Thursday morning World Series Nats Q&A

We’re in uncharted waters here, folks. Everything from here on out is brand new, and there’s no road map to show us the way. The Nationals are going to the World Series for the first time ... but they’re now in Day 2 of a six-day layoff before they take the field again at either Minute Maid Park or Yankee Stadium. What do we do ... read more

15-year journey to the World Series was worth the wait

On March 30, 2008, a wide-eyed young third baseman named Ryan Zimmerman christened the brand-new Nationals Park with a walk-off homer against Braves reliever Peter Moylan. In that moment, as the 23-year-old “Face of the Franchise” circled the bases to a thunderous roar, it was impossible not to wonder if this was merely first of many more thrilling moments to come in that ballpark. Surely ... read more

Pennant party: Nats sweep Cards, reach first World Series (updated)

For a team that had to scratch and claw its way back from a 19-31 start to the season, that had to excel in late September to clinch a spot in the National League wild card game, that had to come from behind to win that do-or-die game against the Brewers and that had to come from behind again to win a do-or-die game against ... read more

Lerner never considered firing Martinez, wants to re-sign Rendon

During those dark days of late May, when the Nationals owned the second-worst record in the National League and calls for change were growing from outside the organization, Mark Lerner did exactly what the clubhouse did. He stuck with his guys, especially manager Davey Martinez. “It never crossed my mind to dismiss Davey, no matter all the pressure that was put on us,” Lerner, the ... read more

NLCS Game 4 lineups: Nats vs. Cardinals

The Nationals have played 2,456 games during their 15 years of existence. Many of those games carried little to no meaning. A decent number of them were significant but not historic. Twenty-eight of them have come in the postseason. None have featured the stakes that are on the table tonight. For the first time in their history, the Nats are playing for a pennant. One ... read more

With pennant in grasp, Nats turn to Corbin to keep it rolling

Yes, Patrick Corbin signed with the Nationals last winter because they offered him more years and more dollars than any of the other contenders for the free agent’s services. But he also came to Washington because of what he knew he could be a part of: A rotation that would rival any other in baseball, and a team that expected to play in October. All ... read more

With Game 3 rout, party’s on at Nationals Park (updated)

Surely there were some among the throng of 43,675 on South Capitol Street tonight who saw the home team holding a 6-0 lead over the visiting Cardinals in a postseason game and felt a sudden shiver go down their spines. Those folks must still be shell-shocked by the events of Oct. 12, 2012, a day that lives in infamy around these parts because of what ... read more

Robles returns to lineup, schedule could force tricky decisions

Davey Martinez had been saying for days Victor Robles would return to the Nationals lineup once his hamstring was healed enough to ease any concern about more serious injury. Tonight, the Nats manager and medical staff decided it was safe for the rookie center fielder to take the field again. Robles, who hasn’t played since straining his right hamstring during Game 2 of the National ... read more