Sep 11, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Take a Nationals team sensing how close it’s getting to the NL East title, a Mets team playing out the string and the Nats’ favorite home away from home, and what do you get? Another curly W at Citi Field. The Nationals pounced on Bartolo Colon early, getting home runs from…
Sep 11, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT
The Nationals hit the road for 11 games in 11 days in three cities, a lengthy late-season stretch that is very likely to include the NL East clincher somewhere at the tail end. First things first: They’ve got four games against the Mets at Citi Field, which has been very, very kind to this team.…
Sep 10, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT
Say this for Matt Williams: His never-look-back, never-look-ahead mantra has permeated through the entire Nationals clubhouse in his first season as manager. Williams has refused throughout to discuss much of anything involving events or decisions that come on future dates, and his players have picked up on it along the way, never letting themselves get…
Sep 10, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s not often the Nationals find themselves with an opportunity to sweep the Braves. They hadn’t actually pulled that feat off since 2012, not at home since 2008. They still haven’t done it after a fairly lifeless performance this afternoon in the series finale against their division rivals. With Ian Desmond…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT
The Nationals have an opportunity today to do something they haven’t done in quite some time: sweep the Braves. They haven’t done it since May 2012 at Turner Field, when Chien-Ming Wang got the win in relief, Steve Lombardozzi led off and played left field, Rick Ankiel drove in two runs and Jesus Flores was…
Sep 10, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-2 Team slash: .260/.339/.367 Team ERA: 2.36 Runs per game: 4 STOCK UP Adam LaRoche, 1B: .438 AVG/ 3 HR/ 7 RB It’s a safe bet that if you win NL co-player of the week honors, you’re stock is probably rising. Such is the case with…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Nationals could do no right when placed on the same baseball diamond as the Braves. They gave up runs in bunches. They failed to deliver hits with men on base. They botched plays in the field. If there was a way to lose a…
Sep 9, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With a chance to put another nail in the Braves’ coffin, the Nationals broke out the hammer right away tonight. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first off Ervin Santana, then added another in the second to open up a commanding 5-0 lead and leave their NL East…
Sep 9, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman took a significant step in his return from a major hamstring injury Tuesday, taking batting practice on the field with the rest of his teammates before the Nationals’ game against the Braves. Zimmerman, who suffered a Grade 3 right hamstring strain July 22, took swings in the cage with Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper…
Sep 9, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT
In a sense, the only thing the Nationals really needed to do this week was beat the Braves once. They did that last night, so if you want to look at it this way, anything they do now is gravy. Matt Williams and Co., of course, don’t think of things that way, so don’t expect…
Sep 9, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES With just 18 games left on the schedule, the time is now for Atlanta to make a late-season push to get to the playoffs. Hopes of winning a division title for the second straight year are rapidly fading with the Nationals leading the NL East by eight games, but the wild card is…
Sep 9, 2014, 12:27 AM EDT
Matt Williams popped out of the dugout and walked toward the mound, which could only mean one thing as far as the crowd of 25,448 was concerned. Doug Fister’s night was done with two outs in the seventh, and the Nationals’ bullpen was going to need to finish off this victory over the Braves. Fans…
Sep 8, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: You want tense, September pennant-race drama against a division rival? You got it tonight when the Nationals and Braves opened a big, 3-game series that will go a long way toward either moving the Nats a step closer to the NL East title or allow Atlanta to sneak its way back…
Sep 8, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman was on the field during batting practice Monday, taking light grounders, jogging and throwing. The injured Nationals third baseman, though, still hasn’t been cleared for full running or swinging a bat, leaving him less and less time to get himself back in reasonable good shape for the end of the regular season. “The…
Sep 8, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT
The Nationals will open their 2015 season at home against the Mets and will face all AL East teams in interleague play, including a potentially huge late-September showdown with the Orioles on South Capitol Street. Major League Baseball released the entire regular-season schedule this afternoon, one that features plenty of familiar matchups but also includes…
Sep 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Cole Hamels said it Sunday afternoon after taking a loss to the Nationals. “If they maintain the way they are playing right now,” the Phillies ace said, “they are going to be walking in a parade somewhere.” Strong words from a rival player, but one who has seen the Nationals enough this season (and especially…
Sep 7, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT
The door to the right-field bullpen swung open, and as the crowd of 29,108 began to recognize a familiar figure and a familiar walk-in song emerging, applause began to circulate around Nationals Park. And by the time Drew Storen had two outs on Ryan Howard, finishing off the Phillies slugger with a devastating, 3-2 change-up…
Sep 7, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Having lost the first two games of this series, not to mention five straight to the Phillies, and now needing to beat Cole Hamels to avoid a sweep, the Nationals weren’t exactly in an ideal situation this afternoon. But they came through with a strong, if not flawless, performance in this…
Sep 7, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT
Well into spring training, Tanner Roark didn’t know if he’d even be a member of the Nationals’ Opening Day rotation. He might have broken camp as a reliever. He might have begun the season in Syracuse. Roark, of course, did make the rotation and hasn’t ceded his spot since, pitching exceptionally well. But he’s also…
Sep 7, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT
They’ve lost five straight games to the last-place Phillies, and if the Nationals are going to stop that surprising streak, they’re going to have to beat Cole Hamels this afternoon. That’s not something they’ve done on a regular basis in the past. The left-hander is 15-7 with a 2.58 ERA in 31 career starts against…
Sep 6, 2014, 8:07 PM EDT
The Nationals, by all accounts, have been among baseball’s best teams not only this season but particularly over the last month. The Phillies, by all accounts, have been among baseball’s biggest disappointments, having held a firm grip on last place in the NL East since late June. How, then, to explain what has transpired when…
Sep 6, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a demoralizing loss Friday night that cost Rafael Soriano the closer’s job, for at least a little while, the Nationals faced a longtime nemesis this afternoon, and didn’t fare much better than they had in the past. A.J. Burnett once again dominated this lineup, allowing just one…
Sep 6, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
Rafael Soriano, stuck in one of the worst pitching slumps of his career, will take at least a couple days off to refine his mechanics and clear his mind, leaving Nationals manager Matt Williams to pick a new closer from a pool of several bullpen candidates, at least on a temporary basis. Williams would not,…
Sep 6, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT
It’s a new day at Nationals Park, where the home team will try to brush off the sting of last night’s disastrous loss to the Phillies. The question on everyone’s mind, of course: Who will close today if the opportunity presents itself? We’ll see if Matt Williams reveals a definitive answer during his pregame media…
Sep 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
And so the home stretch is upon us, the final sprint to the finish line for the Nationals, who spent most of the first half of the season hanging near the front of the pack but over the last month have burst out to take a big lead coming around the turn. (Sorry for all…
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