Liz Barr: Hellickson deserves a chance to go deeper in starts

The Nationals rotation has been nothing but dominant this season. It is leading the National League in just about every fathomable category, including innings pitched and pitches per start. Nats starters have been going deeper, staying in longer, and pitching more than anybody else. That is, except for Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson has been a blessing, and he’s been the perfect fit for that fifth rotation ... read more

Marty Niland: Soto joins ranks of teen phenoms in D.C.

The newest National, Juan Soto, got a nice ovation Sunday when he came to bat in the eighth inning as the youngest player currently in the major leagues at 19. He struck out in his debut, but with the Nationals lineup currently decimated by injuries, there will be plenty of opportunities for Soto to make an impact at the big league level after playing just ... read more

Opposite dugout: Padres have to pick it up at plate to have a prayer

Manager: Andy Green (3rd season) Record: 20-28 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Eric Hosmer (.268/.366/.482, 16 doubles), 3B Christian Villanueva (12 HR, 26 RBIs), LF Franchy Cordero (5 SB, 6 HR), RF Travis Jankowski (.359/.438/.469), RHP Tyson Ross (3.35 ERA), LHP Brad Hand (14 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: (1-2) Pitching probables: May 21: LHP Robbie Erlin (1-2) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson ... read more

“MASN All Access” podcast: You go, Dan Kolko!

You’ve seen him on TV. You’ve heard him on the radio. You’ve heard him on his podcast. Now, you can hear him on ours. Paul and I are back with a new episode of the “MASN All Access” podcast and we are joined by a very special guest: the one, the only, MASN’s Dan Kolko. Obviously, Dan has graced you with his presence on MASN’s ... read more

Ryan Sullivan: Could rain-wrecked schedule actually benefit Nationals?

After an incredibly successful road trip, including a four-game sweep of the National League West-leading Diamondbacks, the Nationals returned to Washington for an eight-game homestand riding a tidal wave of momentum. The team played 17 consecutive days going back to April 27 and transformed its subpar 11-15 record into the present 24-18 mark. In addition, the two scheduled off-days on Monday and Thursday this week ... read more

Opposite dugout: Is it time to wave the white flag for the Dodgers? (updated)

Manager: Dave Roberts (3rd season) Record: 17-26 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Justin Turner (.462, 5 RBIs), 1B Cody Bellinger (6 HR, 19 RBIs), C Yasmani Grandal (.278 with 7 HR, 26 RBIs), LHP Alex Wood (0-4, 3.35 ERA), RHP Kenley Jansen (3.57 ERA, 6 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 2-1 Pitching probables: May 18: RHP Ross Stripling (0-1) vs. RHP Max ... read more

Johnny Holliday nominated for National Radio Hall of Fame

Johnny Holliday, co-host of the “Nats Xtra” pregame and postgame shows on MASN, has been nominated for the 2018 class of the National Radio Hall of Fame. Holliday is nominated in the category for local/regional broadcasters with 20 or more years in the industry. Long before he joined MASN, Holliday was a successful rock and roll disc jockey, working with legendary announcer Murray the K ... read more

Liz Barr: Rendon’s return has sparked Nationals

He’s our favorite player, he’s Trea Turner’s favorite player: it’s Tony Two Bags himself, Anthony Rendon. We all missed him when he was out unexpectedly long after fouling a ball off his foot, and the offense suffered in his absence. But now that he’s back, he’s thriving, the team is thriving, we’re all thriving. Since Rendon’s return on May 5, the Nationals have gone 7-2, ... read more