Melancon Blows 1st Save with Nats, Loses to Former Team

PITTSBURGH — Fans cheered when Mark Melancon came on to start the bottom of the ninth inning to try to protect a one-run lead for the Nationals. The cheers got louder when the Pittsburgh Pirates’ former closer blew his first save with his new team. Rookie Jacob Stallings’ pinch-hit single in the 11th lifted the Pirates over Washington 6-5 on Friday night, preventing the Nationals...
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Daniel Murphy has strained left buttocks, Stephen Strasburg’s playoff status still uncertain

PITTSBURGH — Daniel Murphy, whose left leg injury was not responding to treatment, has a mild strain in his left buttocks, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Friday. Murphy underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, an issue that plagues him most when he is running. Baker said the Nationals are going “to have to shut […]
Via Nationals Journal
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

How much has Trea Turner impacted the Nationals?

When Trea Turner was called up for good on July 10th, the Nationals already had a 97% chance of winning their division. With players like Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, and a resurgent Anthony Rendon leading the offense, it was not like the team struggled for offensive firepower. However, there were of course weak spots. Turner had started at SS for all but two of his minor league...
Via The Sports Quotient
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Reddington: Joe Ross takes a cautious first step - Nationals Buzz

In spite of their needs in the rotation, with Stephen Strasburg currently unavailable, the Nationals resisted the urge to rush 23-year-old righty Joe Ross back. Dusty Baker was excited about the idea of adding Ross to the mix after he missed more than two months working his way back from ... Read More
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Your Nationals-Pirates series primer: Clinch time?

Within minutes of the Washington Nationals (89-63) beating the Marlins to avoid a three-game sweep and snap a four-game losing streak in Miami Wednesday, Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a three-run home run and robbed the Mets of a victory in New York. The combination dwindled Washington’s magic number to clinch the National League […]
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Infographic: Rich Hill made the journey from unwanted to pivotal

In case you need further proof of how thoroughly unpredictable pitching can be, consider Rich Hill’s 14-month journey from unwanted Atlantic League drifter to the second-best member of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation. In July of 2015, Hill latched on with the Long Island Ducks after getting released by the Nationals and receiving no offers […] The post Infographic: Rich Hill...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Report: Nationals make extension offer to Ramos

Catcher Wilson Ramos is having one heck of a season and it's coming at a good time as he is set to become a free
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago

Trea Turner is Crushing the Ball

Former NC State shortstop Trea Turner is absolutely crushing the ball for the Nationals. Last night, he clubbed his 12th home run 400 feet. Eight of his 12 home runs have flown for over 400 feet. Not exactly what anyone expected from the 185 pound infielder, converted to center fielder. He hit only 19 home runs in 1,192 minor league at-bats, and has exploded to hit 12 home runs in...
Via Pack Insider
1 day ago

Bryce Harper reportedly denied playing hurt during meeting with Nationals’ brass

Embed from Getty Images   Despite reports that Bryce Harper has been playing through a shoulder injury, the Nationals have repeatedly denied those reports. According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Harper was called into a meeting with Nationals officials, where he vehemently denied playing hurt in response to the latest report by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago

Heyman: Nationals open talks with Ramos; sides not close

The Washington Nationals initiated talks with soon-to-be free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, making an initial offer. However, indications are that the Nats’ offer was somewhere in the range of $30 million over three years, which apparently isn’t in the ballpark of what Ramos seeks and perhaps not even enough to keep talks going before the […] The post Heyman: Nationals open talks...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Trea Turner: Future Superstar or Flash in the Pan?

Deciding when to promote a top prospect can be a touchy subject. It can provide the team with a shot in the arm or create holes in a bullpen. Pete Hodges digs into the rookie performance of Trea Turner to see if his impressive numbers are sustainable or if he’s just another flash in the pan. Trea Turner, the Washington Nationals first round pick in 2014, had a cup of coffee last...
Via Sons of Sam Horn
2 days ago

Karl-Anthony Towns, Bryce Harper and J.J. Watt Force Gatorade Drinkers to 'Burn it to Earn it' in Hilarious New Campaign

If you happen to be casually strolling down the street sipping a bottle of Gatorade with no perspiration visible on your brow, prepare to be embarrassed by a famous athlete in front of a lot of people. That's the gist of Gatorade's new campaign, which features athletes like J.J. Watt, Bryce Harper and Karl-Anthony Towns emerging from a truck to challenge random Gatorade drinkers...
Via Stack
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Max Scherzer wins 18th, Nationals beat Marlins 8-3

MIAMI (AP) Max Scherzer pitched 6 2-3 innings to tie for the National League victory lead with 18, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 on Wednesday night. Scherzer (18-7) allowed three runs and struck out eight to push his major league-leading total to 267. He's tied for with Chicago's Jon Lester for the most wins in the NL. Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run...
Via Associated Press
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Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper: 'He's healthy... What more can I say?'

Mike Rizzo was adamant Wednesday in his opposition of a report that Bryce Harper is injured. The Nationals' GM was clear in his stance: Harper's fine.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago

Ryan Zimmerman is Struggling

The Nationals have a problem, they have a black hole at first base. I mean that figuratively of course; the Nationals have gotten the least offensive production out of first base in all of baseball. There may be a hole in the space time continuum at first, though, because Ryan Zimmerman has gone missing this season. Zimmerman’s .213/.269/.365 batting is far from acceptable from...
Via The Nats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals dismiss report about Bryce Harper shoulder injury

Two prominent members of the Washington Nationals on Tuesday dismissed a report discussing the extent of Bryce Harper’s shoulder injury. SI’s Tom Verducci wrote a column Tuesday about the Nats’ playoff hopes, which he said were dampened by Harper’s shoulder concerns. Verducci reported a source told him the neck/shoulder issue was such a problem that Harper could barely throw...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Mears: Could Nats take better advantage of Trea Turner's speed? - Nationals Buzz

Are the Nationals taking enough advantage of Trea Turner's speed? On the surface, the answers is yes, as Turner has 27 stolen bases and is now 10th in the major leagues in stolen bases, but consider that Turner has been on first or second base more than 40 times this ... Read More
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Tanner Roark Has Been Washington’s Kyle Hendricks

Stephen Strasburg‘s been in the news lately for playing catch. It’s still unclear whether he’ll pitch again this season. Given that the Nationals are just a few weeks away from postseason baseball, and given that Joe Ross just returned from having missed 10 weeks with a shoulder injury and is currently working on a limited pitch count, it’s not an ideal situation for Washington’s...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Stanton gets to Cole early with solo homer (Marlins lead 2-0) - Byron Kerr

MIAMI - Right-hander A.J. Cole did well to keep the Marlins off the board in the first inning in his first-ever appearance in his home state at the major league level. Cole grew up in Oviedo, Fla., which is 233 miles north of Miami. A strong contingent of friends and ... Read More
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Joe Ross expected to come off DL, start Sunday for Nationals

ATLANTA (AP) Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker expects Joe Ross to return from the 60-day disabled list Sunday and make his first start since July 2. Baker will keep Ross on a pitch count, probably no more than three innings, when Washington closes a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Ross has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation. He went 7-4 with a...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer, Turner power Nationals past Braves, 7-2

ATLANTA (AP) Trea Turner homered, had four hits and scored four runs, Max Scherzer won his fifth straight decision and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Friday night. Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon each added two RBIs. The Nationals, seeking their third NL East title in five years, have won 13 of 17. Their magic number to clinch the division is six with...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Off-the-Field Recap: Scherzer Family Bonding

The last time the number seven was this magic was when Barry Bonds wore it for his introduction to Major League Baseball in ‘86. Checking the NL East standings to make sure that the Mets haven’t been automatically knocked out for signing Tim Tebow will reveal that the magic number now sits at seven. That magic in the air might be why the Nats hit peak fun off-the-field this past...
Via The Nats Blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa not in Nationals’ lineup for series opener against Braves

ATLANTA – Manager Dusty Baker is with the Nationals (87-59), but shortstop Danny Espinosa isn’t as the club begins its final series at Turner Field against the Braves (56-90) Friday night. Baker is back after missing Wednesday’s win over the Mets because of a death in his family. Espinosa flew to California after the game […]
Via Nationals Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg not sure if he will be ready for playoffs

Stephen Strasburg is unsure if he will be able to pitch in the postseason if the Washington Nationals receive a playoff berth as they're projected to do. Strasburg left his last start in the third inning after feeling a pinch in his elbow. The game was his first back after being on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Strasburg received a plasma injection on Friday and will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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