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Previous versions of this Washington Nationals team would have ended up dejected after Ryan Ludwig hit a first inning grand slam against Ross Detwiler. Not the 2012 Nationals though. A certain resiliency is part of this team’s DNA, and that’s why, despite this loss, there are a lot of things to look forward to in the coming months.
It was only a matter of time before the absolutely ludicrous pitching from the Nats hit some sort of bump in the road. Entering action on Sunday, the pitching staff had a cumulative 1.82 ERA with an outstanding 0.952 WHIP. Through those first nine games, the pitching staff hadn’t allowed more than four runs in a single game. In the previous five games, Detwiler, Strasburg, Gonzalez, Zimmermann, and Jackson gave up a grand total of six runs, capped by Jackson’s incredible 92 pitch complete game two-hitter.
Ross Detwiler’s start on Saturday was mired in a bit of controversy from the start. After a single to Reds rookie shortstop Zach Cozart, the Nat...
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In his latest showing of displeasure with Teddy's ongoing losing streak in the Presidents Race, Jayson Werth ran through the finish line before the start of Sunday's race. Riveting slow motion video below. Not surprisingly, Teddy lost again. (Video via Let Teddy Win!)
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The newest sideline reporter to keep your eye on is MASN's Kristina Akra and recently, she's gotten caught in the line of fire.
After the Nationals 4-1 win against the Reds, Akra was interviewing pitcher Edwin Jackson and got caught in a Gatorade bath designated for him:
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Rick Ankiel showed again last night that he, hands down, has the best outfield arm in all of baseball. While the throw itself technically didn't stop the Astros from running on him (Zimmerman later said that the Astros weren't going to test Ankiels arm in the first place), and the baserunner actually scored shortly afterword when Strasburg let up a two-run dobule...
He used to be a pitcher.
The irony is he couldn’t throw strikes, so he became an outfielder, and now he’s hitting the mitt from 300 feet (video via D.C. Sports Bog):
“The writer Raymond Chandler once said, ‘When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.’ The baseball equivalent may be those few seconds between realizing Ankiel is about to unleash...
The Washington Nationals have had just one day off this season, and they wont have another one until April 23. That's a tough stretch to start a campaign. To make matters worse, the team had to take the Cincinnati Reds to extra innings in two consecutive nights leading into today's game in order to claim the victory. To say the least, the Nats needed a big effort from Edwin...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Edwin Jackson threw a two-hitter for his fifth career complete game and Adam LaRoche added to his unusually strong start with a tiebreaking two-run double Saturday, helping the Washington Nationals win their fifth game in a row, 4-1 over the Cincinnati Reds.
Other than a rocky second inning, Jackson (1-0) was as efficient and effective as can be, striking out...
There's never been a doubt about the quality of Rick Ankiel's arm. Back when he was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals he showed exceptional promise until the yips took ahold of him and he lost the plate. Having since moved to the outfield (and the Washington Nationals), Ankiel has shown on numerous occasions that while he might not have been accurate at sixty feet, six...
New plan: Instead of making Rick Ankiel choose between pitcher and outfielder, we let him do both at the same time.
I’m a little sad that I wrote the The Dugout Opening Days ’12 strip about the Washington Nationals on Monday afternoon, because if I’d written it on Monday night it would’ve been about Rick Ankiel’s monster strike from center that kept the fastest Houston...
With Stephen Strasburg on the mound, the Washington Nationals lineup erupted for 13 hits and six runs en route to helping their team's ace earn his second win of the season, and giving the club their eighth victory overall. In total, Strasburg gave up six hits, and two earned runs while striking out five batters, putting Washington in position to defeat the Houston Astros 6...
Each week, Baseball Prospectus tracks the three best pitches thrown by Major League Baseball starters. Last week, Strasburg's 1-2 changeup against the New York Mets was ranked No. 1. Check out this ridiculous change.
Stephen Strasburg did his job Monday night against the Astros, notching the win and a quality start. He threw six innings and held Houston to two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five. It was a solid outing and any pitcher across the league would take it, but this was Stephen Strasburg pitching at home against one of the league’s lesser squads. The no-hitter watch...
It’s pretty rare that a player can make the highlight reel on a routine fly ball, but Rick Ankiel showing off his throwing arm is apparently the exception
When I was a poor college student I would spend my summers roaming Northern Virginia as an umpire for local 16-18 year olds. I like to think I did a pretty solid job. My father actually graduated from Harry Wendesltedt’s professional umpire school after he finished college, and considered making it hiscareer. While those two facts to not make my opinions any more valid than anyone...