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Last season, the Washington Nationals emerged and made the playoffs one year earlier than most pundits and experts had originally anticipated. Buoyed by phenoms Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals made the playoffs, but feel to the St. Louis Cardinals in a heart-breaking Game 5 loss in the NLDS.
Now, in the year many believed the Nationals will arrive, they are looking to push further and make even more noise. Unfortunately, doing so in the National League East division won't be easy with the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies lurking.
Here are our predictions on how they will finish and who will win the National League East division in 2013.
1. Washington Nationals - 98-64; first place finish in 2012
Rationale: While Strasburg and Harper receiver all of the headlines, the Nationals are stacked with several very good players. Gio Gonzalez was a Cy Young Award candidate last season and Ian Desmond is one of the best offensive shortstops in baseball. T...
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On Wednesday night, Bryce Harper Tweeted that he was looking for a "Rockabilly" barbershop in DC:
Apparently he gave up on that idea and on Thursday settled on the haircut above from Headz Up Barbershop (official barber of the Marlins) before leaving Viera (photo above via @BHarper3407).
So is that the "Rockabilly" haircut you were looking for, Bryce...
While some of his teammates (Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, and Denard Span) spent some time on Saturday at the Syracuse-Marquette Elite 8 Regional Final at Verizon Center (also in attendance: President Obama and RGIII), Gio Gonzalez spent part of his day stuck in sucky D.C. traffic trying to get into the city.
"Beautiful day out ,oh yea traffic sucks
Two thumbs up for the new Jayson Werth NLDS Game 4 walkoff banner at Nationals Park (sorry, Zim). There it is above, photo via @Nationals.
Now, while we're not so enthusiastic about the NL East Champions signage around the park -- although once we saw what they did to the foul pouls at Space Coast Stadium this spring we pretty much knew they'd be "milking the sh*t...
"When you throw that hard and you do occasionally let one go, they’re not
comfortable in there. Nobody’s
comfortable in there. Ask the second baseman for the Braves how he feels
about him. He’s a good weapon." (Davey Johnson on SMH-Rod, via Nationals Journal, 3/29/2013)
Henry Rodriguez makes the Nats; 25 man roster set.
Oh sure, the fact that...
"Everyone’s already mentally in D.C. right now, ready to go." (Gio Gonzalez, via Nationals Journal, 3/28/2013)
And so, the Washington Nationals have left Viera and are homeward bound to D.C. Photo of Gio and Wilson Ramos packed and waiting to head to the airport on Thursday via @GioGonzalez47.
It seems players were a little excited about leaving:
Stephen Strasburg – Is he a keeper?
Well, I guess that’s too late to figure out now. I kept him. He’s now the “ace” of my fantasy baseball team. I know what you might be thinking. Keeping Strasburg? Isn’t that a no-brainer? He’s already been named the Nationals’ Opening Day starter. However, you are talking to the same woman who had Joey Votto on her team last...
Clearly the Washington Nationals don’t have a single “Once in a generation player” in their farm system at this stage. The Nationals were blessed with two of those type players in...
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Over the the nation’s capital for a look at the media covering the WASHINGTON NATIONALS. Newspaper- Washington DC is a two newspaper town, both of which have major influence. The Washington Post online sports section includes special coverage of the Nationals. Adam Kilgore (Twitter) and James Wagner (Twitter) take charge of the paper’s Nationals Journal blog.
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (1) | 2011 (14) | 2010 (24) | 2009 (21) | 2008 (10)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [98-64] NL East
AAA: [70-74] International League – Syracuse
AA: [64-78] Eastern League – Harrisburg
A+: [64-75] Carolina League – Potomac
A: [82-55] South Atlantic League – Hagerstown
A(ss): [46-30] New York-Penn League — Auburn
Gio Gonzalez allowed one hit and struck out seven over four innings as the Washington Nationals closed out their spring training in Florida with a 5-1 victory over the New York Mets.
Daniel Murphy singled in the first inning, his first at-bat in a major league game this spring. The Mets' second baseman has been slowed by a strained right intercostal muscle but he thinks he&...
NY Met Anthony Recker gets robbed by Nationals third baseman Chad Tracy.
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