Last week at this time, the Nationals were looking forward to a series in Atlanta and weighing the possibilities of becoming a legitimate contender in the National League East.
It didn't happen.
The Braves won three of four games, leaving the Nationals virtually no chance to win the division. And now they are left with making a one-game wild card playoff game, something Nationals manager Davey Martinez said isn't the ideal situation.
"Anything can happen,'' he said about a wild card...
The Nationals offense had extreme difficulty solving veteran right-hander Zack Greinke, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Thursday night as the Diamondbacks opened the series with a rain-delayed 5-0 shutout.
Jarrod Dyson smacked a two-run shot and Alex Avila added a solo homer as the D-backs went after right-hander Erick Fedde, building a 5-0 lead over four innings.
Greinke (8-2) retired the first 10 batters he faced, mixing his fastball and slider. He hit Adam Eaton with a pitch...
The answers to questions regarding the top five surprising teams in the early going on the season:
Q: What is fueling the Tigers' first-place run in the American League Central?
A: Pitching and defense. "This is about throwing the ball over the plate and catching it,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said to the Detroit Free Press. "But we can't get too high on this stuff. There's a long way to go.'' The Tigers get a big test starting tonight when they play Cleveland in a series they'll...
April 28, 2012, 19-year-old Bryce Harper made his major league debut at Dodger Stadium as the Nats faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harper went 1-for-3, a double off of Chad Billingsley, with one RBI.
Manager Davey Martinez is now his manager on that "birthday" six years later.
"Hey, by the way, happy major league birthday to Bryce Harper, 25 years old, six years, pretty impressive," Martinez announced during his pregame media session Saturday before the Nationals faced off...
Nationals manager Davey Martinez decided to tweak the lineup a bit for Saturday's second game of the series against the Diamondbacks and their 4-0 left-hander Patrick Corbin.
Center fielder Michael A. Taylor is back after just pinch-hitting in game one.
But the bigger eyebrow raiser was seeing Ryan Zimmerman moved up to the No. 2 spot and Howie Kendrick placed in the cleanup spot at No. 4.
"I kind of like it," Martinez said. "I've done it before with Joe (Maddon), moving guys around. Just...
Arizona jumped on the scoreboard first. After right-hander Stephen Strasburg dealt a 1-2-3 first, A.J. Pollock led off the second with a solo homer, his sixth HR of the season.
After a walk to Daniel Descalso, Ketel Marte moved him to second on a groundout to first base. Nick Ahmed's single scored Descalso. The Diamondbacks led 2-0.
In the third, center fielder Andrew Stevenson took away extra bases with a diving catch of a David Peralta line drive in front of him and to the right.
The Diamondbacks have been mentioned as one of the teams that checked in on the availability of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. While the D-backs have Jake Lamb, who hit 30 homers and drove in 105 at third base, perhaps they have shortstop in mind when thinking of Machado. Either way, they have been one of the teams reportedly showing significant interest.
According to this report last night in The Athletic (subscription required), the Diamondbacks are the "most persistent of the teams...
There is going to be a side story to the Dodgers-Nationals series this weekend, and like many side stories, it is flat and pointless, a time-filler to help get to the end of the season. Kind of like my run on sentences. This story is not a tale as old as time but it is one that is asked all the time of fans, players, media and front office staff: Who would you rather play in the first round? The Cubs have suffered a World Series hangover and limped through the season, but still have Anthony...
The first inning of the series opener between the Nationals and Diamondbacks took 36 minutes to complete as both starters labored to solve each batter.
Nats starter Tanner Roark went 3-2 on several counts, allowing a single to A.J. Pollock, who later stole second. Pollock went to third when Roark's attempt to catch him off second base got away and rolled into center field. Paul Goldschmidt's RBI single up the middle scored Pollock and the Diamondbacks led 1-0.
Diamondbacks starter Taijuan...
Manager: Torey Lovullo (1st season)
Last 10 games: 6-4
Who to watch: RF David Peralta (.326 with 3 HR, 7 RBIs), SS Chris Owings (.311 with 4 HR, 19 RBIs), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.315 with 4 HR, 19 RBIs), LF Yasmany TomÃ¡s (5 HR, 20 RBIs), 3B Jake Lamb (5 HR, 21 RBIs), RHP Zack Greinke (2-2, 3.19 ERA), LHP Robbie Ray (2-1, 39 Ks) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (2-5 in 2016)
May 2: RHP Taijuan Walker vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 May 3: LHP...
The Los Angeles Dodgers will take aim at their fifth consecutive National League West championship, but their biggest rival, the San Francisco Giants, will have something to say about that, especially since they've fixed their leaky bullpen with former Nationals closer Mark Melancon.
The surprise team in the division could be the Colorado Rockies. They've beefed up their bullpen and think their rotation is strong enough to allow them to play meaningful games in September.
Here's a look at...
The Orioles haven't quit, despite the string of accusations coming from social media. They haven't rolled over, they aren't preoccupied with travel plans after their Oct. 2 game in New York.
They aren't conceding a thing.
Mark Trumbo led off the bottom of the 12th inning tonight with a home run to left field off Diamondbacks reliever Matt Koch, and the Orioles rallied for a 3-2 win before 37,815 at Camden Yards.
The fans came for the fireworks and stayed ... for the fireworks.
Mark Trumbo wasn't letting tonight's game go past the 12th inning. Enough already.
Trumbo led off the inning with his 44th home run, a shot to left field off the Diamondbacks' Matt Koch, and the Orioles gained a much-needed 3-2 win before 37,815 at Camden Yards.
They stranded 14 runners, but didn't let the entire night go to waste.
The Orioles have their sixth walk-off win of the season. It's the fifth walk-off home run of Trumbo's career.
Oliver Drake retired the side in order in the top...
On a night they failed repeatedly with runners in scoring position, the Orioles got an important win thanks to two team strengths - power and their bullpen.
Mark Trumbo led off the last of the 12th with a solo homer to left to give the Orioles a 3-2, walk-off win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Orioles (83-71) needed to win as the two teams ahead of them in the wild card race had posted wins also. They stay a 1/2-game behind Detroit for the second wild card and 1 1/2 games back of Toronto...
Manager: Chip Hale (2nd season)
Last 10 games: 6-4
Who to watch: 2B Jean Segura (.317 with 17 HR, 59 RBIs, 30 SB), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.298 with 23 HR, 90 RBIs, 27 SB), LF Yasmany Tomas (29 HR, 75 RBIs), 3B Jake Lamb (28 HR, 88 RBIs), LHP Robbie Ray (8-13, 4.66 ERA, 210 Ks) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (3-0 in 2014)
Sept. 23: RHP Shelby Miller vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Sept. 24: LHP Robbie Ray vs. LHP Wade Miley, 7:05 p.m., MASN2...
Manager: Chip Hale (2nd season)
Last 10 games: 3-7
Who to watch: 2B Jean Segura (.311 with 129 hits), 3B Jake Lamb (.282 with 21 HR), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297 with 68 RBIs), RHP Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.62 ERA), RHP Jake Barrett (2.79 ERA, 3 saves)
Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (3-4 in 2015)
August 1: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Archie Bradley, 9:40 p.m., MASNAugust 2: RHP Tanner Roark vs. LHP Robbie Ray, 9:40 p.m., MASN2August 3: RHP Max...