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TNB Ranks Top Five Drafts In Nats History

The Major League Baseball draft is exactly one week away. Before the Washington Nationals go on the clock with the 58th pick, the writers at The Nats Blog rank the top-five drafts in Nationals’ history.

While each contributor has written a summary of his/her choices, these rankings will be further discussed in tonight’s episode of Nats Talk On The Go. Join our own Joe Drugan and Craig MacHenry as they preview the draft and discuss these rankings with special guest Ryan Sullivan of NatsGM.com.

Disagree with their picks? Let them know. Tweet using the hashtag #NTOTG to join the conversation during the podcast tonight.

  Andrew Flax Craig MacHenry Zach Spedden
1 2010 2010 2010
2 2009 2009 2007
3 2005 2005 2009
4 2007 2007 2005
5 2011 2011 2011

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Roark Rocks, But Reds Sweep Nats

It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t predictable.

The favored team going into the weekend matchup, the Washington Nationals (28-22) lost their first series in over a month to the Cincinnati Reds (22-27), who had lost 10 of their last 11 games prior to trouncing the Nationals.

Breaking out of their cold streak and putting a cap on their series sweep, the Reds won on Sunday, 8-2, in a game they deserved to win. The Nats hitters did not take advantage of the Reds’ struggling starter, and the bullpen squandered a gem by Tanner Roark. Not being cruel, just being honest. Continue reading…

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#VoteNats: Why Denard Span Deserves To Be An All-Star

The NL All-Star game roster should consist solely of Washington Nationals. You know it and I know it, but all the voters don’t know it. Yet. So it’s the sworn duty of The Nats Blog to inform the world of all the legitimate and totally unbiased reasons this is the case. Each feature in this series will focus on one of the Nats starters and all the reasons they should be playing in the 2015 All-Star game.

The first article in the series will focus on Bryce Harper, right? No. Come on people. That’s far too easy, and I don’t ease myself into things. Instead we’ll start somewhere in the middle with Denard Span. Span is as deserving as any other outfielder in the NL of making the All-Star game roster. He has been a staple for the Nationals for several years, and after starting the 2015 season on the disabled list has been having one of his best seasons yet.

So why should you #VoteSpan? Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Rizzo And The Nats Prepare For The 2015 Draft

In 11 days Major League Baseball will begin the 2015 Amateur Draft. Though the Washington Nationals do not have a first-round pick this year—a selection they forfeited by signing free agent Max Scherzer—this could still be an interesting draft for the Nats.

General manager Mike Rizzo and his scouting department have a few challenges this year. Along with their late first selection, they will have to sort through a class that is regarded as one of the weakest in recent memory. This year lacks a clear-cut top selection, while injuries to several pitching prospects—including Tommy John surgeries for IMG left-hander Brady Aiken and Duke right-hander Michael Matuella—have lowered the draft’s perceived value.

Despite those factors, history suggests that even without a big name prospect, the Nationals will be willing to spend to get the player they want. Continue reading…

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Nats Have The Best Player, Starter, and Reliever In Baseball

When the 2015 season started, there was a lot of interest in what the Washington Nationals would be able to do with an electric lineup and outstanding pitching. The team had a slow start in April, but now they not only lead the NL East by 1.5 games, but they have the best player in Bryce Harper, the best starter in Max Scherzer, and the best reliever in Drew Storen.

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Scherzer Wins This Week’s Pitching Duel Of The Century

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2015, the Washington Nationals’ (28-19) $210 million-dollar man Max Scherzer went up against the Chicago Cubs‘ (25-21) $155 million-dollar man Jon Lester in the rubber match of a three-game set in the windy city. On a day when the flags weren’t flying out for a change, we were all treated to a clash of the titans and they certainly didn’t disappoint. In the end the Nats were able to defeat the Cubs 3-0, winning their ninth straight series (tied for the franchise best streak). Continue reading…

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Max Scherzer: Better Than Advertised

On January 21, 2015 Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo and free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer signed the contract that would make him one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball as well as the highest paid player in Nationals history. The deal came as a shock to the entirety of the baseball community, as many expected him to stay in the American League with a big market club like the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. Rizzo had added a former Cy Young award winner to a starting rotation already considered by many to be the best in baseball, knocking young stud Tanner Roark (15-10, 2.85 ERA, 1.092 WHIP in 2014) to the bullpen. Continue reading…