#IChallengeMax: Max Scherzer steps to plate for this season’s Fan Challenge

Two no-hitters. A 20-strikeout game. Three All-Star Games. A Cy Young Award. OK, now that we’ve listed a few of his credentials, it’s pretty obvious that you probably can’t beat Max Scherzer in baseball. But you could beat him at something else. So prove it! The CareFirst Fan Challenge is back, and we want you to challenge Mad Max to ... anything! Think you can ... read more

Marty Niland: With skid over, Nats can focus on winning habits

It’s too early to say whether Tanner Roark’s guile and Jayson Werth’s guts actually saved the Nationals’ 2016 season. But when they look back it all, their June 26 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers may be seen as an epiphany. For now, at least, the bleeding has stopped. In just a week’s time, the Nationals had gone from the hottest team in the National League ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets aren’t exactly cruising entering critical stretch before break

Manager: Terry Collins (6th season) Record: 40-34 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: CF Yoenis Cespedes (.287/.358/.566 with 18 HR, 45 RBIs), 2B Neil Walker (.265 with 14 HR, 30 RBIs), RF Curtis Granderson (13 HR, 21 RBIs), RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (2.89 ERA with 26 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-3 Pitching probables: June 27: RHP Noah Syndergaard ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Baker preaches understanding, not sympathy for struggling players

Felipe Rivero’s recent implosion in San Diego’s Petco Park was the culmination of rough stretch for the 24-year-old reliever in which he gave up 10 hits, six walks and 14 runs, 13 earned in just 5 1/3 innings pitched. In what ended up a 7-3 loss to the Padres, Rivero took the mound with a 3-1 lead and gave up back-to-back singles, a walk and ... read more

Opposite dugout: Brewers still searching for improvement in tough division

Manager: Craig Counsell (2nd season) Record: 32-40 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: LF Ryan Braun (.320 average, 12 HR, 38 RBIs); 1B Chris Carter (18 HR, 44 RBIs); SS Jonathan Villar (76 hits, 25 SB); C Jonathan Lucroy (.305 average, 74 hits); SP Junior Guerra (4-1, 3.67 ERA); CL Jeremy Jeffress (2.84 ERA, 19 saves). Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (3-4 in ... read more

District 34: About last night ...

So last night’s end to the Nationals-Dodgers series was less than ideal ... Plain and simple: Michael A. Taylor had a bad night at Dodger Stadium (0-for-5, five strikeouts and a three-base error in the ninth inning). But those days happen, and he’s not the only one to struggle over this five-game losing streak on the West Coast. Alas, the Nationals must press on ... ... read more

David Huzzard: Nats bullpen needs fixing, but don’t expect many changes soon

They are riding a five-game losing streak and in need of bullpen help. That is the current state of your Washington Nationals. A five-game losing streak is nothing to worry about. It happens. The fact that the Nationals have avoided a prolonged losing streak for this long is a miracle. It’s the way the Nationals have been losing. Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t the best closer, but ... read more

Charlie Fliegel: Roark remains underrated in Nationals rotation

The season is nearly 45 percent complete, and the Nationals are leading their division by 4 1/2 games. Sure, the season is far from over, but they’ve got the fourth- best record in the league, and they look strong. Individual players that usually come to mind as the reasons for this are probably Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer. And ... read more