Charlie Fliegel: Roark remains underrated in Nationals rotation

The season is nearly 45 percent complete, and the Nationals are leading their division by 4 1/2 games. Sure, the season is far from over, but they’ve got the fourth- best record in the league, and they look strong. Individual players that usually come to mind as the reasons for this are probably Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer. And ... read more

Steve Mears: Looking at Nats’ other options for replacement starter

The Nationals got all the way to June 20 before they needed a sixth starter, as Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his start with an upper back strain and replaced by Yusmeiro Petit. The Nats were fortunate earlier in the season when Joe Ross had a blister and with days off they could skip his start. Not so lucky this time, and that begs the ... read more

Opposite dugout: Strasburg vs. Kershaw highlights Nats-Dodgers in L.A.

Manager: Dave Roberts (1st season) Record: 38-33 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: SS Corey Seager (.280/.342/.502 with 15 HR, 36 RBIs), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.274 with 32 RBIs), CF Joc Pederson (12 HR, 31 RBIs), LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-1, 1.58 ERA), RHP Kenley Jansen (1.59 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (4-2 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 20: RHP ... read more

Marty Niland: Plenty of All-Star talent on this year’s Nats roster

Time is running out to cast All-Star ballots, and for the first time in several years, more than one member of the Nationals deserves consideration for a starting spot. The National League team has included two Nats in each of the last three seasons, as well as in 2005, the Nats’ first season in Washington. In their breakout 2012 season, four Nationals were selected ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Baker uses personal history for anecdotes on his current team

Drafted by Atlanta in the 26th round of the 1967 draft, Dusty Baker played eight seasons with the Braves and 19 total in the majors before he started coaching and began his second career in the game. Twenty-one seasons in as a major league manager, Baker has seen some things. He’s got stories, and he’s willing to share them, which he does on an almost-daily ... read more

Opposite dugout: Padres stuck in NL West cellar, may soon be sellers

Manager: Andy Green (1st season) Record: 27-40 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 1B Wil Myers (.281 with 14 HR, 39 RBIs), RF Matt Kemp (15 HR, 43 RBIs), CF Melvin Upton Jr. (9 HR, 30 RBIS, 13 SB), LHP Christian Freidrich (3-1, 2.12 ERA), LHP Drew Pomeranz (57, 2.88 ERA), RHP Fernando Rodney (13 saves, 0.00 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting ... read more

David Huzzard: 2016 version of Nationals comes with grit

Ty Cobb once said, “Baseball is something like a war,” and the Nationals’ seven games against the Chicago Cubs were exactly that. They were brutal, back-and-forth affairs often coming down to who had the last at-bat. Every game was decided by three runs or less, and featured several lead changes. Every time one team answered the other would answer right back. They truly felt like ... read more

District 34 podcast: Wrapping up Cubs series and previewing West Coast trip

We’ve got a quick episode for you today, as the Nationals finish their three-game series with the Cubs. Byron and I recorded the fourth episode of District 34 leading up to Stephen Strasburg’s first pitch at Nats Park. During this brief episode, we wrap up this Cubs-Nats series ahead of the rubber match and look at Strasburg’s start. He is the only undefeated starting pitcher ... read more