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2018 Schedule
40-35, 3rd in NL East

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper continues to scuffle through the worst month of his career, hitting .149 in June with a .505 OPS. His SO rates by month: April, 17%; May, 24%; June, 30%.

Murphy's RBI single gives the Nationals the lead (0:20)
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2dEddie Matz

Party-crashing Phillies aren't going anywhere

With a white-hot Odubel Herrera and his five-game home run streak leading the way, the young Phillies are proving to be a threat in the NL East.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Phillies don't appear to be going away any time soon. They trounced the Nationals 12-2 in the opener of a three-game set in DC, thanks to four more hits from white-hot Odubel Herrera, who homered for the fifth straight game. With the win, Philly leapfrogs Washington for second place in the NL East. The Phils are 8-3 in their last 11 games, while the Nats are 3-8. Freaky Friday, anyone?

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Harper a go for HR Derby if named All-Star

While some players have said they'll decline participating in this year's Home Run Derby if invited, Nationals slugger Bryce Harper confirmed his commitment to the event on Friday, assuming he's named to the NL All-Star team.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

So there's a DJ in the Nats clubhouse today. Not clubhouse DJ Gio Gonazalez, but, like, a real DJ. With turntables, giant speakers, and everything. Because Davey Martinez.

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BBTN: Radical Union Ideas, Soto-Harper, Machado's Value

Buster & Karl Ravech discuss radical ideas for the MLBPA, Manny Machado's trade value, Mike Trout & more (:19). Plus, Jessica Mendoza on Bryce Harper & Juan Soto (26:25), Marly Rivera on the Mets and much more (39:09).

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Soto's 2-run double carries Nationals past Orioles 4-2

Juan Soto hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday night in the deciding matchup of a three-game interleague series between neighboring rivals.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Bryce Harper leadoff experiment (2.0) is off to a good start. Batting atop the order for the first time in six weeks, Harper had two walks, a sac fly, and a double in four trips to help the Nationals beat the Orioles 4-2. It's the first time this month that Harper's reach base three times in a game.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

File under UNLIKELY: Orioles outfielder Colby Rasmus, in his first at-bat after missing 10 weeks, went deep off Nats ace Max Scherzer. It's the first homer for Rasmus in over a year.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is hitting leadoff for the first time in six weeks. Nats manager Davey Martinez says he made the switch to help his slumping slugger get back to taking his walks. Harper batted leadoff early May, drawing two walks. Since being moved out of the top spot, he has 45 strikeouts (most in NL) against 13 walks, and is hitting just .190.

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Rizzo On Herrera Deal, Defense Of Harper

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo talks to Buster Olney about the team's trade for Kelvin Herrera, what he sees in young superstar Juan Soto and more. Plus, he stands up for Bryce Harper after Harper received anonymous criticism from rival GMs.

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4dEddie Matz

The true madness of Max Scherzer

The Nats' ace swears he's normal. The evidence -- three Cy Youngs, 152 strikeouts in 2018 and a near obsession with minor tweaks -- proves otherwise.

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4dJeff Sullivan

Ranking all 30 MLB rotations

Combining performance so far with projections, we break down which groups of starters are elite and which are baseball's weakest.

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5dEddie Matz

Herrera throws perfect inning in Nationals debut

Kelvin Herrera made his debut with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, one day after the team acquired the reliever in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are undefeated in the Herr-Era. In their first game since acquiring Kelvin Herrera from KC, the Nats beat Baltimore 9-7. Herrera worked a perfect eighth, and Trea Turner went 4-for-4 with a homer and a double to key the offense.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.546th
Quality Starts41Tied-9th
WHIP1.152nd
BAA.2285th
Runs31521st
Batting Average.23820th
On Base Percentage.31518th
Slugging Percentage.39422nd