Aug 7, 2015, 6:09 PM EST
One day after being moved to the bullpen for the first time in his accomplished seven-year MLB career, Doug Fister addressed the media to discuss the transition. Fister has accepted the move, but it was not easy, as one could understand. “It’s not the most fun message to go across. But you’ve gotta have a…
Aug 6, 2015, 10:59 PM EST
The Nationals’ offense has been a problem area in recent weeks, so one game will not solve all of their woes and reinstall them as one of the most potent lineups in the majors. But in Thursday night’s win, there were several indicators that suggest they are moving in the right direction as a team.…
Aug 6, 2015, 8:18 PM EST
[Updated 9:50 p.m.] He was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher last season and their only starter to win a playoff game, but 7-year veteran Doug Fister will now move to the bullpen. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Thursday’s game, saying that rookie Joe Ross will remain in the rotation when Stephen Strasburg returns…
Aug 6, 2015, 3:47 PM EST
Max Scherzer loves fantasy football and this month will be able to apply that passion to a good cause. The Nationals’ ace is hosting a fantasy football fundraiser on August 22 at Nats Park. Scherzer will participate in a live fantasy draft with several of his teammates and fans who pay an undisclosed amount of…
Aug 5, 2015, 3:06 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Stephen Strasburg fresh off two rehab appearances at Syracuse, and the continued development of Trea Turner in Triple-A, we thought it was a good time to bring in Chiefs’ play-by-play voice Kevin Brown for the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ Brown was great on Strasburg and the reaction…
Aug 5, 2015, 12:13 AM EST
Since the Nationals traded for Wilson Ramos back in 2010, he has shown flashes of All-Star capabilities as a catcher who can at times look like one of the best hitters in the league at his position. Injuries have always been his problem, at least until this year. Ramos has been in the lineup more…
Aug 4, 2015, 5:23 PM EST
Fresh off his 11-strikeout, zero-walk performance in his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse, Stephen Strasburg showed up in the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Tuesday carrying his equipment bag. Teammates walked up to shake his hand and welcome him back, though when he will actually return officially has not been announced. Strasburg’s…
Aug 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
Doug Fister was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher for much of last season, but in 2015 he just hasn’t been the same. The right-hander struggled once again in Monday night’s 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with five earned runs allowed on eight hits, including three home runs. The three homers were the most he’s…
Aug 3, 2015, 9:05 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg completed his second minor league rehab game on Monday night with Triple-A Syracuse, as he continues his road back from a strained left oblique muscle. Strasburg threw 85 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of work with two earned runs allowed on five hits, 11 strikeouts and no walks against the Pawtucket Red Sox.…
Aug 3, 2015, 5:03 PM EST
[Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Nationals had a few pieces of good news to share on the injury front before Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as their overall health as a team continues to improve. David Carpenter has been cleared to resume his throwing program after seeing a second opinion on his right shoulder. Carpenter…
Aug 3, 2015, 11:44 AM EST
This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ came at a good time, as it allowed Mark to break down the Nats’ series against the New York Mets with Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak. They made sense of the sweep and also took a look at Matt Williams’ decision-making over the weekend. He has taken a…
Aug 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Top storylines: Mets earn a sweep – The Mets made a statement this weekend with their sweep of the Nationals, a convincing trio of wins capped off by Tyler Clippard getting Jose Lobaton to pop up for the final out on Sunday night. They earned a tie atop the NL East and seem energized by their…
Aug 2, 2015, 4:24 PM EST
Following another one-run loss to the Mets, the Nationals now enter Sunday night hoping to avoid a three-game sweep. The game will be on national television – like the first two were – as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball showcase. Jordan Zimmermann (8-6, 3.36) will square off against talented rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard (5-5, 2.70). The…
Aug 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
For the second straight night, the Nationals fell to the division rival New York Mets by just one run thanks to mistakes made late in the game by their bullpen. This time it was Mets first baseman Lucas Duda who had the big swing and Nats reliever Matt Thornton who gave up the decisive score.…
Jul 31, 2015, 7:00 PM EST
NEW YORK — Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo provided a pair of injury updates for the Nationals on Friday before the team’s game against the New York Mets, as though they have seen a good group of guys return over the last week, there remain several big names on the disabled list. Reliever David Carpenter,…
Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EST
NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…
Jul 31, 2015, 2:36 PM EST
NEW YORK — The Nationals roll into New York this weekend fresh off a series win against the Miami Marlins and with a three-game lead in first place in the NL East. The Mets will do their best to try and gain some ground in the division race against a Nats team that looks revitalized…
Jul 30, 2015, 10:23 AM EST
Jonathan Papelbon met with reporters before yesterday’s game at Marlins Park on his first day with his new team, the Washington Nationals. The veteran closer addressed several subjects, including why he waived his no-trade clause to join the Nats and what his presence now means for Drew Storen. You can watch the video below to…
Jul 27, 2015, 4:08 PM EST
Top storylines: Trade deadline – The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline is coming up at 4 p.m. on Friday and already the Nationals have found themselves in the middle of all types of rumors. The common trends for the Nats in particular seem to be bench help – specifically in the outfield – and late-inning relief pitching. The…
Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique. The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list…
Jul 27, 2015, 11:04 AM EST
There was a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 2015 trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the Nats have stumbled out of the gate in the second half of the season. There is also a…
Jul 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
With their 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals have now lost six of their 10 games since the All-Star break ended. Max Scherzer has been beaten twice during that stretch. Their offense has averaged 3.8 runs per contest. The Mets have cut the division lead back down to two games.…
Jul 26, 2015, 11:32 AM EST
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates following their lopsided win the day before. They will send rookie Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70) to the mound opposite former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.31), who is in the middle of a breakout season. Ross has only…
Jul 24, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
I went on SportsNet Central Thursday night for a pair of segments to talk about a variety of topics involving the Nationals. The first clip is about how close Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are to returning. We also discussed the trade deadline and host Michael Jenkins even brought up my recent cameo…
Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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