Category Archives: NATS

Hernandez makes it look easy as pie

Brian McNally

A complete game? Whatever. Nationals starting pitcher Livan Hernandez had done that 49 times before he tossed nine easy innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. … Continue reading

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2011 Draft Preview: Who Are the Nats Options at No. 6?

For the first time in three years, the Washington Nationals do not have the No. 1 overall pick in MLB’s Amateur Draft.  That’s a good thing, because unlike in 2009 and 2010, there’s not one clear-cut consensus No. 1 talent.  Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper were household names much before the draft even took place, and their selections were only clouded by how much money the Nationals were Continue reading


Zimmerman Aces First Test in Rehab Stint in Hagerstown

"I think an extra week is better than getting hurt again." Ryan Zimmerman, on being patient with his rehab from abdominal surgery.

It had been a long time since Ryan Zimmerman played Class-A ball. He played four games for Class-A Savannah in 2005, the year he was drafted, and two more for Potomac in 2008 on a rehab assignment.  That’s the situation he was in on Sunday, suiting up for the Low-A Continue reading

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GAME 57 REVIEW: Nats Shut Down in the Desert

We could go on all night about Doug Slaten’s inability to retire Stephen Drew.  We could talk about Yunesky Maya’s inability to get out of the fifth inning, extending his streak of winless starts at the beginning of his Major League career.  But the bottom line is this: The Washington Nationals managed three hits against Josh Collmenter and two relievers, and the Nats lost to the Arizona Continue reading

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Who Is Laynce Nix?

For my post today over at, I take a look at yesterday’s hero, Laynce Nix.  I’ve been meaning to analyze his success this season, but just hadn’t gotten around to it.  After hitting a home run off Roy Oswalt and making the game-saving catch in the Nats 2-1 win, I figured now would be the perfect time.
Nix is a good story for the Nats so far.  He’s far outplaying his projections and Continue reading


GAME 55 REVIEW: Lannan Breaks Through, Nix Leads Charge in 2-1 Win

In 13 career starts entering today’s game, John Lannan was 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA against the Philadelphia Phillies.  With a little help from his friends in the bullpen — and outfielder Laynce Nix — Lannan was able to break through against the bullies of the N.L. East, beating the division-leading Phillies and Roy Oswalt 2-1, before 24,495 at hot and sunny Nationals Park.
The Nats took two out of Continue reading

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GAME 54 REVIEW: Espinosa Carries Big Stick; Nats Pound Lee, Phils 10-2

Danny Espinosa’s two-homer night fueled Nats 10-2 win over Phillies. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

It’s nights like last night that make the previous two weeks worth of losses that much tougher to take. It certainly explains manager Jim Riggleman’s insistence that the Washington Nationals are a better ball club than they’ve shown this season.
Behind two home runs by rookie second baseman Danny Continue reading

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Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

Check out the sneak peek to photos and quotes from today’s Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Youth Baseball Academy Groundbreaking. More over at Off the Field after tonight’s game v. Phillies. Continue reading

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"Nationals Lunchbox" on

We were asked to participate in the first episode of "Nationals Lunchbox", what we hope will be a recurring program covering the Washington Nationals, on  CSN’s Kelli Johnson was our host, and we were joined by Federal Baseball’s Patrick Reddington. We talked about the possible Nationals representitive in this year’s All-Star Game, phenom Bryce Harper, and the upcoming amateur Continue reading


GAME 53 REVIEW: Solo Shots Not Enough; Phils Top Nats 5-4

Roy Halladay continued his dominance of the Washington Nationals. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Through three innings on Monday, traditional roles were reversed. Livan Hernandez was working quickly, efficiently and dominantly, shutting down the Philadelphia Phillies prodigious offense.  On the other hand, defending Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was struggling with his command, throwing a lot of Continue reading

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