lthough he was one of the better hitters at both of his minor-league stops this season, it seems as though his bat still has some developing left to do. ZiPS and Steamer forecast him for roughly an 80 wRC+ from here on out. This is more or less what Desmond’s done this year, and falls short of even the most pessimistic rest-of-season projection for Desmond. More than likely, Turner’s not a better player than Desmond is right now. The Nationals are aware of this, which is why Turner’s only ...
I don’t think this will be a problem.
Did you ever pitch high on cannabis? And if so, do you think it made you performance better or worse?
You won’t believe his answer to this question!
Ultimately, the story of the 2015 Nats is one of a team that’s had way more things go wrong than go right. Today, every major DL’d player is back and playing except Span, and that means the opportunity is still there for the stars of 2014 to come storming back. The season might look close to doomed, but if there’s any silver lining, maybe it’s this: We were so wrong about them to start the year, why couldn’t we be wrong again?
“Certainly there was an exploration and some conversation about it very early,” Ripken said then. “I came down to a couple Nationals games for different reasons, and the conversation between me and Mike Rizzo, he jokingly said he’s got to replace a manager. So I said, who’s your candidates? And he said, well how about you? And so we kind of explored it on a surface level, but it never got to a serious consideration.”
It would certainly shake things up. Whether it would be an improvement is an entirely different question.
The Nationals? That’s very surprising.
Dombrowski, who interviewed three hours last Thursday at the MLB owners’ quarterly meetings with the Red Sox, told USA TODAY Sports that he also had a formal interview with another club, and spoke with a third club. One of the clubs, according to a person familiar with the talks, was the Washington Nationals.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic.
On Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals will square off in a rubber match with the Los Angeles Dodgers inexplicably sitting in second place in the worst division in baseball, a division they should be winning by 10 games. The day marks the 500th since manager Matt Williams took the reins for his first game, which is a large enough sample to acknowledge what has become painfully obvious: He’s not equipped to manage a team with championship aspirations.
Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL? Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.
The Nationals need more of this Stephen Strasburg.
Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions.
Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise as one and cheer every third strike and salute the right-hander with a lengthy ovation when he departs the mound for ...
This isn’t going to help Fister’s free agent value.
Ross has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his each of his first seven starts. On Thursday, Ross pitched six solid innings in an 8-3 victory over the D-Backs.
“He understands if he makes pitches, he has a chance to get them out,” Williams said about Ross. “We’ve seen so far that he doesn’t walk a whole lot of guys and makes you put the ball in play and that’s important. His ball has good late movement … and a good slider to go along with ...
Barry Svrluga was the first beat writer covering the Nationals for the Washington Post wayyyyy back in 2005.
But what we learned over the weekend is that the Nats fan base hasn’t flushed October, and if another October rolls around, the manager will be watched — and closely. Maybe it’s part of Washington becoming a baseball town again, because it clearly isn’t enough to be in first place and just turn your attention to Redskins training camp when the baseball team goes awry. And maybe ...
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Of course, they know him best.
If the Nats truly were confident in Storen, they would show it.
Storen reacts like expected. Storen and Papelbon have one thing other thing in common, neither of them are team first players.
Storen didn’t sound like a guy who was happy about the change.
“All I’m going to say is, I’m aware of the move and I’ve talked to Mike about it. I’ve talked to my agent about it,” Storen said. “We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I’ll keep you guys posted.”...Read More...
How is Storen going to react to this deal?
A measured response from the New York Daily News.
Giolito has an interesting background.
From the time he turned 11, Giolito’s life was baseball. Even though he was surrounded by Hollywood – Rick is a golfing buddy with Samuel L. Jackson, and Giolito has a signed Mace Windu purple light saber in his room at home – Giolito gravitated toward pitching. Granted, he had no clue where the ball was going, his freshman and sophomore years in high school peppered with 90-plus-mph radar gun readings and balls bouncing in the dirt. After working ...
Monday morning, Scott made the change officially official with a bill-signing ceremony held with Nationals and Astros representatives on hand, an acknowledgement of the return of Spring Training baseball to West Palm Beach for the first time since the Braves and Expos left decades ago. That the Astros and Nationals will move to Palm Beach County — if all stays on schedule — means there will be five teams within a 30-minute drive of one another on the east coast of Florida, a good sign for ...
I hope the fans don’t get out of control.
Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters.
“It’s so hard. It takes luck. You have to be on point. You make mistakes, they have to mishit it,” Scherzer said. “I made a few mistakes early. They hit some balls hard. Fortunately, they were right at people.”
With one out in the sixth inning, however, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis then ...
Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.
Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”
He’s even better when not covered in chocolate sauce.
He won’t be a free agent for another 3.5 plus seasons. This speculation is more than a little premature.
This is amusing.
“Are the Yankees in Bryce Harper’s future?” asked the New York Post. “Fut-ure Yank-ee” and “20-19″ chanted fans in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium during New York’s 6-1 win. (Harper is under the Nationals’ control through the 2018 season.)
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