Marty Niland: Roy Sievers was a true hero, but can today’s stars match him?

Somewhere last night, an excited kid of 10 or 11 proudly hung a Bryce Harper poster in his or her bedroom, and fell asleep to dream of the day when they, too, would hit a walk-off homer for the Nationals, sending the crowd into delirium. It’s not hard to find heroes on the Nats these days. The team is off to another great start at ... read more

David Huzzard: Getting used to offense-first Nationals

It’s a strange new world for Nationals fans. For the last five seasons, the Nationals have been a good team and sometimes one of the best teams in baseball, and they’ve done so on the back of their starting rotation. This current iteration of the Nationals is very different. Pitching is not a strength, and after Tanner Roark, the starting rotation is a weakness. When ... read more

Opposite dugout: Phillies coming off three-game sweep by Mets

Manager: Pete Mackanin (4th season) Record: 3-6 Last 10 games: 3-6 Who to watch: LF Howie Kendrick (.355, 5 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrera (.313/.421/.375), SS Freddy Galvis (2 HR), 3B Maikel Franco (2 HR, 8 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 4.50 ERA), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.90 ERA), RHP Joaquín Benoit (0.00 ERA in 4 games) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-1 Pitching probables: April 14: ... read more

Luke Erickson: Looking over the minor league rosters

As you might have guessed, the release of last week’s rosters was almost precisely what fans of the “Baby Nats” were hoping for - not too conservative with the kids, not too aggressive with the top pitcher and top position player. The folks in Hagerstown have to be happy with the talent that’s sent there. Because the Nationals tend to draft collegiate players over high ... read more

Opposite dugout: Cardinals need bounceback season from rotation to contend

Manager: Mike Matheny (6th season) Record: 2-4 Last 10 games: 2-4 Who to watch: SS Aledmys Díaz (.300/.369/.510 with 17 HR, 65 RBIs), C Yadier Molina (.307/.360/.427), RF Stephen Piscotty (22 HR, 85 RBIs), RHP Adam Wainwright (13-9 with 4.62 ERA), RHP Seung-Hwan Oh (1.92 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-5 in 2016) Pitching probables: April 10: RHP Adam Wainwright ... read more

David Huzzard: The dilemma of picking MVP between Harper and Turner

I have a bit of a dilemma. It isn’t a bad dilemma. It is a situation Nationals fans would be agreeable to and one many would call me an overly bright-eyed optimist for predicting, and it is this: I can’t decide who to pick for National League MVP, Bryce Harper or Trea Turner. From all indications, Harper is poised to have a season much like ... read more

Opposite dugout: Rebuilding Phillies could pose a pesky problem

Manager: Pete Mackanin (4th season) Record: 1-2 Last 10 games: 1-2 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (25 HR, 88 RBIs), 2B César Hernández (.294/.371/.393 with 17 SB), CF Odúbel Herrera (.296 with 15 HR, 25 SB), 1B Tommy Joseph (21 HR), SS Freddy Galvis (21 HR), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 3.71 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gómez (43 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (5-14 ... read more

Luke Erickson: The arc of a minor league season

Greetings from the “New Kid on the Block” at MASNsports.com! Well, except I’m not new, I’m not a kid, and my wife is the one from South Boston. What I am is a minor celebrity in the “Natmosphere,” as I’ve been covering the Nationals’ farm system for eight seasons at NationalsProspects.com, with the help of some volunteers and some gratuitous use of bulldogs. Tomorrow is ... read more