May 8, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney: 1. Detroit Tigers (LW: 4) – Hughes: Detroit has the most wins in the A.L. and Miguel Cabrera is hitting .270. Yea, they’re pretty good. 2. San Francisco Giants (LW: 5) – Roney: Odd to see a winless…
May 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
When Stephen Strasburg struck out Miguel Olivo and Justin Turner in succession to end the top of the seventh inning yesterday afternoon, the crowd of 34,756 at Nationals Park rose and saluted the right-hander as he retreated to the dugout. Everyone in attendance had every reason to believe Strasburg’s afternoon was complete. He had thrown…
May 7, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After waiting out a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay — what else is new? — Stephen Strasburg took the mound trying to pitch the Nationals to a series victory over a tough opponent, something they hadn’t yet done this season. The right-hander delivered, though only after another shaky first inning. Strasburg gave…
May 7, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT
The Nationals activated Wilson Ramos off the 15-day disabled list this morning and inserted their starting catcher right back in their starting lineup for today’s series finale against the Dodgers. Ramos had been out since breaking the hamate bone in his left hand on Opening Day, making his return in 32 days, ahead of schedule.…
May 7, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT
[Updated 11:25 a.m.] Matt Williams was driving to Nationals Park on Wednesday morning while doing his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan, when his day took a strange turn. While talking to The Junkies at a traffic light on South Capitol St., he heard a loud sound coming from the side of his Chevy…
May 7, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT
It’s another cloudy day in D.C., and the grounds crew is standing at the ready with the tarp at Nationals Park, with a storm system approaching from the northwest. Looks like it’s going to hit the area before today’s scheduled 1:05 p.m. first pitch. The question is whether it will pass through before then. As…
May 7, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT
Blake Treinen was summoned into the manager’s office Tuesday night after an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers and told he was being sent back to Class AAA Syracuse after making his first career start for the Nationals. Treinen was down on himself after giving up three runs in the top of the sixth, a rally…
May 6, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Dodgers had Clayton Kershaw on the mound making his first start in more than a month. The Nationals had Blake Treinen on the mound making his first career start. Gross mismatch? Well, not for the first five innings. Kershaw and Treinen traded zeroes, each impressing in his own way as…
May 6, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT
Wilson Ramos was back at Nationals Park on Tuesday, his injured left hand feeling so strong, he expects to come off the disabled list and start behind the plate Wednesday afternoon against the Dodgers. “I think so,” he said. “I think that’s the plan for now.” So, no more rehab for Ramos, who has been…
May 6, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT
And we’re all back at Nationals Park, a mere 14 hours after the conclusion of last night’s rain-delay-o-rama, which saw the Nats pull off a 4-0 victory over Zack Greinke and the Dodgers and move into first place in the NL East. So, forgive everybody here for being a bit tired and cranky right now.…
May 6, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This was supposed to be a big-time pitchers’ duel between two of the NL’s best right-handers: Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann. Mother Nature, though, had something very different in mind. A 3-hour, 17-minute rain delay in the middle of the fourth inning prevented two starting pitchers from going deep into the…
May 5, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT
After a bit of a frustrating weekend in Philadelphia, the Nationals are back home ever so briefly this week for a three-game series with the Dodgers, who are sending their best to the mound each day. It begins tonight with Zack Greinke, who has opened the season 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA. The right-hander has…
May 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
Despite injuries to three key members of their lineup, their biggest offseason acquisition and a trusted veteran off the bench, the Nationals have managed to keep their heads above water through the season’s first five weeks. So even though the mood inside the visitors’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park yesterday was down following a frustrating,…
May 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Though they’ve managed to be more productive at the plate than most would have thought given the prolonged absence of three key lineup regulars, the Nationals still aren’t taking full advantage of the mountains of opportunities they keep giving themselves. Take Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Citizens Bank Park, a game in which Gio…
May 4, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: When the Phillies had to scratch Cole Hamels from today’s start due to flu-like symptoms, the Nationals figured they were catching a break. Not exactly. Replacement starter Roberto Hernandez was downright dominant, carrying a shutout into the eighth inning. Gio Gonzalez was equally dominant, but the Nationals left-hander gave up one…
May 4, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Craig Stammen joined one of the rarest of fraternities on Sunday: Major-league ballplayers with college degrees. After passing his final exams from the University of Dayton, where he first enrolled in 2002, Stammen officially was among the Class of 2014 honored at Sunday’s graduation ceremony. The right-hander wasn’t there to receive his diploma…
May 4, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — It’s a cool, windy, cloudy Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, which hosts a rare, 3:05 p.m. Sunday game today. The reason: There was a massive 10-mile race in the area this morning, the traffic from which is only just now starting to dissipate. Once they get going today, it’ll be Gio Gonzalez…
May 3, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals’ coaching staff has analyzed the club’s first-inning woes, a recurring problem for this team through the season’s month-plus, trying to find a common theme or solution to the issue. And in the end, they can’t find anything to explain why they keep digging themselves into these kind of early holes. “No.…
May 3, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have shown an ability to come from behind this season, but they can’t count on doing it every single night. They definitely weren’t up to the task tonight, falling into an early hole and never digging their way out of it. Tanner Roark took the brunt of the punishment,…
May 3, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Doug Fister is healthy and ready to make his Nationals debut Wednesday against the Dodgers, but the club may push the right-hander back to Friday night’s game in Oakland in order to keep Stephen Strasburg on normal rest. “He’s good to go,” manager Matt Williams said. “There’s no issues. He got through his…
May 3, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Though there weren’t any actual fireworks here last night, there were two incidents that clearly didn’t sit well with the Nationals: Cliff Lee’s quick-pitch up-and-in to Denard Span in the fifth, and Carlos Ruiz’s high-and-hard non-slide into Ian Desmond in the ninth. How upset were the Nats with those two events? I guess…
May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — It has happened nine times now, nine times in 29 games. And every time it happens, the Nationals give themselves even more reason to believe they can do it again. Trailing a ballgame late, they rallied to win in dramatic fashion. Friday night’s 5-3 victory over the Phillies was merely the latest example…
May 3, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Benches and bullpens emptied in the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night, and though no punches were thrown between the Nationals and Phillies, Denard Span and Cliff Lee did exchange some verbal barbs about an incident sparked by Lee’s up-and-in quick-pitch to an unsuspecting Span. “I don’t think he was…
May 2, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It was billed as a stellar pitching matchup between Stephen Strasburg and Cliff Lee, but this game was decided well after both starting hurlers were out of the game. The Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Jayson Werth dropped a foul ball that…
May 2, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Doug Fister threw 76 pitches over 3 2/3 innings Friday night in what is expected to be the right-hander’s final rehab start before joining the Nationals’ rotation next week. Pitching for Class AA Harrisburg at Reading, Fister allowed two runs and two hits, walking three while striking out five. He cruised through three…
NL EAST STANDINGS
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
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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