Opposite dugout: Injury-plagued Giants still in NL West hunt

Manager: Bruce Bochy (12th season) Record: 31-31 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: C Buster Posey (.303/.370/.443),1B Pablo Sandoval (.282/.330/.447), SS Brandon Crawford (.324, 27 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (31 RBIs), RF Andrew McCutchen (18 doubles, 27 RBIs), RHP Hunter Strickland (12 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-1 Pitching probables: June 8: LHP Andrew Suárez (2-4) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune ... read more

Liz Barr: What award doesn’t Max Scherzer deserve?

Max Scherzer is the best pitcher in baseball right now, and he’s accomplished things that other pitchers would only dream of ever touching. He has two immaculate innings, two no-hitters and a 20-strikeout game. He has three Cy Young Awards, and is the two-time incumbent winner in the National League. He looks to be well on his way to a third straight, and there’s no ... read more

Night off gives Nats chance to cheer on Caps in Stanley Cup finals

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals took the D.C. by storm on Monday night, and with the First-Year Player Draft taking place, some of the Nationals took in the eventful evening at Capital One Arena, cheering on the Washington Capitals as they moved closer to eliminating the Vegas Golden Knights with a 6-2 victory. The Capitals attempting to make history and win the club’s ... read more

Opposite Dugout: Skidding Rays hoping to get back to .500

Manager: Kevin Cash (4th season) Record: 28-30 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B C.J. Cron (12 HR, 32 RBIs), SS Daniel Robertson (.272), C Wilson Ramos (.301 with 7 HR, 29 RBIs), 3B Matt Duffy (.308), RHP Sergio Romo (5.96 ERA), RHP Ryne Stanek (3.97 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-1 in 2015) Pitching probables: June 5: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) ... read more

Marty Niland: Ken McMullen draws birthday love from D.C. fans

Washington baseball fans still love Ken McMullen. The former Senators third baseman’s 76th birthday was June 1, and there were dozens of likes and comments on a post recognizing the occasion on two D.C. Baseball History Facebook pages. The post included a photo of McMullen wearing a Senators uniform, in a fielding pose and wearing a batting helmet. McMullen came to the Senators in the ... read more

Ryan Sullivan: Tough roster decisions looming for Nationals

The Double-A Harrisburg Senators’ Twitter account last Thursday announced that Nationals players Matt Grace, Brian Goodwin and Daniel Murphy would begin rehabilitation assignments last weekend. Adam Eaton starts his rehab at Harrisburg today. The healthy return of each player is a positive for the Nationals, but could lead to some difficult roster decisions for manager Davey Martinez. According to Martinez, Goodwin is expected to return ... read more

Opposite Dugout: Braves host Nationals with NL East lead at stake

Manager: Brian Snitker (3rd season)Record: 32-23 Last 10 games: 5-5 Players to watch: 2B Ozzie Albies (14 HR, 34 RBIs), 1B Freddie Freeman (.335 with 9 HR, 40 RBIs), RF Nick Markakis (.332, 38 RBIs), LHP Sean Newcomb (5-1, 2.75 ERA), RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-3, 2.55 ERA), RHP Arodys Vizcaino (9 saves, 2.38 ERA) Series vs. Nationals: 3-2 Pitching probables: May 31: RHP Tanner Roark ... read more

Liz Barr: April gloom and doom give way to May resurgence by Nationals

We like to focus on the bad. All of our articles and tweets are about what the Nationals are doing wrong, how they are struggling and where they need to improve. I’m as guilty of doing this as anyone. But here’s the bottom line that we’re ignoring: The Nationals are actually good. In the midst of all their injuries and offensive struggles, the Nationals snuck ... read more