Matt of Matt's Bats: Examining how Nats can regain division lead

Think back to about a month ago, July 29, 2015. The Nationals enjoyed a two-game lead in the National League East. They won 7-2 in Miami and made a road trip up to New York. In the first game of that series, Wilmer Flores, who everyone thought was about to be traded, hit a walk-off single to win the game, and the lead was cut ... read more

Opposite dugout: Whether Padres make moves or not, they haven't lived up to expectations

Manager: Pat Murphy (1st season) Record: 61-63 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: RF Matt Kemp (.267/.314/.423 with 15 HR, 76 RBIs), LF Justin Upton (.258/.344/.448 with 20 HR, 67 RBIs), 3B Yangervis Solarte (.269/.325/.425 with 10 HR, 49 RBIs), RHP James Shields (9-5, 3.74 ERA), RHP Craig Kimbrel (35 saves, 2.94 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-3 Pitching probables: Aug. 25: RHP James ... read more

Marty Niland: Encouraging signs spark memories of Nats' 2014 run

Funny how quickly your outlook can change. A week ago, many Nationals fans were calling for manager Matt Williams' firing, for the team to cut bait on Jayson Werth and the $42 million the team still owes him through 2017, and for the benching of Anthony Rendon, who had gone more than two weeks without an extra-base hit or an RBI. But after Williams placed ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Gio Gonzalez hoping to rebound at home

Gio Gonzalez was on a roll before he took the mound last week in San Francisco's AT&T Park. He was on a streak of eight straight starts in which he had allowed two earned runs or less, dating back to June 15th in Tampa Bay. In those previous eight starts, the Washington Nationals' 29-year-old left-hander was 5-0 with a 1.48 ERA and a .245/.296/.326 line ... read more

Opposite dugout: Brewers aiming for culture change while cleaning house and searching for new GM

Manager: Craig Counsell (1st season) Record: 52-70 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Ryan Braun (.276/.345/.499 with 22 HR, 72 RBIs), 1B Adam Lind (.284/.364/.479 with 17 HR, 67 RBIs), LF Khris Davis (14 HR, 41 RBIs), RHP Taylor Jungmann (7-4, 2.23 ERA), RHP Francisco Rodriquez (30 saves, 2.06 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-2 Pitching probables: Aug. 21: RHP Jimmy Nelson vs. ... read more

David Huzzard: Nationals need a hot streak

With the Nationals' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday evening, they won back-to-back games for the first time since July 29 and 30. It was also the first series that the Nats have won in the month of August. The Nats' recent cold stretch has put them in an unfamiliar position. In 2012 and 2014, I wrote this same column about what it ... read more

MASN giving fans chance to win Jayson Werth NLDS bobblehead from Great Moments in Nationals History series

Win or go home. That was the situation the Washington Nationals found themselves in on a cool October afternoon at Nationals Park in 2012. Ater three games of the National League Division Series, they had their backs against the wall, down two games to one against the Cardinals. Heading to the ninth inning in Game 4, both the Nats and their opponent had mustered just ... read more

Rachel Levitin: Nats' expectations clashing with stark reality

When it comes to professional sports, looking good on paper can be deceiving when weighed against the actions of a team in any given season. This is what seems to be plaguing the Nationals in 2015. Two division titles in three years and the Nats are struggling to paw their way back to the top of the National League East and dethrone the New York ... read more