Dec 7, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — The Nationals say they were aware of Jonathan Papelbon’s grievance against the club the day after they suspended him in late September and insist it doesn’t change their plans for the controversial closer. “That’s business. It’s not personal,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday at the Winter Meetings, adding: “It was something we’ve…
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…
Dec 3, 2015, 12:25 AM EDT
The Nationals chose not to tender a 2016 contract to Craig Stammen before Wednesday night’s deadline, a move that makes the popular-but-rehabbing reliever a free agent but doesn’t necessarily preclude him from re-signing with the organization that drafted him a decade ago. Facing a midnight deadline on six remaining arbitration-eligible players, the Nationals made the…
Nov 24, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter meetings still over a week away, baseball has been put on the backburner for many in this town. But not for Tim Murray and I, who are going to be doing our podcast ‘Baseball in the District’ on a weekly basis now. We got back…
Nov 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There’s no question about the Nationals’ most-pressing need this winter: bullpen help. And there’s no question about the best-available reliever on the free-agent market: Darren O’Day. So it shouldn’t come as much surprise that the Nationals have significant interest in O’Day. (ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick went so far Sunday as to say the Nats have joined…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon? Mike Rizzo acquired the veteran closer at the trade deadline not only because the general manager thought he could help his team down the stretch but because he was signed for another season. The…
Oct 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 28 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 140 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $5.7 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2017 2015 stats: 58 G, 55 IP, 45 H, 23 R, 21 ER, 4 HR, 16 BB, 67 K, 1.109 WHIP, 29 SV,…
Sep 17, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT
UPDATED With a four-week recovery timetable and just 17 games left on the Nationals’ regular season schedule, the chances of Drew Storen playing again in 2015 are very slim. And to have that sudden end caused by a self-inflicted wound has made the last week or so even harder to swallow for the Nats reliever. On Thursday, Storen explained what…
Sep 14, 2015, 7:38 AM EDT
Amazing how much can change in just one week. Only seven days ago, the Nationals were riding some positive momentum, heading into their critical series against the Mets a manageable 4 games back, with a chance to thrust themselves right back into the NL East race. That, of course, didn’t happen. After a disastrous sweep…
Sep 12, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT
Drew Storen’s late-season meltdown hit a new low Saturday when the Nationals revealed their struggling reliever broke his right thumb slamming shut a door in his locker after giving up the decisive home run in Wednesday’s loss to the Mets. Storen will likely miss the final three weeks of the season, manager Matt Williams told…
Sep 10, 2015, 12:41 AM EDT
When the obituaries for the 2015 Washington Nationals are written a few weeks from now — yes, some have already published them, but they’re not officially done yet, they’re just in hospice care — they will try to determine the cause of death. Injuries to their lineup? Underwhelming performances from their star-studded rotation? A bullpen…
Sep 9, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 5-2 Team slash: .316/.391/.516 Team ERA: 3.66 Runs per game: 7.42 STOCK UP Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .524 AVG/ 9 RBI/ 1.452 OPS Though Bryce Harper is closing out an MVP-caliber season,…
Sep 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams doesn’t much like talking about big-picture stuff. You’ve repeatedly heard the second-year manager asked about the state of his Nationals this summer, and you’ve repeatedly heard him refuse to take the bait. But then comes a game like Tuesday night — a game that defied logic given the manner in which the Nationals’…
Sep 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
And you thought Monday’s loss was tough to watch? What transpired Tuesday in St. Louis made the previous night’s game feel pedestrian, as if it was just some run-of-the-mill loss every team suffers during the course of the season. It wasn’t, of course, but the Nationals’ 8-5 loss Tuesday — coincidentally the exact same score…
Aug 12, 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: 3-4 Team slash: .265/.348/.416 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game: 4.85 STOCK UP Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .435 AVG/ 8 RBI/ 1.375 OPS It appears that treating the plantar fasciitis in his…
Aug 10, 2015, 8:27 AM EDT
Life as a late-inning reliever is such that whenever a miscue occurs — however rare it might be — it’ll tend to be remembered far more often than a long stretch of dominance. That’s very much the case these days for Drew Storen, whose back-to-back tough outings against the Colorado Rockies has already begun to…
Aug 7, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT
The Nationals again built an early lead on a team with a losing record on Friday night, as they’ve grown accustomed to in recent games. But again their offense locked up in the later innings and again their bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain. This time it was against the Colorado Rockies, who…
Aug 5, 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: 3-4 Team slash: .213/.262/.356 Team ERA: 3.00 Runs per game: 3.14 STOCK UP Drew Storen, RP: 4 GP/ 1-0/ 0.00 ERA For those concerned about how Storen would take to…
Aug 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
The impetus for last week’s Jonathan Papelbon trade wasn’t so much about the Nationals trying to bolster the ninth inning as it was about bolstering the seventh and eighth innings. Mike Rizzo already knew he had an elite closer in Drew Storen; what he didn’t have were consistently reliable setup men to bridge the gap…
Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT
NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…
Jul 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There’s no one way to win in October. Teams have found plenty of formulas for success in the postseason, whether in the form of a deep rotation, one dominant workhorse, a quality bullpen or an opportunistic lineup. But here’s one way to try to do it: Get seven innings out of your starter, then get…
Jul 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Some thoughts about the Nationals’ 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Miami while watching the Mets-Brewers non-trade saga take one bizarre turn after another… — If you were worried Bryce Harper was in a funk at the plate, don’t be. No, he hadn’t homered since July 18 off Kenley Jansen, but it’s not like he had…
Jul 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Take the names and reputations out of the equation and consider for a moment the basic facts of what happened yesterday: The Nationals acquired one of baseball’s best closers of the last decade, a 6-time All-Star and World Series champion in the midst of a dominant season, giving up only a second-tier prospect while convincing…
Jul 28, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT
Updated at 8:20 p.m. For the second time in two years, the Nationals decided to bolster their bullpen by acquiring an experienced closer who likely will bump Drew Storen from his once-secure role pitching the ninth inning. The Nationals and Phillies have finalized a trade that will bring Jonathan Papelbon to D.C., the team announced…
Jul 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Mets decided to put everything they had into this week’s series at Nationals Park. They held back their top three starters specifically to pitch in D.C. Their manager openly admitted these games were more important than others. Then he took blame late Wednesday for not bringing in his closer in the bottom of the…
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