Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its roster for the East and West divisions for the annual Fall Stars Game, with second baseman Tony Renda selected as the lone Nationals farmhand. On the surface Renda, one of seven Nationals’ prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, is an odd selection because of his sluggish numbers. […]


Federal Reserve: Regular Season Send Off

After this post, the Federal Reserve will cease weekly updates until pitchers and catchers report in February. To this point, every nuance of the Washington Nationals farm system has been recapped in some form, most notably our Minor League All-Star Team and the Players of the Year. For those who follow the minors, now is the […]


Elimination Games Are Brutal, Let’s Watch Another Tomorrow

Emotions during an elimination playoff game are decidedly different than any other game. Nerves are running high, and any time that someone isn’t able to come up with a key hit, it feels like the end of the world. That seems especially true when the team you’re pulling for has scored only three runs in […]


Federal Reserve: Hitter and Pitcher of the Year

Throughout the year, the Federal Reserve handed out monthly award winners to highlight some of the best performances in the minors this year. Now, the time has come to handout the final prizes of the season, the Hitter and Pitcher of the Year Awards. The races in both fields were competitive. In the end, however, […]


Stop Vilifying Fans For Leaving Saturday’s Game Early

Yesterday, I decided to take a day off from baseball writing. I didn’t want to write when the emotion from Saturday night’s (into Sunday morning’s) record-setting game was still raw. The frustration from the Game Two loss has not totally subsided, but there is one particularly frustrating narrative that has been blasted across local and national media: how […]


Some Thoughts From The Longest Game In Playoff History

Jordan Zimmermann At His Peak – We have watched Jordan Zimmermann grow up, from an underrated draft pick out of the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point, to the Nats sole pitching prospect in an era when there wasn’t much to look forward to. We were there when he went through Tommy John surgery, and we’ve seen […]

Graphic work by Drew Jennison (https://twitter.com/uadrew)

My Nationals Themed Wedding (Why I Have The Best Wife In The World)

They say that a couple who shares interests together, stays together. That poses an interesting challenge for a fanatic baseball blogger when trying to find someone to share the rest of your life with. Fortunately for me, I found a wonderful woman to fall in love with me, and she knew right away that part […]

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Strasburg Cruises in Game 161

As the Washington Nationals (95-66) prepare for the playoffs, presumptive Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg dominated the Miami Marlins (77-84) over six innings, allowing no runs in an eventual 5-1 win. Strasburg (W, 14-11) was at his absolute best, stymying the Marlins throughout his outing. The Miami bats found no purchase against his devastating pitches, […]


Pitching Falters In Nationals’ Lopsided Loss To Marlins

Just hours after they clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Washington Nationals (94-66) took their first breath of the 2014 season. For the first time in 159 games, nothing was at stake. But as they exhaled, they collapsed and suffered a 15-7 beating at the hands of the Miami Marlins (77-83). Friday night’s contest […]


Washington Nationals Starting Pitchers Peaking At The Right Time

Gio Gonzalez had his best start of the season on Thursday night against the New York Mets, posting a Bill James Game Score of 85 by striking out 12 in seven innings while giving up just one hit. Gio’s performance was just the latest example of how the Washington Nationals starting pitchers are peaking at […]


Gonzalez Strikes Out 12 In Nats Win Over Mets

The Washington Nationals (93-65) haven’t yet announced their playoff rotation, but on Thursday night Gio Gonzalez made his case to secure his place in it. In the Nationals’ 3-0 win, Gonzalez shut out the New York Mets (77-82) for seven innings, gave up just one hit and struck out a career-high 12 batters. His command […]

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Late Inning Runs Sink Nats In Game 1

Though they still have something to play for, the Washington Nationals (92-65) started just four regular starters in their first of two games against the New York Mets (77-81) today, and listlessly fell thanks to three runs between the eighth and ninth, losing 7-4. Blake Treinen got the start, but posted the worst start of […]


Federal Reserve: 2014′s Top Performing Minor Leaguers

Next week the Federal Reserve will hand out its final awards of the season, the Pitcher and Player of the Year. Before doing that, however, it seems appropriate to honor the best players at each position in the Nationals’ Farm System. The criteria is simple. With the roster construction based off of Baseball America’s Postseason […]


LaRoche Homers, Span Injured In Nationals’ Victory Over Mets

The last time the Washington Nationals (92-64) played at Nationals Park they lost a disappointing game to the Atlanta Braves that left their magic number to clinch a playoff position stuck at 10. On Tuesday, the Nats returned to Washington wearing their NL-East crown, chasing a different number after their 11-game road trip: Two. With […]