Category Archives: GOOD BULLPEN

GAME 42 REVIEW: "Clutch" Hitting Absent in Shutout Loss to Mets

There are a lot of studies out there that suggest that the anecdotal concept of "clutch" does not really exist.  As emotional beings, fans tend to remember the good (a player coming through with runners in scoring position or in a big situation) and tend to forget the equal number of times that player has failed.
Some of the more celebrated "clutch" players in history, statistics-wise, were no Continue reading

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GAME 36 REVIEW: Desmond Double in 11th Vaults Nats to Victory

When Eric Hinske homered for the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the seventh off Washington Nationals reliever Doug Slaten for an insurance run that gave the homestanding Braves a 3-1 lead, it could have spelled doom for the Nats.  And when the Braves went to closer Craig Kimbel in the ninth for the save, it should have been lights out, as the Nationals were winless this season when trailing Continue reading

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GAME 31 REVIEW: Nats Swept Out of Philly with 7-3 Loss

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer

The Nationals’ starting rotation has pitched remarkably well all season long. Despite some rough outings, every starter was able to get through at least the fifth inning in every game – something no other team could claim.
On Thursday night, that streak came to an end. Starter John Lannan was pulled in the third inning after giving up five runs, and the Nationals Continue reading

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GAME 27 REVIEW: Nationals Ride "Win Formula" to 5-2 Victory Over Giants

So far in the 2011 season, the Washington Nationals have had a fairly consistent formula for when they’ve won ballgames: Decent starting pitching, score five runs or more, and get dominant relief pitching.  In nine of their 12 wins going into Sunday’s game with the San Francisco Giants the Nationals had scored five or more runs.
The formula worked again Sunday, as Washington got six solid innings Continue reading

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GAME 21 REVIEW: Nats Lose Soggy Game and Series to the Pirates

There’s been a lot of attention paid to the Washington Nationals won-loss record, hovering around .500 the first few weeks at the start of the season.  If they can’t find a way to beat teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates they certainly won’t end up there.
When the Nats don’t score five runs or more runs in a game, they don’t win.  And they continued that trend last night in the Steel City, losing 4 Continue reading

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GAME 6 REVIEW: LaRoche Bomb in 11th Delivers Victory

THE RESULT:  A win is a win.  Despite two errors and several other defensive miscues, and the hitters going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, last night the Washington Nationals broke a seven-game losing streak to their personal nemesis Florida Marlins, 5-3 in 11 innings.
Adam LaRoche hit his first home run of the year with a man on in the top of the 11th, while four relievers combined Continue reading

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GAME 159 REVIEW: Home Schedule Ends with a Thud

THE RESULT:  The Philadelphia Phillies, having clinched the N.L. East title two days ago, started a lineup Wednesday night that was reminiscent of an away Spring Training game.  The only regular starters in the lineup were shortstop Jimmy Rollins and centerfielder Shane Victorino.
No Chase Utley.  No Ryan Howard.  No Jayson Werth.
No matter.
The Phillies backups hammered Washington Nationals Continue reading

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GAME 146 REVIEW: Maxwell Drops the Hammer on Braves

THE RESULT:  The Washington Nationals will still lose 90-plus games this season, but their performance the last two days may very well cost the Atlanta Braves the N.L. East title.
Justin Maxwell hit a second inning grand slam, while John Lannan and three relievers made it stand up, as the Nats beat the Braves 4-2, before 19,237 at Turner Field.
The loss for the slumping Braves (6-8 in Sept.) Continue reading

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GAME 132 REVIEW: Zim, Dunn Power Nats to Win in Soggy Miami

THE RESULT:  It took a near three-hour rain delay to get this one started.  And once it was, both teams sloshed around an outfield that was not fit for Major League play.
But the Nats are happy they waited and got this one in.
Ryan Zimmerman clubbed a "home run hitter’s" blast off the facing of the upper deck in left center field, and Adam Dunn hit his second home run in three games, as the Continue reading

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