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5 National League Storylines to Watch During Spring Training

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 years 1 month ago
Baseball is back. All 30 MLB teams are fully entrenched in spring training in Florida and Arizona, and members of every organization are representing their home countries in the World Baseball Classic all over the globe. With only a few weeks left until Opening Day, the 2017 season is beginning to take shape. As we count down the days, we take a look at five National League storylines to watch...

Washington Nationals: 2017 Preview, Predictions & Schedule

By Athlon Sports, 2 years 1 month ago
Were the 95-win Washington Nationals of 2016 victims of the cruel, crapshoot mentality of October, or were they just flawed enough to lose in the NLDS to Los Angeles? That question hung over their offseason, and it hangs over them again as 2017 arrives. Their relative lack of free-agent activity suggests they believe the former, but their failed pursuit of ace lefty Chris Sale, and the...

Making Baseball Fun: Spicing Up the All-Star Game

By Jake Rose, 2 years 9 months ago
This past spring training, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper unabashedly donned his “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat in an effort to shed light on baseball’s lack of individuality.   To some baseball lifers, Harper’s tongue-in-cheek ball cap was seen as too brash and self-serving, an indictment of the latest generation of professional athlete — and...

5 MLB Managers on the September Hot Seat

By Jake Rose, 3 years 7 months ago
Each year MLB is filled with underperforming teams — that’s just part of the game. But this season, there seems to be a larger portion of clubs that have fallen below expectations. The Reds, Indians, Padres, Mariners, White Sox, Angels, Nationals, Tigers, and Red Sox were all on different levels of promise, but all have fallen well below reasonable expectations.  While...

Washington Nationals Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

By Charlie Miller, 3 years 9 months ago
Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let...

Recap: Atlanta vs. Washington

By The Sports Network, 3 years 9 months ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Zimmermann fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-1 in the opener of a three-game set. Zimmermann (6-5) struck out six and scattered six hits for the Nationals, who have won nine of their last 10 games. Clint Robinson smacked a two-run homer and Danny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs...

Nationals' Rendon back on DL

By The Sports Network, 3 years 10 months ago
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals will once again be without the services of third baseman Anthony Rendon for an extended period, with the 2014 Silver Slugger winner landing on the 15-day disabled Friday due to a left quadriceps strain. Rendon, who finished fifth in voting for last year's National League Most Valuable Player Award, sat out Thursday's game...

Recap: Philadelphia vs. Washington

By The Sports Network, 3 years 10 months ago
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer took aim at a 77-year-old record and came up four innings short. If ever there was a night when the stars aligned for a pitcher to match Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters, surely this was it. Six days after throwing his first career no-no -- and facing the worst team in the majors just hours after its manager resigned --...

Atlanta Braves (35-37) at Washington Nationals (39-33), 4:05 p.m. (ET)

By The Sports Network, 3 years 10 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Wisler looks to build off last week's successful major league debut on Thursday afternoon when the Atlanta Braves try to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. The 22-year-old righty took the place of the demoted Mike Foltynewicz and logged eight innings to beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Friday. Wisler hurled 63 of his 88 pitches for...

Recap: Washington vs. Atlanta

By The Sports Network, 3 years 10 months ago
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer, Doug Fister tossed seven scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 7-0 victory on Thursday. Fister (3-3) gave up four hits while striking out four and walking one. The Nationals starting pitching staff has now thrown 41 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, a new...