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  1. Rays 5, Nats 0: Lineup silenced one night after explosion

    Jun 17, 2015, 10:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Game 66: Rays at Nats

    Jun 17, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  3. On JZ’s bad start, Harper’s homer and Carpenter’s debut

    Jun 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. Game 61: Nats at Brewers

    Jun 12, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. Stock Watch: What’s wrong with Zimmerman?

    Jun 11, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman reacts after he struck out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Washington. The Cubs won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    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…

  6. Zimmermann, Treinen find trouble in Nats’ loss

    Jun 7, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT

    Jun 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  7. Cubs 6, Nats 3: Zimmermann struggles as Nats fall to Cubs

    Jun 7, 2015, 7:18 PM EDT

    Jun 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  8. Baseball in the District – Patrick Mooney & Md. baseball’s Matt Swope

    Jun 3, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  9. Zimmermann steps up to help Nats bullpen

    Jun 2, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jun 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in game one of a double header at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  10. Nats 2, Blue Jays 0: Zimmermann cruises in twinbill opener

    Jun 2, 2015, 3:24 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. Game 51: Blue Jays at Nats

    Jun 2, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  12. On JZ’s battle, Harper’s homer and 9th inning gaffes

    May 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    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…

  13. Game 46: Nats at Cubs

    May 26, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. After shaky 1st, Zimmermann turns in top-notch start

    May 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    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 —…

  15. Nats 3, Yankees 2: Harper ejected again, Nats rally again

    May 20, 2015, 9:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. Game 41: Yankees at Nats

    May 20, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  17. Where would Nats be without Scherzer?

    May 17, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    May 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    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…

  18. Game 37: Nats at Padres

    May 15, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. Nats 5, Braves 4: More late heroics after a lost lead

    May 10, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT

    May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    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.…

  20. Nats 6, Marlins 4: Desmond, Escobar key late rally

    May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  21. Game 27: Marlins at Nats

    May 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  22. Confident once again, Nats’ lineup is on fire

    Apr 29, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

    AP

    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…

  23. Nats 13, Braves 4: Bats stay red-hot, set franchise record

    Apr 29, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

    AP

    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…

  24. Game 22: Nats at Braves

    Apr 29, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  25. Lack of late-inning execution holding 7-10 Nats back

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

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    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…

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