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From 2009-2011, Ian Desmond hit 22 homers in 1,302 plate appearances. In 2012 he hit 25 in just 547. What changed? For starters, Desmond’s fly ball rate corrected a two-year slide, rebounding to 34.5%, and he made those fly balls count, muscling 18.2% of them over the fence. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do for an encore.Contributing to Desmond’s breakout from borderline top-200 player to 34th overall in fantasy was his surprising .292 average. He doesn’t have a very good K:BB ratio (last year it was his usual sub-par 4:1), but in each of his three full seasons he’s increased his line drive rate and decreased his infield fly rate. Desmond is slowly improving, and in my mind the biggest question relating to his fantasy value over the next few years isn’t, “How many homers will he hit?” but rather “How does he fit into a top-heavy Nationals lineup?”At a GlanceStrengths: SBNeutral: R, HR, RBI, BA, SLG, OPSWeaknesses: OBPPlayer ComparisonsBest-case scenario: Hanley Ramirez (LA...
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Available at Sneeki’s Tees The long awaited return of the Washington Nationals is finally here. Spring training officially kicks off today as the Nats’ pitchers and catchers are reporting to Viera, Florida. Their first Grapefruit League game will take place on Saturday, February 23rd vs the Mets. Just in time for the start of spring training, our partner Sneeki’s Tees have...
And so, while you're sitting around fretting about Gio's drug test and Raffy's visa issues, enjoy the video above (via CSNWashington.com) in which Bryce Harper talks about the state of DC sports with the assembled media in Viera today. He got chills:
"People out there at our games, all the support we have in DC, you saw it in the postseason last year, you saw...
Up above, video of Under Armour's new #IWill commercial, in which Bryce Harper lifts weights and hits baseballs and such.
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Well, you can check the box next to "Gio Gonzalez arrives at Nationals camp and denies he ever used PEDs." Indeed, a "Shocked", "stunned", and "very confident" Gio arrived on Tuesday morning and faced the music from reporters.
More from Gio on Biogenesis, via ESPN.com's Jayson Stark:
"There is no connection, [except] for the...
The 2012 Washington Nationals season ended in about the worst way possible, but that’s all over starting today. The 2013 season is finally underway. Pitchers and catchers are required to report to the Washington Nationals Spring Training facility in Viera, Florida by today, though many like Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, and Zach Duke have already reported.
Thanks for your patience, readers. This is the last installment of the 2012 Player-By-Player wrap up. (photo: The Washington Post)
Henry Rodriguez is the ultimate “pitcher with potential.” He has potential because he can hit triple-digits on the radar gun with his fastball on command. The problem: he rarely knows where it’s going. His only truly decent season was...
Normally in spring training the only things that fall from the sky are fly balls; however, the Washington Nationals witnessed the unusual…..a falling fish. Apparently, a hungry bird made an error, dropping the fish onto the ball field. Practice was interrupted as the bird continued to circle as center fielder Denard Span worried about being [...]
They called him The Chief. Chad Cordero was the first star of
the Washington Nationals. 2005, the Nats inaugural season in the Nations'
Capitol, saw him lead the National League with 47 saves, buoyed by a 0.969
WHIP. However, by 2007, arm troubles beset the likable reliever, and by
age 28, his career was over.
Nearing his 31 birthday, Cordero, according to Los...
The participation of Ryan Braun and Gio Gonzalez in the World
Baseball Classic is unlikely to be affected by Major League
Baseballâ??s ongoing investigation into the
Biogenesis clinic of South Florida.
See if you can spot Bryce in the newest UA commercial. The post Bryce Harper for Under Armour appeared first on Nationals Outsider.
When the St. Louis Cardinals knocked off the heavily-favored Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB National League Division Series, it made sense that some fans would be upset. After all, no team can be loved by 100% of baseball fans, not even the classier and more intelligent Cardinals, who are more realistically loved by 98% of fans. But it seems that some Nationals fans have indeed...