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  1. Scherzer finishes 5th in NL Cy Young voting

    Nov 18, 2015, 7:11 PM EST

    USA Today

    The results for the 2015 NL Cy Young award were announced on Wednesday night with Max Scherzer placing fifth in voting, his first year with the Nationals. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta edged out Dodgers star Zack Greinke to win the award for the first time in his career. Scherzer ties Jordan Zimmermann for the second-highest…

  2. Roster review: Max Scherzer

    Oct 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 31 How acquired: Free agent, Jan. 2015 MLB service time: 7 years, 79 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $17,142,857 million Contract status: Signed for $15 million in 2016, $15 million in 2017, $15 million in 2018, $35 million in 2019, $35 million in 2020, $35 million in 2021. (Salaries from 2019-21 will…

  3. After a disappointing 2015, what’s next for the Nats?

    Oct 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The 2015 season was a massive disappointment for the Nationals, who fell short of the playoffs and a World Series title they were expected to compete for. In attempt to make sense of what went wrong for them and how they can prevent it from happening again, we’ve put together a three-part series on the…

  4. What was the turning point for the 2015 Nationals?

    Oct 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    The 2015 season was a massive disappointment for the Nationals, who fell short of the playoffs and a World Series title they were expected to compete for. In attempt to make sense of what went wrong for them and how they can prevent it from happening again, we’ve put together a three-part series on the…

  5. Trying to make sense of a season that made little sense

    Oct 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…

  6. Putting Scherzer’s no-hitter into historical context

    Oct 4, 2015, 1:15 AM EST

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    NEW YORK — Any no-hitter is special, even in this age when they seem to happen on a somewhat regular basis. But some no-hitters stand out from the rest of the pack, and Max Scherzer’s gem Saturday night at Citi Field certainly fits the bill. By any number of measurements, Scherzer just authored one of…

  7. Scherzer throws 2nd no-hitter of season, shuts out Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 9:27 PM EST

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    Updated at 12:10 a.m. NEW YORK — In a perfect world, Max Scherzer would have done this either of the two previous times he faced the Mets, either on July 31 here at Citi Field or on Labor Day at Nationals Park. Those series were turning points in the Nationals’ season and played major roles…

  8. Game 161: Nats at Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — The prospect of a Max Scherzer-Matt Harvey showdown in Game 161 of a pennant race sure sounded like something to get excited about. That was, until the Mets clinched the NL East a week ago, rendering this matchup tonight pretty meaningless. Actually, given how many regulars are sitting after playing in this…

  9. Nats 5, Reds 1: Scherzer takes no-hitter into 8th

    Sep 28, 2015, 5:42 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Given everything that has transpired over the last week — official elimination from the NL East race, the plunking of Manny Machado, the dugout brawl between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper — there seemed little reason to pay attention to what actually was going to take place on the field Monday…

  10. Game 156: Reds at Nats

    Sep 28, 2015, 2:42 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Well, they’ll still be playing a ballgame here today. It’s the final home game of the season, and a bizarre one at that, considering it’s one game against the Reds, who had to fly into town just for this makeup after their July 8 game was rained out. It means nothing in the standings. And…

  11. Nats at odds after Machado homer, plunking

    Sep 24, 2015, 12:15 AM EST

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    On yet another night when the Mets tried their best to make the NL East race interesting, the Nationals lost yet another critical game on a home run following a difficult pitching decision made by their manager. Then, once a 4-3 loss to the Orioles was in the books, they found themselves at odds with…

  12. Orioles 4, Nats 3: Machado delivers clutch homer off Scherzer

    Sep 23, 2015, 10:09 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Knowing his team has reached a point where it all but has to win every remaining game on the schedule, Matt Williams asked his ace to do something extraordinary. Max Scherzer couldn’t quite do it, and so the Nationals lost yet another game via a huge hit allowed in the seventh…

  13. Game 151: Orioles at Nats

    Sep 23, 2015, 3:22 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Time hasn’t completely run out on the Nationals, but those triple zeroes are fast approaching. After missing an opportunity last night to gain ground on the Mets (who took a rare loss to Atlanta), the Nats remain 6 1/2 games back with 12 to play. They can afford to lose maybe one or two more…

  14. Scherzer’s fiery exchange with Williams highlights extra-inning win

    Sep 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Sep 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    The meeting was brief, tense and essentially spoke volumes of what Max Scherzer is all about. In the seventh inning of a 2-2 game with two outs and a man on second base, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a visit to the mound — not so much to remove his ace, but more so to see…

  15. Nats 5, Marlins 4 (10): Bullpen blows it, lineup saves day

    Sep 18, 2015, 10:29 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals knew they were facing a stiff challenge, trying to beat Jose Fernandez for the first time in six career head-to-head matchups. It would require a strong performance from Max Scherzer, not to mention some timely hits. Thing is, they got all that but still wound up engaged in a…

  16. Game 147: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 18, 2015, 3:31 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    We’ve got a humdinger of a pitching matchup here tonight, with Max Scherzer taking the mound for the Nationals and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins. Each right-hander’s most-recent start came against the same opponent, with Scherzer shutting out Miami over eight innings and Fernandez shutting out the Nats over five innings. The Nationals are just…

  17. Game 142: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

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    How inept has the Nationals lineup been this weekend? In two games at Marlins Park, that lineup has scored a total of one (unearned) run on 10 hits, only one of them going for extra bases. Is it any wonder, then, that the Nats have lost both games, despite having surrendered only four runs? They’ll…

  18. On middle-inning decisions and blown leads

    Sep 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EST


    Does this sound familiar: The Nationals scratch and claw their way to take a 5-3 lead against a first-place club into the sixth or seventh inning, only to watch that lead fritter away and ultimately lose by a score of 8-5? It should sound familiar, because it just happened Monday against the Mets. And last…

  19. Scherzer’s woes continue in loss to Mets

    Sep 7, 2015, 6:41 PM EST

    USA Today

    Throughout the first half of the season Max Scherzer was the lone bright spot for a Nationals rotation that was expected by many to be among the very best. Somehow he managed to look like a better pitcher after signing a record free agent contract to come to Washington. But that has simply not been…

  20. Mets 8, Nats 5: Back-and-forth opener goes to N.Y.

    Sep 7, 2015, 4:31 PM EST


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was a different energy in the air this afternoon as the Nationals and Mets opened a 3-game series unlike anything previously seen in these parts. True pennant race baseball has come to D.C. The fans felt it. The players and managers certainly seemed to feel it, as well, resulting in…

  21. Game 137: Mets at Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 9:57 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    In nearly 11 years of baseball back in the District, the Nationals have barely played any regular-season games of truly significant magnitude. Think about it: They ran away with the NL East title in both 2012 and 2014. They collapsed in 2005 before hitting the stretch run. They waited too long to go on their…

  22. Game 132: Nats at Cardinals

    Sep 2, 2015, 4:42 PM EST

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    The Nationals may have blown two golden opportunities to win games in St. Louis the last two nights, but the Cardinals also did their part to present the Nats with those opportunities, whether in Mike Matheny’s bullpen usage or the need to start Marco Gonzales instead of Carlos Martinez last night. And for tonight’s series…

  23. Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

    Sep 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Sep 1, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

    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: .293/.363/.478 Team ERA: 4.52 Runs per game:  4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .321 AVG/ 4 HR/ 11 RBI   There’s a decent chance that it might be…

  24. The Baseball Show: Is Span’s Nats career over?

    Sep 1, 2015, 11:53 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals are coming off a bad loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one that puts them in jeopardy of losing the momentum they had built over the previous 12 games. But although they were winning before they traveled to St. Louis, it was a tough week in regards to their overall health. Denard Span went down…

  25. A month to forget

    Aug 28, 2015, 11:48 PM EST

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    There is no one person responsible for the Nationals’ struggles this month. It’s never that simple. But Max Scherzer hasn’t exactly helped the cause. Which, given the way things were going earlier this summer, is pretty hard to believe. “You want to go there and compete and do everything you can to help the ballclub…





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