May 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
They’ve lost more than half their starting lineup to injuries at various points over the last two months. Their star-studded rotation has been decidedly average to date. And they’ve been among the worst defensive clubs in baseball. So how have the Nationals managed to go 23-20 over the season’s first seven weeks, leaving themselves a…
May 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
If you weren’t able to stay awake through the conclusion of the Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks late last night … well, you can be excused. It’s tough to ask anyone to stay up well past midnight for a mid-May ballgame out west. You’re in luck, though, because your humble beat reporter is paid…
Apr 19, 2014, 9:41 AM EST
Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals – a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries – the Nationals nearly saw it slip away. Struggling relief pitcher Tyler Clippard took over for starter Gio Gonzalez to begin the inning, and needed 26 pitches to…
Feb 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — We’ve officially reached the inevitable point in spring training when everyone just desperately wants the games to start already. There’s still one more day before that happens, but the Nationals will begin the transition this morning when they conduct a lighter-than-usual workout inside Space Coast Stadium, treating it as more of a…
Feb 19, 2014, 11:18 AM EST
The Nationals’ bullpen was a bit of a liability last season, just one year after being a major strength for the club. They had issues with righty/lefty balance and an overall lack of depth. This year the Nats hope they’ve fixed those problems, bringing in Jerry Blevins to a unit that will also have one…
Feb 12, 2014, 11:22 AM EST
The Nationals’ bullpen in 2013 was a bit of a weakness. After ranking seventh in the majors (third in the NL) with a 3.23 bullpen ERA in 2012 , they dropped to 17th last season with a 3.56 mark. This offseason the Nats helped balance out the unit by trading with the Oakland Athletics for…
Feb 4, 2014, 12:19 PM EST
2013 was a long season for Nationals reliever Drew Storen as he posted the worst numbers of his career and was sent down to Triple-A to figure out his problems. But over the final five weeks of the season Storen was excellent, he looked like his old self and closed the year on a positive…
Feb 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EST
With the Nationals bringing in Matt Williams as their new manager this offseason, technically it left up in the air whether the rest of the coaching staff would return. Soon after the hiring, the Nats announced Steve McCatty and Randy Knorr would be back in 2014, among others, much to the delight of players and…
Feb 2, 2014, 4:03 PM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (10th pick), June 2009 2014 salary: $3.45 million (plus $1M if he finishes 60 games) 2013 Stats: 68 G, 20 GF, 3 SV, 8 SVO, 61.2 IP, 65 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 7 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 1.362 WHIP, 4-2, 4.52 ERA,…
Feb 1, 2014, 1:31 PM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $11 million 2013 Stats: 68 G, 58 GF, 43 SV, 49 SVO, 66.2 IP, 65 H, 24 R, 23 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 51 K, 1.230 WHIP, 3-3, 3.11 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 0.5 WAR 2014 storyline: Rafael Soriano’s…
Jan 30, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
As professional sports continue to adapt to the age of Twitter and social media, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer as each year goes by. Rumors, whether the trade or free agent variety, are becoming more prevalent as media outlets and fans crave content and conversation more and more by the day. The NFL…
Jan 26, 2014, 3:13 PM EST
Trade rumors are nothing new for Drew Storen, so when a new round of speculation surfaced this winter, the Nationals reliever didn’t worry about it. “No, I didn’t,” he said Saturday at NatsFest. “It’s part of the business. You read it and … eh, whatever happens. You never really know the full story. It’s kind…
Jan 17, 2014, 11:40 AM EST
Updated at 1:25 p.m. With the deadline to submit competing arbitration figures to Major League Baseball looming this afternoon, there is likely to be a flurry of activity from the Nationals over the next several hours. Sure enough, the Nationals have agreed to terms with five of their seven arbitration-eligible players so far today: Jordan…
Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EST
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 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…
Dec 10, 2013, 6:04 PM EST
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On Tuesday morning, two Nationals sources downplayed trade talks involving Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen. On Tuesday afternoon, Mike Rizzo shot down the notion he’s even received a formal offer for either reliever. Or center fielder Denard Span. “We haven’t been fielding all that many calls on Clippard and Storen,”…
Dec 10, 2013, 12:01 PM EST
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though several clubs have expressed interest in Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, the Nationals’ asking price remains high, with general manager Mike Rizzo seeking a major return for either reliever. Both Storen and Clippard have been viewed as potential trade candidates since season’s end due to their escalating salaries and…
Dec 2, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend has come and gone, the Winter Meetings begin one week from today and the Hot Stove League (you would assume) is about to kick into high gear for the Nationals, who have been awfully quiet to date. Perhaps they will make some news before the end of the day, though, with…
Oct 22, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 140 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2.5 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 68 G, 61.2 IP, 64 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 7 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 1.362 WHIP, 3 SV, 5 BS,…
Sep 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EST
Game in a nutshell: After seeing their lineup go cold following a three-run first inning and their bullpen blow a lead they held for over seven innings, the Nationals came through in the bottom of the ninth with a thrilling, walkoff victory over the Atlanta Braves. Denard Span is the hero with a one-out RBI groundball…
Sep 11, 2013, 10:49 AM EST
NEW YORK — The two most important moments from Tuesday night’s win weren’t home runs by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche. They weren’t scoreless innings of relief from Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano. And they weren’t LaRoche and Scott Hairston crossing the plate with insurance runs in the top of the ninth. No, the two…
Aug 30, 2013, 12:26 PM EST
In a season that has seen inconsistency up and down the Nationals’ roster, Tyler Clippard has been as steady and reliable as ever. He’s appeared in more games than any other pitcher on the Nats’ staff (61) and holds its lowest ERA (1.94). Relief pitching is usually among the most volatile roles in sports. Success…
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