Why the New York Mets will best the Washington Nationals

Last season, many people picked the Washington Nationals as the favorites to win the NL East. With a pitching rotation that had 3 established top-tier pitchers in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Jordan Zimmerman, the Nationals had one of the most feared rotations in baseball. Fast forward one year, the tides have certainly turned. The New York Mets took the NL East by storm...
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2016 Washington Nationals Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Nats were a huge disappointment in 2015, but Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were fantasy superstars. Is Harper worthy of the No. 1 overall pick?(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues. ADP references are from NFBC drafts.)ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVEKey additions: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Ben...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets & Nationals: Reversal of Fortunes

Four winters ago, fans of almost any other team had good reason to be envious of the Washington Nationals. They were lucky – blessed, really – that their previous futility had earned them the top slot in the draft in consecutive years that produced once-in-a-generation talents in Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, their window for success was just opening, and they were armed...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

On rotational depth and where to find it

Jordan Zimmermann is a Detroit Tiger now, and Doug Fister is a Houston Astro. That leaves Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross as the 2016 Nationals rotation, one with less room for injuries or underperformance than last year’s depth could endure.  But now, to a question best asked on a dreary February day: […]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Nationals can flip the script and win NL East in 2016

One year ago, the Washington Nationals were given the most meaningless of honors: preseason champions. The addition of starter Max Scherzer in free agency and the development of Bryce Harper gave many good reason to tout the Nats as World Series favorites. The National League East, it appeared, was a foregone conclusion. But Washington in 2015 is the most recent example of how enormous...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

TV Dispute Might Be Hurting Nationals in Free Agency

In the offseason, teams are frequently characterized as “winners” and “losers” based on the players they’ve acquired relative to the players who have left. Often, the so-called winners are simply the clubs who’ve been most active, bringing in the most players — regardless of cost — while the losers often are those clubs which have been more idle, making smaller moves...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Boston Red Sox’s $217 million man

The inevitable rise and fall of an organization is a common theme that traverses throughout the sports world. Often when an organization finds itself at a crossroads, in need of reflection and big personnel changes, costly modifications are required. Such was the case for the Boston Red Sox following the 2015 season. The Red Sox won the 2013 World Series, defeating the St. Louis...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Unusually Compelling Kyle Gibson: Just a Tweak Away?

“Kyle Gibson?” That was the first comment from my piece, yesterday, on Francisco Liriano, who embodies a league-wide trend of pitchers subtly altering their approach and hitters seemingly failing to adjust. You see, Gibson’s name was twice invoked in a group of unique pitchers, and, given the context of the groups, Gibson stuck out as something of a stranger in the room. The...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Strike Out Again in Free Agency

Embed from Getty Images Once again the Washington Nationals are unable to nab the big catch. Centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes became the latest top-dollar free agent to leave the Nationals at the altar, agreeing to re-sign with their NL East division rival the New York Mets on a reported three-year deal worth $75 million, despite the fact the Nationals offered a more secured...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals pushing to steal Yoenis Cespedes from Mets, report says

Washington reportedly willing to go where Mets might not for the slugger Watch video The Nationals are pushing hard to win the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes.   Washington is willing to offer to the 30-year-old ex-Mets slugger a contract worth about $100 million over five years, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The team is...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Yoenis Cespedes end up in DC?

The baseball world learned around this time last year never to sleep on Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals. They had all five starters returning from the best statistical rotation in baseball, and already had their largest payroll ever. Then a “mystery team” jumped in on the pursuit of Max Scherzer, according to reports. A few hours […]
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Value of Deferred Money in the Chris Davis Deal

On Saturday, the Orioles agreed to re-sign star first baseman Chris Davis, and the price tag was staggering given his limited market: $161 million over seven years. Except, they aren’t really paying him $161 million over the next seven years; as part of the deal, the Orioles have deferred about 1/4 of the contract, pushing $6 million per year of his annual salary into the years...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals avoid arbitration with catcher Wilson Ramos

The Washington Nationals announced on Wednesday that they have avoided arbitration with Wilson Ramos, signing him to a one-year deal:Jerry Crasnick from ESPN revealed the details of the deal:Ramos, 28, had a below average season offensively, hitting .229 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI, but was stellar defensively.According to FanGraphs, he was tied for first in the NL in Defensive...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Why The Mets’ Rotation Is MLB’s Best

Despite the Mets’ tremendous postseason run, I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers and writers are still reluctant to call their rotation the best in the majors. Instead teams like the Cubs and Nationals are edging them out in preseason rankings, but are they really any better? One of these rankings is from Victor Barbosa of He put the Mets at number two overall, and...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Pricing Alex Gordon on a Three-Year Deal

Traditionally, baseball teams spend most of their money before Christmas, and then after the New Year, they start bargain hunting. Historically, free agents who are still on the market six weeks before Spring Training begins start getting lowballed, as teams begin to exert some leverage knowing that players want to have a job lined up before the calendar starts pushing too far towards...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Featured Post: Can The Mets Win 90 Games As Currently Constructed?

Cameron asks… It looks like the Mets have done all of their heavy lifting for the offseason. Can they win 90 games again in 2016 without a bat like Yoenis Cespedes on the roster? Dr. Dooby replies… While bringing back Yoenis Cespedes would likely have increased the odds for more wins in 2016 it wasn’t a slam dunk. The severe risk attached to that type of player as he approaches...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Dodgers are having a disastrous offseason

MLB offseasons generally aren’t “won” or “lost” in the span of a few weeks to close out the year. Hell, the Nationals “won” the offseason last winter when they signed Max Scherzer on January 21st. But make no mistake about it – what’s gone on, or hasn’t gone on, in Los Angeles this offseason has been a complete disaster for the Dodgers. Here’s a full list of...
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December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer lip-sync at Nats Winterfest

The Washington Nationals held their annual Nats Winterfest on Sunday, and they got a bunch of players to do some awkward lip-syncing. MVP Bryce Harper sang The Temptations “My Girl” to a young girl, much to the delight of everybody. An MVP rendition of "My Girl" from @Bharper3407. #NatsWinterfest ☃ — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 13...
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Sign David Price

In perhaps the easiest move to predict of the entire winter, Dave Dombrowski went and bought his new team an ace. And it’s the same ace he went and bought 18 months ago, for his old team, so I think we can say with a good amount of clarity that Dombrowski likes David Price. A lot. To lure the best free agent pitcher on the market to Boston, the team gave him the largest contract...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankee lineup is like a school budget choked with government mandates

Lately, many of you have offered plans to revive New York City's second best baseball team - the former "Evil Empire," now just "the Evil Dead." Good luck on this.Me? I got nothing. Every plan worth a paragraph requires signing a free agent ace, which Hal "I'm Not Cheap" Steinbrenner has ruled out, after stressing that I'm Not Cheap is not cheap.The possibility exists that I'm...
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon hasn’t accomplished anything yet

Let me start this off with a riddle: What do Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella, and Dusty Baker have in common? Stay tuned for the answer. Dusty Baker came to Chicago in 2003 with much fanfare after taking the San Francisco Giants to the World Series in 2002. Baker brought new-found hope to the city of Chicago and Cubs fans after a 95-loss season. In his initial press conference, he uttered...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

SQ Winter Blueprint: Washington Nationals

2015 Summary:The Washington Nationals were the popular pre-season World Series pick, adding top pitcher Max Scherzer to an already impressive starting rotation. Alas, the Nationals sputtered to a very mediocre season in which stars like Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman were seen on the disabled list more than the field.The Nationals failed to make the playoffs in a season in which...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Names: Dottie Pepper, Max Scherzer, Jason Whitlock

Golf broadcaster Dottie Pepper is headed to CBS. In other news, Fox Sports has hired Max Scherzer as a guest analyst for the ALCS, and the company has also restored ties to Jason Whitlock. Dottie Pepper Joins CBS CBS Sports announced Thursday that it has hired former NBC and Golf Channel broadcaster Dottie Pepper as [...]
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 in our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. The final week of the season was last week. We’re featuring two playoff bound players and two that have gone home by now. By chance all of them come from the East though not all from the same league. We also feature what might have been one of the all time great pitching performances...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Reviewing Max Scherzer’s Baserunners

An offseason ago, the Nationals made a commitment to Max Scherzer worth $210 million. Scherzer subsequently reduced his OPS allowed by an incredible 63 points. Now, in fairness, these are the five best OPS-allowed figures by qualified pitchers in the last 15 years: 2015 Jake Arrieta, .507 2015 Zack Greinke, .507 2015 Clayton Kershaw, .521 2014 Clayton Kershaw, .521 2013 Clayton...
Via Fangraphs
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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