Found July 30, 2012 on The Nats Blog:

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The Washington Nationals top this week's Sports Illustrated Power Rankings for the first time this season, overtaking the Texas Rangers for the top spot. It shouldn't surprise anyone that this season's Nats team are in this position, but it doesn't make it any less exciting.

With August on the horizon, it certainly appears that the Nats are here to stay as a powerhouse as teams fight for a few scarce playoff spots. The offense has been the catalyst recently, and the pitching has remained steadfast, especially behind Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, don't expect to see a whole lot of changes from what has become one of the best teams in baseball to this point of the season, but don't get overzealous either. There are two long months of baseball left to be played.


Jordan Zimmermann, Homecoming King

"They were out in the parking lot tailgating since 3 today so I'm sure they're all feeling pretty good right now."(Jordan Zimmermann, via Washington Times, 7/29/2012) Nationals 4, Brewers 1: Jordan Zimmermann wins in first big league start in his home state of Wisconsin, 3 hour drive from his home town of Auburndale (population ~700). Apparently...

Strasburg gets lit up by Phillies on rare off night

Stephen Strasburg had a painful learning experience Tuesday. The Phillies homered twice, stole three bases and got eight hits, all in just four innings, all off of Strasburg, a big reason they scored an easy 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Strasburg was clearly frustrated during the game, something manager Davey Johnson talked about afterward. Johnson basically said...

Strasburg's innings limit is still open to discussion

Going into his 21st start of the season, Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies, right-hander Stephen Strasburg is at 117 1/3 innings. So that means he's 42 2/3 away from being shut down for the season, right? Not so fast. The 160-inning limit that supposedly was placed on him for this season became the marker only because teammate Jordan Zimmermann, like Strasburg coming...

Innings limits, pitch counts the new reality

MILWAUKEE Heavy is the head that wears the crown as baseball's most promising young pitcher, and for Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg -- whose injury history has been a major topic of discussion since the day he was called up to the big leagues -- that crown has gotten only heavier as time has passed this season. That's because the Nationals have stated...

Enjoy a night off with Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper Lego minifigures

And so, while you're sitting around suffering through an off-day and waiting for the (61-40!? First place!? Tied for best record in MLB!?) Washington Nationals to play a game Tuesday night at home against another cupcake -- oh, the Phillies! -- enjoy the image above of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper Lego MiniFigures having a chat. (Photo via @stephaniekays) Befriend...

It's Time For People Outside Of DC To Acknowledge Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann is part of the best pitching staff in Major League Baseball, and he has the third-highest pitching WAR among that incredible group. Since he was the number three starter at the beginning of the year behind young star Stephen Strasburg and newly acquired Gio Gonzalez, his talent went under the radar. It’s time for that to stop and give JZimm and his value some...

Phils come out swinging as Lee tops Strasburg

Rollins’ inside-the-park HR keys effort in support of lefty’s solid work With the Trade Deadline in the past and two All-Star outfielders traded to the West Coast, the Phillies started the rest of their season on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. This is the team we remember in 2008. Where were they all season? Philadelphia’s offense chased Washington ace Stephen Strasburg from...

Phillies-Nationals Preview

The Philadelphia Phillies haven't been in last place this late in a season in nearly 10 years, finding themselves in an unfamiliar position at the non-waiver trade deadline after winning the last five NL East titles. Stephen Strasburg and the division-leading Washington Nationals aren't exactly used to their current standing, either. Washington will send Strasburg to the...

Murphy’s Law Part II: Has the Entire Mets Team Thrown in the Towel?

The Mets, desperate for a win, prayed last night to slink out of their home stand with something to show for it. They were risking going 0-6, the first time they had done that home since 2002. They had their work cut out for them Wednesday afternoon with the Washington Nationals’ 6-foot-5 pitching prodigy, Stephen Strasburg, on the mound. Murphy’s Law was in effect. From the...

Pregame: Lee vs. Strasburg Closes Out Big Trade Day

A busy day in a dreadful Phillies season finds them shipping Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence out of town. Both moves were very necessary and look for more in the next month as the waiver trade deadline approaches. My brief editorial is the return for Victorino and Pence is worthy of them. I was among the few that felt the haul to land Pence in the first place was ridiculous and...

The Nats Turned Kind of Blue

Not only were the Nats wearing beautiful Grays throwbacks tonight in Milwaukee, but MASN’s broadcast somehow turned them blue for some period of time. Hit the link to learn more at the Bog, but I just had to share here for posterity. The Nats won, BTW, and now have a .600 record through 100 games. Jordan Zimmermann’s ERA is also down to 2.28, because he’s a hoss, in any color.

Reverse Locks Abound In Nats Loss To Phillies

Entering Tuesday’s game, the Washington Nationals had the best record in the majors and were 21 games over .500. The Philadelphia Phillies just traded two-thirds of their starting outfield and were 16.5 games out of first place in the division. The game was due for a reverse lock, and it’s just what the Nats got.  Stephen Strasburg simply didn’t do his part, giving up six...

A New Beginning: Phillies Find Life in Series Opener Defeating Nationals, 8-0.

Final: Phillies 8, Nationals 0. WP: Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73 ERA) LP: Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12 ERA) I forewarned after the matinee game on Sunday afternoon that many Phillies may have put on the red pinstripes for the very last time.  Well, it turns out a couple of fan favorites, Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, indeed have. With Victorino going to Los Angeles and...

Leaderboard Filters!

You can now filter your results on the FanGraphs leaderboards! For instance, if you’re looking at the career leaderboards and you want to know which players had a career .300/.400/.500 slash line, this is now possible. This also works out great for comparisons. For instance, here’s a single season list of starting pitchers since 1990 who had peripherals similar to Stephen Strasburg...
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