Matt of Matt's Bats: Has Desmond put rocky start in rear-view mirror?

Ian Desmond started the season off rocky. By rocky, I mean nine errors and 23 strikeouts in April. But Desmond, who some could argue is the best shortstop in baseball, has started to turn it on and is playing more like the Desmond we knew in past years. As showcased in the Nationals' series against the Yankees and Phillies last week, Desmond still has some ... read more

Marty Niland: Fans need to show patience with Strasburg

The Nationals are flying high, winners of eight straight series, all alone in first place, 2 1/2 games up on the New York Mets in the National League East. But it seems all the fans want to talk about is Stephen Strasburg's pitching troubles. On talk shows, Internet message boards and Facebook groups, there's no shortage of opinions about why Strasburg (3-5, 6.50 ERA) is ... read more

Opposite dugout: Youth movement has served improved Cubs well

Manager: Joe Maddon (1st season) Record: 24-19 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 1B Anthony Rizzo (.316/.440/.574 with 9 HR, 29 RBIs, 9 SB), 3B Kris Bryant (.273, 5 HR, 29 RBIs), RF Jorge Soler (.280, 16 RBIs), SS Starlin Castro (.271, 24 RBIs), LHP Jon Lester (4-2, 3.56 ERA), RHP Hector Rondon (9 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (3-4 in 2014) ... read more

#TalkToMeFP: MASN's F.P. Santangelo takes over @masnNationals Twitter account

This past Wednesday before the Nationals wrapped up their two-game sweep of the Yankees, MASN's very own F.P. Santangelo took over the @masnNationals Twitter account to chat with Nats Nation. And when we say "took over," we mean took over. He made the account completely his. He changed the avatar, the name and even the description, adding a play off his in-game catch phrase. F.P. ... read more

Opposite dugout: Recent hot streak doesn't mask Phillies' lingering issues

Manager: Ryne Sandberg (3rd season) Record: 18-25 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Ryan Howard (.257/.307/.521 with 9 HR, 21 RBIs), SS Freddie Galvis (.319, 11 RBIs), CF Odubel Herrera (.262, 13 RBIs), RHP Cole Hamels (4-3, 3.24 ERA), RHP Aaron Harang (4-3, 1.82 ERA), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (11 saves, 1.50 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-3 Pitching probables: May 22: RHP Sean ... read more

Patrick Reddington: The Nationals' yearly search for a gem

With the 57th pick of last June's draft, the Nationals selected left-handed pitcher Andrew Suarez out of the University of Miami. Suarez, 21, and a 6-foot-2 southpaw, went 6-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 16 starts for the Hurricanes, walking 15 (1.23 walks/nine innings) and striking out 87 (7.14 strikeouts/nine innings) in 109 2/3 innings pitched. "We tried to take the best player available," assistant ... read more

David Huzzard: Should Nationals be targeting Rockies' Tulowitzki?

When the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract, they signaled that they were not only going for it in 2015 but where going to be competitive for a long time. Unfortunately, many ignored the fact that it was a multi-year contract and labeled it a win-now move. The Nationals are very interested in winning in 2015 and general manager Mike Rizzo ... read more

Rachel Levitin: Another memory for Nats fans, Zimmerman to cherish

Since their inception in 2005, the Nationals have gone from a cellar-dwelling team to a two-time National League East championship ballclub eager to take home baseball's top prize of a world championship. There have been several major milestone moments along the way, including the team's first no-hitter pitched by Jordan Zimmermann in 2014 and the back-to-back No. 1 draft picks of Stephen Strasburg in 2009 ... read more