Rachel Levitin: Another memory for Nats fans, Zimmerman to cherish

Since their inception in 2005, the Nationals have gone from a cellar-dwelling team to a two-time National League East championship ballclub eager to take home baseball's top prize of a world championship. There have been several major milestone moments along the way, including the team's first no-hitter pitched by Jordan Zimmermann in 2014 and the back-to-back No. 1 draft picks of Stephen Strasburg in 2009 ... read more

Matt of Matt's Bats: The Nationals' secret slugger

Last week, I wrote about Bryce Harper and how he is surging at the plate. Harper has become the best baseball player in all of Major League Baseball right now. His six home runs, 13 RBIs and .455 batting average this past week helped the Nats go 5-2 and outscore their opponents 53-35. Now that Harper has won two consecutive National League Player of the ... read more

Opposite dugout: Surprising Yankees confounding the experts by succeeding

Manager: Joe Girardi (8th season) Record: 22-17 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.327/.411/.374 with 28 R and 14 SB), LF Brett Gardner (.303 with 3 HR, 16 RBIs, 10), DH Alex Rodriguez (10 HR and 22 RBIs), 1B Mark Teixeira (11 HR and 28 RBIs), RHP Dellin Betances (4-0, 0.00 ERA, 32 Ks in 21 IP), LHP Andrew Miller (0.00 ... read more

Marty Niland: Solid anchor Scherzer has been worth every penny

Lots of people thought the Nationals already had the best starting pitching in the major leagues before Jan. 21, when Max Scherzer joined the team with a seven-year, $120 million free agent deal. Some might even have thought it was a superfluous move by the Nats, an investment that might have been better made in another big bat or re-signing one of the key players ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Memories of Expos come full circle at Nationals Park

I grew up a Montreal Expos fan. It was a completely different experience following a team from a city outside of your own at that point. No MLB.tv. No MLB Extra Innings or MLB Network. Just newspaper reports the next day, box scores and a few games a year when they played in or against New York. Living in New Jersey, surrounded by Phillies fans ... read more

Opposite dugout: Padres hoping busy offseason pays dividends in NL West

Manager: Bud Black (9th season) Record: 18-17 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Justin Upton (.276, 8 HR, 24 RBIs), CF /1B Wil Meyers (.291, 5 HR, 19 RBIs), RF Matt Kemp (21 RBIs), RHP Andrew Cashner (1-6, 3.07 ERA, 45 Ks in 44 IP), RHP Craig Kimbrel (10 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (3-4 in 2014) Pitching probables: May 14: ... read more

David Huzzard: Overlooked and underappreciated

By many metrics, the Nationals' starting staff is the best in the majors, the offense is scoring 4.77 runs a game and if one wants to find a weakness with this team, one might point to the bullpen. The Nationals bullpen isn't statistically bad by ERA, FIP or fWAR, but it has blown the third-most saves in the majors and has blinked first in several ... read more

Matt of Matt's Bats: For Harper, maybe the best is yet to come

"He swings and hits a long drive to deep right-center! Going back is the center fielder! See you later! Another homer for Bryce Harper! This one wins the game!" That's how Saturday's game ended: Nationals 8, Braves 6, on a walk-off home run by Bryce Harper. He killed a Cody Martin offering to right-center to end the game. Harper has hit more than just a ... read more