Aug 28, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured two excellent guests. The first was Casey Stern, host of MLB Network Radio’s ‘Inside Pitch.’ The second was new Washington Times columnist Todd Dybas. Stern was great on big picture stuff including how impressive the Nationals’ most recent homestand was and what their World Series chances…
Aug 28, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals arrived here late Sunday night, feeling like they could do no wrong after a 9-1 homestand catapulted them to the top of the NL standings and turned them into the talk of baseball. They left here late Wednesday night, feeling as down in the dumps as they’d been in quite some…
Aug 28, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — When it happened over the weekend against the Giants, it felt like one blip on an otherwise stellar summer of pitching dominance. When it happened again Wednesday night against the Phillies, you started to wonder whether this has quickly become more than a mere blip. Doug Fister has been the Nationals’ workhorse this…
Aug 27, 2014, 10:47 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After losing the first two games of his series in large part due to lights-out pitching performances by A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels, the Nationals knew they needed a win tonight to avoid a sweep at the hands of the last-place Phillies. They had to feel good about their chances, with…
Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals lineup Wednesday, confident the minor back injury that sidelined him Tuesday won’t be a major long-term problem. “I’ve had it before, and it’s not something where if I go play it can get much worse,” he said. “I know that from experience. I don’t have any fear…
Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening. The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and…
Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…
Aug 26, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Off the bat, it looked like a groundout to the shortstop. Not the most routine of groundouts, but a play Ian Desmond figured to make. Leading off the bottom of the eighth of a tie game, Ben Revere rapped a sharp grounder slightly to Desmond’s right. The Nationals shortstop scooped it up and…
Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…
Aug 26, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night. Not because left-hander Cole Hamels was on he mound for the Phillies, but because of tightness in his back. “He’s been dealing with a tight back for three or four days,” manager Matt Williams said. “Today it’s a little worse. It’s an opportunity…
Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…
Aug 26, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT
As the Syracuse Chiefs close in on a first place finish in the International League, the awards are starting to roll in for the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate. On Tuesday, outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. was named the IL’s most valuable player and rookie of the year. Manager Billy Gardner, Jr. also took home the award for…
Aug 26, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August. We here at the Insider, on the other hand, don’t worry about such things. Especially with a very important date fast approaching. We’re five days away from baseball’s August 31 deadline to set postseason…
Aug 25, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The way things have been going lately, the Nationals weren’t surprised in the least to mount a last-ditch rally against Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth Monday night. The only surprise was that they couldn’t quite finish it off and wound up losing for only the second time in 14 days.…
Aug 25, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia sky-high after a 9-1 homestand that left them the hottest team in the majors. Now they faced the opener of a tough, 3-city, 9-game road trip, hoping to carry over some of the positive momentum from D.C. That proved more difficult than anticipated tonight, thanks to…
Aug 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Though he was out of the Nationals’ lineup Monday night against the Phillies, Asdrubal Cabrera insists the injury he sustained to his right side Sunday isn’t serious and he could play if absolutely needed. Cabrera hurt himself hitting a grounder to short during the sixth inning of Sunday’s win over the Giants, feeling…
Aug 25, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where a red-hot Nationals club coming off a 9-1 homestand now hopes to keep things rolling on one of the longer and tougher road trips of the season. A cross-country trek to Seattle and then Los Angeles looms, but first up are three games against the foundering Phillies,…
Aug 25, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT
Top storylines: Nine-game road trip – The Nationals begin a three-game series in Philadelphia Monday night, the first leg of a nine-game road trip that will take them through Seattle and Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. The Phillies have been a mess this season and are in last place. The Nats, however, are only 8-5…
Aug 25, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT
In what has been the Nationals’ best regular season stretch since they moved to Washington, just about everyone on their roster has contributed in the month of August. Many are playing their best baseball of 2014, and Bryce Harper is no exception. The 21-year-old added a double, two RBI and his seventh home run of…
Aug 24, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT
You know a team has done something special when two of its most seasoned veterans – in this case Adam LaRoche and Scott Hairston, who have a combined 22 MLB season between them – say they’ve never seen anything like it. Sure, teams have closed 10-game homestands at 9-1 before. That’s rare, but not extraordinary. Five…
Aug 24, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT
Though the Nationals came back against the Giants to end their 10-game homestand with a 14-6 win, they got some potentially bad news in the injury department. Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera left with tightness in his right side after a swing in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old is now day-to-day, as the Nats begin a nine-game…
Aug 24, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With the way this recent homestand has transpired for the Nationals, it’s tough to count them out no matter the hole they find themselves in. It seems day after day a Nats’ opponent has earned a lead early in a game before watching it slip away slowly but surely. On Sunday, the…
Aug 24, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT
Perhaps it hasn’t quite translated to the Nationals fanbase, or perhaps it has, but from a media perspective, it has been quite rare this season to see manager Matt Williams show much of a reaction whether his team has won or lost. He does not get too high when the Nats are winning, and even…
Aug 24, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT
The Nationals may not be holding on to a winning streak anymore, but on Sunday they have a chance to win their fourth consecutive series. Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.41) will look to make it two out of three against the Giants who are starting right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.73) in an early afternoon tilt. Strasburg…
Aug 23, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT
Two batters into Saturday evening’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals already were trailing the Giants 2-0, and a rain-soaked crowd of 34,137 was murmuring, perhaps worried all the good vibes of the 10-game winning streak that ended Friday night were about to disappear into thin air. On the mound, though, Zimmermann barely batted an…
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