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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Strasburg’s Struggles Continue

He lasted only an inning. Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals fall in the opener of a three game series, a 5-2 Friday night loss at the Great American Ball Park. Including tonight, Stephen Strasburg has allowed 17 ER in his last 5 starts, totaling just 16 innings. 9.56 ERA, just over 3 IP per start. — High Heat Stats MLB (@HighHeatStats) May 30, 2015 Strasburg, who lasted...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Plenty Of Hits Not Enough To Extend Blue Rocks’ Winning Streak

WOODBRIDGE, VA – After winning a season-high six games in a row, the Wilmington Blue Rocks finally dropped a game as they fell to Potomac by a 8-3 final on Thursday. Yender Caramo, the starter for the Blue Rocks, had his shortest start of the season, as he went just 3.0 innings, allowing four runs before being lifted. With a loss on Thursday by the Frederick Keys, the Rocks still...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jayson Werth has fractures in wrist

Although the Washington Nationals were fairly certain that outfielder Jayson Werth's wrist wasn't broken, test results revealed the contrary on Thursday. According to a report from MLB.com, which has yet to be confirmed by the Nats, a CT scan revealed that Werth has "two small fractures" in his left wrist, where he was hit by a pitch on May 15. Werth, whose timetable for return was...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Drew Storen Bouncing Back for Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen delivers in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer are getting all the hype, but one man who’s been on the Nationals longer than either of them is proving his worth to the team as well. Drew Storen, longtime...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth out two months due to wrist fractures

The Washington Nationals have experienced another significant injury to their starting lineup. After losing right-hander Doug Fister to a flexor strain in his right forearm, they have now lost a huge bat in their lineup. Veteran right fielder Jayson Werth has been diagnosed with two small fractures in his left wrist after undergoing a CT scan and is expected to be out until at least...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper on his breakout

“Lots of people say I’ve changed, and that I’ve done that or done this, but I’ve done this my whole life,” Bryce Harper said when I approached him about his breakout season so far. To some extent, he’s right. He’s just doing what he’s done, more often. Even the things he’s changed have been a return to […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer Dominates Cubs In Cy Young Fashion

Wrigley Field was lit on fire Wednesday night. Flame-throwing Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals took out his torch on the Chicago Cubs leaving destruction in his wake as he dominated on the way to his 97th career victory. Scherzer was up to his usual tricks on this night but he was even a little more dominant than usual as the Cubs could do precious little to mount an attack...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer dominates & Nationals win again

The Washington Nationals took seven dominating innings from Max Scherzer, another home run from Bryce Harper and some timely late pitching from their veteran relievers to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 in front of a partisan crowd at Wrigley Field. #HappyHandshakes! On to the next! pic.twitter.com/Bw5R9scZkz — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 28, 2015 The win improves Washington’s...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa Quietly Contributing for the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa dives for a throw from the outfield to keep San Diego Padres’ Justin Upton on first with a single during the sixth inning in a baseball game Friday, May 15, 2015, in San Diego. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Gregory Bull) The Washington Nationals have played all 46 of their games this season without third-baseman Anthony Rendon,...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals starter Doug Fister scheduled to throw Wednesday

Washington Nationals starter Doug Fister is one step closer to returning to the hill for the Nats. According to the Washington Post, Fister will begin a throwing program on Wednesday as he continues to rehab a right flexor strain that sent him to the disabled list on May 15. Given that he'll need time to get his arm back into pitching shape, Fister is expected to miss at least one...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth rejoins team, still can't swing a bat

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is back with the team, but it will be a bit longer before he's able to take the field again. The Washington Post reports that Werth is still having trouble swinging a bat, and his timetable for return remains unknown. "They're treating him aggressively like they have been," manager Matt Williams said. "He's got fairly good grip strength...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Minor League Stat Leaders (5/26/15)

The Washington Nationals have four affiliate clubs in play right now, from AAA to A.  Auburn (Low A) and GCL Nationals will come on after the 2015 MLB Draft in June.   Here are the current records of the Washington Nationals Affiliates: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)  17-27, 6 Games Back Harrisburg Senators (AA) 20-23 5.5 Games Back Potomac Nationals (A) 19-25 6.5 Games Back Hagerstown...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper: ‘I still believe (Mike) Trout is the best player in the game’

Bryce Harper is enjoying an absolutely torrid month of May at the plate. So scorching-hot is the Washington Nationals outfielder that a teammate jokingly acted as if he was afraid to touch him, lest they get burned. But to hear it from the 22-year-old who seemingly is taking the next step in a career destined...Read More The post Bryce Harper: ‘I still believe (Mike) Trout is the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Taylor Proving to be Invaluable to Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals Center Fielder Michael Taylor (#3) hitting a walk-off grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.(Matt Kartozian/USA-Today Sports) After a slow start to their season, the Washington Nationals (27-18) are roaring back, recently notching a six-game winning streak. On the strength of Right Fielder Bryce Harper’s relentless on-target hitting...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Casey Janssen makes his Nats debut

The Washington Nationals welcomed reliever Casey Janssen to the ball club this past weekend. Making his Nationals debut out of the bullpen against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 8-1 loss Saturday, Janssen pitched a scoreless 9th inning and looked strong in his one inning of work. Janssen signed with the Nationals this past offseason as a free agent. He played the last 8 seasons...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Michael Taylor Makes Amazing Diving Catch

Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor flashed the leather robbing Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada of a base hit. Wada lined a well hit ball to left field, but Taylor, who is playing in left with Jayson Werth on the disabled list with a wrist injury, made a great diving catch for the final out of the second inning. Taylor’s pitcher Tanner Roark was in approval of Taylor’s efforts...
Via KCM Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 8 Two Start Pitchers; Tanner Roark

Week 8 Two Start Pitchers  Nationals RHP Doug Fister (forearm) will miss Week 8 of the Fantasy Baseball season, in fact he’s out indefinitely, so for those who drafted Tanner Roark and hung on to him, your patientce has paid off. He’ll get the start Monday in Chicago against the Cubs. If Roark is on the wire, grab him. While you’re at it, go ahead and drop Mat Latos ...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: how to help fix Stephen Strasburg

Coming into Saturday’s matinee game with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals had their eyes on a season long, 7 game winning streak. It was ace versus ace on the mound as Cole Hamels went for the Phillies and Stephen Strasburg for the hometown Nationals. Strasburg had been shaky as of late by having a 1-3 record in his last 4 starts and only making it into the...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

MASN isn’t happy with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

The dispute over Washington Nationals rights fees between the Nationals, MLB, MASN, and the Baltimore Orioles remains contentious. Earlier this week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made some comments that favored the Nationals after a ruling by a MLB panel in favor of the team receiving higher rights fees. Manfred defended the panel and the fees, saying that “sooner or later, MASN...
Via Awful Announcing
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Harper, Matt Williams have special handshake

Teammates frequently have special handshakes and routines they do with each other, but it’s not too often we see a coach or manager join the mix. But that is the case with Bryce Harper and Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams. Harper hit an opposite field home run in the bottom of the second of Nationals’...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hershey’s supplying Nationals chocolate syrup for celebrations

The Washington Nationals have been putting an interesting — albeit sticky — spin on the custom of assaulting a game hero with some kind of barrage during his postgame interview. Typically, it used to involve dumping a big jug of water or sports drink — or even the good old shaving cream pie — but...Read More The post Hershey’s providing Nationals chocolate syrup for victory...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper ejected for not getting in the batter’s box

During Wednesday night’s Yankees-Nationals game at Nationals Park, home plate umpire Marvin Hudson ejected both Bryce Harper and Matt Williams because…Harper didn’t get in the batter’s box? What the hell? Check out the video. Harper stepped out of the box after a bad call by Hudson, stepped back in, and stepped out when Hudson started yelling at Williams. Hudson then ejected...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s going on with Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg has an ERA over 6. We don’t talk about ERA very often. OK, then, Stephen Strasburg has an overall RA over 7. I don’t bring these numbers up because they conclusively demonstrate that Strasburg has a problem. I bring them up because an ERA over 6 is just embarrassing, and a pitcher like […]
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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