#IChallengeMax: Max Scherzer steps to plate for this season's Fan Challenge - Nationals Buzz

Two no-hitters. A 20-strikeout game. Three All-Star Games. A Cy Young Award. OK, now that we've listed a few of his credentials, it's pretty obvious that you probably can't beat Max Scherzer in baseball. But you could beat him at something else. So prove it! The CareFirst Fan Challenge is ... Read More
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Snider: Are the Nats Collapsing Early?

WASHINGTON — Are the Washington Nationals once again teasing fans? Ten days ago, they were kings of the NL East. Even better than many hoped with a rotation that was four-fifths strong and enough hitting to lead the division by six games. But they were 90 feet away from losing their eighth straight game on Sunday. Washington (44-32) is now up by three games over the New York Mets...
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Nationals-Mets primer: Things to know and what to watch for

The Nationals can finally unpack. The worst of their travel is over. After being on the road for 20 of the first 26 days of this month, they are home for 10 games now, and July will be easier. They end their toughest bit of scheduling — May spent fighting top teams, June spent fighting the rigors […]
Via Nationals Journal
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6.26.16: Nationals snap seven-game skid

The Nationals finally got back in the win column with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
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Marty Niland: With skid over, Nats can focus on winning habits - Nationals Buzz

It's too early to say whether Tanner Roark's guile and Jayson Werth's guts actually saved the Nationals' 2016 season. But when they look back it all, their June 26 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers may be seen as an epiphany. For now, at least, the bleeding has stopped. In just ... Read More
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Voth v. Giolito: Who Should the Nationals Call Up?

The Washington Nationals announced Sunday that Stephen Strasburg would be placed on the 15-day disabled list after being scratched from his start in Milwaukee the day before. After the team’s 3-2 win, manager Dusty Baker announced that Joe Ross would start Monday, and a minor-league call-up would start Tuesday. But Dusty left out one key piece of information: Who is that going...
Via The Nats Blog
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Late rally comes up short as Brewers fall to Nationals

MILWAUKEE -- Tanner Roark pitched seven shutout innings in place of injured ace Stephen Strasburg, and the Washington Nationals ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.Jose Lobaton and Clint Robinson homered for Washington. Lobaton hit his first homer of the season in the seventh off Milwaukee reliever Jacob Barnes (0-1). Robinson hit...
Via Associated Press
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Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on 15-day DL

After missing his last start and being scratched from his upcoming one, something was clearly not right with Stephen Strasburg. The Washington Nationals have decided to not take any chances with the ace, placing him on the DL. Stephen Strasburg has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 6/16, w/ an upper back strain. A corresponding roster move will be announced tmrw. — #VoteNats...
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Mythbusting Zimmerman’s Bases-Loaded Struggles

In Saturday’s loss against the Brewers, Ryan Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, which means he didn’t get a hit in yet another high leverage situation this season. Despite flashes here and there, Zimmerman has struggled offensively this season. Those struggles have been exposed in high leverage situations thanks to the new found strategy of intentionally...
Via The Nats Blog
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Stephen Strasburg to miss second straight start with bad back

MILWAUKEE — Washington ace Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday at Milwaukee.Manager Dusty Baker says Strasburg felt pain in his back while throwing before Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start with an upper back strain.Baker says right-hander Tanner Roark will start in Strasburg's place, pitching on regular...
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Jonathan Papelbon throws bullpen session, could start rehab assignment on Monday

MILWAUKEE – Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning in Milwaukee, taking the next step in his rehabilitation from a right intercostal strain. Papelbon could be headed to Class A Potomac to begin his rehab assignment as soon as Monday, although that timetable has yet to be set by the Nationals. […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Can Gio Gonzalez snap the Nationals' six-game skid?

Caught in their worst swoon of the season, the Nationals will turn to Gio Gonzalez to lead them out of a six-game losing skid. He will take the mound Saturday in Milwaukee against Matt Garza.
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Jayson Werth back in the lineup, Wilson Ramos will catch Saturday against Brewers

MILWAUKEE — After dropping a sixth straight game in the series opener on Friday night, the Nationals return to Miller Park for a Saturday matinee looking to build traction as the ten-day road trip comes to an end. It will also be an opportunity for left-hander Gio Gonzalez to halt his own individual skid on […]
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Washington Nationals: No need to panic

It has been a rough stretch recently for the Washington Nationals. In the midst of a season-long five game losing streak, the Nats have gone just 4-6 since completing a sweep of the Phillies on June 12. Having felt the heartbreak of collapse before, many Nationals fans are already worried about the team moving forward. However, this is not the time to jump to conclusions, and there...
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Danny Espinosa, Trea Turner, and the Value of Patience

When the Nationals decided to begin the year with Danny Espinosa as their starting shortstop, with top prospect Trea Turner beginning the year back in Triple-A, it was widely seen as another example of a team manipulating the service time rules in order to extend their controllable years over a valuable player. That narrative was seemingly reinforced when the Nationals stuck with...
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Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute

With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled broadcasting career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, talked baseball with Scully and...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

David Huzzard: Nats bullpen needs fixing, but don't expect many changes soon - Nationals Buzz

They are riding a five-game losing streak and in need of bullpen help. That is the current state of your Washington Nationals. A five-game losing streak is nothing to worry about. It happens. The fact that the Nationals have avoided a prolonged losing streak for this long is a miracle. ... Read More
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Washington Nationals roster moves: Time to call up Trea Turner, sit down Ryan Zimmerman

The Washington Nationals were cruising. From May 29 to June 17, the Nats’ offense carried the team to a 14-4 record, posting over six runs per game. But now, as the offense has lost its way and the bullpen becomes more and more vulnerable, Washington has lost four straight winnable games. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is not the only culprit in this slump, but a change needs to...
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Bryce Harper’s batter’s box ritual is focus of new MLB commercial

When Bryce Harper steps into the batter’s box at Dodger Stadium this week, he’ll perform roughly the same bat-tapping ritual that he did when he made his major league debut in Los Angeles four years ago. Here’s how Harper explained the ritual, which dates to his one year at the College of Southern Nevada, in 2012: “I think once […]
Via DC Sports Blog
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Washington Nationals, Reddit help kids in Zambia play baseball

The Washington Nationals and a Reddit user teamed up to show kids in Zambia how to play baseball, and brought some joy to their lives in the process. Many pictures posted show the kids showing off their equipment, or just clowning around and having a great time. It was a great display of the sheer happiness that baseball can bring to a group of kids. From Reddit: These kids...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Nationals a Great Team?

When I watched Jayson Werth‘s epic post-game interview where he referred to Jonathan Papelbon as the “DC Strangler,” I couldn’t help but think to myself, man, this is a great team. They seem like they are having a blast out there. That got me to thinking: What makes a successful team, and do the Washington Nationals have those same traits? I did a little research on the topic...
Via The Nats Blog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth has profane message for his critics

For the second time in four games, Jayson Werth delivered a walk-off hit for the Washington Nationals. His most recent came on Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs — capping off on a thrilling 5-4, 12-inning victory in D.C. It’s been a standout week for the 37-year-old outfielder. He’s posted a .421 batting average over the past seven days and a .333 mark in June....
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Revere Outfield Assist Alert

We’ve entered into the Statcast era, but just before the Statcast era, we had to make do with more subjective evaluations. Among the evaluations was the Fan Scouting Report, a Tangotiger project to crowd-source player defense. One of the categories to be evaluated as part of the Fan Scouting Report has been arm strength. Okay, so, getting to the point, Ben Revere became a big-league...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

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