Sep 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
It seemed like a long shot at best, clinching the NL East title in Atlanta on the turf of the club that wore last year’s division crown and has been a thorn in the side of this franchise for some time. Yet here the Nationals find themselves, opening a 3-game series at Turner Field tonight,…
Sep 14, 2014, 4:04 PM EST
Updated at 6:10 p.m. GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season’s final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves’ surprising struggles in…
Sep 14, 2014, 10:46 AM EST
Think the Nationals came to play last night? Mercy. They thrashed the Mets, 10-3, behind homers from Bryce Harper and Denard Span, plus five combined RBI from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth, not to mention four more hits from Anthony Rendon (now 10-for-15 in the series). Doug Fister did his thing to earn his 14th…
Sep 13, 2014, 3:16 PM EST
The forecast isn’t so great in Flushing, so the Nationals and Mets may be looking at a long night at the ballpark. If and when they do play, the Nats will happily welcome Jayson Werth back to their lineup after he missed last night’s game while feeling under the weather. Werth rejoins the lineup, but…
Sep 12, 2014, 10:22 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Seeking their 13th consecutive victory at Citi Field, the Nationals dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole when Gio Gonzalez once again struggled in the first inning. But as they’ve done so often this season, they clawed their way back, ultimately tying the game in the fifth inning. For that, the…
Sep 12, 2014, 3:41 PM EST
One of these days, the Nationals likely will lose a ballgame at Citi Field. They just hope it’s not tonight. Having now won 12 consecutive games in Queens, a streak that dates back to June 2013, the Nats would love to make it a baker’s dozen tonight and reduce their magic number to at least…
Sep 12, 2014, 12:27 PM EST
This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ featured a brand new set at Comcast SportsNet and a great discussion about the Nationals’ recent series win over the Atlanta Braves. The Nats are still 6-10 against Atlanta this year, but after this week have won five of their last eight. Is the storyline of them struggling against…
Sep 11, 2014, 10:21 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Take a Nationals team sensing how close it’s getting to the NL East title, a Mets team playing out the string and the Nats’ favorite home away from home, and what do you get? Another curly W at Citi Field. The Nationals pounced on Bartolo Colon early, getting home runs from…
Sep 11, 2014, 3:09 PM EST
The Nationals hit the road for 11 games in 11 days in three cities, a lengthy late-season stretch that is very likely to include the NL East clincher somewhere at the tail end. First things first: They’ve got four games against the Mets at Citi Field, which has been very, very kind to this team.…
Sep 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Hughes: I think it’s clear at this point the Angels are the frontrunners for the World Series. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) – Roney: I…
Sep 11, 2014, 9:15 AM EST
Five days after getting temporarily removed from his job as closer, and two days after throwing a bullpen to tweak his mechanics, Rafael Soriano appeared in the Nats’ 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday in a low-leverage situation to continue searching for a fix. It was the top of the eighth inning and it…
Sep 10, 2014, 9:15 PM EST
Say this for Matt Williams: His never-look-back, never-look-ahead mantra has permeated through the entire Nationals clubhouse in his first season as manager. Williams has refused throughout to discuss much of anything involving events or decisions that come on future dates, and his players have picked up on it along the way, never letting themselves get…
Sep 10, 2014, 7:08 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s not often the Nationals find themselves with an opportunity to sweep the Braves. They hadn’t actually pulled that feat off since 2012, not at home since 2008. They still haven’t done it after a fairly lifeless performance this afternoon in the series finale against their division rivals. With Ian Desmond…
Sep 10, 2014, 2:39 PM EST
With their series against the Braves in hand, and an 11-game road trip up ahead, the Nationals are resting both Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond on Wednesday with minor ailments. Rendon has flu-like symptoms, similar to what sidelined Adam LaRoche a week prior. Desmond is out with lower back tightness after leaving Tuesday’s game with…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:28 PM EST
We welcomed in two guests on this week’s episode of Baseball in the District, CSN Insider Mark Zuckerman and Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network. Mark was great on the Nats’ bullpen situation, the pennant race and who should be the favorite in the NL. McAlpin talked about the struggling Braves and how the team’s morale…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:28 PM EST
The Nationals have an opportunity today to do something they haven’t done in quite some time: sweep the Braves. They haven’t done it since May 2012 at Turner Field, when Chien-Ming Wang got the win in relief, Steve Lombardozzi led off and played left field, Rick Ankiel drove in two runs and Jesus Flores was…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:43 AM EST
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Nationals could do no right when placed on the same baseball diamond as the Braves. They gave up runs in bunches. They failed to deliver hits with men on base. They botched plays in the field. If there was a way to lose a…
Sep 9, 2014, 10:07 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With a chance to put another nail in the Braves’ coffin, the Nationals broke out the hammer right away tonight. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first off Ervin Santana, then added another in the second to open up a commanding 5-0 lead and leave their NL East…
Sep 9, 2014, 6:12 PM EST
Ryan Zimmerman took a significant step in his return from a major hamstring injury Tuesday, taking batting practice on the field with the rest of his teammates before the Nationals’ game against the Braves. Zimmerman, who suffered a Grade 3 right hamstring strain July 22, took swings in the cage with Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper…
Sep 9, 2014, 3:22 PM EST
In a sense, the only thing the Nationals really needed to do this week was beat the Braves once. They did that last night, so if you want to look at it this way, anything they do now is gravy. Matt Williams and Co., of course, don’t think of things that way, so don’t expect…
Sep 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
Matt Williams said before Monday’s game he wouldn’t manage late-inning situations any differently despite a bullpen in flux, extra options due to September roster expansion and the night’s opponent being the Atlanta Braves. But then the game unfolded and, with a two-run lead entering the eighth inning, the circumstances called for a little creativity. Up 2-0…
Sep 9, 2014, 12:27 AM EST
Matt Williams popped out of the dugout and walked toward the mound, which could only mean one thing as far as the crowd of 25,448 was concerned. Doug Fister’s night was done with two outs in the seventh, and the Nationals’ bullpen was going to need to finish off this victory over the Braves. Fans…
Sep 8, 2014, 9:45 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: You want tense, September pennant-race drama against a division rival? You got it tonight when the Nationals and Braves opened a big, 3-game series that will go a long way toward either moving the Nats a step closer to the NL East title or allow Atlanta to sneak its way back…
Sep 8, 2014, 6:55 PM EST
When the MLB calendar reaches its final weeks and the season transitions from summer to fall, Nationals Park can sometimes present a surprise for whoever is playing in the outfield. During day games in September, the sun can make it very difficult to see flyballs, particularly ones that travel low to right and right-center field. Nationals players call it…
Sep 8, 2014, 6:12 PM EST
Ryan Zimmerman was on the field during batting practice Monday, taking light grounders, jogging and throwing. The injured Nationals third baseman, though, still hasn’t been cleared for full running or swinging a bat, leaving him less and less time to get himself back in reasonable good shape for the end of the regular season. “The…
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