11:03 AM EDT, Fri September 22, 2017
38 mins ago
Washington Nationals vs New York Mets Series Preview: Nats bid Matt Harvey and the Mets goodbye

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets Series Preview: Nats bid Matt Harvey and the Mets goodbye

Not a whole lot is at stake in this series, but the Washington Nationals do have the chance to leave one final lasting impression on their division rival before the playoffs. Nationals (92-60) vs. Mets (65-87) Series Info: Game 1: Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7 The Fan) Game 2: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7) Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7) Pitching Matchups: Friday: Edwin Jackson (5-6, 4.96 ERA) vs. Robert Gsellman (7-7, 5.22) Saturday: Stephen Strasburg (14-4, 2.60) vs. Matt Harvey (5-6, 6.59) Sunday: Max Scherzer (15-6, 2.59) vs....
3 hours ago
Washington Nationals injury update: Bryce Harper could return in Philadelphia...?

Washington Nationals injury update: Bryce Harper could return in Philadelphia...?

Bryce Harper does love hitting in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. Will he be back in the Washington’s Nationals’ lineup for the three-game set with the Phillies? Bryce Harper shagged fly balls in Atlanta, before the finale of the Nationals’ three-game set with the Braves, and according to reports on Thursday he could return to Washington’s lineup early next week in Philadelphia. MASN’s Mark Zuckerman noted that Harper did shag fly balls in SunTrust Park, but, “... did not take batting practice today [on] a planned day off.” “[Dusty] Baker said he’ll travel with the...
4 hours ago
Wire Taps: Will Gio Gonzalez keep it going in October?; Adversity hasn’t defined Nationals’ season; Stephen Drew’s playoff push

Wire Taps: Will Gio Gonzalez keep it going in October?; Adversity hasn’t defined Nationals’ season; Stephen Drew’s playoff push

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this weekend’s series with the Mets in Citi Field... Some nights, R.A. Dickey just has his stuff, and as with all knuckleballers, there isn’t much you can do. For instance, in 2012, he had about 25 of those nights. Be happy it was then, and not now, at least be happy for that, okay?Here’s the news from New York... Will Gio Gonzalez carry his mojo into October?It looked like Gio Gonzalez was slipping for a minute there, but after a strong showing in Atlanta, he appears to be back on track. Now, the question: Will he...
11 hours ago
Tanner Roark solid again, but Nationals can’t solve R.A. Dickey in 3-2 loss to Braves...

Tanner Roark solid again, but Nationals can’t solve R.A. Dickey in 3-2 loss to Braves...

Tanner Roark was sharp against the Braves in SunTrust Park, but the Nationals couldn’t generate much offense against R.A. Dickey. Tanner Roark earned his first win in four 2017 starts against Atlanta last week, when he faced the Braves in the nation’s capital, going six innings on 108 pitches, and giving up four hits, a walk, and two earned runs in what ended up a 5-2 win. “I learned from earlier on in the year, just keep going at it, keep grinding, keep working hard and it will turn around.” - Tanner Roark on second-half improvements That outing left Washington’s right-handed...
13 hours ago
Washington Nationals drop series finale to R.A. Dickey and the Atlanta Braves, 3-2: Nats can’t sweep in SunTrust Park...

Washington Nationals drop series finale to R.A. Dickey and the Atlanta Braves, 3-2: Nats can’t sweep in SunTrust Park...

Dusty Baker’s Nationals took two of three in SunTrust Park, but dropped the series finale with the Braves, 3-2. Atlanta Braves’ knuckleballer R.A. Dickey gave up another home run by Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, (who set a career high with No. 34 of the 2017 campaign, which was his fifth off Dickey in their respective careers), but allowed just two runs total over eight innings of work on the mound in what ended up a 3-2 sweep-avoiding win for the home team in SunTrust Park. Tanner Roark gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings, but it was all about Dickey...
18 hours ago
Dusty Baker on possibility of Washington Nationals winning 100 games...

Dusty Baker on possibility of Washington Nationals winning 100 games...

Will the Washington Nationals catch the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best overall record in the NL? Will they win 100 games? Both remain possibilities... Dusty Baker told reporters this winter that he saw room for improvement in his second season on the bench in the nation’s capital after leading the Washington Nationals to a 95-67 record last season... and a loss in the NLDS. “We’re not going to try to kill our guys to try to get to it, but if it’s within reach, then we’re going to go for it...” Dusty Baker on potentially catching the Dodgers for best overall record in the...
19 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s series finale with the Atlanta Braves...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s series finale with the Atlanta Braves...

Washington’s Nationals try to win their fourth straight overall and sweep their three-game set with the Atlanta Braves in tonight’s series finale in SunTrust Park. Dusty Baker was asked last night, after the Washington Nationals took four straight walks after a one-out single and double in the top of the eighth, what the key was for hit hitters in showing patience in at bats in which they probably wanted to get a big hit. “Well, the key is those pitches weren’t close enough to get tempted to swing,” Baker said. “They lost command of the strike zone,” he explained, referring to...
19 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ postseason roster chatter: Victor Robles a possibility, Brian Goodwin earned spot if healthy...

Washington Nationals’ postseason roster chatter: Victor Robles a possibility, Brian Goodwin earned spot if healthy...

Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies that Victor Robles is under consideration for a postseason roster spot, but Brian Goodwin has earned a spot if healthy... Dusty Baker told reporters last week that 20-year-old outfielder Victor Robles was in consideration for a spot on Washington’s postseason roster, in spite of the fact that the No. 1 prospect in the Nationals’ organization is still relatively inexperienced. “Outside the lines, in the clubhouse and on the charters and the hotels, this kid is really, really mature beyond his chronological age.” -...
Sep 21, 2017
Gio Gonzalez celebrates Washington Nationals’ eighth-inning rally vs Braves in Atlanta... really celebrates

Gio Gonzalez celebrates Washington Nationals’ eighth-inning rally vs Braves in Atlanta... really celebrates

Gio Gonzalez gave up to home runs, but hung around long enough for the Nationals to rally to beat the Braves in SunTrust Park... Gio Gonzalez gave up seven hits and five earned runs against the Atlanta Braves in an 8-0 loss last week in Washington, D.C. that began with the Nationals’ lefty striking out the first six batters he retired around two singles (one an RBI hit) and a double before things went pear-shaped in the top of the third. “Just one of those games you can’t really understand what happened, just pick up what you can and go from there.” - Gio Gonzalez on start vs ATL...
Sep 21, 2017
Wire Taps: Does soft NL East hurt Nationals?; We may be about to see Nats at best; Bryce Harper return questions...

Wire Taps: Does soft NL East hurt Nationals?; We may be about to see Nats at best; Bryce Harper return questions...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s series finale with the Braves. Alright, so that was okay until the eighth inning, where it got really fun. Super fun. Crazy fun! Here’s the scoop from Suntrust. Does playing in a soft division affect a team's postseason abilities?No playoff team will play more games against sub-.500 teams than the Washington Nationals, thanks to their incredibly weak division. How much of a problem is that, historically? Are division winners being cheated by wild-card format?The wild-card structure is extremely flawed, for...
Sep 20, 2017
Washington Nationals bases-loaded walk their way to 7-3 win over Atlanta Braves: Three straight bases-loaded walks in 8th decide game...

Washington Nationals bases-loaded walk their way to 7-3 win over Atlanta Braves: Three straight bases-loaded walks in 8th decide game...

Atlanta’s bullpen blew up in the eight, with Arodys Vizcaino inheriting a bases-loaded jam and walking three batters in a row in what ended up a 7-3 win for Washington’s Nationals. Gio Gonzalez gave up two runs in seven innings on the mound tonight in SunTrust Park, both of them on home runs, (one each by Freddie Freeman and Kurt Suzuki), and those two runs had the Atlanta Braves up 2-1 on the Washington Nationals through seven innings, but three-straight bases-loaded walks from reliever Arodys Vizcaino gave the visitors a 4-2 lead and they went on to a 7-3 victory and the second...
Sep 20, 2017
Washington Nationals injury update: Bryce Harper on a crash course to return...

Washington Nationals injury update: Bryce Harper on a crash course to return...

Bryce Harper continues to work his way back, taking batting practice and running the bases today in SunTrust Park... Both Washington Nationals’ General Manager Mike Rizzo and Manager Dusty Baker provided updates on 24-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper today, as the hard-hitting slugger does what he can to get back in the lineup before the start of the NLDS. “Harp came out looking good. The anchor leg, his left leg, which is Harp’s back leg, his power leg, came through it fine.” - Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper after simulated game Rizzo was on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s The Sports Junkies...
Sep 20, 2017
Washington Nationals’ lineup for second of three with the Atlanta Braves + Dusty Baker on Daniel Murphy...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for second of three with the Atlanta Braves + Dusty Baker on Daniel Murphy...

Daniel Murphy sat out of last night’s game with hamstring tightness, but Dusty Baker said he expected Murphy to return tonight... Daniel Murphy was originally penciled in as part of the Washington Nationals’ lineup for last night’s series opener in SunTrust Park. Murphy was scratched a little while later, however, with what the Nats described as left hamstring tightness. Dusty Baker told reporters after the Nationals’ 4-2 win in Atlanta that he expected Murphy to be back in the lineup for the second game of three with the Braves. “He’ll probably be in there tomorrow,” Baker...
Sep 20, 2017
Washington Nationals injury update: Bryce Harper could return to Nats next week...

Washington Nationals injury update: Bryce Harper could return to Nats next week...

Dusty Baker and Mike Rizzo provided updates on Bryce Harper’s rehab and the simulated game Harper took part in on Tuesday afternoon in Atlanta... It’s conceivable, according Washington Nationals’ General Manager Mike Rizzo, who has said as much from the moment they received a diagnosis on Bryce Harper’s injured left knee, that the Nats’ 24-year-old outfielder will be able to return before the end of the regular season. Considering how things looked at first, and how bad the bone bruise in his knee and strain of his calf were, it’s something of a minor miracle he is this close to...
Sep 20, 2017
Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer passes 250 Ks in fourth straight season; finishes strong in Atlanta...

Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer passes 250 Ks in fourth straight season; finishes strong in Atlanta...

Max Scherzer struggled late against the Braves last week in Nationals Park, but he was much sharper last night in SunTrust Park... The seven earned runs Max Scherzer allowed in his start against the Atlanta Braves last week in the nation’s capital were the most the right-hander has given up this season. “Usually he finishes strong, and that’s why we took him to the max the last time, so he would get prepared for this...” - Dusty Baker unintentionally using a pun It was a less-than stellar outing by the 33-year-old Scherzer, who walked six batters in that outing as well, more than...