Sep 26, 2015, 3:26 PM EST
When Reed Johnson first went down with a torn tendon his his left foot in April, he was given a recovery timeline of eight months. After just 12 plate appearances with the Nats, who signed him late in spring training, his season was likely over. Then he defied the odds to begin a minor league rehab assignment…
Sep 26, 2015, 12:23 PM EST
The Nationals being eliminated from playoff contention has perhaps been a delayed inevitability for quite some time, but that won’t make it any easier when it actually happens. That time may come on Sunday, as the Nats enter their afternoon matchup with the Phillies holding on to an elimination number of just one game in…
Sep 25, 2015, 2:04 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ we brought on Al Galdi of ESPN 980 to break down the Nats-Orioles series and discuss many other topics regarding Bryce Harper, Matt Williams and the Nationals’ future. With Galdi we talked about the Manny Machado vs. Jonathan Papelbon fiasco, Williams’ future…
Sep 23, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
At the rate he is going, an MVP favorite at the age of 22, Bryce Harper is probably going to set a lot of records before his career is over. He will likely break a bunch of Nationals team records, as they only have 11 seasons to pull from. Then, he will set his sights on…
Sep 22, 2015, 11:39 PM EST
Of all the reasons why the Nationals have fallen short of expectations in 2015, of all the persistent problems that have stood in their way, the continued squandering of opportunities has loomed as large as any. Time and time again the schedule has favored the Nats, or their opponent has gifted them breaks on a…
Sep 22, 2015, 9:56 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals took the field on Tuesday winners of seven of their last eight, but their momentum both on the mound and on offense was stalled as the Baltimore Orioles controlled the series opener from start to finish with the final result a 4-1 Washington loss. The Nats have lost 9 of their last…
Sep 22, 2015, 6:20 PM EST
Danny Espinosa is generally considered one of the toughest players on the Nationals, a guy who has played through bumps and bruises the size of watermelons, manager Matt Williams likes to say. So, when Espinosa goes down with an injury, you can bet it’s something relatively serious. The Nats infielder, who has not played since Sept.…
Sep 22, 2015, 3:05 PM EST
Okay, let’s give this another shot. The Nationals and Orioles had their series opener postponed on Monday night, so now they will try again on Tuesday with the same pitchers scheduled to start. The forecast is much better for this one with a slight chance of rain in the early evening before it clears up…
Sep 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Bryce Harper was named co-NL player of the week on Monday along with teammate Stephen Strasburg. It was the third time this season Harper has earned the honors, having also won in back-to-back weeks in May. With how good Harper has been this season, those will likely not be the only awards he wins. There…
Sep 21, 2015, 6:04 PM EST
One day after it was revealed by the Nationals that infielder Danny Espinosa has been dealing with a right hamstring injury, manager Matt Williams said the next step will be an MRI, set for Tuesday. Espinosa has a right hamstring strain that was diagnosed after he underwent an ultrasound. Now he will require further testing…
Sep 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EST
UPDATED: 5:23 p.m. When the Nationals took Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper with back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in 2009 and 2010, the hope was that they would someday provide a dynamic tandem as two of the best players in baseball. For the last week, that was exactly the case, as both earned honors as co-NL…
Sep 21, 2015, 12:39 PM EST
Top storylines: A glimmer of hope – With the Mets having lost on consecutive days, and the Nationals on a three-game winning streak, the practically shut window of the Nats’ 2015 season has been pried open ever so slightly. Both teams have 10 games remaining until they face off in the final series of the regular season…
Sep 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
When a team scores 13 runs in a game, there are usually plenty of contributors, and that was the case for the Nationals in their win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. But two players in particular – Yunel Escobar and Tyler Moore, who combined for seven RBI – stood out above all. Escobar recorded…
Sep 20, 2015, 6:09 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg’s 2015 season has been a tale of the extremes. Early on he went through the worst stretch of his career and suffered several injuries along the way. But lately he has been at his very best, carving up opposing lineups with record-setting command of the strike zone. Strasburg added 10 strikeouts in Sunday’s 13-3…
Sep 20, 2015, 4:33 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In order to avoid elimination and make something of their 2015 season, the Nationals will need a lot of help from the opponents left on the Mets’ schedule. But there is no question the Nats are holding up their end of the bargain. The Nationals took care of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon…
Sep 20, 2015, 12:40 PM EST
The 2015 season has been a trying one for the Washington Nationals, and reliever Blake Treinen is certainly no exception. The right-hander surprised many as a rookie in 2014 and look poised for a big sophomore season with the potential to lock down a late innings role. That plan did not go accordingly, as Treinen…
Sep 20, 2015, 10:30 AM EST
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to take three of four against the Marlins and make it seven wins in their last eight overall. Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.98) will look to follow strong outings from Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann. Strasburg had perhaps the best start of his career his last time out, eight…
Sep 18, 2015, 10:34 AM EST
With Bryce Harper already at the 40-home run mark and in pursuit of a likely NL MVP award, perhaps overlooked in his historic season is his chance for another rare and impressive accomplishment. With two more hits on Thursday night, Harper raised his NL-best batting average to .340. The first batting title in Nationals team history is well…
Sep 17, 2015, 6:08 PM EST
UPDATED With a four-week recovery timetable and just 17 games left on the Nationals’ regular season schedule, the chances of Drew Storen playing again in 2015 are very slim. And to have that sudden end caused by a self-inflicted wound has made the last week or so even harder to swallow for the Nats reliever. On Thursday, Storen explained what…
Sep 17, 2015, 1:21 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN For the first time in two years of doing ‘Baseball in the District,’ we did an episode with no guests. Frankly, there was plenty to talk about already regarding the Nats, even as their hopes for a playoff berth continue to drift away. Tim Murray and I talked about Bryce Harper’s…
Sep 10, 2015, 3:39 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Man, what a day to to talk about the Nats. This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ just happened to fall on the day after the Nationals were swept by the New York Mets. Our guest this week was ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, who was great on the Nats from a national…
Sep 10, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
What makes the Nationals getting swept by the Mets this week so devastating was not only the fact it all but pulled the plug on their postseason hopes. What added to their misery was that all three games featured unique breaks – at least for this team in this particular year – that would normally…
Sep 9, 2015, 5:29 PM EST
In order to avoid a sweep against the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday, the Nationals will have to do so with three regular starters out of their lineup. Ryan Zimmerman is out for the second straight day with a left oblique strain. Michael Taylor is still bothered by his sore right knee. And Yunel…
Sep 9, 2015, 3:37 PM EST
After blowing two straight games to begin the series, the Nationals will now hope to avoid a sweep to the New York Mets on Wednesday with a true wild card as a pitching matchup. There is a lot of unknown there because Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.35) is coming back from injury. He left his last start…
Sep 9, 2015, 11:15 AM EST
After the Nationals’ bullpen collapsed in jawdropping fashion, after the Mets had not only tied the game after trailing by six, but then took the lead on a go-ahead homer, the Nats found themselves with a pretty decent chance for redemption. The top of their order was up in the ninth against New York closer…
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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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