Oct 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 22 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 159 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $2.15 million Contract status: Signed for $2.25 million in 2015, arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2014 Stats: 100 G, 395 PA, 41 R, 96 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR,…
Oct 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, concluding today with the No. 5 storyline: Might the Nats part ways with three once-touted prospects (Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa,…
Oct 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Wondering whether one of the majors’ best bullpens might be bolstered even more…
Oct 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 3 storyline: Figuring out who will play the one starting position on the field that…
Oct 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Attempting to sign Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann and/or Doug Fister to long-term extensions…
Oct 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over the next five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, beginning today with the No. 1 storyline: Figuring out who will play first base in 2015, and the domino…
Oct 9, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
When injuries forced the Nationals into acquiring a second baseman this summer, they went out and got Asdrubal Cabrera, a former All-Star shortstop with the Indians who switched to the other side of the infield for the first time in five years and performed admirably down the stretch for his new club. Cabrera now is…
Oct 8, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Zimmerman, even-keeled to the end, tried to put into perspective what has happened to the Nationals the last three seasons. “I think winning the division two out of three years is pretty good,” the veteran third baseman said late Tuesday night inside the losing clubhouse at AT&T Park. “I think people…
Oct 8, 2014, 12:23 AM EDT
Updated at 4:00 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Postseason baseball requires the utmost precision. Every pitch is magnified. Every swing is crucial. Every fielding attempt is life-or-death. The teams that win in October are the ones, quite simply, that don’t make mistakes. They pitch well. They hit at the right moments. They make all the plays…
Oct 7, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams won’t name his starting pitcher for a potential Game 5 of the NLDS just yet, not with victory in Game 4 tonight still a prerequisite for that scenario to even come to fruition. But one revelation the Nationals manager offered up about his plan for tonight’s do-or-die game — Stephen…
Oct 7, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals won a do-or-die game yesterday, no small achievement. But all that did was set the stage for another do-or-die game tonight, in which a win would only ensure one final do-or-die game Thursday in D.C. In other words, the task remains tall. The matchup in Game 4, however, does favor…
Oct 7, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — His overall numbers (3-for-14) don’t blow you away, but don’t let the numbers fool you. Bryce Harper has played a huge role for the Nationals in the NLDS, never more so than in Game 3 on Monday. Let’s start with his ninth-inning home run, another titanic shot over the high wall in…
Oct 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — All around him was chaos. AT&T Park was ready to explode from within, a sellout crowd of 43,627 roaring and trying to rattle the man who stood on the mound amid it all. The Giants had two men on with nobody out, Rafael Soriano and Matt Thornton were racing to the right-field…
Oct 6, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams gave some thought to benching Wilson Ramos for Game 3 of the NLDS in favor of Jose Lobaton, the backup catcher who worked so well all season with right-hander Doug Fister. In the end, though, the Nationals manager felt like Ramos’ potential at the plate outweighed whatever Lobaton might bring…
Oct 6, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT
Updated at 10:30 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Inning after inning, they tried in vain to plate a run. Just one lousy run. For 21 torturous innings that stretched from early evening Saturday on South Capitol Street to late Monday afternoon alongside McCovey Cove, the Nationals simply could not do it. And then, with one perfectly…
Oct 6, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Though they considered possible changes for a win-or-else Game 3 of the NLDS, the Nationals decided to stick with the same lineup that produced a total of three runs in 27 innings in Games 1 and 2 against the Giants. Which meant Ryan Zimmerman remained on the bench, available only as a…
Oct 6, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — And so it has come to this. After 96 wins in 162 regular-season games, the Nationals’ 2014 campaign comes down to a win-or-else Game 3 this afternoon at AT&T Park. To answer the question on everyone’s minds: No, Ryan Zimmerman is not in the lineup today. Matt Williams is going with the…
Oct 6, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — They left Washington early Sunday morning, the sting of a 6-hour loss surpassed only by the realization a 6-hour flight now awaited them. “It was a quiet bus trip after the game,” center fielder Denard Span said. “Just frustration, exhausted. Nothing needs to be said. We all know what we have to…
Oct 5, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — A Nationals club that has scored a total of three runs in 27 innings so far in the NLDS has no choice but to consider lineup changes for its win-or-else Game 3 on Monday against the Giants. And the most obvious change would be the insertion of Ryan Zimmerman after two quality…
Oct 5, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams had plenty of time during an overnight, cross-country flight to replay the decision he made in the top of the ninth Saturday at Nationals Park. Most outside observers were criticizing the rookie manager for pulling Jordan Zimmermann one out away from a shutout win in Game 2 of the NLCS…
Oct 5, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT
One by one, Tanner Roark saw every one of his teammates warm up in the bullpen and trot out to the mound. First Drew Storen in the ninth. Then Tyler Clippard in the 10th. Then Matt Thornton in the 11th. Then Aaron Barrett and Jerry Blevins in the 12th. Craig Stammen took the 13th and…
Oct 5, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT
Updated at 2:40 a.m. The stage was set. Everything was lined up for a perfect October evening at the ballpark. Jordan Zimmermann was about to toss a shutout and give the Nationals a 1-0 victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. And then this story took the first of several stunning turns…
Oct 4, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT
Some food for thought as we count down to Game 2 later this afternoon: 1) The Nationals haven’t lost two straight games in nearly a month (Sept. 5-6 against the Phillies), 2) They’ve won 3-of-4 (what would be required now to win this series) 21 times this season, and 3) The guy taking the mound…
Oct 4, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
The Nationals lost Game 1 of the NLDS, more than anything, because of their inability to produce one hit with a runner in scoring position. But had they not made three defensive miscues of varying degrees, they might not have ever needed that elusive clutch hit. Of the three runs the Giants scored Friday afternoon,…
Oct 3, 2014, 7:04 PM EDT
Updated at 9:50 p.m. October baseball is unlike any baseball that precedes it. The Nationals learned this two years ago. They knew it when they took the field Friday afternoon for the first game of what they hope is a lengthy postseason run. Every moment is magnified. Every scoring opportunity looms large. It’s the team…
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