only the latest example of that, with the third-inning ejections of Bryce Harper and Matt Williams stealing the spotlight from what already was going to be a compelling…
May 20, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
So, what do the Nationals do for an encore tonight? Does Bryce Harper have another home run in him? Does Ryan Zimmerman have another walk-off homer against the Yankees in his bag of tricks? Or is something else completely unexpected bound to happen? Matt Williams’ lineup is mostly the same from last night’s dramatic, extra-inning…
May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT
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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