NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Don’t look now: Nationals’ reliever Blake Treinen seems like himself again...

Getting Blake Treinen back to 2016 Blake Treinen is one easy way for the Nationals to improve their bullpen... On June 14th, Blake Treinen entered what could be delicately described as a complete onslaught; in the top of the seventh inning, with two outs, the Nationals were behind the Atlanta Braves by a score of 12-2.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
26 minutes ago

Wire Taps: Washington welcomes World Series winning Chicago Cubs to Nationals Park....

Washington and Chicago start a four-game series in D.C. tonight. Will the Nationals keep the good times going at home against the Cubs after taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 hour ago

Washington Nationals’ Brian Goodwin out at the plate on questionable send in loss to Cincinnati Reds...

Dusty Baker defending third base coach Bob Henleys decision to send Brian Goodwin home, while noting it wasnt the optimum time for the decision... Cincinnati was up 6-0 after two, with the Reds knocking Nationals starter Tanner Roark around early in the series finale in Washington, D.C.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
6 hours ago

Bryce Harper is Back to Bat Handle Messaging

 Last season, in his oddly controversial crusade to “Make Baseball Fun Again,” Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper afixed decals to the bottom of his bat handles that would be broadcast by TV cameras. Some were fun, others funny, but all appeared to be an authentic look at Harper’s personality. The decals are back this season, but there’s reason to believe that...
Via CBS DC
8 hours ago

Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Trea Turner by Aaron Gleeman

Trea Turner`s first 162 games have featured some greatness, some goodness, and a few remaining questions.
Via Baseball Prospectus
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Has Joe Ross turned the corner?

Via FOX Sports
14 hours ago

Dusty Baker gives Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters the day off Sunday

As he usually does on days like this, Dusty Baker will hold a few regulars out of his starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s game. Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters will get the day off, which means Zimmerman will get a game and a half off, since Baker was able to remove him from Saturday’s blowout […]
Via Nationals Journal
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Obituary Takes Shot at Nationals Bullpen

The Washington Nationals are off to one of their hottest starts since moving to the nation’s capital…but that still didn’t stop a Virginia man from taking the team to task on his way out. Meet Patrick Killebrew. Killebrew passed away June 20, but the longtime suburban Richmond lawyer took one final shot at the Nationals as he took that final bullpen cart ride to heaven via...
Via Hall of Very Good
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals continue their power surge

The Washington Nationals started the 2017 Major League Baseball season with a bang on offense. They have scored runs in bunches and in a hurry, backed by good starting pitching which makes this one of the best teams in baseball. Their offense has been due in large part to their 45-29 record with a nine game National League East division lead over the Atlanta Braves. The team has...
Via isportsweb.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

More from Turner and Ross on their big Saturday - Byron Kerr

More on the amazing game for Trea Turner on Saturday when the Nats blasted the Reds 18-3: Turner went 5-for-5 with a walk, setting a new career high by reaching base six times. The last time a Nationals player pulled off that feat in one game was on April 30, ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ranking Bryce Harper’s Eight Career Walk-Off Hits

Bryce Harper is an absolute stud. There’s no other way about it. He’s raked since the day he stepped foot into the league, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down anytime soon. But there’s one factor he has that makes him incredibly important to the Nationals: he’s clutch. On Friday night, Bryce recorded his eighth career walk off hit, the first of which was...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals recall Wilmer Difo to restore full bench

The Washington Nationals once again have the usual five-man bench and seven-man bullpen, as they recalled Wilmer Difo from Class AAA Syracuse before Friday’s series opener with the Reds. Difo provides depth in the infield and the outfield, as he played center field for the Chiefs during his time there. Difo began playing the outfield […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thursday mailbag: Who is untouchable if the Nationals look to deal for relief help?

Welcome to another installment of our off-day mailbag. Since the Nationals just played 20 games in 20 days, it’s been awhile. Not much has changed since we last spoke, so below, find thoughts on the bullpen, untouchable prospects, team morale, Trea Turner, and more. Our next mailbag will probably come at the all-star break, but […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: The greatness of Max Scherzer

There is no denying that Max Scherzer is one of the Washington Nationals’ best players. On June 21, Scherzer was on his way to his third no-hitter of his career. Unfortunately, a late inning mistake would cost him the no-hitter and the game. He allowed two runs in the eighth and the Miami Marlins came back to win 2-1. Scherzer is the first pitcher since 2009 to have a no-hit bid...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game of Thrones® Night coming to Nats Park - Nationals Buzz

This Friday, June 23, "Winter is Coming" as the Washington Nationals host the Cincinnati Reds at Nats Park. It is Game of Thrones® Night in D.C., and the first 20,000 fans who arrive will receive a Nationals-themed Game of Thrones® T-shirt. There will also be an authentic Iron Throne in ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Luke Erickson: Looking at the Hagerstown Suns at the half - Nationals Buzz

For most baseball fans, the All-Star Game is considered the halfway point of the season. In the minors, that's this week for two of the four full-season affiliates - the Hagerstown Suns (low Single-A) and the Potomac Nationals (high Single-A). This week, we'll take a look at how the Suns ... Read More
Via MASN
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Would the Nationals Protect in an Expansion Draft?

Today is the NHL’s expansion draft. If you’re unfamiliar, here’s a quick primer of the NHL expansion rules: each team is allowed to select a certain number of its players to protect. Any others are eligible to be selected by the expansion team, which must select exactly one player from each team. So, in the spirit of keeping things topical, I decided to take a crack at seeing...
Via The Nats Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

For Giants, failure to act could be the gravest error in a season full of them

If there has been one overused theme so far this season, it's that 2017 is a summer of great parity in Major League Baseball. Or at least, that is the sunny side up, glass half full version angle, because it has been a season where drastic cases of inconsistency and flat-out missed expectations have forced parity to the plate. While the spotlight has been on the struggles of the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: bullpen edition

The Washington Nationals’ bullpen issues are never going away. Management was aware of the problem as early as Spring Training but hoped and prayed that the bullpen would iron itself out. For a time, Washington’s heavy hitting diverted attention from the disastrous relief pitching. Washington was doing so well that any problems were marginalized. Now, three closers and a several...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper dominating All-Star voting with over 2.8 million

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is the most popular guy playing in MLB, according to All-Star ballots.Leading all vote-getters, Harper has amassed over 2.8 million votes. This vastly exceeds the tallies of his closest peers, per MLB.com.“…NL leaders include: second baseman Daniel Murphy of the Nationals (2,365,180); catcher Buster Posey of the Giants (1,890,039...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer, wife announce future birth of child in clever way at game

Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, used Father’s Day to share some big news that made sense on that particular day. The Nationals ace will soon be a father, for the first time, and he seemed super excited about it. Check out this photo he posted on twitter, with a tiny jersey for the little girl they’ll soon be having later in the fall. Congratulations to the Scherzer clan, which...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jacob deGrom hits first career HR

Jacob deGrom is know for his beautiful long locks and his dominant left arm. But one thing the New York Mets pitcher isn’t know for his hitting home runs.That all changed on Sunday when deGrom blasted a 379-foot shot over the left-centerfield wall in the third inning — his first career home run and just the second extra-base hit of his season. This home run gave the Mets a 1...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Nationals Have a Pitching Depth Problem?

Last Tuesday I discussed the state of the Nationals offensive depth, and what it could mean for the rest of the season. While I said I would write a follow up discussing the pitchers in a couple days, work and life got in the way (as they do) and I’m getting this to you a little late, so I apologize for that. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Nationals...
Via The Nats Blog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats believe Dodgers will try to sign Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper is widely expected to sign a record-breaking contract if and when he becomes a free agent in the winter of 2019, and one team with pockets deep enough to add him will be the Los Angeles Dodgers.But are they a legitimate suitor for the star outfielder?Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports wrote this week that there is “buzz” building about the possibility of the Dodgers pursuing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

CSPAN to air Congressional Baseball Game, with help from MLB, Nationals

In the wake of violence, the Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday will be broadcast live on CSPAN, the network confirmed Thursday.U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and four others were shot during a Republican practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, injecting tragedy into the annual game. Entertainment Weekly first reported that the game would be televised, and CSPAN confirmed the news...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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