Apr 5, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT
After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason. The 30-year-old right-hander was given a record $210 million contract, further cementing the Nationals as 2015 World Series favorites. But before they prove all the…
Mar 22, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT
Stephen Strasburg was supposed to start today, making the trip to Lakeland to face Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Instead, Strasburg is back in Viera, nursing a twisted left ankle suffered during conditioning drills. The injury is not believed to be serious, but it is enough to keep the right-hander from…
Mar 19, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
We are fast approaching the stretch run of spring training, which means pitchers start going deeper into games, position players start getting more at-bats and guys on the roster bubble start being evaluated a bit closer. The Nationals today will see Gio Gonzalez make his third start of the spring. The lefty was fantastic in…
Mar 17, 2015, 12:47 PM EDT
The Nationals play at the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday with a pretty decent pitching matchup on deck. Neither Max Scherzer or Doug Fister will face their former team, instead Stephen Strasburg will take the mound with Justin Verlander as his counterpart. Strasburg has been compared to Verlander by many in the past and both have…
Mar 11, 2015, 10:25 AM EDT
Given the star power up and down the Nationals’ rotation, there is regularly going to be a good chance of a premier pitching matchup this season. Consider today’s game in Viera the first of many more to come, with Jordan Zimmermann squaring off against the Tigers’ David Price. These aren’t just two of the better…
Jan 27, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in AL Central Manager: Brad Ausmus, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $172 million Key additions: OF Yoenis Cespedes, OF Anthony Gose, RHP Alfredo Simon, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Tom Gorzelanny Key losses: RHP Max Scherzer, OF Torii Hunter, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Phil Coke Projected lineup 2B Ian…
Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…
Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…
Jan 20, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
In signing Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract, the Nationals appear to be going all in on competing for a World Series title in 2015. But does adding the right-hander make them favorites? I discussed that topic and more with Michael Jenkins on Geico SportsNet Central last night. We also looked at the history between…
Jan 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Though Max Scherzer’s contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats’ payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million. Not only is that the biggest contract ever handed out in Nationals history, it’s the second largest ever for a starting pitcher, both in total money and average annual…
Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EDT
UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. The best starting rotation in Major League Baseball is about to get even better, as the Nationals have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with top free agent Max Scherzer. Sources familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement early Monday morning, though the exact dollar amount is unclear at this point.…
Dec 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT
The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reportedly are about to finalize a trade that, for most of the baseball community, is notable because it includes the guy who will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx: Didi Gregorius. For the Nationals and anyone who follows them, though, this deal is significant because of a different…
Nov 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Last year we at CSN went through all 30 MLB teams and cited one reason for each why their fans should be thankful. Well, one year later as we all celebrate Thanksgiving, here is another stab at that idea. Some teams have more to be thankful for than others, of course, but each team in baseball…
Mar 29, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT
Here are some notes on the Nationals as they ready for their final exhibition game of 2014, a home matchup with the Detroit Tigers… Rain is in the forecast The Nationals have returned to Washington to play one exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers before they head even further north for Opening Day in New…
Mar 20, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — As far as spring training matchups go, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than this: Stephen Strasburg vs. Max Scherzer, with a bunch of regulars in both the Nationals and Tigers lineups. Strasburg, who last night was officially named the Nats’ Opening Day starter, makes his fourth appearance of the spring…
Mar 17, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT
The Nationals haven’t named a No. 5 starter yet, but they have eliminated one very prominent name from the competition: Ross Detwiler. Matt Williams told reporters in Lakeland today that Detwiler will open the season in the Nationals’ bullpen, a decision the rookie manager cited as being in the club’s best interests. That leaves Tanner…
Mar 17, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT
It’s snowing in D.C., and it’s raining down in Florida, putting today’s game in Lakeland at least somewhat in jeopardy. If they do get started, it’ll be Tanner Roark on the mound for the Nationals, going up against a Tigers lineup that today includes Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera. Several Nats regulars made the trip.…
Mar 16, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT
Today the Nationals play two split-squad games, one at home against the Tigers and the other on the road against the Astros. Jordan Zimmermann will face Detroit while Gio Gonzalez will take the mound vs. Houston. The Nats-Tigers game will be on TV and Justin Verlander is pitching. The Nats will also have a lineup…
Mar 14, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT
While we await word on Doug Fister’s bullpen session in Viera — more specifically, whether or not the right-hander is now ready to pitch in a game again — one teammate who’s fate might well hang in the balance takes the mound in Lakeland. Taylor Jordan, competing for the fifth spot in the Opening Day…
Jan 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo stopped by at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk with Mark about the event, the team’s offseason and what he expects from Matt Williams’ first spring training. On the topic of their moves this winter, Rizzo had some interesting thoughts on trading for Doug Fister in particular. As you may recall, the…
Jan 15, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 93-69, 1st place in AL Central Manager: Brad Ausmus, 1st season Estimated 2014 payroll: $158 million Key additions: 2B Ian Kinsler, RHP Joe Nathan, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Ian Krol, INF Steve Lombardozzi Key losses: 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Doug Fister, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Omar Infante, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Jose Veras…
Dec 4, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT
The Nationals’ trade for Doug Fister was met with reaction from across the baseball world. Most were surprised Mike Rizzo was able to acquire a pitcher of Fister’s caliber without giving up more than Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. What made Fister so attractive to the Nationals? And why did they get him…
Dec 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT
Doug Fister has been traded before, so he wasn’t shocked when he got the call from Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski last night. It also helped that Fister’s new club, the Nationals, boasts one of baseball’s best rotations and has visions of competing deep into October next season. Here are some highlights from Fister’s conference…
Dec 3, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT
General manager Mike Rizzo just wrapped up a conference call with reporters a few minutes ago. Obviously, last night’s trade for Doug Fister was the primary topic of discussion, but Rizzo also addressed some other issues, including the competition for No. 5 starter, the state of things at second base and the continued desire to…
Dec 3, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo was determined to bolster the Nationals’ rotation this winter, and he didn’t sound too keen on going back to the same free-agent well he delved into the last two offseasons. No, it became obvious early on the Nats’ general manager wanted to acquire a starter via trade, perhaps one not all that dissimilar…
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