Category Archives: NO OFFENSE

It’s Not How, It’s How Many

GM Mike Rizzo gave an interview to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that was published yesterday, and the gist of the piece was that Rizzo was happy with how his Washington Nationals were playing except hitting with runners in scoring position.  In fact, he said exactly that:  "We’re playing terrific baseball except for the fact that we’re struggling with runners in scoring position.”Rizzo echoed the Continue reading

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What We Knew About the Nats Offense

Last night’s embarrassing loss to the Milwaukee Brewers has most of the scribes in NatsTown penning columns about how the Nats seem to be crashing into oblivion like they did last season.  The timing is more or less the same.
The Nats have lost five out of six and eight of 11, dropping their record to a season-low five games below .500 at 21-26, a 72-win pace.  With two more games in Milwaukee, Continue reading

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GAME 47 REVIEW: Busy Day Ends in Embarrassing Loss

GORZELANNY POUNDED FOR THREE HOMERS IN 11-3 LOSS
Monday was an interesting — and busy — day for the Washington Nationals.
First came the reports that P Brian Broderick was claimed by the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that the Nats drafted him from during the Rule 5 draft over the off-season.  A little while later, the team announced that 1B Adam LaRoche was indeed placed on the 15-day Disabled Continue reading

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GAME 43 REVIEW: No Offense, No Help from Umps in 1-0 Loss to Mets

The Washington Nationals have not scored since the seventh inning of Monday’s 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The scoreless streak spans three days, 19 innings and two shut out losses to the injury-depleted New York Mets.
Today’s three-hit, 1-0 loss to Dillon Gee, Tim Byrdak and Francisco Rodriguez is just the latest example of the Nationals’ struggles all season long to muster any sort of Continue reading

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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 39 REVIEW: No "O" in Nationals as Marlins Win 1-0

"I got no problems with anybody’s approach, the way they’re going about it, as long as they keep a positive attitude about it and just keep getting after it the way they are and don’t accept it." — Manager Jim Riggleman, on Nationals’ approach at the plate.

Jayson Werth symbolizes the Nationals offensive struggles thus far in 2011. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

The Washington Nationals have Continue reading

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GAME 30 REVIEW: Middle Inning Meltdown Dooms Nats

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer
Up until the fifth inning Wednesday night, the Nationals were looking good against the Philadelphia Phillies. While they weren’t generating much offense, Jason Marquis had kept the Phillies off the board. But in that fifth inning, everything the Nats had accomplished to that point unraveled, leading to seven runs and another loss to the division bullies.
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GAME 26 REVIEW: Nats Lose Zimmerman to Surgery, Then Game to Giants

by Antthony Amobi, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON – It was a tough Saturday for the Washington Nationals as they lost to the San Francisco Giants, 2-1, in the second contest of a four game series.
Before the game, the Nationals informed the media and fans know that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be out at least six weeks, following surgery to repair a torn muscle in his abdomen. He has not played 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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Cold, Hard Facts About the Offense

The Washington Nationals currently sit in third place in the National League East, four and a half games behind the Philadelphia Phillies with a .500 record of 10-10 after 20 games, roughly one-eighth of the season.  Their Pythagorean W-L (based on run differential) is 9-11, so on that hand the Nats’ record isn’t really an aberration.
Or is it?
The Nats have heavily loaded their wins with runs.  Continue reading

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