Former Marlins Face Old Friends In Florida Scott Olsen threw well enough for the Nationals to beat the Marlins. Unfortunately, the bullpen could not hold on. After Monday's game in Miami, Scott credited the Nats training staff for helping him get back on track. He said he's been doing different exercises and he's used 5-8 pound weights which has helped to strengthen his arm.
Willie Harris: Player of the World! Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner admitted to me this week that Nats utilityman Willie Harris is his favorite player. He also added that he wished he had a whole team of players like Willie. Last year when Willie earned Player of the Week honors (POW) the Nats owner said he thought POW should stand for Player of the
Craig Stammen Ready for Sox... Nats rookie Craig Stammen is coming off the best outing of his career--a 1-0 shutout against the New York Yankees. He, in fact, will go down in the record books as the first pitcher recording a shutout in the new Yankee Stadium. He was also able to do it in front of some family and friends, which made it
Sometimes it's the little things in life that you grow to appreciate. After Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, the Nationals will hold their inaugural Father's Day Catch at Nationals Park. A group of 150 Nationals fans will be able to take the field and play catch. This notion brings back memories of the game of baseball and how it helps families become closer.
Dunn Digging the DH... Adam Dunn told me it's been helpful having the opportunity to DH this week. Nats skipper Manny Act said he's been using the DH to give some of his regulars a rest. I asked Adam how beneficial that's been and he said it's good because when you DH you get to watch the game from a different perspective. He added
Nationals Southpaw John Lannan will take the mound tonight against a team he grew up rooting for. As a youngster, his father, Ed, would take him to the old Yankee Stadium and they would watch the likes of Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Don Mattingly and others donning the precious Yankee pinstripes. John himself even took the mound once at the House that Ruth built.
The "Draft Room" at Nationals Park has been active since 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. Nationals scouts from across the country have been meeting at the ballpark now for two weeks to prepare for Tuesday's historic day. At times, the conversations were lively and heated, and it was good when these good-sized men left the conference room on the third floor where they were all
Historically, lefty hitters have struggled against lefty pitchers. Over his career, Randy Johnson has held left-handed batters to a .199 batting average while right-handed batters have hit only .244 against him. Let's hope the Nationals don't swing at the Randy Johnson name. While he's still impressive, he's not what he once was when he teamed up with Curt Schilling to help the Diamondbacks win
Jordan Zimmermann will be looking for his third win of the season and his career while five-time Cy Young winner and future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson will be looking for win number 300 of his career. The Road to 300 started when the Big Unit made his big league debut on September 15, 1988 for the Montreal Expos while facing the Pittsburgh Pirates
The Nationals spent some extra time on Sunday morning working on their defense. It's no secret that this is an area the team has struggled with all season, but the Nats are trying to fix that. It's difficult to understand why so many mental mistakes are being made. You hate to see the physical mistakes, too, but they are a bit more tolerable. Taking