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Federal Reserve: Wilmer Difo Shows His Value

During the Washington Nationals’ blowout win over the Detroit Tigers yesterday afternoon, one infield prospect continued his solid spring. Wilmer Difo was one of game’s offensive stars for the Nationals, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple against one-time Cy Young Award winner David Price. That performance makes the switch-hitter 6-for-12 (.500) at the plate with three RBI. Continue reading…

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Skole Wows, Gio Meows As Nats Beat Tigers

Hot bats in the late innings helped the Washington Nationals (4-3) snap their three game losing skid and win 9-2 against the Detroit Tigers (5-4) in Grapefruit League play on Wednesday. Kate Upton was at the game, and while that was all that mattered to some, there were also baseball things to talk about. Continue reading…

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Gio Debuts in Loss to Braves

Despite coming close, the Washington Nationals (3-2) could not get over the hump today in their 2-1 loss to the visiting Atlanta Braves (2-4). Over the course of the game, the Nationals had a couple of close opportunities, including a rally that was snapped by a bad break in the bottom of the ninth. Continue reading…

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Late Rally Sends Nats Past Cardinals

Down early, the Washington Nationals (3-0) got some help from their bench in a 6-5, come-from-behind victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals (2-1).

Things looked bleak for the Nationals entering the bottom of the sixth, as sloppy defense, a rough second inning for Stephen Strasburg, and a few missed offensively opportunities left them in a 4-1 hole. Their fortunes changed quickly, however, thanks to a comeback that was sparked by some of their best prospects.

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Nats Top Braves in Spring Slugfest

In their second spring training game, the Washington Nationals (2-0) kept me warm on a 19-degree Providence day by winning an offensive showdown against the Atlanta Braves (1-2), 9-8.

Now, as we all know, spring training records don’t matter. But a recent article in the Economist seems to prove that an individual player’s spring training stats do have some predictive value. Armed with this knowledge, let’s overreact wildly respond measuredly to a few notable showings.

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Nationals Win In Scherzer’s Debut

On a day when most of their fan base was buried in six to eight inches of snow and huddled beneath blankets, the Washington Nationals went to work against the New York Mets in sunny Florida.

Baseball is back everyone, and with it all the joys and heartbreaks we’ve become so accustomed to. But this is Spring Training baseball, and to me, the unpredictability, experimentation and above all overreaction that comes along with it is almost better than the regular season.

So while you turn the heat up a few more degrees, take some time to digest my thoughts on the first action of the 2015 season. And try not to push the panic button. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Top Five Prospects To Watch

When they take the field this evening, the Washington Nationals will begin Spring Training as a complete team that has very few positions to settle. While that could force some prospects back to the minors, a few of them stand out.

To preview Spring Training, the Federal Reserve presents five prospects to watch. Keep in mind that Spring Training statistics do not have predictive value, but these players should offer plenty of intrigue over the next few weeks. Continue reading…

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The PTBNL Problem: Analyzing Trea Turner’s Unusual Circumstances

Few minor league players will play under more bizarre circumstances during the season’s first two and a half months than shortstop prospect Trea Turner. By the middle of June, Turner will be with the Washington Nationals, the team that acquired him to bolster a weak area of its farm system and to potentially become the long-term replacement of Ian Desmond. Though his major league chances ultimately lie in their hands, Turner is required to begin the year with the team that traded him, the San Diego Padres. Continue reading…

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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 at a brand new position. The only question that seems to remain for Rendon is whether he will be able to sustain this extraordinary level of success or whether he will fall victim to the dreaded sophomore slump.

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