Oct 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 30 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 MLB service time: 6 years, 162 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $11 million Contract status: Signed for $12 million in 2016, $12 million club option (or…
Oct 3, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a raw, wet, windy Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, the Nationals gathered for the opener of a day-night doubleheader in advance of Sunday’s season finale, with very little still on the line. They still managed to show up and give a strong performance, riding Gio Gonzalez’s six innings of scoreless…
Oct 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK — OK, let’s try this again. After nonstop rain pelted the city all day and all night, conditions are supposed to clear up this afternoon before the Nationals and Mets take the field the first half of a day-night doubleheader. Gio Gonzalez and Noah Syndergaard will take the mound as each originally was…
Oct 2, 2015, 4:36 PM EDT
NEW YORK — The opener of the Nationals’ final series of the season has been postponed, with heavy rain and strong wind pelting Citi Field all afternoon and not expected to let up all night. The Nats and Mets will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with a makeup game at 1:10 p.m. and the originally…
Sep 21, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT
You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that a series between the Nationals and Orioles in late-September looked like something to get excited about. Now … not so much. Technically, both clubs are still alive. Realistically, both clubs need a miracle. (The Nats’ playoff odds currently stand at 2.1 percent, according to Fangraphs; the…
Sep 16, 2015, 9:56 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia at the start of the week, understanding they were now playing out the string in every sense other than the mathematical sense, their deficit in the NL East too great to overcome with so little time left on the calendar. Maybe that lack of pressure, though,…
Sep 16, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — On the heels of dominant performances last night from Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the Nationals tonight go for a series sweep of the Phillies, hoping Gio Gonzalez can turn in another quality performance. Gonzalez has been good his last two times out, tossing six scoreless innings against the Braves and five innings…
Sep 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals lost a close ballgame Friday night, giving up the winning run in the seventh inning. Really, who could have seen that coming? It’s a broken record now, but one the Nationals can’t shut off. They just keep going around and around in circles, making the same mistakes, losing in the same fashion every…
Sep 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
The raw emotions of this week’s sweep at the hands of the Mets have had some time to wear off, the Nationals have had a chance to take a day off and tonight they get back to work, the stakes perhaps not nearly as high as they were the last time they took the field…
Sep 6, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Midway through the top of the first inning on Saturday, it looked like Gio Gonzalez was in for a long night. He followed a flyout by Nick Markakis with back-to-back walks against Pedro Ciriaco and Freddie Freeman. Walks are a bad sign for any pitcher, but especially Gio who can be prone to them. Shortly thereafter,…
Sep 5, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Thursday night’s series opener was a blowout. Friday night’s game was a nailbiting, extra-inning thriller. Now came another blowout for the Nationals against a Braves ballclub in complete disarray. The Nationals’ bats broke out once again, this time against Shelby Miller, whose hard-luck season reached a new low when he allowed…
Sep 5, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT
It’s a nice, warm Saturday here at Nationals Park, where everybody seems to have a little extra giddy-up in their step today. Must be carryover from last night’s dramatic win over the Braves. (Or perhaps Northwestern’s upset of Stanford earlier today. OK, that’s only why I have a lot of extra giddy-up in my step.)…
Aug 31, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT
The schedule over the season’s final five weeks is favorable to the Nationals … except for the next three nights. That’s because they must face the best team in baseball inside a park where that team has been nearly unbeatable. The Cardinals are 84-46 overall, a staggering 46-19 at Busch Stadium. And the Nats, of…
Aug 27, 2015, 10:14 AM EDT
It was only a few weeks ago that it seemed as though Gio Gonzalez had turned a corner. The lefty starter was perhaps the most consistent member in the Nationals’ rotation, quietly stringing together quality starts over a month-and-a-half stretch. From June 21 to August 11, he sported a 5-0 record with a 1.48 ERA and 1.21…
Aug 26, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Feeling as good as they have about themselves in weeks, the Nationals took the field Wednesday night with a chance to notch their third straight series victory and post a 4-game winning streak for the first time since June. But they wound up digging themselves into a big hole early, then…
Aug 26, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT
It was never designed to happen. It just developed organically, with Jose Lobaton becoming the equivalent of Gio Gonzalez’s personal catcher over the course of the summer. Ten straight times Gonzalez took the mound to pitch, Lobaton took his spot behind the plate to catch the left-hander. Until Wednesday night, when Wilson Ramos served as…
Aug 26, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
It’s been awhile since we talked about the Nationals and winning streaks in the same breath. Tonight, though, they have an opportunity to keep their current hot streak going, seeking to win four in a row for the first time since late June when they won eight in a row (that was the stretch that…
Aug 26, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 4-2 Team slash: .253/.367/.474 Team ERA: 3.23 Runs per game: 5.3 STOCK UP Anthony Rendon, 2B: .333 AVG/ 2 HR/ 5 RBI Ah, so this is the guy who finished fifth in NL…
Aug 22, 2015, 12:51 AM EDT
If the Nationals were hoping the start of a long homestead would present an opportunity to bolster any optimism still out there for a late-season surge, they sure did little Friday night to back up the sentiment. Slogging their way through an ugly ballgame against an uninspired opponent, the Nationals were clobbered 10-3 by the…
Aug 21, 2015, 10:29 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a brutal road trip, the Nationals returned to D.C. on Friday night hoping to re-establish themselves as a legitimate contender for the NL East title. Then the game started and everything that happened afterward suggested anything but. The Nationals were rocked by a last-place Brewers club, done…
Aug 21, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Well, here’s one way for the Nationals to open a critical homestand: With a surprise promotion of top prospect Trea Turner from Class AAA Syracuse. That move was not expected, at least not until rosters expand on Sept. 1, but obviously Mike Rizzo felt it was time to do something that might inject some life…
Aug 15, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT
The Nationals continue their series at the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night as they hope to snap a four-game losing streak. Gio Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50) and Jake Peavy (2-5, 3.75) squaring off. The Nationals will also try to avoid dropping to .500 on the season for the first time since May 8. Gonzalez looks…
Aug 10, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT
Long West Coast trips always make for a tough challenge. Long West Coast trips on the heels of a disappointing homestand make for an even tougher challenge. But, alas, this is the challenge facing the Nationals right now, with a 3-city, 9-game trip opening tonight at Dodger Stadium. With Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke set…
Aug 6, 2015, 1:18 AM EDT
If you were hoping for a closed-door meeting, for the postgame spread to be turned over, for the expletives to fly, for the panic button to be smashed with a closed fist … well, that didn’t happen Wednesday night. The tone coming out of the Nationals’ clubhouse following a hideous, 11-4 loss to the Diamondbacks…
Aug 5, 2015, 11:02 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If Tuesday night’s victory gave Nationals fans reason to calm down and believe things were turning in the right direction, Wednesday night’s loss only gave them reason to completely reverse course and now fear the worst. This was among the ugliest games this team has played all season, and it only…
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