Deja vu: Watch Max Scherzer throw his second no-hitter of 2015

He did it again. From the moment Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer took the bump at Citi Field, you had a feeling he might do something special. He struck out the first two batters of the game and then went on to strike out 15 more. His 17 strikeouts tie the most by a pitcher in a no-hitter since 1900, according to ESPN Stats & Info, ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Looking at Wilson Ramos' full season at the plate and behind it

The question for the last few years has been, "What would Wilson Ramos do with a full season's worth of at-bats?" In his 113-game, 435-plate appearance campaign in D.C. in 2011, the then-23-year-old catcher put up a .267/.334/.445 line with 22 doubles and 15 home runs in a 2.6 fWAR run, but knee surgery, a string of hamstring injuries and hamate bone surgery limited Ramos ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets try to clinch NLDS home field advantage in final series vs. Nationals

Manager: Terry Collins (5th season) Record: 89-70 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: CF Yoenis Cespedes (.287/.336/.610 with 17 HR, 44 RBIs), 2B Daniel Murphy (.284 with 14 HR, 73 RBIs), 1B Lucas Duda (27 HR, 73 RBIs), RF Curtis Granderson (25 HR, 69 RBIs), RHP Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.60 ERA), RHP Matt Harvey (13-7, 2.80 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (42 saves, 1.87 ERA) ... read more

David Huzzard: A most pivotal offseason

Before Sunday's actions by Jonathan Papelbon, the Washington Nationals were already headed towards the most pivotal offseason since moving to Washington, D.C., but now it is going to be that much more difficult. The Nationals went from having Felipe Rivero, Craig Stammen and Papelbon in the bullpen for next season to just having Rivero and Stammen, remembering that Stammen is returning from major injury. A ... read more

Rachel Levitin: Passion alive for baseball in D.C.

It's been an eventful end to the season for the Nationals, to say the least. It's definitely not the conclusion predicted early on in the year. Spoiler alert: The Nats aren't going to the playoffs. The explosion at Nats Park over the weekend sparked a barrage of national media attention. This is may end up being an unpopular opinion, but getting to this end point ... read more

Matt of Matt's Bats: Taking the good with the bad

It's been a weird couple of days to be a Nationals fan. I am used to being excited after a walk-off win, or sad after a big loss. But the past couple of days I have felt a feeling that I have never felt before as a Nationals fan - embarrassment. I was embarrassed by the way Jonathan Papelbon bullied the best player on the ... read more

Opposite dugout: Braves counting on trio of rookie pitchers to halt Nats' 2015 domination

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (5th year) Record: 62-94 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Nick Markakis (.297 with 51 RBIs), 1B Freddie Freeman (18 HR, 66 RBIs), CF Cameron Maybin (10 HR, 22 SB), RHP Arodys Vizcaino (1.80 ERA, 7 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-13 Pitching probables: Sept. 29: RHP Tanner Roark vs. RHP Matt Wisler, 7:10 p.m., MASN Sept. 30: RHP Jordan ... read more

Marty Niland: Enough blame to go around as promising season runs off the rails

How did it come to this? Six months after after Bryce Harper essentially predicted a World Series championship in the preseason, the Nationals were eliminated from postseason contention with more than a week to play. Despite Harper's MVP-caliber season and Max Scherzer's Cy Young-caliber first half, the defending National League East champions haven't even clinched a winning record with seven games to play. After supposedly ... read more