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It’s simple baseball logic. Batters who lead off will step up to the plate more and therefore have more opportunities to score runs. Last year leadoff hitters averaged 79 runs per 600 plate appearances, and only three players scored more than 79 runs and ranked outside of the top 200. That’s because those three players – Dan Uggla, Adam Dunn, and JJ Hardy – combined to hit .229.Denard Span is leading off for the Nationals, one of the best teams in baseball, yet is owned in only 17% of Yahoo! leagues and 10% of ESPN leagues.However, while hitting atop one of the best lineups in the game is a huge plus, it’s not the only reason you should pick up Span. He also has above average speed — his 6.3 speed score over the last three years ranks 26th out of 230 qualified players — but despite having wheels, he only stole 17 bases last season due to his hesitance to run (he only ran on 10% of opportunities in 2012). If Span can find the confidence he had in his rookie year (18 SB in 411 PA with...
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Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez had a funny quote after a start where there was a lot of cold weather he was dealing with.
Bryce Harper knew he had talent when he got his GED so that he could enter junior college earlier in life and hence speed up his ascension to MLB glory. So far it looks like the young slugger's plan is working out pretty good.
After a solid rookie campaign last season he got his sophomore year off to a strong start with a pair of home runs in his first two at-bats of the...
For Bryce Harper, two homers in his first two at-bats, and even some ''M-V-P!'' chants. For Stephen Strasburg, 19 consecutive outs during one stretch of seven scoreless innings.
And for the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals, a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday in Game 1 of a season lame-duck manager Davey Johnson declared months ago should...
Bryce Harper homered twice during the Nationals’ first game.
Memo to the National League:
After one game, Bryce Harper already has two home runs, and Stephen Strasburg is in mid-season form.
Strasburg was vintage Strasburg (if a guy can be vintage in only his 47th career start). He threw seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out three as the Nationals...
With fans at Nationals Park loudly chanting “M-V-P,” Washington wunderkind Bryce Harper became the youngest major leaguer to homer twice in the opening game of a season during a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon. “They really were loud and crazy,” said Harper, 20, who Washington selected out of the College of Southern Nevada with the first overall pick...
All of the excitement during the pomp and circumstance from the pre-game festivities didn’t take long to materialize into real excitement. The Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 2-0, though the game seemed more lopsided than the box score showed with the help of some dominant individual performances.
In his first at-bat of the season, Bryce Harper mashed a...
Bryce Harper may or may not be ready to be the MVP for the Washington Nationals, but one thing is certain: He's already living the MVP lifestyle.
Fresh off of tearing up Spring Training and homering not once but twice on Opening Day, a 2-0 Nats victory, Harper was on the guest list for a pre-screening of '42' at the White House on Tuesday night, hosted by Mrs. Michelle...
Bryce Harper appears poised for a breakout season with the Washington Nationals in 2013, but he wants more than that. Becoming the face of one of the best young teams in baseball would be nice, but Harper wants to become the Tom Brady of the MLB. During an interview with the Washington Times on Sunday, Harper expressed a desire to be featured on magazine covers and be seen as more...
This just in: Bryce Harper is pretty damn good. For those that didn’t believe his last season was for real he didn’t waste any time trying to persuade you to his side with his 2 HR performance yesterday. He will still be prone to his slumps given that he is still only 20 years old (it’s easy to forget), but he already has 30/20 potential and is a top-3 player in keeper leagues...
For Nats phenom Bryce Harper, life is sweet. He’s young, rich, adored by millions, and, best of all, has a lifetime supply of burritos from Chipotle Mexican Grill. In Washington’s first game of the season Harper smacked a pair of dingers against the Marlins, a taste of what’s to come for the 2013 season.
Harper’s latest adventure living the good life had him at the White...
One of our favorite photos from Opening Day at Nationals Park? The one above, of Mark Lerner posing with The Big Show before the game. Oh, hey, Drew Storen posed with him, too! Big Show in town for Monday Night Raw at the Verizon Center last night, of course...
(Photo by by @katiegregorson.) H/T @recordsANDradio)
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The Washington Nationals will open their highly anticipated 2013 campaign today at Nationals Park against the Miami Marlins, a team which is on the opposite end of the prognosticated success spectrum from the Nats.
When Sports Illustrated elected the Nationals as its World Series victor, and nearly every other set of predictions has the Nats going nearly as far, it became expected...