Sep 26, 2013, 1:19 PM EST
The Tigers have clinched a spot in the Division Series, but the AL Wild Card chase couldn’t be much closer, with the Rays, Rangers, and Indians all locked in a dogfight. On the flip side, recently eliminated teams like the Yankees and Nationals are left to ponder their offseason moves in an attempt to get…
Sep 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EST
Over the weekend Davey Johnson was asked who the MVP of the 2013 Nationals was, despite their ups and downs this year, which player was the biggest reason they still managed a competitive season. He noted Jayson Werth, but said the discussion can’t be had without mentioning shortstop Ian Desmond. On Sunday night Desmond stole…
Sep 23, 2013, 12:22 AM EST
Davey Johnson didn’t know what exactly to expect when he arrived at Nationals Park Sunday morning. He had tried for weeks not to think about the fact his managerial career was nearing the finish line, focusing instead on the task of keeping his club alive in the NL playoff race as long as possible, despite…
Sep 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: A long and emotional day at the ballpark began with a tribute to Davey Johnson (managing for the last time at Nationals Park), continued with a frustrating, 4-2 loss by the home team in the doubleheader opener. The Reds’ win in Pittsburgh left the Nats’ season on life support heading into…
Sep 22, 2013, 6:47 PM EST
Tonight the Nationals and Marlins make up Saturday’s game that was postponed because of rain. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) returns to the mound after missing his last two starts with forearm tightness. It will be the final home game of the Nationals’ season, basically unless a miracle happens. Their 4-2 loss to the Marlins put…
Sep 22, 2013, 6:16 PM EST
The Nationals unveiled their 2012 NL East Champions banner on Opening Day and then proceeded to jump out to a quick lead in the division, winning four of their first five games. And then they dropped a game in Cincinnati on April 7 and fell behind the Braves in the standings. Little did they know…
Sep 22, 2013, 4:15 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: With their backs against the wall in the playoff race, the Nats can’t afford a poor outing from one of their starting pitchers, much less one against the last place Marlins. Dan Haren allowed Miami to take an early lead thanks to a two-run home run by Giancarlo Stanton in the top…
Sep 22, 2013, 2:14 PM EST
Updated at 7:00 p.m. Davey Johnson still has at least eight more ballgames to manage — one of them later tonight — but this is his final day as Nationals skipper at home, so the club took time before the opener of today’s doubleheader to honor the 70-year-old’s career. A touching video tribute featuring highlights…
Sep 22, 2013, 10:25 AM EST
Let’s try this again. After last night’s rainout, the Nationals and Marlins will pick back up with a doubleheader today, this the last day the Nats play at home during the 2013 regular season. Because of the postponement, the Nationals adjusted their pitching assignments to have Dan Haren (9-13, 4.88) throw the first game and…
Sep 21, 2013, 11:29 PM EST
The Nationals and Marlins game on Saturday night was postponed due to inclement weather, after a three hour and 45 minute rain delay as grounds crew officials looked for a window to play. The teams will make it up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with the game times set for 1:35 and 7:05…
Sep 21, 2013, 3:02 PM EST
[The game has been postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader Sunday with 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. start times] After being scratched before his last two starts, Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) will give it a go tonight in what will likely be his second to last outing of the 2013 season. Rain…
Sep 21, 2013, 12:37 AM EST
It’s often dangerous trying to read too much into a pitcher’s first inning on the mound. Some guys might retire the side in short order, then get rocked later. Others may struggle to find their rhythm early but then sort things out and cruise. But when Jordan Zimmermann walked back to the Nationals dugout after…
Sep 20, 2013, 9:28 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: Some pitchers’ duel tonight, huh? Well, for five innings, it was. Then the Nationals’ lineup went nuts against Jacob Turner, mashing out seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. That was way more run support than Jordan Zimmermann needed. The right-hander dominated the Marlins’ lineup from the get-go, allowing only…
Sep 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EST
After playing catch this afternoon without experiencing any lingering forearm problems, Stephen Strasburg was cleared to start Saturday night for the Nationals against the Marlins. The Nationals were fairly confident Strasburg would be fine to pitch as planned, but team officials needed confirmation he could complete his day-before workout before saying with 100 percent certainly…
Sep 20, 2013, 3:28 PM EST
Well, we’ve reached the final stretch, the Nationals’ last hope of pulling off a miraculous, late-season surge into the postseason. There are nine games to go. They trail the Reds by five games in the NL Wild Card standings, the Pirates by six games. Everybody plays the same number of games the rest of the…
Sep 20, 2013, 1:25 AM EST
The 2013 season for the Washington Nationals is on track to end without a trip to the postseason, as the playoffs are a longshot with nine games left and a five-game deficit to overcome. But with Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins, the Nats took home win No. 82 and ensured they will at the…
Sep 19, 2013, 3:24 PM EST
After losing last night to Atlanta, and watching the Reds pull one out in extra innings over the Astros, the Nationals enter this four-game series against the Marlins with an extra dose of pressure. There are ten games left and they may not be able to afford any more losses, much less one to the…
Sep 19, 2013, 1:27 PM EST
The National League East has been one of the more competitive divisions in baseball since the turn of the century, fielding at least three 80-plus win teams in every season but one since 2001. Four of the division’s five teams have finished atop the standings in that time period, with Eastern parity reaching its height…
Sep 19, 2013, 12:30 AM EST
For the second time in six days, the Nationals have scratched Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start, concerned enough about lingering forearm tightness to allow him to take the mound. Scheduled to pitch Thursday night against the Marlins, six days after he previously was held out of a start against the Phillies, Strasburg again was…
Sep 17, 2013, 12:08 PM EST
Though the Nationals and Braves were not able to play their game on Monday, Stephen Strasburg did manage to fit in a bullpen session at Nats Park to test the tightness in his right forearm. Davey Johnson said the Nats’ starter felt no complications and is still on track to start Thursday against the Miami…
Sep 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
Top storylines: Braves come to town - Winners of eight of their last nine, the Nationals now welcome the big, bad Braves to Washington for their final series of the season. The Braves have had their way with the Nats this year, going 12-4 up until this point in the season series. It should be the…
Sep 10, 2013, 10:34 AM EST
There will be no drama for the NL teams listed below, as Atlanta has been a division lock for what feels like months, and the rest of the NL East has held firm at about .500 or below. Still, an examination of where the Braves have gleaned the most value reveals that there is more…
Sep 8, 2013, 12:40 PM EST
As they await word from D.C. on Bryce Harper’s hip — which is being examined by team medical director Wiemi Douoguih — the Nationals wrap up their series in Miami, trying to take two of three and improve to four games over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 23-19 way back…
Sep 8, 2013, 9:45 AM EST
Unable to play for the second time in three games due to an ailing left hip, Bryce Harper has left the Nationals in Miami and is returning to Washington to be examined by the club’s doctor. Harper was a last-minute scratch from Saturday night’s game after he fell to ground trying to take swings in…
Sep 7, 2013, 3:51 PM EST
As the finish line to this season draws closer — the regular season ends three weeks from tomorrow — and as the Nationals’ already-slim playoff hopes fade even further away — they now trail the Reds by 8 games — there are going to be more opportunities to evaluate younger players with an eye on…
ON THE RADIO
As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2013 schedule (subject to change)...
TUE: 12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
WED: 2:30 p.m.
THU: 4:30 p.m.
FRI: 12:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
SAT: 9:30 a.m.
*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com.
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