May 20, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT
So, what do the Nationals do for an encore tonight? Does Bryce Harper have another home run in him? Does Ryan Zimmerman have another walk-off homer against the Yankees in his bag of tricks? Or is something else completely unexpected bound to happen? Matt Williams’ lineup is mostly the same from last night’s dramatic, extra-inning…
May 20, 2015, 12:22 AM EDT
On Tuesday night in bottom of the 10th inning, with one of the best relievers in baseball on the mound and a chance to close the gap on first place for the first time this season, the Nationals had a rather fortuitous turn of the lineup as they aimed for their 11th comeback win of the…
May 13, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-1 Team slash: .357/.396/.619 Team ERA: 5.26 Runs per game: 7.8 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, RF: 7 HR/ 16 RBI/ 2.181 OPS The way he’s going these days, we’re not sure…
May 12, 2015, 12:23 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After sweeping the Braves to complete a impressive homestand, the Nationals headed west, hoping their red-hot bats would continue to show up in the hot, dry, desert air. Did it ever. The Nats blasted Josh Collmenter out of Chase Field, piling up 10 runs in the game’s first two innings to…
May 11, 2015, 9:16 AM EDT
When the Nationals were scuffling at the plate for the majority of April, the club remained confident that most of its veterans would soon begin performing up to the level of their track records. And if this past weekend is any indication, the hope is that might be the case with Ryan Zimmerman. During the…
May 9, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT
Just before the start of Saturday’s game against the Braves, Nationals fans had a chance to welcome back one of the franchise’s most beloved members. The club honored its first-ever manager, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who threw out the first pitch and was inducted to the Ring of Honor as apart of celebrating the…
Apr 27, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where the Nationals arrive reeling from a 5-game losing streak and weekend sweep in Miami, hoping tonight is the night things take a turn for the better. They’ll of course need a better offensive showing against Braves left-hander Eric Stults than they had over the last few days against…
Apr 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
MIAMI — There are no shortage of reasons for the Nationals’ slow start to 2015, but above all else, the lack of consistent offensive production must be considered reason No. 1. Three weeks into the season, the Nationals rank 28th out of 30 MLB clubs in batting average, 26th in on-base percentage, 25th in slugging…
Apr 25, 2015, 12:46 PM EDT
MIAMI — Good afternoon once again from Marlins Park, where the roof was open for awhile, making this place look completely different than it otherwise does. They’ve now closed it, though, so they can crank up the AC and avoid any sudden rain that may strike, as it so often does here in South Florida.…
Apr 24, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT
MIAMI — From the day he was drafted, Bryce Harper seemed like a strong candidate to lead the majors in something before long, whether home runs, slugging percentage, outfield assists or something along those lines. It may come as a bit of a surprise, though, that Harper currently leads all MLB hitters in a stat…
Apr 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
MIAMI — Hello from the one and only (which is probably a good thing) Marlins Park, where tonight the Nationals open a 10-game road trip with the first of three against the Marlins in this amusement park of a baseball stadium. Miami, which entering the season appeared to be the Nats’ biggest challenger in the…
Apr 23, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, a painful condition that left the Nationals first baseman noticeably limping around the field during Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. Zimmerman said he first noticed the problem about four or five days ago, but the condition was worse Thursday, as was apparent for…
Apr 23, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha looked like a good pitching matchup on paper, and it proved to be just that. In the end, Wacha was just a little better than Scherzer, with the Cardinals also benefiting from some Nats defensive hijinks late. Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings, retiring 16-of-17…
Apr 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Though the Nationals are getting healthier by the day – they saw both Jayson Werth and Denard Span return over the last week – they are still making do with temporary replacements. Danny Espinosa, for one, is playing third base. He has started at the hot corner in two consecutive games after Yunel Escobar, who…
Apr 18, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT
The Nationals will wait until they get MRI results on Yunel Escobar’s injured left groin muscle before deciding whether the veteran infielder needs to be placed on the disabled list, leaving their infield dangerously thin for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Phillies. Escobar, who hurt himself running down the first-base line in the fourth inning…
Apr 15, 2015, 12:03 AM EDT
BOSTON — This was the night. This was the night the Nationals were going to snap out of their early season funk, using a 6-run rally that was as stunning as it was sudden to catapult them back into the team they’re supposed to be and put this awful week of baseball behind them once…
Apr 13, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
Top storylines: Werth set to return – The Nationals are getting some help this week with the return of Jayson Werth, who had been recovering the last three months from his Jan. 9 shoulder surgery. Werth, 35, appeared in three minor league rehab games with the Single-A Potomac Nationals in recent days. He logged nine plate…
Apr 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The first series of the baseball season is perhaps the worst of them all, because it lends itself to over-analysis and the drawing of conclusions way before it’s appropriate to do that. Think about it: We don’t make too big a deal out of a 3-game series in mid-June, calling for roster moves or lineup…
Apr 8, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
Remember when people wondered how Ryan Zimmerman would transition to first base from third, whether playing groundballs from the opposite side of the infield would somehow throw him off? Well, that whole offseason discussion – fun as it was – may have been a massive waste of time. It’s only two games, but so far…
Apr 8, 2015, 10:22 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If the season’s first two games are a sign of things to come, the Nationals are going to be playing a bunch of low-scoring, tight affairs this month. Which means they’re going to need timely hits, mistake-free defense and a lock-down bullpen. They got all three on Wednesday night, and because…
Apr 7, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT
If the preseason predictions are to be believed, the Washington Nationals are supposed to waltz through the National League East without much resistance. After all, they have what is widely considered to be the best starting rotation in the game to go along with a balanced lineup that, when healthy, should be able to score…
Apr 7, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT
When news broke on Sunday the Atlanta Braves were trading star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, or in other words out of the NL East, Nationals fans celebrated on Twitter. My mentions were filled with people saying ‘amen,’ ‘hallelujah,’ ‘it’s a great day to be an NL East fan,’ and one who…
Apr 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
As his team gathered in Viera seven long weeks ago, Matt Williams outlined the areas he felt the Nationals most needed to improve upon in 2015. Near the top of the list: Offensive efficiency. “We want to pick up the RBI that are given to us,” Williams said way back on Feb. 21. “For example,…
Apr 4, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals closed their 2015 exhibition schedule with a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday, a sunny but windy afternoon in Washington. Doug Fister closed the books on an inconsistent spring training with a strong outing and the Nats’ lineup looked sharp against New York starter Nathan Eovaldi. But…
Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT
Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…
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