1:17 PM EDT, Mon June 18, 2018
3 hours ago
Wire Taps: Harper’s slump; Where’s Zim?; Stolen bases are only offense

Wire Taps: Harper’s slump; Where’s Zim?; Stolen bases are only offense

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of today’s twin bill with the Yankees... So, you were swept by an AL East team. That’s okay, the Yankees are historically dominant this year and... Huh, not the Yanks, huh. Well, Boston can be... What’s that? It wasn’t the Yankees OR Red Sox? Well, Tampa Bay has been inventive this seaso— The Blue Jays, huh. Okay, then. Here’s the news from Nationals Park. Martinez's key for Harper to break out of slump: less work (MASN)Bryce Harper apparently feels good, but his .163 average in the month of June suggests...
4 hours ago
Tanner Roark gets support, but is out after just four in Nationals’ 8-6 loss to Blue Jays

Tanner Roark gets support, but is out after just four in Nationals’ 8-6 loss to Blue Jays

Tanner Roark hasn’t received much run support this season, but he got some on Sunday, and struggled to get through four innings in what ended up an 8-6 loss. Going into to Sunday’s start, Tanner Roark had just one win in his last eight outings (seven of them starts), in spite of the fact that he’d put up respectable numbers over that stretch (3.69 ERA, .238/.304/.407 line against in 46 1⁄3 IP). “I just stay optimistic. Once you let the bad thoughts creep in your head, then it just goes downhill from there, so continue to work hard and trust it, have faith.” - Tanner Roark on...
6 hours ago
Ryan Madson gives up first home run in a year, then gives up another in next at bat

Ryan Madson gives up first home run in a year, then gives up another in next at bat

Ryan Madson gave up back-to-back home runs in the eighth on Sunday, the first home runs he’s allowed in Nationals uniform, in what ended up an 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays. Ryan Madson gave up a one-out walk and a single in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s game in New York, giving the Yankees an opportunity with the Washington Nationals up 5-4 at the time, but a swinging K and a fly to left got him out of the jam and the Nats held on for a win to earn a split of their two game set in Yankee Stadium. “Just staying calm, knowing that one pitch can get you out, and that’s about it....
20 hours ago
Nationals swept in three-game set with Blue Jays; 8-6 loss in series finale...

Nationals swept in three-game set with Blue Jays; 8-6 loss in series finale...

Washington split two games in New York, then dropped three in Toronto on a disappointing road trip. Now it’s back home for two with the Yankees tomorrow in D.C. Trailing by a run in the eighth, and facing a potential sweep on the road in Toronto’s Rogers Centre, the Washington Nationals rallied to tie it with Juan Soto singling to left field, taking second on a wild pitch, and scoring on a one-out single to make it a 6-6 game, but the Nats left the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, and the Blue Jays hit back-to-back homers off Ryan Madson in the bottom of the inning to complete the...
Jun 17, 2018
Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Blue Jays...

Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Blue Jays...

Here’s the Nationals’ lineup for this afternoon’s series finale with the Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre. With three shutout losses in the last five games, including 2-0 losses in Max Scherzer’s last two starts, the Washington Nationals’ offense has struggled to get much of anything going, even as they’ve had a couple of their expected everyday players return from injury. Of course, the opposing pitchers have had something to do with that, but the Nats’ hitters have had a rough time creating opportunities. “I’ve always said, look, when a game is like that, we’re just...
Jun 17, 2018
On Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper, his offensive struggles, and his Father’s Day cleats...

On Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper, his offensive struggles, and his Father’s Day cleats...

Bryce Harper is trying to get things going at the plate. He’ll look good trying today in some sharp Father’s Day cleats. Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez shared his thoughts on Harper’s struggles. Talking about Bryce Harper’s issues at the plate, (7 for 39; .179/.289/.256, with a home run, four walks, and 18 Ks in 45 plate appearances so far in June), Washington Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that he looked at the 25-year-old’s low BABIP (.219 before Saturday’s game, down from .356 overall in 2016 and a .316 career mark), and the...
Jun 17, 2018
Wire Taps: Nationals drop second straight to Blue Jays; shut out again + more before today’s finale...

Wire Taps: Nationals drop second straight to Blue Jays; shut out again + more before today’s finale...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s series finale with the Blue Jays... Tip your cap. Get’em next time. Come back tomorrow ready to go. Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez talked after last night’s loss about Washington’s offense struggling to get anything going against Toronto Blue Jays’ right-hander Marco Estrada, who tossed 6 2⁄3 scoreless on the mound in the Rogers Centre, helping to hand the Nats their third shutout loss this week. “[Estrada] mixed his pitches up,” Martinez said. “His changeup I think caught our guys by...
Jun 17, 2018
Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer suffers consecutive losses for first time since 2015...

Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer suffers consecutive losses for first time since 2015...

Max Scherzer has given up four runs total in consecutive 2-0 losses. With little room for error he’s made two big mistakes. Max Scherzer had an eleven-start unbeaten streak snapped in a 2-0 loss to San Francisco’s Giants last time out before Saturday afternoon, in spite of the fact that he gave up just four hits and two earned runs, both of them on a home run by Brandon Crawford, who had hits in all three of his at bats against the Washington Nationals’ ace. “Max pitched really well, he made one mistake, but we’ve got to score runs to win,” Davey Martinez said after that...
Jun 17, 2018
Daniel Murphy takes another step, returns to field in Nationals’ 2-0 loss to Blue Jays...

Daniel Murphy takes another step, returns to field in Nationals’ 2-0 loss to Blue Jays...

Daniel Murphy started at first base on Saturday, taking another step in his return from offseason knee surgery. “He had fun too over there.” - Davey Martinez Davey Martinez talked before Daniel Murphy’s first game off the Disabled List on Tuesday night in New York about taking advantage of the opportunity of playing under AL rules in Yankee Stadium and Toronto’s Roger Centre to work the 33-year-old infielder in slowly in Murphy’s first games back in the majors following offseason knee surgery and a 10-game rehab stint. “I think by the end of it, the baseball skills were getting...
Jun 16, 2018
Nationals drop second straight to Blue Jays, 2-0 in Toronto...

Nationals drop second straight to Blue Jays, 2-0 in Toronto...

For the second start and second loss in a row, Max Scherzer gave up two runs on a home run and received no support. Max Scherzer came out on the losing end of a pitchers’ duel with Toronto Blue Jays’ right-hander Marco Estrada, giving up two runs (both of them on a homer by Devin Travis) and not much else in a six-inning start in what ended up a 2-0 loss for Washington’s Nationals, who dropped their second straight in the Rogers Centre and third of four games on their current road trip. Scherzer vs Blue Jays: Brandon Crawford accounted for three of the Giants’ four hits off of Max...
Jun 16, 2018
Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 3 with Toronto Blue Jays in Rogers Centre...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 3 with Toronto Blue Jays in Rogers Centre...

Here’s the Nationals’ lineup for today’s game against the Blue Jays and some of what Davey Martinez has said about his outfield mix in the last week... Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez went with an outfield mix that featured Adam Eaton in left, Michael A. Taylor in center, and Bryce Harper in right field against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia in Tuesday night’s series opener in New York. He explained that he just wanted Juan Soto to rest, even though he’d hit lefties well to that point, and said he’s trying to work all of his outfielders in now that there’s a...
Jun 16, 2018
Wire Taps: Matt Adams takes fastball off finger; Nationals drop opener to Blue Jays...

Wire Taps: Matt Adams takes fastball off finger; Nationals drop opener to Blue Jays...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the 2nd of 3 with the Blue Jays in Toronto... Matt Adams tried to bunt his way on against the Toronto Blue Jays’ shift in the top of the second inning of last night’s game, but took a fastball off the left index finger when he squared around. Washington’s first baseman stayed in and struck out, and remained in the game, but when the Nationals took the field for the bottom of the third, Mark Reynolds replaced Adams at first base. After what ended up a 6-5 loss, the 29-year-old slugger was asked what he was thinking...
Jun 16, 2018
Home Run Derby for the speakership and Bryce Harper’s future: Elected officials weigh in at 2018 Congressional Baseball Game...

Home Run Derby for the speakership and Bryce Harper’s future: Elected officials weigh in at 2018 Congressional Baseball Game...

For what it’s worth, Bryce Harper probably isn’t going to Cleveland. Congresspeople and senators gathered at Nationals Park on Thursday night to play the annual Congressional Baseball Game, a resounding 21-5 win for the Democrats. However, before the game, a few dedicated some time to answering the questions that Federal Baseball has deemed most vital to the security and well-being of the United States. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t agree on many subjects. The participants: Ken Buck (Reliever) — Republican, Colorado 4th. Photo by Chris Schneider/ Senator Chris...
Jun 16, 2018
Gio Gonzalez and Washington Nationals undone by lost fly; Toronto sky; 6-5 Blue Jays...

Gio Gonzalez and Washington Nationals undone by lost fly; Toronto sky; 6-5 Blue Jays...

Gio Gonzalez wasn’t particularly sharp, but he took the mound in the seventh with the score tied at 3-3, when Adam Eaton lost a fly to right in the night sky... Gio Gonzalez gave up six hits, four walks, and four earned runs in just 3 1⁄3 innings against the San Francisco Giants last week, throwing 97 pitches to the 20 batters he faced before Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez pulled the plug on the left-hander’s 13th start of 2018. Washington won the game, however, so Gonzalez extended a personal unbeaten streak to eight-straight outings, in which he put up a 2.44 ERA, 20 walks, 46...
Jun 15, 2018
Nationals rally after three-run Blue Jays’ 7th, but fall short in series opener, 6-5

Nationals rally after three-run Blue Jays’ 7th, but fall short in series opener, 6-5

Adam Eaton lost track of a fly to right in the Blue Jays’ 7th, and Toronto ended up scoring three runs in the inning, including what ended up being the winning one, 6-5 final. Adam Eaton misplayed a fly to right into a double that put runners on second and third with no one out in the bottom of the seventh inning tonight, and Nationals’ reliever Justin Miller, who hadn’t given up a run in 10 2⁄3 IP for Washington this season, gave up an RBI sac fly by Justin Smoak and a two-run home run by Yangervis Solarte as the Toronto Blue Jays busted a 3-3 game open with a three-run frame that...