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Up above, Davey Johnson considers giving Ian Desmond the bunt sign down 9-2 in the 9th with two on and two out. Apparently Davey thought better of it.
"I'm the one that's frustrated...I don't know anyone having trouble sleeping. I feel like we're gonna be fine." (Davey Johnson, via postgame presser/MASN, 7/21/2013)
Dodgers 9, Nationals 2: Death, taxes, and the Nats are gonna be fine.
Dodgers sweep Nats. Two under .500, but it's still early, right Davey?
Silver lining: Jordan Zimmermann (2.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 HR, 58 pitches) felt good today.
Nats players line up to defend Rick Eckstein. Won't be long now.
Look out below! Here come the Mets. Fourth place looming large...
(Screencap via MASN/TV)
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"You know what, I’m not even going to entertain doom and gloom questions. I’m just not." (Jayson Werth, via Washington Times, 7/21/2013)
Fair enough. But would a question about, say, the NL East standings be considered doom and gloom? They'll be fine, says Davey Johnson. Werth agrees, apparently:
"I think at any moment this team could take off. But...
The slumping Washington Nationals have fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein, who paid the price for the team's offensive woes this season.
Washington entered play Monday stuck in a three-game losing streak and a disappointing 48-50 record. The team is tied for 28th overall in runs and ranks 27th in batting average.
Eckstein was hired as the Nationals' batting coach before...
With the Washington Nationals ranked one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the entire major league, the firing of hitting coach Rick Eckstein this afternoon was no surprise. Although manager Davey Johnson was supposedly against the idea of firing Eckstein, the Nationals have hired minor league hitting instructor Rick Schu as the replacement.
Showing some of the worst stats in all...
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The Washington Nationals will finish the season with a new hitting coach after the team fired Rick Eckstein on Monday.
Eckstein was in his fifth season as the Nationals hitting coach and will be replaced by minor league hitting coordinator Rick Schu.
The Nationals had scored 362 runs though their first 98 games this season ranking them 28th in baseball. With...
On Saturday evening, I told everyone to stick a fork in the Washington Nationals. I knew that someone had to be held responsible for how disappointing the Nationals have been this season, but the Nationals don’t have the luxury of firing their manager Davey Johnson. He’s in his last season, he’s regarded as a legend in the game; he’s going out on his own terms.
"It sucks." (Bryce Harper, via Washington Post, 7/19/2013)
"That was frustrating." (Davey Johnson, via Nats Insider, 7/19/2013)
"I don't know how he hit the ball." (Rafael Soriano on Andre Ethier's 9th inning HR, via Nationals.com, 7/19/2013)
Dodgers 3, Nationals 2: Death, taxes, and no run support for Stephen Strasburg. Quick, someone...
So, after the Nats fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein on Monday and then proceeded to lose a tough 6-5 game to the Pirates, Tom Boswell of the Washington Post pushed an emotional Davey Johnson over the edge with a question about quitting during his postgame presser on Enjoy the Vine below of Davey, who doesn't want to go there.
Boswell: You come from an era when things were...
The Nats came out of the All-Star break needing to win. Then the second half began with a loss on Friday, despite a quality Strasburg start. It continued with another loss Saturday, despite masterful stuff from Gio. The wheels fell off today as ZNN lasted two innings, and Jayson Werth was the only guy to get a hit. They’re lucky to be seven back of the Braves.
This is the pattern...
On a hot, muggy, sellout crowd night at Nationals Park, the Nats offense was once again incompetent behind strong Nats pitching. Gio Gonzalez struck out a career high 11 Dodgers on 98 pitches in six innings, but the bats were completely impotent with runners on base. With the loss, the Nats moved to a game below. 500 on a day when they could've made up ground on both the Braves...
Pirates (57-39) at Nationals (48-50)
7:05 PM–Nationals Park, Washington
The Bucs are in the nation’s capital this week to take on the Nats, who may be baseball’s most disappointing team. Washington has great starting pitching and some good potential on offense, but so far the team that many pegged as the NL favorite has slumped to a record just under...
As I mentioned yesterday, the Nationals are playing some really putrid baseball right now. They only scored five runs in a three-game set against the Dodgers in this weekend that just passed, and they're 2-8 since a four-game winning streak ended on July 8th. They're a good team that could turn things aroudn quickly, of course, but there's a chance for the Pirates to...
There was some good news in Nats Nation. Just a little. Although the roughest start of Jordan Zimmermann's career led to the Nats' eighth loss in 10 games, Zimmermann’s neck is fine according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
“The neck feels awesome, just the command wasn’t there today,” Zimmermann said.
Zimmermann earned an All-Star spot with a 12-3 first...
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw turned in yet another strong outing on Sunday afternoon, outdueling Washington Nationals ace Jordan Zimmermann in a 9-2 rout of the Nationals at Nationals Park.
For the 17th time this season, Kershaw pitched at least seven innings, as he surrendered two runs on two hits in seven innings of work on Sunday, striking out nine and walking none...