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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jonathan Papelbon voices displeasure with Nationals fans

View image | gettyimages.com Former Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has always been known to voice his opinion. Over the three-plus seasons while the six-time All-Star and 2007 World Series champion donned red pinstripes, Papelbon had a peculiar relationship with Phillies fans, and the team as a whole as time...
Via Philliedelphia
38 minutes ago  |  Discuss

For once, Matt Williams presses all the right buttons

Earlier this week, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams ran into a couple of problems with strategery. The Nationals lost two very winnable games in St. Louis to the Cardinals, as Casey Janssen melted down twice. The right-hander was allowed to throw 26 pitches during Monday’s 8-5 loss to the Cardinals, allowing four earned runs and surrendering the lead in the process. Drew...
Via Baseball Essential
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Nationals’ Michael Taylor Hits First Career Walk-off HR

View image | gettyimages.com After sitting out the last two games with a sore knee, Michael Taylor was available for the Nationals. As a precaution he was once again held out the starting lineup, but with the score tied 2-2 in the 10th inning, Nationals skipper Matt Williams called on his young outfielder in a huge spot. With runners on the corner and no outs, Taylor was tasked...
Via KCM Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Playoffs or not, Bryce Harper is the NL MVP

Should a league MVP come from a team that doesn’t make the playoffs? There’s a good chance that old argument will be reignited this offseason in the National League. Bryce Harper is having a transcendent year, one that would seemingly make awarding him the big prize a cinch. But the Nationals are in a downward spiral with a real shot of missing the postseason. And for some...
Via The Outside Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals bold predictions revisited

Back on April 8, as the 2015 season was in its infancy, I wrote a piece laying out five bold predictions for the Washington Nationals. At the time, the injury bug had already struck the Nationals, but I still felt good about their chances as a playoff contender. No one saw the New York Mets coming, and the division should still have been a runaway for the boys from D.C. Turns out...
Via Baseball Essential
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Thanks, Zim!

Ryan Zimmerman did it all last night. "The most important thing is the win. I could care less about the home runs and all that stuff as long as we get the win." (Ryan Zimmerman, via Washington Post, 9/3/2015) Nationals 4, Cardinals 3: I can't believe they didn't blow it! Ryan Zimmerman snaps 3 ties, puts Nats on his back (2 HRS, 3 RBI). Matt Williams does "masterful...
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Ryan Zimmerman Hits 200th Career Home Run

The night belonged to Ryan Zimmerman. The Washington Nationals stalwart highlighted a spectacular game by hitting his 200th home run of his career on a 3-for-4 night at the plate that included him driving in three runs. Zimmerman hammered his second of two solo blasts off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons in the sixth inning, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead and putting him...
Via KCM Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

When the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon before the trade deadline in July, it was expected that Matt Williams could be creative with another solid reliever in his bullpen. Of course, that hasn’t happened at all. Washington has played in 33 games since acquiring Papelbon on July 28th. He’s pitched in just 11 of them, including seven of the team’s 14 wins...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals face hometown boy Scherzer while he's in a rut

If the Washington Nationals are going to make a September push, they're probably going to need Max Scherzer to start pitching like a Cy Young Award candidate again. The right-hander may be especially motivated to turn things around in his hometown. Mired in arguably his worst stretch, Scherzer will try to help the Nationals end their road woes Wednesday night in a showdown with Michael...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals announce seven prospects for the AFL

The Washington Nationals announced they would be sending seven prospects to the Arizona Fall League.  Heading west will be: 2B Wilmer Difo 3B Drew Ward C Spencer Kieboom P Dakota Bacus P Abel De Los Dantos P Nick Lee P John Simms All will be heading to the AFL for the first time, except Kieboom, who will be making his second trip west. Difo headlines this year’s AFL class.  The...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals activate Uggla off DL, add 2 others

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Washington Nationals have activated second baseman Dan Uggla from the 15-day disabled list. The Nationals also purchased the contract of catcher Pedro Severino from Double-A Harrisburg and recalled left-hander Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse before Tuesday night's game at St. Louis. Manager Matt Williams says outfielder Denard Span came out well from season...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Washington Nationals need to fire Matt Williams?

Matt Williams did it again Monday night, and in no way is that a good thing. The 49-year-old former All-Star cost the Washington Nationals another game with idiotic managing. The Nationals are fading fast in the National League playoff picture and Williams is actually hastening their shocking fall. Washington entered Monday night’s matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals 5.5 games...
Via Rumors and Rants
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Werth bobblehead doll strikes out as Nationals postpone promotion

The Washington Nationals held a wildly successful Jayson Werth Chia Pet night earlier this month. So it stands to reason that a similar promotion involving a bobblehead of the team's bearded outfielder would cause similar enthusiam.Guess again.The Nationals opted to postpone Sunday's scheduled giveaway of the Werth bobblehead for pretty much the same reason why the team is 5 1/2...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals forced to re-issue massive bobblehead order

The Washington Nationals have been planning a massive bobblehead giveaway on August 30th to commemorate Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS. Unfortunately, the 25,000 fans that would have taken home one of those commemorative bobbleheads will now have to settle for a voucher instead. The team made this announcement on Twitter Friday evening. The Washington...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mystery of the Same Old Stephen Strasburg

The Nationals are in a pickle, and not one of those delicious hipster pickles with fresh dill and organic garlic cloves placed in a mason jar by a guy with lots of tattoos in some nondescript warehouse in Brooklyn. I’m talking a problem pickle. The kind you don’t want to see on your doorstep, the kind some hipster would make a horror film about with a hand-held camera in some...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper doesn’t seem to care if Nationals make playoffs

To hear it from Bryce Harper, it doesn’t matter much if the Washington Nationals make the playoffs or not. In fact, he doesn’t particularly seem to care. Or that’s at least how it sounded when the superstar slugger was asked to weigh in on the plight that the struggling and sputtering Nationals find themselves in as the division rival New York Mets continue to distance themselves...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Denard Span heading to DL again, season appears finished

Denard Span’s 2015 appears to be ending with a whimper. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, Span is heading to the DL for the third time this season, and this time, it’s because of a sore hip. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his left hip suffered as he attempted to return from a lower back injury that sidelined him the previous seven weeks. The...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Storen wants a trade this winter – and he’ll likely get it

Buried in this early autopsy of the 2015 Washington Nationals is an interesting line from Robert Boswell of the Washington Post regarding deposed closer Drew Storen. What you have is demoted, dissatisfied Drew Storen wanting a trade that he will almost certainly get this winter. Storen was dragged from the closer’s role for the second time in his tenure with the Nationals just...
Via Bloguin Best
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

Melvin Upton Jr. (or the artist formerly-known as B.J. Upton) is trying to rehab his image around baseball this season and lately he has been doing just that for the San Diego Padres. On Thursday night against the Washington Nationals, Upton threw out two runners, tripled and made one of the catches of the season. In the bottom of the first with two on and two out, Ryan Zimmerman...
Via Rumors and Rants
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Taylor slams into center-field wall, leaves game (video)

Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor was involved in a scary moment during Thursday’s game against the San Diego Padres. Taylor attempted to make a leaping catch in the seventh inning of the game, but he crashed into the center-field wall. He was eventually helped off the field by teammate Jayson Werth and a trainer. The Nats then made some defensive adjustments. Michael...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper surprises youth baseball players at team’s practice

Bryce Harper took advantage of an open date on the Washington Nationals’ schedule Monday to brighten the spirits of some young baseball players by surprising them during practice. Dressed in full uniform, the slugger threw batting practice and hit grounders to members of a Nationals youth team from the Prince George’s R.B.I. (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) League. Surprise...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Nationals call on Trea Turner

It’s no secret that the Washington Nationals have fallen short of expectations this season. At 62-61, the unanimous NL East favorites from the preseason sit 5.5 games behind the Mets with a discouraging 19% chance of winning the NL East. Things have been particularly ugly of late, as the Nats have won just 11 of their last 30 games. As Dave Cameron pointed out last week, several...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

What's wrong with the Washington Nationals?

On July 17th, the Washington Nationals stood 3 games above the New York Mets in the NL East standings, with a record of 49-39. Riding high on an another impressive campaign from their best player Bryce Harper, it seemed as though this team was still underachieving its vast potential. They were the clear front runner at the start of the year to win the East and many baseball pundits...
Via The Sports Quotient
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Examining the collapse of the Washington Nationals

A month ago, as baseball was just finishing up the All-Star break, the Nationals looked to be in a pretty good position. They were 48-39, sitting atop the NL East, and were expecting a host of quality reinforcements from the disabled list. The team hadn’t quite lived up to pre-season expectations, but a lot of that could be chalked up to health issues, and even their somewhat disappointing...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals can't afford to miss the playoffs

The Washington Nationals began the 2015 season with high expectations, including repeating as NL East champions and winning the World Series, but midway through August, they find themselves with a 58-57 record and 4.5 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East and 8.5 games back in the wildcard standings. The self-destruction in Washington has peaked as of recently as the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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