Nov 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
From the Kansas City Royals to the Philadelphia Phillies, every team’s fanbase has at least something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here is a glass half-full look around the league… Arizona Diamondbacks – Dansby Swanson The Diamondbacks don’t have much to write home about regarding their farm system, but they do have Dansby Swanson,…
Oct 1, 2015, 12:14 PM EST
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…
Sep 27, 2015, 11:57 AM EST
The Nationals have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they still have eight games to play. On Sunday they finish off their series with the Philadelphia Phillies with Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.94) and Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.93) set to pitch. Gio will look to recover from a rough outing against the Orioles on Sept. 22. He gave…
Sep 26, 2015, 7:58 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came to the ballpark on Saturday with a matchup against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies, knowing their elimination number for the playoffs sat at just one game. Their season stood on its last leg, despite nine games remaining and their preseason expectations of a World Series title. That end would…
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, 11:40 PM EST
Jordan Zimmermann and Matt Williams are many things, but sentimental men they most certainly are not. Both the Nationals right-hander and his manager care too much about the competition at hand to get caught up in emotions. So the fact neither made much of the manner in which Zimmermann departed Friday night’s 8-2 loss to…
Sep 25, 2015, 9:35 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals already were moving ever closer to elimination when they took the field for the opener of a weekend series with the Phillies. The crowd of 31,019 that gathered on South Capitol Street did so knowing the outcome of the game would be secondary to the reception the man on…
Sep 25, 2015, 3:30 PM EST
Jordan Zimmermann made his first career start at Nationals Park on April 20, 2009, in front of a sparse gathering of a few hundred fans who waited out a 2-hour, 10-minute rain delay to see a promising rookie right-hander beat the Braves, 3-2. Tonight, Zimmermann takes the mound at Nationals Park for the 94th time…
Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM EST
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…
Sep 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EST
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…
Sep 17, 2015, 10:58 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — When Jayson Werth returned from a broken wrist in 2012, he remained a productive hitter for the Nationals, just not a power hitter. His wrist needing more time to regain full strength, Werth wound up morphing from a middle-of-the-order power threat into a top-of-the-order table-setter. So when he returned from another fracture to…
Sep 16, 2015, 9:56 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia at the start of the week, understanding they were now playing out the string in every sense other than the mathematical sense, their deficit in the NL East too great to overcome with so little time left on the calendar. Maybe that lack of pressure, though,…
Sep 16, 2015, 3:36 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — On the heels of dominant performances last night from Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the Nationals tonight go for a series sweep of the Phillies, hoping Gio Gonzalez can turn in another quality performance. Gonzalez has been good his last two times out, tossing six scoreless innings against the Braves and five innings…
Sep 16, 2015, 10:11 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — To the observer watching from afar, Stephen Strasburg’s absolute gem of a pitching performance Tuesday night might have seemed to emerge from nowhere. Strasburg throwing a 1-hitter? On 14 strikeouts? The same guy whose career appeared to be teetering on the brink earlier this summer? Anyone who has been watching Strasburg over the…
Sep 15, 2015, 11:29 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper offered full-throated support for Matt Williams on Tuesday night, crediting the Nationals manager for helping him through an MVP-worthy season and stumping for his return in 2016. “Truly, I love him as a manager,” Harper said following the Nationals’ 4-0 victory over the Phillies. “Flat-out, I absolutely do. And if I…
Sep 15, 2015, 9:41 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It won’t come as much consolation near the end of a disappointing season, but there are still nights when you can appreciate just how special Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper can be. This was one of those nights, and it deserves to be appreciated. The Nationals’ two No. 1 draft picks…
Sep 15, 2015, 3:33 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — There haven’t been a whole lot of encouraging developments for the Nationals over the last six weeks or so, but Stephen Strasburg certainly has been plenty encouraging of late. Tonight, the right-hander takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park hoping to continue his roll against a Phillies lineup that features journeyman Andres Blanco…
Sep 15, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth, by all accounts, should have been on cloud nine Monday night. He had been on a tear at the plate over the last month, had just homered twice to lead the Nationals to victory and had done so in his old stomping grounds in front of booing Phillies fans. Why, then,…
Sep 15, 2015, 12:59 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has been through this rodeo before. He’s been saving games — and blowing saves — for 11 years now. So don’t expect him to get too caught up with what happened Monday night in his old stomping grounds. Though it certainly helped that his Nationals teammates picked him up during a…
Sep 14, 2015, 11:00 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s been quite some time since the Nationals and Phillies played a ballgame with as little at stake as there was tonight. Truth be told, it probably hasn’t happened since the Nats called Montreal home. That made for a decided lack of buzz inside Citizens Bank Park for this one, with…
Sep 14, 2015, 6:31 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has never been one to mince words or withhold his true feelings about a subject, so it shouldn’t have come as much surprise when the Nationals closer returned to Citizens Bank Park on Monday and lobbed criticism at the Phillies organization that traded him earlier this summer. Papelbon, who signed a…
Sep 14, 2015, 6:01 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper was back in the Nationals lineup Monday, having passed multiple concussion tests administered to him over the previous 24 hours following his collision with Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich. “He’s fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “No issues from yesterday. And he didn’t have any issues last night. He’s good to go.…
Sep 14, 2015, 3:32 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where we may witness history over the next three nights: This might well be the first series between the Nationals and Phillies with so little at stake since one of these franchises played in Montreal. (Hey, I didn’t say this was positive history!) It’s kind of odd to…
Sep 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
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…
Sep 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
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…
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