After a long offseason, Minor League Baseball today celebrates Opening Day in the four full-season levels. To preview the upcoming season, the Federal Reserve is providing a rundown of all four of the Washington Nationals’ full-season affiliates. Among the items previewed include the notable players who made Opening Day rosters, as well as two big names who did not. Continue reading…
It was a Zimmerman(n) night in D.C. on Wednesday as the Washington Nationals (1-1) held on to beat the New York Mets (1-1), 2-1. After a disappointing Opening Day the Nats bounced back in a game that featured Ryan Zimmerman’s bat and Jordan Zimmermann’s brilliance from the mound. Coming into the game Zimmermann hadn’t lost since July 11 and had posted a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts since then. He wasn’t about to break that streak on Wednesday night. Continue reading…
The sun warmed the faces of 42,295 fans who were celebrating the return of baseball to Washington after a long winter. The commissioner of baseball officially announced Nationals Park as the host of the 2018 All Star Game. A Little League player got to throw out the first pitch. The magic of Opening Day was palpable in the air. It was a perfect day.
Except the Nationals lost.
Breaking their three-game, Opening Day winning streak, the Washington Nationals (0-1) fell to their NL-East rival New York Mets (1-0), 3-1. Read on for the highlights of the first game in what is sure to be an exciting season. Continue reading…
Per a number of reports and one conspicuous red banner, the Washington Nationals will announce Monday that they have been chosen as the hosts of the 2018 All-Star game. The team has been known to be pursuing the Midsummer Classic for some time now, but the movement seemed to have hit a speed bump when the 2016 and 2017 games were awarded to Miami and San Diego respectively.
On Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals announced the 25-man roster as it will stand on Opening Day. The Nationals will begin the season with six players on the 15-day disabled list. These notable absences include:
LF Jayson Werth (right AC joint surgery)
CF Denard Span (core muscle surgery)
3B Anthony Rendon (left knee sprain)
OF Nate McLouth (right shoulder surgery)
RHP Casey Janssen (right shoulder inflammation)
RHP Erik Davis (right elbow surgery)
Opening Day 25-Man Roster
|1B Ryan Zimmerman||RF Bryce Harper||RHP Max Scherzer||C Wilson Ramos|
|2B Dan Uggla||CF Michael Taylor||RHP Stephen Strasburg||C Jose Lobaton|
|SS Ian Desmond||OF Matt den Dekker||RHP Jordan Zimmermann|
|INF Yunel Escobar||OF Reed Johnson||LHP Gio Gonzalez|
|INF Danny Espinosa||OF/INF Tyler Moore||RHP Doug Fister|
|INF/OF Clint Robinson||RHP Aaron Barrett|
|RHP Tanner Roark|
|RHP Craig Stammen|
|RHP Drew Storen|
|RHP Blake Treinen|
|LHP Xavier Cedeno|
|LHP Matt Thornton|
The Washington Nationals fell to the New York Yankees in their final exhibition tuneup Saturday, but the biggest news came after the game. Reporters were told that Rich Hill was assigned to Syracuse, Mike Carp was sent to minor league camp, and Clint Robinson was told he made the roster.
The Washington Nationals ended the Florida portion of their spring training slate today with an 8-2 victory over the New York Yankees. With two big innings on offense and a solid effort from the pitching staff, this win came fairly easy for the Nationals.
With the minor league season opening in one week, several Washington Nationals prospects look primed for a breakout seasons. To forecast those players the Federal Reserve lists five breakout candidates to watch. The list includes two catchers that could take big steps forward, a pair of hurlers with interesting potential, and a centerfielder who should refine his all-around game.
1) Pedro Severino, catcher
DOB: 7/20/1993 B/T: R/R Projected 2015 team: Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Already an excellent defensive catcher, Severino rallied offensively at High-A Potomac last year by batting .308/.379/.477 after the All-Star Break. During his career, he has not been a patient hitter, which he should improve upon this year. Continue reading…
If there were ever a game to be overshadowed by off-the-field events, the Washington Nationals’ (10-13) loss to the St. Louis Cardinals (12-10) was it. The 6-2 contest saw the Cardinals take a 4-2 lead in the fifth, which they never relinquished. The bad news is that it was a Nationals’ loss. The good news is that it leaves us with more time to analyze a pair of trades that took place today. Continue reading…
The offseason is almost over, and the Nats decided to make some final, unexpected moves. We talk about the bevy of injuries, the latest roster moves, and make lineup predictions while we start the final countdown toward Opening Day.