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Nats Farm Report for Week Ending June 19

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (27-40)
Pitching Report:

Ross Detwiler: A disastrous May seems to be behind him, as he has a 2.79 ERA in three starts. This week, he gave up three runs in seven innings (seven hits, one walk, five strikeouts). Hopefully he’s put May (8.70 ERA) behind him completely and he’ll be back to normal production.
Brad Meyers: He Continue reading

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GAME 72 REVIEW: O’s Say Eight Is Enough; Beat Nats 7-4

Danny Espinosa can’t come down with Ryan Zimmerman’s throw. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

There were a few constants for the Washington Nationals during their eight-game winning streak.  They were the beneficiary of good starting pitching.  They played almost flawless defense.  And there was a growing belief that they were in every game, something that might have lacked earlier in the Continue reading

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GAME 71 REVIEW: Streak Reaches Eight with 4-2 Win Over O’s

The Washington Nationals are officially the hottest team in baseball.
Behind another strong outing from emerging top-of-the-rotation starter Jordan Zimmermann, the Nats found just enough offense today to defeat their neighbors 45 miles to the north, the Baltimore Orioles, for the second straight game, extending their season-high winning streak to eight games, and pull within one game of the Continue reading

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GAME 69 REVIEW: Danny Does It!

Danny Espinosa celebrates walk-off three-run homer. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)
A week ago, after the Washington Nationals lost to the San Diego Padres 7-3 to fall to 27-36, the Nats were on a pace to win 69 games.
Man, what a difference a week makes.
Despite normally-reliable relievers Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen giving up single runs apiece in the eighth and ninth innings to force extra Continue reading

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Enjoying Success but Keeping Expectations in Check

The Washington Nationals have won their last five games to crawl within four games of the ever-elusive .500 mark at 32-36.  That, naturally, has lots of folks, including some of the players, thinking this team could contend for the wildcard in the National League this season, citing the strong starting pitching, much improved defense, and over the last two games, a newly-found offensive game, Continue reading

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GAME 68 REVIEW: Hit Parade Backs Livo’s Three-Hit Shutout

For much of this season, the Washington Nationals offense has lied dormant, languishing at the bottom of the National League in most categories.  But Tuesday their leader returned and seemed to flip a switch in this team, as an eight-run outburst Tuesday night gave way to a 15-hit, four homer, 10-0 shellacking of the visiting St. Louis Continue reading

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Unfortunate Case of Garrett Mock

Garrett Mock was a big leaguer.
For parts of three seasons, Mock pitched for the Washington Nationals.  Acquired by the Nats with Matt Chico from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Livan Hernandez in August 2006, Mock compiled a 4-13 record with a 5.17 ERA in 55 games, including 19 starts.  He could always strike batters out (career 8.0 K/9), but his control was equally "impressive", Continue reading

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GAME 67 REVIEW: Zimmerman’s Return Spurs Six-Run Seventh in Nats’ 8-6 Win

Zim’s back.  Get it? (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Tuesday night’s game marked the return of the Washington Nationals Face of the Franchise Ryan Zimmerman from a two-month absence from abdominal surgery.  And while he might have looked a little rusty at times, his double to the right field corner in the seventh inning spurred a furious six-run explosion which delivered the Nats a Continue reading

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Shoulder Surgery Ends LaRoche’s Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Tuesday night after the Nats 8-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that 1B Adam LaRoche will indeed have season-ending labrum surgery Thursday under the care of team doctors.
"We had a meeting with our medical staff today and Adam and his representatives and the decision’s been made for Adam to have surgery.  He’s gonna have surgery Continue reading

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Random Thoughts as Nats Begin Nine-Game Homestand


Today should mark the return of 3B Ryan Zimmerman to the Nats lineup.  The team went 27-31 without him and the hitting is beyond terrible, so the 26-year old Face of the Franchise can do nothing but help this club.  But abdominal injuries, even after being surgically repaired, are notorious for being slow to completely heal and players get back to normal.  If you think about Continue reading

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