Apr 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
It was like a scene straight from the 2014 season. Denard Span, the Nationals’ centerfielder and offensive table setter, laced a fifth inning, two-out single to right field in to kickstart the game’s decisive rally vs. the Phillies Sunday. One batter later, he raced around the base paths at top speed on an Ian Desmond…
Apr 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EST
When the Nationals gave rookie centerfielder Michael Taylor a chance to show what he could do in Denard Span’s absence, they were hoping the 24-year-old could show flashes of the everyday player they expect him to be down the road. For 12 games, he did just that. Though far from a finished product, Taylor demonstrated enough…
Apr 17, 2015, 11:46 AM EST
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) They have Jeff Francoeur batting cleanup. Jeff Francoeur. Cleanup. 29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 27) This may be a tough year for Milwaukee fans after seeing…
Apr 17, 2015, 10:20 AM EST
It may have been a little in-game redemption, but Michael Taylor sure didn’t see it that way. Despite delivering the game’s decisive blow — a fifth inning solo shot off Cole Hamels to break a 2-2 tie — the talented 24-year-old rookie centerfielder was still lamenting a fourth inning gaffe that could have cost the…
Apr 16, 2015, 12:48 PM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 3-6 Team slash: .212/.281/.368 Team ERA: 3.52 Runs per game: 3.7 STOCK UP Michael Taylor, CF: .486 SLG/ HR/ 7 RBI There weren’t many positives for the Nats lineup prior to Wednesday’s 10-5 win over the Red…
Apr 14, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES So, who had the Braves in first place after one week? Not many, especially after the Craig Kimbrel trade. But that, as they say, is why they play the games. Atlanta has posted the best ERA in the majors at 1.86, and have more than held its own offensively, scoring the 11th most…
Apr 10, 2015, 12:56 PM EST
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Philadelphia Phillies – Zuckerman (LW: 29): It’s not going to be a fun year on Broad Street. Unless you’re a fan of the visiting team. 29. Minnesota Twins – Hughes (LW: 28): Ervin…
Apr 8, 2015, 12:49 PM EST
With the new baseball season upon us, CSNWashington will take a weekly glimpse at the rest of the NL East: ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves started Opening Week off with a bang — and it was before they even played a single game. Atlanta concluded what looks like an offseason-long fire sale when it traded four-time…
Apr 7, 2015, 3:44 PM EST
If the preseason predictions are to be believed, the Washington Nationals are supposed to waltz through the National League East without much resistance. After all, they have what is widely considered to be the best starting rotation in the game to go along with a balanced lineup that, when healthy, should be able to score…
Apr 7, 2015, 12:40 AM EST
It didn’t take long for the juiced up Opening Day crowd at Nationals Park to see just what all the hoopla was all about. Max Scherzer, the Nats’ prized offseason acquisition, took the hill Monday against the New York Mets and — for a time — showed why he’s fit to lead what many consider…
Mar 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
With Opening Day of the 2015 season just weeks away, it seems like a good time to take stock of the teams around Major League Baseball. Just about all of the offseason moves have been made and it’s about time to get started on the road to the World Series. Here are my power rankings for…
Feb 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Feb 12, 2015, 3:38 PM EST
The Nationals formally announced 20 non-roster invitees to big-league camp this spring, a list that includes three former MLB All-Stars, several other recognizable names and a group of upper-level prospects from their own farm system. Among the most well-known players who signed minor-league contracts and garnered invitations to major-league camp are second baseman Dan Uggla…
Feb 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Feb 11, 2015, 11:17 AM EST
Jerry Blevins won his arbitration case against the Nationals, awarded a $2.4 million salary for this season, according to a source familiar with the decision. A three-person panel heard arguments from both Blevins and the Nationals (who offered $2.2 million) during Tuesday’s hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla. Those judges decided to rule in favor of…
Feb 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Traded from Athletics for OF Billy Burns, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $2.4 million OR $2.2 million (pending arbitration case) 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2015 storyline: After a rough several months to begin his…
Feb 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Feb 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees, Aug. 2014 2015 salary: $3.5 million 2014 stats: (w/WSH) 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 0.7 WAR. (Overall) 64 G, 36 IP, 33 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 8…
Feb 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2015 salary: $5.7 million 2014 stats: 65 G, 56.1 IP, 44 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 46 K, 0.976 WHIP, 11 SV, 3 BS, 2-1, 1.12 ERA, 2.71 FIP, 0.9 WAR 2015 storyline: After a brilliant regular season…
Feb 6, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
If you’re making a trip to Viera this spring, chances are you’re going for one primary reason: baseball. That’s certainly a worthy reason to travel 900 miles to Viera. Come to think of it, there really aren’t many other worthy reasons to travel to Viera. But there actually will be more to your trip than…
Feb 5, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
Football season’s over. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. And that can mean only one thing: Spring training is right around the corner. Yes, Nationals pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Viera two weeks from today, news that is sure to bring a smile to your face (unless it’s been frozen in place from…
Feb 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2015 salary: $16.5 million 2014 stats: 32 GS, 199.2 IP, 185 H, 67 R, 59 ER, 13 HR, 29 BB, 182 K, 1.072 WHIP, 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 5.2 WAR 2015 storyline: On the heels of another All-Star season that earned…
Feb 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2015 salary: $7.4 million 2014 stats: 34 GS, 215 IP, 198 H, 86 R, 75 ER, 23 HR, 43 BB, 242 K, 1.121 WHIP, 14-11, 3.14 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 4.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Strasburg took some important career steps in 2014. He…
Feb 2, 2015, 2:40 PM EST
Casey Janssen has passed his physical, making the reliever’s 1-year, $5 million contract with the Nationals official, the club announced Monday. Janssen, 33, came to terms on the deal Wednesday but still needed to take his physical before it could be announced. The Nationals also needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, which…
Feb 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2015 2015 salary + bonus: $15 million 2014 stats: 33 GS, 220 1/3 IP, 196 H, 80 R, 77 ER, 18 HR, 63 BB, 252 K, 1.175 WHIP, 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 5.5 WAR 2015 storyline: Let’s see … you just…
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