Game 53 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

We have reached the final week of a most unusual regular season. Around these parts, that usually means a pennant race, a potential clincher for the Nationals and maybe a few days to rest guys up for the postseason. Not in 2020. Though the Nats are technically still alive, practically speaking they’re done. Their elimination number, if you’re wondering, is currently three, so the earliest ... read more

Nationals survive trying, joyless road portion of season

Eric Thames, only minutes removed from dropping the throw that sent the Nationals to an agonizing, 2-1 loss to the Marlins in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader, was asked during his Zoom session with reporters how high the frustration level has become on the majors’ most disappointing team of 2020. His answer, which grew more and more exasperated with each sentence, revealed a lot more ... read more

Defense does in Scherzer in latest agonizing loss (updated)

If this wasn’t the epitome of the Nationals’ 2020 season, it’s tough to imagine a sequence that could define this agonizing campaign any better. Max Scherzer on the mound, his pitch count well into triple digits. The Marlins threatening to take a late lead. Manager Davey Martinez trusting his ace to get out of the jam over anyone out of his bullpen. And then a ... read more

Gomes catching Scherzer, Kendrick trying to make it back

Some quick-hit news and notes before the Nationals take the field in Miami for the start of today’s doubleheader against the Marlins ... * Yan Gomes is behind the plate for the opener, a bit of a surprise because Max Scherzer is on the mound. Scherzer typically pairs up with Kurt Suzuki; in fact, Suzuki caught all 10 of his previous starts this season. “Just ... read more

Game 51 lineups: Nats at Marlins

OK, it’s time for the second of three doubleheaders the Nationals have scheduled in a five-day span. Slowly but surely, they’re getting through this rough stretch and approaching the finish line of a difficult season. Davey Martinez decided to have Max Scherzer start this afternoon’s opener in Miami, thinking he can hopefully get six or even seven innings out of his ace and save his ... read more

With no minor leagues, Cavalli made most of alternate camp

Cade Cavalli could justifiably look at the summer of 2020 and be bitter he missed out on his first season of professional baseball. With no minor leagues and no opponents to face, the Nationals’ first-round pick could only spend the last two months working out every single day at the club’s alternate training site in Fredericksburg, pitching simulated games to the same group of hitters ... read more

Familiar record, unfamiliar season result for Nats (updated)

It’s impossible to look at the Nationals’ record following tonight’s 7-3 loss in Miami and not feel something. Yes, they’re now 19-31. That might make you laugh. It might make you cry. It might make you roll your eyes and wonder if the baseball gods have some kind of perverse sense of humor. “Just so you know,” Davey Martinez interjected tonight in his postgame Zoom ... read more

Freeman had elbow surgery, ElĂ­as pitching in Fredericksburg

Sam Freeman, one of the early bright spots in the Nationals bullpen during this unusual season, had Tommy John surgery one month ago, manager Davey Martinez confirmed today. Freeman last pitched Aug. 12 in New York, when he motioned for a trainer after feeling a “pop” in his left elbow. He was immediately removed from the game, and though the club’s initial diagnosis was a ... read more