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The Outside Corner:
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is to post these the day after a team is eliminated.
Expectations are a hell of a thing. The Washington Nationals were a popular pick to win the World Series coming into the season. But a relatively young team buckled under the weight of those predictions and ended up as perhaps the biggest disappointment of 2013. Going from a breakout surprise to a heavy favorite can be a difficult transition for a club to make, and the Nats demonstrated that painfully for their fans. The Braves running out to the best record in the National League certainly didn't help either. A strong September provided some encour...
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As he enters his final games as a major league baseball manager, retiring Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson admits that the decision to shut Stephen Strasburg down after 159.1 innings in 2012 “probably” cost the Nationals the 2012 World Series. This tweet from 106.7 “The Fan” in Washington D.C. disclosed portions of the on-air interview: Davey Johnson on if he...
Washington Nationals rookie righthander Tanner Roark has flourished after an August 6 callup. After putting up a 1.19 ERA over 9 games and 22.2 innings in the bullpen, Roark earned his first major league start September 7th. He won that game and his next two starts.
All told, the soon-to-be 27 year-old hurler has managed a sparkling 7-0 record and a 1.08 ERA in 41.2 innings, holding...
The Washington Nationals simply took too long to get started this season.
Despite an NL-best record of 30-13 since Aug. 9, the Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention Monday night with a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
After winning 98 games last year, the defending NL East champions could not overcome a slow start.
''If we would have played the way we played...
And this is what Nats fans have been reduced to: celebrating watching your team not get no-hit. Up above, Ryan Zimmerman hits a chopper past Michael Wacha and beats a (bad) throw by Pete Kozma to end Wacha's no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth. Thank you, Pete Kozma! Cardinals fans immediately began calling for Kozma's head on Twitter, poor guy (see @BestFansStLouis). Video...
Saturday’s Nats and Marlins game was delayed for several hours before it was eventually called off. While the two team’s waited to see if play would start in the Nation’s Captital, Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper spent their time playing dress up and pretending to walk the runway.
First, they got eliminated. Then, they barely avoided getting no-hit. Jordan Zimmermann's foiled bid for 20 wins was the final disappointment for the Washington Nationals in a series sweep that was all Cardinals.
''I kept my regular lineup in there because I wanted us to stand up and show them that we were better, and we couldn't do that,'' manager Davey...
There will be plenty of opportunities now that the Nationals officially have been eliminated from playoff contention to dissect this disappointing season and try to figure out why it produced the result it did.
Were the Nats done in by an unproductive lineup? Shoddy defense? An unbalanced bullpen? The weight of expectations?
All surely were factors but let’s start today with...
Cardinals 2, Nationals 0. With AP Photos By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press Ryan Zimmerman saw plenty of irony in his infield single that ended Michael Wacha's no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning.
''We hit balls on the screws all night long,'' Zimmerman said. ''And that's the swing that breaks it up.''
Wacha pitched the St. Louis...
"We dug our own hole, and we just couldn’t dig out of it." (Davey Johnson, via NatsInsider, 9/23/2013)
Cardinals 4, Nationals 3: They dug their own grave. Seems only fitting that the postseason dreams of the 2013 Nats would be officially snuffed out against the Cardinals.
Oh, what could have been. Just like every year: there's always next year.