District 34 podcast: NLDS Game 5 preview

It all comes down to this: Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Nationals and Dodgers. The winner-take-all game doesn’t start until 8 p.m. at Nats Park, so Byron Kerr and I have a preview episode of the District 34 podcast to get you ready for tonight’s showdown. With a chance to advance to face the Cubs in the NLCS, the Nationals ... read more

It’s Ross vs. Kershaw in Game 4

We now know who will take the mound for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Nationals and Dodgers, set to begin at 5:05 p.m. EDT. Dusty Baker will send out right-hander Joe Ross for his first career postseason start, while Dave Roberts will call upon left-hander Clayton Kershaw on short rest and facing elimination. The Nationals’ 8-3 win in Game 3 ... read more

Marty Niland: Lobaton’s homer was no October surprise to Baker

The National League Division Series between the Nationals and Dodgers may be knotted at one game apiece, bit when it comes to drama and momentum, the Nats are clearly ahead after Sunday’s 5-2 victory And while fans are rightly cheering backup catcher Jose Lobaton as the unlikely hero the team needed to even the series, let’s not overlook one clear advantage the Nats have in ... read more

Baker makes deft use of bullpen to get 14 outs, even series

The Nationals finally had the lead, courtesy of Jose Lobaton’s three-run homer in the fourth inning, and manager Dusty Baker didn’t want to take any chances when starting pitcher Tanner Roark started scuffling in the fifth. With his pitch count mounting and the Dodgers locking in on the right-hander, Baker made the call to the bullpen. Well, the first of many calls. Baker asked his ... read more

Baker on Nationals’ “upside-down” pitching options

The skies have cleared - apparently, all of those gusty winds are good for something - and there will be baseball today at Nationals Park. But there’s little clarity in the Nationals’ postseason rotation past left-hander Gio Gonzalez’s start in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday at Dodger Stadium. Manager Dusty Baker said during his Sunday morning media briefing that the ... read more

Nats fans respond to team’s pleas with electric postseason crowd

Come early. Wear red. Be loud. Stay for the whole game. That was the message the Nationals and some in the local media were trying to get across to fans before the National League Division Series against the Dodgers began Friday in D.C. Message received. Nationals fans were out in full force for Game 1 at Nats Park, and although the Dodgers jumped out to ... read more

Baker says slumping Harper needs to counteract game plans being used against him

If there’s any stress jockeying with Bryce Harper’s confidence heading into Game 2 of the National League Division Series, the usually upbeat Nationals slugger isn’t showing it. He arrived at Nationals Park shortly before noon, cruising down the hallway toward the home clubhouse on a Hoverboard, joking with a teammate as he maneuvered the craft on a concrete path. It’s business as usual for Harper, ... read more

NLDS notebook: Baker defends Murphy’s unsuccessful dash to second

Nationals manager Dusty Baker was his usual aggressive self in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. The Nats pulled off a successful double steal, setting the stage for Anthony Rendon’s two-run single in the third inning, but an unsuccessful theft attempt by Daniel Murphy in the seventh cost the Nats a scoring opportunity in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. With one out, ... read more