11:30 PM EDT, Thu May 25, 2017
8 hours ago
Washington Nationals drop series finale to Seattle Mariners, 4-2: Mariners win first in D.C.... ever?

Washington Nationals drop series finale to Seattle Mariners, 4-2: Mariners win first in D.C.... ever?

There was no baseball in Washington, D.C. when the Seattle Mariners were born in 1977, and they were 0-8 in D.C. since 2005 before today’s win. Washington Nationals’ lefty Gio Gonzalez took a no-hit bid into the fifth, and a shutout bid into the sixth, but he ended up leaving the game with some sort of discomfort (rib issue?) with runners on the corners in the top of the sixth inning. The two runners he left on base scored on a 3-run blast by Nelson Cruz, who hit a 2-1 slider from Jacob Turner to left-center to put the Seattle Mariners up 3-2 after six. Robinson Cano hit an RBI single...
9 hours ago
How I became a Nationals fan - by crying Phillies baby the Phillie Phanatic scared

How I became a Nationals fan - by crying Phillies baby the Phillie Phanatic scared

In keeping with the theme of the day here at FBB — Fandom, and how it happens — We present this crying baby, who is destined to be a Nationals fan now... Screech is a strange bird. Nationals fans know this. But compared to the Phillie Phanatic, Washington’s mascot is a saint. At least he doesn’t make babies cry. Last night in Citizens Bank Park, the green blob of a mascot decided to scare a little defenseless baby, picking up the child, who did. not. like. it. Not at all. Hopefully whatever damage the Phanatic has done will be long forgotten by the time this poor kid grows up,...
10 hours ago
Koda Glover, Washington Nationals’ mean-mugging closer with the filthy slider...

Koda Glover, Washington Nationals’ mean-mugging closer with the filthy slider...

Koda Glover is the latest reliever to be given a shot at locking down the Nationals’ closer role. He has the stuff for the job... Koda Glover was confident in his ability to fill the closer’s role from the start this season. Asked this winter if he could handle the job if asked, Glover didn’t hesitate to say, “Yes.” “If they throw me in that role, am I ready for it? Yeah. I’m ready for it,” Glover told reporters in December. “A lot of it relies on Koda’s health and he wants it and we’re willing to give it to him just as long as he keeps doing the job.” - Dusty Baker...
12 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ lineup + Dusty Baker on Chris Heisey’s injury...

Washington Nationals’ lineup + Dusty Baker on Chris Heisey’s injury...

The Nationals will have to get by without Chris Heisey for a while after he suffered a right biceps rupture on Wednesday... Chris Heisey, who signed a 1-year/$1.4M deal with the Washington Nationals this past winter, was 0 for 14 with a walk and six Ks as a pinch hitter and 6 for 47 overall on the season (.128/.180/.213) before he suffered a right biceps injury in batting practice on Wednesday afternoon. He told reporters, including MASN’s Byron Kerr, he felt something in his right biceps Tuesday night. “I came in today, got some treatment and tried to give it a go,” Heisey...
13 hours ago
Why I’m a Washington Nationals fan...

Why I’m a Washington Nationals fan...

Welcome to the refreshed FBB!!! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our own favorite teams. Welcome to the refreshed FBB!!! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our own favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories HERE and featuring the best ones across...
14 hours ago
Michael Taylor is producing for the Washington Nationals, but it won’t last

Michael Taylor is producing for the Washington Nationals, but it won’t last

The Washington Nationals’ center fielder has excelled since taking over the starting job, yet some alarming trends persist. When center fielder Adam Eaton went down for the year with various knee and lower leg injuries after stepping on the first base bag awkwardly, many were worried about how the Washington Nationals would replace his production at the top of the order. So far, Jayson Werth (122 OPS+ this season) has handled the No. 2 spot but it’s been Michael Taylor making a name for himself in center. “He has an outstanding arm and he wants the ball hit to him and that’s what...
17 hours ago
Wire Taps: Nationals should re-sign Jayson Werth; Chris Heisey to DL; Today’s game moved up to 12:05...

Wire Taps: Nationals should re-sign Jayson Werth; Chris Heisey to DL; Today’s game moved up to 12:05...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s series finale with the Mariners.... Hey, look! A semi-functioning bullpen! (*Knocks on wood seventeen thousand times*) Here’s the news from Nats Park. The Nats should re-sign Jayson WerthIt was a deal that didn't seem to make much sense at the time. After seven years of it looking brilliant, the Nats should re-up on Werth for one more year to bridge between the past and future of the Nationals’ outfield. Anthony Rendon has gone on another baseball-murdering spreeThree home runs in two days....
21 hours ago
Dusty Baker on Washington Nationals’ Anthony Rendon’s unbelievable hands...

Dusty Baker on Washington Nationals’ Anthony Rendon’s unbelievable hands...

“He’s as good a hands-hitter as there is around.” - Dusty Baker on Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon On April 29th, Anthony Rendon had a .226/.316/.250 line, two doubles and five RBIs in 22 games and 95 plate appearances, over which he’d collected 11 walks and 19 Ks. Rendon’s 6 for 6, three home run, 10 RBI game on April 30th bumped that line up to .278/.356/.411 in one night. “Earlier in the year, his hands were — I think they were a little banged up, and he was using more arms than hands and now he’s using his hands.” - Dusty Baker on Rendon’s second-half...
22 hours ago
Tanner Roark more like Tanner Roark in Nationals’ 5-1 win over Mariners in D.C.

Tanner Roark more like Tanner Roark in Nationals’ 5-1 win over Mariners in D.C.

Tanner Roark gave up just one run in seven innings as he bounced back from a recent run off less-than-stellar starts for the Nationals. Winless in his last four starts before Wednesday night’s (and 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA and 4.98 BB/9 in 21 2⁄3 IP over that stretch), Tanner Roark told reporters in Pittsburgh last week, (after giving up eight hits, four walks and seven earned runs in five innings), that he felt he was being tested. “The game is testing me right now,” Roark said, “and I just got to fight back and not give in and continue to work hard and keep doing my thing.” “He...
May 24, 2017
Game 45 WPA: Rendon, amirite? Nats beat Ms 5-1 as 2-bags goes 4-bags

Game 45 WPA: Rendon, amirite? Nats beat Ms 5-1 as 2-bags goes 4-bags

Roark had a nice bounce-back outing, but Rendon continues to rawk, and the bullpen was refreshingly uninteresting. Image courtesy Fangraphs. (What do these graphs and percentages mean?) I think it’s fair to call this a comeback: Tanner Roark (+15.5%) gives up 1 run over 7 IP with 8 Ks and no walks. Double his nickname: Anthony Rendon (+21.8%) lobs a three-run homer just over the visiting bullpen fence in left center to give the Nats the lead in the first (+22.9%). Also busy: Trea Turner (+10.3%) is 1-4 with a reached-on-error and two stolen bases. This WPA brought to...
May 24, 2017
Tanner Roark leads Washington Nationals to 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners

Tanner Roark leads Washington Nationals to 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners

After an up-and-down start to the season, Tanner Roark twirled seven strong innings to give the Washington Nationals a 5-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners. Tanner Roark has struggled in the early goings of this season, but he was able to give the Washington Nationals seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday to lead them to a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Trea Turner stole a pair of bases and Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer as the Nationals pushed five runs across in the first two innings. The Nats would be unable to score again the rest of the game, but it would be all...
May 24, 2017
Washington Nationals News: Nats reschedule finale with Mariners; Nationals place Chris Heisey on DL...

Washington Nationals News: Nats reschedule finale with Mariners; Nationals place Chris Heisey on DL...

There’s been a bit of news this afternoon in the lead-up to the second of three with Seattle in D.C., including an injury and a note on rescheduling tomorrow’s game... Hopefully Brian Goodwin didn’t unpack. Goodwin was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse last night to make room on the Washington Nationals’ roster for Joe Ross’s return, but this afternoon, the Nationals recalled Goodwin with Chris Heisey landing on the 10-Day DL with a right biceps rupture. Heisey, 32, has struggled coming off the bench this season, going 0 for 14 with six Ks as a pinch hitter, after he went 7 for 41...
May 24, 2017
Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 3 with Seattle Mariners in D.C.

Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 3 with Seattle Mariners in D.C.

Joe Ross has received a ridiculous amount of run support (62 runs in 4 GS), but among qualified starters, Tanner Roark has the third-highest run support in the NL. In nine starts this season, Washington Nationals’ right-hander Tanner Roark has receieved 55 runs of support from his teammates, good for the third-highest average run support in the National League in 2017. Roark currently trails only Zach Davies of the Milwaukee Brewers (6.44) and Colorado Rockies’ starter Antonio Senzatela (7.11) in terms of average run support among the qualified starters in the NL. That’s nothing, of...
May 24, 2017
Washington Nationals Weekly Roundtable: Nats’ bullpen issues, trade chatter, in-house options...

Washington Nationals Weekly Roundtable: Nats’ bullpen issues, trade chatter, in-house options...

We asked a group of writers for their opinions on all of the latest Nationals news. Here’s what they had to say... We gathered a number of voices around the roundtable and asked them a few pertinent questions on the minds of all Washington Nationals fans to get their perspectives on the latest news in the nation’s capital... Joining the FBB roundtable this week: Will Kubzansky - @WKubzansky on Twitter - FBB writer, link poster, columnist Matt Weyrich - @MattTalksSports on Twitter - FBB writer, columnist Ryan McFadden - @RMcFadden15 on Twitter - FBB writer, columnist Dave Nichols -...
May 24, 2017
Wire Taps: Joe Ross could be Nationals’ Andrew Miller; Trea Turner struggling; Stephen Drew rehabbing

Wire Taps: Joe Ross could be Nationals’ Andrew Miller; Trea Turner struggling; Stephen Drew rehabbing

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three with the Mariners in D.C. Okay, now that’s more like it! Granted, the Seattle offense may not be that good, but if Joe Ross needed a confidence-booster, he got one. On tap for today: Tanner Roark on the hill and snowglobes at the gates. Let’s try not to kill each other this time. Here’s the news from Nationals Park. The Nats could turn Joe Ross into their Andrew MillerJoe Ross is always great his first time through the order. Why not capitalize on that, by making him a late-inning reliever that...