10:38 PM EDT, Thu July 20, 2017
5 hours ago
Gio Gonzalez “wild high” and just outside the zone vs Angels in Nationals’ 7-0 loss...

Gio Gonzalez “wild high” and just outside the zone vs Angels in Nationals’ 7-0 loss...

Gio Gonzalez settled in after a shaky first, but one high changeup got crushed and was the turning point in the Nationals’ 7-0 loss to the Angels. Gio Gonzalez threw 8 1⁄3 scoreless against Cincinnati in his first second-half outing this past weekend in Great American Ball Park, holding the Reds to four hits and two walks in what ended up a 5-0 win for Washington. “That was as sharp as I’ve seen and the longest he kept his sharpness. He had an outstanding breaking ball. He located his fastball well, threw an occasional changeup...” - Dusty Baker on Gio Gonzalez vs CIN "It was a...
10 hours ago
Washington Nationals Trade Rumors: Nats still in mix for Detroit Tigers’ Justin Wilson?

Washington Nationals Trade Rumors: Nats still in mix for Detroit Tigers’ Justin Wilson?

Are the Washington Nationals done adding arms to the bullpen? Ken Rosenthal is reporting this morning that the Nats remain in the mix for Detroit Tigers’ lefty Justin Wilson... Asked about the possibility of the Washington Nationals adding to their bullpen even after this past weekend’s deal with the Oakland Athletics for relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s The Sports Junkies on Wednesday that another move was always a possibility though he said he thought the trade with the A’s addressed the Nationals’ biggest need. “I...
12 hours ago
Victor Robles should be the Washington Nationals’ sole untouchable prospect

Victor Robles should be the Washington Nationals’ sole untouchable prospect

It’s not likely that the Washington Nationals deal Victor Robles at the trade deadline, but the same could’ve been said for Lucas Giolito last winter. As the trade deadline looms, the Washington Nationals’ fanbase holds its collective breath. Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson are going to be vital pieces in the mid-to-late innings, but they’re not the shut-down closer that this bullpen needs to go deep in October. The Nats were able to hold onto all their top prospects in that deal with Oakland, leaving them plenty of room to make some noise in the closer market. Washington has a...
13 hours ago
Game 94 WPA HOT TAKE: Nats stink, will never win again, lose to LAAAA 7-0.

Game 94 WPA HOT TAKE: Nats stink, will never win again, lose to LAAAA 7-0.

Gio struggled on the mound and the rest of the Nats did nothing at the plate and it was like 2009 all over again, man. Image courtesy Fangraphs. (What do these graphs and percentages mean?) Not necessarily an outing to the Nats’ advantage: Gio Gonzalez (-13.9%) gives up 4 runs in 5 2⁄3 IP with 3 Ks and 3 walks. Another Doghouse-recommended signing success! Joe Blanton (-1.9%) doesn’t earn a meltdown, getting the last out of the 6th and letting in 3 runs (including the mandatory HR allowed!) in the 7th without recording an out. Not an All-Star, but your WPA leader:...
16 hours ago
Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ 2011 Draft Class on display; injury updates + more from Anaheim...

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ 2011 Draft Class on display; injury updates + more from Anaheim...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your day off as the Nats head to Arizona for a weekend set with the D-Backs. Washington and Anaheim split their two-game set in Angel Stadium with the Angels’ 7-0 win last night evening things up after the Nationals took the first of two on Tuesday. Former Nationals’ draft pick Alex Meyer flirted with perfection, then a no-hitter, only to have his fellow 2011 1st Round picks Anthony Rendon (who walked to end any idea of a perfect game) and Brian Goodwin, who doubled with two out in the sixth to break up the no-hitter, spoil his...
19 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ 2011 Draft class on display: Alex Meyer shuts Nats out in LA Angels’ 7-0 win....

Washington Nationals’ 2011 Draft class on display: Alex Meyer shuts Nats out in LA Angels’ 7-0 win....

Washington Nationals’ 2011 draft picks Anthony Rendon, Alex Meyer, and Brian Goodwin were all in Anaheim on Wednesday as the Nationals and Angels played the second of two in Angel Stadium. Meyer was dominant... Six years after the Washington Nationals drafted Alex Meyer with the 23rd overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft, the 6’9’’, 27-year-old right-hander took the mound for the Los Angeles Angels and shut the Nats down. He's got two present plus pitches. He comes at an extreme downhill angle, he's mid-to-upper 90's consistently, and holds his velocity...” - Mike Rizzo on Alex...
21 hours ago
Former Washington Nationals’ draft pick Alex Meyer tosses seven shutout innings in LA Angels’ 7-0 win...

Former Washington Nationals’ draft pick Alex Meyer tosses seven shutout innings in LA Angels’ 7-0 win...

Mike Rizzo and Kris Kline always said Alex Meyer had potential, and the Nationals’ 2011 1st Round pick showed his former organization what he had in a 7-0 win tonight in Anaheim. Alex Meyer, one of three Washington Nationals’ 2011 1st Round picks, took a no-hit bid against his former organization into the sixth tonight in Anaheim, and he earned a “W” over the NL East leaders with an impressive outing in a 7-0 win for the Angels in Angel Stadium. Meyer, 27, was perfect through 4 2⁄3 innings before fellow ‘11 Nationals’ first-rounder Anthony Rendon drew a two-out walk, and the...
Jul 19, 2017
Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 2 with the LA Angels + Ryan Zimmerman on friendly competition...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 2 with the LA Angels + Ryan Zimmerman on friendly competition...

Washington’s Nationals go for their seventh straight win overall in the second of two with the LA Angels in Anaheim... Ryan Zimmerman gets to talk to members of the opposing teams all the time, when they get to first base, and he told MASN’s Dan Kolko after the Washington Nationals’ four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, that, “... it’s fun to listen to the other team talk about our lineup right now.” Washington outscored the Reds 35-12 in Great American Ball Park, and the Nationals connected for 13 home runs in those four games, the second-most homers in a four-game series...
Jul 19, 2017
Maybe, just maybe, Dusty Baker knows what he’s doing in giving Bryce Harper a night off?

Maybe, just maybe, Dusty Baker knows what he’s doing in giving Bryce Harper a night off?

There will be no Round 2 of the Bryce Harper vs Mike Trout battle, but there really wasn’t a Round 1... Harp’s getting the night off according to Dusty Baker... Are you one of those people who is angry that Bryce Harper is likely getting a planned night off tonight, after going 4 for 4 with a home run, two singles, and a triple in last night’s win in the series opener with the LA Angels? “I just told him, ‘Hey, man, give me all you got,’ and then help us win tonight, and then we’ll worry about tomorrow.’” - Dusty Baker on discussing day off with Bryce Harper Harper is 11...
Jul 19, 2017
Edwin Jackson earns another shot in Nationals’ rotation with solid start vs LA Angels...

Edwin Jackson earns another shot in Nationals’ rotation with solid start vs LA Angels...

Edwin Jackson’s Line vs LAA: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 91 P, 57 S, 6/1 GO/FO. So did he earn another start? “I don’t think that’s a question.” - Dusty Baker Given an opportunity to show the Washington Nationals what he has left, 33-year-old right-hander Edwin Jackson took the mound Tuesday night in the series opener with the LA Angels after a successful stint with the Nats’ top minor league affiliate which saw the veteran of 15 major league seasons put up a 0.44 ERA (1 ER in 20 1⁄3 IP), 10 walks, 22 Ks, and a .130 batting average against. “He’s pitched...
Jul 19, 2017
Wire Taps: Nationals’ new relievers debut, Nats hit homers as usual, beat Angels, 4-3

Wire Taps: Nationals’ new relievers debut, Nats hit homers as usual, beat Angels, 4-3

Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle handled the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and Bryce Harper homered in a 4 for 4 series opener against the Angels... If Bryce Harper didn’t get thrown out at second in the third, his eighth inning triple would have given him the cycle in the series opener against the LA Angels. A 4 for 4 night is pretty good though, cycle or not. Harper homered in his first at bat, then tripled, and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth. Adam Lind’s home run in the ninth ended up being the winning run in the Nats’ 4-3 victory. Oh, and the Nationals’ new...
Jul 19, 2017
Game 93 WPA HOT TAKE: “New” pitching debut triumphant! Nats drop Halos 4-3.

Game 93 WPA HOT TAKE: “New” pitching debut triumphant! Nats drop Halos 4-3.

Edwin Jackson puts up a quality start in his triumphant return, while the new bullpen pieces are effective, and Bam Bam hits all the baseballs. Image courtesy Fangraphs. (What do these graphs and percentages mean?) I remember being angry at him a lot, but now I can’t remember why: Edwin Jackson (+11.0%) puts up 7 innings of two-run ball with 3 walks and a K. Phenom: Bryce Harper (+35.5%) is 4-4 with a first-inning solo shot for the early lead (+10.8%) and an ayeth-inning triple to set up another go-ahead run (+22.2%). Comeback: Anthony Rendon (+17.2%) hits a game-tying...
Jul 19, 2017
New Washington Nationals’ relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson debut in win in Anaheim...

New Washington Nationals’ relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson debut in win in Anaheim...

Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson told reporters before Tuesday night’s game that they were ready to do whatever the Nationals asked them to after this weekend’s trade from the A’s. In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s trade with the Oakland A’s, which sent Blake Treinen and 2016 Draft picks Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse to the Athletics in return for veteran relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker told reporters he wasn’t sure what roles the new bullpen arms would fill with the Nats. “I’m not attached to a role, like whatever...
Jul 19, 2017
Bryce Harper hit a home run, then Mike Trout one-upped him in the same inning

Bryce Harper hit a home run, then Mike Trout one-upped him in the same inning

The Angels may need another shipment of baseballs pretty soon. Entering tonight’s game in Anaheim, Super phenom Bryce Harper and super-mega-ultra-the next-Babe-Ruth-phenom Mike Trout had only matched up once before in their careers, a three-game set in April of 2014. During that series, most of the attention was on Albert Pujols, who hit his 500th career homer into the Red Porch in near dead-center field in the second game of the series. Harper wasn’t particularly impressive and Mike Trout, who went 5 for 14 in the series, on the way to the AL MVP that season, was somewhat overshadowed...
Jul 19, 2017
Washington Nationals 4-3 over Los Angeles Angels: Bryce Harper 4 for 4, HR in series opener in Anaheim...

Washington Nationals 4-3 over Los Angeles Angels: Bryce Harper 4 for 4, HR in series opener in Anaheim...

Edwin Jackson put together a solid seven innings in his 2017 debut with the Nationals, who hit three home runs in their 4-2 win over the Angeles. Washington and Anaheim traded home runs with four blasts, two by each team over the first six innings tonight. It was tied at 2-2 in the eighth inning in Angel Stadium when Bryce Harper lined a triple to right field to lead off the inning (4 for 4) before scoring on a Ryan Zimmerman single that put the Nationals up 4-2 in what ended up a 4-3 win. Edwin Jackson, called up this afternoon after a solid stint at Triple-A in the Nationals’ system,...