May 20, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman got the headlines Tuesday night, and rightfully so after launching the 10th walk-off homer of his career to beat the Yankees in dramatic fashion. But that blast off the right-field foul pole might not have been possible if not for some yeoman’s work from the Nationals’ bullpen, which was forced into both early…
May 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Nationals rookie reliever Matt Grace has only made seven appearances since getting his first call-up on April 22, but so far so good. The 26-year-old lefty is yet to allow a run through four innings and has made the initial adjustment look rather easy. The former eighth round pick is trying to learn as much…
May 4, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT
After a month spent tinkering and trying out different candidates, the Nationals may have found a reliable setup man at last in Aaron Barrett. Now, they just have to make sure they don’t run the right-hander into the ground from too much use. Barrett has become among the Nationals’ effective relievers, sporting a 1.59 ERA…
May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
If the Nationals’ intention Thursday night was to make a statement to the Mets, consider their mission accomplished. With a lopsided, 8-2 victory at Citi Field, the Nationals took the first game of this big weekend series, won their third straight, moved to within five games of first place in the NL East and thoroughly…
Mar 25, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — It was a spring training game, and so all the usual caveats must apply. But it was a spring training game against the entire regular Cardinals lineup, one of the better top-to-bottom lineups in baseball, and Max Scherzer knew that. So while it would be easy to brush off any serious accolades…
Mar 1, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Aaron Barrett could be excused if, as he walked off the mound at AT&T Park on the night of Oct. 7, 2014, he wanted nothing more than to bury his head in the sand and never emerge again. Having just uncorked the wild pitch that brought the run home that ultimately won…
Feb 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2010 draft 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2015 storyline: Barrett was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the…
Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
In trading Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar on Wednesday, the Nationals found both their starting second baseman for 2015 and an insurance policy at shortstop in case Ian Desmond leaves in a trade or via free agency next winter. Escobar is under team control for the next three years, while Clippard…
Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…
Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
After narrowly beating the Washington Nationals in four games in the 2014 NLDS, the San Francisco Giants went on to take their third World Series title in the last five years. Madison Bumgarner overcame his Game 3 loss to the Nats to cement himself in MLB postseason history. It earned him Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of…
Nov 6, 2014, 5:30 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Taken in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft MLB service time: 144 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $500,000 Contract status: Signed for 2015, still rookie eligible 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “I’m going to…
Sep 21, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT
MIAMI — Ballplayers excel at blocking out the big picture and focusing on the here-and-now, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. As Aaron Barrett’s first season in the big leagues winds down, with his first postseason appearance awaiting, the Nationals’ young reliever admits he has taken a moment or two recently to…
Sep 10, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT
There was a time, not all that long ago, when the Nationals could do no right when placed on the same baseball diamond as the Braves. They gave up runs in bunches. They failed to deliver hits with men on base. They botched plays in the field. If there was a way to lose a…
Sep 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Ample time has now passed since the Nationals wrapped up their 8-5, 14-inning win in Los Angeles yesterday evening, enough time to process everything that happened during the longest game in club history (5 hours, 34 minutes). And the primary takeaway continues to be this notion: That was simply an epic baseball game, no matter…
Sep 1, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT
The Nationals added six players to their roster Monday in the first round of September call-ups, promoting relievers Aaron Barrett, Xavier Cedeno and Blake Treinen, catcher Sandy Leon, first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Class AAA Syracuse. All six players will be active and available for Monday night’s series opener in…
Aug 26, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Matt Williams is loathe to look ahead, certainly as far ahead as October when the calendar still reads August. We here at the Insider, on the other hand, don’t worry about such things. Especially with a very important date fast approaching. We’re five days away from baseball’s August 31 deadline to set postseason…
Aug 1, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT
Updated at 5:07 p.m. Needing to clear a roster spot for the just-acquired Asdrubal Cabrera, the Nationals decided Friday to send slumping reliever Aaron Barrett to Syracuse, hoping the rookie can iron out some kinks and refresh before his likely return to the big leagues in September. Barrett had been among the most-pleasant surprises on…
May 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
When Ross Detwiler got Devin Mesoraco to popup to the third baseman in the top of the 15th inning late Monday night, the left-hander extended a streak of dominance by the Nationals bullpen to new, hard-to-fathom lengths. At that moment, the Nats relief corps had tossed 27 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. That’s more than three…
Apr 28, 2014, 6:04 AM EDT
After Nationals starter Taylor Jordan left Sunday’s game due to a fever, relievers Ross Detwiler and Aaron Barrett had trouble picking up where he left off. Inheriting a game tied at one, Detwiler and Barrett combined to give up three runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched, the deciding difference in the Nats’ loss to the…
Apr 22, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT
Updated at 6:07 p.m. The Nationals, as expected, recalled right-hander Aaron Barrett from Class AAA on Tuesday and optioned lefty Xavier Cedeno back to Syracuse in a bullpen-bolstering move. Barrett, who dominated in his first two weeks as a major-league reliever and retired 13-of-16 batters faced, was sent down April 12 when the Nationals needed…
Apr 18, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals recalled lefty relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno on Friday afternoon and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen back down to Triple-A Syracuse. Treinen, 25, will return to a starter’s schedule now after serving a week as the Nationals’ long reliever. “The plan for him outside of the major league team is for him to start…
Apr 11, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT
This time last year, Aaron Barrett was one week into the job as closer of the Harrisburg Senators. He was still searching for his first career save at the Double-A level. Fast forward 12 months and Barrett is a budding star in the Washington Nationals’ bullpen. He’s yet to allow a run through five career…
Apr 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Imagine the expression on Aaron Barrett’s face yesterday afternoon, after the rookie reliever not only made his big-league debut on Opening Day, not only retired the side with a pair of strikeouts, not only did all this in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame in front of 42,442 fans at Citi Field and not only did all this with his parents, wife and other family members in attendance, but emerged from it all with his first career win to boot.
Mar 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams hinted yesterday morning that he planned to make some cuts after the day’s exhibition game against the Mets. Little could anyone have guessed just how many cuts the Nationals manager would make, nor how surprising some of the moves (and their domino effects) would be. Having had some time now…
Mar 25, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT
Updated at 6:23 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals made several major decisions this afternoon, nearly finalizing their Opening Day roster after cutting infielders Tyler Moore and Jamey Carroll, plus pitchers Ryan Mattheus, Xavier Cedeno and Chris Young. Moore, Mattheus and Cedeno were optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, where they will open the season. Carroll…
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