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  1. MLB Power Rankings: Nats, Astros making a push

    Jul 3, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) What a mess. Really, what else can you say? 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Well, they proved this week they’re at least better than the Phillies. So they’ve…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals look dominant

    Jun 26, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jun 24, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (right) is greeted by first baseman Mark Reynolds (left) after Heywood hit a three run homer during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) Philly has the worst offense in baseball and has a certain pitcher with two different colored eyes up next. Good luck! 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29)…

  3. MLB Power Rankings: Nats, Giants are slipping

    Jun 19, 2015, 11:42 AM EDT

    Jun 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco Giants designated hitter Buster Posey (28) and center fielder Angel Pagan (16) return to the dugout after each scored a run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) They can’t even use their bullpen phone properly. What else is there to say? 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Here’s hoping Uecker is OK after suffering concussion. 28.…

  4. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Mariners continue to fall

    Jun 12, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) follows through on his swing for a single during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Finally, finally the Phillies look like they will trade Jonathan Papelbon. All kidding aside, he’s going to be a huge acquisition if a contender gets him.…

  5. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates, Rangers moving up

    Jun 5, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) and right fielder Gregory Polanco (25) celebrate after the win against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Over their last 90 games (dating to Aug. 20, 2014), they’re 29-61. That’s not very good. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) Only one player with OPS+ over 100:…

  6. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Twins are early season surprises

    May 29, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (right) high fives catcher Jason Castro (left) after scoring a run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29) After looking like a playoff team at times last year, the Brewers look headed towards a lengthy rebuild right now. 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 30) I can’t imagine…

  7. MLB Power Rankings: Marlins falling, Phillies rising

    May 22, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT

    May 15, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Braves won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 18) Name one reason why anyone should trust Loria/Samson on anything. You can’t. 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Starting rotation (4.80 ERA, 1.374 WHIP) is killing them.…

  8. MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals, Royals standing out

    May 15, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT

    May 14, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 30) Scooter Gennett looked like a future All-Star last season, his first full year in the bigs. He’s been awful so far in 2015. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW:…

  9. MLB Power Rankings: Nationals, Dodgers climbing

    May 8, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    May 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by manager Matt Williams (9) after the game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 7 - 5. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Craig Counsell is a hero in Milwaukee, but not sure he can save this sinking ship. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Chase Utley’s OPS is…

  10. MLB Power Rankings: Cubs, Yankees rising fast

    May 1, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 30) Injuries have killed their lineup and their rotation may be the worst in baseball. 29. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 29) Aaron Harang (2-2, 2.51) has been a nice…

  11. MLB Power Rankings: Mets, Padres surprising early

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Combined with last September’s collapse, Milwaukee has turned into a disaster zone. 29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Ruiz, Howard, Utley all have OPS under .600.…

  12. State of the Nats: Cardinals coming to town

    Apr 20, 2015, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: Nats are getting healthier – The Nationals saw two of their most important players return to the lineup this week, as Jayson Werth came back on Monday and Denard Span made his 2015 debut on Sunday. The two outfielders injected a bit of life into the Nats’ offense, which had been struggling so…

  13. MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox, Dodgers flying high

    Apr 17, 2015, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) They have Jeff Francoeur batting cleanup. Jeff Francoeur. Cleanup. 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 27) This may be a tough year for Milwaukee fans after seeing…

  14. MLB Power Rankings: Royals, Tigers on a roll

    Apr 10, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Philadelphia Phillies – Zuckerman (LW: 29): It’s not going to be a fun year on Broad Street. Unless you’re a fan of the visiting team. 29. Minnesota Twins – Hughes (LW: 28): Ervin…

  15. MLB Power Rankings: Preseason outlook

    Mar 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With Opening Day of the 2015 season just weeks away, it seems like a good time to take stock of the teams around Major League Baseball. Just about all of the offseason moves have been made and it’s about time to get started on the road to the World Series. Here are my power rankings for…

  16. Nats claim RHP Fornataro

    Nov 3, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Seeking to fill out the final spot on their 40-man roster, the Nationals claimed right-handed pitcher Eric Fornataro off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Fornataro, 26, made his major league debut with the Cardinals in April. In eight MLB appearances this season, Fornataro gave up five earned runs in 9 2/3 innings…

  17. NLCS Game 5 pits Wainwright vs. Bumgarner

    Oct 16, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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    NLCS GAME 5: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS  Series: Giants lead 3-1 Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 59 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: STL RHP Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38) / SF LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) Game 1 of the NLCS was a showdown of aces, as Adam Wainwright and Madison…

  18. ALCS, NLCS move forward with Game 4s

    Oct 15, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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    ALCS GAME 4: BALTIMORE ORIOLES at KANSAS CITY ROYALS Series: Royals lead 3-0 Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Gametime: 4:07 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees, wind 9 mph Starting pitchers: BAL RHP Miguel Gonzalez (10-9, 3.23) / KC LHP Jason Vargas (11-10, 3.71) The Royals kept their miraculous run going on Tuesday night with another gritty win thanks to sound defense,…

  19. Pair of Championship Series Game 3s tonight

    Oct 14, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

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    NLCS GAME 3: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS  Series: Series tied at 1-1 Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco Gametime: 4:07 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 68 degrees, wind 8 mph Starting pitchers: STL RHP John Lackey (14-10, 3.82) / SF RHP Tim Hudson (9-13, 3.57) The Cardinals bounced back to even the series in Game 2 in…

  20. NLCS Game 2: Giants at Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    NLCS GAME 2: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Series: Giants lead series 1-0 Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis Gametime: 8:07 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 60 degrees, wind 3 mph Starting pitchers: SF RHP Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.73) / STL RHP Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74) The Giants took Game 1 of this series on Saturday night thanks to a…

  21. ALCS continues, NLCS starts on Saturday

    Oct 11, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

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    ALCS GAME 2: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES Series: Royals lead 1-0 Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Gametime: 4:07 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 58 degrees, wind 8 mph Starting pitchers: KC RHP Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.20) / BAL RHP Bud Norris (15-8, 3.65) Game 1 wasn’t exactly the cleanest game of baseball, but it sure was entertaining.…

  22. MLB Power Rankings: Pirates heating up

    Sep 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Roney: Took the season series from the A’s (10-9) for the first time in four years, and never lost to Jon Lester in 2014. 2.…

  23. MLB Power Rankings: Tigers righting the ship

    Sep 19, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and myself, Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: Crazy way to clinch the AL West: Watching on TV as the A’s blow it in the 9th inning. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) –…

  24. MLB Power Rankings: Brewers falling hard

    Sep 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Hughes: I think it’s clear at this point the Angels are the frontrunners for the World Series. 2. Orioles (LW: 2) – Roney: I…

  25. MLB Power Rankings: Cards making a push

    Sep 4, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Here is a look around Major League Baseball with analysis of each team from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 1. Angels (LW: 1) – Roney: It’s great news for baseball that Mike Trout will finally play in October. 2. Orioles (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: On track to clinch…

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