St. Louis Cardinals
Apr 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have now played 16 games, which is one-tenth of their regular season. That’s still a very small fraction, but it’s not so insignificant that we can’t examine a few big-picture issues. So with that in mind, here are some things we’ve learned about the 2015 Nationals so far… The rotation is good as…
Apr 23, 2015, 9:34 PM EDT
Four games into his Nationals career, Max Scherzer has recorded a quality start in each of his outings and had allowed just one earned run or less in every game up until Thursday. This time it was two earned runs, an outlier that illustrates exactly how good he’s been so far in 2015. When he mistakes they…
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 23, 2015, 12:34 PM EDT
The final game of this series features the best pitching matchup of the three: Max Scherzer vs. Michael Wacha. Scherzer, the St. Louis native, has been outstanding so far in his D.C. tenure, with an NL-leading 0.83 ERA in his first three starts. Wacha, meanwhile, has a 1.35 ERA so far and came within one…
Apr 22, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
When Blake Treinen was a starter, both in the minors and in brief stints with the Nationals last season, he could take some comfort knowing one run surrendered in one inning likely wouldn’t spell doom for him or his team. Now that Treinen is pitching exclusively in relief, more specifically late-inning relief, that margin for…
Apr 22, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Rarely do things turn out well when your starter puts you in a 5-0 hole after three innings. But somehow the Nationals managed to overcome Doug Fister’s rare early struggles and storm all the way back with a 5-run bottom of the third. Yunel Escobar once again provided the biggest hit,…
Apr 22, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
On the heels of an impressive, walk-off, extra-inning win last night, the Nationals are back at it tonight against the Cardinals, hoping for perhaps a little more offense with men on base, not to mention fewer men on base when they’re in the field. Doug Fister is a good choice to take the mound, in…
Apr 22, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Tanner Roark’s MLB career has so far been an unlikely success story filled with very few failures for a guy who just a year before he debuted in 2013 lost 17 games at the Triple-A level. He came up as a reliever and earned an opportunity to start. As a starter, he was brilliant with a…
Apr 22, 2015, 12:54 AM EDT
Yunel Escobar, in his very brief time with the Nationals, has been many things for this team. He’s been a second baseman. He’s been a third baseman. He’s been a leadoff hitter. He’s been a contact hitter. He’s been a burst of energy and charisma for a ballclub that sometimes feels like it needs that.…
Apr 21, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have experienced precious little success against the Cardinals, dating all the way back to their heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NLDS. So while this was merely one game on a Tuesday night in April, it did present the Nats an opportunity to establish a new tone to this budding…
Apr 21, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Nearly every young ballplayer has a moment when he questions whether he’s ever going to make it to the major leagues, especially those drafted in later rounds who toil in the minors for awhile. It’s probably safe to say no ballplayer besides Mitch Harris has ever experienced that moment while stationed on an aircraft carrier…
Apr 21, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Though they face them only a couple of times a year, no NL opponents has befuddled the Nationals more than the Cardinals. Forget even, if you can, the 2012 NLDS. In the two years since that playoff series, the Nats have gone 2-11 against St. Louis, hardly inspiring numbers. Obviously, the Nationals don’t have to…
Mar 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Hello from Roger Dean Stadium for what feels like the 17th time this spring. The Nationals are here once again to face the Cardinals, once again facing Michael Wacha. The difference this time: It’s Taylor Jordan on the mound, with Max Scherzer staying back in Viera to pitch in a minor-league game…
Mar 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — As we get closer to the end of spring training, we can start drawing a few more conclusions from the lineup cards Matt Williams is filling out. Such as the fact Tony Gwynn Jr. is leading off and playing left field today, with Michael Taylor batting seventh and in center field. That…
Mar 25, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — It was a spring training game, and so all the usual caveats must apply. But it was a spring training game against the entire regular Cardinals lineup, one of the better top-to-bottom lineups in baseball, and Max Scherzer knew that. So while it would be easy to brush off any serious accolades…
Mar 25, 2015, 10:40 AM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Hello from Roger Dean Stadium! It’s good to be back in Florida for the final stretch of the spring, which includes three trips in eight days to this complex. It begins today when the Nationals face the Cardinals, who have Michael Wacha on the mound and all of their regulars in the…
Mar 7, 2015, 3:49 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg has a reputation as a bit of a perfectionist, occasionally getting upset at himself over one or two mistakes he made in an otherwise strong performance. Over the years, though, he has learned he can’t take that same kind of mindset to spring training, especially early in spring training. So…
Mar 7, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — We saw Max Scherzer on Thursday. We saw Jordan Zimmermann yesterday. Today, it’s Stephen Strasburg’s turn to take the mound for the first time this spring. As with his rotation mates, Strasburg is slated for two innings or 45 pitches, so don’t blink or you might miss his entire outing. Today’s game…
Feb 9, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT
2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 4th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $121 million Key additions: OF Jason Heyward, RP Jordan Walden, INF Mark Reynolds, RP Matt Belisle Key losses: OF Oscar Taveras, SP Shelby Miller, C A.J. Pierzynski, 2B Daniel Descalso, SP Justin Masterson, RP Jason Motte Projected lineup 3B Matt…
Nov 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Last year we at CSN went through all 30 MLB teams and cited one reason for each why their fans should be thankful. Well, one year later as we all celebrate Thanksgiving, here is another stab at that idea. Some teams have more to be thankful for than others, of course, but each team in baseball…
Jun 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Remember when the Nationals were baseball’s hottest team? Well, that was three whole days ago, and you’d be surprised how much can change in only three days. After a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals last night, the Nats now find themselves in a 3-game funk. And make no mistake, it qualifies as a funk, at…
Jun 14, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT
There was a point back in April when Stephen Strasburg looked out of whack. He sported a 6.00 ERA, was surrendering more hits than he had at any previous time in his career and seemed to have trouble deciding when and how to use all four of his pitches. Then Strasburg faced the Cardinals on…
Jun 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
On the heels of what was — at least by one statistical measure — the best-pitched game in Nationals history, Jordan Zimmermann faced a daunting challenge trying to come anywhere close to duplicating his effort from five nights prior. Yet the right-hander very nearly did it last night in St. Louis, tossing his second straight…
Jun 13, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT
Fresh off their impressive 3-of-4 series in San Francisco, the Nationals now conclude their 10-game road trip with a weekend series in St. Louis. The challenge is no easier over the next three days against a Cardinals club that has won 9 of the last 11 head-to-head meetings between these two teams, beginning with that…
Jun 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ just-completed week out west wound up as successful as anyone could have realistically imagined beforehand. In taking 2 of 3 from the Padres, then taking 3 of 4 from the Giants, the Nats catapulted themselves into first place in the NL East and for the first time in 2014 looked very much like…
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