Game 74 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

So, as you know, it’s been raining all day here in town. But as I type this, the rain has mostly halted, and they’re currently working on the infield with the tarp off. And the forecast suggests that perhaps they can actually start tonight’s game on time, though it probably won’t stay dry all evening. In other words ... your guess is as good as ... read more

Previewing a weekend series with the Phillies

Hard as this may be to believe, the Nationals’ season is nearly half complete. They’ve now played 72 games, a full 44.4 percent of the regular season. Just as hard to believe, the Nats have only played three games to date against the Phillies, their geographically closest division rivals. And they haven’t even been to Citizens Bank Park yet in 2018 (that will finally happen ... read more

With “unbelievable poise,” Soto delivers from cleanup spot

Among the plethora of compliments bestowed upon Juan Soto in his first month in the big leagues, perhaps this latest one from the mouth of his manager tonight is most meaningful. “He’s got unbelievable poise,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said, “no matter what the situation is.” Martinez already knew that before Soto stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth tonight, the Nats’ ... read more

Harper sets table, Soto drives him in to secure Nats’ 4-2 win

When the Nationals really needed to deliver a late rally to pull out a close ballgame, they turned to Bryce Harper to set the table and Juan Soto to drive him in. Hey, these are strange times in the nation’s capital. What used to work can’t be counted on to work anymore. Sometimes you’ve got to try something different. Davey Martinez did just that tonight, ... read more

Kintzler, Hellickson ready for rehab assignments

Brandon Kintzler and Jeremy Hellickson each have passed significant throwing tests in the last few days and now are set to face minor league hitters this weekend in a final tune-up before returning to the Nationals’ active roster. Kintzler threw a bullpen session Wednesday, his first since going on the disabled list with a flexor strain in his right forearm. The reliever focused on throwing ... read more

Soto working on defensive form to match hitting stroke

Juan Soto reached the big leagues in near-record time because of his supremely advanced offensive skills. The Nationals knew his defensive skills in the outfield weren’t on par at this point, but they figured that would come with time. Now that Soto appears to be here to stay, though, the Nats are trying to give him a crash course in some fundamentals in left field. ... read more

Long night ends with Nats shut out for fourth time in nine games

The diehard few who decided to wait out a 2-hour, 43-minute rain delay tonight at Nationals Park were rewarded for their patience with an offer from the club to move down to the best seats in the house for the final five innings of this game. By night’s end, you couldn’t help but wonder if those fans would happily have remained in their original nosebleed ... read more

Nats fall behind before rain strikes in fourth (lose 3-0)

With a major line of storms approaching from the west, the Nationals and Orioles got underway on time tonight, both clubs fully aware the odds of nine innings being played before the rain hit were dubious. And so this may have become a race to get five innings in, ensuring this would be an official game in the event it could not be continued. Which ... read more