Dec 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Scroll through the Nationals’ 2015 pitching register and then answer this question: Which relievers on that list are locks to make the 2016 Opening Day roster? Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen might return, but both right-handers are going to be the subject of plenty of trade speculation over the next several weeks after seeing their…
Nov 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 27 How acquired: Trade from Oakland, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 1 year, 50 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $512,800 Contract status: Pre-arbitration 2015 stats: 60 G, 67.2 IP, 62 H, 32 R, 29 ER, 4 HR, 32 BB, 65 K, 1.389 WHIP, 2-5, 3.49 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 0.4 WAR Quotable: “For Blake it’s about consistency. We know the kind of talent he’s got. It’s heavy…
Sep 24, 2015, 9:11 PM EDT
Matt Williams was asked, after yet another dagger of a loss Thursday evening, whether it’s fair to pin the Nationals’ overall predicament on a bullpen that seems to be at the center of just about every one of these. “I wouldn’t believe that that would be fair,” the manager said, “to point at one thing…
Sep 20, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT
The 2015 season has been a trying one for the Washington Nationals, and reliever Blake Treinen is certainly no exception. The right-hander surprised many as a rookie in 2014 and look poised for a big sophomore season with the potential to lock down a late innings role. That plan did not go accordingly, as Treinen…
Aug 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals, as was noted here at the start of the week, probably need to win two out of every three games they play the rest of the season to win the NL East title. It may not require quite that many wins, or it may even require a few more. But taking 2-of-3 the…
Aug 6, 2015, 3:12 PM EDT
Updated at 3:12 p.m. On the heels of a trainwreck ballgame Wednesday night that saw their bullpen give up nine earned runs for the first time in six years, the Nationals optioned right-hander Aaron Barrett to Class AAA Syracuse before Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks and recalled Blake Treinen to take his spot on…
Jul 23, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 3-3 Team slash: .203/.277/.316 Team ERA: 3.83 Runs per game: 3.3 STOCK UP Yunel Escobar, 3B: .318 AVG / .591 SLG / .909 OPS The Nationals have to hope that Escobar’s latest…
Jul 20, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT
For as historically dominant as Zack Greinke was Sunday afternoon, the Nationals — in a way — actually had the Dodgers right where they wanted them as the ninth inning began. They were only trailing 1-0, had the top of the order due up in the bottom of the frame and knew that Greinke was done for…
Jun 10, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT
NEW YORK — He had already come back from two abdominal surgeries in three months, then a sore knee that kept him out of a couple of games last week. And now Denard Span was trying to play through a bad back that had sidelined him from Tuesday night’s series opener against the Yankees and…
Jun 7, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT
The Nationals lineup has suffered through a well-documented stretch of futility in recent weeks, but on Sunday there were glimpses of hope. They struck for three runs off eight hits against the Cubs, representing a sign of progress given just how bad they have been lately. Three runs is a step in the right direction, but…
Jun 3, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals had a rough time trying to hold teams down late in games this past week. That and more on this edition of Stock Watch.
May 20, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman got the headlines Tuesday night, and rightfully so after launching the 10th walk-off homer of his career to beat the Yankees in dramatic fashion. But that blast off the right-field foul pole might not have been possible if not for some yeoman’s work from the Nationals’ bullpen, which was forced into both early…
May 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
All innings, in theory, are created equal. A run in the fourth inning does count as much as a run in the ninth. But it certainly feels like some innings are more important than others. And right now, the eighth inning feels really important for the Nationals. Not for positive reasons. It happened again Friday…
Apr 22, 2015, 11:33 PM EDT
When Blake Treinen was a starter, both in the minors and in brief stints with the Nationals last season, he could take some comfort knowing one run surrendered in one inning likely wouldn’t spell doom for him or his team. Now that Treinen is pitching exclusively in relief, more specifically late-inning relief, that margin for…
Apr 15, 2015, 12:03 AM EDT
BOSTON — This was the night. This was the night the Nationals were going to snap out of their early season funk, using a 6-run rally that was as stunning as it was sudden to catapult them back into the team they’re supposed to be and put this awful week of baseball behind them once…
Apr 12, 2015, 12:32 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — The theme inside the Nationals’ clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Phillies — a loss that left this team a surprising 1-4 to begin a season of sky-high expectations — was universal. “I think we’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. I…
Apr 11, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Had Matt Williams, on April 10, 2014, found himself in the exact same situation he found himself in during the seventh inning on April 10, 2015 — bases loaded, one out, the Nationals clinging to a 1-run lead — he wouldn’t have needed to think much about which member of his bullpen to…
Apr 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Blake Treinen made 15 appearances for the Nationals last season, many of them impressive outings that turned some heads within the organization. But he never really found himself in a situation like the one he was thrust into Wednesday night: the eighth inning of a 1-run game, asked to protect the Nats’ 2-1 lead against…
Feb 25, 2015, 10:31 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Blake Treinen isn’t an overly gregarious person by nature, which only made his presence at spring training last year less noticeable. Treinen was given the last locker by the door at one end of the Nationals’ clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium, a spot typically reserved for minor leaguers who don’t figure to…
Feb 22, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The second pitchers and catchers workout of the spring saw everybody switch routines from Saturday’s first session. Pitchers who threw off the bullpen mounds Saturday went through fundamental drills Sunday, and vice versa. Among the biggest names who toed the rubber were Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez. The three pitchers…
Jan 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Blake Treinen was a revelation for the Nationals last season, an out-of-nowhere power right-hander with the ability to pitch both as a starter or reliever. That versatility helped get Treinen to the big leagues for the first time, and it makes him a valuable commodity for the Nats entering 2015. But versatility is also something…
Nov 14, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: Trade with Athletics Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 65 days 2014 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Pre-arbitration eligible 2014 stats: 15 G, 7 GS, 2.49 ERA, 50.2 IP, 57 H, 17 R, 14 ER, HR, 13 BB, 30 SO, 1.382 WHIP, 3.09 FIP, 0.2 WAR 2014 analysis: Acquired by the Nats in the three-team…
Sep 25, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals entered Thursday’s matinee – the first of four games for them in a 48-hour span – looking to get one step closer to securing the No. 1 seed in the NL playoff bracket. They were unable to accomplish that, as a lineup half-comprised of back-ups and fill-in starter, Blake Treinen,…
Sep 25, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT
Let’s try this again. After a rainout on Wednesday night, the Nats and Mets will now play two on Thursday, one day before the Nationals and Miami Marlins play another doubleheader. The first game today will start at 1:05 p.m., rookie Blake Treinen (2-3, 1.94) will pitch that one. The second game will begin at 7:05…
Sep 17, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA — On the day after they clinched the NL East title, they rested. Having expended significant amounts of effort both physical and mental over the last six months to win their division — and having celebrated the accomplishment deep into Wednesday morning — members of the Nationals starting lineup were given a collective day…
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