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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nothing to sneeze at: MRI reveals broken rib for Nationals' Johnson

Reed Johnson's latest injury is nothing to sneeze at - and it's not the reason the Washington Nationals reserve outfielder's season is in jeopardy.Johnson on Wednesday dispelled the facts behind a widely circulated story that he suffered a strained oblique muscle as a result of sneezing during a rehab assigment at Triple-A Syracuse.Instead, an MRI exam taken Wednesday revealed that...
Via Fox Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Should Matt Williams keep his job?

At 63-61, the Washington Nationals appear to be one of the biggest underachievers in baseball history. Their playoff hopes are not dead, but they certainly are on life support. The New York Mets are red-hot, and do not appear poised for a collapse that will let Washington back into the division race. Despite the fact that Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have combined to allow five...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Could The Nationals Be Turning It Around?

Coming into 2015, the Washington Nationals were the one team that nearly everyone thought was going to make the playoffs. They were in a so called “weak” NL East division and they were far and away better than their divisional counterparts. Thus far in 2015, however, it has not been the Nationals team we expected at all. They went out and signed ace Max Scherzer and in the beginning...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals activate CF Span from DL, option RHP Roark

WASHINGTON (AP) Denard Span has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals. The center fielder missed 40 games with a back injury. He returned Tuesday as the Nationals' leadoff hitter against San Diego. The 31-year-old Span intends to ease his way back into being an everyday player. He says, ''I haven't played in a long time. My body still needs to...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper surprises youth baseball players at team’s practice

Bryce Harper took advantage of an open date on the Washington Nationals’ schedule Monday to brighten the spirits of some young baseball players by surprising them during practice. Dressed in full uniform, the slugger threw batting practice and hit grounders to members of a Nationals youth team from the Prince George’s R.B.I. (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) League. Surprise...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Nationals call on Trea Turner

It’s no secret that the Washington Nationals have fallen short of expectations this season. At 62-61, the unanimous NL East favorites from the preseason sit 5.5 games behind the Mets with a discouraging 19% chance of winning the NL East. Things have been particularly ugly of late, as the Nats have won just 11 of their last 30 games. As Dave Cameron pointed out last week, several...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals expect Escobar back Tuesday; Span also nearing return

Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday night and center fielder Denard Span may not be far behind him.Escobar suffered a hyperextended neck when he crashed into a fan while pursuing a foul ball in the first inning of Friday's game and sat out the rest of the weekend, but Nationals manager Matt Williams believes he'll be back for...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Giants to have offseason interest in Jordan Zimmerman

In Ken Rosenthal’s Monday column for Fox Sports, he had an interesting note about the San Francisco Giants. Specifically, Rosenthal noted that the Giants would likely be interested in impending free agent Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann this offseason. *Add Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann to the list of free-agent starters that the Giants are likely to consider...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The season isn't completely lost for the Washington Nationals

Bartolo Colon The Washington Nationals are in free fall.  They have lost 8 of their last 10 games and now own a record that is below .500.  Their offense has seemed to disappear and so has their defense.  A team that once was the favorite to win the National League East is now 5 games behind the New York Mets.  Wait, what?  The Mets?  The Nationals are behind a team that...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Yunel Escobar Exits Game after Colliding with Wall, Fan

Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar exited Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning after running into the wall and fan sitting along the third base line. Escobar chased down a foul ball hit by Ryan Braun. Trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch, he banged against the short wall. His momentum sent him face-first into the chest of a standing Nationals’...
Via KCM Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Wilson Ramos Turns Passed Ball into Lucky Break, Throwing Runner out At Third

Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos turned a lucky bounce off a passed ball into a great play to record an out at third. Ramos was unable to field Blake Treinen slider. As the ball got away from the catcher it bounced off the back catcher’s wall right into Ramos’ hand. In one motion he was able to turn a potential catastrophic play into a lucky break, throwing out a loafing Rockies’...
Via KCM Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Nationals’ Michael Taylor Hits Longest HR (493 Feet) in MLB This Season

There’s a new long ball king for 2015 season. Nationals’ outfielder Michael Taylor hammered a two-run home run in the seventh inning off Colorado Rockies’ pitcher Yohan Flande, sending the ball 493 feet deep into the centerfield stands of Coors Field, according to StatCast. That is the longest hit home run of the season in Major League Baseball. Nelson Cruz previously held...
Via KCM Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer buys $5.2 million home on Potomac River

YouTube Max Scherzer and his wife Erica recently purchased a home in McLean, Virginia on the Potomac River for $5.2 million – or about 1/40th of the amount the Nationals will pay him over his $210 million contract.  An article in the Washingtonian Magazine reports that the Scherzers plan on a multi-million renovation for the four bed, four and a half bath house that totals...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals Need to Start Winning… Now

(To help understand the article I have attached a nice walkthrough by Bleacher Report) The Washington Nationals are in an absolute free fall from division leader with a 90% chance of making the playoffs to a second place club, 4.5 games back from the New York Mets, with a 33.2% chance of making the playoffs. The easiest cause to recognize of the Nationals post All-Star collapse...

What's wrong with the Washington Nationals?

On July 17th, the Washington Nationals stood 3 games above the New York Mets in the NL East standings, with a record of 49-39. Riding high on an another impressive campaign from their best player Bryce Harper, it seemed as though this team was still underachieving its vast potential. They were the clear front runner at the start of the year to win the East and many baseball pundits...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Could The Struggling Nationals Turn To Wally Backman?

The Nationals are struggling big time. Despite being one of the preseason World Series favorites, Washington has dipped under .500 and now sits 4.5 games behind the Mets in the division and 9.5 back in the Wild Card. They’ve lost six straight as well as 17 of their last 24, leaving some to speculate that […]
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals Are The Greatest Team That Never Was

Despite being the early favorites in the National League East, the Washington Nationals’ season is quickly turning into a nightmare. They have dramatically played below expectations, and their season hit a shockingly new low over the weekend. They were swept by the San Francisco Giants, which extended their losing streak to six games and put […]
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister’s value has tanked more than any other free agent

We’re about two and a half months away from the qualifying offer deadline this offseason, and we’ve been getting to thinking about players that have played themselves into and out of situations where the offer would apply. For instance, Wei-Yin Chen of the Orioles has pitched himself into a position where a qualifying offer seems to be a certainty (assuming there’s not...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Examining the collapse of the Washington Nationals

A month ago, as baseball was just finishing up the All-Star break, the Nationals looked to be in a pretty good position. They were 48-39, sitting atop the NL East, and were expecting a host of quality reinforcements from the disabled list. The team hadn’t quite lived up to pre-season expectations, but a lot of that could be chalked up to health issues, and even their somewhat disappointing...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals can't afford to miss the playoffs

The Washington Nationals began the 2015 season with high expectations, including repeating as NL East champions and winning the World Series, but midway through August, they find themselves with a 58-57 record and 4.5 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East and 8.5 games back in the wildcard standings. The self-destruction in Washington has peaked as of recently as the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

What can the Nationals do to turn things around?

The Nationals have not played very well in the second half. This isn’t news. Since the break, they have an 8-12 record and have been outscored by 11 runs. This isn’t a soul-crushing stretch by any means, but when your competition is red hot, a stretch where you’re only scoring 3.65 runs per game can certainly seem soul crushing. The interesting question to me is what the Nationals...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 6

It’s an extremely lean day pitching-wise across the MLB slate, but we dug in to find some aces for you to keep an eye on. Check ’em out: Warm-Up Tosses Here’s a look at today’s “aces in isolation:” Michael Wacha (opposed by Cincinnati’s Michael Lorenzen), Zack Greinke (Philadelphia’s David Buchanan), and Joe Ross (Arizona’s Jeremy Hellickson). Wacha had one...
Via The Sports Post
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The next two months will define the Nationals’ legacy

The Washington Nationals are the preseason champions of baseball for three years running. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t mean anything. Washington missed the playoffs in 2013, won the NL East in 2014 and were drummed out of the playoffs in four games by the Giants, and are a game behind the Mets in the NL East race this season. If the season ended today...
Via The Outside Corner
22 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
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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