Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT
MIAMI — Baseball has a reputation for being among the most complex major sports in the world, but sometimes it’s actually a rather simple game. Take the Nationals, who after a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night are now a disappointing 7-10 on the season, the vast majority of those losses coming in…
Apr 22, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Tanner Roark’s MLB career has so far been an unlikely success story filled with very few failures for a guy who just a year before he debuted in 2013 lost 17 games at the Triple-A level. He came up as a reliever and earned an opportunity to start. As a starter, he was brilliant with a…
Apr 12, 2015, 12:32 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The theme inside the Nationals’ clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Phillies — a loss that left this team a surprising 1-4 to begin a season of sky-high expectations — was universal. “I think we’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. I…
Mar 28, 2015, 5:54 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was making his first start in 11 days, and it looked like it. The right-hander, scratched from his last outing due to a minor ankle sprain, wasn’t as sharp as he had been the last time he faced a major-league lineup, giving up four runs on four hits…
Mar 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals are taking a break today, enjoying their first scheduled day off of the entire spring. (Your trusty beat reporter, meanwhile, will be on a Florida-bound airplane in just a few hours and will be bringing you live updates from Jupiter tomorrow morning.) So this seems like an opportune time to take a step…
Mar 3, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals’ exhibition season will kick off with the debut of the biggest acquisition of their offseason. Max Scherzer will start Thursday evening’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets getting the nod from Matt Williams. Just don’t read much of anything into this decision, Williams cautions. “He’s ready,” the manager said of…
Feb 23, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT
In Mark’s latest report from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., he looks at who could be the odd-man out of their star-studded rotation. Right now there are six players vying for five spots, meaning someone will likely get bumped to the bullpen within the next few weeks. In this video Mark has reaction from Max…
Feb 22, 2015, 9:59 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Tanner Roark will prepare this spring as though he’ll be a starter come Opening Day. But that likely won’t be the case unless somebody else from the Nationals’ star-studded rotation gets hurt or is traded. So, Roark probably is destined for a long-relief role. Except that’s not exactly the best way to…
Feb 16, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
In our next spring training preview video segment, we look at a couple of members of the Nationals’ roster who could be “X-Factors” this season, guys who could prove hugely significant or not make a whole lot of difference. The first “X-Factor” is Bryce Harper, who despite moments of glory since reaching the big leagues,…
Feb 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 3: Tanner Roark’s uncertain role after losing his rotation spot to Max Scherzer… Tanner Roark made his major-league debut on Aug. 7, 2013,…
Feb 14, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT
What are some of the most-important issues facing the Nationals this spring? I discussed several of them last night on Comcast SportsNet, including… — Jayson Werth’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery — The Nats’ new-look bullpen and the need to replace Tyler Clippard — Ryan Zimmerman’s permanent transition to first base Enjoy the video clip…
Feb 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Traded with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39 BB, 138 K, 1.092 WHIP, 15-10, 2.85…
Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT
After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…
Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT
Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…
Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…
Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
While many of us focused on the possibility the Nationals would trade a starting pitcher this offseason, namely Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister who are both just a year away from hitting free agency, the Nats pulled off a stunner late Sunday night in acquiring the biggest name on the market, Max Scherzer. Now what was…
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 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 3: The night the Nationals clinched the…
Dec 22, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We begin today with significant moment No. 10: The decision to put Ross Detwiler…
Oct 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Trade with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 MLB service time: 1 year, 55 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $506,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39…
Oct 5, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT
One by one, Tanner Roark saw every one of his teammates warm up in the bullpen and trot out to the mound. First Drew Storen in the ninth. Then Tyler Clippard in the 10th. Then Matt Thornton in the 11th. Then Aaron Barrett and Jerry Blevins in the 12th. Craig Stammen took the 13th and…
Sep 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams said this week he needed to see how Jordan Zimmermann’s bruised shoulder fares on Sunday before determining the team’s postseason rotation. On Saturday, Williams delayed that announcement even more. Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be…
Sep 25, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT
Wednesday night’s rainout between the Nationals and Mets gave the Nats a chance to adjust their starting rotation at an opportune time. The playoffs begin in eight days and they shuffled their starters right before the final weekend of the regular season. The result was what now looks like a postseason template: Stephen Strasburg in Game 1, Jordan…
Sep 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
With arguably the best rotation in baseball, but no clear ace, it has been a big debate in Washington over the past few months: who starts the first game of a Nationals playoff series? There is just a week to go in the regular season, but it appears we will all have to wait a…
Sep 24, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
Imagine a right-hander who has won 15 games (tied for the club lead and sixth in the National League), sports a 2.85 ERA (12th in the league), is about to surpass 200 innings pitched and has 10 quality starts in 13 tries since the All-Star break with a 2.65 ERA and 1.04 WHIP during that…
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