Apr 30, 2015, 3:53 PM EDT
The Nationals open a big, 4-game series in New York tonight against the first-place Mets, and they’ll have their starting third baseman back in the lineup. No, not Anthony Rendon, who is still waiting to resume his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg. Yunel Escobar returns after missing two games with a left hand injury…
Apr 25, 2015, 8:27 PM EDT
MIAMI — It would be one thing if there was an obvious lack of effort, if players’ heads didn’t seem to be in the game. But that’s not the case right now for the Nationals. They’re simply not playing well. Which, in some ways, could cause frustration levels to rise even higher. “The intent is…
Apr 25, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Losers of three straight, the Nationals knew they needed to string together some hits and plate more than a couple runs Saturday off Tom Koehler. That proved far more challenging than they could’ve anticipated, forcing Stephen Strasburg to be near-perfect to have a chance to win this game. Strasburg wasn’t perfect…
Apr 25, 2015, 12:46 PM EDT
MIAMI — Good afternoon once again from Marlins Park, where the roof was open for awhile, making this place look completely different than it otherwise does. They’ve now closed it, though, so they can crank up the AC and avoid any sudden rain that may strike, as it so often does here in South Florida.…
Apr 22, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-1 Team slash: .266/.354/.432 Team ERA: 2.43 Runs per game: 5.16 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, OF: .353 AVG/ 2 HR/ 6 RBI Harper’s early season power display is nothing we haven’t already seen. But this…
Apr 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Though the Nationals are getting healthier by the day – they saw both Jayson Werth and Denard Span return over the last week – they are still making do with temporary replacements. Danny Espinosa, for one, is playing third base. He has started at the hot corner in two consecutive games after Yunel Escobar, who…
Apr 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
It was like a scene straight from the 2014 season. Denard Span, the Nationals’ centerfielder and offensive table setter, laced a fifth inning, two-out single to right field in to kickstart the game’s decisive rally vs. the Phillies Sunday. One batter later, he raced around the base paths at top speed on an Ian Desmond…
Apr 19, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
For a guy who was inefficient through his first two outings – needing 204 pitches through his initial 10 2/3 innings this year – Stephen Strasburg sure reversed his fortune on Sunday in an almost-perfect dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies. Strasburg was surgical and looked much like the dominant pitcher we’ve seen at times throughout…
Apr 19, 2015, 4:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After struggling down the stretch of spring training with an ankle injury and allowing eight earned runs in his first two starts of the 2015 season, Stephen Strasburg returned to his old self on Sunday afternoon in a dominant performance against the Phillies in a 4-1 Nationals win. Strasburg was so good,…
Apr 19, 2015, 9:24 AM EDT
The Nationals aim to clinch their first series of the season Sunday afternoon as they close out their four-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.75) will take the mound for Washington, while right-hander David Buchanan (0-2, 11.42) will pitch for the Phillies. The Nationals have Denard Span back in the lineup after he…
Apr 16, 2015, 12:48 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 3-6 Team slash: .212/.281/.368 Team ERA: 3.52 Runs per game: 3.7 STOCK UP Michael Taylor, CF: .486 SLG/ HR/ 7 RBI There weren’t many positives for the Nats lineup prior to Wednesday’s 10-5 win over the Red…
Apr 14, 2015, 9:33 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This one had it all, some disconcerting moments early, a stunning Nationals rally in the middle and then an epic collapse late entirely of their own making. In a season-opening stretch that has defied logic, this game managed somehow to stand out from the rest. The Nationals fell into an early…
Apr 14, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT
BOSTON — On the heels of an embarrassing performance Monday afternoon, the Nationals are back at it this evening (note the early 6:05 p.m. EDT starting time) at Fenway Park, hoping for a far better showing against the Red Sox. Matt Williams made some tweaks to his batting order. Michael Taylor has been bumped down…
Apr 13, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
Top storylines: Werth set to return – The Nationals are getting some help this week with the return of Jayson Werth, who had been recovering the last three months from his Jan. 9 shoulder surgery. Werth, 35, appeared in three minor league rehab games with the Single-A Potomac Nationals in recent days. He logged nine plate…
Apr 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The first series of the baseball season is perhaps the worst of them all, because it lends itself to over-analysis and the drawing of conclusions way before it’s appropriate to do that. Think about it: We don’t make too big a deal out of a 3-game series in mid-June, calling for roster moves or lineup…
Apr 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
It has only been three games, but so far the Nationals find themselves reaffirming many of the suspicions those who watch the team closely held before they opened the 2015 season. With three regulars out, runs may come at a premium, especially until they get Denard Span and Anthony Rendon back in place atop their…
Apr 9, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In a much-anticipated matchup of star pitchers – both famous veterans of Tommy John surgery – it was Matt Harvey who stood out above Stephen Strasburg on Thursday, as the Mets pitcher made a successful return to the mound in New York’s 6-3 victory at Nationals Park. Harvey was brilliant from…
Apr 9, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT
Opening Day is the early season game that gets all of the attention, fans pack the stadium and tons of media shows up for the only time you’ll see them at a baseball game until October. Then there’s usually a drop-off by all accounts for the second and third games of the season, as the long…
Apr 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The day has arrived. At long last we can say what we’ve waited six long months to say: It’s baseball season. The Nationals host the Mets later this afternoon, and once Max Scherzer throws his first pitch around 4:05 p.m., a hugely anticipated season in D.C. begins. Which means it’s time to continue our annual…
Apr 3, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT
Today the Nationals play their final spring training game before heading north for Washington. They face off with the Yankees, whom they will also play in tomorrow’s exhibition at Nationals Park. The pitching matchup today is a good one, as both Stephen Strasburg and C.C. Sabathia are set for their final warmups before the 2015…
Mar 28, 2015, 5:54 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was making his first start in 11 days, and it looked like it. The right-hander, scratched from his last outing due to a minor ankle sprain, wasn’t as sharp as he had been the last time he faced a major-league lineup, giving up four runs on four hits…
Mar 28, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Less than a week after announcing Max Scherzer as their Opening Day starter, the Nationals announced the order for the rest of their rotation to open the season. Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will follow Scherzer and face the Mets in the season-opening series April 6-9. Gio Gonzalez and Doug…
Mar 28, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Hello from Tradition Field, where the Nats and Mets meet for the fifth time this spring. (They’ve still got one more meeting Tuesday in Viera before they meet for real on Opening Day.) It’s a bit interesting that Stephen Strasburg will pitch today, considering he’ll be facing New York in…
Mar 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
With less than two weeks to go until Opening Day, ‘Baseball in the District’ has returned with the first episode of 2015. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I did a season preview that included Mark calling in from Viera, Fla. to give an update on the Nats and Marc Carig of NY Newsday to talk…
Mar 23, 2015, 11:33 AM EDT
Max Scherzer will start Opening Day for the Nationals, the club announced Monday, a not-surprising answer to a question that nonetheless had hovered over camp all spring. Scherzer, signed by the Nationals in January to the largest contract ever given a free-agent right-hander (7 years, $210 million), gets the nod over equally qualified rotation mates…
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