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…
May 15, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT
With the just-announced news of Doug Fister going on the DL with right forearm tightness, the Nationals need quality starts now more than ever. Jordan Zimmermann can help get them back on track tonight when he takes the mound at Petco Park for the second game of this four-game series. Zimmermann has battled some of…
May 10, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals secured their first sweep of the 2015 season on Sunday thanks to some more late game heroics to bail out their bullpen. This time it was Matt Grace who gave up a would-be go-ahead run. And this time it was Wilson Ramos who provided the decisive hit in the 5-4 victory.…
May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an eventful, 10-game road trip that ended on a high note, the Nationals were right back at the park Monday night to open a 6-game homestand, with another surging division rival in town. What transpired was another taut, low-scoring affair that was decided late. As has been…
May 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
Ah, it’s good to be back home again. It’s been awhile since the Nationals last took the field here on South Capitol Street, when they lost 2 of 3 to the Cardinals. That set in motion the 6-game losing streak, which set in motion the historic comeback in Atlanta, which set in motion a strong…
Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT
ATLANTA — On Tuesday evening, the Nationals fielded a starting lineup that included only one hitter with a batting average better than .250 and five with a batting average worse than .205. This was a source of concern for some who were worried such a putrid April at the plate could be a sign of…
Apr 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s far too soon to know whether Tuesday night’s stunning comeback will be the turning point in the Nationals’ season. But it’s probably safe to say this: It certainly woke this team’s bats up. After pounding the shell-shocked Braves for 13 runs during that record-setting rally, the Nationals came right back…
Apr 29, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
ATLANTA — And so we’re back at Turner Field for the finale of this series, wondering whether the Nationals will use last night’s dramatic victory as a catapult to bigger and better things, or whether it was a mere blip in an otherwise frustrating month of baseball. Not wanting to mess around with perfection, Matt…
Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
MIAMI — Baseball has a reputation for being among the most complex major sports in the world, but sometimes it’s actually a rather simple game. Take the Nationals, who after a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night are now a disappointing 7-10 on the season, the vast majority of those losses coming in…
Apr 24, 2015, 9:45 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s only April 24, but the Nationals recognize this 3-city, 10-game road trip through the NL East presents a real opportunity to make up some ground in the division. So they took the field at Marlins Park tonight with a sharp effort, getting dominant and efficient work from Jordan Zimmermann, some…
Apr 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
MIAMI — Hello from the one and only (which is probably a good thing) Marlins Park, where tonight the Nationals open a 10-game road trip with the first of three against the Marlins in this amusement park of a baseball stadium. Miami, which entering the season appeared to be the Nats’ biggest challenger in the…
Apr 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann pitched well enough to win Saturday afternoon. But that’s never been good enough for Zimmermann, nor for those who have come to expect more out of the Nationals right-hander. So Zimmermann was fairly hard on himself following the 5-3 loss to the Phillies, one in which he gave up four runs (two earned)…
Apr 18, 2015, 4:02 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Ian Desmond’s defensive struggles have been painful enough to watch on their own, but the fact several have directly impacted the results of Nationals games has only made this saga all the more painful to experience. That saga hit a low point Saturday afternoon, when a pair of Desmond miscues at…
Apr 18, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT
It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the District, a perfect day for some matinee baseball as the Nationals try to extend their winning streak to four game and get back to the .500 mark overall, facing a Phillies club that has lost six in a row. Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup after straining…
Apr 13, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a nutshell? It stunk. There’s no other way to describe it from the Nationals’ perspective. They put on a clinic in bad baseball for the first three innings, with errors committed, multiple fly balls falling in between outfielders, bases left uncovered, consecutive opposing batters plunked and assorted other maladies. Given…
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