cmachenryCraig MacHenry

Craig is a contributing writer to The Nats Blog and co-host of the Nats Talk On The Go podcast. He's also a craft beer enthusiast and all-around sports addict.

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Will Rendon Have a Sophomore Slump?

Before he will even start his second full MLB season, Anthony Rendon has already usurped former Gold Glove winner and Face of the Franchise Ryan Zimmerman as starting third baseman, led the National League’s best team in WAR, and finished top 5 in MVP voting. He’s done this all while playing half of those games
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Hitting For The Cycle: Tony Gwynn, Parity, and Momentum

We were all incredibly saddened about loss of Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest pure hitters in baseball history. So, it only seems right that the first two hits are about this huge loss for baseball. After Gwynn, we look at the unbelievable parity in Major League Baseball this season and whether momentum is really something you can quantify.
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Hitting For The Cycle: Anatomy of a Start, Jon Singleton, Fifth Starters, and Skin Cancer

This week’s Hitting for the Cycle sees four more great pieces with national interest, including a local home run from Washington Post writer James Wagner. You’ll also see Jake Peavy break down a start in remarkable detail, learn why some players aren’t happy with Jon Singleton’s contract, and get stat-heavy on why fifth starters might
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Hitting For The Cycle: International Prospects, Selig’s Successor, Pace of Play, and the Braves New Stadium

After an unexpected off day due to rain, the Washington Nationals will resume their series against the Miami Marlins this evening. Until then, here are the four national articles that you absolutely must read from the past week. You’ll learn about this year’s international prospects, Jerry Reinsdorf and Bud Selig‘s battle for MLB’s next commissioner,
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Hitting For The Cycle: New Breed Stat Guys, Baseball in Florida, Pitching to Strikeout, and Player Tracking Technology

Single: Wait, we’re still arguing that people who like stats don’t enjoy or appreciate baseball? By Craig Calcaterra (Hardball Talk) and A Response to Bob Ryan by Dave Cameron (FanGraphs) To start off today’s piece we are going to focus on two different pieces which focus on a third non-linked piece; confusing, I know. This
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Hitting For The Cycle: Base Construction, All-Star Voting, Jose Fernandez, and Devastating Pitch GIFs

Single: The Base: Approach At Your Own Risk by Steve Wulf (ESPN.com) This piece is one of the reasons that I like to do this column. Who in their right mind would want to read some boring piece on ESPN about the bases? Well, you should, because it’s fantastic. The debate over head-first slide vs
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Hitting For The Cycle: Grit, Lineups, Baseball Economy, And Matt Bush

Single: Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Scouting Fortitude by Jason Parks (Baseball Prospectus) To start off, we are headed to a free article from Baseball Prospectus by noted prospect guru and general weirdo Jason Parks. Oftentimes these “poll the industry” pieces can be nothing but fluff and column inches, but this is the exception that
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Hitting For The Cycle: Unwritten Rules, Plate Collisions, Diminished Offense, and Mapping Fans

Single: Grading the Unwritten Rules: Jed Lowrie and Bunting With a Big Lead by Grant Brisbee (SB Nation) One of my biggest pet peeves in baseball is the preponderance of baseball’s so-called “unwritten rules”. No one knows what exactly these unwritten rules are, just that they exist and that no one has taken the time to
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Hitting For The Cycle: Doctoring Baseballs, Tommy John Surgeries, Defensive Shifts, And Reliever Awards

Single: A Major League Pitcher’s Guide to Doctoring a Baseball by Dirk Hayhurst (Deadspin) For those of you who are already familiar with the writing of former MLB Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, this article will come as zero shock to you as he has a penchant for sharing inside information. In the wake of the Michael
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Hitting For The Cycle: Jobu, Umpires, And Oakland’s Stadium Problems

Single:Indians, Not Plumbing, Stop the A’s by Paul Gutierrez (ESPN) Bud Selig, the esteemed commissioner of MLB, who has presided over an incredibly prosperous era both in labor peace and economic profitability, has two serious legacy problems: PEDs and the Oakland Athletics. One of these issues is simple – Selig turned his back when players
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Hitting For The Cycle: Instant Replay, Predictions, Mike Trout, and World Series

Harper vs. Trout. Trout vs. Harper. Who is going to “win” this Magic vs. Bird battle of epic proportions? Short answer: we all do.
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Hitting For The Cycle: Stats, Prospects, And Les Expos

In our Hitting for the Cycle series, Craig MacHenry goes through the best of the best baseball writing for the past week – highlighting national stories while giving them some Nationals perspective. Single: Beane Counters by Jonah Keri (Grantland) This feature, which ran last week on the ESPN offshoot Grantland, was yet another biographical and analytical
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