Aug 29, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT
The top teams in the league have plenty of stars, but at this time of the year, some of the most important players on contending teams are the ones flying under the radar. The Braves, Dodgers, and Cardinals are riding players like these straight to the postseason. Here’s how Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, Nats writer…
Aug 29, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT
After throwing only 22 pitches before his start was cut short by a lengthy rain delay, Stephen Strasburg could return to pitch on short rest and take the mound Sunday night against the Mets. Manager Davey Johnson said he will consider bringing Strasburg back on three days’ rest, provided the right-hander experiences no physical setbacks…
Aug 29, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT
Perhaps during his dark days of 2011, or perhaps even earlier this season when he was still rediscovering his swing, Jayson Werth would have been pitched to in the seventh inning of a tie game and the go-ahead run in scoring position. Not these days, though, not with Werth as productive and as feared as…
Aug 28, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg was hoping to take aim at yet another deep start, but a 1-hour, 12-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second spoiled that plan. Both Strasburg and Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez didn’t return after the delay, so this became a battle of bullpens. The Nationals’ relief corps won…
Aug 28, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT
The Nationals have enjoyed one of the biggest attendance increases in baseball this season, but that support has begun to wane at the tail end of a disappointing summer. Tuesday night’s homestand opener against the Marlins drew a paid crowd of only 24,616, the third-smallest crowd of the season at Nationals Park and the smallest…
Aug 28, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT
The last six times Stephen Strasburg has taken the mound — and not subsequently been ejected — he has pitched at least seven innings for the Nationals. The last two times, he has made it to the ninth, coming within one out last week of his second career complete game. What does tonight have in…
Aug 28, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT
The Nationals are not keeping one eye on the out-of-town scoreboard as they stand at the plate, in the field or on the mound. They aren’t huddled around the clubhouse TVs watching pennant race games and living and dying with each momentum swing. Ask anybody on the roster how many games back they are at…
Aug 27, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: Returning home after a successful road trip through Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, the Nationals opened a key stretch in which they’ll play 19 consecutive games against the bottom three clubs in the NL East. First up: the last-place Marlins. The Nats responded by jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead…
Aug 27, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT
The Nationals swapped relievers prior to Tuesday night’s series opener against the Marlins, recalling right-hander Ryan Mattheus from Class AAA and optioning lefty Xavier Cedeno back to Syracuse. Mattheus had only been demoted to the minors 12 days ago after struggling upon his return from a broken hand. But he allowed only one run and…
Aug 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT
Despite initial hopes Ross Detwiler would be able to recover from his strained back to pitch again for the Nationals in September, the left-hander is unlikely to make it back before season’s end. Detwiler has not yet begun throwing off a mound, and manager Davey Johnson all but ruled out his return in 2013. “Probably…
Aug 27, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT
When the Nationals last appeared on South Capitol Street, they were trudging off the field following a heartbreaking loss to the Giants, in which Rafael Soriano blew a 2-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning. They then embarked on an eventful, 10-day road trip through Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, one that produced…
Aug 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
We spent yesterday morning detailing the reasons why a last-ditch, late-season-playoff-charge-for-the-ages is highly unlikely for the Nationals. But I’d hate to be labeled as too negative. Especially in the midst of this blog’s redesign. So let’s actually spend a few minutes this morning running through a scenario in which the Nationals actually could make it…
Aug 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
Don’t worry, you didn’t stumble into the wrong place. This is the same Nats Insider blog you’ve been reading for the last four seasons. It just looks a little different. Yes, the talented folks at CSNwashington.com have done a redesign of the site, shifting to a new blogging platform (to WordPress, from Google’s Blogger). I…
Aug 26, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Team Record: 65-65 (24-26) N.L. East Standings Wild Card Standings Offensive Game of the Week: Jayson Werth 8/21 vs. Cubs – 1 for 3, HR (18), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB Pitching Line of the Week: Jordan Zimmermann 8/24 vs. Royals – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO, 114 pitches, 78 strikeouts Top…
Aug 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The good news for the Nationals on this late-August Monday morning: They’re playing unquestionably their best baseball of the season right now. The bad news for the Nationals (and their fans): It’s still not going to be enough to make up for the first four-plus months of this underachieving season. They simply dug themselves too…
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