NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

The Nationals are sad to be leaving Coors Field

The Nationals scored 46 runs in their four-game series against the Rockies, which is nearly as many as the Royals have scored all season.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 hour ago

Washington Nationals introducing new “K Street” section

Nationals introduce K Street section, K-Cards, T-Shirts, and superfans. The Washington Nationals announced via Twitter that they are introducing a new special ticket package for the final Friday home game of each month entitled K Street, named both for the D.C. street and the absurd amount of strikeouts the Nats pitching staff puts up on a daily basis. The ticket, priced at $39,...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 hours ago

Gonzalez savors another quality start to the season - Byron Kerr

DENVER - Left-hander Gio Gonzalez started last season with by pitching at least six innings in five straight games. To begin this season, he has done it again. Gonzalez went 6 2/3 innings Thursday as the Nationals crushed the Rockies 16-5 to win the series and finish the road trip ... Read More
Via MASN
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Like ‘old friends’: Jayson Werth was reunited with his No. 1 fan at Coors Field this week

The story of how Jayson Werth became a Colorado 8-year-old girl’s favorite player begins with a late-night run outside Coors Field. Jude Ozaluk was waiting with her father, Chris, for the Nationals to emerge after a loss to the Rockies last August. When Washington’s team bus drove by, Jude chased after it, waving frantically at […]
Via DC Sports Blog
3 hours ago

Wire Taps: Nationals’ Bryce Harper locked in; Stephen Strasburg activated; Caps equivalents of Nats players

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this weekends three-game set with the Mets in D.C. So, to recap: Nine wins, 46 runs in four games, a few Bryce Harper home runs, and a Trea Turner cycle. Not half bad, huh? Heres whats new at Nationals Park.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

Nationals-Mets series preview

The road trip everyone in the Nationals clubhouse scorned a couple weekends ago is over and it turned out to be the best one in club history. The Nationals departed Colorado Thursday with wins in 9 of their 10 games in 10 days against the Braves, Mets and Rockies to set the mark for highest […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper hit a home run into a group of trees

MLB pitchers just can’t get Bryce Harper out this season.Coming off a disappointing 2016 campaign, Harper is crushing everything he sees, no matter what the pitch is or who’s throwing it. He’s driving in one run in 3.4 at-bats on average, which is ridiculous.He drove in three during Thursday’s game against the Rockies, which the Nationals won, 16-5. It happened in the seventh...
Via The Sports Daily
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

With Strasburg returning, Baker details plan for Jacob Turner - Byron Kerr

DENVER - The Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the paternity list Thursday. Earlier this week, Strasburg and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their second child, a baby girl. The club optioned left-hander Matt Grace to Triple-A Syracuse. Grace got four outs allowing one hit in a scoreless appearance here ... Read More
Via MASN
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals activate Stephen Strasburg, and keep Jacob Turner on the roster

DENVER — Stephen Strasburg’s three days of paternity leave ended on Thursday, so the Nationals reactivated him. Strasburg’s wife, Rachel, had a baby girl earlier this week, the couple’s second child. Though he is active, Strasburg will not be in Denver on Thursday. He will stay home instead, and meet the team tomorrow. In the […]
Via Nationals Journal
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats Power Rankings: April 24

Welcome back to the latest in a series, in which we review the previous week in Nationals baseball and power rank the players according to their performance. This is an extremely unserious exercise; at no point should it ever be confused with actual baseball analysis. Don’t worry, I will do my best to make sure that is obvious. Without further ado: your Washington Nationals, ranked...
Via The Nats Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 days 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner returns to Nationals’ starting lineup, but will bat second

NEW YORK – Trea Turner is back in the Nationals’ starting lineup Saturday against the Mets for the first time since straining his right hamstring April 8, but in a slightly different role. He’s still the shortstop, but he’s not the leadoff hitter – at least for now. Turner will bat second behind Adam Eaton, […]
Via Nationals Journal
5 days 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
6 days 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
9 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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