Dec 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: BY SEASON’S END, WHERE WILL DOUG FISTER RANK WITHIN THE NATIONALS’ ROTATION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Though he figures to open 2014 as the Nats’ No. 4 starter, I don’t expect Fister to be the team’s fourth-best starter next season. I expect him to be much better. In fact, I’ll say he winds up…
Dec 2, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend has come and gone, the Winter Meetings begin one week from today and the Hot Stove League (you would assume) is about to kick into high gear for the Nationals, who have been awfully quiet to date. Perhaps they will make some news before the end of the day, though, with…
Nov 25, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 19 How acquired: Draft (1st round), June 2012 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 1 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2013 Team/Level: GCL Nationals (Rookie), Auburn Doubledays (Short-Season A) 2013 Stats: 2-1, 11 G, 1.96 ERA, 36.2 IP, 28 H, 9 R, 8 ER, HR, 14 BB, 39 SO, 2 HBP,…
Nov 22, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
We’ve created a new weekly — or, depending on how motivated we are, perhaps bi-weekly — feature here at the Insider in which your two trusty authors will be engaging in some heated debates over matters of great concern to the Nationals. These are the kind of either/or scenarios that may not ever play out…
Nov 19, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have done an impressive job building a successful franchise, mostly with home-grown prospects, but there are ramifications of such an endeavor. Such as an ever-increasing payroll. When Mike Rizzo replaced Jim Bowden as general manager in 2009, the Nationals’ payroll stood at $60 million, a figure that ranked 27th among MLB’s 30 franchises.…
Nov 16, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have been playing baseball in this town for nine years now, and with each passing season they write more and more of their own history. Which means their all-time stat leaderboards are beginning to look more and more legitimate. The first couple of times I compiled these leaderboards, the lists induced tears and…
Nov 3, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
As Matt Williams takes over as manager of the Washington Nationals, he knows he’s got a roster with talent top to bottom. They won 98 games just two seasons ago and you don’t have to follow them closely to know they have star players. Whether it’s Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman or Bryce Harper, the Nats…
Nov 1, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT
The Nationals introduced their fifth manager in team history on Friday afternoon at Nats Park, hosting a question and answer session with general manager Mike Rizzo and the newest member of the organization, Matt Williams. Rizzo and Williams held court for over half an hour, taking questions from the media on why the latter was…
Oct 26, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT
Three of the Nationals’ most important players underwent various surgical procedures in the last three days, the club announced Saturday morning, with Stephen Strasburg and Adam LaRoche each having their elbows repaired and Bryce Harper having his knee fixed. All face recovery times of 4-to-6 weeks and are expected to be ready for the start…
Oct 15, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 118 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $3.9 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 30 GS, 183 IP, 136 H, 71 R, 61 ER, 16 HR, 56 BB, 191 K, 1.049 WHIP, 8-9, 3.00…
Sep 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
You may recall way back on April 1 when I posted this annual article of predictions for the 2013 Nationals made by me and my fellow reporters on the beat. Well, it’s time for another annual tradition: Revisiting those predictions and proving to the world just how wrong we all were in almost every case.…
Sep 28, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg stepped off the mound upon recording the final out of the seventh inning Friday night and made the long walk back to the dugout, where handshakes and high-fives awaited. He could, in that moment, take a deep breath and know that his season was over. Even if it ended a bit…
Sep 28, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals opened their final series of the season, one with zero playoff implications, but put forth a solid all-around effort to earn the victory. Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over seven strong innings to cap his year. Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each clubbed 3-run homers to pace a well-balanced…
Sep 27, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Hello from the not-so-hot Valley of the Sun, where tonight it’s only going to be 82 degrees for first pitch of the Nationals’ final series of the year against the Diamondbacks. They’re planning to keep the roof open here at Chase Field, a rare event around here this time of the year. Stephen…
Sep 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
PHOENIX — And so we’ve reached the final weekend of the season, with the Nationals wrapping things up out west in a three-game series against a Diamondbacks club that also stayed alive in the playoff race deep into September but now is playing out the string. Here are a few news items, notes and other…
Sep 23, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT
Davey Johnson didn’t know what exactly to expect when he arrived at Nationals Park Sunday morning. He had tried for weeks not to think about the fact his managerial career was nearing the finish line, focusing instead on the task of keeping his club alive in the NL playoff race as long as possible, despite…
Sep 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: A long and emotional day at the ballpark began with a tribute to Davey Johnson (managing for the last time at Nationals Park), continued with a frustrating, 4-2 loss by the home team in the doubleheader opener. The Reds’ win in Pittsburgh left the Nats’ season on life support heading into…
Sep 22, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT
Tonight the Nationals and Marlins make up Saturday’s game that was postponed because of rain. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) returns to the mound after missing his last two starts with forearm tightness. It will be the final home game of the Nationals’ season, basically unless a miracle happens. Their 4-2 loss to the Marlins put…
Sep 22, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: With their backs against the wall in the playoff race, the Nats can’t afford a poor outing from one of their starting pitchers, much less one against the last place Marlins. Dan Haren allowed Miami to take an early lead thanks to a two-run home run by Giancarlo Stanton in the top…
Sep 22, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT
Let’s try this again. After last night’s rainout, the Nationals and Marlins will pick back up with a doubleheader today, this the last day the Nats play at home during the 2013 regular season. Because of the postponement, the Nationals adjusted their pitching assignments to have Dan Haren (9-13, 4.88) throw the first game and…
Sep 21, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT
The Nationals and Marlins game on Saturday night was postponed due to inclement weather, after a three hour and 45 minute rain delay as grounds crew officials looked for a window to play. The teams will make it up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with the game times set for 1:35 and 7:05…
Sep 21, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT
[The game has been postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader Sunday with 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. start times] After being scratched before his last two starts, Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) will give it a go tonight in what will likely be his second to last outing of the 2013 season. Rain…
Sep 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT
After playing catch this afternoon without experiencing any lingering forearm problems, Stephen Strasburg was cleared to start Saturday night for the Nationals against the Marlins. The Nationals were fairly confident Strasburg would be fine to pitch as planned, but team officials needed confirmation he could complete his day-before workout before saying with 100 percent certainly…
Sep 20, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT
The 2013 season for the Washington Nationals is on track to end without a trip to the postseason, as the playoffs are a longshot with nine games left and a five-game deficit to overcome. But with Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins, the Nats took home win No. 82 and ensured they will at the…
Sep 19, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo doesn’t speak with the media often, but when he does it’s always a good opportunity to get a read on the franchise barometer. As the guy who makes roster decisions, he’s always evaluating and always looking ahead to the future. Rizzo has been pleased with the Nationals’ run over the…
NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS
SAT: Game 2 at Washington, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3 at San Francisco, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4 at San Francisco, TBA (FS1)*
THU: Game 5 at Washington, TBA (FS1)*
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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