Author Archives: Mark Zuckerman

Game 54: Phillies at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERCan the Nationals stop their string of one-run losses tonight?
The Nationals more than held their own against Roy Halladay yesterday, and that still wasn’t enough to win. So tonight, they’ll have to both hold their own against Cliff Lee, and hope they hold down the Phillies themselves to pull off a victory and snap their three-game losing streak.

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Beltway Baseball Live – 5/30/11

Thanks for watching this week’s edition of Beltway Baseball Live, where Chase Hughes and I discussed next week’s MLB draft. We also took your questions on Ryan Zimmerman, Jim Riggleman and Ross Detwiler.

If you missed the show live at 2 p.m., here’s the full episode… Continue reading

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Same old, same old

US Presswire photoAlex Cora gets caught in a rundown in the bottom of the seventh.
There are any number of ways to analyze the Nationals’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies Monday afternoon, parsing Sean Burnett’s ragged relief appearance or Alex Cora’s baserunning or the entire lineup’s hitting approach with men in scoring position.

Within all that may be the answer that explains the Nationals’ third Continue reading

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Game 53: Phillies at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERLivan Hernandez faces Roy Halladay on Memorial Day at Nationals Park.
It’s Memorial Day in the nation’s capital, and it’s a scorcher. Easily the hottest day of the year so far, so if you’re coming to the park, be sure to dress appropriately and drink lots of water. I’d tell you to also be sure you avoid Phillies fans, but we all know that’s going to be Continue reading

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Series preview: Phillies at Nats

Monday, 1:05 p.m. — RHP Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.71) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.35)
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. — RHP Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50)
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Wednesday, 1:05 p.m. — LHP John Lannan (2-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60)
TV: MASN Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WHFS-1580 AM

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Close to winning, or are they?

In a lot of ways, the Nationals are close. Really close, in fact, to playing .500 ball. Just about every game they play seems to be tight, usually decided by one clutch at-bat or one important pitch. Sometimes, it comes down to a break, good or bad.

There is, however, another way to look at this club right now. After an excruciating, 5-4 loss to the Padres on Sunday, the Nationals fell to 5-11 Continue reading

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Game 52: Padres at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERYunesky Maya makes his 2011 debut today against the Padres.
When we last saw Yunesky Maya in Washington, the results were pretty unspectacular. In five September starts, the right-hander went 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA and made it through the sixth inning only once. But after a strong showing in the Dominican Winter League and then another strong showing this Continue reading

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Hairston suspended 1 game, appeals

US Presswire photoJerry Hairston argues with Ed Hickox, with Jim Riggleman trying to intervene.
Updated at 1:15 p.m.

Nationals infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for "aggressive actions" with umpire Ed Hickox during Friday night’s game against the Padres.

Hairston has appealed the suspension and remains in the Continue reading

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Opportunities squandered

US Presswire photoIan Desmond is thrown out trying to steal second base in the third inning.
It’s an accepted fact at this point that the Nationals don’t have the kind of lineup that’s going to consistently hammer away at opponents. They’ve established they’re only going to get a couple of legitimate chances at producing runs on a nightly basis.

Which means they’ve got to take advantage of Continue reading

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Maya likely to start Sunday

Something unusual will occur Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park: A pitcher who wasn’t on the Opening Day roster will start against the Padres, the first time that’s happened this season.

With Tom Gorzelanny going on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, the Nationals finally find themselves needing to promote a starter from their farm system. Though a formal announcement wasn’t Continue reading

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