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The best podcast for extensive Washington Nationals coverage. Our rotating stable of hosts include our Nationals insider Todd Dybas, former Nats beat writer Chase Hughes, Tim Shovers, Ryan Wormeli, and Travis Thomas.

The best podcast for extensive Washington Nationals coverage. Our rotating stable of hosts include our Nationals insider Todd Dybas, former Nats beat writer Chase Hughes, Tim Shovers, Ryan Wormeli, and Travis Thomas.
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The best podcast for extensive Washington Nationals coverage. Our rotating stable of hosts include our Nationals insider Todd Dybas, former Nats beat writer Chase Hughes, Tim Shovers, Ryan Wormeli, and Travis Thomas.




What's Anthony Rendon & Stephen Strasburg's Future?

Todd is joined by fellow Nats beat writers Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post and Jamal Collier from The trio run through the latest reports regarding Stephen Strasburg's Free Agency situation, infield options for Washington, and of course a discussion on Anthony Rendon's future.


Best Moments from April 2019

Tim & Todd update you on the Nats bringing back Yan Gomes, a big name leaving the 2B market, and Koda Glover announcing his retirement. They then bring you the initial of an offseason long series of looking back at the most important moments from the 2019 season month by month, this focusing on Opening Day & the month of April, on their way to a World Series Title. This includes 2 Cy Young winners facing off, Bryce Harper returning to D.C., Carter Kieboom homering in his debut, and more.


Nats Own the District? + Frank Howard Interview

Chase has a few leftover thoughts on Gerardo Parra's 2019 in Washington that he wants to share with Tim & Todd. They then react to the Washington Post poll about Nats fandom within D.C. and update the back-up catcher situation. To close it out, a conversation with Senators legend Frank "Hondo" Howard (33:35).


Baby Shark to Japan + Anthony Rendon Championship Year in Review

A special episode that begins with reaction to Gerardo Parra taking his talents to the Yomiuri Giants in 2020. Then, Anthony Rendon had an incredible season on his way to being a NL MVP Finalist in the regular season, and the author of some of the most important October moments for the Nats. Todd, Tim, & Chase do a deep dive into what could be Rendon's final year in Washington, a season in which he led the league in RBIs, almost won the batting title, and had 3 Postseason HRs in elimination...


Cole or Betts to D.C.? + Will MLB Hammer the Astros for Electronically Stealing Signs?

Gerrit Cole is the biggest non recent National in Free Agency and Mookie Betts is the biggest name on the trading block. What are the chances either could end up in Washington? How severe of penalties might Rob Manfred give to the Astros? Chase chats with a MLB Authenticator for a behind the curtain look at their official process and we wrap with our experiences as the World Series Trophy visited the NBC Sports Washington Studios.


The Other Guys: Members of the 2019 Nats You Might Not Remember

It's more than just the 25 guys who were in Houston that will go down in history as part of the 2019 World Series Champions. Todd, Chase, and Tim bring back names you might have forgotten played for the Nationals during the season, including 1 of which who had a game winning RBI for a crucial early season victory. Plus, Tim catches up Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post (25:09), who used to cover the Nats beat and now is covering the 2020 Presidential Campaign Trail.


Rendon's Short List + Zim's Future in Washington

A look into who are the likeliest pursuers for Anthony Rendon in Free Agency and how likely is it that Ryan Zimmerman will be the 1B on Opening Day. The guys then gauge how the Nats will fit into Awards Season and Todd gives his case as to why we should get rid of the Manager of the Year Award. Plus, Chase speaks with Johnny DiPuglia, Vice President of International Operations for the Nats, on scouting Juan Soto ahead of him landing in Washington.


Strasburg Opts Out & The Celebrations Continue

As D.C. continues to bask in the glory of a World Series title, Stephen Strasburg will join Anthony Rendon in Free Agency. Tim, Todd, and Chase discuss if Washington is still the favorites to keep Strasburg, what it might take to keep Rendon, and who will be the Opening Day second baseman. They wrap-up with a look at the festivities the Nationals have had since returning from Houston (21:16) and NBC Sports Washington's Savannah McCann gives a first-hand account of Nationals Park Game 7 Watch...


Parade Edition: World Series Champs Celebrate w/ the Fans

Hear the best moments from the Nationals World Series Championship parade down Pennsylvania Avenue on a perfect Saturday afternoon. Among those who spoke to the large crowd, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Davey Martinez, and more.



Nats rally in Houston 6-2 to capture their 1st ever World Series title. Tim, Todd, Chase, & Tim Murray react to the celebration, recap Game 7, and come to terms with the fact that the Nationals are now indeed World Series Champions. It took 95 years, but Washington D.C. can call itself Baseball World Champions once again.


World Series Game 6: Strasburg & A Trio of HRs Have the Nats 1 Win Away

The Nats force Game 7 by beating Houston 7-2 as they overcome another questionable call by the umps. Todd, Chase, & Tim start with the craziness surrounding the runner interference call in the 7th that led to Davey Martinez's ejection. They then discuss Strasburg's continued October dominance (13:48) and Juan Soto responding to Alex Bregman's HR celebration with one of his own (23:31). Of course, a preview of GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES, as Max Scherzer is back and will take on Zack Greinke...


World Series Game 5: Scherzer Late Scratch & No Help from the Ump

Nats lose 7-1 to Houston, for their 3rd straight defeat; putting them on the brink of elimination. Tim, Todd, and Chase start with the shocking news pregame that Max Scherzer would not start due to neck spasms, the effort by Joe Ross, Umpire Lance Barksdale's crucial calls that didn't go the Nationals way, and a look ahead to Game 6 with Stephen Strasburg starting on the road with the World Series on the line.


World Series Game 4: Bregman Grand Slam Puts the Nats to Bed

Nats lose 8-1 as the World Series is now all square at 2 games apiece. Tim & Todd recap Jose Urquidy out-pitching Patrick Corbin, Washington's inability to get a hit with men on base this weekend, 7th inning bullpen decisions, and a look ahead to Max Scherzer vs. Gerrit Cole on Sunday evening.


World Series Game 3: D.C. Takes Baseball's Center Stage Despite the Loss

Nats lose 4-1 in Navy Yard as they go 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Tim & Todd give their impressions on the pregame festivities, Washington leaving a dozen on base, Anibal Sanchez's evening, Kurt Suzuki leaving the game early, and a look towards Saturday night's Game 4.


World Series Game 2: Nats 7th Inning Explosion Leads to Rout

Nationals trounce the Astros 12-3 to take both games in Houston. They guys look back at the unexpected offensive outburst by Washington, Kurt Suzuki clutch plays on both sides, Stephen Strasburg finally pitching in the World Series, and the team being halfway to you know what.


World Series Game 1: Soto Marvels & Bullpen Hangs On

Nats top the Astros 5-4 to take Game 1 of the World Series. Todd, Chase, & Tim recap Juan Soto stealing the show, Ryan Zimmerman adding to his franchise lore, Max Scherzer gutting his way through 5 innings, and how the bullpen was handled down the stretch. Next up: Stephen Strasburg facing Justin Verlander Wednesday night in Game 2 from Houston.


World Series Preview: Onto Houston

The Astros advanced past New York and will host the Nats Tuesday night for Game 1 of the World Series (!!) Tim, Todd, and Chase preview what will be a very difficult match-up for Washington, who are heavy underdogs. Topics include, what might be the pitching rotations, who will be used as the DH, our predictions, and who will throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch Friday night at Nationals Park (34:21). Finally, hear quick interviews with members of the National League Champs (43:39) that...



Nats sweep the Cardinals to punch their ticket to the World Series (you are reading that correctly). Todd, Chase, Tim cover all the angles from celebratory evening including what the NL Championship Ceremony was like, Ryan Zimmerman's career in Washington comes full circle, and the insane bottom of the 1st inning in Game 4. They wrap -up with what we know so far awaits the Nationals next, because Washington D.C. will be part of the WORLD SERIES for the time since 1933!


NLCS Game 3: Strasburg, Kendrick & Crew Take A Commanding Lead

Nats beat up the Cardinals 8-1 as Stephen Strasburg strikes out a dozen in 7 frames. Tim, Chase, and Todd recap the first ever NLCS game in Washington that saw Strasburg dominate, Howie Kendrick continue his hot October, St. Louis struggle in every which way, being 1 win away from the World Series (!!), and more.


NLCS Game 2: Scherzer Has His Own No Hit Bid in Victory

Nats hold off St. Louis 3-1 to take both games on the road to open the NLCS. Chase, Todd, and Tim evaluate Max Scherzer penning a new narrative to his October legacy, the incredible mastery of Nats pitching so far vs. Cardinals hitters, Stephen Strasburg finally gets his shot vs. St Louis in the postseason, and more.