Found September 18, 2012 on
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A bit over half way through the season, I was covering a game at Nationals Park. Between innings, when the team does their Down on the Farm Report, they teased Christian Garcia’s minor league numbers. I knew of Garcia but didn’t really know his story or his stuff terribly well, so I did some reading and looked at some stats. The numbers almost looked like typos. They were that good.
In 45 games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse this season, he posted an 0.86 ERA in 52.1 innings. He struck out an incredible 11.4 batters per nine innings with an 0.917 WHIP. Garcia had shown promise when he was a Yankees farmhand, but two Tommy John surgeries fueled his release. The Nats, as they often do with pitchers, picked him up as a reclamation project. That’s gone pretty well.
It’s certainly a small sample size for Garcia’s MLB experience, but it's been impressive nonetheless. He has thrown six innings in seven games since being called up with expanded rosters in e...
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Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa underwent an
MRI this afternoon to determine the extent of his shoulder injury. While he will be out for at least the club’s
next three games, the Nationals could be without Espinosa for the remainder of
the year, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
The Nationals are reviewing the results from an MRI of...
Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa received good
news yesterday regarding his injured shoulder.
Rather than the labrum or rotator cuff tear Espinosa feared, an MRI
revealed that the second baseman is dealing with a bone bruise, meaning he
could return to the Nationals’ lineup as soon as today, reports Mark Zuckerman
The Washington Nationals are putting tickets for potential wild card and National League division series games on sale Friday.
The team with the best record in the major leagues also announced Tuesday it would sell some standing-room only tickets the day of each postseason game.
The Nationals have not made the playoffs since they began play in Washington in 2005, after moving from...
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman planned to get a cortisone shot for his right shoulder before Washington's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Manager Davey Johnson said offseason surgery to clean out Zimmerman's shoulder ''will definitely be seriously considered.'' General manager Mike Rizzo said that if Zimmerman does have...
Well, despite the rainout tonight and the spectre of a doubleheader against the Dodgers on Wednesday, two pieces of good news for the Nationals on Tuesday. Danny Espinosa has a bone bruise - not a tear - in his shoulder ("This is the best news we could have gotten"); and Michael Morse is apparently ready to return (IN the Nats lineup Tuesday night after missing four...
September call-up Christian Garcia may be for the Nats what K-Rod was for the Angels years ago. [Fangraphs]
Photo: Bryce Harper with Wale at Ben’s. [Nats Enquirer]
O’s pound M’s 10-4, are three games up in the Wild Card. [Camden Chat]
The unhittable Pedro Strop is suddenly very hittable. [Dempsey's Army]
DeAngelo Hall offers cash to bring the refs back. [USA TODAY Sports...
Washington D.C. may have a pretty exciting sports couple on its hands. It looks like Angela Rypien and Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez might be dating.
Angela, a quarterback for the Lingerie Football League’s Baltimore Charm and the daughter of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, dropped the first hint about a possible relationship when she tweeted on Aug. 31 that she was attending...
Here at LBS, we tend to be curious by nature. When it came to our attention that Angela Rypien had been bragging about attending two Nationals games, we had to find out if it was a coincidence that Gio Gonzalez happened to be the starting pitcher in both of those games. The Baltimore Charm quarterback and daughter of former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien was open on Twitter about...
Nearing their first playoff berth since arriving in Washington, the Nationals scratched out a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday, supporting Jordan Zimmermann's six innings of one-run pitching with two RBI groundouts and a sac fly.
The win was the Nationals' 90th, the most for a Major League Baseball club in the nation...
The Washington Nationals seemed to be waiting to exhale ever since mid-September was pegged as the time ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was going to be shut down. That day came a little earlier than expected following Strasburg's Sept. 7 start and loss to the Marlins. The Nationals had said Strasburg's final start would come on Sept. 12 in New York, but they announced on...
The scheduled game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals on Tuesday night was postponed because of rain.
The NL clubs will make up the game on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. EDT.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson expects to use Tuesday's scheduled starter, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, and left-hander John Lannan as his pitchers Wednesday...
"We’re fine. We’ve put ourselves in a
great position. We’ve played well all year, and we have two weeks left
of playing baseball. Everything is right in front of us." (Ryan Zimmerman, via Washington Post, 9/17/2012)
"I feel fine about where we're at." (Davey Johnson, via Nats Insider, 9/17/2012)
Braves sweep Nats. NL East lead down...