Nats want to make sure Big Four can handle workload of long series

With the Nationals facing off against the Astros for the 2019 World Series crown, it is matchup that features the two best starting staffs in baseball. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin face off against Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. And don’t forget about Aníbal Sánchez. The Nats have the staff to keep them in games, the major key to their run ... read more

Martinez commemorates each win so Nats can remember this historic run

There is a long hallway between the coaches’ and manager’s offices and the training area next to the Nationals clubhouse on field level at Nats Park. Along this wall is a collection of baseballs positioned on a long single shelf that runs down the hallway. Each ball represents a win the Nats enjoyed so far in 2019. Written on each baseball are the names of ... read more

Scherzer likely to start Game 1 with Strasburg for Game 2

The Nationals are waiting until Tuesday to make their debut in World Series and they enjoy a rested starting rotation, almost assuredly beginning with Max Scherzer in Game 1 and Stephen Strasburg in Game 2 in Houston or New York. General manager Mike Rizzo all but confirmed that setup on 106.7 The Fan this week and then at Friday’s workout open to the media. The ... read more

Taylor on going from Double-A to World Series: “I know I’m a big leaguer”

An important part of the Nationals’ run to the 2019 World Series has been their depth. During the season, Howie Kendrick, Asdrúbal Cabrera and Gerardo Parra were valuable substitutes for Ryan Zimmerman or other infield/outfield days off due to workload or a nagging injury. That seamless transition for a game, a week or longer helped the Nats maintain their run of 82-40 since their four-game ... read more

MVP Kendrick on first World Series: “It’s unbelievable”

Second baseman Howie Kendrick won MVP of the 2019 National League Championship Series with consistent hitting through the Nationals’ four-game sweep of the Cardinals, completed Tuesday with a 7-4 win. The victory secured for the Nats a berth in their first-ever World Series. He also hit a dramatic grand slam in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to help eliminate his former team, ... read more

When it mattered most, reworked bullpen delivered the biggest outs

The Nationals advanced to the World Series on Tuesday night with a 7-4 victory and a sweep of the National League Championship Series over the Cardinals. They punched their ticket to the Fall Classic with a big first inning, solid pitching from Patrick Corbin and four impressive shutout innings from their bullpen. Tanner Rainey relieved Corbin in the sixth and delivered a clean inning with ... read more

Nats erupt for seven runs in first inning to set tone (Nats win 7-4)

The Cardinals had to get off to a good start in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Nationals, leading three games to none in the best-of-seven series, were due for a letdown. Right? Nope. Left-hander Patrick Corbin struck out the side using all fastballs in the top of the first to get the game rolling. The Nationals then went after Cards starter ... read more

Corbin knows Cards well, Robles good to go, Hudson and Doolittle rested

Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin defeated the Cardinals on Sept. 17 at Busch Stadium by throwing six strong innings and allowing only two unearned runs. He struck out 11 and walked four in a 6-2 Nationals victory. The former DIamondback gets his second start of the postseason tonight in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. “Yeah, we just played them a month or so ... read more