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Doug Fister knocks cap off his head during windup (Video)

Washington Nationals starter Doug Fister knocked his cap off his head while starting his windup in a funny moment during the fourth inning of Monday night's game against Atlanta.Fister recovered quickly, putting the cap right back on and getting a ground ball out to end the inning. Now that's good focus.Unfortunately, Fister took the loss as the Braves beat the Nationals 8-4.[MLB...
Via Holdout Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Max Scherzer to miss start with sprained thumb

  Max Scherzer will not make his scheduled start for Washington against Atlanta on Tuesday night because of a sprained right thumb. Manager Matt Williams said Scherzer may be ready to start within a few days. ''I would think that before another five days he'd be OK to go,'' Williams said Monday. ''We have to get him on a (mound) and make sure he can throw all his pitches. So that...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals Have Lost Almost All of Their Edge

A fun question from last Friday’s chat: Comment From Zob Lerblaw How many games do the Mets have to get ahead of the Nationals and by what date to believe they may win the east? 15 games by June 1? Since the question was asked, the Mets lost two of three over the weekend against […]
Via Fangraphs
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ poor start needs to turn around in a hurry

While President Obama’s approval rating is increasing, the Washington Nationals have yet to impress the baseball constituents. Nineteen games into the season and the preseason favorite to make it to the World Series is sharing the cellar with the hapless Phillies in the National League East. Unfortunately for the Nationals, there are not any valid excuses for their underachievement...
Via Bloguin Best
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Best rotation gets no help

The Washington Nationals have arguably the best pitching rotation in baseball to start the 2015 season. But as the first month of the season unfolds the Nationals find themselves in the basement of the NL East Division with a record of 7-12 (.368). Coming into Monday they have lost five straight, the bats have not come to life, their defense has been dreadful, and the starting pitching...
Via isportsweb.com
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vol. 3: NL East Weekly Wrap Up

The National League East saw the Mets have another big week. The Miami Marlins are surging. The Phillies are showing signs of life, and the Nats and the Braves continue to struggle. Basically, it was a typical week in the NL East. Heading into the fourth week of the season, the division’s leaders remain in the same slot. The Mets are atop the division, despite seeing their incredible...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL East Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

Noah Syndergaard missed his start this week due to illness, but got caught up in controversy on Twitter. The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the NL East. 1. Lucas Giolito RHP – Nationals: Yet to pitch in 2015. For more analysis...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Icon Jim Fanning Passes Away

In the last media interview Jim Fanning did a week ago, he talked to me about how this fellow by the name of Randy Johnson was balking about reporting to the Expos’ single-A affiliate in the outpost of Jamestown, N.Y. back in the summer of 1985. “Randy didn’t want to sign a Jamestown contract,’’ Fanning said. “He thought he was much better going to Double-A or Triple...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Fall to the Fish 8-0 for Fourth Straight Loss

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Miami. The Marlins scored two runs in the inning. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The Washington Nationals took an 8-0 beating at the hands of the Miami Marlins Saturday afternoon. Stephen Strasburg dropped to 1-2 on the...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Struggling to Wake the Bats

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, right, takes a lead off of first base while blowing a bubble as St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, left, looks on during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Washington. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/AP Photo/Nick Wass) The Washington Nationals have high expectations for the 2015-2016 season. So far, Washington...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yunel Escobar hits walk-off home run, slides headfirst into home plate

So Yunel Escobar's walk-off home run to bail out Drew Storen and the Nats last night (video above) was pretty great. But the GIF of Escobar's headfirst slide into home plate after the fact is pretty much the greatest thing ever. It features the slide, a Gatorade shower, Denard Span freaking out over getting hit with said Gatorade, and a majestic Bryce Harper hair flip: ...
Via Nationals Enquirer
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Offense Quiet Again, Blue Rocks Drop First Two To Potomac

WILMINGTON, DE – Potomac right-hander Brian Rauh was lights out on Tuesday evening, going seven scoreless innings leading the Potomac Nationals to their second consecutive win over the Blue Rocks, 6-0. For Wilmington, it is the first time they have been shutout this season. Rauh also held the Blue Crew to their fewest hits this season (2), beating their previous low mark of six...
Via i70baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Drop Cardinals 2-1: Pieces Falling into Place for World Series Favorites

Washington Nationals’ Yunel Escobar celebrates the game winning solo home run as he slides into home during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 2-1, in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Las Vegas odds makers ranked the Washington Nationals as the stand-alone preseason...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals “Walk Off” 2-1 Over Cardinals in Ten

The Nationals blew a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning, but Yunel Escobar’s third career walk off solo home run in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Washington a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Heroes welcome for Yuni!! #Walkoff #SafeAtHome pic.twitter.com/zNebCB43EA — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 22, 2015 Drew Storen came on in the top...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmington Blue Rocks Go Silently in Series Opener Against Potomac Nationals

WILMINGTON, DE – Potomac’s Nick Pivetta was brilliant on Monday, blanking the Rocks over seven innings, and leading the Nationals to victory at Frawley Stadium by a final of 3-1. Pivetta allowed only three hits and two walks while notching five strikeouts. A home run by catcher Spencer Kieboom got the offense started for the Nationals, as the Rocks fell to 6-5 on the season...
Via i70baseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Zimmermann Continues to Scuffle

On Saturday Nationals co-ace, Jordan Zimmermann, took the mound at home against one of the easiest offenses in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies. Through two starts Zimmermann had returned mixed results, holding the Mets in check in his first start yet getting demolished by the Red Sox in his second. Before Saturday’s game against Philly, I wrote this: In his last start Zim...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman Hits Ball Twice with One Swing

On the box score it will appear Ryan Zimmerman collected his second RBI with a single up the middle to score Ian Desmond in the seventh, nothing special. But what will not show up in the box score is the swing that gave the Nationals a 4-0 lead was anything but normal. Zimmerman managed to hit the ball twice with one swing. The ball initially hit near the handle of the bat and rode...
Via KCM Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Bryce Harper on Stats; Storen, Gausman, Eflin, Almora, more

When I first met Drew Storen, his train had yet to reach Big League Station. The Stanford product was 22 years old and pitching in the Arizona Fall League, his Nationals debut still six months away. Since that time he’s ridden a roller coaster. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 43-save season on his resume, but […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Nearly Runs over Jayson Werth Running Bases

Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run double in the sixth of the Nationals 5-2 win over the Phillies, scoring both Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Aside from extending the Nationals lead, Zimmerman’s double nearly cause a problem. Bryce Harper only knows one way to play baseball and that’s hard and fast. His speed is one to marvel over. He displayed that speed running from first home...
Via KCM Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Taylor and Zimmerman power the Nationals past the Phillies

Rookie Michael Taylor continues to impress, hitting his second home run of the season, to give the Nats a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, a lead they would not relinquish.  Filling in for injured centerfielder Denard Span, Taylor went 1 for 2 and raised his season batting average to a solid .282. Ryan Zimmerman added a two run double in the sixth inning to pad the Nats lead to 5-2...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Craig Stammen needs surgery

Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has been diagnosed with a flexor tear in his forearm following an MRI and will need surgery, manager Matt Williams said today. Williams told reporters Stammen could miss the remainder of the season, which would be a bad blow to an already-think and struggling bullpen. Stammen, 31, has thrown at least 72 innings each of the last three seasons...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals aren’t this bad, right?

Through seven games, the National League standings are a mess. The 6-1 Braves, roundly projected to finish fourth in the NL East, are doubling up their opposition on the season. The always erratic Colorado Rockies are 5-2 – and are 4-0 on the road, always a challenging task for them. After rolling through the bulk of the rest of the league, hovering around the .500 mark, you get...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals sued for religious discrimination

The Washington Nationals were hit with a $300,000 federal religious discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday. The complaint – available here – alleges that the team illegally discriminated against three former ushers – all Seventh-day Adventists – due to their religious beliefs. Although the team allowed the men to miss games during the 2013 season in order to […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Bryce Harper finally primed for that breakout campaign?

It seems like every year, the baseball world discusses the possibility of that particular season serving as a breakout campaign for Bryce Harper. And it seems like every year, by his own design (read: playing like his hair is on fire) or otherwise, Harper has found a way to let us down. Could this year be different? Is it time for Harper to become the superstar we were all promised...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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