Mar 26, 2015, 9:08 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — There was a moment in the top of the third inning Thursday evening at Space Coast Stadium that might as well have been classic Gio Gonzalez. After issuing back-to-back, 2-out walks to the Mets, the left-hander shouted out a naughty word that could be heard in every corner of this cozy ballpark.…
Mar 6, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jordan Zimmermann has been doing this long enough now to know what he needs to get out of a 2-inning start in early March. (Hint: Not nearly as much as he needs to get out of a longer start in early April.) “Early in my career I was ready to…
Feb 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft 2015 salary: $2.25 million 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Few relievers in baseball have been more reliable, durable and versatile than Stammen, who has pitched in just…
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 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There was a lot that came out of our conversations with Nationals players at NatsFest back on Dec. 13, lots of important baseball stuff that had to be written and talked about soon after the fact. Now that Mark and I are done presenting the nuts and bolts, I wanted to share some leftovers from…
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 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Drafted in 12th round of 2005 MLB Draft MLB service time: 4 years, 160 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.375 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR Quotable: “I don’t normally…
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…
Aug 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
As much as Matt Williams is thrilled to have seen his team win seven straight games, the last three of them in dramatic walk-off fashion, the last two of them in extra innings, the Nationals manager does realize there’s one caveat to all this recent excitement. “It doesn’t help your bullpen, for sure,” he said…
Aug 19, 2014, 12:21 AM EDT
It used to cross Adam LaRoche’s mind when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, or later, and realized a home run would win the game for his team. But at some point over the last 11 years, he realized it was doing him no good to worry about it.…
Aug 5, 2014, 12:38 AM EDT
A manager has a split-second to make an in-game decision, and he must consider all sorts of factors in that split-second afforded him before somebody has to step to the plate or throw a pitch. As soon as Wilson Ramos singled to right-center in the bottom of the sixth Monday night, Matt Williams had a…
Aug 1, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ bullpen, as dominant a unit as there has been in baseball through much of the season, has suddenly and surprisingly fallen onto hard times. And Thursday night’s performance in a 10-4 loss to the Phillies was only the latest example. Asked to keep the game within striking distance after Gio Gonzalez lasted only…
Jul 18, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura returned to the baseball field on Friday night for the first time since his 9-month-old son, Janniel, passed away a week ago. The former All-Star walked to the plate in the top of the second inning to an extended ovation from the 39,373 in attendance. Segura took a moment to take…
Jul 8, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT
The Nationals, on paper, should be as formidable an extra-inning foe as anyone in baseball. Between a dominant and deep bullpen, a productive and deep lineup and a veteran-laden bench, they appear well-constructed to come up big the later the clock reads. How then to explain their actual results this season? Monday’s 8-2, 11-inning loss…
Jun 27, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT
CHICAGO — Denard Span saw the ball go off Luis Valbuena’s bat, looked up to the sky and saw nothing but a cool fog that had enveloped Wrigley Field in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday night. So the Nationals center fielder did the only thing he could in that moment: Throw his arms…
Jun 23, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT
You don’t have to remind Tyler Clippard that the Braves have been his kryptonite of late; he’s already well aware. The Nationals’ setup man has been solid all season against the majority of clubs around baseball, owning the second highest mark in the majors for holds with 17 and having recently come off a stretch in…
Jun 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
First things first: Rafael Soriano threw a bad pitch to Yonder Alonso with two outs in the bottom of the ninth late last night in San Diego. A 1-0 fastball up in the zone and over the plate to Alonso, who sent it flying over the right-field fence at Petco Park, sending the game into…
May 17, 2014, 6:54 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: With an opportunity to beat the Mets for the 10th consecutive time, the Nationals had to like their chances this afternoon. Gio Gonzalez had a track record of dominance against New York’s lineup, and the Nats have beaten up on the Mets’ pitching staff so far this season. Then the game…
May 4, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Craig Stammen joined one of the rarest of fraternities on Sunday: Major-league ballplayers with college degrees. After passing his final exams from the University of Dayton, where he first enrolled in 2002, Stammen officially was among the Class of 2014 honored at Sunday’s graduation ceremony. The right-hander wasn’t there to receive his diploma…
Apr 25, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT
In a marathon game of 12 innings – four hours and 14 minutes of baseball – the Nationals ended up taking their 11th loss of the season at the hands of a former teammate. The Padres have had major troubles scoring runs this season, but they broke through on a Xavier Nady RBI single in…
Feb 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft 2014 salary: $1.375 million 2013 stats: 55 G, 81.2 IP, 78 H, 30 R, 25 ER, 4 HR, 27 BB, 79 K, 1.286 WHIP, 0 SV, 1 BS, 7-6, 2.76 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 1.0 WAR 2014 storyline: After back-to-back seasons that showcased…
Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…
Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
The Washington Nationals have released a list of players they expect to attend Jan. 25’s NatsFest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The appearances are subject to change, but for now it appears Stephen Strasburg will be there after missing the event in 2013. Bryce Harper will be in attendance as well, along…
Dec 19, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
One of the toughest tasks for any first-time manager is bullpen usage, and that figures to be among the more intriguing aspects of Matt Williams’ inaugural season as skipper of the Nationals. Williams inherits a Washington bullpen loaded at the back end with three right-handers who have all enjoyed success as a closer in the…
Dec 7, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will soon embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity, taking part in the 2013 USO Holiday Tour organized by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. LaRoche will join a group of celebrities including stars of the reality show ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Jep and Willie Robertson, as…
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