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 30, 2015, 11:23 PM EDT
ATLANTA — He didn’t arrive in D.C. with the hype that surrounded Stephen Strasburg. He doesn’t own a major award like Max Scherzer. He has never won 20 games like Gio Gonzalez. And he certainly didn’t display flair on and off the field like Livan Hernandez. None of that mattered, though, with Jordan Zimmermann. Simply…
Sep 30, 2015, 9:22 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals aren’t exactly putting forth their best performance in the waning days of a lost season. For the second straight night, they were shut down by a Braves pitching staff that has ranked among the league’s worst all year. Despite a bunch of golden opportunities early against Williams Perez, they…
Sep 30, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Jordan Zimmermann made his final start at Nationals Park last Friday night, an event that drew plenty of attention, in part because it didn’t end the way anyone would have liked for it to end. But the right-hander still had one more start to make in a Nationals uniform, and it will come…
Sep 25, 2015, 11:40 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann and Matt Williams are many things, but sentimental men they most certainly are not. Both the Nationals right-hander and his manager care too much about the competition at hand to get caught up in emotions. So the fact neither made much of the manner in which Zimmermann departed Friday night’s 8-2 loss to…
Sep 25, 2015, 9:35 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals already were moving ever closer to elimination when they took the field for the opener of a weekend series with the Phillies. The crowd of 31,019 that gathered on South Capitol Street did so knowing the outcome of the game would be secondary to the reception the man on…
Sep 25, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann made his first career start at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009, in front of a sparse gathering of a few hundred fans who waited out a 2-hour, 10-minute rain delay to see a promising rookie right-hander beat the Braves, 3-2. Tonight, Zimmermann takes the mound at Nationals Park for the 94th time…
Sep 19, 2015, 6:51 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the third straight day, the Nationals dug themselves into a 2-0 hole against the Marlins after one inning. But for the second straight day, they managed to dig themselves back out of that hole and emerge victorious. With a 3-run rally in the fifth that included a home run by…
Sep 19, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT
After a wild, extra-inning win last night, the Nationals are back at it this afternoon, looking to make it two in a row against the Marlins. They had their hands full last night with Jose Fernandez; today they’ll face slightly less-accomplished lefty Justin Nicolino, who owns a 3.81 ERA in nine career starts, none of…
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 14, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where we may witness history over the next three nights: This might well be the first series between the Nationals and Phillies with so little at stake since one of these franchises played in Montreal. (Hey, I didn’t say this was positive history!) It’s kind of odd to…
Sep 8, 2015, 10:26 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Sigh. There are ways to lose a game. And then there are ways to really lose a game. And then there’s what happened tonight at Nationals Park. It was as painful as any loss this team has ever suffered, ranking alongside postseason heartbreakers, arguably even tougher to stomach than those. At…
Sep 3, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT
The last three nights presented perhaps the Nationals’ toughest test the rest of the season: a road series in St. Louis against the best team in baseball. As frustrating as that series proved to be, they emerged with one win. Which, to be honest, is probably what most would have expected going into it. Now,…
Aug 25, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT
In perhaps their first true concession to the difficult task they now face in overtaking the Mets for the NL East title, the Nationals have reshuffled the order of their rotation, ensuring their top three starters all line up for their Labor Day series against their division rivals. Max Scherzer, who was initially scheduled to…
Aug 18, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT
It’s been just a bit of rough 48 hours for the Nationals, who since last playing Sunday in San Francisco have been excoriated throughout the baseball world for … well, you name it. Their sub-.500 record. Their struggling lineup. Their under-performing rotation. Their under-fire manager. Their roster-constructing GM. Tonight in Denver, the Nats get back…
Aug 7, 2015, 10:24 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Everything was going according to plan for the Nationals. Jordan Zimmermann dominated on the mound. Several key members of the lineup delivered big hits to give their team the lead. All that was left was for the back end of the bullpen to finish it off. But that’s when things stopped…
Aug 7, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT
The Nationals open a 3-game weekend series tonight against the Rockies, hoping to build off the momentum of yesterday’s 8-3 trouncing of the Diamondbacks and keep themselves on an upward track. To do that, they’ll need Jordan Zimmermann to keep a potent Colorado lineup in check. The Rockies lead the NL in runs, batting average,…
Aug 5, 2015, 12:00 PM 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: .213/.262/.356 Team ERA: 3.00 Runs per game: 3.14 STOCK UP Drew Storen, RP: 4 GP/ 1-0/ 0.00 ERA For those concerned about how Storen would take to…
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:…
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