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Yesterday, we talked about the Washington Nationals impressive pitching staff. Today, we must tackle a subject that is far less sure and secure: the team’s offense. An already below average offense last year, the Nats will be missing several key players on Opening Day due to injury: Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel. Without them, let’s explore the position players actually on the 25-man roster today.
Wilson Ramos – Seeing Ramos’ name here is particularly sweet following the traumatic kidnapping this offseason in Venezuela that left his status unknown for more than two days. Now, Ramos is back for his sophomore season, and he will be a key to the Nationals success, but not for his bat. His ability to call games for the team’s impressive pitching staff will be a make or break for the Nats this year.
Jesus Flores – The one time catcher of the future for the Nationals is now relegated to backup duty behind Ramos, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t valuable. Flores has dealt w...
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There's poor John Lannan being introduced to the crowd at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse before the AAA Chiefs home opener (in 1978 Chiefs throwback jersey) this afternoon, right around the same time his former teammates were being introduced at Wrigley. You can only wonder what was running through Lannan's head as he hopped up the dugout steps to take his place along...
The Washington Nationals have demoted starting pitcher John Lannan, and not just to their bullpen.
Lannan, who started Opening Day for the Nationals in 2009 and 2010, has been sent down to the minor leagues. With this move to option Lannan down, the Nationals have announced that Ross Detwiler will take his spot in the starting rotation, at least to begin the 2012 MLB...
Former Washington Nationals Opening Day starter John Lannan had made headlines in the DC sports world lately, and today is no exception. John Lannan has requested a trade from GM Mike Rizzo, according to several baseball sources. This comes just hours after Lannan was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse to start the season in favor of former first-round pick Ross Detwiler.
The Washington Nationals are headed to Chicago on Thursday to start what could be a promising 2012 season. However, some key injuries may leave the team a bit more crippled than fans would hope, causing an already concerning offense to be a little bit worse. The overall positive on this year’s Nats team is the pitching staff, so we’ll start there with Part 1.
Here's video of Bryce Harper doing an interview with CNY Central News in Syracuse during Chiefs media day on Wednesday. (Asked what he knew about Syracuse prior to arriving, Harper acknowledged that he "always knew it was a big basketball town. Everyone knows about Syracuze".)
The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin was at Harper's AAA debut in Syracuze on Thursday...
A couple of years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a preseason story hyping the Seattle Mariners on the strength of the defensive metric, Ultimate Zone Rating. I remember reading the article and wondering if I was behind the times, especially since I’d never heard of UZR (and truth be told, I still don’t really understand fielding stats.) The piece seemed a little odd since the Mariners...
Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 and stole a base in his Triple A debut for the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday.
In his first at-bat, Harper, the top pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 draft, lined a double down the right-field line on a 2-2 pitch, easily beating the throw with a head-first slide into second. He advanced to third on a long fly out to right center but was stranded...
Stephen Strasburg dominated in his first opening-day start, yet wasn't able to come away with a win.
After Strasburg frustrated the Cubs for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over Chicago.
Strasburg allowed one run and five hits, including an RBI single to Marlon Byrd in the...
Nationals starter John Lannan, who didn't make the team's Opening Day roster and was demoted to AAA Syracuse to start the year, has demanded a trade after not making the roster. One team that apparently has interest is the Chicago Cubs, but my major question about the Cubs interest in Lannan is "why?"
The Cubs have a solid, albeit unspectacular, rotation consisting...
First there were Harperstown t-shirts. Then there were Harpersburg t-shirts.
Now, just in time for John Lannan's Bryce Harper's arrival in Syracuse: there are Harpercuse t-shirts. It was only a matter of time.
(Image above via @jwilhidejr, Sportstardesigns.com)
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