NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Roark picking up where he left off (no score through four) - Byron Kerr

On a rainy and then misty Thursday getaway day, after waiting 36 minutes to get started, both starting pitchers have been very smooth in retiring batters as the Nationals and Phillies wrap up their three-game set. Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, coming off a career-high 15 strikeout performance last Saturday in ... Read More
Via MASN
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals pitcher's daughter fills out lineup card for Take Your Kid To Work Day

In honor of Take Your Kid To Work Day, the Washington Nationals let Tanner Roark's daughter, Madison, fill out the lineup card with her dad on the mound. She did a solid job, specifically with regards to making it look like a Drake album cover -- because obviously that's what she was going for. Hats off to Madison for getting the spelling right on Ryan Zimmerman and Danny Espinosa...
Via Fox Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper will play in 2017 WBC … on one condition

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper arguably is the best player in baseball at the moment, so it obviously would be a major coup if those in charge of the U.S. team could convince him to play in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Harper recently indicated he’d love to play for his country in the upcoming global tournament, but only under one condition: The team has...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Hot Start Has Had Some Help

I feel like I just wrote this recently somewhere, but I guess I’ll write it again. In baseball, people don’t pay too much attention to strength of schedule. In part this is because numbers aren’t easy to come by. In probably larger part, this is because strengths tend to mostly even out. That’s true over full seasons, for sure, but there’s no reason it should be true over...
Via Fangraphs
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Promoting Trea Turner immediately would pay dividends for Nationals

The Washington Nationals didn’t even get out of April before opposing managers recognized the futility of facing Bryce Harper in leverage situations. As the Phillies demonstrated the last two nights (4-3 and 3-0 Phillies wins respectively), the Nationals’ punchless offense is almost completely helpless when Harper is removed from the equation — he’s walked five times the...
Via Today's Knuckleball
11 hours ago

Nationals Park netting stops busted bat from flying into seats

The extended netting installed at Nationals Park once again saved the day when it prevented Cesar Hernandez’s broken bat from flying into the stands. During the top of the 7th inning of Wednesday's game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, a pitch from Gio Hernandez got in a bit on the Phillies second baseman’s hands, breaking the bat and sending a huge...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

David Huzzard: Trea Turner's time has come - Nationals Buzz

It's time to have a talk with Mike Rizzo and Ted Lerner. This isn't about Rizzo's option. With how last season played out, I don't blame them for waiting until as late as possible to pick up the option of a general manager that is, deservingly, on the hot seat. ... Read More
Via MASN
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maryland Outline Used on Nationals ‘State of Mind’ Pint Glass

WASHINGTON — Two years ago the Baltimore Orioles rankled some Nationals fans by placing a team-sponsored billboard along the D.C.-Maryland border heading into D.C., a marketing strategy which was well within their shared market rights. This isn’t quite that, but for a brief period on Wednesday, fans could purchase on MLB’s online shop a 16-ounce Nationals “State of Mind...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez strong again, but Nats bats go cold in loss to Phillies

Gio Gonzalez was strong again, but the Nationals couldn't provide any offense to help him out on Wednesday night.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baker, Nats players and coaches visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - Byron Kerr

Nationals manager Dusty Baker, coaches and players visited service members and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center this morning. Players in attendance included Tanner Roark, Michael A. Taylor, Joe Ross, Danny Epinosa, Blake Treinen, Oliver Perez and Matt den Dekker. Baker said it meant a great ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker sticks with usual lineup to back Gio Gonzalez

Despite yesterday’s light offensive showing, and steadily slow starts from several regulars, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker is sticking with his go-to lineup Wednesday night against the Phillies. Anthony Rendon (.241) and Ryan Zimmerman (.250) will continue to sandwich Bryce Harper, whom the Phillies pitched around three times Tuesday night. Michael  A. Taylor, who has two […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals bringing reliever Sammy Solis to D.C.

Because of Matt Belisle’s calf injury suffered in Tuesday’s game, the Nationals are bringing Sammy Solis from Class AAA Syracuse to D.C. on Wednesday, according to people familiar with the situation. Solis, a left-handed reliever, is off to a dominant start, allowing one run and striking out 14 over nine innings in Syracuse. His fastball […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos placed on bereavement leave, Pedro Severino recalled

  The Nationals placed Wilson Ramos on the bereavement list Tuesday so that he might be with family to mourn the death of his grandfather. The team recalled 22-year-old catcher Pedro Severino to fill Ramos’s roster spot. Bereavement leave allows players a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days away from the team. […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baker on Nats' clubhouse chemistry, working with GM Mike Rizzo

Dusty Baker had heard the stories about the Nationals' dysfunction, but hasn't seen any of it so far.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago  |  Discuss

That Day Tanner Roark Was Out of His Mind

About eight years ago, Tanner Roark was pitching in the independent Frontier League after his college team released him. He had an ERA greater than 20.00 in three games. Then the Rangers drafted him, traded him to the Nationals, and he switched to throwing only two-seamers as his main fastball. A few years later, he put up a three-win, 198-inning season, and now — after largely unsuccessfu...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Heisley's homer ends 16 inning Nats-Twins game

Bryce Harper got the day off for the Washington Nationals… until the bottom of the ninth inning. Trailing 4-3, Nationals manager Dusty Baker (obviously) had Harper pinch-hit, and to the surprise of no one, Harper came through with a game-tying homer (and MLB-leading ninth homer): Harper was then replaced by Chris Heisey on defense for the top of the 10th inning, leaving the...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Grind Out Win in Franchise’s Longest Game

WASHINGTON — During a career that has spanned five decades, Dusty Baker was pressed to remember a baseball game as zany at this one. “I feel like I just came out of ‘The Twilight Zone,'” the Nationals’ first-year manager said Sunday night after Washington spent nearly six hours crafting a 6-5, 16-inning victory over the Minnesota Twins. Bryce Harper tied it with a pinch...
Via CBS DC
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oliver Perez two-out bunt helps tie game (VIDEO)

It’s not ideal for a team to send up a relief pitcher to the plate down by a run and down to the last out. But when you’ve run out of position players in the 15th inning, desperate times call for desperate measures. Enter lefty Oliver Perez, with his Nationals behind 5-4 to visiting Minnesota. Danny Espinosa stole second early in the at-bat — hoping Perez (and his .158 career...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth robs Byron Buxton of a home run in return from hamstring injury

Jayson Werth made his return to the Washington Nationals’ lineup Friday night against the Minnesota Twins. It’s a good thing he did, because he turned in one of the top defensive highlights of the season by robbing a home run off the bat of Byron Buxton. Psshh what hamstring injury? pic.twitter.com/1NcrUUBgdw — Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) April 23, 2016 Werth was forced...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals selling ‘Make baseball fun again’ merchandise

Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper has been spotted wearing apparel saying “Make baseball fun again.” Now his team is following suit. The Washington Nationals are selling merchandise with the slogan prominently featured. Get ‘em while they’re hot. Available at the #Nats Team Store.#MakeBaseballFunAgain pic.twitter.com/12gadd0yNJ — Washington Nationals...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer’s Home Run Problem

Max Scherzer is a great pitcher. We can all agree on that simple fact. Scherzer did not have a good night for the series finale against the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon. That is also not a brave statement. He went five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits for the loss. That is not a Max Scherzer-type start.But all is not lost!Scherzer’s last start was brilliant, going...
Via The Nats Blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Manfred: ‘Bryce Harper is a spokesman for this generation’

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday spoke out in support of players showing more emotion on the field. And while he said he respects the opinions of traditionalists and the like, he believes that it’s up to players like Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper to rewrite baseball’s unwritten rules as they take control of the game. In fact, Manfred...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Dissecting Erick Fedde’s Early Returns

Right-handed pitching prospect Erick Fedde made his third start at High-A Potomac on Wednesday and produced mixed results. Though he struck out a career-high nine batters, he also walked four while surrendering three runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings pitched against the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians).With that performance, he fell to 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA and a 22:6 K:BB...
Via The Nats Blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg’s New Old Pitch

Stephen Strasburg has powered the Nationals to wins in his first three starts of the year, including Tuesday’s win over the Marlins. It might have been his most impressive outing of the year, as he threw eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and only three hits allowed. Strasburg has been utilizing his usual arsenal of a power fastball averaging 95 MPH, hammer curveball and...
Via The Nats Blog
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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