Opposite dugout: Mets scuffling as injury bug bites hard

Manager: Terry Collins (7th season) Record: 8-13 Last 10 games: 1-9 Who to watch: RF Jay Bruce (.289 average with 6 HR, 14 RBIs); OF Michael Conforto (.302 average with 4 HR, 8 RBIs); 2B Neil Walker (17 hits, 27 total bases); SP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA); RP Addison Reed (3.38 ERA, 4 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 0-3 Pitching probables: April 28: RHP ... read more

Luke Erickson: Checking out some early-season surprises on the farm

We’re roughly three weeks into the minor league seasons - still in small sample size territory, but large enough to use as a story peg take notice. Before you start champing at the bit for these guys to get promoted, remember two things: The entire league hasn’t seen them yet, and there has to be a space for him at the next level. At Single-A ... read more

Marty Niland: Healthy Zimmerman makes a big difference for Nats

One big difference between the Nationals and Mets that allowed the Nats to sweep the weekend series with their National League East rivals was overall team health. Several key members of the Mets lineup were out with injuries all weekend, while the Nats’ starting lineup was intact by Sunday. One member of the Nats who is clearly benefiting from relative good health early this season ... read more

Opposite dugout: Rockies living up to hype ... so far

Manager: Bud Black (1st season) Record: 13-6 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Nolan Arenado (.329 average with 6 HR, 13 RBIs); 1B Mark Reynolds (.318 average with 5 HR, 16 RBIs); CF Charlie Blackmon (.270 average with 20 hits); RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-0, 2.08 ERA); RHP Greg Holland (2.00 ERA, 9 saves). Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (4-2 in 2016) Pitching ... read more

David Huzzard: A closer look at Nats’ closer troubles

A couple of days ago, the Nationals made a much-needed change by removing Blake Treinen from the closer’s role and replacing him with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. This is the current best option and the only option the Nationals truly have at this point. After the Nationals got outbid for Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen, and Arlodis Chapman only wanted to play for the ... read more

Opposite dugout: Injuries, ineffectiveness plague middling Mets

Manager: Terry Collins (7th season) Record: 8-8 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: OF Michael Conforto (.320), C Travis d’Arnaud (.263, 9 RBIs), RF Jay Bruce (.293/.379/.638 with 6 HR, 14 RBIs), LF Yoenis C├ęspedes (6 HR, 10 RBIs), RHP Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA), RHP Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.45 ERA), RHP Addison Reed (4 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (7-12 in ... read more

District 34 podcast: Nats rolling to start season

If you’re Capitals or Wizards fan like I am, you’ll probably join me in being thankful that the Nationals are cruising along through these first couple of weeks of the season. While stressing during the Caps and Wizards’ playoff wins last night, it was nice to watch the Nats roll the Braves for an easy 14-4 victory. And with the big win at the new ... read more

Luke Erickson: Playing to win vs. player development

In theory, the difference between playing to win and developing talent should be, um, minor. Getting ahead in the count (or not falling behind) is what you need to learn to get to the majors (and remember to stay there). In practice, however, it’s not always one and the same. Last Saturday night in Woodbridge was a good example of the difference. Joan Baez is ... read more