In a move geared towards adding depth to a bullpen that has struggled lately, the Washington Nationals have acquired RHP David Carpenter from the New York Yankees in exchange for Double-A second baseman Tony Renda. Carpenter was recently designated for assignment by the Yankees.
Although they gave us a scare, the Washington Nationals were finally able to pull out a win in extra innings on Wednesday afternoon. After what seemed like ages the Nats (31-28) were able to rally for a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees (33-26) in 11 innings. Two Nats who almost didn’t play were the heroes of the story, giving just enough offense to win the game.
After tabbing Andrew Stevenson with their first selection on Monday, the Washington Nationals made more headlines on the draft’s second day. Mariano Rivera Jr.—the son of baseball’s all-time saves leader and future Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera—was selected in the fourth round, one round after the Nationals chose Vanderbilt outfielder Rhett Wiseman.
Vince Lombardi once said “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” The Washington Nationals have learned the second part all too well, and are having a tough time kicking it.
An Ian Desmond error in the seventh opened the floodgates for the New York Yankees (33-25), who grabbed their opportunity and ran with it, topping the Nationals (30-28). The Nats have now lost nine of their past 11 games.
The Washington Nationals made a surprising choice on Monday night when they selected centerfielder Andrew Stevenson out of Louisiana State University with the 58th overall selection in the MLB Draft.
At the beginning of spring training the Washington Nationals had a set lineup. The only questions that remained were which players would compose the bench. Before Opening Day arrived, however, several of the core position players had wound up on the disabled list, leaving the team struggling from day one. Fast forward to the present, and the Nationals have yet to field a full predicted lineup, yet are still hovering right around the top of the division thanks to a few unlikely candidates.
Below are the statistics of two Nationals players. See if you can tell who is who.
Player A: .257/.360/.459, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 28 R, 17.1 UZR/150, 1.6 WAR.
Player B: .350/.383/.397, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 28 R, -7.3 UZR/150, 0.9 WAR. Continue reading…
As hot as the Washington Nationals were in May, they have been just as cold in June. A difficult outing for Jordan Zimmermann and another subpar offensive showing handed the Nats (30-27) their third consecutive series loss as they fell to the Chicago Cubs (30-25), 6-3. The Nationals have now lost eight of 10.
The Washington Nationals (30-26) were stifled by one of their most formidable foes on Saturday, losing 4-2 to Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs (29-25). Hammel kept the Nationals at bay over eight solid innings, allowing the Cubs to claim victory against a debuting Joe Ross. Continue reading…
In their first non-rain-dampened game of the home stand, the Washington Nationals (29-25) bested the Chicago Cubs (28-24) in a game dominated by the Nats’ recently absent offense. The meeting was the teams’ second in two weeks. The Nationals took two of three in Chicago, and set themselves up to at least do the same in Washington on Friday. Continue reading…
Joe Ross—one of the Washington Nationals’ top pitching prospects—has been promoted to the majors, and will start against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The right-harder will have his contract purchased from Double-A Harrisburg, where he had emerged as a rotation ace. Continue reading…