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Not only do the Washington Nationals (69-43) comfortably posses the best record in baseball, they also have the best road record of MLB teams (37-21), which they will try to add on to this weekend against the Arizona Diamondbacks (57-55).
In the past, the Nationals and the Diamondbacks have been pretty evenly matched, splitting their wins in contests between the two teams just about 50-50. This year, though, the Diamondbacks have continued their even keel record throughout all their play with a 57-55 record and a third place ranking in the NL West, while the Nationals have broken away from the pack.
Winning eight of their last ten games, the Nationals have dominated in August. Coming off a four game sweep of the Houston Astros, which pushed the second place Atlanta Braves to 4.5 games behind the Nationals in the NL East, the Nats are going to be eager to continue their winning ways.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have been merely staying afloat, losing their most recent series again...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
(Up above, the lunging catch in the second that didn't help Strasburg's stiff back feel any better. Screen cap via MASN/MLB.com)
And so, with another stellar Stephen Strasburg start in the books, and 6 more innings checked off in Mike Rizzo's innings count ledger (133.1 for the season), we have officially entered the "savor every start" portion of Stephen...
Another game, another monster home run in a dome by Mike Morse. Last night, it was a 430+ foot bomb at Minute Maid Park. Tonight, that's what, a 425 foot opposite field bomb up there to that concourse? We're just disappointed Morse didn't plop that one into the pool.
More importantly: Morse has a 1 game hitting streak. Thanks Cole Hamels, you a-hole.
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Josh Collmenter on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with ulcers.
Collmenter started the season in the rotation but demoted to the bullpen after four rocky starts. He returned to the rotation to make five starts and has posted a 3-1 record and a 2.41 ERA in his last 18 appearances. Collmenter is 3-3 overall with a 4.24 ERA in 22 games...
The most controversial subject involving the Washington Nationals was addressed again on Friday. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Nats would shut down Stephen Strasburg when he gets to 180 innings. But GM Mike Rizzo, when talking to the media before the series opener with the Diamondbacks, said there is no official limit the team has decided on. Rizzo told The Washington Post...
It's been an up-and-down second half of the season for Washington's Stephen Strasburg, but the hard-throwing right-hander believes he's figuring out what it takes to excel in the majors.
Strasburg tries to build on a strong outing and help the NL East-leading Nationals win seven straight games for the first time in more than a year in Friday night's series opener...
Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks returned from a 17-homer road trip to one of most hitter friendly parks in the National League, but neither could offset the effortless 97 mph fastball of Stephen Strasburg.
The Nationals are committed to limiting Strasburgs innings this season after he underwent Tommy John surgery a year ago, a position they have held since February, although it has...
Washington Nationals' prized pitcher Stephen Strasburg won't pitch more than 180 innings this season, general manager Mike Rizzo told YahooSports.com. "We feel that we do know this is going to work," Rizzo told Yahoo's Jeff Passan. "We've done research. We feel like there's evidence. We're not saying we're smarter than anyone else. But...
Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit over six innings and Ryan Zimmerman homered to help the Washington Nationals rout the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.
Michael Morse homered, Steve Lombardozzi had a career-high four hits and scored three runs and Bryce Harper added two sacrifice flies for the Nationals, who remained 4 1-2 games ahead...
August 9, 2007, marks another performance enhanced historical moment when Rick Ankiel made a dramatic return to the St. Louis Cardinals. In his first big league game in three years, Ankiel – a former pitcher – batted second and played right field. After going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts, Ankiel hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to propel the Cardinals to a 5-0...
News came out yesterday that the Sox re-signed Scott Podsednik -- sent to Arizona in the Craig Breslow deal, but immediately released -- for the remainder of the season. The perplexing move was seemingly injury insurance, but now Dan Roche says the Sox are assigning Podsednik to the big club and sending down Ryan Kalish.
I'm inclined to say this move is insane, but the motivation...
From last night, a Mike Morse HR that looked a whole hell of a lot farther than the 434 feet it was estimated at (via Nats Enquirer).
Justin Upton – This year his season has been tearing up my heart. He’s posting the lowest OPS of his career since he was a rookie in 2007. Since that time, he’s oscillated between great years in 2009 (.899 OPS) and 2011 (.898 OPS) and merely good years in 2008 (.816 OPS) and 2010 (.799 OPS). Currently, he’s producing a .756 OPS, but there are many signs pointing to a potential...
BASEBALL HEADLINES FROM NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE NATIONWASHINGTON NATIONALS OWNERSHIP DECIDES TO SHUT DOWN GM MIKE RIZZO FOR THE YEAR“We Feel Mike Has Pitched a Large Number of Deals for the Nationals in 2012 and We Need to Insure He Will be Rested and Ready for the 2013 Season,” Stated Nats Chief Operating Officer Andrew Feffer.SF GIANTS NOW CLAIM TERRITORIAL RIGHTS EXTEND INTO...