NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

What exactly do the Nationals have in Blake Treinen?

After seeing him for parts of three big league seasons now, the Washington Nationals know what they have in Blake Treinen. They have a young, fresh reliever with one game-changing pitch — the high-90s sinker he used to get the double play that ended Wednesday afternoon’s win over the Indians. “He can throw that groundball, that’s […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg's and Solis' pitch selection demonstrate their dominance in win - Byron Kerr

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg mixed his pitches to perfection in the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Indians to split their two-game set at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon. Strasburg struck out seven over seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits with just two walks. As we noted on MASN's "Nats ... Read More
Via MASN
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

David Huzzard: Nationals shouldn't deal top prospects for bullpen help - Nationals Buzz

There is some irony in the demands that the Nationals cave in to the Yankees' high asking price for Andrew Miller. Not because Lucas Giolito is untouchable, but because Miller was once the 10th best prospect in baseball. It was also at this time he was traded to the Marlins, ... Read More
Via MASN
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals-Giants primer: A first-place showdown by the Bay

After splitting what amounted to a 36-hour series with the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Nationals head to the West Coast for the second time this season. They fly to San Francisco on Wednesday night, where they will find reprieve from the brutal heat they’ve experienced in D.C. Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s […]
Via Nationals Journal
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats Stock Watch: When will Bryce Harper break out his funk?

Bryce Harper's slump has lasted almost three months. Can he reclaim his old self in time for the pennant race? That and more on Stock Watch. 
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats have inquired about Jose Bautista

Do the Washington Nationals need even more star power? Ah heck, why not? According to a report by Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post on Wednesday, the Nationals have inquired about Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. Ok, this one is crazy and seems unlikely, but: person with knowledge says Nats have inquired about Toronto OF Jose Bautista. He is 10-5. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Jonathan Papelbon may not be long for the Washington Nationals closer role. After Papelbon blew a save on Tuesday night against Cleveland, Nationals manager Dusty Baker seemed to call into question whether Papelbon was the solution in the role. “It’s too soon after,” Baker said of Papelbon’s role after the game, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN. “I mean, that’s his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals place infielder Stephen Drew on DL with dizziness

CLEVELAND (AP) Washington Nationals infielder Stephen Drew has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with dizziness. Drew has played just once in the past week, delivering a walk-off triple to give Washington a win over San Diego on Saturday. Manager Dusty Baker said the 33-year-old Drew has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms and the team is sending him back to Washington...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner will play center again Wednesday

CLEVELAND — Lost in the ninth inning trouble Tuesday was the fact that the Nationals lineup scored six runs and pushed an all-star caliber starter from the game after four innings. That lineup featured Trea Turner leading off and playing center, and Bryce Harper batting second. So will Wednesday’s. That group, with Ben Revere in […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Nats’ New-Look Lineup Pays Off

The Nationals lost Tuesday night. Hold your vitriol for a moment, though, there is at least one positive to take out of the game. Before getting to the positive, let’s start with a few caveats. “Optimal” batting orders can mean something like 10-20 extra runs per season, one to two wins at best. The Nationals are on the road against the Indians, meaning the pitcher doesn...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reinstate Ryan Zimmerman from disabled list

CLEVELAND (AP) The Washington Nationals have reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list after he missed 13 games because of a strained left rib cage. Zimmerman recently completed a rehab assignment at Single-A Potomac, where he batted .417 (5 for 12) with a homer and five RBIs. Zimmerman was batting only .221 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs for Washington when he...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Murphy and Ramos continue to be Nats' most consistent hitters - Byron Kerr

The two most consistent hitters for the Nationals this season continue to be Daniel Murphy and Wilson Ramos. They are the top two hitters in the National League in batting average. They also combined for six hits in Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Padres. Before the San Diego comeback in ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew's game-ending triple lifts Nationals over Padres 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Drew returned to the Washington Nationals after a multiday illness sapped strength and pounds, then found enough energy for a timely hit Saturday night. Drew hit a game-ending RBI triple in the ninth inning to give the Nationals a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres . Anthony Rendon opened the bottom off the ninth with a single off reliever Kevin Quackenbush...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Importance of Hitting with RISP

Despite Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth both hitting home runs and Tanner Roark going on the mound, the Nationals fell to the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Roark had not given up a home run in 32 consecutive innings but chose Friday to make up some ground on his total for the season. Matt Kemp hammered two home runs off of the Nats’ starter, who lasted only five innings. In...
Via The Nats Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Superstar The Miz Has Awesome Night at Nats Park

WASHINGTON — WWE superstar and current Intercontinental Champion Mike “The Miz” Mizanin spent the day in Washington, D.C., making extensive media tour and capping it off with a night at Nationals Park. As a heel, his crowd reception will always be controversial, but he was a Nationals fanatic on Friday night. He started out by conducting interviews with MASN and addressing...
Via CBS DC
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals ‘want in’ on Chapman sweepstakes

The Washington Nationals are looking to make a big splash before the trade deadline. Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reported Friday that the Nationals “want in” on the Aroldis Chapman market. Best Nats trade info: They want in on Chapman. Others very interested. Won't give up Giolito, Turner, Robles, Lopez. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) July 22, 2016 Chapman...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Manfred suggests limiting pitching changes

From the moment he took over as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred has spoken publicly about many possible changes Bud Selig never mentioned. They possible changes started with limiting or preventing defensive shifts and have now gravitated towards limiting pitching changes. That’s right, Manfred suggested today the league is looking into possibly limiting...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Joc Pederson suffers from serious case of bed head (pic)

With a getaway day game scheduled for Thursday against the host Washington Nationals at 12:05 local time, the Los Angeles Dodgers were forced into a quick turnaround after playing a night game Wednesday, with players having to show up at the ballpark pretty early. Perhaps too early for some of them. Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is a young pup at the spry age of 24. And...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper quotes Domingo Ayala to riff on mammoth homer (pic)

Even Bryce Harper was left utterly impressed with the vulgar display of power he demonstrated with a majestic mammoth home run that reached the third deck of Nationals Park during Wednesday’s 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. So much so, in fact, that he riffed on a quote from social media star, YouTube sensation and baseball quasi-folk hero Domingo Ayala to properly address...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Urías Takes the Mound Against Strasburg

It’s a very short Thursday slate, but fireworks await us with a fantastic duel right out of the chute. We also have an ace in isolation as well. Check ’em out! Julio Urías (LAD) versus Stephen Strasburg (WAS) 12:00 p.m. ET It’s a really lean day pitching-wise as there’s only nine games going and not a ton of intriguing options, but right out of the gate you get a couple...
Via The Sports Post
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper smashes video game homer to third deck

Bryce Harper continues to defy gravity, physics and baseball logic during the 2016 season and on Wednesday things were turned up a notch — or should I say three decks. That’s because Harper knocked his 20th home run of the season all the way up to the third deck of right field in Nationals Park. What you know about that third deck? .@Bharper3407 will tell you ALL about it...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner and the Recent History of Outfield Conversions

Nearly a month ago to the day, Dave Cameron wrote an article for this very site praising the Washington Nationals for their patience regarding Trea Turner‘s place as the club’s shortstop of the future, in deference to veteran Danny Espinosa. Espinosa had hit well up to that point, and has long graded as not only a plus defender at a premium position, but as a plus base-runner...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Nationals Right-Hander Reynaldo Lopez

Less than a month ago, the Washington Nationals called up top prospect Lucas Giolito, with the hopes that he’d fill a hole in their rotation. However, as often happens with promising young pitchers, Giolito looked a bit overmatched in his first taste of the big leagues. He recorded more walks than strikeouts in his two starts with Washington, and was subsequently sent back to the...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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