Gonzalez’s Gem Gives Nationals Win

With the defending world champs in town, the Washington Nationals (44-36) eked out a 2-1 win on Friday night. Starter Gio Gonzalez held the San Francisco Giants (42-39) in check as he delivered one of his best performances this season, with one particularly timely hit allowing him to pick up the win. Continue reading…


Federal Reserve: June Hitter And Pitcher Of The Month

To month of June is an important one in Minor League Baseball. Full-season leagues hit their halfway points while the short season circuits begin. To recap that month in the Washington Nationals’ farm system, the Federal Reserve hands out its Hitter and Pitcher of the Month honors.

This month’s winning hitter is quietly putting together one of the best offensive seasons in the organization. The top hurler, meanwhile, continues to flash the potential that makes him one of baseball’s best pitching prospects. Continue reading…


Tough Call Lets Braves Walk-Off On Scherzer

Going for the series win in front of yet another sparse Atlanta crowd (who seem to come to life more when booing Bryce Harper than when their own team does anything) an old fashioned pitching duel broke out between Max Scherzer for the Washington Nationals (43-36) and Manny Banuelos, making his major-league debut for the Atlanta Braves (38-41). In the end the Braves would get a 2-1, walk-off win on a play that three-time Worst MLB Umpire (as voted by MLB players) CB Buckner ruled was fair, despite his A) being blocked by Yunel Escobar and B) watching the shortstop while jumping out of the way. Continue reading…


10 Presidents The Nationals Should Have Chosen Over Calvin Coolidge

On Wednesday morning the Washington Nationals introduced the sixth member of the Racing President team: 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. Born on the Fourth of July back in 1872, Coolidge presided over the roaring ‘20s despite the fact that he was a relatively quiet, small-government conservative who only became president due to because of the untimely death of Warren G. Harding while Coolidge was vice president.

Off the bat Coolidge seems like a peculiar choice to join the presidential pantheon of Abe, George, Teddy, Thomas, and Taft as Coolidge has no real defining characteristics and was in no way an influential president. There are many more worthy presidents that could be featured in the self-proclaimed “Main Event” during the fourth inning, so without further ado, here are the top ten presidents the Nationals should have chosen over Calvin Coolidge. Continue reading…


Braves’ Homers Overpower Nationals

The Atlanta Braves (37-41) only needed one big inning to claim the lead—and ultimately the game—from the Washington Nationals (43-35) on Wednesday. After a four-run bottom of the fourth against Doug Fister, the Braves cruised to a 4-1 win that was aided by the Nationals’ failure to cash in on several key opportunities. Continue reading…


Nationals Shut Down Freeman-less Braves

The Washington Nationals (43-34) came intoTuesday’s contest winners of eight of their last nine games facing off against the Atlanta Braves (36-41), who had lost five of their last six. Odds were in the Nationals favor that things would turn out well. Free-agent-to-be Jordan Zimmermann took the hill against the Braves’ de facto ace Shelby Miller, who has racked up a 1.94 ERA and 1.017 WHIP to open his 2015 account. It would be the Nationals who would have the last laugh as they claimed a 6-1 decision. Continue reading…

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Ian Desmond Shows Signs of Life

Fan favorite, team leader and pending free agent Ian Desmond has had the exact definition of a nightmare season. Following his second straight Silver Slugger award in 2014, general manager Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals front office offered the franchise shortstop a deal that would keep him in a Nationals jersey for the rest of his productive years. However, citing reasons of fairness and equality for future generations, Desmond turned down the reported 7-year, $107 million contract, seemingly assuring that he would test the free agent waters this coming offseason. And to say that things have not gone his way so far this season would be an understatement, as he has produced a meager .225/.269/.356 slash line while committing 17 errors (eight of which came in the team’s first 12 games).

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Roark Struggles as Nats Split Doubleheader

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams added suspense to game two of Sunday’s doubleheader by waiting until immediately after game one to announce that Tanner Roark would start the endcap. Sadly for the Nationals (42-34), the delayed announcement was about the only source of exhilarating drama they offered, as they surrendered a seemingly infinite number of singles to the Philadelphia Phillies (27-50) in an 8-5 loss.

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Strasburg Shreds Phillies In Game One

In game one of Sunday’s doubleheader in Philadelphia, the Washington Nationals (42-33) overcame an early deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies (26-50) by a final of 3-2. With Stephen Strasburg keeping the game close, the Nationals’ offense cashed in on some sloppy defense by the Phillies and took control of the game for good.

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