Tag: Bryce Harper

Sep 25

Three reasons the Nats will advance in the 2017 postseason

By Marty Niland It’s fun to be a Nationals fan right now. The team is winning on its final road trip of a record-setting offensive season. It has locked up home-field advantage in the National League Division Series, and Bryce Harper is most likely headed back into action for the final week of the regular …

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Apr 28

Harper’s Major League Debut

April 28, 2012 Washington Nationals left-fielder Bryce “Bam-Bam” Harper went 1-for-3 with one run batted in during his Major League Baseball debut. The 19 year-old Harper, the top pick of the 2010 draft, was called up from the minors two days earlier to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Harper’s lone …

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Apr 24

Healthy Zimmerman makes a big difference for Nats

One big difference between the Nationals and New York Mets that allowed the Nats to sweep the weekend series with their National League East rivals was overall team health. Several key members of the Mets’ lineup were out with injuries all weekend, while the Nats’ starting lineup was intact by Sunday. One member of the …

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Apr 17

Roy Sievers was a true hero, but can today’s stars match him?

Somewhere last night, an exited kid of 10 or 11 proudly hung a Bryce Harper poster in their bedroom, and fell asleep to dream of the day when they, too, would hit a walk-off homer for the Nationals, sending the crowd into delirium. It’s not hard to find heroes on the Nats these days. The …

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Apr 03

3 Keys to success for the Nationals in 2017

Washington sports fans are a demanding lot. We’re not satisfied with merely winning. We are disappointed if our teams don’t improve. We’re not entitled like New Yorkers, who expect to contend for a championship every year. But neither do we feel cursed, like Cubs fans before their team broke its 107-year record of futility last …

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Sep 06

Looking back on a classic Nats extra-inning win


The Nationals are headed for the National League East championship with a possible Division Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are currently three games up on the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. It was a little more than two years ago, as the Nats were rolling toward their most recent division …

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Aug 29

Murphy shooting for spot among DC’s all-time greats


Nationals fans are having fun watching their team move closer to its third division title in the past five seasons, but an even more exciting race is is in full swing between the Nats’ Daniel Murphy and Colorado’s DJ LeMaiheu for the National League batting title. The two second basemen came into last weekend’s series …

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Jul 25

Three questions facing the Nats as they hit the road

The Nationals seemed to have all the answers a week ago after starting their post All-Star homestand with two wins in three games, but after a 2-4 finish, they his the road to Cleveland, San Francisco and Arizona with more questions. Who will be the Nats’ fifth outfielder? Michael A. Taylor was optioned to Triple-A …

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Jul 18

Nats bench continues to come through in the clutch

With all the sabrmetrics and advanced stats that we baseball geeks toss around these days, there is still one aspect of the game we can’t accurately quantify: Clutch. The official statisticians tried to do it for a few years back in the 1980s with the Game-Winning RBI, but that stat was abandoned after too many …

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Jul 04

Espinosa provides this year’s fireworks in Washington

Friday’s post-game fireworks were canceled due to extra innings, and rain might well wash out many of the Washington area’s July 4 pyrotechnics this year, but Danny Espinosa has been making the Nationals’ offense explode for the past few weeks. It’s hard to say whether the Nats’ shortstop is the most productive No. 8 hitter …

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