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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s been six weeks, so we figured it was time. We’re going to give our 2014 superlatives for the NL and AL, talk post-season match ups, and then talk about other random stuff.
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Often criticized, Stephen Strasburg reminded everyone today why he should start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Washington Nationals (91-64), as he shut out the Miami Marlins (74-79) over seven innings, leading the Nationals to a 2-1, sweep-clinching win. With the victory, the Nationals’ magic number to clinch the NL’s best record, and therefore […]
Though they found plenty of success without him, Ryan Zimmerman returned to the Washington Nationals (90-64) lineup tonight, going 2-for-3 as they won their third straight game against the Miami Marlins (74-80) by a score of 3-2. Zimmerman was activated Saturday after missing 55 games with a badly torn hamstring. He was hitting a healthy […]
Despite having clinched the NL East, the Washington Nationals (88-64) still have plenty to play for, and they acted like it tonight, as five straight two-out hits led to a five-run fourth in a game the Nats eventually won, 6-2, against the Miami Marlins (74-78). This game’s beginning could not have been further from its […]
In their quest for home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Washington Nationals (87-64) will next face the Miami Marlins (74-77), who based on their recent misfortunes should be a prime opponent to rack up wins against. The Marlins just finished a 10-game road trip, during which they played the Brewers, Phillies and Mets and lost […]
On the surface, the Washington Nationals’ 2014 draft class did not warrant much attention during the second half of the minor league season. First-round selection Erick Fedde’s Tommy John surgery is keeping him off the mound until at least next summer, while second-round lefthander Andrew Suarez and ninth-round first baseman Austin Blyer opted to return […]
A day after claiming their NL East crown, the Washington Nationals (87-64) ended their four-game winning streak with a loss to the Atlanta Braves (76-76), who broke out of a five-game losing streak. The Nationals ran out a lineup of bench players and September call-ups, giving their usual starting lineup some much-deserved rest after a […]
Let them drink champagne. Lots of it. The Washington Nationals (87-63) clinched their second division title in three years with a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves (75-76) on Tuesday night, becoming the first division winners this year just minutes before the Orioles became AL East champions in Baltimore. Before they donned their goggles and trashed […]