MASN and COX kick off Social Media Weekend July 29-30 at The Bullpen

This Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30, MASN and COX will be kicking off Social Media Weekend at The Bullpen next to Nationals Park! Fans will have the opportunity to collect unique prizes at both MASN and COX booths and can try their swinging luck at the Cox Virtual Home Run Derby! MASN All Access’ very own Sara Perlman (@saraperlman) will be on-site to ... read more

Opposite dugout: Brewers aim to regain form after letting Cubs catch up

Manager: Craig Counsell (3rd season) Record: 53-48 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: C Manny PiƱa (.294), 1B Eric Thames (23 HR), 3B Travis Shaw (70 RBIs, 22 HR, 24 doubles), 2B Jonathan Villar (19 SB), LF Ryan Braun (.272/.356/.562), RHP Corey Knebel (1.75 ERA, 17 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (4-2 in 2016) Pitching probables: July 25: RHP Edwin Jackson vs. ... read more

Marty Niland: Despite injuries and bullpen woes, Nats making the best of it

How are you feeling about the Nationals season so far? Are you one of those glass-half-empty types who believe that the 59-38 Nats have underachieved this season and should be competing with the Dodgers for baseball’s best record, if not for so many wasted scoring opportunities and blown leads? Or is your glass half-full, thankful that the team is 21 games over .500 with the ... read more

David Huzzard: Trade for relief help puts Nats in strong position

The recent acquisition of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson helps the Nationals bullpen. It added two much-needed proven, veteran arms to a ‘pen that was lacking everything. Madson brings his 2.01 ERA and 2.39 FIP, and Doolittle his 3.63 ERA and 2.51 FIP. While these two are instantly the best relievers in the Nationals bullpen, all reports indicate the Nationals are far from finished in ... read more

Opposite dugout: Bullpen has Diamondbacks in playoff contention

Manager: Torey Lovullo (1st season) Record: 55-40 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Jake Lamb (22 HR, 76 RBIs), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.311/.427/.569), RF David Peralta (.320 average), LHP Robbie Ray (2.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), RHP Fernando Rodney (22 saves) Pitching probables: July 21: RHP Max Scherzer vs. TBA, 9:40 p.m., MASN2July 22: RHP Tanner Roark vs. RHP Zack Godley, 8:10 p.m., MASN2July ... read more

District 34 podcast: Nats make blockbuster trade to bolster bullpen

It was always a matter of when not if the Nationals would make a trade to bolster their bullpen, and it finally happened over the weekend. Byron Kerr and I are back to break down the acquisition of right-hander Ryan Madson and left-hander Sean Doolittle from the A’s and the ripple effect on the Nats bullpen on a new episode of the District 34 podcast. ... read more

Luke Erickson: Is anyone really untouchable in a trade?

When this guest blog was first written, it was about how the injury to Joe Ross would force a trade and that the Nationals may have to consider trading one or more of their so-called untouchable players, outfielder Victor Robles and Erick Fedde. Instead, Washington and Oakland executed their 432nd 11th trade this decade with right-hander Blake Treinen, infielder Sheldon Neuse and left-hander Jesus Luzardo ... read more

Opposite dugout: Angels hope Trout’s return is catalyst in wild card race

Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season) Record: 46-49 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Mike Trout (.337/.457/.714 with 16 HR, 36 RBIs), SS Andrelton Simmons (.291 with 39 RBIs), DH Albert Pujols (14 HR, 56 RBIs), RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 4.82 ERA), RHP Bud Norris (2.35 ERA, 14 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-1 in 2014) Pitching probables: July 18: RHP Edwin ... read more