Apr 24, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT
We tried something new this week on ‘Baseball in the District,’ as Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought our guest in studio to do a roundtable discussion. Tom Schad of the Washington Times joined us and covered many topics regarding the Nationals over the course of a long conversation. We talked about the…
Apr 23, 2015, 9:34 PM EDT
Four games into his Nationals career, Max Scherzer has recorded a quality start in each of his outings and had allowed just one earned run or less in every game up until Thursday. This time it was two earned runs, an outlier that illustrates exactly how good he’s been so far in 2015. When he mistakes they…
Apr 23, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
Now over two weeks into the 2015 season, the early returns on MLB’s new pace of play rule changes are starting to come in. The league has yet to fully enforce some of the rules as players and coaches get used to them, but so far so good according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Williams…
Apr 22, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Tanner Roark’s MLB career has so far been an unlikely success story filled with very few failures for a guy who just a year before he debuted in 2013 lost 17 games at the Triple-A level. He came up as a reliever and earned an opportunity to start. As a starter, he was brilliant with a…
Apr 21, 2015, 8:20 PM EDT
Released by the Nationals on April 1 as they pared down their roster for Opening Day, utility man Kevin Frandsen has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Frandsen will start with the D’Backs’ Triple-A affiliate in Reno, as he revealed via his Twitter account on Tuesday. Frandsen, 32, spent the 2014 season with the Nationals…
Apr 21, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT
[Updated 5:29 p.m.] Fresh off a week where both Jayson Werth and Denard Span returned to their lineup, the Nationals are close to getting another significant boost, as star third baseman Anthony Rendon is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Rendon has been playing in minor league…
Apr 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Though the Nationals are getting healthier by the day – they saw both Jayson Werth and Denard Span return over the last week – they are still making do with temporary replacements. Danny Espinosa, for one, is playing third base. He has started at the hot corner in two consecutive games after Yunel Escobar, who…
Apr 20, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT
Top storylines: Nats are getting healthier – The Nationals saw two of their most important players return to the lineup this week, as Jayson Werth came back on Monday and Denard Span made his 2015 debut on Sunday. The two outfielders injected a bit of life into the Nats’ offense, which had been struggling so…
Apr 20, 2015, 10:02 AM EDT
On this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, there was a bit more positivity in the topics discussed. After all, the Nationals are getting healthier and starting to win again. This first clip looks at the impact of players like Jayson Werth and Denard Span coming off the disabled list. Since Werth returned to the…
Apr 19, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
For a guy who was inefficient through his first two outings – needing 204 pitches through his initial 10 2/3 innings this year – Stephen Strasburg sure reversed his fortune on Sunday in an almost-perfect dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies. Strasburg was surgical and looked much like the dominant pitcher we’ve seen at times throughout…
Apr 19, 2015, 4:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After struggling down the stretch of spring training with an ankle injury and allowing eight earned runs in his first two starts of the 2015 season, Stephen Strasburg returned to his old self on Sunday afternoon in a dominant performance against the Phillies in a 4-1 Nationals win. Strasburg was so good,…
Apr 19, 2015, 11:28 AM EDT
Nationals centerfielder Denard Span has been activated off the 15-day disabled list to make his season debut on Sunday against the Phillies after six weeks of rehab from core muscle surgery. Michael Taylor was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move. Span, 31, had the procedure on March 9 and recently finished his recovery…
Apr 19, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT
The Nationals aim to clinch their first series of the season Sunday afternoon as they close out their four-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.75) will take the mound for Washington, while right-hander David Buchanan (0-2, 11.42) will pitch for the Phillies. The Nationals have Denard Span back in the lineup after he…
Apr 16, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT
Despite the injuries and the ugly early season numbers, anyone who has watched the Nationals in recent years could tell you it was only a matter of time before their offense broke out. Some may say they turned a corner during Wednesday’s win when they put a 10-spot on the Red Sox. Some may look…
Apr 16, 2015, 3:11 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals return home on Thursday to begin a seven-game homestand starting with a four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies. Doug Fister will go up against Phillies ace Cole Hamels in the 10th game of the 2015 season. The Phillies enter Thursday with an identical record to the Nats at 3-6, though they have…
Apr 16, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT
[Updated 6:45 p.m.] Seeking another lefty for their bullpen before a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals called up Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday afternoon. Right-hander Taylor Jordan was sent down as the corresponding move. Rivero, 23, joins the Nationals for his first stint in the majors after seven minor league seasons.…
Apr 15, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
In this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I had two of the Nationals’ top minor league prospects on as guests. Tim traveled to Harrisburg on Monday and talked to both Joe Ross and Tony Renda. Both had great stuff on playing in Double-A and their development as…
Apr 13, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
Top storylines: Werth set to return – The Nationals are getting some help this week with the return of Jayson Werth, who had been recovering the last three months from his Jan. 9 shoulder surgery. Werth, 35, appeared in three minor league rehab games with the Single-A Potomac Nationals in recent days. He logged nine plate…
Apr 13, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT
This week’s episode of The Baseball Show covered plenty of topics with the Nationals off to a surprising, 2-4 start. Mark, Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak tried to put it all in perspective and examine what fans should worry about and what should not be a concern at this point. In this first clip, they…
Apr 10, 2015, 11:12 AM EDT
In his return to the mound on Thursday after over 18 months of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Mets starter Matt Harvey picked up right where he left off in his memorable 2013 season. The right-hander was borderline dominant as he struck out nine Nationals batters on his way to six shutout innings. Harvey sat…
Apr 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
It has only been three games, but so far the Nationals find themselves reaffirming many of the suspicions those who watch the team closely held before they opened the 2015 season. With three regulars out, runs may come at a premium, especially until they get Denard Span and Anthony Rendon back in place atop their…
Apr 9, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a much-anticipated matchup of star pitchers – both famous veterans of Tommy John surgery – it was Matt Harvey who stood out above Stephen Strasburg on Thursday, as the Mets pitcher made a successful return to the mound in New York’s 6-3 victory at Nationals Park. Harvey was brilliant from…
Apr 9, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT
One day after sharing good news about Denard Span and Jayson Werth, Matt Williams had more positive reports on both Anthony Rendon and Casey Janssen as they continue their rehab from injury. Rendon, who is nursing a sprained left MCL, has been working side-to-side in drills and running in figure eight formations to test his…
Apr 9, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT
Opening Day is the early season game that gets all of the attention, fans pack the stadium and tons of media shows up for the only time you’ll see them at a baseball game until October. Then there’s usually a drop-off by all accounts for the second and third games of the season, as the long…
Apr 8, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
Remember when people wondered how Ryan Zimmerman would transition to first base from third, whether playing groundballs from the opposite side of the infield would somehow throw him off? Well, that whole offseason discussion – fun as it was – may have been a massive waste of time. It’s only two games, but so far…
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