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You’re Up, Erin Flynn

We have exiting news. While Joe Drugan will be stepping down as the day-to-day Managing Editor of The Nats Blog, we’re so excited to announce that the very talented Erin Flynn will now be taking over day-to-day operations of the site! This was an obvious choice for us. Erin is such a talented writer, and has been serving as one of our lead reporters over the past two years. When...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Thank You, Joe Drugan

As some of you may know, I founded The Nats Blog back in college as a way to keep up with my hometown team while at school in Ohio. It was a great learning experience for me, and ultimately served as a pathway to me getting a job working in sports and technology. But there came a time when I realized that despite my love for engaging with fans through the blog on a daily basis, my...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Trade Ross Detwiler To Rangers

In an offseason filled with rumors of earth-shaking deals, the Washington Nationals’ first was only a mild tremor: The team sent miscast lefty Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers in exchange for 2B/SS Chris Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos. Detwiler’s time in Washington was fraught with frustration. Picked sixth overall in 2007, he never lived up to his draft status. He struggled...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Jordan Zimmermann: How the Nationals Can Stay Contenders

For a long time now, the 2014-15 offseason has been setting up as a critical one. The Washington Nationals have emerged as a force to be reckoned with over the past three seasons, posting the best record in baseball since Opening Day 2012. But the team must find a way to parlay its short-term success into long-term contention, a process that begins now. Five key contributors will...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its roster for the East and West divisions for the annual Fall Stars Game, with second baseman Tony Renda selected as the lone Nationals farmhand. On the surface Renda, one of seven Nationals’ prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, is an odd selection because of his sluggish numbers. Entering Monday afternoon’s game, he was batting ...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Regular Season Send Off

After this post, the Federal Reserve will cease weekly updates until pitchers and catchers report in February. To this point, every nuance of the Washington Nationals farm system has been recapped in some form, most notably our Minor League All-Star Team and the Players of the Year. For those who follow the minors, now is the time of the year to scrutinize Arizona Fall League performances...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Elimination Games Are Brutal, Let’s Watch Another Tomorrow

Emotions during an elimination playoff game are decidedly different than any other game. Nerves are running high, and any time that someone isn’t able to come up with a key hit, it feels like the end of the world. That seems especially true when the team you’re pulling for has scored only three runs in their first 27 innings of baseball, including in one game that went 18 preposterous...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Hitter and Pitcher of the Year

Throughout the year, the Federal Reserve handed out monthly award winners to highlight some of the best performances in the minors this year. Now, the time has come to handout the final prizes of the season, the Hitter and Pitcher of the Year Awards. The races in both fields were competitive. In the end, however, two already lauded prospects took the awards, with the hitter tearing...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Stop Vilifying Fans For Leaving Saturday’s Game Early

Yesterday, I decided to take a day off from baseball writing. I didn’t want to write when the emotion from Saturday night’s (into Sunday morning’s) record-setting game was still raw. The frustration from the Game Two loss has not totally subsided, but there is one particularly frustrating narrative that has been blasted across local and national media: how outrageous it...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Some Thoughts From The Longest Game In Playoff History

Jordan Zimmermann At His Peak - We have watched Jordan Zimmermann grow up, from an underrated draft pick out of the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point, to the Nats sole pitching prospect in an era when there wasn’t much to look forward to. We were there when he went through Tommy John surgery, and we’ve seen him recover in remarkable fashion to the tune of two All-Star nods...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Keys to the Game: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants – NLDS Game 1

The Washington Nationals hosted their first ever Game 1 on Friday afternoon, and there were 44,035 fans here to see it. While the San Francisco Giants walked away with the 3-2 victory, there were a lot of positives to glean from the game. The Keys to the Game - Hunter Strickland Ks Desmond with bases loaded - The Nats had their first real chance to get into the game in the sixth...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

My Nationals Themed Wedding (Why I Have The Best Wife In The World)

Photos by DC Photographer Laura Wainman (https://www.facebook.com/lcwphotos) They say that a couple who shares interests together, stays together. That poses an interesting challenge for a fanatic baseball blogger when trying to find someone to share the rest of your life with. Fortunately for me, I found a wonderful woman to fall in love with me, and she knew right away that part...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Strasburg Cruises in Game 161

As the Washington Nationals (95-66) prepare for the playoffs, presumptive Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg dominated the Miami Marlins (77-84) over six innings, allowing no runs in an eventual 5-1 win. Strasburg (W, 14-11) was at his absolute best, stymying the Marlins throughout his outing. The Miami bats found no purchase against his devastating pitches, including his fastball...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitching Falters In Nationals’ Lopsided Loss To Marlins

Just hours after they clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Washington Nationals (94-66) took their first breath of the 2014 season. For the first time in 159 games, nothing was at stake. But as they exhaled, they collapsed and suffered a 15-7 beating at the hands of the Miami Marlins (77-83). Friday night’s contest was the antithesis of the clean, 4-0 win and complete...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Starting Pitchers Peaking At The Right Time

Gio Gonzalez had his best start of the season on Thursday night against the New York Mets, posting a Bill James Game Score of 85 by striking out 12 in seven innings while giving up just one hit. Gio’s performance was just the latest example of how the Washington Nationals starting pitchers are peaking at the right time with just one week until Game One of the Nationals League Division...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Gonzalez Strikes Out 12 In Nats Win Over Mets

The Washington Nationals (93-65) haven’t yet announced their playoff rotation, but on Thursday night Gio Gonzalez made his case to secure his place in it. In the Nationals’ 3-0 win, Gonzalez shut out the New York Mets (77-82) for seven innings, gave up just one hit and struck out a career-high 12 batters. His command was nearly flawless, as he threw 70 of 103 pitches for strikes...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: 2014′s Top Performing Minor Leaguers

Next week the Federal Reserve will hand out its final awards of the season, the Pitcher and Player of the Year. Before doing that, however, it seems appropriate to honor the best players at each position in the Nationals’ Farm System. The criteria is simple. With the roster construction based off of Baseball America’s Postseason All-Stars, minus the use of a DH, there are eight...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

LaRoche Homers, Span Injured In Nationals’ Victory Over Mets

The last time the Washington Nationals (92-64) played at Nationals Park they lost a disappointing game to the Atlanta Braves that left their magic number to clinch a playoff position stuck at 10. On Tuesday, the Nats returned to Washington wearing their NL-East crown, chasing a different number after their 11-game road trip: Two. With their 4-2 win over the New York Mets (76-81)...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 87

It’s been six weeks, so we figured it was time. We’re going to give our 2014 superlatives for the NL and AL, talk post-season match ups, and then talk about other random stuff. The broadcast will start at about 8 pm EDT. If you’re got issues with auto-playing ads on the site, click this link to head to stream directly from YouTube.
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Strasburg Stifles Marlins as Nats Sweep

Often criticized, Stephen Strasburg reminded everyone today why he should start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Washington Nationals (91-64), as he shut out the Miami Marlins (74-79) over seven innings, leading the Nationals to a 2-1, sweep-clinching win. With the victory, the Nationals’ magic number to clinch the NL’s best record, and therefore home field advantage until the World...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Eke By Marlins in Zimmerman’s Return

Though they found plenty of success without him, Ryan Zimmerman returned to the Washington Nationals (90-64) lineup tonight, going 2-for-3 as they won their third straight game against the Miami Marlins (74-80) by a score of 3-2. Zimmerman was activated Saturday after missing 55 games with a badly torn hamstring. He was hitting a healthy .282/.345/.456 in the 53 games he played earlier...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Two-Out Rally Pushes Nats Past Miami

Despite having clinched the NL East, the Washington Nationals (88-64) still have plenty to play for, and they acted like it tonight, as five straight two-out hits led to a five-run fourth in a game the Nats eventually won, 6-2, against the Miami Marlins (74-78). This game’s beginning could not have been further from its end. Marlins starter Brad Hand mowed down the Nats his first...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Two-Out Rally Pushes Nats Past Miami

Despite having clinched the NL East, the Washington Nationals (88-64) still have plenty to play for, and they acted like it tonight, as five straight two-out hits led to a five-run fourth in a game the Nats eventually won, 6-2, against the Miami Marlins (74-78). This game’s beginning could not have been further from its end. Marlins starter Brad Hand mowed down the Nats his first...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Two-Out Rally Pushes Nats Past Miami

Despite having clinched the NL East, the Washington Nationals (88-64) still have plenty to play for, and they acted like it tonight, as five straight two-out hits led to a five-run fourth in a game the Nats eventually won, 6-2, against the Miami Marlins (74-78). This game’s beginning could not have been further from its end. Marlins starter Brad Hand mowed down the Nats his first...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Finish Road Trip In Miami

In their quest for home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Washington Nationals (87-64) will next face the Miami Marlins (74-77), who based on their recent misfortunes should be a prime opponent to rack up wins against. The Marlins just finished a 10-game road trip, during which they played the Brewers, Phillies and Mets and lost half of those games. They also lost slugging right...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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