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  1. Ramos hoping to build on strong series vs. Brewers

    Aug 24, 2015, 9:11 AM EST

    Aug 23, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    The Nationals know they have a long way to go before they can climb out of their current hole in the NL East standings. That said, the feeling among players after Sunday afternoon’s series-clinching win over the Milwaukee Brewers was the hope that their biggest bugaboo in recent weeks — the struggling offense — might finally start to…

  2. MLB Power Rankings: NL Central continues to lead the pack

    Aug 21, 2015, 11:44 AM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 26) Chase Utley was traded and now he’s reunited with Jimmy Rollins. Good for them, but super awkward for Phillies fans. 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 30) As…

  3. Stock Watch: During tough week, Strasburg stands out

    Aug 20, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Aug 19, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 2-4 Team slash: .239/.332/.410 Team ERA: 5.76 Runs per game:  5.16 STOCK UP  Stephen Strasburg, SP: 2 GS/ 1-1/ 1.38 ERA  The Nats rotation’s had a pretty tough time of late, struggling so often…

  4. Around the NL East: Mets squander chance to bury Nats

    Aug 18, 2015, 1:40 PM EST

    Aug 16, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at Citi Field. The Pirates defeated the Mets 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves are on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason, so the next month and a half we’ll take stock of how their rebuilding process is going. As the club heads to San Diego, one surprise bright spot will take center stage for Atlanta in Cameron Maybin. At the…

  5. MLB Power Rankings: AL West, NL Central races heating up

    Aug 14, 2015, 12:04 PM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Jose Fernandez’s latest injury just the latest dagger in a season full of them. 29. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) End of an era with Doug Melvin out as…

  6. Around the NL East: How will Mets manage rotation’s workload?

    Aug 13, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Aug 11, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   With all their wheeling and dealing complete, the Braves will play out the string and try to find bright spots to carry into 2016. For the next month and a half, that means seeing how their young pitching develops as well as getting their first glimpse of the recently acquired Hector Olivera.…

  7. Stock Watch: Zimmerman re-emerging at the right time

    Aug 12, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Aug 11, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) at bat during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .265/.348/.416 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:   4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .435 AVG/ 8 RBI/ 1.375 OPS  It appears that treating the plantar fasciitis in his…

  8. Nats backing Storen after his tough weekend

    Aug 10, 2015, 8:27 AM EST

    USA Today

    Life as a late-inning reliever is such that whenever a miscue occurs — however rare it might be — it’ll tend to be remembered far more often than a long stretch of dominance. That’s very much the case these days for Drew Storen, whose back-to-back tough outings against the Colorado Rockies has already begun to…

  9. MLB Power Rankings: Nats falling, Blue Jays rising

    Aug 8, 2015, 2:09 PM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 28) It has been a trainwreck of a season for the Marlins, but at least Jose Fernandez (2.30 ERA, 53 SO, 43 IP) is back to pitching like…

  10. Stock Watch: Storen excelling in setup role

    Aug 5, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen throws in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Miami. The Nationals defeated the Marlins 1-0. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .213/.262/.356 Team ERA: 3.00 Runs per game:  3.14   STOCK UP      Drew Storen, RP: 4 GP/ 1-0/ 0.00 ERA   For those concerned about how Storen would take to…

  11. Around the NL East: It’s official — The Mets are here to stay

    Aug 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Aug 3, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is greeted by teammates after scoring a run during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  The Braves continued their retooling effort with a big (and a little bit confusing) three-team trade between they, the Dodgers and the Marlins in a deal that involved 13 players. The net result was that Atlanta let go of Jim Johnson, Bronson Arroyo, Alex Wood, Luis Avilan and minor league prospect Jose Peraza to…

  12. MLB Power Rankings: Hamels, Price, Tulo all get traded

    Jul 31, 2015, 10:06 AM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Kudos to them for finally doing what had to be done and trading Hamels and Papelbon. 29. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) If you’re going to trade away…

  13. Stock Watch: Starting pitchers scuffling

    Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Jul 24, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (27) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game:  3.83   STOCK UP    Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS   Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…

  14. Around the NL East: Are Mets moves enough to catch Nats?

    Jul 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Jun 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) prepares to throw the ball to first to hold a runner on base against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Angels 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES   The Braves continued their plan to acquire young pitching, trading veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for minor league arms John Gant and Rob Whalen. Both arms are considered mid-level prospects at best — neither of them are listed in Baseball America’s ‘Midseason Top 50 prospects‘ list…

  15. MLB Power Rankings: Astros, Pirates make moves

    Jul 24, 2015, 12:29 PM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) Will Ruben Amaro finally bite the bullet and trade somebody? Somebody, anybody?!?! 29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 29) Jose Fernandez is back and dominating with a 2.77…

  16. Around the NL East: Division gearing up for busy trade deadline

    Jul 24, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

    Jul 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  We’re a week away from the non-waiver trade deadline, and we still don’t know who the Braves might ship in a deal. There have been rumors that it could be infielders Chris Johnson, Juan Uribe or reliever Jim Johnson. But perhaps the strangest buzz out right now is that 24-year-old right hander Julio…

  17. Stock Watch: Do Nats have reliable eighth inning option?

    Jul 23, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

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    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-3 Team slash: .203/.277/.316 Team ERA: 3.83 Runs per game:  3.3   STOCK UP   Yunel Escobar, 3B: .318 AVG / .591 SLG / .909 OPS  The Nationals have to hope that Escobar’s latest…

  18. Treinen’s rough inning highlights bullpen concerns

    Jul 20, 2015, 9:15 AM EST

    Jun 25, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen (64) throws to the Atlanta Braves  during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 7 - 0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    For as historically dominant as Zack Greinke was Sunday afternoon, the Nationals — in a way — actually had the Dodgers right where they wanted them as the ninth inning began. They were only trailing 1-0, had the top of the order due up in the bottom of the frame and knew that Greinke was done for…

  19. MLB Power Rankings: Buyers or sellers?

    Jul 17, 2015, 11:31 AM EST

    USA Today

    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) On pace to lose 110 games. And that pace may get worse if they trade guys away. 29. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Second half will be…

  20. Around the NL East: Mets don’t look like they’re going away

    Jul 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Jul 12, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) celebrates with relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves headed into the All-Star break reeling on multiple fronts. For one, they were swept in a four-game series in Colorado, dropping their record to a season worst five games below .500 at 42-47. But worst of all, Atlanta lost closer Jason Grilli for the season with a ruptured achilles tendon when…

  21. Bench play vs. Orioles emblematic of season’s first half

    Jul 13, 2015, 9:29 AM EST

    Washington Nationals' Dan Uggla, left, and Clint Robinson score on a two run double by Tyler Moore against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Baltimore. The Nationals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    BALTIMORE — The key rally in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Orioles may have aptly encapsulated much of what the first half of the Nationals’ season has been about. Thanks to three consecutive two-out base hits from Clint Robinson, Dan Uggla and Tyler Moore — none of whom were intended to be regulars before the year…

  22. Around the NL East: Should the Mets make a big deadline splash?

    Jul 10, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Jul 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    ATLANTA BRAVES  As the trade deadline approaches, are the Braves buyers or sellers? What if they’re both? It appears that assistant GM John Coppolella might be trying to tow the line between trying to make the club immediately better while also building for the future. On one hand, he has veterans like left fielder Chris…

  23. MLB Power Rankings: Angels, Pirates trending up

    Jul 9, 2015, 4:00 PM EST

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    Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) Chase Utley just lost his job and got thrown under the bus by his GM along the way. What once was a great team continues to…

  24. Stock Watch: As usual, Harper leading the way

    Jul 8, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    Jul 7, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-3 Team slash: .182/.270/.304 Team ERA: 2.64 Runs per game: 3 STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .381 AVG/ 8 BB/ 1.218 OPS   It’s been quite an eventful week for the Nationals’ superstar…

  25. Zimmermann, Ramos lead Nats to San Francisco sweep

    Jul 5, 2015, 11:48 PM EST

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    Jordan Zimmermann’s last three starts have been special, and on Sunday, his excellent outing gave the Nationals a three-game sweep over the defending world champions. Zimmerman pitched seven solid innings, and Wilson Ramos slammed a tie-breaking homer as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 before 33,157 at Nationals Park on Sunday night. Zimmermann…

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