Oct 1, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The good news for the Braves is that they managed to avoid a 100-loss season. The bad news? 2015 has been their worst campaign since 1990. As Atlanta heads into the offseason, there is plenty of work ahead for John Hart and John Coppolella. The front office has been creative in acquiring young…
Sep 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
When a team scores 13 runs in a game, there are usually plenty of contributors, and that was the case for the Nationals in their win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. But two players in particular – Yunel Escobar and Tyler Moore, who combined for seven RBI – stood out above all. Escobar recorded…
Sep 20, 2015, 4:33 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In order to avoid elimination and make something of their 2015 season, the Nationals will need a lot of help from the opponents left on the Mets’ schedule. But there is no question the Nats are holding up their end of the bargain. The Nationals took care of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon…
Sep 20, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to take three of four against the Marlins and make it seven wins in their last eight overall. Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.98) will look to follow strong outings from Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann. Strasburg had perhaps the best start of his career his last time out, eight…
Sep 19, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT
The chant began after Bryce Harper had rounded the bases in he bottom of the seventh, his 41st homer of the season having already landed in the second deck down the right-field to give the Nationals a 5-2 lead over the Marlins they would not relinquish. “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!” With two weeks remaining in the…
Sep 19, 2015, 6:51 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the third straight day, the Nationals dug themselves into a 2-0 hole against the Marlins after one inning. But for the second straight day, they managed to dig themselves back out of that hole and emerge victorious. With a 3-run rally in the fifth that included a home run by…
Sep 19, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT
After a wild, extra-inning win last night, the Nationals are back at it this afternoon, looking to make it two in a row against the Marlins. They had their hands full last night with Jose Fernandez; today they’ll face slightly less-accomplished lefty Justin Nicolino, who owns a 3.81 ERA in nine career starts, none of…
Sep 18, 2015, 10:29 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals knew they were facing a stiff challenge, trying to beat Jose Fernandez for the first time in six career head-to-head matchups. It would require a strong performance from Max Scherzer, not to mention some timely hits. Thing is, they got all that but still wound up engaged in a…
Sep 18, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT
We’ve got a humdinger of a pitching matchup here tonight, with Max Scherzer taking the mound for the Nationals and Jose Fernandez for the Marlins. Each right-hander’s most-recent start came against the same opponent, with Scherzer shutting out Miami over eight innings and Fernandez shutting out the Nats over five innings. The Nationals are just…
Sep 18, 2015, 12:02 AM EDT
There was no bigger feel-good story on the Nationals’ 2014 roster than Tanner Roark, a 25th-round draft pick given a rare opportunity to start for a division champion who then made the most of it, endearing himself to teammates and fans alike. Very little about Roark’s 2015 season has felt good. Not his performance as…
Sep 17, 2015, 10:18 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals opened their final homestand of the season with a bit of extra hop in their step, having picked up 2 games on the Mets the last two days to draw within 7 1/2 games of the NL East leaders. That positive momentum, though, came to a screeching halt once…
Sep 17, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Hard to believe it, but this is the Nationals’ final homestand of the season. It’s a long one, to be sure — 11 games against the Marlins, Orioles, Phillies and Reds — but we have officially reached the home stretch of 2015. It begins against the Marlins, who actually have been playing well of late,…
Sep 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES Shelby Miller’s bizarre season rolls on as the 24-year-old righty still hasn’t earned a win in 22 starts despite having a more-than-respectable 3.00 ERA. It’s pretty rare for a pitcher to be this snake bit (you’d think he could luck into a win here or there), but when you pitch for a…
Sep 13, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT
Updated at 4:36 p.m. An already disastrous week for the Nationals was dealt yet one more blow Sunday afternoon when Bryce Harper was forced out of the club’s series finale in Miami following a first-inning collision with second baseman Derek Dietrich, though the initial prognosis for the 22-year-old slugger was encouraging. Harper was suffering from…
Sep 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
How inept has the Nationals lineup been this weekend? In two games at Marlins Park, that lineup has scored a total of one (unearned) run on 10 hits, only one of them going for extra bases. Is it any wonder, then, that the Nats have lost both games, despite having surrendered only four runs? They’ll…
Sep 12, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
There’s no sugarcoating it: The Nationals are reeling right now, having lost four straight, all via runs scored late by the opposition, too all but officially eliminate themselves from postseason contention. And the challenge doesn’t get any easier tonight in Miami. Jose Fernandez is on the mound for the Marlins, making his first start in…
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 10, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves are in the midst of a full-on tailspin, losing 20 out of their last 23 games. At this point, there isn’t much left to salvage other than trying to avoid an 100-loss season for the first time since 1988. But with their next seven games against the Mets and Blue…
Sep 8, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT
The Nationals will begin their 2016 season with a 2-game series in Atlanta before hosting the Marlins in their home opener, face the Orioles in a 4-game, home-and-home series in August, face the AL Central in other interleague play and host the Twins in a 2-game exhibition series prior to Opening Day. Major League Baseball…
Sep 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves are nosediving as the season comes to a close. After being swept by the Marlins, they’ve dropped eight straight and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East (not that it matters, considering how poor the rest of the division is). Things are so bad right now that Atlanta…
Aug 30, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came out flat on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins and went down early as Stephen Strasburg ran into trouble in the first inning. For the first half of the afternoon, it looked like they were going to stumble their way into St. Louis for a big series beginning on Monday. But…
Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EDT
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their fourth consecutive series, a feat that would set them up rather nicely for a huge series early this coming week in St. Louis against the MLB-best Cardinals. It’s a good opportunity for some positive momentum to take on the road and the Nats will have…
Aug 29, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: As bad as things have looked after the many disappointing losses the Nats have endured recently, including Friday’s, much can change on a given night. Saturday’s 5-1 win didn’t solve all of their problems, but coupled with a Mets’ loss to the Red Sox, and the fortunes of both teams look a…
Aug 28, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT
There is no one person responsible for the Nationals’ struggles this month. It’s never that simple. But Max Scherzer hasn’t exactly helped the cause. Which, given the way things were going earlier this summer, is pretty hard to believe. “You want to go there and compete and do everything you can to help the ballclub…
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