Matt of Matt's Bats: May will be a good test for the Nationals

Thankfully, April is over. Now that it's May, the Nationals are winning. Winning is what Nats fans expected; it just has not been how we planned it. After a full month, the Nats sit just below .500 at 13-14. The Nats looked like they were going to end April on a losing streak. On April 27, they were on a six-game skid. However, to end ... read more

Opposite dugout: Surging Marlins hope to pick up where they left off against Nationals

Manager: Mike Redmond (3rd season) Record: 12-13 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: 2B Dee Gordon (.440/.463/.510 with 11 RBIs, 11 SB), RF Giancarlo Stanton (.272, 6 HR, 24 RBIs), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.312/.337/.462 with 16 RBIs), RHP David Phelps (1-0, 3.38 ERA, no HR allowed in 18 2/3 IP). Season series vs. Nationals: 3-0 Pitching probables: May 4: RHP David Phelps vs. RHP ... read more

Marty Niland: Pitchers take over as Nats find footing

This is the Nationals pitching staff we've been waiting to see. Since coming back from 9-1 and 10-2 deficits to beat the Braves 13-12 last Tuesday in a game that may well be remembered as the defining moment of the 2015 season, the Nats have won four of five games behind starting pitching that has been just about lights out. In this latest turn through ... read more

Patrick Reddington: Riding the roller coaster with Ian Desmond

Nationals manager Matt Williams talked at the start of spring training about wanting to help shortstop Ian Desmond stay focused on the day-to-day this season instead of thinking big picture as Desmond began what could be his final season with the organization that drafted and developed him. Though there were rumors of a potential trade this winter as Desmond entered his walk year, Williams said ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets and Nats have traveled different paths since opening series

Manager: Terry Collins (5th year) Record: 15-7 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Lucas Duda (.312, 2 HR, 12 RBIs), CF Juan Lagares (.299, 11 RBIs), LHP Jonathon Niese (2-1, 2.74 ERA), RHP Jacob deGrom (2-2, 2.96 ERA), RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 3.04 ERA, 31 Ks), RHP Jeurys Familia (1.69 ERA, 9 saves). Season series vs. Nationals: 2-1 Pitching probables: April 30 - ... read more

David Huzzard: Would losing benefit the Nationals in the near future?

It is still early in the baseball season and no amount of struggling by the Nationals will change that. There are still just over five months and 140 games left until the end of the season. It is a tiring refrain to hear that it's early, but no matter what happens these games are going to be played. War or work stoppage are the only ... read more

Matt of Matt's Bats: No way around it, injuries have hurt Nationals

It's been a tough week for Nationals fans. Following a series loss against the Cardinals, the Nats arrived in Miami to face the Marlins. Even though Miami has one of the best sluggers in baseball, Giancarlo Stanton, who is just starting to get hot, many doubted the Marlins had the fire to win against the Nats. Coming off the week they just had where they ... read more

Opposite dugout: First series against new-look Braves lacking usual feel

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (5th year) Record: 9-9 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: RF Nick Markakis (.338/.439/.371 with 11 BB), 1B Freddie Freeman (.235, 4 HR, 8 RBIs), 3B Chris Johnson (.314/.375/.429), SS Andrelton Simmons (.279, 11 RBIs), LHP Alex Wood (1-0, 3.00 ERA), RHP Jason Grilli (1.20 ERA, 7 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting of 2015; 11-8 in 2014 Pitching probables: ... read more