Mets, Marlins are similar, but which poses a bigger NL East threat?

To many, the National League East – and possibly the World Series – is the Washington Nationals’ for the taking. The team was favorited to win its third division title in four years before it signed 2013 American League Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. Now, the Nationals are projected to cosily win the the NL East with 93 wins, or 12 games ahead of both the Miami Marlins...
Via Around Citi
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer will start Nationals' spring training opener vs. Mets

  Max Scherzer will start the Washington Nationals' spring training opener on Thursday night against the New York Mets. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Tuesday, and added Scherzer will be followed by Tanner Roark. Williams did not name a starter for Friday's road game against Atlanta. Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with Washington...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer will start Nationals' spring opener vs. Mets

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer will start the Washington Nationals' spring training opener on Thursday night against the New York Mets. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Tuesday, and added Scherzer will be followed by Tanner Roark. Williams did not name a starter for Friday's road game against Atlanta. Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Old Faces, New Places

Fantasy baseball players will have to wade through the dealings of a fantastically busy MLB offseason as they prepare for their 2015 drafts. Here, I’ll run down the impact and outlook for 30ish of the top players who changed teams over the winter. Get your CTRL+Fs ready! The Crown Jewels View image | Max Scherzer | Washington Nationals | SP Scherzer...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper & Breakout Pitchers

Not everyone can draft Clayton Kershaw or Max Scherzer. I’ve personally been a guy of the philosophy of you pay up for the bat; always, and you go into the season knowing that you have to find the new gem arm or two before anyone else does. Winning your league or finishing in fourth or […]
Via Legion Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Poll: Which Cardinals’ opponent has the best pitching rotation?

I was watching something this weekend and they were looking at the Washington Nationals’ pitching staff and it seemed like it was one ace after another. The addition of Max Scherzer has put that club on the map in terms of a possible World Series run. At the same time, the Los Angeles Dodgers have quite the staff as well, anchored by Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.Cardinals...
Via Cardinals Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals. But first, the national anthem. ''You've got to simulate it like it's a real game,'' Scherzer said Sunday. ''It's always about the little things.'' So before Scherzer could leave the bullpen, he turned to manager...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Walk away from $144 million? No sweat. Max Scherzer had it covered

  Before getting traded to the Rays last July, left-hander Drew Smyly marveled at how Tigers teammate Max Scherzer remained unflappable after turning down the club's $144 million offer, how he acted as if he already had won. Scherzer, 30, based his confidence upon an insurance policy that he had purchased to cover any potential lost earnings if he was injured before reaching free...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #31: Max Scherzer | SP | WAS

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! I didn’t think we’d ever see Max Scherzer develop into the $200MM pitcher he is today, and neither did the “experts” as Baseball America ranked him 66th before the 2008 season while Baseball Prospectus had him 90th. But here we are. Scherzer’s become one of the most reliable pitchers in baseball...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting Johnny Cueto’s Next Contract

It seems 2016 will be one of the more financially rewarding off-season’s in recent memory to be a top-tier starting pitcher. Although anytime is a great time to be a top-tier starting pitcher, this offseason, guys like Jordan Zimmermann, David Price, Jeff Samardzija, and a possibility opted-out Zack Greinke will all be on the market—logically vying to be the last player standing...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper's reaction to Nats signing Max Scherzer: "Where's my ring?" (Video)

We might only be a few days into Spring Training, but the Bryce Harper Quote Machine is in mid-season form. Harper met with the media in Viera today, and restated his promise to bring a World Series title to Washington D.C. But his reaction to the Max Scherzer signing in the offseason was so Bryce Harper (CSN Washington Video above): "To be able to have a guy like Scherzer...
Via Nationals Enquirer
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Fun with VORP — Starting Pitchers

View image | I’ve spent a long time avoiding evaluating starting pitchers. I suppose it beats evaluating relief pitchers, but otherwise it’s a pain in the tookus. The standard numbers are so volatile that basing your predictions on those numbers makes little sense. Yet, when you compare the sabermetric numbers and the standard numbers they vary wildly. As...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals rotation is stacked with talent

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Catcher Wilson Ramos was only three or four pitches into his first bullpen session with new Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer when he realized he needed to change gloves. ''Every pitch moved a lot,'' the Nationals catcher said during the first day of workouts. ''It's hard to catch him with a new glove, so I used my old one to feel comfortable. I like to...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats pickup 2016 option on Manager Matt Williams

The Washington Nationals have picked up the 2016 option on the contract of Nats’ manager Matt Williams.  The option means that the Nats plan to have the National League Manager of the Year as the skipper for at least the next two seasons. Williams won the coveted Manager of the Year award in his rookie season with the Nats’ in 2014.  In his first season, Williams led the Nationals...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
11 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Believing in Carlos Martinez

Cardinal Nation has made plenty of noise this offseason about the need for a starting pitcher. When news broke that Cole Hamels, David Price, and hometown kid Max Scherzer were on the block with a price tag hanging off their pitching hands, twitter heated up a cold winter and threw a few logs on the fire around the Hot Stove. Set in stone were four rotation members for the St. Louis...
Via Cardinals Farm
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Spring Training Preview: Rotation

Has Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo accumulated the best starting rotation in the history of baseball? The four 20-game winners from Baltimore days past have the numbers, but the 2015 Washington rotation has the most talent. Rizzo had to forfeit the Nats first round pick in this summer’s MLB draft with the signing of free agent supreme Max Scherzer, a steal of a deal indeed...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 TOC top ten: starting rotations

Welcome to the era of the super rotation. This winter, we saw quite a few teams bolster their starting rotations by acquiring a second (or third) top of the line starter to pair with their incumbent aces. Teams want to make their starting five as bulletproof as possible going into the Postseason so they can shut down their opposition, but remember – a dominant rotation doesn...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

What does signing of James Shields mean for the Padres?

It took until early February, and it came at a lower cost than he initially anticipated, but James Shields finally has a long-term home, as he signed a four-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth at least $75 million. The 33-year-old California native will remain near his hometown, while also becoming the latest addition to a Padres team that has experienced a complete overhaul...
Via The Outside Corner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s your best 2015 Mets ‘Friday Night’ lineup?

With less than two weeks away from Spring Training it’s time to project your Best 2015 Mets “Friday Night” Lineup.  This is the lineup that will score the most runs, have the most success, and be the “rock solid, Friday night against the Nationals, Max Scherzer is pitching, and we need to kick ass and win a game” lineup. It’s the lineup that you nod your head at and...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Need To Solve The Nationals

With 23 of the first 26 games this season coming against the NL East, Sandy Alderson was asked how important it is for the Mets to get off to a strong start this season? “We played very well against the NL East last year, with one obvious exception. When they signed Max Scherzer, my response was, how much worse can we be?” “It’s extremely important to establish a fighting...
Via Mets Merized Online
26 days ago  |  Discuss

What happened to James Shields?

No free agent pitcher has ever signed a contract greater than $50 million dollars after January 31st. Today is February 1st. I have to imagine that trend is going to break for James Shields…but I’m not sure. Shields was the consensus 3rd option in a pretty good free agent class for pitching. Lester quickly went off the board to Chicago, and Scherzer took his time before signing...
Via Obstructed View
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg Could Land on the Northside of Chicago This Summer

The Chicago Cubs have made a big splash this offseason by acquiring free agent Jon Lester and bulking up their starting rotation. But what if they could sign another huge name in the pitching department? That huge name could be Stephen Strasburg. Why is Washington Shopping Strasburg? With the recent signing of star pitcher Max Scherzer, the Nationals have now bolstered their roster...
Via Sports Mockery
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

The offseason is almost over, and with the exception of James Shields, every big-name free agent has signed. The current free agent season did continue the tradition of at least one surprising signing, however. One player always manages to provide a surprise for unexpectedly getting a huge contract and raising the market for his peers. More often than not, that player and contract...
Via The Outside Corner
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Doug Fister

This post is the final installment of a series we’ve been running here on The Nats Blog, debating which of the club’s stellar five (Sorry Roark) starting pitchers is actually the best. On Monday I made an argument that Max Scherzer was the team’s top hurler, only to be countered by Joe who on Tuesday claimed Stephen Strasburg was the best. Andrew made his arguments for Jordan...
Via The Nats Blog
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best?: Gio Gonzalez

On Monday, Will made the case for Max Scherzer as the Nationals’ best starter, followed by Joe’s argument for Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday and Andrew’s claim for Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday. Now comes the moment readers of The Nats Blog have anxiously anticipated: the minor league guy is making a case for Gio Gonzalez. Logically, Gonzalez is not better than Scherzer, Strasburg...
Via The Nats Blog
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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