Oct 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 29 How acquired: Trade with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 MLB service time: 2 year, 55 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $529,600 Contract status: Under team control in 2016, arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2015 stats: 40 G, 12 GS, 111 IP, 119 H,…
Oct 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
This was, without question, a supremely disappointing baseball season in D.C. Yes, for the Nationals. But more importantly, for those of us who covered the team all season and completely botched our Opening Day predictions. We do this every year, and every year we’re proven wrong. But we keep coming back for more punishment every…
Oct 4, 2015, 5:44 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ season officially came to an end Sunday afternoon in the same ballpark where it unofficially turned two months ago. Ever since suffering a 3-game sweep at Citi Field right after the July 31 trade deadline, this team found itself playing catch-up, ultimately unable to do that to the eventual…
Oct 4, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT
NEW YORK — And so we have reached final day of what proved to be perhaps the most eventful season in Nationals. Certainly not the most successful, but probably the most eventful. And there’s still more than could happen before this day and this season are officially over. Bryce Harper enters Game 162 in a…
Sep 29, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
ATLANTA — It was a loss, one of seven he has suffered this season, one of 77 the Nationals collectively have endured in 2015. So Tanner Roark couldn’t exactly be all smiles in the clubhouse at Turner Field after Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Braves. Roark, though, did his share of…
Sep 29, 2015, 9:40 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After the chaos that accompanied their final homestand of the season, the Nationals opened their final road trip Tuesday night, hoping matters would calm down and focus would return to baseball. It did, but that didn’t necessarily translate into winning baseball. A.J. Pierzynski’s two home runs off Tanner Roark proved the…
Sep 29, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA — And a good afternoon to you from Turner Field, where the tarp is on the field and the rain has been falling all day. The forecast does appear to improve some as the night progresses, but there’s at least a 50 percent chance of rain each of the next three days here in…
Sep 24, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing more harrowing for the Nationals these days than a close ballgame in the seventh inning, a frame that more than any other has left this underachieving ballclub on the precipice of elimination. But when they actually strung together a rally in the bottom of the seventh this afternoon, turning…
Sep 24, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT
This was supposed to be the Nationals’ final off-day of the season, but that was nixed after Monday’s series opener against the Orioles was rained out. So both clubs are back here at the park for a late-afternoon start, with Baltimore looking for a series sweep and Washington looking for a desperately needed win to…
Sep 23, 2015, 12:25 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: .269/.372/.437 Team ERA: 3.11 Runs per game: 6.6 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, RF: .450 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.356 OPS The discussion about who should be NL MVP is just about over; the…
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 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 8, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT
Joe Ross won’t start another game for the Nationals this season, but he’ll still get opportunities to pitch out of the bullpen over the next four weeks while Tanner Roark takes his spot in the rotation. Sensing their rookie right-hander was showing signs of fatigue as his innings count built up beyond levels from his…
Sep 4, 2015, 10:31 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There are no guarantees in baseball, not even when facing a team that has lost 16 of its last 17 and is giving up runs like they’re on clearance. So it was that one night after mauling the Braves during a 15-1 victory, the Nationals found themselves locked into a tight,…
Sep 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EDT
It’s been more than two months since Tanner Roark started a game for the Nationals, his season broken into multiple parts that have included stints as a long reliever, short reliever, spot starter and minor-league starter. He just served as the latter, making two minor-league starts in advance of his return to the Nats’ rotation…
Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg threw off the bullpen mound at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon and emerged with no problems, though the club will hold him from starting again until the finale of next week’s do-or-die series with the Mets. Strasburg, who departed his last outing Sunday with neck tightness, received treatment and quickly returned to his…
Sep 2, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg will not make his next scheduled start, replaced by Tanner Roark for Friday night’s game against the Braves in D.C., manager Matt Williams told reporters in St. Louis on Wednesday. Strasburg, who came out of his last start due to a recurrence of neck tightness, has been able to play catch the last…
Aug 25, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT
With Denard Span ready to rejoin the team after an extended stint on the disabled list, the Nationals have optioned reliever Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac. While that may seem like a demotion for Roark, the three-year veteran will have a rewarding goal to work towards. The Nats plan to transition Roark back to starting and…
Jul 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ starting rotation hasn’t been nearly as good collectively as many predicted it would be this year, and part of the reason has been the disappointing season of Doug Fister. The Nats’ starting staff was one of the best in baseball in 2014 and Fister was their most consistent guy. He went 16-6 with a 2.41…
Jul 23, 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: 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…
Jul 21, 2015, 11:24 PM EDT
Rookie right-hander Joe Ross had made spot starts for the Nationals before, but this was no ordinary outing. The 22-year-old starter came up to pitch in Stephen Strasburg’s place on Tuesday and faced the New York Mets, the second place team in the NL East. His counterpart? Reigning NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 All-Star…
Jul 18, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Well, if you had to condense it down to one word, it would be: Weird. The opener of this series between NL powers began Friday evening under normal circumstances, with the Dodgers taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on Adrian Gonzalez’s homer off Jordan Zimmermann. And that’s when this…
Jun 28, 2015, 8:47 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — A lot happened over the course of seven hours Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, where the Nationals and Phillies engaged in 18 innings of baseball, some of it good and some of it bad and some of it painful. A doubleheader split — a 3-2 victory in the opener, then an 8-5 loss…
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