Bryce Harper says he’s going to bring a title to D.C.

You can never roll your eyes at the brash optimism of a young player in the spring. In one breath, the WaPo is calling Bryce Harper the next Dwight Evans. In another story, they’re interviewing him and he’s talking championships right now. Washington doesn’t know how the hell to handle a superstar in their town. Bryce Harper, on Max Scherzer coming to Washington: “Well...
Via Diamond Hoggers
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Harvey Scheduled To Make Spring Debut March 6

Anthony Causi/New York Daily News The last time Mets fans celebrated “Harvey Day”, as Matt Harvey’s starts had been dubbed, was August 24 of 2013. That day he took on Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers and pitched 6.2 innings while getting pounded for 13 hits. Two months later, Harvey found himself on the operating table undergoing the infamous Tommy John surgery, performed...
Via Baseball Essential
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Preview: National League East Edition

Last year in the National League East, the Washington Nationals ran away with the division. They won the division by 17 games and being a monstrous 21 games over .500 at home. The Mets and Braves both finished up with 79 wins while having near opposite seasons. The Mets, a team on the rise finished the season strong, while the Braves were expected to be contenders and finished the...
Via Total Sports Live
18 hours 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
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Aren’t The Only Ones In Division Touting Playoffs

The Mets aren’t the only ones in the division talking about stacked rotations, October baseball and winning a championship. On Wednesday, Bryce Harper of the Nationals did some touting of his own. “It’s absolutely stupid how good our staff is. To add a Cy Young, to add a guy that’s unbelievable in the postseason — if you have to go into a five-game set in the postseason...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Giants look to solve left field spot

Coming off their third World Series title in the last five years, it would be easy to think that the San Francisco Giants don’t have a lot to be worried about. But after a slow offseason, which saw the reigning champions miss out on free agents James Shields, Yasmany Tomas, Pablo Sandoval and Max Scherzer, the Giants are looking to fill some potential holes. San Francisco was able...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

David Price on contract talks with Tigers: “I just don’t want to go through what Max Scherzer went through”

Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price has made it know that he is very interested in signing a contract extension with the team. Price, who will be a free agent at the end of the season has stated that he is ready to talk whenever the Tigers decide that they want too. But there is one situation that Price wants to avoid going through while he negotiate his contract. Price says that...
Via No Guts, No Glory
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
7 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
15 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
15 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
16 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...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer is honest; it was about the money

Max Scherzer recently signed a mega-deal that seems to make the Washington Nationals frontrunners to win the 2015 World Series (they’re 11/2 odds on Bovada to win the whole damn thing). While we’re not ready to say they’ll win it – that seems too damn easy and any time it appears that way in sports it’s simply a mirage – there’s no doubting they’re a better club...
Via Diamond Hoggers
20 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
20 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
25 days ago  |  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
26 days ago  |  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
27 days ago  |  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
28 days ago  |  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
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Jordan Zimmermann

This post is the third installment in a series where The Nats Blog’s staffers will each stump for one arm from the Nats’ loaded rotation as the best of the bunch. Will made the case for Max Scherzer Monday, and Joe argued for Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday. I hold my colleagues in the highest esteem, but I’m afraid they’re wrong here. Scherzer and Strasburg may be the bigger...
Via The Nats Blog
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Stephen Strasburg

On Monday, Will made a compelling argument that Max Scherzer is the best Washington Nationals starting pitcher. After signing a $210 million contract this offseason following several stellar seasons as one of baseball’s best pitchers, this is a pretty solid argument to make. However, I’d like to take a look at comparing all their numbers while all five guys were active Major...
Via The Nats Blog
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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