Nationals Mailbag: Is Trea Turner pressing? Why not Joe Nathan? And what’s going on with MASN?

Welcome to the fourth installment of our Nationals mailbag. The goal in this space is to engage with our readers by periodically answering the best questions we solicit. We envision doing this on most off days. This week, we’ll tackle the MASN dispute, the pressure on Trea Turner, the possibility of Joe Nathan, and more. For […]
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

2017 MLB Power Rankings: As Bryce Harper goes, so do the Nationals

The Nats don't fall too far, but Harper's slump - and losing 5 of 6 - have them looking up in the Power Rankings again. 
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

Washington Nationals Rumors: Will Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo find a solution for bullpen issues?

Dusty Baker and Mike Rizzo have both preached patience as they try to sort out things in the Nationals bullpen... Dusty Baker talked during the last homestand about the devastating effect blown saves and late-game losses can have on a team. It not only affects your own team negatively, the veteran skipper explained, it boosts the confidence of opposing teams.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

Wire Taps: Mike Rizzo on Washington Nationals’ bullpen issues; Stephen Strasburg’s big start...

Mike Rizzo knows its his job to fix the Nationals bullpen issues. Until they make a move, however, its up to the Nats relievers to sort things out... The good thing about off days? No late, blown leads. Sorry, Mike Rizzo. [see below]. The bad thing about off days? No baseball. While you wait for the start of tomorrow nights game with the Mariners, we have the links.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
6 hours ago

Koda Glover might be the new Nationals closer

ATLANTA – Nationals Manager Dusty Baker hoped it wouldn’t matter, that Stephen Strasburg would go the distance and save him from having to play Russian Roulette with his bullpen Sunday afternoon, but he had to prepare a plan just in case Strasburg couldn’t. So in the eighth inning of the Nationals’ 3-2 win over the […]
Via Nationals Journal
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Oliver Perez Saved the Day in Rain Delay

 Washington Nationals reliever Oliver Perez has just two saves in his 15-year MLB career, but he added an important one this weekend, and just in the nick of time. The moment happened just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, as a major rain storm kicked up at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Tarps at MLB fields work great to keep the rain off the playing surfaces but turn into giant sails when hit...
19 hours ago

By the Numbers: Stephen Strasburg’s Dominance

 With Stephen Strasburg’s consistency, it’s easy to overlook just how dominant he was on any given Sunday. More specifically, how dominant he was against the Atlanta Braves this Sunday. For the second time this season and 31st time in his career, Strasburg registered double-digit strikeouts (11). Here’s a look at every K in order: Strasburg’s curveball was arguably his best...
20 hours ago

Ryan Zimmerman snags liner to complete unassisted double play to save Nationals

As good as the Washington Nationals have been thus far — first place in the NL East — the have blown late-game leads in large thanks to its disastrous bullpen. On Sunday they were clinging to a 3-2 lead over the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning after another quality start by Stephen Strasburg. Braves’ Matt Kemp led off the inning with a single on closer Koda Glover. Newly...
Via KCM Sports
23 hours ago

Baker respects Scherzer's inner drive (Braves lead 2-0) - Byron Kerr

ATLANTA - Manager Dusty Baker knows he has a very special pitcher in his Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. He said one reason why Scherzer is the pitcher he is today is his inner drive to get better every start. "You can count on Max taking the ball. He ... Read More
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baker says deciding bullpen usage "the most difficult part of the job" - Byron Kerr

ATLANTA -- The bullpen quandary might force even Nationals' starters to try to push too far. So would the likes of Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg try to attempt complete games because the bullpen has not been consistent in the late innings? Manager Dusty Baker said they look to not ... Read More
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer and the Nationals look to a stop three-game skid

ATLANTA — The Nationals depend on Max Scherzer for days like Saturday, when the bullpen could use a breather, when the offense isn’t quite clicking and when they need an ace to step up and stop a losing streak. Scherzer will take the mound at SunTrust Park seeking to fulfill his responsibility as the rotation’s […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy Is a Value-Adding Teammate

PITTSBURGH – Daniel Murphy spends much of his offseason in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, where he hits in the batting cages of his alma mater, Jacksonville University. He works out there alongside his brother, who is also an alumnus of the program and who is also a local high-school coach. At the university, with his brother’s high-school team, Murphy will often talk...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How to fix the Washington Nationals closer issue

The Washington Nationals have had a fiery start to the 2017 season. They have posted the best record in the National League so far through 40 games at 25-15 with one of the most complete lineups and starting pitching rotation in baseball. They seem all but a lock to win the National League East division and make the playoffs, which has been one of the worst divisions in baseball...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Trying to find playing time for Adam Lind

The Washington Nationals have an abundance of offensive riches. They’ve survived the problems in their bullpen for now, and have stayed in first place thanks to a strong starting rotation and incredible hitting from the likes of Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. When offseason-acquisition and center fielder Adam Eaton was lost for the year in late April...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Zimmerman’s Unsatisfying Explanation Behind Success

PITTSBURGH — I entered the visiting Washington Nationals’ clubhouse at PNC Park with a theory in need of vetting earlier this week. I suspected the most likely explanation behind Ryan Zimmerman’s success this season was that he had joined the merry band of fly-ball revolutionaries. I was suspicious because one of the early adopters, Daniel Murphy, is of course a teammate. I...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

David Huzzard: In NL East, are Nationals battling themselves? - Nationals Buzz

It is still early in the baseball season and yet it feels like it is over. The Nationals are 10 games over .500, while the second-place Braves are six games under. The National League East is a weak division and the Nationals are a team built to contend while the ... Read More
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Exec: Bryce Harper’s deal may approach $500M or more

Bryce Harper is going to be a part of the potentially monster 2018 free agent class, and he’s likely going to get the biggest deal of any player on the market.In fact, he’s likely going to get the biggest deal of all-time. Jon Heyman at FanRag quotes an anonymous MLB executive willing to speculate: One rival GM pegged Bryce Harper’s value on a long-term deal at “closer to...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond compares Twins pitcher to late Jose Fernandez

Jose Berrios has been dominant in his first two outings this season for the Minnesota Twins. He’s looked so good that he has one of his opponents comparing him to the late Jose Fernandez.Here’s what Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond said about Berrios after Thursday’s game: Desmond would know, as he used to face the Miami Marlins stud when he was in the NL East as...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner Faces Early Struggles

The date is May 16, 2017, and over the last 15 games Trea Turner has been worth -0.3 Wins Above Replacement. If that sounds bad, that’s because it is bad. For Turner it’s not just a slump, a ding, a blip, it’s literally the worst fifteen game stretch of his entire Major League career. If you look at the linked graph, the next worst time in his career was his first fifteen...
Via The Nats Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper is back to his 2015 self — or maybe even better

On Sunday, the Washington Nationals played a double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first game, Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 and launched his 12th home run of the year. In the second game, he went 3-for-4 with a single, a double and two RBIs. That performance came a day after he whacked his second walk-off long ball of the season.It was just another weekend for the...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals are reportedly eyeing David Robertson from the Chicago White Sox

While the Washington Nationals sit comfortably in first place, 7.5 games ahead of the second-place New York Mets, they have been far from a perfect club in 2017. The team’s main bugaboo so far this season has certainly been its bullpen. The ERAs of many late-inning arms look as if someone went into MLB The Show and turned most of the Nationals’ bullpen arms’ clutch ratings...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Bullpen Problem Isn’t Just a Closer Problem

Over the winter, the Washington Nationals were interested in a bunch of closers. Most notably, they were the runners-up in the Kenley Jansen bidding, with Jansen publicly stating that the Nationals offered him more money than the Dodgers did. The team was also linked heavily to David Robertson in trade rumors, so it was a fairly surprising development when the team ended up not acquiring...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Trea Turner channel Derek Jeter with insane jump-throw for out

Was it a coincidence that Nationals shortstop Trea Turner made a Derek Jeter-esque defensive play on the same day that Jeter’s number was retired at Yankee Stadium? We’re going to say no, as Turner made a defensive play in Sunday’s game against the Phillies that was easily the best of his career so far. Check out the scoop, turn and jump-throw off his back foot to first base...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer collapses after taking line drive off knee, somehow stays in game

Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer collapsed in what looked like incredible pain after taking a 100-mile-per-hour line drive off the knee in the top of the fourth inning Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, yet somehow managed to stay in the game and keep pitching. Here’s video of the initial incident: And Scherzer continuing to grimace on the ground as he was attended...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals extend Bryce Harper through 2018 season

The Washington Nationals made sure they wouldn’t be in for an expensive arbitration hearing with star outfielder Bryce Harper next winter.The team announced on Saturday that it has come to terms with Harper on a one-year contract extension that will pay him $21.7 million. That figure represents the largest salary for a player that would have been arbitration eligible.More than...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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