Jul 19, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT
On a scorching hot afternoon at Nationals Park that also happens to be Star Wars Day, the Nats and Dodgers close out their weekend series with one of the best pitching matchups you will see all season. Starting for the Nationals will be Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.11), who is second in the majors in ERA. Starting…
Jul 18, 2015, 1:51 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman went through an extensive workout at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon to test the plantar fasciitis in his left foot with head trainer Lee Kuntz and manager Matt Williams looking on. He took batting practice, he fielded grounders at first base and practiced throws to second, he also did baserunning drills. Zimmerman broke…
Jul 18, 2015, 11:49 AM EDT
Anthony Rendon will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Saturday night, Matt Williams revealed before the team’s quasi-doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon will play third base as he recovers from a strained left quadriceps muscle. The P-Nats host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 6:35 p.m. in Woodbridge,…
Jul 18, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT
Okay, let’s try this again. After Friday night’s game was suspended due to lighting issues, the Nationals and Dodgers will resume play on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. The game will start in the top of the sixth inning with the Nationals leading 3-2. There will be two games played today with the second one…
Jul 17, 2015, 11:30 PM EDT
[Updated 11:34 p.m.] The Nationals and Dodgers game on Friday night was suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the Nats leading 3-2 due to an issue with the lighting at Nationals Park. The game will be resumed on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game to be played at 4:05…
Jul 17, 2015, 5:46 PM EDT
With four days off for the All-Star break and a large group of notable players on the disabled list, Friday afforded Nationals manager Matt Williams an opportunity to run down a long list of injury updates. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg remain sidelined as the team begins the second…
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, 6:13 PM EDT
Max Scherzer and the Nationals entered the weekend with a decision to make between him starting Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, or skipping his turn in interest of his availability for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It wasn’t a tough one in the end, they say, as Scherzer opted to face the Orioles instead of…
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, 7:21 PM EDT
Updated at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday night’s series finale between the Nationals and Reds was postponed due to rain and wet grounds, a decision that for the moment helps the injury-plagued Nats but leads to a complicated attempt to make the game up at some point later this season. No makeup date was announced, in part…
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…
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…
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