Aug 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
After losing two of three in Atlanta – the final loss among their most frustrating this season – the Nationals now head north to New York for a three-game series against the Mets. Monday was an off-day, Tuesday is a chance to turn the page. The Nationals this year have had little trouble against the…
Aug 11, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT
The promotion of several Nationals’ top prospects came early this season due to injuries, as both Michael Taylor and Steven Souza were each brought up this month. Both were in line for September call-ups before arriving in D.C., but circumstances at the major league level accelerated the Nationals’ plans. Taylor and Souza are just the…
Aug 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
Top storylines: Pennant race should heat up – Though it was technically an early-August series between the Nationals and Braves, this past weekend sure felt like the beginning of the pennant race. There are seven weeks left in the 2014 season, the Nats have 46 games remaining while the Braves have 45. By the end of the…
Aug 11, 2014, 10:09 AM EDT
ATLANTA — In the wake of yet another series loss at Turner Field, it’s easy to look at the Nationals and declare that they squandered an opportunity to step on the reeling Braves’ throats and create some major distance between themselves and their NL East rivals. And, to be sure, the Nats would have loved…
Aug 11, 2014, 1:16 AM EDT
ATLANTA — He had been alternately dominant and maddening, striking out some batters at will yet unable to put away others, fighting for his life to get through the fifth inning with only one run on the scoreboard despite a massively high pitch count. And when he got Jason Heyward to tap a grounder to…
Aug 10, 2014, 11:16 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of their marathon, rain-delayed, 11-inning win early Sunday morning, the Nationals were grateful for a nationally televised Sunday night appearance at Turner Field. But they showed up a bit sluggish, especially at the plate against a very tough young Braves left-hander. Alex Wood dominated the Nationals’ lineup, allowing…
Aug 10, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Jayson Werth returned to the Nationals’ lineup Sunday night, but the veteran right fielder will be trying to play through an inflammation in the AC joint of his right shoulder that has bothered him more than a week. Werth was unable to start either of the first two games of the Nationals’ series…
Aug 10, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT
ATLANTA — The Nationals, as expected, promoted Michael Taylor from Class AAA on Sunday, clearing a roster spot for their top outfield prospect by placing Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder contusion. Taylor was summoned by the Nationals on Saturday evening, pulled from Syracuse’s starting lineup at the last…
Aug 10, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Hello once again from Turner Field. Feels like I just left this place. Oh wait, I did! Thank god the Nationals and Braves are on Sunday Night Baseball, though, which afforded everybody the opportunity to sleep in this morning after last night’s rain-delayed, 11-inning affair that ended at 2:29 a.m. There will be…
Aug 10, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT
ATLANTA — As if they didn’t have enough to worry about following a 4-1, 11-inning loss that ended at 2:29 a.m. and left them closer to fourth place than first place in the NL East, the Braves now are upset at Bryce Harper for smudging the dirt “A” logo they place behind home plate at…
Aug 10, 2014, 3:46 AM EDT
ATLANTA — The digital clock at Turner Field read 2:29 a.m., and the impressive remaining number of the 36,832 fans who were in the park way back when this game was originally supposed to start made their way to the exits, exhausted and disgusted. Behind the third base dugout, though, were a handful of Nationals…
Aug 10, 2014, 2:29 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They were all set to play at Turner Field on Friday night. Pitchers warmed up. Players stretched. They sang the national anthem. And then at 7:03 p.m., 7 minutes before scheduled first pitch, they rolled out the tarp in anticipation of heavy rain which arrived a few minutes later. Little did…
Aug 9, 2014, 7:43 PM EDT
Updated at 3:12 a.m. ATLANTA — Desperate for healthy outfielders, the Nationals are expected to promote top prospect Michael Taylor and have the dynamic 23-year-old in uniform for Sunday night’s series finale against the Braves. Taylor was a late scratch from Class AAA Syracuse’s lineup Saturday evening and was due to depart for Atlanta, where…
Aug 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Originally in the Nationals’ lineup for Saturday night’s game against the Braves, Jayson Werth was scratched due to nagging shoulder and ankle injuries that have now forced the veteran right fielder to miss the first two games of this key series. Werth sat out Friday night’s opener at Turner Field to give both…
Aug 9, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT
ATLANTA — It’s another day here at Turner Field, and as far as the Nationals are concerned, that’s a good. They’d just as soon forget last night’s 7-6 loss (though, truth be told, there was plenty about the manner in which they nearly came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit to leave everybody…
Aug 9, 2014, 1:33 AM EDT
ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg was at a loss for words, despondent, unable — or perhaps simply unwilling — to offer much explanation for his clunker of an outing Friday night at Turner Field, one that left his Nationals teammates in a 7-run hole they still very nearly dug their way out of, falling one more…
Aug 9, 2014, 12:51 AM EDT
ATLANTA — Steven Souza Jr. jammed his left shoulder, but otherwise appeared to avoid serious injury on a scary collision with the right-field fence at Turner Field during the second inning of Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Braves. “I’m OK. I’m doing fine,” the young Nationals outfielder said. “I was just running full-speed, had…
Aug 8, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: They came to Atlanta feeling good about themselves, while the Braves returned home reeling from an 0-8 West Coast trip. And then within minutes, the script had flipped back to a familiar (and frustrating) one for the Nationals. The Braves rocked Stephen Strasburg for six runs in the first two innings,…
Aug 8, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Beset with nagging ailments to both his right shoulder and ankle, Jayson Werth was held out of the Nationals’ lineup for Friday night’s series opener against the Braves, though the club is hopeful neither injury is serious. “He wants to play, but I don’t know how good he’d be today,” manager Matt Williams…
Aug 8, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, which doesn’t exactly look ready for baseball at this moment. It has been absolutely pouring here for the last hour, and there’s no let-up in sight. Really, the whole weekend looks bad, so who knows what that means for this crucial, 3-game series between the Nationals and Braves. If…
Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Athletics (LW: 1) – Roney: They’re primed to finish very strong – not just because of their new rotation, but because when rosters expand Sept. 1, their matchup/platoon capabilities explode. 2. Angels…
Aug 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT
In the seven weeks since the Nats and Braves last squared off on June 22, the two teams have traveled very different paths. The Nationals in that span have gone 23-16. They lost Ryan Zimmerman to a hamstring injury, but now have Bryce Harper, Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt Thornton in store. They have a 4…
Aug 7, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT
Whether there was any validity to the story or not, Bryce Harper once again found his name carried through the mud in the national media this week. He was slumping, yes, but a stint in the minors? Come on. His manager, Matt Williams, technically the spark that produced the controversy in an interview with 106.7…
Aug 7, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After breaking out of a disappointing stretch with a lopsided win over the Mets on Wednesday night, the Nationals followed up with a second straight victory over New York, setting the stage for a huge series against the Braves in Atlanta this weekend. This one came in extra innings and was punctuated…
Aug 7, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT
Danny Espinosa’s splits as a switch-hitter are no secret at this point, through five years of his MLB career. Espinosa himself is aware he hits better from the right side of the plate. The team’s front office knows, even manager Matt Williams has acknowledged it. So, why doesn’t Espinosa hit exclusively right-handed? It’s not so simple,…
NL EAST STANDINGS
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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