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2012 Outlook – 52 (T-15th)
The last time the Washington Nationals even sniffed a playoff berth was the first season they were the Washington Nationals: 2005. The move from Montreal was most unfortunate for those north of the border, but baseball in the District of Columbia was excited for basebal...
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The Washington Nationals have demoted starting pitcher John Lannan, and not just to their bullpen.
Lannan, who started Opening Day for the Nationals in 2009 and 2010, has been sent down to the minor leagues. With this move to option Lannan down, the Nationals have announced that Ross Detwiler will take his spot in the starting rotation, at least to begin the 2012 MLB...
Congrats to Brett Carroll, Xavier Nady, Steve Lombardozzi, and Chad Tracy, on making Davey Johnson's 25-man roster. And yes: Chad Tracy making his way back to the Majors after a year in exile in Japan is a nice, feel-good, story. Except that it says something about the health of a couple of guys you'd rather have around for Opening Day. Here's Tracy:
On March 15th, Chien-Ming Wang injured himself once again after taking an awkward tumble to first base trying to beat out Russell Martin. Although he was seen at the time as the favorite for the fifth starter spot, he was removed from the discussion shortly after being diagnosed with a strained left hamstring. About a week ago, manager Davey Johnson finally cleared up the speculation...
In absolutely stunning news, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is reporting that John Lannan will be optioned to Triple-A Syracuse in favor of Ross Detwiler. It was widely assumed that Lannan had a lock on the No. 5 spot after Chien-Ming Wang got hurt this spring, but apparently the organization had other plans. The Nats Blog's Patrick Hilley wrote about this just yesterday...
The Washington Nationals are headed to Chicago on Thursday to start what could be a promising 2012 season. However, some key injuries may leave the team a bit more crippled than fans would hope, causing an already concerning offense to be a little bit worse. The overall positive on this year’s Nats team is the pitching staff, so we’ll start there with Part 1.
In this article in the Washington Post, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth talks about how his 2011 season will hopefully just be "a fart in the wind" as he's made changes to his swing going into 2012.
While reading the article, Werth mentioned how the issue in Werth's swing, which caused him to struggle against left-handed pitching, was very evident to him. In...
Washington Nationals starter John Lannan walks into the dugout after getting pulled against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
...or at least he was Davey Johnson's guy a little over a week ago when he was named #5 starter....
A couple of years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a preseason story hyping the Seattle Mariners on the strength of the defensive metric, Ultimate Zone Rating. I remember reading the article and wondering if I was behind the times, especially since I’d never heard of UZR (and truth be told, I still don’t really understand fielding stats.) The piece seemed a little odd since the Mariners...
John Lannan's salary is $5 million, and he started on opening day for the Washington Nationals in 2009 and 2010. This season, the left-hander will be at Triple-A Syracuse for Game 1.
In a completely unexpected move, the Nationals optioned Lannan to the minors and shifted lefty Ross Detwiler from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The decision was announced after Washington...
The Braves signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
Financial terms were not announced for Durbin, who posted a 2-2 mark with a 5.53 ERA last season with the Cleveland Indians.
The righthander is very familiar with the NL East after playing three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2008-10) as well as the spring with the Washington Nationals.
In this week's episode, Joe and Craig have their first guest, Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation. Brett provides great insight on the state of the Chicago Cubs, who the Washington Nationals are playing on Opening Day, and is an all around cool guy. Besides that, a few other pretty interesting things happened for the Nationals in the past week: John Lannan was demoted, Ross Detwiler...
First there were Harperstown t-shirts. Then there were Harpersburg t-shirts.
Now, just in time for John Lannan's Bryce Harper's arrival in Syracuse: there are Harpercuse t-shirts. It was only a matter of time.
(Image above via @jwilhidejr, Sportstardesigns.com)
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Southwest Florida already is the home to three major league baseball teams during spring training. With the move by the Boston Red Sox from downtown Fort Myers to the outskirts of Lee County his season, the City of Palms Park is left without an occupant, an occupant which the park was built for in the first place in 1993. The Red Sox, a staple in Lee County since 1993...
The Atlanta Braves have signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Durbin went 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 56 appearances last year with Cleveland.
In 15 1-3 innings this spring with the Washington Nationals, the right-hander had a 2.35 ERA, struck out 15 and walked three, but opponents hit .333 against him.
From 2008-10 with Philadelphia, Durbin went 11-7 with...
Baseball's unofficial return to DC for the 2012 season is at 3:05 pm today with the Washington Nationals exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox. MASN will be broadcasting the game live starting at 3 pm, but join us here for a live blog and live chat during the game. We'll take your questions and wax poetic about the return of baseball this season. We'll be live...