Dusty Baker encouraged by Nats’ handling of losses

He has seen his team get off to a rousing start, taking advantage of some weak April competition. And he has seen his team battle its way through a much tougher May, with nearly every opponent presenting a significant challenge. The end result of all that for Dusty Baker’s Nationals? A 28-19 record entering tonight’s series opener against the Cardinals and a 1/2-game lead over ... read more

Game 48 lineups: Nats vs. Cardinals

It was four weeks ago when the Nationals embarked on what looked like one of the toughest road trips they’ve ever faced, the first leg of a prolonged stretch of games against mostly tough competition. That trip began in St. Louis, previously a house of horrors for this team. But the Nats flipped the script, sweeping the Cardinals for the first time in their history ... read more

More from last night’s win over the Mets

Last night’s game looked awfully familiar for the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg dominated. Matt Harvey did not. The end result was a lopsided victory, something we saw only five days earlier when the same two pitchers matched up in New York. Here are some other notable things that happened that perhaps didn’t draw the big headlines... * The Nationals bullpen delivered big again in a big ... read more

Nats take down Harvey again with five-homer barrage

The bottom of the fourth had arrived at Nationals Park, the home team was trailing 1-0 and the cheers from the sizeable pockets of Mets fans was far more noticeable than anything that could be heard from those dressed in red. And yet ... It was the first truly warm evening of the season on South Capitol Street (first pitch temperature: 83 degrees), the Nationals ... read more

Home run barrage follows early zeros (Nats win 7-4)

Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg spent the first three innings of tonight’s rematch trying to one-up each other, posting dueling zeros on the scoreboard to the delight of many in the crowd and the disgust of others in what has turned into a bipartisan ballpark. But then came the fourth inning, which featured three solo homers: one from the Mets’ Asdrubal Cabrera, then back-to-back shots ... read more

Baker understands Harper’s extra work to break out of slump

Dusty Baker knows what it’s like to endure a slump and knows the tricks for trying to snap out of a prolonged slide at the plate. So the Nationals manager knows what must be going through Bryce Harper’s mind right now, and he understands what the struggling right fielder is trying to do to get himself back on track. When Harper went to the cage ... read more

Game 46 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

As we saw last night, just because two starting pitchers are facing each other for the second time in six days, there’s no guarantee the result will stay the same. And yet, the Nationals will be hoping for just that tonight when Stephen Strasburg faces Matt Harvey in a rematch of Thursday night’s 9-1 victory for the Nats at Citi Field. They will hope Strasburg ... read more

Tuesday morning Q&A from D.C.

Sorry for the lack of the supposedly weekly Q&A last week. Because I didn’t travel to Miami, there wasn’t an opportunity to squeeze the feature in during the series in New York. But never fear, because we’re bumping this up to Tuesday this week, and we’re ready to answer all your questions on the Nationals. Ask about last week’s Mets series. Ask about this week’s ... read more