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  1. Trying to make sense of a season that made little sense

    Oct 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Take the Nationals’ just-completed season on several individual merits, and the unknowing observer might well have assumed this team had cruised into the playoffs. Bryce Harper posting historic numbers that made him a potentially unanimous MVP choice? Max Scherzer throwing two no-hitters, plus a 16-strikeout 1-hitter, with a 276-to-34 strikeout-to-walk ratio that…

  2. Zimmerman won’t return from oblique strain

    Sep 29, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    ATLANTA — It comes as no surprise at this point, but Ryan Zimmerman won’t have enough time to return from a strained oblique muscle to play before the end of the season. Sidelined for three weeks with the ailment, Zimmerman has been trying to get himself feeling well enough to return to the field before…

  3. Zimmerman takes swings, oblique still not healed

    Sep 23, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman’s attempt to return before season’s end continues, but the Nationals first baseman continues to feel a pull in his strained left oblique muscle when he tries to swing, reducing his chances of making that return. Zimmerman, out since September 8 with this injury, has begun taking light swings in the batting tunnel at…

  4. Harper cleared to play, Zim still not cleared to swing

    Sep 14, 2015, 6:01 PM EDT

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    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.…

  5. Game 143: Nats at Phillies

    Sep 14, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Game 140: Nats at Marlins

    Sep 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

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    The raw emotions of this week’s sweep at the hands of the Mets have had some time to wear off, the Nationals have had a chance to take a day off and tonight they get back to work, the stakes perhaps not nearly as high as they were the last time they took the field…

  7. Zimmerman, Taylor and Escobar all sit out vs. Mets

    Sep 9, 2015, 5:29 PM EDT

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    In order to avoid a sweep against the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday, the Nationals will have to do so with three regular starters out of their lineup. Ryan Zimmerman is out for the second straight day with a left oblique strain. Michael Taylor is still bothered by his sore right knee. And Yunel…

  8. Stock Watch: Bullpen dooms Nats at worst possible time

    Sep 9, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 8-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 5-2 Team slash: .316/.391/.516 Team ERA: 3.66 Runs per game: 7.42   STOCK UP    Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .524 AVG/ 9 RBI/ 1.452 OPS Though Bryce Harper is closing out an MVP-caliber season,…

  9. Zimmerman out vs. Mets with oblique injury

    Sep 8, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT

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    [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.…

  10. Game 137: Mets at Nats

    Sep 7, 2015, 9:57 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Taylor plays well in return to lineup; Zim rests foot

    Sep 6, 2015, 10:24 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Harper’s patience pays off during historic game

    Sep 4, 2015, 12:16 AM EDT


    There is perhaps no player in baseball who can wow a stadium full of fans, teammates, opponents and others just by swinging his bat more than Bryce Harper. But what the Nationals’ 22-year-old slugger did Thursday night by never taking that bat off his shoulder actually produced a more awe-inspiring reaction. The Nationals shellacked the…

  13. Nats 15, Braves 1: Everybody hits in series-opening rout

    Sep 3, 2015, 10:07 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ final 30 games of the season feature a whole lotta games against the NL East’s three weaklings. And nobody looks weaker right now than the Braves, who entered Thursday’s series opener having lost 15 of their last 16. Make it 16-of-17 after the Nats pummeled them in a rout…

  14. Zimmerman leads Nats, not with words, but by example

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman is the last guy in the Nationals clubhouse who is going to gather his teammates together and offer an impassioned plea for better play on the field. There isn’t an ounce of cheerleader in the man’s body. Never has been, never will be. Which doesn’t mean Zimmerman can’t still be a leader of…

  15. Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

    Sep 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Sep 1, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .293/.363/.478 Team ERA: 4.52 Runs per game:  4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .321 AVG/ 4 HR/ 11 RBI   There’s a decent chance that it might be…

  16. Nationals let another one slip away

    Sep 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT


    You’re not going to win every game. Nobody does. But when you’ve got significant ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it, you can’t afford to give away games that were there for the taking. Which is exactly what the Nationals have done too many times over the last month,…

  17. Span likely done for season after setback

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:49 PM EDT


    Denard Span’s return from the disabled list earlier this week was as big an emotional boost as the Nationals had experienced in quite some time. Which only made the center fielder’s return to the DL late Thursday night an even tougher punch to the gut. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his…

  18. Nats 4, Padres 2: Banged-up club wins 3rd straight series

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:08 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Needing a win to take their third consecutive series — and then hoping beyond hope the Mets would actually lose a ballgame for a change — the Nationals turned to their surprising rookie right-hander and watched as he pitched yet another gem. Joe Ross allowed only one run (unearned) on one…

  19. Healthy lineup, quality at-bats, positive results

    Aug 26, 2015, 12:34 AM EDT

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    There was no shortage of tangible evidence Tuesday night what the Nationals’ lineup is capable of doing now that it is complete for the first time all season. Wilson Ramos’ 2-run homer in the bottom of the second. Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond’s 2-out RBI doubles later. And, most notably, Ryan Zimmerman’s sixth-inning grand slam…

  20. Time for leaders to emerge

    Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If it feels like you’ve been watching the Nationals’ worst stretch of baseball in a long time … well, you’re absolutely right. This team has gone 4-13 over the last 2 1/2 weeks, the franchise’s worst 17-game stretch since 2011. That’s also the last time the Nats finished with a losing record, a fact that…

  21. Where do Nats turn to solve what ails them?

    Aug 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    This space could be devoted to a breakdown of Thursday night’s 3-1 loss in San Francisco, with mentions of Stephen Strasburg’s rocky first inning but impressive rebound after that, Yunel Escobar’s game-opening homer followed by a complete lack of offense by the Nationals after that and yet another case of this bullpen’s inability to keep…

  22. Stock Watch: Zimmerman re-emerging at the right time

    Aug 12, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Aug 11, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) at bat during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .265/.348/.416 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:   4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .435 AVG/ 8 RBI/ 1.375 OPS  It appears that treating the plantar fasciitis in his…

  23. Nats backing Storen after his tough weekend

    Aug 10, 2015, 8:27 AM EDT

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    Life as a late-inning reliever is such that whenever a miscue occurs — however rare it might be — it’ll tend to be remembered far more often than a long stretch of dominance. That’s very much the case these days for Drew Storen, whose back-to-back tough outings against the Colorado Rockies has already begun to…

  24. Nats not ready to panic yet

    Aug 9, 2015, 7:17 PM EDT

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    The Nationals returned home last Monday with an opportunity ahead of them. They had just been swept by the New York Mets to close a road trip where they lost seven of 10 games. But awaiting them was a seven-game stretch against sub-.500 teams within the friendly confines of Nationals Park. On the other end…

  25. Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make

    Aug 9, 2015, 12:13 AM EDT


    Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions. Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise…





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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