In the interest of celebrating Labor Day properly, I am going to present the recent developments within the Washington Nationals organization in one sentence snippets. Less time writing for me, less time reading for you and more time eating barbeque for everyone. Shall we? Continue reading
It may have taken him 119 pitches to do so, but Washington Nationals (80-51) lefty Gio Gonzalez netted a career-high 17th win last night, which came on his first career shutout. The nine-inning effort saw Gonzalez allow just five hits and three walks while striking out eight. His stuff? Electric – and the St. Louis Cardinals (71-61) were not afraid to admit it.
“There’s a reason he’s so dominant,” Cardinals second baseman Skip Shumaker said. “He throws 96 [mph] with a really good curveball. He’s really good.”
This afternoon, a dormant Cardinals offense that has scored only one run through their last 39 innings will attempt to back right-hander Kyle Lohse and avoid falling victim to a five-game skid. The Nationals will send a struggling Jordan Zimmermann to the mound to try and extend a three-game winning streak. Continue reading
After taking the first two of a three-game series, the Washington Nationals dropped the finale last night to the Atlanta Braves. Their lead in the National League East was cut to six games and their league leading record now stands at 77-47.
The good news for the Nationals, however, is two-fold. Not only will they see the Braves just three more times in the regular season, which will force the Braves to rely on sub-.500 teams to assist them in closing the gap in the NL East, they will enjoy what to them must seem like a foreign concept – a day off.
Since the All-Star break, the Nationals have had just two off-days prior to today. Their post All-Star break schedule has been a grueling one indeed, and included a stretch during which the Nationals played 35 games in 34 days. After a short day of rest, the team will be off to Philadelphia, where they will begin a three-game series with the Phillies.
For now, here is a look at some of the stories from yesterday that you may have missed amidst the excitement of a potential series sweep. Continue reading
Through 15 days in August, the Washington Nationals have posted a record of 12-4, bringing their overall record to a league leading 73-45. With just 13 games remaining through the final 16 days of the month, three of which will be of utmost importance to the 2012 season, it is time the organization begins to seriously consider their options regarding their roster, which will expand to 40 men on September 1. Continue reading
In the interest of clawing up from the depths of despair after witnessing the Washington Nationals drop two straight games to the Philadelphia Phillies, it would probably be a good idea to turn our attention away from the major league ball club for a moment and focus instead on the Nationals’ Class AAA affiliate Syracuse Chiefs and a recent call-up who goes by the name Eury Perez. There is a reason that he has been compared to the likes of Juan Pierre, Michael Bourn and other major league speedsters, and he has showcased it beautifully since being promoted to Syracuse on July 19. Continue reading