NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Strasburg Making Case for Nats’ No. 1

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have five very good pitchers. On any given day, opposing hitters have to face Max Scherzer (a three-time All-Star and 2013 AL Cy Young winner), Stephen Strasburg (2009’s No. 1 overall pick and 2014 NL strikeouts leader), Gio Gonzalez (two-time All-Star, 2012 NL wins leader, third in NL Cy Young voting in 2012), Tanner Roark (2.71 ERA this season) or...
Via CBS DC
27 minutes ago  |  Discuss

How Good is Espinosa’s (and Turner’s) Defense?

Today is May 28th. Estimates vary, but the date that Trea Turner can be called up and be under team control through the 2022 season instead of 2021 is somewhere in the range from May 29th to June 1st (the Washington Post says May 30th), so it’s possible the sun will rise tomorrow on a Nats roster with Turner as starting shortstop. It’s no sure thing that Mike Rizzo and Co. will...
Via The Nats Blog
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez's success against lefties may mean extra day off for Adams

Both the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals might choose to keep a top hitter out of the lineup Saturday night, even if healthy.That's because Gio Gonzalez is pitching.The Nationals left-hander is coming off his worst outing of the season and the first with Wilson Ramos calling the signals, but Gonzalez remains very tough on lefty hitters, and that could lead to the red...
Via Fox Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats Fan Surprise Interviews Ryan Zimmerman (Video)

WASHINGTON — Imagine starting a somber interview and getting the chance to turn the microphone on one of your favorite sports superstars. That was the experience for Justin Stubenhofer, who thought he was on the field to talk to MASN broadcaster Johnny Holiday about the Washington Nationals’ partnership with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Stubenhofer lost his dad...
Via CBS DC
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals pitcher Jordan undergoes second Tommy John surgery

Nationals minor league pitcher Taylor Jordan, a veteran of three MLB seasons, underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper cuts up batting gloves so they can't be sold online

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper revealed that he cuts up his batting gloves so they can't be fished out of the trash and sold online.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer receives hitting tips from fan-made book

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer may dominate opposing batters at the plate, but isn’t nearly as threatening when he steps in the batter’s box. With a career batting average of .194 (which, to be fair, is still very good for a pitcher), Scherzer does not mind getting a few pointers to help improve his approach at the plate, even if it comes from a young fan. Scherzer...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Reddington: Murphy the right choice for Nats in offseason - Nationals Buzz

Daniel Murphy started 44 games and appeared in 46 of the Washington Nationals' first 47 games before Dusty Baker gave the veteran infielder a night off in the series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. In those 46 games, the 31-year-old former New York Met, who signed a ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hits upper-deck home run

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper has a new look after struggling at the plate in recent weeks. The beard is gone and he got a haircut for a more sleek and clean look. Furthermore, he elected to go without his batting gloves, and judging by what happened in Thursday’s game, it helped. With the Nationals trailing the Cardinals 1-0 in the sixth inning, Harper came to the...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper cuts batting gloves after homering without them

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper entered Thursday night in a bit of a slump at the dish, with just four hits in 31 at-bats over his last 12 games, and only one extra-base hit (a double) in that span. Well, Harper wanted to try something new to hopefully break out of this slump, and he decided to not wear batting gloves for his at-bat against St. Louis Cardinals right...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Viral Mets fan’s father floored by Nats fans’ Generosity

WASHINGTON — The father of a Mets fan who had a viral video last week, of him playing catch with Max Scherzer at Citi Field, would like to thank the thousands upon thousands of Nationals fans who were so gracious to his family. Lifelong Mets fan Joe La Rocca, whose voice was heard in amazement on camera as his son, Joe, tossed the ball around with the Nationals starter, called...
Via CBS DC
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Mears: Opportunity in offing as Zimmerman awaits blessed event - Nationals Buzz

Have you looked lately to see what the one-two punch for the Syracuse Chiefs have been doing? Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin are just tearing up Triple-A while wreaking havoc on the base paths. They are usually running the bases two times a game if they get up five times ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos staying focused despite death of grandfather, looming free agency

The passing of his grandfather still weighs on Wilson Ramos’s heart. Jesus Campos taught Ramos how to play baseball. He is on Ramos’s mind every day. Still — in an already important season ahead of free agency — Ramos has been one of the Nationals’ best players. For catchers with a minimum of 130 plate appearances, […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

Bartolo Colon halted a personal two-game losing streak on Monday night, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The stellar pitching performance came one day ahead of Colon celebrating his 43rd birthday on Tuesday, and Father Time has been making his presence...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos behind the plate catching Gio Gonzalez Monday night

Wilson Ramos will catch Gio Gonzalez for the first time this season when the Nationals open another series with the Mets Monday night, weather permitting. Jose Lobaton usually catches Gonzalez, and has done so since last season. Dusty Baker did not break up that partnership when he took over, so is the fact that Ramos is in the […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Single-Game Pitching Belt: Scherzer vs. Velasquez

A few weeks back, we matched up three of the most dominant pitching performances from April, utilizing granular ball-in-play data, to determine which of Vince Velasquez, Jaime Garcia or Jake Arrieta had the best day. Velasquez won that time around, and with Max Scherzer recently authoring a 20-strikeout, no-walk complete game shutout over the Tigers, we have a worthy contender for...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Running through the gauntlet: Washington Nationals’ observations in midst of tough schedule

The Washington Nationals are smack in the middle of their toughest stretch of the 2016 season. Check out these numbers from April 29 to June 1: 33 games in 35 days. Ten total series, nine against teams over .500 (the lone team under .500 is Detroit, who is currently 21-22). Nineteen road games. Seventeen interdivisional games. The month of May is a make-or-break time for the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Revere’s developing offense crucial for Nationals lineup

MIAMI — Asked how much Ben Revere can help this Washington Nationals lineup, starting pitcher Max Scherzer, perpetually calculated, abandoned specifics. “Oh,” Scherzer, the beneficiary of Revere’s efforts Sunday, said. “So much.” Revere  missed the first month of the season, then struggled after returning from the disabled list May 6. He’d not yet had a game […]
Via Nationals Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Juan Lagares makes incredible over-the-shoulder catch

Ever since Yoenis Cespedes joined the New York Mets, the role of Juan Lagares has lessened. But with the chance to start in center field on Wednesday, he showed why he was so worthy of the Gold Glove he earned in 2014. With Daniel Murphy up in the top of the seventh, the former Met (and current National) hit a drive to the deepest part of Citi Field — seemingly over Lagares...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Marvel goes to Washington: Comparing Nationals to superheroes

With both the Washington Nationals and Captain America: Civil War dominating their standings (the NL East and the box office, respectively), I thought it would be fun to compare the members of the Nats’ roster to their superhero counterparts. Bryce Harper: Deadpool Like Deadpool, Harper is the extremely talented young guy who has taken the baseball world by storm. The old guard...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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