Sánchez leads Nats to twinbill sweep in final start

Aníbal Sánchez will forever be linked with the Nationals’ 2019 title, not simply for his pitching performance but for the role he played in bringing the joy out of his teammates during a championship season that was as much a product of clubhouse chemistry as it was pure talent. Given the unprecedented circumstances of the 2020 season, it was tough for Sánchez and Co. to ... read more

Game 59 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

The Nationals are about to complete their sixth doubleheader of the season. That’s a lot of twinbills in a normal year, let alone a 60-game season. And they’ve done just fine on these long days of baseball. They entered today with one sweep and four splits. And after taking the opener from the Mets 4-3, they have a shot at another sweep and at worst ... read more

At long last, Nats choose continuity in manager’s office

For a decade and a half, the Nationals tried in vain to establish continuity in their manager’s office. But every two or three years, they found themselves searching for a new leader, vacillating between those with significant experience (Frank Robinson, Jim Riggleman, Davey Johnson, Dusty Baker) and those who were trying to make a name for themselves (Manny Acta, Matt Williams, Davey Martinez). In Martinez, ... read more

Kendrick weighing decision whether to return or retire

He hadn’t revealed this publicly before, but Howie Kendrick admitted Friday he fully intended to retire after the 2020 season. After a well-deserved victory lap on the heels of his World Series-winning home run, what more could the 37-year-old have needed to do on a baseball field? The time would’ve been right to say goodbye to the sport, head home to Arizona and enjoy life ... read more

Mets-Nats postponed, will play doubleheader Saturday

The Nationals’ scheduled game tonight against the Mets has been postponed due to rain that is forecast to fall throughout the evening and continue into Saturday morning. The two teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader, each game lasting seven innings, on Saturday beginning at 3:05 p.m. The Mets remain mathematically alive for the final wild card berth in the National League, and though ... read more

Nats in agreement with Martinez on contract extension

For the first time since they arrived in town a decade and a half ago, the Nationals know they have a manager for the long haul. The organization and Davey Martinez agreed to a contract extension today, ensuring the manager who guided the franchise to its first World Series title in 2019 will remain in his position beyond 2021 and become the longest-tenured skipper in ... read more

Game 58 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

This hasn’t been the season Max Scherzer or the Nationals envisioned. All they can do now is try to finish strong and head into the winter with something of a positive taste left in their mouths. For Scherzer, the final opportunity to do that comes tonight against the Mets. Though his overall numbers (4-4, 3.67 ERA, 1.386 WHIP) are not up to his usual standards, ... read more

Will time missed cost Soto shot at NL MVP?

The Nationals have never had a batting champion since arriving in D.C. in 2005. They’ve had one player lead the National League in OPS. With four days to go in the 2020 season, they might just wind up with their first player who did both. Thanks to a strong couple of games to wrap up their just-completed series with the Phillies, Juan Soto heads into ... read more