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Struggling Nationals suddenly looking up in the standings

The anointed National League favorites, the Washington Nationals, are suddenly looking up in the National League East standings, now sitting in second place, one game behind the surging New York Mets.  The Nationals at one point built a 4 game lead and looked as if they were beginning to pull away from the NL East pack, more specifically, the Mets. Not anymore. The Nationals are...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
52 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Second Place

Yes, Doug Fister hit for himself in the 5th down 5-0 with a man on. He bunted. It almost worked out. Diamondbacks 6, Nationals 4: Fister struggles, offense finally wakes up late. 9th inning rally falls short. Mets win, take over first place in NL East. Update: Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon are alive and well. Matt Williams finally brings out his 8th and 9th inning...
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper: I Don’t Give A Crap About Mets

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper got snippy with reporters when asked about the New York Mets taking over sole possession of first place in the National League East on Monday night. “I don’t give a crap what the Mets are doing. Or Dodgers or Giants or Texas or anybody,” Harper said after the Nationals lost […]
Via Mets Merized Online
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals need Joe Ross in rotation

With Stephen Strasburg nearing a Major League return, the Washington Nationals are left facing a difficult decision. Strasburg struck out 11 over the course of just 5.2 innings in his second rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse. It’s been a bumpy ride for Strasburg this year, but he finally appears healthy, and will be happily welcomed back into the starting rotation in the Federal...
Via Baseball Essential
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Strasburg to make second rehab start Monday at Triple-A

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg makes his second - and possibly final - rehab start Monday at Triple-A Syracuse. Strasburg, who has been sidelined since July 4 due to a strained left oblique, is expected to throw between 85 and 90 pitches. Barring a setback, his next outing is expected to come with the Nationals. The former No. 1 overall draft pick allowed three...
Via Fox Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

SAGNOF Special, Week 18: Our Long Nationals Nightmare Has Begun

Maybe the worst thing to happen on the trade deadline was something that didn't happen.  Carter Capps to the Yankees would have been stupendous.  I wanted to see the media and baseball people lose their mind over Capps' delivery and I think that's exactly what would have happened had he ended up there.  But the thing that really has fantasy baseball managers in a tizzy is Jonathan...
Via Razzball
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitching Analysis of Noah Syndergaard vs Washington Nationals

Stat Line: 8 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 9 SO, 0 BB Noah Syndergaard maneuvered two solo home runs leading the New York Mets into a first place tie in the National League East division standings. Washington Nationals hitters were visibly off-balance leading to a swing and miss rate (whiff %) of 13.76%.  The high […]
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

That shrinking feeling...

"Standard decision, as far as I’m concerned." (Matt Williams, explaining his managerial approach in general or his decision to leave Joe Ross in to face Duda and Johnson in the 7th.) Mets 3, Nationals 2:  NL East lead shrinks to one game over Mets thanks to lack of offense and Matt Williams' "standard" bullpen decisions. The good news is: Drew Storen and Jonathan...
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Bryce Harper is one of the best players in baseball. He’s probably the front runner for National League MVP. However, he hurts his team when he gets ejected and Nationals manager Matt Williams wants that to come to an end. In the 11th inning of a tie game on Friday, Harper was called out on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The new-look Washington Nationals bullpen

After the craziness that was the MLB trade deadline, the Washington Nationals were left taking the backseat in the National League East to the New York Mets. The Mets completed huge deals to acquire Tyler Clippard, Juan Uribe and Yoenis Cespedes, while the Nationals stayed relatively quiet except for trading for Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies within the division...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats 2015 Draft Class Stats Update (7/31)

We are keeping you up to date on the progress of the 2015 Washington Nationals draft class.  Here are the current stats for the Nats draft class.  Players we gave  * * * are performing well on the season or on a hot, recent tear. * * * OF Andrew Stevenson (2nd RD)  Assigned to Auburn and recently promoted to Hagerstown (A).  Stevenson has appeared in 23 games and is 29 for 91...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s Hosiery Playing Into His Success

Bryce Harper is finally living up to the Herculean expectations that have been following him since he was a teenager. That’s not to say he hasn’t been good…he has. What I’m saying is that Harper, now in his fourth season, is being that all-world slugger everyone thought he was going to be when he hit the big leagues in 2012. And apparently there’s a reason for that. His...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Nationals add Papelbon

The Washington Nationals have finally broken the ice as the trade deadline is almost near on July 31. The Nationals went out with the intention to add some bullpen help, as the moves started to unwind this past week the Nationals acquired Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon yesterday to boost their bullpen. Most of you know Papelbon from the 2007 Redsox championship season...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon asked Drew Storen for pitching tips in shower

For Jonathan Papelbon, no place is off limits when it comes to seeking pitching advice. Not even the shower. Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday to pick up his first save with the Nationals since being traded to Washington from Philadelphia. He apparently liked what he saw from Drew Storen, the Nationals’ previous...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals serenaded with fart noises during B.P. at Marlins Park (video)

In what may be an unprecedented (and sophomorically delightful) act of music-based psychological warfare, the wacky wisenheimers in charge of the P.A. system at Marlins Park — the already-carnival-like home of the Miami Marlins — pumped in what sounded like fart noises as the Washington Nationals conducted their batting practice session prior to Wednesday’s game....Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Reward Drew Storen Breakout With Jonathan Papelbon

Among the bright spots for the Nationals this year has been the emergence of Drew Storen. Already an effective reliever, Storen tweaked his breaking ball and became something of a strikeout machine. Instead of sitting down two of every 10 batters, Storen has bumped that up to three out of 10, succeeding as the closer […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies agree to send Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals

The Jonathan Papelbon saga is over. The Philadelphia Phillies finally pulled the trigger on trading their closer, agree to deal him within the NL East to the Washington Nationals for AA pitcher Nick Pivetta. Interestingly enough, as part of the agreement, Papelbon will be Washington’s closer in 2015 and his option for 2016 will become guaranteed. Source: the Phillies will...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals set to bring back Jayson Werth on Tuesday

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series at the Marlins.Werth, who has been out since suffering a pair of small fractures in his left wrist on May 15, will be activated off the 15-day disabled list, according to the Washington Post.Werth has appeared in only 27 games this season, batting .208 with two homers...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Pedro Martinez’s suit wins HOF induction ceremony

      This embed is invalid   " /> Pedro Martinez stole the show before ever saying a word. Martinez, a true rock star, showed up to the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday sporting a light blue suit that featured patches honoring his native Dominican Republic. It was far flashier than whatever Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson changed hotel rooms because of ghost stories

Randy Johnson is one of four players being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, but his week has been slightly more eventful than that of the three others. When Johnson checked into the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown over the weekend, he was informed by one of his children that the room...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Frustrated Mets fan starts 'Let's Get the Mets a Hitter!' page

The New York Mets (49-47) may be sitting only three games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, but the squad could be a lot better off if the team wasn’t batting a league-worst .233. After starting 15-8 in April, the Mets have been a middling bunch at best, and a 2-5 slide...Read More The post Frustrated Mets fan starts ‘Let’s Get the Mets a Hitter!’ GoFundMe...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth leaves $100 tip on $180 tab while on assignment

There are few things that fans find more strangely interesting than documentary evidence of when a millionaire professional athlete leaves a huge tip following a meal at a restaurant. Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth recently became the latest to join the pantheon of overly generous-when-giving-a-gratuity greats. Werth, currently on assignment with the Syracuse Chiefs...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Racing Presidents dressed as Star Wars characters

It was Star Wars Day on Sunday at Nationals Park….and the team’s Racing President dressed as Star Wars characters, because of course they did. Vader, Leia, Boba, Chewie, Darth Maul, and…who in the hell was Calvin Coolidge supposed to be? Anakin? Washington’s mascot, Screech, also got in on the act. .@ScreechTheEagle, I joined today. Hmmm #NatsStarWarsDay #LilScreech pic...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper skipping HR Derby because of dad's injury

First, it was Giancarlo Stanton. Now, it’s Bryce Harper. The 2015 Home Run Derby will be without another of Major League Baseball’s best home run hitters after Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper said he won’t be participating. The 22-year-old outfielder told reporters Monday he made the decision because his father is recovering from a rotator cuff injury and won’t be...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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