Loss to Mets made worse by early loss of Scherzer (updated)

The images were unusual and alarming. Max Scherzer, throwing at less than full velocity and with less than full extension. Looking uncomfortable as he walked off the mound at the end of a laborious top of the first. Talking with the training staff upon returning to the dugout as Erick Fedde began furiously warming up in the bullpen. The Nationals lost tonight’s ballgame, 3-1 to ... read more

Scherzer out after one labored inning with apparent injury

Max Scherzer threw 112 pitches in his last start, most by any major leaguer so far in 2020. Tonight, the Nationals ace threw only 27 pitches before departing with what appears to be a physical ailment. Scherzer was pulled after one laborious inning against the Mets, unexpectedly replaced by Erick Fedde in the top of the second. The Nationals didn’t immediately announce a reason for ... read more

Game 9 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Juan Soto last came up to bat in an official major league game 280 days ago. You may or may not remember this, but he actually made the final out of the 2019 season for the Nationals, flying out to center field to end the top of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series. He, of course, had drawn a critical walk off ... read more

Early offense, late escape acts give Nats another win (updated)

The Nationals burst out of the gates tonight to take a quick five-run lead on the Mets. Then they decided to find out if they could make those five runs hold up behind Patrick Corbin and four relievers, with a rain delay thrown into the middle of it all for good measure. The answer: They could. By the skin of their teeth. Tonight’s 5-3 victory ... read more

Strasburg to pitch simulated game before making 2020 debut

Stephen Strasburg wants to face hitters in a real game as soon as possible. But before he can do that, he feels like he needs to face hitters in a simulated game. Thus, Strasburg will pitch against his Nationals teammates Wednesday afternoon, perhaps the right-hander’s final step before returning from a nerve impingement in his wrist to make his delayed season debut. After Strasburg threw ... read more

Game 8 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

The 2020 Major League Baseball season is now 19 days old, and for the first time the Nationals are playing a division opponent. Add that to the list of strange facts about this strange season. After three games with the Yankees and four games with the Blue Jays (followed by three postponed games with the Marlins) the Nats finally face the Mets tonight in the ... read more

After unplanned weekend off, Nats finally return to action

When last we saw them on the field in an actual game, the Nationals were wrapping up a two-game road sweep of the Blue Jays that took place in their own ballpark. Juan Soto was still waiting to be cleared by the D.C. Department of Health to return to work. Stephen Strasburg had not thrown off a mound in more than a week. The Marlins ... read more

As others try to adjust, Rainey thriving early in Nats ‘pen

It’s only been a week, and these things can change quickly and dramatically, but at this point Tanner Rainey looks like an outlier among major league pitchers. While others are watching their workload or dealing with noticeable drops in velocity, Rainey is thriving. He’s one of only six National League relievers to appear in five games so far, and the others all pitch for teams ... read more