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…
Sep 9, 2015, 1:18 AM EST
In a season full of letdown losses, blown opportunities and bullpen implosions, and for a franchise that has experienced far more heartbreak than any team should through their first 11 years of existence, it’s hard to compare a regular season defeat for the Nationals to their infamous playoff disasters. This one, though, this one was…
Sep 8, 2015, 4:40 PM EST
[Updated 5:29 p.m.] Out of the lineup for the second time in three days, this time for a huge matchup against the New York Mets, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a new injury he is dealing with. Zimmerman has soreness in his left oblique after hurting the muscle during a swing in Monday’s loss.…
Sep 8, 2015, 3:18 PM EST
Monday’s series opener was a letdown for the Nationals, as they blew a sixth inning lead and lost ground in the NL East. But they have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday night and give themselves an opportunity for a big series win. Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 3.38) will start for the Nationals against Matt…
Sep 8, 2015, 10:21 AM EST
The question was simply about the pennant race atmosphere at Nationals Park, and Bryce Harper’s answer was brief. But his quick, perhaps off-the-cuff response has set off a firestorm of scrutiny both from outside the city of Washington and within the Nationals fanbase itself. Harper, when asked about the crowd on Monday afternoon, noted how many…
Sep 7, 2015, 6:41 PM EST
Throughout the first half of the season Max Scherzer was the lone bright spot for a Nationals rotation that was expected by many to be among the very best. Somehow he managed to look like a better pitcher after signing a record free agent contract to come to Washington. But that has simply not been…
Sep 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Top storylines: Mets coming to town – At times over the last few weeks, after several bad losses, the Nationals have appeared to have the odds stacked against them. Some had already proclaimed them as dead in the water. It was time to think about 2016 and all the changes that could come this offseason for…
Sep 6, 2015, 10:24 PM EST
The Nationals lineup on Sunday – once it was corrected with a late adjustment – featured the return of Michael Taylor to center field and the exclusion of Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Taylor was not 100 percent, but was ready to rejoin the lineup. Zimmerman was originally in there batting cleanup before becoming a…
Sep 6, 2015, 6:13 PM EST
The emergence of rookie starter Joe Ross has been one of the more pleasant surprises for the Nationals in a year characterized by the unforeseen. What has become a breakout season for the young right-hander, however, could be nearing its inevitable end. The Nationals have alluded to an unspecified innings limit for Ross, whom they acquired in…
Sep 6, 2015, 4:42 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Some Nats fans and those in the media who follow the team on a regular basis may have looked past this weekend’s series against the Atlanta Braves, with the first-place New York Mets up next and all. But the Nationals themselves sure didn’t. They blasted the Braves again on Sunday for their third…
Sep 6, 2015, 12:13 PM EST
With a huge series against the Mets awaiting them on Monday, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to secure a four-game sweep against the Atlanta Braves and make it five straight wins overall. The Nats are playing some of their best baseball of the 2015 season and they will hope to keep it rolling…
Sep 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
Midway through the top of the first inning on Saturday, it looked like Gio Gonzalez was in for a long night. He followed a flyout by Nick Markakis with back-to-back walks against Pedro Ciriaco and Freddie Freeman. Walks are a bad sign for any pitcher, but especially Gio who can be prone to them. Shortly thereafter,…
Sep 5, 2015, 5:59 PM EST
Just two days removed from having Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews, Aaron Barrett strolled into the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Satuday sporting a cast held up by a large sling over his right shoulder. Barrett was in good spirits despite the fact his procedure was much more intensive than the team…
Sep 3, 2015, 6:37 PM EST
Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals’ lineup on Thursday as they prepared to begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves after he left the Nats’ win over the Cardinals the night before with left glute tightness. That was the good news. The bad news was that Michael Taylor, who is still nursing a sore right knee, was…
Sep 3, 2015, 5:47 PM EST
[Updated: 5:52 p.m.] The Nationals added two more players to push their active roster to 32 on Thursday by calling up right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and activating first baseman Tyler Moore off the disabled list. Cole, 23, rejoins the Nationals for his third stint of the 2015 season. He made his MLB debut on…
Sep 3, 2015, 1:34 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN After missing last week, Tim Murray and I picked back up with ‘Baseball in the District’ and brought on CSN Insider Mark Zuckerman as our guest. We talked to Mark right off the top of the show and touched on a lot of topics with him. Mark was great on the criticism…
Sep 2, 2015, 4:59 PM EST
The second wave of September call-ups for the Nationals took place on Wednesday, as relievers Matt Grace and Rafael Martin were added to the roster, which now sits at 30. Both pitchers were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace, 26, joins the Nats for the first time since going to the minors on June 1. In…
Sep 1, 2015, 11:53 AM EST
The Nationals are coming off a bad loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, one that puts them in jeopardy of losing the momentum they had built over the previous 12 games. But although they were winning before they traveled to St. Louis, it was a tough week in regards to their overall health. Denard Span went down…
Aug 31, 2015, 11:31 AM EST
Top storylines: Cardinals up next – The Nationals must feel pretty good about themselves coming out of the weekend. They beat the Marlins to secure their fourth consecutive series win. They have now won six of their last eight and nine of their last 12. They even gained a rare game on New York on Saturday, while the…
Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…
Aug 30, 2015, 6:32 PM EST
For the second time in a span of four days, the Nationals won a game that was defined by an unfortunate injury to one of their best players. On Thursday, they beat the Padres but lost Denard Span. Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar also left the game banged up. It was a pyrrhic victory. They…
Aug 30, 2015, 4:42 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came out flat on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins and went down early as Stephen Strasburg ran into trouble in the first inning. For the first half of the afternoon, it looked like they were going to stumble their way into St. Louis for a big series beginning on Monday. But…
Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EST
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their fourth consecutive series, a feat that would set them up rather nicely for a huge series early this coming week in St. Louis against the MLB-best Cardinals. It’s a good opportunity for some positive momentum to take on the road and the Nats will have…
Aug 29, 2015, 10:57 PM EST
Ten days over the course of a six-month baseball season is not a long time, but in a pennant race it can seem like an eternity. For the Nats, that’s how long it took for them to finally gain a game in the NL East on the New York Mets, who lately seem like they…
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
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