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  1. A month to forget

    Aug 28, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT

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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…

  2. Marlins 4, Nats 3: Scherzer struggles early, mates can’t rally

    Aug 28, 2015, 9:55 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer taking the mound used to be a sure thing for the Nationals. These days, it’s anything but. Scherzer’s August struggles continued when the right-hander served up a pair of early homers to the Marlins, putting his team in a hole. He did bounce back to finish his night on…

  3. Game 127: Marlins at Nats

    Aug 28, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    The Nationals suffered three blows last night, with Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar getting hurt and Denard Span going back on the DL only two days after returning, but they did manage to win the game and their series against the Padres. They’ve won 6 of 9 now, with a chance to continue the trend…

  4. Nats juggle rotation to line up aces for Mets series

    Aug 25, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. Nats take series, but sweep was there for the taking

    Aug 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals, as was noted here at the start of the week, probably need to win two out of every three games they play the rest of the season to win the NL East title. It may not require quite that many wins, or it may even require a few more. But taking 2-of-3 the…

  6. Game 120: Nats at Rockies

    Aug 20, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Quick: Do you remember the last time the Nationals won three games in a row? It’s been awhile, July 11-17, when they won the final two games of the season’s first half at Camden Yards, then came back from the All-Star break to beat the Dodgers in the second-half opener. Tonight, the Nats have a…

  7. Stock Watch: During tough week, Strasburg stands out

    Aug 20, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Aug 19, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-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: 2-4 Team slash: .239/.332/.410 Team ERA: 5.76 Runs per game:  5.16 STOCK UP  Stephen Strasburg, SP: 2 GS/ 1-1/ 1.38 ERA  The Nats rotation’s had a pretty tough time of late, struggling so often…

  8. Baseball in the District – Matt Grace and Al Galdi

    Aug 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ we welcomed in two guests: Syracuse Chiefs relief pitcher Matt Grace and ESPN 980 host Al Galdi. Grace was great on his transition back to the minors after spending time in the majors this season with the Nationals. He has been pitching…

  9. Squandered opportunity

    Aug 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Mets had already lost in extra innings to the Pirates, cracking open the window ever so slightly for the Nationals to gain a game back in the standings. Max Scherzer was on the mound in San Francisco, handed a 1-0 lead before he ever took the mound. And the Nats would wind up adding…

  10. Game 115: Nats at Giants

    Aug 14, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

    AP

    At this point, there’s not much else to say except for the obvious: The Nationals need to start playing better baseball, and as a result start winning more games, before their deficit to the surging Mets becomes too steep to overcome. They’ll try again tonight in San Francisco, hoping both that Max Scherzer can put…

  11. State of the Nats: The road gets tougher

    Aug 10, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: West Coast trip up next – Having just gone 3-4 against teams with sub-.500 records on their recent homestand, things aren’t going so well for the Nats right now and up next is a brutal stretch through the NL West. The Nationals will begin with three games at the Los Angeles Dodgers who, lucky for the Nats,…

  12. Nats not ready to panic yet

    Aug 9, 2015, 7:17 PM EDT

    USA Today

    The Nationals returned home last Monday with an opportunity ahead of them. They had just been swept by the New York Mets to close a road trip where they lost seven of 10 games. But awaiting them was a seven-game stretch against sub-.500 teams within the friendly confines of Nationals Park. On the other end…

  13. Rockies 6, Nats 4: Storen cracks in 8th for 2nd straight outing

    Aug 9, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals had a chance to salvage their homestand with a series win against Colorado, but Carlos Gonzalez and his Rockies teammates had other plans on Sunday afternoon. The Rockies got to Max Scherzer to the tune of three home runs, all solo shots. Gonzalez had two of them and Daniel…

  14. Scherzer gearing up for charity fantasy football league

    Aug 6, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT

    MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

    Max Scherzer loves fantasy football and this month will be able to apply that passion to a good cause. The Nationals’ ace is hosting a fantasy football fundraiser on August 22 at Nats Park. Scherzer will participate in a live fantasy draft with several of his teammates and fans who pay an undisclosed amount of…

  15. Nats 5, D’backs 4: Late rally saves the day

    Aug 4, 2015, 10:48 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals woke up Tuesday morning looking up at somebody else in the NL East standings for the first time since June 19, with a town suddenly worried about its ballclub’s chances this season. There were some more nervous moments as the second game of this series against the Diamondbacks played…

  16. Game 105: Diamondbacks at Nats

    Aug 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    It’s been quite an interesting 24 hours around town. If nothing else, I guess the emotions on display all over the place confirm that D.C. is indeed becoming a baseball town. (You’d think the season ended last night.) The beauty of baseball, though, is that there’s always another game to be played the next night…

  17. State of the Nats: All tied up in the NL East

    Aug 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Mets earn a sweep – The Mets made a statement this weekend with their sweep of the Nationals, a convincing trio of wins capped off by Tyler Clippard getting Jose Lobaton to pop up for the final out on Sunday night. They earned a tie atop the NL East and seem energized by their…

  18. Ross continues to impress, but Mets showing their worth

    Aug 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    USA Today

    For the second straight night, the Nationals fell to the division rival New York Mets by just one run thanks to mistakes made late in the game by their bullpen. This time it was Mets first baseman Lucas Duda who had the big swing and Nats reliever Matt Thornton who gave up the decisive score.…

  19. A formula that could work wonders for Nationals

    Jul 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    There’s no one way to win in October. Teams have found plenty of formulas for success in the postseason, whether in the form of a deep rotation, one dominant workhorse, a quality bullpen or an opportunistic lineup. But here’s one way to try to do it: Get seven innings out of your starter, then get…

  20. Nats 1, Marlins 0: Nip-and-tuck finale to take series

    Jul 30, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With the series hanging in the balance and every game carrying more weight as the calendar approaches August and the Mets looming in the rear view mirror, the Nationals very much needed Thursday’s matinee at Marlins Park. So they turned to their ace, their longtime slugger, their former closer and their…

  21. Game 100: Nats at Marlins

    Jul 30, 2015, 10:13 AM EDT

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    After an eventful Wednesday night that saw Bryce Harper homer twice, Doug Fister pitch more like Doug Fister, Drew Storen pitch a dominant eighth inning and the New York Mets both lose a game and botch a potential blockbuster trade … the Nationals find themselves back up 2 games in the NL East entering today’s…

  22. Stock Watch: Starting pitchers scuffling

    Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jul 24, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-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: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:  3.83   STOCK UP    Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS   Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…

  23. Rough start to 2nd half, but Nats weathering storm

    Jul 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

    AP

    The Nationals have come out of the All-Star break and gone 3-5, scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game but giving up an average of 4.75 during that same stretch. Not exactly the kind of baseball you want to be playing at this stage of the season. Even so, the Nats have actually gained…

  24. Game 95: Nats at Pirates

    Jul 24, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports Images

    The last time he faced the Pirates, Max Scherzer … well, you know what he did. (And what he came oh-so-close to doing beyond that.) So what does Scherzer have in store for tonight’s rematch in Pittsburgh? On paper, this looks like quite an advantageous matchup for the Nationals, who are getting the Pirates’ Big…

  25. Dodgers 5, Nats 0: Greinke bests Scherzer in duel of top pitchers

    Jul 19, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT

    USA Today

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a pitchers duel between the two best starters in baseball so far this season and it sure didn’t disappoint. Both Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke were dominant on Sunday afternoon, but it was the Nats’ star right-hander who blinked first. Scherzer allowed Andre Ethier to score on a…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

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NEW YORK7158
WASHINGTON65635.5
ATLANTA547517.0
MIAMI527819.5
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PITTSBURGH7949+5.5
CHICAGO7354
SAN FRANCISCO69605.0
WASHINGTON65638.5
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