St. Louis Cardinals
Apr 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ late-inning rallies, capped by Denard Span’s walk-off sac fly, were the featured storyline of yesterday’s 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. But there was plenty more worth analyzing from the game, which included all sorts of twists and turns and notable developments. Let’s dig deeper into some of those other angles… — Stephen Strasburg…
Apr 20, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT
As Denard Span stepped to the plate late Sunday afternoon, bases full of teammates and the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, he paused for a moment to examine the Cardinals’ unusual-looking infield alignment. “I counted,” he said. “I’m saying: ‘One, two, three, four, five. … A groundball is probably not going to…
Apr 20, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Twenty-four hours after a drama-filled loss that was highlighted by Matt Williams’ decision to bench Bryce Harper for failing to run out a routine grounder, the Nationals were back on the field with renewed purpose in their series finale against the Cardinals. Harper was back in the lineup himself and he…
Apr 20, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT
It’s a new day at Nationals Park, which means Bryce Harper is out of the doghouse and back into the lineup. It’ll be interesting to see what the fan reaction is when his name is announced and when he steps to the plate for the first time in the bottom of the first. It’ll also…
Apr 18, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT
Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset at themselves after Thursday night’s debacle of a loss. But the first-year manager also wanted them to forget all about that game the moment they left Nationals Park and return Friday committed to making things better. So what transpired over the course of 2 hours and 31…
Apr 18, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael Wacha matched pitch-for-pitch, with Wacha…
Apr 18, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT
Matt Williams wanted his players to be upset about last night’s debacle, but he also wanted them to leave it behind when they left the ballpark and return today committed to playing better ball. We’ll find out how they respond in a few hours. Williams is going with the same lineup that managed only two…
Apr 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams knew there would come a time when he would be tested as a big-league manager for the first time. Not for anything he did or said in the dugout during a game. But for what he did or said in the Nationals’ clubhouse after a game. That test came Thursday night when, after…
Apr 17, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: How about “Game in a word” instead of a “nutshell?” The word: U-G-L-Y. The Nationals trailed 3-0 in the first inning (yet again). They played some stupendously sloppy defense (yet again). And they let things get out of hand late. Taylor Jordan was roughed up early, with some major assists —…
Mar 26, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT
Updated at 5:20 p.m. JUPITER, Fla. — Bryce Harper plays baseball with emotion, and Matt Williams has made it clear he doesn’t want his young star to lose that competitive fire. But the Nationals’ rookie manager also knows Harper’s emotion won’t do him any good if he’s watching games from the clubhouse instead of participating…
Mar 26, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Stop me if you’ve seen this game before: Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals face Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals. Yes, it happened on that fateful October night in 2012. It has happened several times in spring training since. Shoot, it happened five days ago, right here in this very ballpark. But that’s…
Mar 21, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Forgive Gio Gonzalez if he’s just a tad bit sick of the Cardinals and Roger Dean Stadium right now. The Nationals left-hander today faced St. Louis in Jupiter for the fourth time in three seasons. He also faced the Marlins in this ballpark once during that span. And he’s scheduled to face…
Mar 21, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — Check out today’s starting lineup. You may not recognize a couple of the names. So, allow me to introduce you to Jose Lozada, a 28-year-old third baseman who hit .204 last season at Class AA Harrisburg. And allow me to introduce you to Caleb Ramsey, a 25-year-old outfielder who hit .290 last…
Mar 15, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright joined Brian Mitchell for a one-on-one interview on SportsTalk Live this week to talk about the new season and his partnership with Mizuno gloves. The first three minutes or so are about the Cardinals and his expectations for them this year, but he then gets into some Nationals subjects. On Stephen…
Mar 9, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg makes his second start of the spring this afternoon, looking to build up his arm a bit more, likely slated for three innings of work against the Cardinals. The right-hander, who tossed two scoreless frames against the Braves on Tuesday, will again look to use his newly developed slider on occasion. Several regulars…
Mar 8, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The Nationals experience the first of three split-squad days for the spring, with Matt Williams managing one-half the squad in Viera against the Braves (who also are split up today) and Randy Knorr leading the other half in Jupiter against the Cardinals. Ross Detwiler gets the start against Atlanta, looking for better results than he…
Jan 30, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT
2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 3rd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $109 million Key additions: OF Peter Bourjos, IF Jhonny Peralta, IF Mark Ellis Key losses: OF Carlos Beltran, SP Chris Carpenter, IF Rafael Furcal, IF David Freese, RP John Axford, RP Edward Mujica Projected lineup 3B Matt Carpenter CF…
Jan 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked his top 10 teams in MLB the other day, a list that included the Nationals. Olney had the Nats eighth, but if you break it down to only NL clubs, they’re fourth. The NL teams ahead of the Nationals? The Dodgers (second overall), Cardinals (third) and Braves (seventh). That seems fair.…
Dec 13, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT
The Nationals signed three players on Friday to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training: first baseman Brock Peterson, pitcher Manny Delcarmen and catcher Brian Jeroloman. All three will report to Viera, Fl. hoping to compete for a roster spot and add depth to the Nationals’ exhibition squad. Peterson, 30, spent last…
Oct 27, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT
WORLD SERIES GAME 4: BOSTON RED SOX AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 51 degrees, wind 4 mph Starting pitchers: BOS – Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) / STL – Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97) It took an unprecedented finish to Game 3 – a walk-off obstruction call win –…
Oct 26, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT
WORLD SERIES GAME 3: BOSTON RED SOX AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO Gametime: 7:30 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 49 degrees, wind 7 mph Starting pitchers: BOS – Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17) / STL – Joe Kelly (10-5 2.69) After bouncing back to even the series in Game 2, the Cardinals now hold home…
Oct 18, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT
NLCS GAME 6: L.A. DODGERS AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Series: Cardinals lead 3-2 Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO Gametime: 8:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 52 degrees, wind 8 mph Starting pitchers: LAD – Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83) / STL – Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) Rookie Michael Wacha has been sensational this postseason, pitching well beyond his years…
Oct 11, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT
NLDS GAME 1: LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO Gametime: 8:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 70 degrees, Wind 7 mph Starting pitchers: LAD – Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63) / STL – Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69) And then there were four. The Championship Series round of the 2013 MLB playoffs gets…
Oct 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
NLDS GAME 3: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES Series: Tied, 1-1 Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gametime: 4:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from RF Starting pitchers: STL RHP Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69) vs. PIT LHP Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02) After bouncing back big-time to take Game 2…
Oct 3, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (94-68) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (97-65) Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Gametime: 5:00 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, wind 15 mph Starting pitchers: PIT – A.J. Burnett (10-11, 3.30) / STL – Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94) Okay, enough of this one-game playoff stuff, now it’s time for the real postseason to…
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