NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals Outright Grant Green

The Nationals announced that they have sent infielder Grant Green outright to Triple-A Syracuse. Washington designated the out-of-options Green for assignment on Friday, and he subsequently cleared waivers. Green’s stay with the Nats this month lasted just over a week, aligning with the DL placements of shortstops Trea Turner and Stephen Drew. Once Turner came back, there was no...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 hour ago

Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg to go on paternity leave Monday

NEW YORK — Max Scherzer will take the mound as scheduled Sunday night at Citi Field as the Nationals look to complete a sweep of the Mets and win their seventh straight game, but Washington’s other ace won’t pitch on turn this week. Stephen Strasburg last pitched Thursday in Atlanta, meaning he is scheduled to […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals’ lineup for series finale with New York Mets + Dusty Baker on Trea Turner...

Trea Turner came off the 10-Day DL on Friday night and made his return to the lineup on Saturday. Dusty Baker seems more convinced Turners hamstring is better now...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

Washington Nationals: Gio Gonzalez on Early Path to Rebound Season

Via FOX Sports
5 hours ago

Nationals’ Daniel Murphy breaks out of mini-slump with two-hit game vs Mets...

Murphy spoiled you guys, Dusty Baker told reporters before Daniel Murphy broke out of a mini-slump with a two-hit game on Saturday in New York.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
9 hours ago

Murphy Makes the Difference Between Nats and Mets

Court Swift has already written about the importance of the head-to-head matchup against the Mets this year. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, considering all the facts before us. I want to go further, however, and contend that all things being equal, the single biggest factor in determining the division race this year will be Daniel Murphy. The Nationals will win the...
Via The Nats Blog
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Where to Hit Turner (and Everybody Else)

Debate over who should lead off for the Nationals began as soon as Mike Rizzo dealt three top pitchers (they may leave our farm system, but never our hearts) for Adam Eaton. Eaton’s calling card was his ability to lead off and play great outfield defense – two things Trea Turner did for the 2016 version of the Nats. But Eaton took Turner’s centerfield spot, so Turner took...
Via The Nats Blog
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gio Gonzalez continues to make Citi Field his home in Nationals’ sixth straight win overall

Gio Gonzalez improved to (2-0) in four starts this season and (9-1) in 14 career starts in the New York Mets home. Through four starts this season, all of them with Matt Wieters behind the plate, Gio Gonzalez is putting up the kind of numbers that could help him reach his preseason goal of returning to the All-Star Game.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
21 hours ago

Logan Morrison curses out umpire CB Bucknor mid at-bat

The hits just keep on coming for umpire CB Bucknor.Bucknor was working home plate during the Tampa Bay Rays-Houston Astros game on Saturday and got loudly cursed out by Rays first baseman Logan Morrison in the sixth inning for a questionable high strike call.In the video, which can be seen here, Morrison can be heard cursing after a pitch that was up and in was called for a strike...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Has Ryan Zimmerman resurrected his career?

If the baseball season ended today, a chilling thought to say the least, among the players considered a front-runner for Comeback Player of the Year would certainly be first baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals. Back at the turn of the last decade, the Nationals’ then-third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was regarded as one of the best young players in baseball. It feels...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can Simple Be Sophisticated for Strasburg?

It seems Stephen Strasburg is underappreciated. Maybe it’s because of the hype and expectations that surrounded his draft position and prospect pedigree. It doesn’t help that he’s only been able to reach 200 innings once in his career. His durability and total volume of innings are real issues. But when he’s on the mound he has some of the best stuff in the game, and I...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

David Huzzard: A closer look at Nats' closer troubles - Nationals Buzz

A couple of days ago, the Nationals made a much-needed change by removing Blake Treinen from the closer's role and replacing him with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. This is the current best option and the only option the Nationals truly have at this point. After the Nationals got outbid ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire CB Bucknor continues to be terrible, screws Nationals again

It’s now starting to look like umpire C.B. Bucknor has it out for the Nationals, because it’s hard to imagine that he’s this bad of an official. After blowing a strike-3 call behind home plate on Tuesday, Bucknor went back to sucking less than 24 hours later, and made another ridiculous call that went against the Nats. Bucknor was at third base on Wednesday, and he somehow...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire C.B. Bucknor blows another call

C.B. Bucknor must be trying to give us the belief that we can become MLB umpires. Because I have to imagine you or I would be way more competent at the job than this guy.After almost ruining the end of the Nationals-Braves game Tuesday night, Bucknor came back for night two of his “Incredibly Incompetent Tour” of the major leagues.While working third base on Wednesday night...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hits two homers, including a grand slam

After a disappointing-by-his-standards 2016 season, Bryce Harper has come out mashing in 2017.The 24-year-old former MVP entered Wednesday hitting .354/.475/.688 with four home runs, including a towering walk-off Monday.Well facing Julio Teheran and the Braves on Wednesday, Harper added to his huge 2017 stat line, whacking two dingers in the first two innings, including a grand...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper and Zimmerman are healthy and on a roll - Byron Kerr

In Tuesday's 3-1 Nationals win over the Braves, hitting stars Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman delivered again. Harper went 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and run scored. Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. No coincidence that both battled through injury issues last season and didn't have ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ win over the Braves had the strangest ending

ATLANTA — From Nationals Manager Dusty Baker’s vantage point, it looked as if Chase d’Arnaud missed the Shawn Kelley’s slider in the dirt “by a foot.” Baker’s counterpart, Braves Manager Brian Snitker, was more measured: He thought his player missed it “by about eight inches.” Nationals catcher Matt Wieters, with the best view in all […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker on Nationals’ closer situation: ‘This ain’t working’

ATLANTA –  The Nationals decided to name Blake Treinen their closer over Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover at the end of spring training a few weeks ago because he checked off more boxes than the other choices. He had the nasty stuff, he boasted experience in hairy situations, he was capable of a heavy workload, and […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

CB Bucknor was horrendous as usual, and Jayson Werth let him know it

There are a few umpires around Major League Baseball who always have a way of getting involved in the game in a way nobody wants to see. On Tuesday night in Atlanta, CB Bucknor was at it once again with his signature lack of consistency behind the plate calling balls and strikes. After picking up a 3-1 lead, Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals had to be held back while giving...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire CB Bucknor faces backlash for terrible call

Umpire CB Bucknor faced some backlash on Tuesday night after making a horrendous call to give the Atlanta Braves a second chance against the Washington Nationals.Chase d’Arnaud was up for the Braves with the bases loaded and two outs in the 9th, with his team trailing 3-1. Facing a 1-2 count, d’Arnaud swung and clearly missed a pitch that bounced in the dirt. Possibly because...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman Really Has Improved His Launch Angle

{Exterior, Ryan Zimmerman’s house, October 14, 2016, Virginia Beach, VA} Zimmerman steps out onto his spacious porch overlooking the Atlantic. You can see the weight of the season on his shoulders. He wistfully looks out over the waves, and sighs. ZIMMERMAN: Never again. Something has to change. No, damn it. I have to change. {camera pans up to the setting sun as ominous bass...
Via The Nats Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Nats’ Harper Hits 3-R Walkoff HR

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper’s second home run of the day was a walk off three run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper’s home runs were the third and fourth home runs of his season and the fourth, possibly most important, came against new Phillies closer Joaquin Benoit. Harper has been reaching base at a 44% rate before his game against the Phillies today...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Wieters shining at the bottom of the Washington Nationals’ lineup

One of the more delayed free agent signings of the offseason was four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters joining the Washington Nationals. Waiting until February 24 to ink a one-year, $10.5 million contract with a player option for the same amount for 2018, Wieters has delivered so far through the first two weeks of the regular season. He has done this while batting at the bottom...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

There Is No Stopping Daniel Murphy

You could be forgiven, heading into last season, for thinking that Daniel Murphy would fail to carry over the magic of his 2015 playoff performance into the 2016 campaign. Many teams seem to have had similar suspicions: a free agent, Murphy received just $37.5 million over three years to sign with Washington. The Nationals were immediately rewarded: Murphy recorded nearly six wins...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey leaves start with tight left hamstring

Matt Harvey’s night ended early on Tuesday, with a leg ailment being the culprit.The Mets pitcher was working in the sixth inning when he needed to be checked out by the team’s trainer. It was later announced Harvey was dealing with a tight left hamstring. If there is a silver lining, it’s that Harvey did not exit due to discomfort in the shoulder he had surgery on last year...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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