NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Wire Taps: Bryce Harper NL PoTW; Power ranking the Nationals; Matt Wieters, Harper get days off in Coors Field...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the second game of four with the Rockies in Coors Field. Were back in one of those situations where the game is going to outlast the authors bedtime, because tomorrow is a Tuesday and the author is on the east coastat the time of press, its the top of the seventh, and the score is 4-3. With that in mind, please enjoy your two...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 hour ago

Jacob Turner makes his case to be Nationals sixth starter

DENVER — For years, the Washington Nationals kept an eye on Jacob Turner. He fit their pitching template perfectly, a big guy with big stuff and mainstream mechanics, built to be molded. So when Turner floated in minor league free agency as a 25-year-old with first-round stuff intact, the Nationals saw an opportunity. But what […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals Have a Good Problem With Their Outfield Depth

One thing that is apparent when looking at the Washington Nationals’ depth chart for outfielders is that the organization has a problem. Fortunately, it is a good problem to have, as the Nationals have managed to build and maintain a solid crop of outfielders that may very well help the team as it approaches a pivotal point in its future. The Nationals have built a solid reserve...
Via The Nats Blog
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth’s Stand-In Mom Returns

You might remember this little fan’s reaction to Jayson Werth getting hit in the elbow at Coors Field in 2016. How could you not? She absolutely loses it and it is absolutely me every time the Nats bullpen blows it. She cares about the safety of Werth’s elbow more than I care about my whole life. Her animation has been missed in the months since her response was first recorded...
Via The Nats Blog
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baker updates on Harper, Wieters, bullpen and Solis - Byron Kerr

DENVER - Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Bryce Harper and Matt Wieters were not in tonight's starting lineup for the opener against the Rockies in Coors Field because they needed a day of rest. With the Nats facing their first left-hander of the season in Tyler Anderson, Baker decided to ... Read More
Via MASN
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on paternity list, call up Jacob Turner

Stephen Strasburg will be away from the team while he and his wife await the birth of their second child. Jacob Turner is coming up to start vs the Rockies.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
15 hours ago

Latest On The Nationals’ Bullpen Needs

The Nationals’ bullpen is off to a dismal start tot the season, with a collective 4.86 ERA through the season’s first three weeks. Young Blake Treinen has already been removed from the closer’s role, albeit with a relatively quick hook (he’s thrown just seven innings this year). Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley are presently sharing ninth-inning work, and they’re two of just...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
22 hours ago

Ryan Zimmerman’s bat flip was as epic as the two-run home run

The Washington Nationals were in need of some insurance leading their NL East rivals, the New York Mets, 4-3. In the eighth they got that and then more. With Bryce Harper on first following a two-out single, Ryan Zimmerman gave the Nationals two additional runs with a blast left field. Zimmerman admired his two-run blast as he walked out of the batter’s box. Then as the ball finally...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago

Here’s the Story Behind Daniel Murphy, ‘Insurance Person’

 At the advanced age of 11, Daniel Murphy already had a pragmatic understanding of how the world worked. As many of his classmates and peers dreamed of being a rock star or professional athlete, he picked the perfectly reasonable future of being an “insurance person.” The story came to light years later when Murphy was a member of the New York Mets. In an interview with the...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

WATCH: Nats Fan at Mets Game Predicts Murphy’s Grand Slam

 Every professional athlete wants to play well in front of his or her former team, but few can boast the success rate of Washington Nationals infielder Daniel Murphy. The former New York Met punishes his old team every chance he gets, building last year’s MVP consideration on the skulls of his former employers and teammates. He’s off to a similarly impactful start in 2017, blasting...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Where to Hit Turner (and Everybody Else)

Debate over who should lead off for the Nationals began as soon as Mike Rizzo dealt three top pitchers (they may leave our farm system, but never our hearts) for Adam Eaton. Eaton’s calling card was his ability to lead off and play great outfield defense – two things Trea Turner did for the 2016 version of the Nats. But Eaton took Turner’s centerfield spot, so Turner took...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Logan Morrison curses out umpire CB Bucknor mid at-bat

The hits just keep on coming for umpire CB Bucknor.Bucknor was working home plate during the Tampa Bay Rays-Houston Astros game on Saturday and got loudly cursed out by Rays first baseman Logan Morrison in the sixth inning for a questionable high strike call.In the video, which can be seen here, Morrison can be heard cursing after a pitch that was up and in was called for a strike...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner returns to Nationals’ starting lineup, but will bat second

NEW YORK – Trea Turner is back in the Nationals’ starting lineup Saturday against the Mets for the first time since straining his right hamstring April 8, but in a slightly different role. He’s still the shortstop, but he’s not the leadoff hitter – at least for now. Turner will bat second behind Adam Eaton, […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Has Ryan Zimmerman resurrected his career?

If the baseball season ended today, a chilling thought to say the least, among the players considered a front-runner for Comeback Player of the Year would certainly be first baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals. Back at the turn of the last decade, the Nationals’ then-third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was regarded as one of the best young players in baseball. It feels...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Simple Be Sophisticated for Strasburg?

It seems Stephen Strasburg is underappreciated. Maybe it’s because of the hype and expectations that surrounded his draft position and prospect pedigree. It doesn’t help that he’s only been able to reach 200 innings once in his career. His durability and total volume of innings are real issues. But when he’s on the mound he has some of the best stuff in the game, and I...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

David Huzzard: A closer look at Nats' closer troubles - Nationals Buzz

A couple of days ago, the Nationals made a much-needed change by removing Blake Treinen from the closer's role and replacing him with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. This is the current best option and the only option the Nationals truly have at this point. After the Nationals got outbid ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire CB Bucknor continues to be terrible, screws Nationals again

It’s now starting to look like umpire C.B. Bucknor has it out for the Nationals, because it’s hard to imagine that he’s this bad of an official. After blowing a strike-3 call behind home plate on Tuesday, Bucknor went back to sucking less than 24 hours later, and made another ridiculous call that went against the Nats. Bucknor was at third base on Wednesday, and he somehow...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire C.B. Bucknor blows another call

C.B. Bucknor must be trying to give us the belief that we can become MLB umpires. Because I have to imagine you or I would be way more competent at the job than this guy.After almost ruining the end of the Nationals-Braves game Tuesday night, Bucknor came back for night two of his “Incredibly Incompetent Tour” of the major leagues.While working third base on Wednesday night...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hits two homers, including a grand slam

After a disappointing-by-his-standards 2016 season, Bryce Harper has come out mashing in 2017.The 24-year-old former MVP entered Wednesday hitting .354/.475/.688 with four home runs, including a towering walk-off Monday.Well facing Julio Teheran and the Braves on Wednesday, Harper added to his huge 2017 stat line, whacking two dingers in the first two innings, including a grand...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

CB Bucknor was horrendous as usual, and Jayson Werth let him know it

There are a few umpires around Major League Baseball who always have a way of getting involved in the game in a way nobody wants to see. On Tuesday night in Atlanta, CB Bucknor was at it once again with his signature lack of consistency behind the plate calling balls and strikes. After picking up a 3-1 lead, Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals had to be held back while giving...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire CB Bucknor faces backlash for terrible call

Umpire CB Bucknor faced some backlash on Tuesday night after making a horrendous call to give the Atlanta Braves a second chance against the Washington Nationals.Chase d’Arnaud was up for the Braves with the bases loaded and two outs in the 9th, with his team trailing 3-1. Facing a 1-2 count, d’Arnaud swung and clearly missed a pitch that bounced in the dirt. Possibly because...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Wieters shining at the bottom of the Washington Nationals’ lineup

One of the more delayed free agent signings of the offseason was four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters joining the Washington Nationals. Waiting until February 24 to ink a one-year, $10.5 million contract with a player option for the same amount for 2018, Wieters has delivered so far through the first two weeks of the regular season. He has done this while batting at the bottom...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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