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One great aspect of Major League baseball is that every year there are teams that blow away expert and fan expectations.
This year, there have been a handful of those teams, including the Orioles, White Sox, Dodgers, Pirates, Mets, and Nationals.
Today I’m going to focus on what I feel is the biggest surprise of that group: the Nationals.
In recent years, baseball fans have watched the Tampa Bay Rays rise from the bottom of the AL East to an annually elite level. It was a long process certainly, but when the team turned the corner the long wait seemed entirely worth it.
It showed us that building an entire organization from the ground up is tough but certainly doable.
And in 2012, it looks like the same story is beginning to be told for the “Nasty Nats.”
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The Nationals are 38-23 and in first place of the loaded NL East. They’re 4 1/2 games ahead of the also surprising New York Mets, and seem to be in the driver’s seat of the division for the f...
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And so, Stephen Strasburg left Wednesday's game in Toronto in the sixth with a cut on his finger. Stras explains:
"It was nothing major. I wanted to go out there again. I was trying to fight for it, but they were pretty committed on getting me out of there. It is what it is, but it's a long season, so I've just got to try to roll with it and go out there...
"That's part of baseball. I couldn't actually see where the tag was, but I said (to Timmons), 'You know, he touched home plate with his hand.' I don't know if he was in position to see that right away. He said, no, he saw it." (Davey Johnson, via MASNSports.com, 6/16/2012)
Yankees 5, Nationals 3 (14 innings): Tyler Moore scores go-ahead...
From the measured tones of John Paul Morosi to the outraged outcry of Howard Bryant, the sentiment has been the same. The Washington Nationals will be doing themselves and their fans a disservice by shutting down Stephen Strasburg at some point this season. While the algorithm the Nationals are using to determine Strasburg’s innings limit is unknown that limit is believed to be...
Tyler Clippard was the winning pitcher in last year’s All-Star game. That might come as a surprise to casual fans, because the Washington Nationals set-up-man-turned-closer isn’t exactly a household name. He is, however, one of the best relievers in the National League.
Originally a starter in the Yankees system, the 27-year-old Clippard has been quietly lethal since moving into...
Judging from the above photo by @dranderson79, Yankees fans are well represented at Nationals Park on Friday night. Those two fat guys alone count for, what? 2.5 Yankees fans each? (via @recordsANDradio)
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And so, Bryce Harper's favorite baseball team is in town for a weekend series against the Nationals. The series couldn't be set up more perfectly - battle between two first place teams, and the first time since 1969 that a winning baseball team from Washington faces the Yankees.
Meawhile with talk of whether Byrce Harper should be an All-Star this year or not, it seems...
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson got another look at how competitive pitcher Stephen Strasburg is on Wednesday. Strasburg had a cut on the top of his middle finger of his pitching hand, and the skipper decided to pull him after six innings in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander didn't like the manager's move. Johnson understood -- and still...
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Washington Nationals reliever Brad Lidge about playing with a pair of phenoms, great sliders of yore, and the prospect of reading War and Peace.
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Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper has started a catch phrase that’s really catching on — In the same vein as Don’t Taser me Bro, and Honeybadger don’t care, comes Bryce Harper’s soon to be award winning saying. Props to Bryce for knowing exactly what a clown question is….Bro. -TO
Bryce Harper Couples up with UFC’s Brittney Palmer
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(The Embedded Phillie Brad Lidge helped make a mess of a 2-1 game in the seventh. Screencap via MLB.com)
"When I look back on it now, it’s kind of frustrating because all of a sudden you’re out of the game." (Brad Lidge, via Washington Post, 6/16/2012)
Yankees 7, Nationals 2: Nats fail to capitalize on early chances, fall flat. Yankees jump all...
This is a new feature we’ll be running every Thursday on The Nats Blog. We will grade and quickly summarize the Washington Nationals overall performance during the course of the previous week at the conclusion of Thursday’s game, and we’ll name a Player Of The Week based on outstanding performance. Since there’s no game today, I’ll get started this morning by reviewing...
WASHINGTON -- Curtis Granderson homered and drove in three runs, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher delivered consecutive third inning RBI singles and Philip Hughes finished with a season-high nine strikeouts as the New York Yankees defeated the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday night. The Yankees improved their American League best record to 38-25 with their seventh straight win...
Long before Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper responded to a stupid question with, "That's a clown question bro." we had Bar Refaeli's beau, Shaun White, responding to a good question with...
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WASHINGTON -- Matching six-game winnings streaks and impressive overall records squared off, starting a highly anticipated three-game series between the owners of the American League's best record and the National League East leaders. Score the first one for the grizzled and championship-laden vets from the Bronx over the rising kids from the Nation's Capital. Curtis...
WASHINGTON -- Mark Teixeira delivered the go-ahead two-run double in the 14th inning and the Yankees survived a battle of the bullpens as New York downed the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Saturday afternoon. The Yankees' season-high eighth straight win and second consecutive over the Nationals (38-25) improved their American League-best record to 39-25. New York improved to 3...