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Taylor Shows His Power In Nats’ Tie With Tigers

For the second time in a week, the Washington Nationals (7-8-3) and the hosting Detroit Tigers (7-14-2) played to a tie, as Sunday’s contest resulted in a 7-7 draw. Michael Taylor’s performance was the highlight of a big day for the Nationals’ lineup, but a late-inning rally by the Tigers prevented them from walking away with a victory. Continue reading…

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Scherzer’s Sterling Start Spurs Nats

The tale of Rumpelstiltskin is an exceedingly odd one that lacks any sort of moral. A king threatens to kill a girl if she cannot spin straw into gold, and an imp helps her do it in exchange for her firstborn child. She then marries the king and pleads with the imp to keep her child. He agrees, but only if she can guess his name. She follows him into the woods and he sings about how his name is Rumpelstiltskin. She tells him as much, and he gets so mad about not keeping her kid that he stomps a hole in the ground and falls in and is never heard from again.

It was Max Scherzer who spun baseballs into gold Friday, allowing one run in five innings and sending the Houston Astros (7-6) tumbling into the chasm as he led the Washington Nationals (7-8) to a 7-5 win.

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Federal Reserve: The Implications Of Releasing Kobernus

As spring training approaches its stretch run, the Washington Nationals are making some crucial decisions with their roster, including the release of a former top prospect. Infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus—who has logged major league time in each of the last two seasons—was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on March 14, only to be released just three days later. Continue reading…

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Nats Fall Twice In Split Squad Saturday

The Washington Nationals (4-4) split their squad on Saturday to accommodate a two-game schedule, but in the end both were losing efforts. Half the team lost 13-4 to the New York Mets (5-6), who continued to hit well against the Nats, and the other half played the Miami Marlins (6-3) in a 4-0 loss.

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Clint Robinson started in left field for the Nats in their game against the Mets Saturday. Robinson is a player who’s had a lot of success as a hitter in the minor leagues and has done stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals. He generally plays first base, but Matt Williams decided to change it up and put him in left field. The gamble did not pay off.

Not once, but twice Robinson (who was wearing sunglasses) lost the ball in the sun on what should have been easy outs. The first time it lead to a double and the second was a single. Both were eventually plated. Once is a mistake, twice is a pattern and while Robinson wasn’t charged with an error you can be sure the coaches saw what was going on. In spring training, every inning is critical to guys without roster spots, and Robinson didn’t do himself any favors.

Bats Struggle

In the past it has often been frustrating for Nationals fans to watch their team fall in close games. In the 2014 NLDS the offense couldn’t get itself going at the right times to close out low-scoring affairs. If Saturday’s games are any indication, the club could be headed for the same old struggles.

In two games the split-squad managed to score a grand total of four runs, two of which came off a homer in the ninth inning of the Mets game. The team as a whole collected five hits against the Marlins and eight against the Mets. If the Nats are to be successful this season they will have to figure out how to generate offense even in the toughest situations.

Bright Spot: Gwynn Jr.

On a day when there wasn’t much positive to talk about, Tony Gwynn Jr. collected two more hits, making his average for spring training .444 to this point. Gwynn Jr. has been quietly putting together quite a resume this spring, and is part of a solid crop of outfielders the Nats brought with them to Florida this year.

If Jayson Werth is unable to suit up to start the season in left field, Gwynn Jr. may be a suitable option for the team and could even add a new dynamic to the team’s offense.

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Late-Inning Meltdown Sinks Nats

Opening the floodgates with a 9-run bottom of the eighth, the New York Mets (3-6) out slugged the Washington Nationals (4-3) in an 11-9 victory.

Despite a performance from the offense that kept them in the game until the final out, the Nationals were undone by a late-inning bullpen meltdown. Continue reading…

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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…