10:30 PM EDT, Wed September 02, 2015
Washington Post 2 hours ago

Nats Journal: Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 132

Losses all count the same, but the past two nights have felt worse. Twice the Nationals had lead late, and twice they lost both thanks to pitching mistakes, defensive miscues and interesting choices. So in order to the stop the slow bleed, the Nationals turn to Max Scherzer (11-11, 2.88 ERA), who is making his first start in his hometown since 2008. Scherzer has a 5.01 ERA over his past 10 starts. He will be opposed by left-hander Tyler Lyons (2-1, 3.96 ERA), instead of originally-listed Michael Wacha. The lineups are here. As always, talk about the game below.Read full article >>
Nats Insider | CSN Washington 5 hours ago

Game 132: Nats at Cardinals

The Nationals may have blown two golden opportunities to win games in St. Louis the last two nights, but the Cardinals also did their part to present the Nats with those opportunities, whether in Mike Matheny’s bullpen usage or the need to start Marco Gonzales instead of Carlos...
Washington Post 5 hours ago

Nats Journal: Tonight’s Nationals-Cardinals lineups

The Nationals will turn to their same lineup as Tuesday. Everyone is in the their usual spots with Max Scherzer on the mound against the Cardinals. Ryan Zimmerman has homered in five of his past eight games.Read full article >>
Washington Post 11 hours ago

The critics are right, Matt Williams is mismanaging the Nats’ bullpen

The Nationals’ bullpen blew another golden opportunity Tuesday night, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals after Casey Janssen gave up a three-run home run in the ninth inning. It was the second time in two nights Janssen cost the team a win.Read full article >>

Roark to start Friday in Strasburg’s place

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…
CSN Washington 3 hours ago

Strasburg won't make scheduled start Friday

Stephen Strasburg won't make his scheduled start Friday against the Braves, with the Nationals wanting the right-hander to throw off a bullpen mound first to confirm his neck is no longer an issue.
Washington Post 1 hour ago

Nats Journal: Stephen Strasburg will not start Saturday; Tanner Roark will instead

Stephen Strasburg played catch before Wednesday’s game and is slated to throw a bullpen session on Thursday, thus ruling him out for his next turn in the starting rotation on Friday. Manager Matt Williams said Strasburg, who has been on medication for upper...
CSN Washington 1 hour ago

Zuckerman on criticism of Nationals, Harper's MVP hopes

Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman talked about the anger among Nats fans and the possibility Bryce Harper will win NL MVP.
CSN Washington 6 mins ago

Bryce Harper leaves game with 'left glute tightness'

Bryce Harper left Wednesday's game with an injury. Details here from CSN's Mark Zuckerman.
Washington Post 17 mins ago

Nats Journal: Bryce Harper leaves Wednesday’s game with left glute tightness

Bryce Harper left Wednesday’s game in St. Louis in the fourth inning with left glute tightness, the Nationals announced during a rare in-game update. The Nationals normally do not provide in-game injury updates. But after speculation mounted about Harper’s removal from the game despite no obvious...

Nats add Grace, Martin as September call-ups

The second wave of September call-ups for the Nationals took place on Wednesday, as relievers Matt Grace and Rafael Martin were added to the roster, which now sits at 30. Both pitchers were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace, 26, joins the Nats for the first time since going to the minors on June 1. In…

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CSN Washington 5 hours ago

Nats add two more relievers as Sept. call-ups

The second wave of September call-ups for the Nationals took place on Wednesday, as relievers Matt Grace and Rafael Martin were added to the roster.
Washington Post 5 hours ago

DC Sports Bog: Mike Rizzo says Matt Williams did ‘a masterful job’ managing bullpen in Tuesday’s loss

Mike Rizzo made his weekly appearance with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, and as he has all season, the Nationals GM defended Manager Matt Williams in the face of scrutiny about his bullpen management. Earlier in the day, Williams defended his decision to go with Casey Janssen instead of Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning of a tie game on Tuesday.Read full article >>
CSN Washington 5 hours ago

Pressure's on Scherzer in Cards series finale

The Nationals desperately need Max Scherzer to come up big in tonight's series finale in St. Louis. Join the conversation on Nats Insider!

Scherzer hopes to break spell against Cards

Parkway Central product is 1-4 in last seven starts as Nationals try to salvage last game of three-game series
Washington Post 8 hours ago

Nats Journal: Few batters see fewer strikes than Bryce Harper, who loves to walk

What is perhaps most impressive about Bryce Harper this late in the season is how well he has managed to keep his approach at the plate. In recent weeks, with the Nationals lineup getting healthy and easing back to form, he has seen fewer pitches to hit. But with games on the line and facing long odds, human nature might make a hitter more anxious, hoping to change a team’s fate with a single swing.Read full article >>

Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .293/.363/.478 Team ERA: 4.52 Runs per game:  4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .321 AVG/ 4 HR/ 11 RBI   There’s a decent chance that it might be…

DC Sports Bog: Matt Williams strongly defends his bullpen strategy after crushing loss to Cardinals

After the Nats suffered a devastating late-inning loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday night, keeping them 6.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East, fans and media members mostly focused in on one question: Why, in the ninth inning of a tied game, did the Nats go back to Casey Janssen — who had fared poorly in a 26-pitch appearance on Monday — rather than turn to closer Jonathan Papelbon.Read full article >>
MASN Sports 12 hours ago

Skole, Voth, Marmolejos and others headline minor league update - Byron Kerr

Skole, Voth, Marmolejos and others headline Nationals minor league update
CSN Washington 13 hours ago

Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

The bullpen usage continues to be an issue for the Nats. That and more on this week's Stock Watch.
Washington Post 14 hours ago

Nats Journal: Looking back at how the Nationals lost late in the game yet again

Casey Janssen was distraught. After playing a central role in a late-inning collapse for the second time in as many nights, the Nationals reliever sat in front of a laptop to re-watch film of his outing. At one point, nothing played and he stared at the blank screen. After he spoke with reporters, trying to explain what happened, he sat in the clubhouse, hands on his head, staring at the back of his locker.Read full article >>

An inexplicable loss in a season full of them

And you thought Monday’s loss was tough to watch? What transpired Tuesday in St. Louis made the previous night’s game feel pedestrian, as if it was just some run-of-the-mill loss every team suffers during the course of the season. It wasn’t, of course, but the Nationals’ 8-5 loss Tuesday — coincidentally the exact same score…

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    Bryce Harper

    Nats Journal: Bryce Harper leaves Wednesday’s game with left glute tightness

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    Max Scherzer

    Pressure's on Scherzer in Cards series finale

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    Stephen Strasburg

    Nats Journal: Stephen Strasburg will not start Saturday; Tanner Roark will instead

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    Casey Janssen

    The critics are right, Matt Williams is mismanaging the Nats’ bullpen

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    Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

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