Found April 25, 2012 on
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The Washington Nationals
beat the San Diego Padres
3-1 on Tuesday night, and the team improved to 13-4 on the season. The common theme continued to be remarkable pitching. Gio Gonzalez
spun another gem: six innings, no runs, two hits, six Ks, two walks. The only reason Gonzalez was pulled after six was because he came up in the batting order, and the team needed runs desperately, yet again. This time, Chad Tracy
came through with a two RBI single in the seventh. That proved to be all the Nats needed to earn the best record in the National League.
I’m really running out of new words to describe the sheer ridiculousness of the Nationals pitching staff, but I’ll try once more. After Gio’s outstanding outing, four of the Nats five starters have ERAs at 1.52 or lower. The outlier is Edwin Jackson, but if you remove the one bad five-run inning against the Astros from consideration, he would have an equally impressive 2.00 ERA. The bullpen has been shut down good, and the Nats continue to ride high through April.
- Craig Stammen got knocked around a bit for the first time this season, and he got the quick hook from Davey Johnson after walking a batter and giving up a single to his first two batters. Tyler Clippard gave up the run that was charged to Stammen, but it wasn’t earned. I’m still not worried about Stammen, and I think he’ll be just fine in long relief.
- Can we all agree that Mark DeRosa has no business hitting third in a major league line up? He’s hitting .091. Seriously. I don’t expect many of you reading will disagree with this, but something has to be fixed here. I’d rather see almost anyone else there than DeRosa at this point.
- Henry Rodriguez’ 88 mph change up against Orlando Hudson in the ninth may have been one of the most disgusting pitches I’ve ever seen. When you combine that with his ability to throw his fastball in the triple digits with command, it’s easy to see why he’s had such incredible success. It might be a while before we see Brad Lidge closing another game.
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It has been a banner day for Wang jokes, after news broke of a press conference held yesterday by Chien-Ming Wang to apologize for an extramarital affair he started while rehabbing with the Nats. [Insert your own Wang joke here.] Interestingly, still no funny Wang headlines over on Nationals.com.
Up above, video of Chien-Ming Wang's affair coverage on TV in Taiwain. Our...
Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-ming Wang has admitted having an affair with a woman in Florida two years ago, publicly apologizing to his family.
The 32-year-old right-hander told Taiwanese media during a news conference Monday at the Nationals' training facility in Viera, Florida, that he regretted the damage the affair has caused to his family. Wang has been married since...
Is that a catcher's mitt? Stephen Strasburg (seen in these screen caps via MASN/TV) has nothing on Nationals owner Mark Lerner in the "shagging fly balls during BP in a full Nats uni" department. But at least Stras didn't get hit in the nose.
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There’s a lot going on with the Washington Nationals organization now with a winning ball club, Ryan Zimmerman’s injury with a still unknown timetable, and many other topics. Here are some quotes from Nats GM Mike Rizzo on a variety of topics from his interview at 11:30 this morning on 106.7 The Fan with Holden and Danny.
On bringing up Tyler Moore to fill in the hole in left...
The news that Washington Nationals fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, and it's good... mostly. Amanda Comak of The Washington Times reports that Ryan Zimmerman has the A/C joint issue in his shoulder that was reported earlier, but there is no "injury" to speak of in his shoulder. This is stellar news for the Nationals, and Zimmerman feels confident that...
Nationals pitcher Chien-ming Wang decided to make a public apology for an affair he had 2-years-ago:
"Two years ago I made a very serious mistake. I will not and cannot excuse myself for this...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
A popular preseason dark horse to win one of the National League Wild Card slots was the Washington Nationals. So far, they've look the part, and a big reason for that has been their pitching. Their starters have the best ERA in all of Major League baseball at 1.82, the next closest team is the St. Louis Cardinals at 2.63. Their ERA is supported by the best FIP and xFIP in...
Philly sports blog CrossingBroad had a, well, very Philadelphian reaction to news that the Nationals were making it possible for season ticket holders who can't use their tickets to next weekend's "Take Back the Park" series to donate them to military members. (Note: love or hate the #Ourpark campaign, and the goofy Natitude campaign, and Andy Feffer using "...
Gio Gonzalez ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 over three starts and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Tuesday night on just four hits at spacious Petco Park.
Chad Tracy, pinch-hitting for Gonzalez, hit a two-run single with one out in the seventh to chase Clayton Richard.
San Diego, last in the NL West, was trying for its first three...
Ivan Rodriguez, 40, officially announced his retirement from baseball yesterday at the Texas Rangers facility. Rodriguez, regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all time, played 21 season in the Majors with the Rangers (twice), Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Astros, and Nationals.
Rodriguez signed with the Rangers as a 16-year-old prospect from Puerto Rico and, after three years...
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Ivan Pudge Rodriguez traded places with Texas DH Michael Young and made one last throw to second base at Rangers Ballpark yesterday as he retired after 21 seasons.
"It's a very...
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Top 5 Free Agents to Add
1). Adam LaRoche 1B Was 5 Runs 3 HR 10 RBI .333 AVG
Laroche has usually been prone to slow starts, but this season he looks like he might finally be bucking that trend. Perfect player to put in your utility spot.
2). Fernando Rodney RP TB 4.1 IP 3 K 1 W 3 SV 0.00 ERA 0.23 WHIP
Rodney is filling in admirably for Kyle Farnsworth as Tampa’s closer...
The Oakland A's aren't feeling too badly about those deals they made in the offseason. Tommy Milone, picked up in the Gio Gonzalez trade with the Washington Nationals, is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA. Ryan Cook, acquired in the Trevor Cahill deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the A's top right-handed set-up man and he has not allowed a run this season. On Wednesday, the...
The Padres couldn't extend their 2 game winning streak to 3 last night. After a pitchers duel between Clayton Richard and Gio Gonzalez ended in Richard throwing one too many pitches. The homplate umpire was of no help last night either. Calling a balk on Richard that the first base umpire didn't even call. Then calling a ball way off the plate a strike to get Cameron Maybin...