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  1. Nats-Mets postponed, day-night doubleheader Saturday

    Oct 2, 2015, 4:36 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    NEW YORK — The opener of the Nationals’ final series of the season has been postponed, with heavy rain and strong wind pelting Citi Field all afternoon and not expected to let up all night. The Nats and Mets will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with a makeup game at 1:10 p.m. and the originally…

  2. Around the NL East: Mets claim first division title since ’06

    Oct 1, 2015, 12:14 PM EST

    Sep 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The New York Mets celebrate in the clubhouse after clinching the National League East Championship at Great American Ball Park. The Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-2. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The good news for the Braves is that they managed to avoid a 100-loss season. The bad news? 2015 has been their worst campaign since 1990. As Atlanta heads into the offseason, there is plenty of work ahead for John Hart and John Coppolella. The front office has been creative in acquiring young…

  3. Around the NL East: Harvey situation takes another turn

    Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers in a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it’s a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller is now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There’s…

  4. Around the NL East: Mets sweating out September finish

    Sep 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

    Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   Shelby Miller’s bizarre season rolls on as the 24-year-old righty still hasn’t earned a win in 22 starts despite having a more-than-respectable 3.00 ERA. It’s pretty rare for a pitcher to be this snake bit (you’d think he could luck into a win here or there), but when you pitch for a…

  5. Around the NL East: Have the Mets locked up the division?

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Sep 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are in the midst of a full-on tailspin, losing 20 out of their last 23 games. At this point, there isn’t much left to salvage other than trying to avoid an 100-loss season for the first time since 1988. But with their next seven games against the Mets and Blue…

  6. Strasburg’s performance another missed chance for Nats

    Sep 10, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    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…

  7. A series that defined the Nationals’ season

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:41 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    When the obituaries for the 2015 Washington Nationals are written a few weeks from now — yes, some have already published them, but they’re not officially done yet, they’re just in hospice care — they will try to determine the cause of death. Injuries to their lineup? Underwhelming performances from their star-studded rotation? A bullpen…

  8. Mets 5, Nats 3: Another blown lead caps series sweep

    Sep 9, 2015, 9:46 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It couldn’t happen again. Could it? Well, yes, it could. And the latest installment of A Nightmare on South Capitol Street wasn’t any easier for the Nationals or their fans to watch. Leading by a run entering the eighth inning behind a dominant performance from Stephen Strasburg (13 strikeouts) and offensive…

  9. Williams on criticism: “It’s never any fun”

    Sep 9, 2015, 6:19 PM EST


    Matt Williams has heard the fervor building over the last few weeks. He knows the criticism being levied at him. But he knows he can’t get caught up in any of that. “Well, it’s never any fun. I can tell you that,” the beleaguered Nationals manager said Wednesday afternoon. “But if I know anything about…

  10. A nightmare come true

    Sep 9, 2015, 1:18 AM EST

    USA Today

    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…

  11. Mets 8, Nats 7: Disastrous 7th inning dooms D.C.

    Sep 8, 2015, 10:26 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Sigh. There are ways to lose a game. And then there are ways to really lose a game. And then there’s what happened tonight at Nationals Park. It was as painful as any loss this team has ever suffered, ranking alongside postseason heartbreakers, arguably even tougher to stomach than those. At…

  12. Game 138: Mets at Nats

    Sep 8, 2015, 3:18 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  13. Nats to begin ’16 in Atlanta, home opener vs. Marlins

    Sep 8, 2015, 1:29 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day. Major League Baseball…

  14. Mets 8, Nats 5: Back-and-forth opener goes to N.Y.

    Sep 7, 2015, 4:31 PM EST


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There was a different energy in the air this afternoon as the Nationals and Mets opened a 3-game series unlike anything previously seen in these parts. True pennant race baseball has come to D.C. The fans felt it. The players and managers certainly seemed to feel it, as well, resulting in…

  15. Mets’ plan for Harvey may only include starts vs. Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 12:22 PM EST


    The soap opera involving the Mets, Matt Harvey, Scott Boras and post-Tommy John surgery innings restrictions took another turn Monday morning when New York general manager Sandy Alderson suggested his young ace might only make two more starts this month and would only face the Nationals during the season’s final weekend if the game still…

  16. Game 137: Mets at Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 9:57 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    In nearly 11 years of baseball back in the District, the Nationals have barely played any regular-season games of truly significant magnitude. Think about it: They ran away with the NL East title in both 2012 and 2014. They collapsed in 2005 before hitting the stretch run. They waited too long to go on their…

  17. Strasburg fine after bullpen, will start Wednesday vs. Mets

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images file

    Stephen Strasburg threw off the bullpen mound at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon and emerged with no problems, though the club will hold him from starting again until the finale of next week’s do-or-die series with the Mets. Strasburg, who departed his last outing Sunday with neck tightness, received treatment and quickly returned to his…

  18. Around the NL East: Mets being cautious with Harvey

    Sep 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Sep 2, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves are nosediving as the season comes to a close. After being swept by the Marlins, they’ve dropped eight straight and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East (not that it matters, considering how poor the rest of the division is). Things are so bad right now that Atlanta…

  19. Nats gain a rare game on the Mets

    Aug 29, 2015, 10:57 PM EST

    USA Today

    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…

  20. Around the NL East: Will the Mets ever lose again?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:37 PM EST

    Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) celebrates win with relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (46) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES How unlucky is Shelby Miller? The 24-year-old All-Star pitcher has had a solid season, but doesn’t have a whole lot to show for it. As crazy as it sounds, Miller is in search for his first win since May 17 vs. the Marlins. The old saying is that you are what your record…

  21. Nats juggle rotation to line up aces for Mets series

    Aug 25, 2015, 6:14 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    In perhaps their first true concession to the difficult task they now face in overtaking the Mets for the NL East title, the Nationals have reshuffled the order of their rotation, ensuring their top three starters all line up for their Labor Day series against their division rivals. Max Scherzer, who was initially scheduled to…

  22. State of the Nats: Span very close; Harper on shifts

    Aug 24, 2015, 12:39 PM EST

    USA Today

    Top storylines: Span looks very close – Denard Span completed his sixth minor league rehab assignment game on Sunday and went 1-for-3 with Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats center fielder is now 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer, three walks, an RBI, six runs and one steal in 20 total plate appearances since he began playing again. Those are…

  23. Around the NL East: Mets squander chance to bury Nats

    Aug 18, 2015, 1:40 PM EST

    Aug 16, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at Citi Field. The Pirates defeated the Mets 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves are on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason, so the next month and a half we’ll take stock of how their rebuilding process is going. As the club heads to San Diego, one surprise bright spot will take center stage for Atlanta in Cameron Maybin. At the…

  24. Under .500, yet still in the playoff race

    Aug 17, 2015, 9:33 AM EST

    USA Today

    Before Sunday, the Nationals had enjoyed rare success against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. They had beaten him in their previous five matchups, they crushed him on the Fourth of July and they even gave him his only loss in the 2014 postseason. Naturally, that was not to continue forever, and Bumgarner finally broke through at what was…

  25. Around the NL East: How will Mets manage rotation’s workload?

    Aug 13, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Aug 11, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   With all their wheeling and dealing complete, the Braves will play out the string and try to find bright spots to carry into 2016. For the next month and a half, that means seeing how their young pitching develops as well as getting their first glimpse of the recently acquired Hector Olivera.…





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