Apr 27, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
Updated at 11:36 p.m. ATLANTA — With Max Scherzer’s sprained thumb not healed enough to make his scheduled start Tuesday night, the Nationals will send prospect A.J. Cole to the mound to make his major-league debut against the Braves. Cole, 22, is the organization’s top-rated, upper-level pitching prospect, rated the 30th-best prospect in the entire…
Apr 27, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT
Top storylines: Little is going well – The Nationals are in last place in the NL East after losing five straight games and sit five games under .500. It is a place few predicted the Nationals would fall to even a week ago when things were starting to turn up. Lately it has been the Nats’ offense…
Apr 26, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT
Updated at 5:03 p.m. MIAMI — The odds of Max Scherzer making his scheduled start Tuesday night in Atlanta look slim after the Nationals ace was unable to throw Sunday morning without feeling discomfort in his right thumb, which he suggested is the byproduct of a sprained ligament. Scherzer, who jammed the thumb while hitting…
Apr 25, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT
MIAMI — Max Scherzer’s right thumb remains swollen, enough that the Nationals ace couldn’t throw his standard between-starts bullpen session Saturday, leaving his status for his next start somewhat in question. Scherzer was jammed while hitting during Thursday’s game against the Cardinals. He remained in the game for two more innings but was pulled with…
Apr 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have now played 16 games, which is one-tenth of their regular season. That’s still a very small fraction, but it’s not so insignificant that we can’t examine a few big-picture issues. So with that in mind, here are some things we’ve learned about the 2015 Nationals so far… The rotation is good as…
Apr 23, 2015, 9:34 PM EDT
Four games into his Nationals career, Max Scherzer has recorded a quality start in each of his outings and had allowed just one earned run or less in every game up until Thursday. This time it was two earned runs, an outlier that illustrates exactly how good he’s been so far in 2015. When he mistakes they…
Apr 23, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha looked like a good pitching matchup on paper, and it proved to be just that. In the end, Wacha was just a little better than Scherzer, with the Cardinals also benefiting from some Nats defensive hijinks late. Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings, retiring 16-of-17…
Apr 23, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT
The final game of this series features the best pitching matchup of the three: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha. Scherzer, the St. Louis native, has been outstanding so far in his D.C. tenure, with an NL-leading 0.83 ERA in his first three starts. Wacha, meanwhile, has a 1.35 ERA so far and came within one…
Apr 22, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-1 Team slash: .266/.354/.432 Team ERA: 2.43 Runs per game: 5.16 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, OF: .353 AVG/ 2 HR/ 6 RBI Harper’s early season power display is nothing we haven’t already seen. But this…
Apr 20, 2015, 10:02 AM EDT
On this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, there was a bit more positivity in the topics discussed. After all, the Nationals are getting healthier and starting to win again. This first clip looks at the impact of players like Jayson Werth and Denard Span coming off the disabled list. Since Werth returned to the…
Apr 17, 2015, 11:51 PM EDT
If there was one minor knock on Max Scherzer upon signing his record-setting contract with the Nationals this winter, it was a reputation for not pitching as deep into games as you might normally expect from a starter who signs a record-setting contract. Three impressive starts into his career in D.C., Scherzer is bucking that…
Apr 17, 2015, 9:43 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals wasted no time jumping all over Phillies right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, getting a 3-run homer from Bryce Harper in the bottom of the first. That’s one way to relax everybody and let them settle in for a nice Friday night at the ballpark, and the Nationals certainly looked relaxed in…
Apr 17, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
The resurgence of the Nationals’ lineup has coincided with a couple of tweaks that — at least based on history — you wouldn’t think would make a positive difference: Ian Desmond batting second and Danny Espinosa batting left-handed. But somehow those two guys have managed to reverse historical trends and be productive. So Matt Williams…
Apr 16, 2015, 12:48 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 3-6 Team slash: .212/.281/.368 Team ERA: 3.52 Runs per game: 3.7 STOCK UP Michael Taylor, CF: .486 SLG/ HR/ 7 RBI There weren’t many positives for the Nats lineup prior to Wednesday’s 10-5 win over the Red…
Apr 12, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: A broken record would be less frustrating for Nationals fans to listen to right now than a recap of a ballgame played in the last week. Yes, it happened once again Sunday, with the Nats taking an early lead but unable to tack on after that, then hoping their bullpen cold…
Apr 12, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — There’s no such thing as a “must-win” game on April 12, but let’s just say the Nationals really, really, really want to win today’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park and at least head up to Boston at 2-4 with positive momentum instead of 1-5 having just been swept by the Phillies. Who…
Apr 7, 2015, 12:40 AM EDT
It didn’t take long for the juiced up Opening Day crowd at Nationals Park to see just what all the hoopla was all about. Max Scherzer, the Nats’ prized offseason acquisition, took the hill Monday against the New York Mets and — for a time — showed why he’s fit to lead what many consider…
Apr 6, 2015, 8:42 PM EDT
With three regulars out with injuries, three players playing new positions, a rookie in center field and a natural first baseman in left, defense will surely be a big point of focus for the Nationals early in the 2015 season. As they navigate through their current circumstances, mistakes are to be expected and they could at…
Apr 6, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After an elaborate pregame ceremony that included award presentations, the announcement of the 2018 All-Star Game coming to D.C. and a slightly delayed flyover at the end of the national anthem, the Nationals opened the 2015 season with anticipation sky-high. And after Bryce Harper homered and Max Scherzer retired 15 in…
Apr 6, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT
And so it begins. The 11th season of Nationals baseball is the most-anticipated yet, with a ballclub trying not only to win its third division title in four years but advance in October for the first time. And you couldn’t ask for a better setting on this Opening Day. There isn’t a cloud in the…
Apr 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The Baseball Show is back on Comcast SportsNet this season with a new day and time. The show now airs on Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. with replays on Monday mornings. Last night was the first episode of the season and a ton of topics were covered. Mark talked with host Rob Carlin and MLB analyst…
Apr 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The day has arrived. At long last we can say what we’ve waited six long months to say: It’s baseball season. The Nationals host the Mets later this afternoon, and once Max Scherzer throws his first pitch around 4:05 p.m., a hugely anticipated season in D.C. begins. Which means it’s time to continue our annual…
Apr 5, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT
After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason. The 30-year-old right-hander was given a record $210 million contract, further cementing the Nationals as 2015 World Series favorites. But before they prove all the…
Mar 28, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Less than a week after announcing Max Scherzer as their Opening Day starter, the Nationals announced the order for the rest of their rotation to open the season. Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will follow Scherzer and face the Mets in the season-opening series April 6-9. Gio Gonzalez and Doug…
Mar 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
With less than two weeks to go until Opening Day, ‘Baseball in the District’ has returned with the first episode of 2015. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I did a season preview that included Mark calling in from Viera, Fla. to give an update on the Nats and Marc Carig of NY Newsday to talk…
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