Sep 3, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — If and when the Nationals officially are eliminated from the playoff race later this month — and “when” is looking more and more likely than “if” at the moment — they may be tempted to harken back to their toughest losses of the season, the ones that they just knew would come back…
Sep 2, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: A 9-game road trip for the Nationals opened with a big-time pitching showdown between Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels, and the matchup lived up to the billing. Each ace allowed only one run on two hits, though neither factored into the decision, departing with the game tied 1-1. The Nationals took…
Sep 2, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Roger Bernadina never wanted to leave the Nationals, the organization that signed him as a teenager and retained him for 12 years. But the outfielder understood why Washington released him two weeks ago and has embraced his new affiliation with the Phillies. “Of course you want to be in the organization. Of course…
Sep 2, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where it was raining a short while ago (hence the tarp covering the infield in the accompanying photo) but has since cleared up. There is a slight chance of more rain later tonight, which at this point should come as no surprise because Stephen Strasburg is on the…
Sep 2, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT
You could look at the Nats’ chip-away, comeback win Sunday night against the Mets as their most satisfying victory of the season thus far, or merely an avoidance of disaster. The alternative would have been a sweep to an injury-riddled team just as they head on a pivotal road trip. However you classify it, the…
Sep 1, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT
Coming off a series opening loss to the New York Mets, the Nats entered Saturday’s game hoping for the consistent Dan Haren they’ve come to know over the last two months. Perhaps the resurgent veteran could be their stopper. Instead Haren imploded early for the second consecutive outing and left his team with what proved…
Aug 31, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
The Nationals didn’t exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper’s effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound. Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst…
Aug 31, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT
With the Nationals closing the NL Wild Card deficit to 6.5 games this past week, there is a renewed hope that a playoff berth is possible. Mark, Jim Duquette and Chris Miller took stock of the Nats as they move into the month of September on last night’s Baseball Show. In the first video they…
Aug 30, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT
Davey Johnson had to leave Friday night’s game in the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded following a bout of dehydration earlier in the day, but the Nationals manager insisted he’s fine. “I’ll survive,” the 70-year-old skipper said as he departed the Nationals clubhouse only a few minutes after his team lost 3-2 to the Mets.…
Aug 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: After feasting on the hapless Marlins to begin this homestand, the Nationals hoped to continue the trend against a Mets club that has been decimated by injuries and trades. But the Nats forgot they had to face Dillon Gee, who for some reason has been as tough a foe as they’ve…
Aug 30, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT
Fresh of a sweep of the Marlins, their fifth series win in their last six overall, the Nationals pick up again on Friday night against the lowly New York Mets. It presents yet another opportunity for the Nats to take advantage of a reeling opponent as they try to chip away at a 6.5 game…
Aug 30, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT
In a season that has seen inconsistency up and down the Nationals’ roster, Tyler Clippard has been as steady and reliable as ever. He’s appeared in more games than any other pitcher on the Nats’ staff (61) and holds its lowest ERA (1.94). Relief pitching is usually among the most volatile roles in sports. Success…
Aug 30, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT
It’s easy to over-analyze everything that happens in baseball, with so many nuances and so much downtime fostering that tendency, but the Nationals right now are trying their darndest to avoid that temptation. They know they’ve been playing much better ball for three weeks, they know they’ve been making up ground in the standings and…
Aug 29, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals have lacked a killer instinct much of this season, but when presented with the opportunity to deliver a knockout blow to the woeful Marlins tonight, they did just that. Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond all clubbed multi-run homers to ignite this suddenly resurgent lineup. Ryan Zimmerman reached…
Aug 29, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT
After throwing only 22 pitches before his start was cut short by a lengthy rain delay, Stephen Strasburg could return to pitch on short rest and take the mound Sunday night against the Mets. Manager Davey Johnson said he will consider bringing Strasburg back on three days’ rest, provided the right-hander experiences no physical setbacks…
Aug 29, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT
Perhaps during his dark days of 2011, or perhaps even earlier this season when he was still rediscovering his swing, Jayson Werth would have been pitched to in the seventh inning of a tie game and the go-ahead run in scoring position. Not these days, though, not with Werth as productive and as feared as…
Aug 28, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg was hoping to take aim at yet another deep start, but a 1-hour, 12-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second spoiled that plan. Both Strasburg and Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez didn’t return after the delay, so this became a battle of bullpens. The Nationals’ relief corps won…
Aug 28, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT
The Nationals have enjoyed one of the biggest attendance increases in baseball this season, but that support has begun to wane at the tail end of a disappointing summer. Tuesday night’s homestand opener against the Marlins drew a paid crowd of only 24,616, the third-smallest crowd of the season at Nationals Park and the smallest…
Aug 28, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT
The last six times Stephen Strasburg has taken the mound — and not subsequently been ejected — he has pitched at least seven innings for the Nationals. The last two times, he has made it to the ninth, coming within one out last week of his second career complete game. What does tonight have in…
Aug 28, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT
The Nationals are not keeping one eye on the out-of-town scoreboard as they stand at the plate, in the field or on the mound. They aren’t huddled around the clubhouse TVs watching pennant race games and living and dying with each momentum swing. Ask anybody on the roster how many games back they are at…
Aug 27, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: Returning home after a successful road trip through Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, the Nationals opened a key stretch in which they’ll play 19 consecutive games against the bottom three clubs in the NL East. First up: the last-place Marlins. The Nats responded by jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead…
Aug 27, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT
The Nationals swapped relievers prior to Tuesday night’s series opener against the Marlins, recalling right-hander Ryan Mattheus from Class AAA and optioning lefty Xavier Cedeno back to Syracuse. Mattheus had only been demoted to the minors 12 days ago after struggling upon his return from a broken hand. But he allowed only one run and…
Aug 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT
Despite initial hopes Ross Detwiler would be able to recover from his strained back to pitch again for the Nationals in September, the left-hander is unlikely to make it back before season’s end. Detwiler has not yet begun throwing off a mound, and manager Davey Johnson all but ruled out his return in 2013. “Probably…
Aug 27, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT
When the Nationals last appeared on South Capitol Street, they were trudging off the field following a heartbreaking loss to the Giants, in which Rafael Soriano blew a 2-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning. They then embarked on an eventful, 10-day road trip through Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, one that produced…
Aug 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
We spent yesterday morning detailing the reasons why a last-ditch, late-season-playoff-charge-for-the-ages is highly unlikely for the Nationals. But I’d hate to be labeled as too negative. Especially in the midst of this blog’s redesign. So let’s actually spend a few minutes this morning running through a scenario in which the Nationals actually could make it…
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
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