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  1. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  2. Stephen Strasburg will avoid DL stint, at least for now

    Jun 1, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    strasburg getty

    Stephen Strasburg left last night’s start after only two innings with a strained lower back, but the Nationals are going to play the waiting game before putting him on the 15-day disabled list, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. The Nats could skip and further delay his next scheduled start, using Craig Stammen…

  3. Stephen Strasburg exits game with injury

    May 31, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    stephen strasburg getty

    Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg left tonight’s game against the Braves after two innings due to an apparent back injury. The location of the injury is one part good news, one part bad news. The good: it’s not his elbow or shoulder, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes. The bad: Strasburg had dealt with back…

  4. Ryan Vogelsong fractured his pitching hand

    May 21, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v San Francisco Giants

    And he did it while batting: Vogelsong was in the middle of easily his best start of the season when he swung at an inside pitch from Craig Stammen. The ball appeared to hit him squarely on the knuckles of his right hand, and Vogelsong was in obvious pain. He left the game and was…

  5. Nationals sign Craig Stammen to two-year, $2.25 million deal

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    stammen_craig

    Hey look, a rare multi-year deal on a day filled with one-year contracts! Craig Stammen and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year, $2.25 million deal, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Stammen had been arbitration eligible for the first time after the right-handed reliever threw 88 innings with a 2.34 ERA and…

  6. NLDS Game 3 Live Blog: Cardinals vs. Nationals, baby!

    Oct 10, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Kozma hits a three run home run in front of Washington Nationals catcher Suzuki during the second inning in Game 3 of their MLB NLDS baseball series in Washington

    4:42 PM: Bryce Harper flies out to second and that’s the ballgame. Cardinals win 8-0 and take a 2-1 lead. The Nats’ backs are up against the wall. Stay tuned to HBT for some postgame analysis and all kinds of other things on a busy, busy evening of playoff baseball. 4:41 PM: Jayson Werth walks. He’s…

  7. Cardinals cash in on early opportunities against Nationals, grab 7-1 lead

    Oct 8, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Daniel Descalso Getty

    The Cardinals had all sorts of opportunities in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals yesterday, but they collected just three hits and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They aren’t wasting those chances today. The Cardinals got to Jordan Zimmermann early and currently lead the Nationals 7-1 through four innings in St.…

  8. Mike Matheny gets outmanaged as Cards lose Game 1

    Oct 7, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    The biggest hit in Sunday’s Game 1 came about because the Nationals got the matchup they wanted and the Cardinals didn’t. Down 2-1 with two on and two out in the top of the eighth, Nationals manager Davey Johnson sent up lefty Chad Tracy to hit in the pitcher’s spot in the order. The Cardinals…

  9. Nats demote Henry Rodriguez, will go closer-by-committee

    May 22, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

    henry rodriguez getty

    The Nationals are switching things up at closer. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider, manager Davey Johnson announced Tuesday night that right-hander Henry Rodriguez has been demoted back to his old setup role. Johnson will open things up in the ninth inning, giving save chances to a combination of Sean Burnett, Tyler…

  10. The Nationals may go with a closer by committee

    May 22, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals

    Henry Rodriguez continues to not get it done as the Nationals closer. Last night he came into the game to lock down a 2-0 lead in the ninth. Then he walked a guy, gave up a single and uncorked two wild pitches. The dude he walked came around to score and Sean Burnett had to,…

  11. Davey Johnson’s Daily “Henry Rodriguez is still our closer” update

    May 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals

    After Henry Rodriguez gave up that walkoff grand slam to Joey Votto on Sunday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it clear that Rodriguez is still the closer.  He had to do it again last night: “I still have utmost confidence in Henry,” Johnson said after the game. “That was his third day in a row going…

  12. Running down the rosters: Washington Nationals

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman

    The Nationals may have disappointed some by failing to make a big run at the top three free agents, but a vastly improved rotation could make them surprise contenders in the NL East. Rotation Gio Gonzalez – L Edwin Jackson – R Jordan Zimmermann – R John Lannan – L Stephen Strasburg – R Bullpen…

  13. Why not have Stephen Strasburg debut on June 1?

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    The idea already made plenty of sense. Now it seems like the obvious choice with Edwin Jackson getting inserted into Washington’s rotation. Adding Jackson to a rotation that already included Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan gives the Nationals seven viable starters, with Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler currently in reserve (Tom Gorzelanny could…

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