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Bryce Harper on his breakout

“Lots of people say I’ve changed, and that I’ve done that or done this, but I’ve done this my whole life,” Bryce Harper said when I approached him about his breakout season so far. To some extent, he’s right. He’s just doing what he’s done, more often. Even the things he’s changed have been a return to […]
Via Fangraphs
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer Dominates Cubs In Cy Young Fashion

Wrigley Field was lit on fire Wednesday night. Flame-throwing Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals took out his torch on the Chicago Cubs leaving destruction in his wake as he dominated on the way to his 97th career victory. Scherzer was up to his usual tricks on this night but he was even a little more dominant than usual as the Cubs could do precious little to mount an attack...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Roark unaffected by relegation from Nats rotation

Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark has been demoted from the team's rotation, in large part due to the addition of Max Scherzer, but he doesn't seem to mind it. "I mean, it doesn’t matter, honestly. I love to start and now I've done back-and-forth relief. I just like being out there on the mound, competing," he told 106.7 The Fan, per CBS DC. Roark, who has been pitching...
Via Fox Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer dominates & Nationals win again

The Washington Nationals took seven dominating innings from Max Scherzer, another home run from Bryce Harper and some timely late pitching from their veteran relievers to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 in front of a partisan crowd at Wrigley Field. #HappyHandshakes! On to the next! — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 28, 2015 The win improves Washington’s...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer and Jon Lester Face Off for First Time in NL

Two American League transplants, Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, will face off for the first time in the National League tonight at Wrigley Field. Scherzer, who joined the Washington Nationals on a seven-year, $210 million deal, and Lester, who joined the Chicago Cubs on a six-year, $155 million deal, have both handled the league change very well so far this season. Scherzer looks...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper have known each other since Vegas youth baseball

They may be about a year apart in age, but Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper have been quite familiar with each other since their days of playing youth baseball in Las Vegas. With the two facing off for the first time in the big leagues in a three-game set between the Chicago Cubs and Washington...Read More The post Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper have known each other since Vegas youth baseball...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals starter Doug Fister scheduled to throw Wednesday

Washington Nationals starter Doug Fister is one step closer to returning to the hill for the Nats. According to the Washington Post, Fister will begin a throwing program on Wednesday as he continues to rehab a right flexor strain that sent him to the disabled list on May 15. Given that he'll need time to get his arm back into pitching shape, Fister is expected to miss at least one...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth rejoins team, still can't swing a bat

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is back with the team, but it will be a bit longer before he's able to take the field again. The Washington Post reports that Werth is still having trouble swinging a bat, and his timetable for return remains unknown. "They're treating him aggressively like they have been," manager Matt Williams said. "He's got fairly good grip strength...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats Minor League Stat Leaders (5/26/15)

The Washington Nationals have four affiliate clubs in play right now, from AAA to A.  Auburn (Low A) and GCL Nationals will come on after the 2015 MLB Draft in June.   Here are the current records of the Washington Nationals Affiliates: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)  17-27, 6 Games Back Harrisburg Senators (AA) 20-23 5.5 Games Back Potomac Nationals (A) 19-25 6.5 Games Back Hagerstown...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
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Bryce Harper: ‘I still believe (Mike) Trout is the best player in the game’

Bryce Harper is enjoying an absolutely torrid month of May at the plate. So scorching-hot is the Washington Nationals outfielder that a teammate jokingly acted as if he was afraid to touch him, lest they get burned. But to hear it from the 22-year-old who seemingly is taking the next step in a career destined...Read More The post Bryce Harper: ‘I still believe (Mike) Trout is the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Taylor Proving to be Invaluable to Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals Center Fielder Michael Taylor (#3) hitting a walk-off grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.(Matt Kartozian/USA-Today Sports) After a slow start to their season, the Washington Nationals (27-18) are roaring back, recently notching a six-game winning streak. On the strength of Right Fielder Bryce Harper’s relentless on-target hitting...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer Dominating in his First Year With the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) The Washington Nationals were a hot pick to win the World Series at the beginning of the 2014 season, in a big part due to their great starting...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Casey Janssen makes his Nats debut

The Washington Nationals welcomed reliever Casey Janssen to the ball club this past weekend. Making his Nationals debut out of the bullpen against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 8-1 loss Saturday, Janssen pitched a scoreless 9th inning and looked strong in his one inning of work. Janssen signed with the Nationals this past offseason as a free agent. He played the last 8 seasons...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Michael Taylor Makes Amazing Diving Catch

Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor flashed the leather robbing Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada of a base hit. Wada lined a well hit ball to left field, but Taylor, who is playing in left with Jayson Werth on the disabled list with a wrist injury, made a great diving catch for the final out of the second inning. Taylor’s pitcher Tanner Roark was in approval of Taylor’s efforts...
Via KCM Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 8 Two Start Pitchers; Tanner Roark

Week 8 Two Start Pitchers  Nationals RHP Doug Fister (forearm) will miss Week 8 of the Fantasy Baseball season, in fact he’s out indefinitely, so for those who drafted Tanner Roark and hung on to him, your patientce has paid off. He’ll get the start Monday in Chicago against the Cubs. If Roark is on the wire, grab him. While you’re at it, go ahead and drop Mat Latos ...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: how to help fix Stephen Strasburg

Coming into Saturday’s matinee game with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals had their eyes on a season long, 7 game winning streak. It was ace versus ace on the mound as Cole Hamels went for the Phillies and Stephen Strasburg for the hometown Nationals. Strasburg had been shaky as of late by having a 1-3 record in his last 4 starts and only making it into the...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MASN isn’t happy with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

The dispute over Washington Nationals rights fees between the Nationals, MLB, MASN, and the Baltimore Orioles remains contentious. Earlier this week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made some comments that favored the Nationals after a ruling by a MLB panel in favor of the team receiving higher rights fees. Manfred defended the panel and the fees, saying that “sooner or later, MASN...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Barrett beats Aaron Harang in pregame staredown (Video)

Washington Nationals pitcher Aaron Barrett beat Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang in a pregame staredown prior to Friday night's game in D.C.Barrett and Harang began the standoff after the National Anthem, with Barrett wearing a backwards batting helmet and Harang wearing catcher's gear. Neither one moved from their spot until Max Scherzer threw the first pitch, at which...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Quarterly Report: The Washington Nationals After 41 Games

The Washington Nationals are one-quarter way through the 162-game regular season, which makes this a good time to assess how the team and its players have done so far in 2015. And since the Nats are on a five game winning streak, winners of 17 of their last 21 and took over first place in the National League East division just last night by sweeping the New York Yankees, it’s also...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Team to Wear Lando Calrissian Jerseys

So many teams have held “Star Wars” nights that, let’s be honest…it would be easier to do stories (blog posts?) on teams that aren’t honoring the ironic movie. Then there’s the Potomac Nationals. The “P-Nats” have gone and done the impossible. The single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals have made me, the most jaded of “Star Wars Night” fans to take notice...
Via Hall of Very Good
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hershey’s supplying Nationals chocolate syrup for celebrations

The Washington Nationals have been putting an interesting — albeit sticky — spin on the custom of assaulting a game hero with some kind of barrage during his postgame interview. Typically, it used to involve dumping a big jug of water or sports drink — or even the good old shaving cream pie — but...Read More The post Hershey’s providing Nationals chocolate syrup for victory...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper ejected for not getting in the batter’s box

During Wednesday night’s Yankees-Nationals game at Nationals Park, home plate umpire Marvin Hudson ejected both Bryce Harper and Matt Williams because…Harper didn’t get in the batter’s box? What the hell? Check out the video. Harper stepped out of the box after a bad call by Hudson, stepped back in, and stepped out when Hudson started yelling at Williams. Hudson then ejected...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s going on with Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg has an ERA over 6. We don’t talk about ERA very often. OK, then, Stephen Strasburg has an overall RA over 7. I don’t bring these numbers up because they conclusively demonstrate that Strasburg has a problem. I bring them up because an ERA over 6 is just embarrassing, and a pitcher like […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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