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Federal Baseball May 23, 2017
Wire Taps: What do high pitch counts for Nationals’ starters mean?; Where are Joe Blanton, Joe Nathan, etc.?; Joe Ross returns

Wire Taps: What do high pitch counts for Nationals’ starters mean?; Where are Joe Blanton, Joe Nathan, etc.?; Joe Ross returns

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of tonight’s game against the Mariners. The world can really be garbage sometimes. On the bright side, the Nats are playing today. Here’s the latest from Nats Park. What do the Nats' pitch counts mean?Four out of five Nationals’ starters make up the top five in the NL in pitches per start. Some of these make sense (Gio Gonzalez is a guy that throws a lot of pitches, as is Max Scherzer--and both take great care of their arms), but others, such as Stephen Strasburg, are more worrisome. If you're tired of the Nats' bad...
Federal Baseball May 18, 2017
Wire Taps: Relievers for Nationals to target; Joe Blanton to DL; The end of fun with small sample sizes...

Wire Taps: Relievers for Nationals to target; Joe Blanton to DL; The end of fun with small sample sizes...

The Nationals and Pirates finish their three-game set in PNC Park at 12:35 PM EDT this afternoon. Catch up on all the news first... Lately, many articles have gone up—everywhere from the Washington Post to Sports Illustrated—that the Washington Nationals have “a horrendous bullpen that must be fixed if they want to win a championship” or something along those lines, a sentiment that every fan on Twitter has repeated. Here’s a thought: is it possible that Mike Rizzo actually knows that his bullpen is struggling? Is it possible that the Nats are desperately thinking of ways to...
Federal Baseball May 17, 2017
Washington Nationals place Joe Blanton on 10-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation

Washington Nationals place Joe Blanton on 10-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation

Nationals place Joe Blanton on 10-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation, call up Matt Grace. Joe Blanton landed on the DL this afternoon with right shoulder inflammation. Matt Grace was called back up again to take his spot in the bullpen. Washington signed Blanton to a 1-year/$4M deal coming off a solid season in relief for the LA Dodgers which saw the veteran righty put up a 2.48 ERA and a 3.33 FIP, while he gave up seven home runs in 80 innings pitched. Through 12 1⁄3 innings pitched out of the Nationals’ bullpen, the 36-year-old right-hander has a 9.49 ERA, an 8.62 FIP and six...
Washington Times May 14, 2017

Nationals' bullpen squanders another late lead in loss

For all the discussion surrounding the Washington Nationals bullpen, reliever Joe Blanton made an important observation as he said the team wasn't satisfied with their performance in the first month of the season. "We're fortunate enough our starters have gone really deep in games," Blanton said. But at some point, ...
Federal Baseball May 14, 2017
Game 35 WPA: Twice is a coincidence. Washington Nationals beat Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on dramatic Bryce Harper walk-off bomb.

Game 35 WPA: Twice is a coincidence. Washington Nationals beat Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on dramatic Bryce Harper walk-off bomb.

Roark struggled a bit, but the bullpen was decent, and then Bam-Bam got the walk-off dinger. Image courtesy Fangraphs. (What do these graphs and percentages mean?) Labored: Tanner Roark (-12.9%) throws way too many pitches to get through 4 2⁄3 innings, letting in 3 runs and leaving with 2 runners on (one of which was cashed in by Joe Blanton—thanks, Joe!). Reinforced: Justin Turner (+7.6%) throws a scoreless 6th, while Koda Glover (+17.0%) gets the last out in the 7th and throws a scoreless aeyth, and Shawn Kelley (+13.9%) walks two but throws a scoreless night. All...
MASN Sports Apr 28, 2017

Joe Blanton working to rectify recent rough outings - Byron Kerr

DENVER - Joe Blanton conducted a light throwing session on Wednesday in an attempt to figure out what is going wrong with his mechanics. In Thursday's blowout victory over the Rockies, he was called into the game in the ninth...
MASN Sports Apr 26, 2017

Dusty Baker has talk with struggling reliever Joe Blanton - Byron Kerr

DENVER - With the news that Koda Glover has a sore hip, the Nationals realize what might have been causing the right-hander's struggles against the Rockies last night. He ended up allowing two runs in the seventh inning. But as...

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