Sep 17, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Contrary to what you might think when you look at tonight’s lineup, the Nationals are not playing a split-squad game in Lake Buena Vista. They are indeed playing an actual Major League Baseball game in Atlanta. It counts in the standings and everything. You just won’t find any regulars on the field. Matt…
Sep 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Nearly every member of the Nationals organization made a point last night, amid the flowing champagne and beer and other chaos that ensued, to say their clinching of the NL East title is only the first step toward what they hope are several more celebrations to come in the next few weeks. Most…
Sep 17, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance… Record: 5-2 Team slash: .253/.333/.407 Team ERA: 2.18 Runs per game: 4.42 STOCK UP Matt Williams, Manager This is a little unorthodox of a selection, but since the Nationals clinched the NL East Tuesday night you almost have to take a step back and credit the manager.…
Sep 17, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA — When the Nationals clinched their first-ever NL East title two years ago, the ensuing celebration stayed mostly on the field at Nationals Park, where fans could soak it all in along with the players. This time, the Nats clinched the division on the road, so everything was confined to the visitors’ clubhouse at…
Sep 16, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT
Updated at 11:55 p.m. ATLANTA — It wasn’t supposed to be this easy. Sure, the Nationals entered 2014 as consensus favorites to win the NL East on the heels of a disappointing, 86-win season. But most teams don’t just run away with a division title, certainly not when they’re deadlocked with their chief rivals as…
Sep 16, 2014, 6:37 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman played three innings at first base and roped a pair of doubles in five at-bats Tuesday during a simulated game in Viera, Fla., emerging healthy and confident he’ll be able to rejoin the Nationals soon. “Zim did great today,” manager Matt Williams said, based on the reports he got from the…
Sep 16, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
ATLANTA — They gathered in Viera, Fla., seven months ago with this in mind, then survived the grind of spring training and a long baseball season to put themselves on the precipice of a division title. And tonight, the Nationals have a chance to do something they didn’t get to do even when they won…
Sep 16, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Simply put, it’s not looking good for Atlanta’s postseason chances. In a week in which their season was on the line in each and every game, the Braves dropped five of six and are perilously close to elimination. They’re now 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot and there’s no reason to…
Sep 16, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT
ATLANTA — It unfortunately got overshadowed amid the EKG that was the bottom of the ninth inning last night, but it should not be lost altogether: Stephen Strasburg pitched one of the best games of his life to beat the Braves and put the Nationals on the cusp of the NL East title. And given…
Sep 16, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT
ATLANTA — As the ball screamed off B.J. Upton’s bat, made a beeline for Ian Desmond and then ricocheted off the shortstop’s mitt, everybody inside Turner Field had one or two quick thoughts racing through the mind. Perhaps Wilson Ramos’ reaction best summed how anyone affiliated in any way with the Nationals felt at that…
Sep 15, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Atlanta knowing they were on the verge of the NL East title. All they needed to do was exorcise one last demon: A Braves club that has been in a tailspin for the last month. For those who have watched this team stumble and bumble its way…
Sep 15, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT
Updated at 11:30 p.m. ATLANTA — The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded…
Sep 15, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Adam LaRoche has been named one of six finalists to receive the prestigious Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given out annually by fellow MLB players for contributions both on the field and in the community. LaRoche, who has done extensive work with the Wounded Warrior Project for several years, was selected…
Sep 15, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman participated in a full workout Monday at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, and the injured third baseman now will begin playing in simulated games in anticipation of returning from a major hamstring strain for the final week of the regular season. Zimmerman is slated to play three innings at…
Sep 15, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT
ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where the Nationals hope to be celebrating something special before they leave town late Wednesday night. They’ll need to take 2 of 3 from the reeling Braves — as MLB.com’s Mark Bowman figured out, Atlanta is only 1/2-game better than Houston since April 29 — to clinch the NL…
Sep 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
It seemed like a long shot at best, clinching the NL East title in Atlanta on the turf of the club that wore last year’s division crown and has been a thorn in the side of this franchise for some time. Yet here the Nationals find themselves, opening a 3-game series at Turner Field tonight,…
Sep 14, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT
Updated at 6:10 p.m. GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals hit the road on Thursday realizing they had a good chance of clinching the NL East title before they return home Sept. 23 for the season’s final week. But the way they played all weekend in New York, combined with the Braves’ surprising struggles in…
Sep 14, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT
Think the Nationals came to play last night? Mercy. They thrashed the Mets, 10-3, behind homers from Bryce Harper and Denard Span, plus five combined RBI from Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth, not to mention four more hits from Anthony Rendon (now 10-for-15 in the series). Doug Fister did his thing to earn his 14th…
Sep 13, 2014, 3:16 PM EDT
The forecast isn’t so great in Flushing, so the Nationals and Mets may be looking at a long night at the ballpark. If and when they do play, the Nats will happily welcome Jayson Werth back to their lineup after he missed last night’s game while feeling under the weather. Werth rejoins the lineup, but…
Sep 12, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Seeking their 13th consecutive victory at Citi Field, the Nationals dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole when Gio Gonzalez once again struggled in the first inning. But as they’ve done so often this season, they clawed their way back, ultimately tying the game in the fifth inning. For that, the…
Sep 12, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT
One of these days, the Nationals likely will lose a ballgame at Citi Field. They just hope it’s not tonight. Having now won 12 consecutive games in Queens, a streak that dates back to June 2013, the Nats would love to make it a baker’s dozen tonight and reduce their magic number to at least…
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…
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