Starters believe they’ll be ready for 90-100 pitches by opener

Max Scherzer threw 48 pitches over three innings on Wednesday. Stephen Strasburg and Erick Fedde followed Friday with three innings apiece. Patrick Corbin duplicated that feat Saturday afternoon. And today, Aníbal Sánchez topped everybody by totaling 65 pitches over four mostly sparkling innings in an intrasquad game at Nationals Park. It’s impossible to know how any of that will translate to actual performance once the ... read more

Taking a crack at a 30-man opening day roster

It’s hard to believe the Nationals open the 2020 season in 11 days, but here we are. Barring a calamitous event - and, unfortunately, calamity must remain within the realm of possibility - Max Scherzer and company are going to take the field shortly after 7 p.m. on July 23 to face the Yankees and kick off this unprecedented baseball season. And there’s a whole ... read more

Nats preparing for opener with or without missing regulars

As each day passes with no change in the status of several prominent Nationals players who have not yet been cleared to participate in summer training, the club moves a step closer to confronting a dilemma that may pale in comparison to matters of greater significance in the world right now but does matter to the defending World Series champs. What happens if Juan Soto, ... read more

More than one factor to consider in No. 5 starter choice

The Nationals’ chances for success in a 60-game season would seem to be bolstered by their top-of-the-line rotation. It’s the backbone upon which they built a championship last year and how they’ve always intended to make a run at another title this year, no matter the length of the schedule. And in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez, they’ve got as good ... read more

Nats try to make most of limited games, MLB releases test results

With only three true exhibition games on their schedule, the Nationals aren’t going to get much of an opportunity to build themselves up into regular season shape before opening night arrives July 23. They have to make the most of whatever game-like situations they can draw up in the meantime, such as today’s four-inning intrasquad contest at Nationals Park. “I don’t feel like these guys ... read more

Entering “uncharted waters,” Strasburg seeks healthy 2020

Stephen Strasburg had spent the better part of a decade learning how best to prepare for - and then thrive in - a 162-game baseball season. And after years of fine-tuning and injuries and hopeful stretches following by disappointing conclusions, he figured it out at last. Strasburg’s 2019 season was the perfect culmination of a career spent tinkering. He led the league in innings pitched. ... read more

Castro joins camp, Nats thinking about piping in crowd noise

The Nationals got one of their key absent regulars into camp today, encouraged to see Starlin Castro in person at last while still waiting for several others to be cleared to participate in summer training. Castro, projected to be the club’s new second baseman and potentially No. 3 hitter, hadn’t been allowed to come to Nationals Park upon first arriving from the Dominican Republic. Team ... read more

2021 schedule announced, Nats to host Mets in opener

They aren’t 100 percent sure they’ll be able to start and complete the 2020 season yet, but Major League Baseball is already moving forward with plans for the 2021 season, releasing next year’s schedule two weeks before this unprecedented campaign is set to begin. The Nationals are scheduled to host the Mets on opening day, which falls on April 1. Their opening homestand features three ... read more