NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Matt Skole earns MiLB Gold Glove - Byron Kerr

The Nationals announced that Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs first baseman Matt Skole has been named a MiLB Gold Glove winner for 2016. Skole recorded just one error in 874 chances for a .999 fielding percentage. The 27-year-old Skole, a 2011 fifth-round selection out of Georgia Tech, has worked his way up ... Read More
Via MASN
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Opposite dugout: With nothing to lose, D-backs looking for payback against Nats - Nationals Buzz

Manager: Chip Hale (2nd season) Record: 64-91 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Jean Segura (.314/.362/.482 with 17 HR, 60 RBIs), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.301/.414/.495 with 23 HR, 91 RBIs), RF Yasmany Tomas (29 HR, 75 RBIs), LHP Robbie Ray (8-13, 4.66 ERA), RHP Jake Barrett (3.49 ERA) ... Read More
Via MASN
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marty Niland: Sunday's win showed this Nats team has moxie - Nationals Buzz

If the injured, tired Washington Nationals were wondering where they might get that extra push for the postseason, they may have found it Sunday in Pittsburgh. A day after clinching the National League East and celebrating late into the night, the Nats were clearly a weary team. They wrapped up ... Read More
Via MASN
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Your Diamondbacks-Nationals primer: Matt Williams returns to Washington

The Nationals returned to the District on Sunday night from their final road trip of the season — a nine-game roller coaster of emotions that concluded Sunday with a benches-clearing altercation and the longest nine-inning game in club history, a 10-7 win over the Pirates — as National League East champions. They clinched the division title Saturday […]
Via Nationals Journal
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Playoff Dossier: The Nationals

The Washington Nationals have won the National League East for the third time in the past five seasons. But the Nats haven't been able to get past the NL Division Series. Will that change in 2016? Not if the Cubs have anything to say about it.
Via Sports On Earth
14 hours ago

Nationals Insider Chase Hughes gives a Nats checklist before the playoffs

The Nationals clinched the NL East division, but there are still some things they need to take care of before the playoffs begin.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
17 hours ago

NL East champion Nationals carrying out Werth’s vision

PITTSBURGH — Jayson Werth, dripping wet after being drenched by a combination of beer and champagne, stood in the corner of the visitor’s clubhouse late Saturday night and reflected for a moment while his teammates carried on a raucous celebration in the middle of the room “This is what I believed would happen here, but […] The post NL East champion Nationals carrying out...
Via Today's Knuckleball
21 hours ago

Nats, Pirates get into it after fake tag leads to Harper injury

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves at odds on Sunday after a fake tag potentially led to a hand injury for Bryce Harper. It started when Harper tripled down the right field line and hurt his left wrist on the slide. The slide wasn’t necessary as the throw badly missed the cutoff men and the baseball wasn’t anywhere near third, but Pirates third...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals follow frustrating 2015 season with NL East title

PITTSBURGH (AP) Dusty Baker couldn't help but smile as he watched his players pour champagne and beer on each other. The Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years on Saturday night. They beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 and watched on TV in the clubhouse as the New York Mets were eliminated from the division race 20 minutes later with a 10...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper wears Katie Ledecky swim cap during Nats’ celebration

Bryce Harper gave Katie Ledecky the ultimate nod on Saturday when celebrating the Nationals’ division title. Washington beat Pittsburgh 6-1 while the Mets lost to the Phillies, giving the Nats the NL East. The team celebrated by spraying some bubbly and beer around the clubhouse, and nobody had on a better outfit than Harper. The reigning NL MVP was seen wearing a Katie Ledecky...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats clinch playoff berth, beat Pirates 6-1 behind Lopez

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Washington Nationals clinched a postseason berth and no worse than a tie for the National League East title, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez. Stephen Drew's two-run single capped a three-run first inning for the Nationals, who return to the postseason after a one-year absence...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy has strained left buttocks, Stephen Strasburg’s playoff status still uncertain

PITTSBURGH — Daniel Murphy, whose left leg injury was not responding to treatment, has a mild strain in his left buttocks, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Friday. Murphy underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, an issue that plagues him most when he is running. Baker said the Nationals are going “to have to shut […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How much has Trea Turner impacted the Nationals?

When Trea Turner was called up for good on July 10th, the Nationals already had a 97% chance of winning their division. With players like Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, and a resurgent Anthony Rendon leading the offense, it was not like the team struggled for offensive firepower. However, there were of course weak spots. Turner had started at SS for all but two of his minor league...
Via The Sports Quotient
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Nationals-Pirates series primer: Clinch time?

Within minutes of the Washington Nationals (89-63) beating the Marlins to avoid a three-game sweep and snap a four-game losing streak in Miami Wednesday, Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a three-run home run and robbed the Mets of a victory in New York. The combination dwindled Washington’s magic number to clinch the National League […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Karl-Anthony Towns, Bryce Harper and J.J. Watt Force Gatorade Drinkers to 'Burn it to Earn it' in Hilarious New Campaign

If you happen to be casually strolling down the street sipping a bottle of Gatorade with no perspiration visible on your brow, prepare to be embarrassed by a famous athlete in front of a lot of people. That's the gist of Gatorade's new campaign, which features athletes like J.J. Watt, Bryce Harper and Karl-Anthony Towns emerging from a truck to challenge random Gatorade drinkers...
Via Stack
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer wins 18th, Nationals beat Marlins 8-3

MIAMI (AP) Max Scherzer pitched 6 2-3 innings to tie for the National League victory lead with 18, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 on Wednesday night. Scherzer (18-7) allowed three runs and struck out eight to push his major league-leading total to 267. He's tied for with Chicago's Jon Lester for the most wins in the NL. Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman is Struggling

The Nationals have a problem, they have a black hole at first base. I mean that figuratively of course; the Nationals have gotten the least offensive production out of first base in all of baseball. There may be a hole in the space time continuum at first, though, because Ryan Zimmerman has gone missing this season. Zimmerman’s .213/.269/.365 batting is far from acceptable from...
Via The Nats Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals dismiss report about Bryce Harper shoulder injury

Two prominent members of the Washington Nationals on Tuesday dismissed a report discussing the extent of Bryce Harper’s shoulder injury. SI’s Tom Verducci wrote a column Tuesday about the Nats’ playoff hopes, which he said were dampened by Harper’s shoulder concerns. Verducci reported a source told him the neck/shoulder issue was such a problem that Harper could barely throw...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Roark Has Been Washington’s Kyle Hendricks

Stephen Strasburg‘s been in the news lately for playing catch. It’s still unclear whether he’ll pitch again this season. Given that the Nationals are just a few weeks away from postseason baseball, and given that Joe Ross just returned from having missed 10 weeks with a shoulder injury and is currently working on a limited pitch count, it’s not an ideal situation for Washington’s...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: The Much-Needed Rise of Tanner Roark

We’ve got a nice balanced day planned out for you around this Tuesday MLB slate, as we’ve got a great premium matchup, another that’s right behind it and a Cy Young candidate toiling in isolation as well. Check ’em out! Tanner Roark (WAS) versus José Fernández (MIA) 7:10 p.m. ET In a lot of ways, Roark is like the poor man’s Kyle Hendricks this year. He lags behind...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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