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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…

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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…

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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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Scoreless Streak Ends as Nats Win Seventh Straight

The Max Scherzer signing was a mistake, and it has never been clearer than it was Friday night.

Scherzer committed the unforgivable sin of allowing a run, become the first Washington Nationals starter to do so in 48 innings, the longest such streak since 1974. But even a depleted Nats lineup was able to overcome his comparably poor outing as the Nationals (41-33) won their seventh consecutive game, triumphing 5-2 over the Philadelphia Phillies (26-49) hours after their manager, Ryne Sandberg, resigned abruptly.

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The Implications Of Losing Anthony Rendon

 

On Wednesday, a full three weeks since returning from the disabled list, Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon capped a three game stretch when he went 7-for-12. The stretch, although limited, raised Rendon’s average from a meek .230 to .290. It wasn’t terribly surprising, as Rendon has always been seen as an elite player. Raising his batting average was likely just a matter of getting his timing back.

However, Rendon is now DL bound again, with no clear timetable on when he’ll be ready to return. His injury puts the Nationals in a delicate place. They have the middle infield depth to mask his loss, but absolutely cannot absorb injuries beyond what they’ve already sustained. Continue reading…

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Michael Taylor Is Evolving

On June 2nd, the Washington Nationals played a double-header. Michael Taylor went a combined 2-for-8, striking out six times. The games dropped his overall line to .223/.281/.393 and bumped his strikeout rate to an even 40%. He was exactly as advertised: A free swinger with power, but a .281 on-base percentage isn’t exactly passable at the major league level.

I’ve done some research, and it doesn’t seem that anything notable happened the night of June 2nd. No comets with mystical powers passed the earth, nor did any planets align. It rained a bit, so it’s possible (though unlikely) there was a lightning strike to initiate some crazy body-switching magic.

But some way or another, Michael Taylor woke up a new man on June 3rd.

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