Sep 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
And so, August has come to an end, and what a month it was for the Nationals. It began with this team 10 games over .500, clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East. It ended with this team 19 games over .500, now up 6 games (though that number…
Aug 31, 2014, 7:07 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After beating up on Felix Hernandez on Friday night and then riding Stephen Strasburg’s dominating start Saturday night, the Nationals found themselves in a fortuitous position this afternoon, with an opportunity to sweep the Mariners on the road and fully make up for the sweep they suffered in Philadelphia to begin…
Aug 31, 2014, 1:12 PM EST
When they arrived in Seattle three days ago, reeling from a 3-game sweep in Philadelphia, who would imagined the Nationals would find themselves where they do today: With an opportunity to now sweep the Mariners after taking the first two games of this series in impressive fashion. To pull this off, the Nats will need…
Aug 28, 2014, 10:26 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals arrived here late Sunday night, feeling like they could do no wrong after a 9-1 homestand catapulted them to the top of the NL standings and turned them into the talk of baseball. They left here late Wednesday night, feeling as down in the dumps as they’d been in quite some…
Aug 28, 2014, 12:43 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — When it happened over the weekend against the Giants, it felt like one blip on an otherwise stellar summer of pitching dominance. When it happened again Wednesday night against the Phillies, you started to wonder whether this has quickly become more than a mere blip. Doug Fister has been the Nationals’ workhorse this…
Aug 27, 2014, 10:47 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After losing the first two games of his series in large part due to lights-out pitching performances by A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels, the Nationals knew they needed a win tonight to avoid a sweep at the hands of the last-place Phillies. They had to feel good about their chances, with…
Aug 27, 2014, 6:30 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals lineup Wednesday, confident the minor back injury that sidelined him Tuesday won’t be a major long-term problem. “I’ve had it before, and it’s not something where if I go play it can get much worse,” he said. “I know that from experience. I don’t have any fear…
Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening. The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and…
Aug 27, 2014, 1:12 PM EST
We take a look at the Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 4-3 Team slash: .287/.366/.434 Team ERA: 3.34 Runs per game: 4.57 STOCK UP Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B: .300 AVG/ .417 OBP/ 2 HR How big of a pickup has Cabrera been? Ever since he arrived to Washington at the trade deadline, he’s been everything the…
Aug 27, 2014, 10:40 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when a 6-inning, 3-run start would have disappointed Gio Gonzalez. But these days, the Nationals’ erratic left-hander is finding the positives in each of his outings, so his latest one Tuesday night against the Phillies left him more encouraged than discouraged. “It’s progress,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously, everyone wants to…
Aug 26, 2014, 11:52 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Off the bat, it looked like a groundout to the shortstop. Not the most routine of groundouts, but a play Ian Desmond figured to make. Leading off the bottom of the eighth of a tie game, Ben Revere rapped a sharp grounder slightly to Desmond’s right. The Nationals shortstop scooped it up and…
Aug 26, 2014, 9:32 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels. And for six innings, the Phillies lefty proved virtually unhittable, carrying a shutout on a scant 59 pitches. Gio Gonzalez wasn’t as effective — he…
Aug 26, 2014, 6:41 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was out of the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night. Not because left-hander Cole Hamels was on he mound for the Phillies, but because of tightness in his back. “He’s been dealing with a tight back for three or four days,” manager Matt Williams said. “Today it’s a little worse. It’s an opportunity…
Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen. Hairston has feasted…
Aug 26, 2014, 1:33 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES With the way the Nationals have played the last two weeks, it’s pretty established they’re the cream of the NL East crop. Trailing Washington by 7.5 games, hopes of a division title seem slim if you’re the Braves. However, Atlanta is still in pretty good position for a wild card berth, sitting just…
Aug 26, 2014, 10:36 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August. We here at the Insider, on the other hand, don’t worry about such things. Especially with a very important date fast approaching. We’re five days away from baseball’s August 31 deadline to set postseason…
Aug 25, 2014, 11:50 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — The way things have been going lately, the Nationals weren’t surprised in the least to mount a last-ditch rally against Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth Monday night. The only surprise was that they couldn’t quite finish it off and wound up losing for only the second time in 14 days.…
Aug 25, 2014, 9:55 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia sky-high after a 9-1 homestand that left them the hottest team in the majors. Now they faced the opener of a tough, 3-city, 9-game road trip, hoping to carry over some of the positive momentum from D.C. That proved more difficult than anticipated tonight, thanks to…
Aug 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Though he was out of the Nationals’ lineup Monday night against the Phillies, Asdrubal Cabrera insists the injury he sustained to his right side Sunday isn’t serious and he could play if absolutely needed. Cabrera hurt himself hitting a grounder to short during the sixth inning of Sunday’s win over the Giants, feeling…
Aug 25, 2014, 3:39 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Hello from Citizens Bank Park, where a red-hot Nationals club coming off a 9-1 homestand now hopes to keep things rolling on one of the longer and tougher road trips of the season. A cross-country trek to Seattle and then Los Angeles looms, but first up are three games against the foundering Phillies,…
Aug 23, 2014, 9:41 PM EST
Two batters into Saturday evening’s game, Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals already were trailing the Giants 2-0, and a rain-soaked crowd of 34,137 was murmuring, perhaps worried all the good vibes of the 10-game winning streak that ended Friday night were about to disappear into thin air. On the mound, though, Zimmermann barely batted an…
Aug 23, 2014, 7:55 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Tim Lincecum has two Cy Young Awards on his mantel, two World Series rings on his fingers and a no-hitter on his resume from earlier this season. The only thing he doesn’t have: Any semblance of recent success against the Nationals, who have flat-out owned the right-hander the last five seasons.…
Aug 23, 2014, 2:48 PM EST
The Nationals signed Nate Schierholtz to a minor-league deal on Monday, thinking the veteran outfielder wouldn’t need much time in Syracuse before joining the big-league roster. Turns out he only needed four days at Class AAA. Schierholtz had his contract purchased Saturday by the Nationals, who felt the time was right to add an experienced,…
Aug 23, 2014, 12:32 PM EST
The Streak ended last night at an even 10 games. Now the Nationals will try to start another one. They’ll hope to get back on track this afternoon when they again host the Giants, who are scratching and clawing themselves, trying to stay alive both in the NL West and Wild Card races. Jordan Zimmermann…
Aug 23, 2014, 12:42 AM EST
There was a point late in Friday night’s game on South Capitol Street when the Nationals and a crowd of 33,718 felt like a comeback was possible, maybe even likely. Shoot, that’s all anyone around here had known for the previous week-and-a-half, when the hottest team in the majors kept finding ways to win ballgames,…
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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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