Found May 08, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
The Nationals lead all of baseball with just 82 runs allowed. The Pirates are last in baseball with just 78 runs scored. Obviously, a three-game series with the Nationals looks like it may pose some serious concerns for the Pirates. Then again, the Pirates had a veritable offensive explosion against the Cardinals a week ago (16 runs in three games is kind of an explosion!), and the Cardinals' pitching staff is the NL's second best. And the Nationals' offense is only better than the Pirates' offense, while the Pirates' pitching staff is fourth-best in the NL in terms of runs allowed. So runs may be hard to come by this week, is the point I'm driving at here. Tonight specifically, the pitching matchup is kind of intriguing in that Edwin Jackson is pitching for the Nationals and the Pirates were interested in signing Jackson this winter. When Jackson decided he had no interest in playing for the Pirates, they went out and traded for Jackson's mound opponent,...

Nats 3B Zimmerman comes off DL, Werth heads there

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals, who put outfielder Jayson Werth on the DL. The moves were made before Washington's game at the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Zimmerman has been out since April 21 with a right shoulder injury. He was hitting .224 with a homer and seven RBIs in 15 games this season. ...

Improved Pirates staff racking up strikeouts

There was a time in James McDonald's career - any point before a month ago actually - when the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander would get two strikes on a batter and get cute. Rather than stay on the attack, McDonald tried to paint corners. It led to long at bats and short outings. In spring training, pitching coach Ray Searage decided it was time for a chat. ''I said...

Game 30: Pirates 4 Nationals 2

When a team signs a player to a six-year/$52 million contract, you hope that there are a number of reasons why they thought that player deserved the money. I spent some time this winter listing the reasons why I think Andrew McCutchen is worth that kind of money to the Pirates, but really, you'd only have to watch Wednesday night's game to understand the sort of effect he...

Spare the Rod

OMFGHROD! Pirates 5, Nationals 4: Rod beats HRod, etc. Joel Hanrahan does his best 2009 Joel Hanrahan with the Nats impression (GASCANRAHAN!) in the top of the 9th. Then Henry Rodriguez one-ups him with a better 2009 Joel Hanrahan with the Nats impression (Gascanhenrycan!) in the bottom of the 9th. Seems Wilson Ramos still can't catch anything Henry throws...

Game 30 Live Chat: Pirates vs. Nationals

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How the Washington Nationals Were Built

A team can build to a championship in many different ways.  First, teams such as the Yankees can spend their way to the top.  They can buy free agents off the market and plug in holes as needed.  These teams can trade recently drafted players and younger minor leaguers with potential for higher priced veterans.  There are other teams, such as the Pirates or Rays that do not have...

Jayson Werth: Here is one Phillies fan who wished you didn’t break wrist

Jayson Werth said that Phillies’ fans yelled and booed him as he got carted off the field last week after breaking his wrist against the Phillies last week. “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and, ‘That’s what you get,’ I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally...

GAMEDAY: Pirates vs. Nationals

Nationals (18-11) at Pirates (13-16) 7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports The Bucs will look to clinch a series win tonight against the Nats. It would be nice if they could do that tonight, because tomorrow’s pitching matchup is far from ideal… Tonight’s starters… Ross Detwiler (3-1, 1.59) vs. Erik Bedard (2-4, 2.65) Detwiler–the...

Pirates 4, Nationals 2

Andrew McCutchen had four hits, including his second home run in as many nights, to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Brad Lincoln (2-0) earned the win in relief of starter Erik Bedard, who was lifted three pitches into the second inning due to back spasms. Joel Hanrahan survived a shaky ninth to pick up his sixth save as the Pirates...

Series Preview- Nationals Look To Stay In First Against The Pirates

For the amount that the Washington Nationals have struggled at the plate this year, they are about to face a team whose bats are more lackluster and who even score fewer runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates (12-16), who the Nationals will face in a three game series on the road this week, have scored the least amount of runs in baseball (78, 2.79 runs per game), lagging significantly...

For What It's Werth

On Sunday, the Phillies had a 9-3 win over the Washington Nationals.  During the game, while attempting to make a diving catch, Jason Werth's wrist was severely broken.  When asked whether or not he heard the Phillies fans in the crowed screaming when he left the field he had this to say:  “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing...

Andrew McCutchen’s four hit night leads Bucs to 4-2 win

Final: Pirates 4, Nationals 2 WP: Brad Lincoln (2-0, 0.63 ERA) LP: Ross Detwiler (3-2, 2.10 ERA) SV: Joel Hanrahan (6, 4.22 ERA) It looks like Andrew McCutchen is over his flu. He went 4 for 4 tonight with a solo home run in the 8th inning, his second of the season, and second in as many nights. He is now hitting .330/.393/.470 on the year. The big story in the beginning of this...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals – Game 31

First off let me just end my condolences to Joel Hanrahan on the loss of his grandmother. Last night was exactly the type of game I wouldn’t expect the Pirates to win.  Usually.  Even though I was worried about Bedard though for some reason it just seemed like the Pirates would pull it out.  Probably [...]
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