NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Zimmerman on 4-for-4 night: "I felt good for awhile" - Byron Kerr

It was in a loss, but Ryan Zimmerman demonstrated again that he is coming around at the plate. Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with two singles, two homers and three RBIs in the Nationals' 9-4 setback to the Cardinals. Zimmerman has hit .387 (12-for-31) with five homers, six runs and eight RBIs ... Read More
Via MASN
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

5.28.16: Pitching fails Nationals in loss to the Cardinals

Gio Gonzalez was pulled in the fifth as the Nationals fell to St. Louis Saturday night.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Jose Lobaton is back catching Gio Gonzalez after his worst outing of the season

Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton is paired with Gio Gonzalez again after the pitcher’s first start of the season with Wilson Ramos resulted in seven earned runs in five innings. It was Gonzalez’s worst outing of the season. Gonzalez’s ERA jumped more than a run after that outing, though Dusty Baker was adamant that Ramos is off […]
Via Nationals Journal
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg Making Case for Nats’ No. 1

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have five very good pitchers. On any given day, opposing hitters have to face Max Scherzer (a three-time All-Star and 2013 AL Cy Young winner), Stephen Strasburg (2009’s No. 1 overall pick and 2014 NL strikeouts leader), Gio Gonzalez (two-time All-Star, 2012 NL wins leader, third in NL Cy Young voting in 2012), Tanner Roark (2.71 ERA this season) or...
Via CBS DC
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Good is Espinosa’s (and Turner’s) Defense?

Today is May 28th. Estimates vary, but the date that Trea Turner can be called up and be under team control through the 2022 season instead of 2021 is somewhere in the range from May 29th to June 1st (the Washington Post says May 30th), so it’s possible the sun will rise tomorrow on a Nats roster with Turner as starting shortstop. It’s no sure thing that Mike Rizzo and Co. will...
Via The Nats Blog
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats Fan Surprise Interviews Ryan Zimmerman (Video)

WASHINGTON — Imagine starting a somber interview and getting the chance to turn the microphone on one of your favorite sports superstars. That was the experience for Justin Stubenhofer, who thought he was on the field to talk to MASN broadcaster Johnny Holiday about the Washington Nationals’ partnership with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Stubenhofer lost his dad...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals pitcher Jordan undergoes second Tommy John surgery

Nationals minor league pitcher Taylor Jordan, a veteran of three MLB seasons, underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Taylor Jordan undergoes second Tommy John surgery

Right-handed starter Taylor Jordan, most recently of Class AAA Syracuse, underwent successful Tommy John surgery Thursday. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure, Jordan’s second such procedure in five years. Jordan is 27 years old and made the Nationals rotation out of spring training to begin the 2014 season, but struggled in five starts and returned […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Felipe Rivero pitching a lot for Nationals but enjoying it

If it has felt like Felipe Rivero has appeared in every other Nationals game this season, it is true. With his critical inning in Thursday’s win over the Cardinals, Rivero has pitched in 24 of the Nationals’ 48 games. He is tied with 15 others in baseball with 24 appearances. Only Hector Norris of the […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer receives hitting tips from fan-made book

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer may dominate opposing batters at the plate, but isn’t nearly as threatening when he steps in the batter’s box. With a career batting average of .194 (which, to be fair, is still very good for a pitcher), Scherzer does not mind getting a few pointers to help improve his approach at the plate, even if it comes from a young fan. Scherzer...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Reddington: Murphy the right choice for Nats in offseason - Nationals Buzz

Daniel Murphy started 44 games and appeared in 46 of the Washington Nationals' first 47 games before Dusty Baker gave the veteran infielder a night off in the series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. In those 46 games, the 31-year-old former New York Met, who signed a ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jaime Garcia aims to bounce back Friday against Nationals

Max Scherzer doesn't care how many batters he strikes out or how dominant he looks on the mound. He's more focused on progressing with each outing and picking up as many victories as possible.The St. Louis Cardinals realized last month how effective he can be when he's in a groove.Scherzer seeks a fourth consecutive solid start as the Washington Nationals continue their four-game...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hits upper-deck home run

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper has a new look after struggling at the plate in recent weeks. The beard is gone and he got a haircut for a more sleek and clean look. Furthermore, he elected to go without his batting gloves, and judging by what happened in Thursday’s game, it helped. With the Nationals trailing the Cardinals 1-0 in the sixth inning, Harper came to the...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper cuts batting gloves after homering without them

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper entered Thursday night in a bit of a slump at the dish, with just four hits in 31 at-bats over his last 12 games, and only one extra-base hit (a double) in that span. Well, Harper wanted to try something new to hopefully break out of this slump, and he decided to not wear batting gloves for his at-bat against St. Louis Cardinals right...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Viral Mets fan’s father floored by Nats fans’ Generosity

WASHINGTON — The father of a Mets fan who had a viral video last week, of him playing catch with Max Scherzer at Citi Field, would like to thank the thousands upon thousands of Nationals fans who were so gracious to his family. Lifelong Mets fan Joe La Rocca, whose voice was heard in amazement on camera as his son, Joe, tossed the ball around with the Nationals starter, called...
Via CBS DC
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

Bartolo Colon halted a personal two-game losing streak on Monday night, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The stellar pitching performance came one day ahead of Colon celebrating his 43rd birthday on Tuesday, and Father Time has been making his presence...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Single-Game Pitching Belt: Scherzer vs. Velasquez

A few weeks back, we matched up three of the most dominant pitching performances from April, utilizing granular ball-in-play data, to determine which of Vince Velasquez, Jaime Garcia or Jake Arrieta had the best day. Velasquez won that time around, and with Max Scherzer recently authoring a 20-strikeout, no-walk complete game shutout over the Tigers, we have a worthy contender for...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Running through the gauntlet: Washington Nationals’ observations in midst of tough schedule

The Washington Nationals are smack in the middle of their toughest stretch of the 2016 season. Check out these numbers from April 29 to June 1: 33 games in 35 days. Ten total series, nine against teams over .500 (the lone team under .500 is Detroit, who is currently 21-22). Nineteen road games. Seventeen interdivisional games. The month of May is a make-or-break time for the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Juan Lagares makes incredible over-the-shoulder catch

Ever since Yoenis Cespedes joined the New York Mets, the role of Juan Lagares has lessened. But with the chance to start in center field on Wednesday, he showed why he was so worthy of the Gold Glove he earned in 2014. With Daniel Murphy up in the top of the seventh, the former Met (and current National) hit a drive to the deepest part of Citi Field — seemingly over Lagares...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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