Jun 22, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT
After a brilliant and much-needed performance by Doug Fister on Saturday night, today the Nationals have a shot at splitting their four-game series with the Braves. In order to do that, however, they’ll likely need another very good outing from their starting pitcher. Today Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85) will be handed that task. Roark has…
Jun 21, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT
The Nationals are currently lagging in All-Star voting with just over two weeks to go until the rosters are announced on July 6. Of course they will get at least one guy on the NL team, but who will it be? In this week’s episode of The Baseball Show, Mark discussed that very topic with…
Jun 20, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT
The Nationals announced on Friday that 24 of their 40 draft picks from the 2014 class have agreed to terms. Among the players include third round catcher Jakson Reetz, fourth round pitcher Robbie Dickey, and 15th round first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. First round pick Erick Fedde, a…
Jun 20, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT
By all accounts, the experiment of putting Ryan Zimmerman in left field has been a relative success for the Nationals. Though his natural position is third base, he has shown the athletic ability to more than hold his own while working in a larger space. One thing that had eluded Zimmerman for several weeks, however,…
Jun 20, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT
Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd – an Annapolis, Md. native – was cruising through his start against the Nationals on Thursday night, enjoying his best outing of the season. The 31-year-old was facing Jayson Werth in the first at-bat of the bottom of the seventh inning, having already thrown six scoreless frames with two hits allowed…
Jun 19, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT
Bryce Harper took the field to take batting practice and catch outfield flyballs before the Nationals game against the Braves on Thursday. Both were firsts in his recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb, and how he feels in the coming days could determine when he begins a minor league rehab assignment. Harper…
Jun 19, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT
It’s been two long months since the Nationals and Braves squared off, as they each played six of their first 12 games of the season against each other. Now they go at it in a midseason, four-game series that could vault either team into a commanding lead in the National League East. Jordan Zimmermann (5-3, 2.98) will…
Jun 18, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT
In the outpour of Tony Gwynn remembrances since his untimely death at the age of 54 on Monday, you may have noticed a lot of people mentioning the 5.5 hole, also known as the space between the third baseman and the shortstop on a baseball diamond. As a left-handed hitter who could spray baseballs all over a…
Jun 18, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT
This week on ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I brought in two excellent guests, one of the Nationals’ top prospects and CSN’s very own Mark Zuckerman. Harrisburg Senators outfielder Michael Taylor joined us first to talk about his breakout year in the minor leagues. The former sixth round pick is…
Jun 17, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT
Needing a roster spot for the return of Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday, the Nationals optioned lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse late Tuesday night. Cedeno, 27, made just one appearance in his recent stint with the big league club, a scoreless inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 14. He was called up…
Jun 17, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg addressed the media in front of his locker at Nationals Park on Tuesday, holding back tears as he spoke fondly of his college coach, Tony Gwynn, a man he grew up admiring as a child in San Diego before later working with him on a daily basis for three years of his life. Gwynn passed…
Jun 17, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took a significant step forward in his rehab from left thumb surgery on Tuesday, as the two-time All-Star took swings with two hands for the first time in a batting cage. Manager Matt Williams described it as soft-toss and said he could be close to resuming full baseball activities on the field.…
Jun 16, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT
With the Atlanta Braves coming to town this week for four games, it’s easy to overlook the Nats’ first opponent of this upcoming homestand. The Houston Astros – owners of the worst record in baseball each of the last three seasons – will be in Washington for a two-game series before the NL East main event…
Jun 16, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT
Top storylines: Nats return home after long trip – The Nationals just completed their longest West Coast trip of the season, a 10-day gauntlet that ran them through San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis. It started off well, as the Nats swept the Padres and took three of four against San Francisco. But then came…
Jun 15, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT
Losers of three straight, the Nationals enter Sunday looking to salvage their series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a win. They have scored a total of two runs over those three games as their offense has gone dormant. Given all of that, now is probably the perfect time to have Doug Fister (5-1, 2.68)…
Jun 14, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT
Though the Nationals have recently lost two consecutive games, overall it appears they have turned a corner of late. They are healthy and starting to see improvement all around their roster. Leading the way in recent weeks has been the Nationals’ rotation. In this first clip from this week’s The Baseball Show, Mark talks with Rob Carlin…
Jun 12, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT
Gio Gonzalez completed his second minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night, and this time came away with much better results. The lefty threw four innings for the Single-A Potomac Nationals and allowed one run on two hits and four walks. He faced 18 batters and struck out seven. Gonzalez pitched against the Winston-Salem Dash, an affiliate…
Jun 12, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT
After three impressive wins against the Giants, the Nationals enter Thursday looking for the rare four-game sweep. In order to do so, however, they’ll have to overcome their unfortunate history against Giants starter Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.97). As a member of the Braves for nine years, Hudson dominated the Nationals. He has faced them 29 times…
Jun 12, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT
The Nationals traveled to San Francisco this week looking to challenge the Giants and their best record in baseball, but so far through three games it’s been Washington who has looked like the better team. On Wednesday night they again beat the Giants in convincing fashion, controlling the game from start to finish. Tanner Roark outpitched Matt…
Jun 11, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
With the Nationals playing their best baseball of 2014, there were plenty of positives to talk about this week on ‘Baseball in the District.’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I discussed the Nats’ recent resurgence and specifically what they will need to do to sustain it moving forward. With the team in the middle of a…
Jun 9, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT
Top storylines: Four games in San Francisco – Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Nationals are starting to look like contenders once again. They are healthy and scoring runs, and their starting rotation is getting stronger by the game. Monday night they will have quite the test in the San Francisco Giants, owners of the…
Jun 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
For a series in early June, the upcoming four-game bout between the Nationals and Giants has no shortage of storylines. It’s the two hottest teams in the National League squaring off in one of baseball’s most pristine parks. Four days between two heavyweights, hosted in a cathedral of the game. One of those storylines is…
Jun 8, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT
The Nationals took a tough loss in extra innings on Saturday night after a rare meltdown for their bullpen. Today they pick back up with a quick turnaround to go for the series win out in San Diego. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.59) will look to build off his strong outing his last time out against…
Jun 7, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT
Here is a look at the Nationals’ full 2014 draft class: 1st round: RHP Erick Fedde – UNLV – A high school teammate of Bryce Harper at Las Vegas High School, the Scott Boras client had Tommy John surgery on June 3. 2nd round: LHP Andrew Suarez – U. of Miami – A 6-foot-2 southpaw,…
Jun 7, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT
With their 15th round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Nationals selected a prospect with a familiar name. Indian River State College (Fla.) first baseman Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., was taken by Washington with the 454th overall pick. The 6-foot-6 left-handed hitter batted .321 in 42 games last…
NL EAST STANDINGS
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Braves at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 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: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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