How the Nats and Strasburg diagnosed tipped pitches

On Aug. 3, 2019, the Diamondbacks rolled past the Nats 18-7. The lowlight for Washington: One of their hottest pitchers, Stephen Strasburg, was lit up to the tune of nine runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. In a season with 15 wins, it was by far his worst outing to date in 2019. Arizona crushed five extra-base hits in that game, including a ... read more

Baseball taking notice of Robles and his game-changing defense

It happened in a flash. With Reds pinch-hitter José Peraza standing at first base, thanks to a walk, center fielder Victor Robles came on for a ball in shallow right field to pick up a single off the bat of Reds outfielder Jesse Winker. Peraza saw how far Robles had to go toward the right field area and took his cue to round second base ... read more

Nats’ new relievers better than Braves’ additions since Aug. 1

The Nationals and Braves both attempted to improve their bullpens at the July 31 trade deadline. So far, the Nats have gotten the better end of the deals. Even without Roenis Elías for most of the last three weeks due to injury, the additions of Hunter Strickland and Daniel Hudson have outshone the Braves acquisitions of Chris Martin, Mark Melancon and Shane Greene. In Friday ... read more

Corbin went back to his slider for key outs in Nats’ 2-1 win

It was not a pitch-efficient type game for Patrick Corbin Friday night against Milwaukee, but that did not seem to bother him one bit. Neither did getting behind in counts or watching Brewers hitters take so many pitches. In the end, the Nationals southpaw went to his best pitch to get him out of jams again and again. The slider is his signature pitch, and ... read more

Rendon helps get offense going, Corbin battles (Nats win 2-1)

Left-hander Patrick Corbin did a nice job of fighting out of a major jam in the top of the third. The Brewers got on the board first with a solo homer well over the center field wall from shortstop Orlando Arcia. Pitcher Adrian Houser came up next and singled for his first major league base hit. Lorenzo Cain also singled. With two men on, Corbin ... read more

Zimmerman in Richmond on rehab assignment

Ryan Zimmerman is beginning a rehab assignment tonight for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators down the road in Richmond, Va., against the Flying Squirrels. Zimmerman is playing first base and batting third in the lineup behind left fielder Andrew Stevenson and shortstop Luis Garcia. Center fielder Michael A. Taylor is batting cleanup. “He’s in Richmond with Harrisburg,” said Nationals manager Davey Martinez. “He will probably play ... read more

Nats’ depth a key to run for wild card berth

Bench players have turned into starters throughout the season to help the Nationals turn things around. The first spark was from Gerardo Parra, who arrived in May from the Giants. Parra and his “Baby Shark” started it all off with a grand slam against the Dodgers. The most recent spark has come from veteran Asdrúbal Cabrera, in his second stint with the Nats after playing ... read more

Strasburg’s bat makes noise in Nats’ 17-7 blasting of Reds

The Nationals ended up taking care of business with a memorable 10-run fifth inning in a 17-7 win over the Reds that completed a series sweep. Stephen Strasburg ignited the rally with a well-placed full-count single to right field off Reds starter Trevor Bauer. The hit made it 2-1 Nats and put his team on top to stay. The right-hander was able to use his ... read more