NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Could Daniel Murphy hit .400?

PHILADELPHIA — Read the headline. Shake your head. Dismiss the notion. Could Daniel Murphy hit .400? Of course not, silly. What a preposterous notion. As crazy as, for example, as the third second baseman the Washington Nationals pursued this offseason turning into the one of the 10 best players in the National League by Wins Above […]
Via Nationals Journal
51 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg’s Success is Sustainable

Sunday’s 10-2 win for the Washington Nationals over the St. Louis Cardinals encapsulated how dominant Stephen Strasburg has been all season. The success that has led him to his excellent start—which includes a 2.69 ERA and a 11 K/9 rate—was on display as he improved to 9-0, and a look his overall numbers shows that his early-season performance is sustainable. What has been...
Via The Nats Blog
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hopes to play Tuesday after injury scare against Phillies

Here is the update from the Associated Press on Bryce Harper's injury after the right fielder left Monday's Nationals win over the Phillies:Bryce Harper left the
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Murphy Carries Nats to Come-From-Behind Win

PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Murphy hit a solo homer and tiebreaking two-run single, Tanner Roark threw seven sharp innings and the Washington Nationals held on for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Bryce Harper left the game shortly after taking a fastball off the outside part of his right knee in the seventh. The reigning NL MVP went to first base, got doubled...
Via CBS DC
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gio’s Long Haircut is Gonzo

WASHINGTON — With summer in the mid-Atlantic right around the corner, and having not thrown a quality start in his last five attempts, it was a logical decision for Gio Gonzalez to chop off his flowing mane. That’s just what he did on Monday, Memorial Day, just two days after his latest lackluster start. Fortunately, he was able to find a good cause for his haircut, donating...
Via CBS DC
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Nate Dogg and Tanner Roark Bout’ To Regulate

Regulators Mount Up! Or if you're recovering from last two nights like I am, grab a Gatorade, a couple Tylenol, finish watching the second season of Bloodline and post all the spoilers so Grey flips out. If you're not hurting like me, then hopefully most of you are enjoying a day off and if you're not, I'll be sure to poor a little out for my DK homies that are out there grinding...
Via Razzball
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

State of the Nats: Turner close? Plus, Scherzer's Mount Rushmore

Team Record: 30-21Top storylinesWhen will we see Trea Turner? - The Nationals are in first place in the NL East and could make a significant addition to
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marty Niland: Stephen Strasburg proving he is better - Nationals Buzz

So where are the Stephen Strasburg trolls now? A year ago, they were out in force, but a guy who was once seen by some as a first-round bust seems to have quieted them, maybe for good. Remember last year, when Strasburg was lifted from a game in Cincinnati after ... Read More
Via MASN
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Zimmerman on 4-for-4 night: "I felt good for awhile" - Byron Kerr

It was in a loss, but Ryan Zimmerman demonstrated again that he is coming around at the plate. Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with two singles, two homers and three RBIs in the Nationals' 9-4 setback to the Cardinals. Zimmerman has hit .387 (12-for-31) with five homers, six runs and eight RBIs ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Jose Lobaton is back catching Gio Gonzalez after his worst outing of the season

Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton is paired with Gio Gonzalez again after the pitcher’s first start of the season with Wilson Ramos resulted in seven earned runs in five innings. It was Gonzalez’s worst outing of the season. Gonzalez’s ERA jumped more than a run after that outing, though Dusty Baker was adamant that Ramos is off […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days 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
3 days 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Taylor Jordan undergoes second Tommy John surgery

Right-handed starter Taylor Jordan, most recently of Class AAA Syracuse, underwent successful Tommy John surgery Thursday. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure, Jordan’s second such procedure in five years. Jordan is 27 years old and made the Nationals rotation out of spring training to begin the 2014 season, but struggled in five starts and returned […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days 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
3 days 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
3 days 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
4 days 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
4 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
6 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
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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