Tag Archive: Washington Nationals

May 18

Solid Scherzer is Nats’ anchor

Lots of people thought the Nationals already had the best starting pitching in the major leagues before Jan. 21, when Max Scherzer joined the team with a seven-year, $120 million free-agent deal. Some might even have thought it was a superfluous move by the Nats, an investment that might have been better made in another …

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May 04

Pitchers take over as Nats find footing

This is the Washington Nationals’ pitching staff we’ve been waiting to see. Since coming back from 9-1 and 10-2 deficits to beat the Braves 13-12 last Tuesday, in a game that may well be remembered as the defining moment of the 2015 season, the Nats have won four of five games behind starting pitching that …

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Apr 29

Nats’ National League Debut

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April 29, 1886 The Washington Nationals made their National League debut when they played the Philadelphia Quakers at the Swampoodle grounds in Washington D.C. The veteran Philadelphia ball club was managed by Harry Wright and the Washington ball club was managed by Mike Scanlon. The Washington fans were eager to see how their new Nationals …

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Apr 27

A veteran club like the Nats shouldn’t be playing like this

There are many ways to break out of a losing streak. A good way to extend one, however, is to make silly plays, something the Nationals have gotten good at during their current five-game skid. Let’s review the fun, shall we? On Wednesday, after the Nats rally to tie the Cardinals at 5-5 with a …

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Apr 20

Welcome back Mr. Span

Two weeks into the 2015 season, the Washington Nationals’ lineup as it was envisioned at the start of spring training is beginning to take shape. The most recent addition – and the most welcome so far – was the return of leadoff man and center fielder Denard Span on Sunday. With all due respect to …

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Apr 13

Three reasons Nats fans should remain optimistic

Repeat after me: “It’s still early… It’s a marathon, not a sprint… Nobody ever won a pennant in April… Three of our best hitters haven’t played yet.” Can we think of any other worn-out clichés to perk up the spirits of Nats fans expecting more after a 2-4 first week? There are probably plenty. Quite …

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Apr 06

Wilkerson hits for the Cycle

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April 6, 2005 In Philadelphia at Citizens Park the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3; the Nats victory was the first by a Washington major league baseball team in thirty three and a half years. The Nationals Brad Wilkerson went 4 for 4 and hit for the cycle. The cycle was Wilkerson’s second of …

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Mar 30

Nats’ debut in Nationals Park a memorable one

March 30, 2008 The Washington Nationals made their debut in the new Nationals Park a special one.  The Nationals 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves was the team’s first opening day victory since the team moved to Washington D.C. in 2005.  The young Nationals showed a lot of poise when they were able to keep …

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Mar 18

The Weekend from Hell

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by Milton Thomas (or Why I will always hate the Red Sox) The spring of 1961 was the worst of all times from this 12 year old Washington Senators fan point of view.  The old Washington Senators were now the Minnesota Twins. This wasn’t fair! They were just getting good…anybody with half a brain could …

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Oct 06

In a game of inches, Nationals coming up short all around

We’ve all heard that baseball is a game of inches. It’s a seemingly small measurement that can make the difference between a ball and a strike, a hit and an out or even a win and a loss. Such measurements are also apparently important to San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who questioned the Nationals’ …

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