Jul 17, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
After four days off for the All-Star break, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night with a big series against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers come to town with their vaunted pitching staff, but it will not be Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke starting on Friday night. Instead, L.A. will pitch…
Jul 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
In first place in the NL East with a two-game lead on the New York Mets, the Nationals are where many predicted they would be at the midway point of the 2015 season. That is despite an inordinate amount of injuries up and down their roster that began in spring training and persist as the…
Jul 16, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Tim and I did something different this week for ‘Baseball in the District,’ where we brought Reds’ Triple-A catching prospect Chris Berset in studio to talk about life in the minor leagues. He grew up in Vienna, Va. and played high school baseball at The Heights School (Potomac, Md.) before starring at…
Jul 15, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
With a full four days off in between games due to the 2015 MLB All-Star break, most of the Nationals roster will get a nice rest before they get back going against the Dodgers on Friday night. The second half of the season is about to begin and, though the Nats are currently in first…
Jul 14, 2015, 1:31 PM EDT
This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ provided an opportunity to analyze the Nationals at the midway point of the season. They capped off their first half with an impressive series win against the Baltimore Orioles, highlighted by Max Scherzer’s near-complete game on Sunday. Scherzer pitched Sunday instead of in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, as…
Jul 13, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT
Media day for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game took place on Monday afternoon as all of this year’s participants took questions from reporters ahead of Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were asked just about everything, so we thought it was best to share the highlights in question-and-answer form. You can also…
Jul 13, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
Top storylines: Home Run Derby, All-Star Game this week – The 2015 MLB All-Star break begins on Monday night with the Home Run Derby and the actual game will be played on Tuesday night. The Nats do not have a representative in the derby this year, but they will have Bryce Harper in the starting lineup for…
Jul 12, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer entered Sunday’s series (and first-half) finale with an unfortunate past at Camden Yards, most recently featuring his debacle of a start in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Division Series. That history, however, did not carry over whatsoever in what was an overall dominant performance in the Nationals’ final game before…
Jul 12, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — For some of us it may be hard to believe, but here we are on the final day of the first half of the 2015 season. Yes, technically this is Game 87 and the half-mark passed about a week ago, but baseball splits its season in two based on the All-Star break and…
Jul 10, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Holding a one-run lead on Baltimore in the eighth inning on Friday night, the ideal situation for Matt Williams’ bullpen was presented. Casey Janssen came out to set up a save opportunity for Drew Storen with the Nats holding a 39-2 record this season when leading after seven innings. The Orioles, on the…
Jul 10, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — Jordan Zimmermann will start for the Nationals on Saturday as they continue their weekend series at the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander will be activated off the paternity list after the birth of his daughter, Ava, early Friday morning. Sunday’s starter has yet to be determined, but all signs point to Max Scherzer getting…
Jul 10, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT
BALTIMORE — After two days off, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night for their final series of the first half of the season. They take on the Baltimore Orioles in three games before breaking for the 2015 All-Star Game. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16) gets the start in the first game between these teams…
Jul 9, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT
Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats in their series-opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Gonzalez was scheduled to start on Wednesday before the Nats’ game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed due to rain. The rotation for the rest of the weekend has yet…
Jul 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
We had another two-guest episode this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Nationals prospect Trea Turner, as well as Orioles Insider Rich Dubroff to preview Nats-O’s. It was great getting to know Turner, who was recently promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. He has an…
Jul 8, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Max Scherzer came to Washington with a Cy Young award and World Series experience, yet somehow he surpassed expectations through the first half of the 2015 season. So, on Tuesday night when he lasted just 4 2/3 innings and gave up five earned runs in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds, his struggles were not only uncharacteristic, they were very…
Jul 7, 2015, 5:38 PM EDT
After leaving the Nats’ loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring. Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results…
Jul 5, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT
The Nationals announced Sunday that right hander Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. The injury occurred in Saturday’s game against the Giants, after Strasburg induced a ground ball in the fourth inning and was seen grimacing before being taken out of the game by manager Matt…
Jul 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
It’s the mathematical halfway point of the season, and while the conventional midway break doesn’t occur for another week, the Nationals’ first half seems to be a success. With 45 wins and a host of visits to the disabled list by key players, the Nationals should be in good shape for the last three months…
Jul 4, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT
For the second time this season, Stephen Strasburg left a start abruptly. Strasburg, who missed 25 days with neck tightness after he was pulled from his May 29 start at Cincinnati after just one inning, left Saturday’s start against San Francisco after 3 2/3 innings. Strasburg, who had allowed just one hit, retired Buster Posey…
Jul 1, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-1 Team slash: .269/.336/.406 Team ERA: 2.29 Runs per game: 4.6 STOCK UP Jordan Zimmermann, SP: 1-0/ 15.2 IP/ 0.00 ERA For this edition of Stock Watch, we probably should have…
Jun 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Here are a few more clips from this week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show.’ The first is about Anthony Rendon’s latest stint on the disabled list, as Mark puts it into the context of his long history of injuries. The second is about the Nationals’ bullpen, which looks a lot better now with David Carpenter in…
Jun 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Who makes the All-Star team? – The 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be announced this upcoming Sunday and Monday in a two-day special aired on ESPN. The starters will be revealed Sunday night, while the reserves will be announced on Monday. The Nationals should have at least two All-Stars, barring something unforeseen. Those would…
Jun 29, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Tom Schad of The Washington Times for a roundtable discussion on the Nationals’ off-day. Schad sat down for the entire episode as we talked about the Nationals’ recent winning streak, how their pitching…
Jun 25, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT
After the Nationals signed Max Scherzer in January, many predicted they would have one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history. Then the season started and for months everyone not named Max dealt with either injuries or inconsistent results. That was until this past week. With Doug Fister’s seven shutout frames on Thursday against the…
Jun 25, 2015, 6:41 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With their lineup rounding into form and their rotation in the middle of the best stretch for a starting staff in franchise history, the Nationals continued to roll on Thursday with a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The victory was their ninth in their last 12 games and it secured their…
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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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