The Nationals Are Kind Of Boning Drew Storen

The Washington Nationals just made a trade that should help fix their biggest weakness—the back end of the bullpen—by bringing in Jonathan Papelbon to be the new closer. Papelbon will take the job from current closer Drew Storen, who will slide into a set-up role and give the Nats a great 1-2 punch at the end of… » 7/29/15 11:36am 7/29/15 11:36am

Bryce Harper Doesn't Think Zack Greinke Is All That Impressive

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke is on a hell of a roll right now, having not allowed an earned run in his last 43 and two-thirds innings. He extended his streak of scoreless innings—the most since Orel Hersheiser pitched 59 straight shutout frames in 1988—with a dominant outing against the Nationals yesterday. But… » 7/20/15 9:52am 7/20/15 9:52am

Max Scherzer Blows Perfect Game By Hitting The 27th Batter, Gets No-No

Max Scherzer downed 26 Pirates in order today but failed to achieve baseball’s 24th perfect game when he hit Pirates pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch on a 2-2 count. Scherzer struck out 10 in the 6-0 Nationals victory in Washington, just days after earning a game score that was among the best in history. Oh, and… » 6/20/15 6:34pm 6/20/15 6:34pm

Bryce Harper Leaves Game After Suffering Apparent Knee Injury [UPDATE]

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper left tonight’s game against the Rays after suffering what appears to be a knee injury in the sixth inning while attempting to make a throw home. Harper’s knee buckled on the throw attempt, and while he made it off the field under his own power it’s a legitimate cause for concern for fans… » 6/18/15 9:23pm 6/18/15 9:23pm

Ian Desmond Solves The Yips, Personifies Irony, Is Screwed

After starting the season with eight errors in the Nationals’ first 15 games, Ian Desmond’s adventurous play at shortstop has mostly leveled off, to the enormous relief of his teammates and the mild disappointment of fans of slapstick comedy. Two months later he’s sitting on 14 errors, all but ending any hope of… » 6/16/15 3:25pm 6/16/15 3:25pm

Max Scherzer Pitched One Of The All-Time Games Today

Max Scherzer put the Milwaukee Brewers in his pocket and took ‘em for a walk Sunday, effortlessly pitching a complete game, one-hit shutout while striking out 16. He threw 119 pitches and walked one, with the only hit coming off a bloop single in the seventh. It was, pretty much literally, better than perfect. » 6/14/15 9:20pm 6/14/15 9:20pm

Bryce Harper Mad He Flied Out, Actually Hits Home Run

Bryce Harper is on such a tear right now—with a .467 on-base percentage and .734 slugging percentage—that the Nationals outfielder’s flyouts turn into home runs, like the one he hit Tuesday night against the Cubs. Or, maybe Harper was angry that he didn’t hit the ball farther. He’s just always at full speed, man. » 5/27/15 10:30am 5/27/15 10:30am

Bryce Harper Ejected, But Nobody Knows Why

Bryce Harper was tossed from tonight’s game against the Yankees for ... well it isn’t exactly sure what he was tossed for. Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson made a (bad) strike call that Harper disagreed with, and he said a few words before digging in for the next pitch. But then manager Matt Williams began jawing with… » 5/21/15 12:03am 5/21/15 12:03am

Ian Desmond Is A Special Kind Of Disaster Over At Shortstop

Here are some things Ian Desmond has going for him: he’s been an All-Star; he’s won three consecutive Silver Slugger awards at shortstop, fewer in total than only Barry Larkin (9), Cal Ripken Jr. (8), Alex Rodriguez (7), and Derek Jeter (5); he’s twice been a Gold Glove finalist; he’s the only player in baseball to… » 4/23/15 3:56pm 4/23/15 3:56pm