Aug 25, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT
After a day off following a series win over the Brewers, the Nationals are back at it tonight, now opening a 3-game series with the Padres, still with very little margin for error in the big picture. The Nats, however, will have their expected Opening Day lineup on the field for the first time this…
Aug 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
For 10 days, they had either lost ground to the Mets or at best kept pace with the NL East leaders, unable to gain positive momentum of any kind. But late Wednesday night, the Nationals finally closed the gap a bit, taking advantage of the Orioles’ walk-off win over New York by rallying themselves to…
Aug 19, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT
Baseball people are nothing if not superstitious. If something works Tuesday night, you better believe it will be given another chance to work Wednesday night. So we shouldn’t be surprised at all that the Nationals’ lineup for Game 2 of their series in Colorado is exactly the same as it was for Game 1, when…
Aug 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ we welcomed in two guests: Syracuse Chiefs relief pitcher Matt Grace and ESPN 980 host Al Galdi. Grace was great on his transition back to the minors after spending time in the majors this season with the Nationals. He has been pitching…
Aug 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
Aug 13, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg’s return from the DL five nights ago in D.C. went as well as anyone could have possibly hoped: seven innings of 1-run, 3-hit, 12-strikeout ball to beat the Rockies. Boy, could the Nationals use another start like that tonight in San Francisco from Strasburg. The Mets already trounced Colorado this afternoon to sweep…
Aug 11, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray and I welcomed in Mike Ferrin of Sirius XM radio. Ferrin is alway insightful and had great stuff to share from a national perspective on the Nats. Ferrin talked about the NL East race, whether it’s time for Nats fans…
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…
Aug 8, 2015, 9:44 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The sight of Stephen Strasburg taking the mound this season has produced plenty of emotions, unfortunately far too many of them negative after four months of struggles, injuries and some downright bizarre outings. But by the end of this night, after Strasburg had thoroughly dominated the Rockies in his return from…
Aug 8, 2015, 3:52 PM EDT
Updated at 6:52 p.m. Needing to open up a roster spot for Stephen Strasburg’s return Saturday night, the Nationals placed second baseman Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms, leaving the club with a thin bench for the time being. Uggla said he had been dealing with back issues the last couple…
Aug 8, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT
It has been exactly five weeks since Stephen Strasburg last took the mound at Nationals Park, when a strained left oblique muscle sent the right-hander back to the DL only a couple of weeks after he returned from a neck injury. Now, Strasburg returns, on the heels of a dominant rehab start at Class AAA…
Aug 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Joe Ross wasn’t on anybody’s radar when the season began, barely even known by members of the Nationals major-league coaching staff. He was “The Other Guy Acquired in the Trea Turner Deal,” a young right-hander with some upside but not a pitcher who figured into the picture in 2015. Which makes Thursday’s events all the…
Aug 6, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT
[Updated 9:50 p.m.] He was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher last season and their only starter to win a playoff game, but 7-year veteran Doug Fister will now move to the bullpen. Manager Matt Williams made the announcement after Thursday’s game, saying that rookie Joe Ross will remain in the rotation when Stephen Strasburg returns…
Aug 6, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT
Max Scherzer loves fantasy football and this month will be able to apply that passion to a good cause. The Nationals’ ace is hosting a fantasy football fundraiser on August 22 at Nats Park. Scherzer will participate in a live fantasy draft with several of his teammates and fans who pay an undisclosed amount of…
Aug 6, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg is likely to come off the disabled list and start Saturday night against the Rockies, a potential boost to a Nationals rotation that has yet to live up to its sky-high expectations this season. Though the club hasn’t made an official announcement yet, manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Strasburg is lined up to…
Aug 5, 2015, 3:06 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Stephen Strasburg fresh off two rehab appearances at Syracuse, and the continued development of Trea Turner in Triple-A, we thought it was a good time to bring in Chiefs’ play-by-play voice Kevin Brown for the latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ Brown was great on Strasburg and the reaction…
Aug 4, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT
Fresh off his 11-strikeout, zero-walk performance in his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse, Stephen Strasburg showed up in the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Tuesday carrying his equipment bag. Teammates walked up to shake his hand and welcome him back, though when he will actually return officially has not been announced. Strasburg’s…
Aug 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Doug Fister was the Nationals’ most consistent pitcher for much of last season, but in 2015 he just hasn’t been the same. The right-hander struggled once again in Monday night’s 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with five earned runs allowed on eight hits, including three home runs. The three homers were the most he’s…
Aug 3, 2015, 9:05 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg completed his second minor league rehab game on Monday night with Triple-A Syracuse, as he continues his road back from a strained left oblique muscle. Strasburg threw 85 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of work with two earned runs allowed on five hits, 11 strikeouts and no walks against the Pawtucket Red Sox.…
Aug 3, 2015, 5:03 PM EDT
[Updated 6:35 p.m.] The Nationals had a few pieces of good news to share on the injury front before Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as their overall health as a team continues to improve. David Carpenter has been cleared to resume his throwing program after seeing a second opinion on his right shoulder. Carpenter…
Aug 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Top storylines: Mets earn a sweep – The Mets made a statement this weekend with their sweep of the Nationals, a convincing trio of wins capped off by Tyler Clippard getting Jose Lobaton to pop up for the final out on Sunday night. They earned a tie atop the NL East and seem energized by their…
Aug 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
For the second straight night, the Nationals fell to the division rival New York Mets by just one run thanks to mistakes made late in the game by their bullpen. This time it was Mets first baseman Lucas Duda who had the big swing and Nats reliever Matt Thornton who gave up the decisive score.…
Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique. The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list…
Jul 22, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT
Nationals reliever David Carpenter has stopped his throwing program as he continues to recover from right shoulder inflammation after feeling discomfort while playing catch off flat ground. The veteran will now take two or three days off after receiving anti-inflammatory injections and undergoing an MRI. The good news is that the MRI showed no structural…
Jul 21, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg threw off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time since landing on the disabled list at Nationals Park on Tuesday. The right-hander is rehabbing a strained left oblique and tossed 30 pitches. “[It was] light. Threw a couple of breaking balls. Fastballs and changeups, and had no issues. So, that’s a…
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