Nationals Implosion Started Before Soriano

Rafael Soriano deserves a lot of blame for the Washington Nationals’ debacle on Monday night. But long before he blew his fourth save of the season, allowing four earned runs in the Miami Marlins’ seven-run rally to walk-off against the Nats 7-6, there were other plays that help start the Nationals’ implosion. Bad Turn: It all began in the seventh inning, when Jayson Werth...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Grab Fourth Straight Series, Beat Reds

Ryan Zimmerman‘s injury may have felt like a big blow to the Washington Nationals‘ hopes, but the early returns without him are promising. The Nationals (57-45) capped off their fourth straight series win with a road victory over the Cincinnati Reds (rec) behind seven shutout innings from Doug Fister and four two-out RBIs, winning 4-2. Much like Saturday’s game, the bats...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington 4, Cincinnati 2; 27 July 2014 (Washington 57-45, Cincinnati 52-52)

Photo Credit: centerfieldgate.com The Nationals and Reds split the first two games of this weekend’s series. A pair of tall right-handers, Washington’s Doug Fister and Cincinnati’s Mat Latos, were the opposing hurlers on Sunday. Both picked up where Saturday’s hurlers left off. The Nationals broke through for multiple runs in the fifth, and held on through a furious Reds’...
Via DC Sports-Kings
2 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy

In this week's episode of Farrell's Fantasy Baseball Frenzy, Dennis Farrell gives his top picks of the week, including Danny Espinosa and Odrisamer Despaigne.   Dennis Farrell is a former ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio Detroit host and is currently the host of fantasy sports shows on The Fantasy Sports Cable network, airing on Thursdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. EST.  Check...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington 7, Colorado 2; 21 July 2014 (Washington 54-43, Colorado 40-59)

Photo Credit: greenwichtime.com After taking two of three at home against Milwaukee over the weekend. the Nationals headed out on a 9-game road trip. First stop is Denver on Monday, to oppose the Rockies. Colorado has been struggling lately (6-23 since mid-June). In addition, the Rockies would miss two mainstays on Monday. All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is day-to-day with a sore...
Via DC Sports-Kings
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Ian Desmond exits after HBP

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was removed from Thursday's game against the Baltimore Orioles after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch from side-armer Darren O'Day in the 8th inning (video below). He was replaced by Danny Espinosa. Desmond went 1 for 3 with an RBI as the Nats lost 4-3. X-rays negative for Ian Desmond. Bruised hand. Seems unlikely to play tomorrow....
Via Sports Injury Alert
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Danny Espinosa edition

It’s no secret that the Washington Nationals will face an excess of position players once Bryce Harper returns from injury next week, but Manager Matt Williams insists he has a plan to combat the potential problem. Whether the organization’s plan involves a trade is still unknown, but if they do trade a player who is currently in the majors, it will most likely be Danny Espinosa...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Death, taxes, and the Atlanta Braves beating the Washington Nationals

(Up above, Matt Williams writes himself a reminder to beat the Braves at least one more time this sesason. Screencap via MASN/MLBTV) "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin forgot to mention the Braves beating the Nationals. Braves 3, Nationals 0: Remember that time the Nationals beat the Braves? Nats fall to...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: The Danny Espinosa problem persists

The Washington Nationals were pleasantly surprised by Danny Espinosa’s early season progress, but his solid start has quickly turned into another slump. As the opening month of the season ended, Espinosa was hitting a reliable .288 with a .341 on-base percentage and .828 OPS. To go along with his solid bat, Espinosa was playing a stellar second base and was adequately subbing...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Espinosa and Frandsen hit 9th inning home runs to bail out Nats

Up above, video of the 9th inning home runs by Danny Espinosa and Kevin Frandsen in Arizona. Espinosa's blast tied the game at 5; Frandsen's pinch-hit job made it a 6-5 game. Nats win it 6-5.
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington hits two home runs in ninth inning for 6-5 victory

Danny Espinosa walked to the plate in the top of the ninth inning at Chase Field with the Washington Nationals in a scenario that has become too familiar but still unsettling to Manager Matt Williams. The Nationals lost an early lead and another lead because of starter Jordan Zimmermann's shaky command. So the game came down to this: the Nationals trailing by one run in the top...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals batter Reed in ninth to beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX -- Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen and Danny Espinosa each hit solo homers in the ninth inning, helping the Washington Nationals rally for a 6-5 win over Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in Matt Williams' return to the desert. Williams was a fixture in Arizona before becoming Washington's manager this offseason. His new team scored four runs early, shut down for four...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Danny Espinosa

Although Danny Espinosa has had his struggles at the dish from time to time, he has done a good job so far at filling in at second base while Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL. Espinosa is currently hitting .269/.317/.473 with 5 HR, which would put him on pace for about 20 if he played the whole season. While it may not look like it at times (cough cough, 2013), I believe there is still...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Updates: Bryce Harper, Doug Fister, Danny Espinosa, Taylor Jordan, Wilson Ramos, Scott Hairston

The Washington Nationals (14-12) may lose another player for a few days, as second baseman Danny Espinosa was hit in the kneecap by a pitch in the fourth inning of last night's loss to the San Diego Padres (12-14). Espinosa said he could see the seams of the baseball in his knee but does not believe he will miss any time, reports Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. The Nationals...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Rizzo on the Braves: "We feel we’re better than this team"

Mike Rizzo channeling his inner Danny Espinosa? Here we go again. Remember back on April 14, 2013, when a certain strikeout-prone 2nd baseman who would eventually be exiled to the minors made the following ridiculous statement about the Atlanta Braves, on the heels of being swept? "I still don’t think that they’re better than us. They’re hot right now. They’ve...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa’s Walk Off Homer Lifts Nats Over Marlins 6-5

Danny Espinosa homered twice and Doug Fister looked solid in his return from elbow inflammation as the Nationals continued their march towards the regular season. Fister, who missed the past couple of weeks with an inflamed elbow, looked solid in his return. The righty threw three and two-thirds innings and allowed two hits while striking out four. Fister, a key offseason...
Via The Nats Blog
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Has Danny Espinosa improved?

Washington Nationals: Has Danny Espinosa improved?Coming into camp, Danny Espinosa is the Washington Nationals player with the most to prove. As he competes for a spot on the roster, Espinosa knows this is his most important spring training as a big leaguer. So far Espinosa has played with extraordinary effort and has received nothing but praise from manager Matt Williams. However...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Trounce Cards Behind Solid Performances From Espinosa, Ramos, And Others

The Nationals put a hurting on the St. Louis Cardinals in front of a big crowd at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It was a great game to watch, not only because of the 11-1 victory, but because we got to see a lot of interesting storylines play out over the course of the three hour, four minute long game. Stephen Strasburg was on the mound, and it looked like he was...
Via The Nats Blog
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Danny Espinosa getting time at short

He’s competing with Anthony Rendon for the starting second base job, but Danny Espinosa is getting the majority of his work so far this spring at shortstop. Mark Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet Washington details the work of Espinosa, who has been splitting time with incumbent shortstop Ian Desmond during workouts. When Nationals infielders take their positions for defensive...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Espinosa works more at SS than 2B on first day

Read into it as much or as little as you like, but it didn’t go unnoticed Thursday that Danny Espinosa spent more time at shortstop than second base during the Nationals’ first full-squad workout of the spring. Matt Williams has said Espinosa is in an “open competition” with Anthony Rendon for the starting job at second base, and the new manager isn’t altering that stance...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Importance of Danny Espinosa

In 2011, it appeared that Danny Espinosa was the future at second base for the Washington Nationals. Espinosa started at second base for the club and the switch-hitting rookie hit .236/.323/.414 with 21 home runs in 500+ at bats. His future looked bright, and things looked promising for the Nats middle infield. Fast forward to the present and what was once a promising future...
Via The Nats Blog
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon fight for Nats’ 2B

One of a new manager’s biggest challenges is figuring out who fills out the existing gaps. That’s a problem that Nationals’ manager Matt Williams is likely glad to have. Dan Kolko of MASN was in attendance as the rookie manager addressed the media. He’s got Ryan Zimmerman at third, Ian Desmond at short and Adam LaRoche manning first. Who gets to play at second though? ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals in no rush to move Espinosa

At least a dozen teams have inquired about Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, MLB.com has learned. But don't look for general manager Mike Rizzo to trade him any time soon. The Nats still believe in Espinosa and will not give him away simply because he is coming off a difficult season. In fact, Washington is going to give Espinosa every chance to make the club this year...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals' Danny Espinosa ready to reclaim second base

Along with the news that outfielder Bruce Harper's knee feels better, the Washington Nationals got some good news about their second baseman. CSNWashington.com's Mark Zuckerman and Chase Hughes report that Danny Espinosa has fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered early in 2013 and is ready to reclaim the starting role at second base.By Keith Allison, via Wikimedia...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals rumors: Danny Espinosa is on trading block

The 2013 MLB Winter Meetings have begun. With all of the banter about the big-names available via free agency or trade, many lesser-known but very serviceable players could also find themselves on new rosters when Spring Training begins. One such player is Danny Espinosa, currently of the Washington Nationals, but for how long? MLB Trade Rumors' Luke Adams reports that the Washington...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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