NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mythbusting Zimmerman’s Bases-Loaded Struggles

In Saturday’s loss against the Brewers, Ryan Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, which means he didn’t get a hit in yet another high leverage situation this season. Despite flashes here and there, Zimmerman has struggled offensively this season. Those struggles have been exposed in high leverage situations thanks to the new found strategy of intentionally...
Via The Nats Blog
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

6.25.16: Losing streak at 7 after Nationals fall to Brewers

The Nationals have now lost seven games after dropping Saturday's game against Milwaukee.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg to miss second straight start with bad back

MILWAUKEE — Washington ace Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday at Milwaukee.Manager Dusty Baker says Strasburg felt pain in his back while throwing before Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start with an upper back strain.Baker says right-hander Tanner Roark will start in Strasburg's place, pitching on regular...
Via Associated Press
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Can Gio Gonzalez snap the Nationals' six-game skid?

Caught in their worst swoon of the season, the Nationals will turn to Gio Gonzalez to lead them out of a six-game losing skid. He will take the mound Saturday in Milwaukee against Matt Garza.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg to start Sunday for Nationals vs Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will return to start Sunday against the Brewers after skipping his last scheduled appearance with an upper back strain. Strasburg was scratched from an anticipated showdown against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Monday. Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts this season. ''If he's encouraged, I'm encouraged,'' Nationals...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: No need to panic

It has been a rough stretch recently for the Washington Nationals. In the midst of a season-long five game losing streak, the Nats have gone just 4-6 since completing a sweep of the Phillies on June 12. Having felt the heartbreak of collapse before, many Nationals fans are already worried about the team moving forward. However, this is not the time to jump to conclusions, and there...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats' Ross among best hitting pitchers, Espinosa & Ramos keep raking

The Nationals got swept on Wednesday night, but there were some positives for them offensively, mainly the performances by Joe Ross, Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa, Trea Turner, and the Value of Patience

When the Nationals decided to begin the year with Danny Espinosa as their starting shortstop, with top prospect Trea Turner beginning the year back in Triple-A, it was widely seen as another example of a team manipulating the service time rules in order to extend their controllable years over a valuable player. That narrative was seemingly reinforced when the Nationals stuck with...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute

With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled broadcasting career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, talked baseball with Scully and...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

David Huzzard: Nats bullpen needs fixing, but don't expect many changes soon - Nationals Buzz

They are riding a five-game losing streak and in need of bullpen help. That is the current state of your Washington Nationals. A five-game losing streak is nothing to worry about. It happens. The fact that the Nationals have avoided a prolonged losing streak for this long is a miracle. ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Wilson Ramos’s strong first half affected his future with the Nationals?

LOS ANGELES — The latest National League all-star voting update came out Wednesday morning, and the best offensive catcher in baseball is third in his position again, third in the minds of fans behind Yadier Molina and Buster Posey. Ramos will probably be selected anyway, and a little all-star voting indignity is a staple of any […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Solis can close, start or specialize, plus minors notes - Byron Kerr

Left-hander Sammy Solis can be a viable option as interim closer for the Nationals. Left-hander Sammy Solis can be a spot starter. Both of these proclamations hold true. Solis has swing-and-miss stuff in the mid-90s that can be a weapon in the ninth inning. Solis also began his career as ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals roster moves: Time to call up Trea Turner, sit down Ryan Zimmerman

The Washington Nationals were cruising. From May 29 to June 17, the Nats’ offense carried the team to a 14-4 record, posting over six runs per game. But now, as the offense has lost its way and the bullpen becomes more and more vulnerable, Washington has lost four straight winnable games. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is not the only culprit in this slump, but a change needs to...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Fliegel: Roark remains underrated in Nationals rotation - Nationals Buzz

The season is nearly 45 percent complete, and the Nationals are leading their division by 4 1/2 games. Sure, the season is far from over, but they've got the fourth- best record in the league, and they look strong. Individual players that usually come to mind as the reasons for ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Bryce Harper showing signs of regaining his MVP form?

LOS ANGELES — As Bryce Harper took batting practice before the Nationals 3-2 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night, a young fan behind the Nationals dugout narrated enthusiastically. “Another one!” he cried after Harper hit one home run, then another. “Oh my gosh, look, another one!” So went Harper’s batting practice, shot after shot, well-hit ball […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roark Gives Up Homer Late, Nationals Lose to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Washington starter Tanner Roark, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night. The Dodgers rallied for their season-high fifth straight victory and seventh in their last eight, and will go for the series sweep on Wednesday. Grandal gave the Dodgers...
Via CBS DC
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s batter’s box ritual is focus of new MLB commercial

When Bryce Harper steps into the batter’s box at Dodger Stadium this week, he’ll perform roughly the same bat-tapping ritual that he did when he made his major league debut in Los Angeles four years ago. Here’s how Harper explained the ritual, which dates to his one year at the College of Southern Nevada, in 2012: “I think once […]
Via DC Sports Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals, Reddit help kids in Zambia play baseball

The Washington Nationals and a Reddit user teamed up to show kids in Zambia how to play baseball, and brought some joy to their lives in the process. Many pictures posted show the kids showing off their equipment, or just clowning around and having a great time. It was a great display of the sheer happiness that baseball can bring to a group of kids. From Reddit: These kids...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Nationals a Great Team?

When I watched Jayson Werth‘s epic post-game interview where he referred to Jonathan Papelbon as the “DC Strangler,” I couldn’t help but think to myself, man, this is a great team. They seem like they are having a blast out there. That got me to thinking: What makes a successful team, and do the Washington Nationals have those same traits? I did a little research on the topic...
Via The Nats Blog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Shawn Kelley Likely Out Friday: ‘I Hate Being Honest’

WASHINGTON — Honesty is always the best policy, right? In most situations, the alternative to honesty can hurt feelings and damage relationships. But in some situations, it can be much worse. Washington Nationals reliever and interim closer Shawn Kelley understands that concept, having torn his ulnar collateral ligament twice, requiring a pair of Tommy John surgeries. Now, when...
Via CBS DC
8 days ago  |  Discuss

To be clear, Bryan Harper earned his Triple-A promotion

WASHINGTON — Nationals left-handed prospect Bryan Harper was promoted to Syracuse, Washington’s Class-AAA affiliate, last week. That promotion, General Manager Mike Rizzo assures, had nothing to do with the name on the back of his jersey. “Yeah, it would be a nice story to play with his brother,” Rizzo told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The FAn. “But he, like everyone else...
Via CBS DC
9 days ago  |  Discuss

UIC signs JUCO forward Clint Robinson

UIC filled its final scholarship Wednesday with the addition of junior college forward Clint Robinson, 247Sports’ Josh Stirn reported. The 6-foot-8 Robinson averaged 14.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game last season at State Fair Community College in Missouri. Robinson joins Kyle Guice, another junior college transfer, as an addition to UIC’s frontcourt. The two...
Via The Catch and Shoot
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth has profane message for his critics

For the second time in four games, Jayson Werth delivered a walk-off hit for the Washington Nationals. His most recent came on Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs — capping off on a thrilling 5-4, 12-inning victory in D.C. It’s been a standout week for the 37-year-old outfielder. He’s posted a .421 batting average over the past seven days and a .333 mark in June....
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Revere Outfield Assist Alert

We’ve entered into the Statcast era, but just before the Statcast era, we had to make do with more subjective evaluations. Among the evaluations was the Fan Scouting Report, a Tangotiger project to crowd-source player defense. One of the categories to be evaluated as part of the Fan Scouting Report has been arm strength. Okay, so, getting to the point, Ben Revere became a big-league...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kieboom Tops Solid Draft Class

The three-day Major League Baseball draft concluded on Saturday, and the Washington Nationals came out of the proceedings with an intriguing crop of prospects. Overall, this class should give the Nationals some depth, particularly when it comes to the infield and pitching. Early rounds saw the Nationals put a heavy emphasis on position players, headlined by top pick Carter Kieboom...
Via The Nats Blog
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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