Nov 18, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
Pose the following question — What was the biggest reason the Nationals underperformed this season? — and you’d probably get various forms of the same answer: They didn’t hit enough. Which leads to obvious questions about the possibility of upgrading the lineup this winter in hopes of fielding a more offensively productive group in 2014.…
Nov 9, 2013, 3:06 PM EST
At Matt Williams’ introductory press conference at Nationals Park, three Nats players decided to show up to meet their new manager. Ian Desmond, Tanner Roark and Jayson Werth were all in attendance, ready to move forward with their new skipper. But though Werth and Williams met each other for the first time that day, it…
Oct 14, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Matt Capps, July 2010 MLB service time: 3 years, 47 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $501,250 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 78 G, 303 PA, 29 R, 78 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 16 HR, 59 RBI, 0…
Oct 2, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Whether or not to keep the current starting lineup intact… For more than four months, the Nationals owned one…
Sep 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EST
You may recall way back on April 1 when I posted this annual article of predictions for the 2013 Nationals made by me and my fellow reporters on the beat. Well, it’s time for another annual tradition: Revisiting those predictions and proving to the world just how wrong we all were in almost every case.…
Sep 28, 2013, 2:44 AM EST
PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg stepped off the mound upon recording the final out of the seventh inning Friday night and made the long walk back to the dugout, where handshakes and high-fives awaited. He could, in that moment, take a deep breath and know that his season was over. Even if it ended a bit…
Sep 26, 2013, 4:48 PM EST
The Nationals’ past week, at a glance: Record: 3-5 Team slash: .213/.278/.277 Team ERA: 3.26 Runs per game: 3.0 Opponent runs per game: 3.1 Opponent slash: .241/.282/.377 HOT Jayson Werth, OF: 7-28/1 HR/4 R/5 RBI/.364 OBP/.792 OPS Just as the term “cold” was applied in a relative sense over the past few weeks, the “hot”…
Sep 24, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
ST. LOUIS — There will be plenty of opportunities, now that the Nationals officially have been eliminated from playoff contention, to dissect this disappointing season and try to figure out why it produced the result it did. Were the Nats done in by an unproductive lineup? Shoddy defense? An unbalanced bullpen? The weight of expectations?…
Sep 22, 2013, 6:47 PM EST
Tonight the Nationals and Marlins make up Saturday’s game that was postponed because of rain. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) returns to the mound after missing his last two starts with forearm tightness. It will be the final home game of the Nationals’ season, basically unless a miracle happens. Their 4-2 loss to the Marlins put…
Sep 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
Top storylines: Braves come to town - Winners of eight of their last nine, the Nationals now welcome the big, bad Braves to Washington for their final series of the season. The Braves have had their way with the Nats this year, going 12-4 up until this point in the season series. It should be the…
Sep 15, 2013, 7:07 PM EST
Denard Span was answering a question about his 26-game hitting streak when the first roar came from another corner of the Nationals’ clubhouse. Span looked around as asked what happened, then was informed Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez had just robbed a home run from the Reds’ Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth…
Sep 15, 2013, 4:41 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals opened the game hitting several balls hard against Tyler Cloyd but not having much to show for it. That changed in a hurry. The Nats blasted the right-hander for 10 hits in four-plus innings, opening up a comfortable lead. Then they went hog-wild on the Phillies bullpen, particularly during…
Sep 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EST
There’s plenty at stake today in the Nationals’ series finale against the Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann is seeking to become the first 18-game winner in the NL this season. Denard Span is seeking to extend his career-long hitting streak to 26 games. And Wilson Ramos is starting his 23rd straight game, most by any big-league catcher…
Sep 14, 2013, 12:50 AM EST
These days just about everything is going the Nationals’ way. Returning home for a ten game homestand, the Nats pulled Stephen Strasburg from his start in a surprise move because of forearm soreness. In came Ross Ohlendorf who had been a disaster since July, and off he went with a 31-pitch inning that saw an…
Sep 13, 2013, 10:09 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: Ross Ohlendorf was thrown in to start after Stephen Strasburg was a late scratch on Friday night, and the veteran delivered. He threw 31 pitches in the first inning and allowed an early run, but settled in and worked five innings with the help of a large lead provided by his…
Sep 12, 2013, 5:03 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: With a chance to go for the kill and sweep the four-game series, the Nationals left little to chance. Tanner Roark tossed six more quality innings, overcoming a 54-minute rain delay after the first inning. And the Nats’ power bats showed up once again, launching three more homers, with Ryan Zimmerman,…
Sep 12, 2013, 12:39 PM EST
NEW YORK — It sounds, at first blush, like a crazy idea: Let a catcher who has battled major leg injuries the last two seasons start more consecutive games than any other major-league catcher has in 2013. Wilson Ramos, though, really wants to do it. And Davey Johnson really wants to give Ramos the opportunity…
Sep 12, 2013, 10:50 AM EST
NEW YORK — Here’s a sentence that features all kinds of outrageous elements: The Washington Nationals today will be trying to sweep a four-game series on the road, earn their sixth straight win and their 23rd in their last 32 games, with Tanner Roark on the mound trying to improve to 6-0 in his career.…
Sep 11, 2013, 3:48 PM EST
NEW YORK — The Nationals have won four straight games without Bryce Harper in their lineup, but make no mistake, they’ll be thrilled to welcome him back tonight. After getting his ailing left hip examined Monday and taking a healthy round of batting practice yesterday, Harper has been cleared to play again and will be…
Sep 11, 2013, 10:49 AM EST
NEW YORK — The two most important moments from Tuesday night’s win weren’t home runs by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche. They weren’t scoreless innings of relief from Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano. And they weren’t LaRoche and Scott Hairston crossing the plate with insurance runs in the top of the ninth. No, the two…
Sep 10, 2013, 3:40 PM EST
NEW YORK — Who’s the toughest pitcher the Nationals have faced this season? Clayton Kershaw? Matt Harvey? Tim Hudson? Well, they all did pitch well against the Nats, but an argument can also be made for … Dillon Gee. Yes, Dillon Gee. In five starts against the Nationals this year, the Mets right-hander is 4-1…
Sep 10, 2013, 12:28 AM EST
NEW YORK — The ball careened off Zach Lutz’s bat at a 45-degree angle and straight down the first-base line, where Adam LaRoche could only attempt an all-out diving attempt that was just a split-second late. And when the ball landed and left a poof of white chalk, Gio Gonzalez knew his bid for history…
Sep 9, 2013, 10:00 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals wasted no time at all pouncing on Mets right-hander Carlos Torres. Two batters into this game, they already led 2-0 thanks to back-to-back homers from Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman. They never let up, blasting three more homers by the fifth inning to take a commanding, 9-run lead. Given…
Sep 9, 2013, 12:14 PM EST
Top storylines: Bryce Harper’s hip - This week we learned Harper is dealing with an injury to his hip, an ailment serious enough to send him home to Washington from Miami for further testing. Harper has clearly been hobbled lately and it brings into question whether he should return at all this season. Exactly how long…
Sep 8, 2013, 12:40 PM EST
As they await word from D.C. on Bryce Harper’s hip — which is being examined by team medical director Wiemi Douoguih — the Nationals wrap up their series in Miami, trying to take two of three and improve to four games over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 23-19 way back…
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