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Old 12-10-2016, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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I think I saw this on Google somewhere the Nationals are interested in Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates.


The Eaton trade means the Nationals are no longer interested in Andrew McCutchen.
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Old 12-11-2016, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Espinosa to Anaheim for organizational depth. Big plus here is underscoring for others how well players are treated here. $6MM is a bit much for a utility guy anyway.
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Old 12-18-2016, 10:37 AM
 
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Kinda weird trade. Considering how bad Ryan Zimmerman has been lately. An infield of 3B-Rendon, SS-Turner, 2B-Espinosa and 1B-Murphy with Zimmerman riding the pine would probably be better than what they're going with and $6 million ain't that much now.

I used to love Zimmerman, but it hasn't gone well for him the last 3 years.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:20 PM
 
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Strasburg will get the nod on opening day next Monday vs. the Miami Marlins.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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The Eaton trade means the Nationals are no longer interested in Andrew McCutchen.
Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2017, 08:31 PM
 
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The first game of the 2017 season at Nationals Park, an exhibition game vs. the Boston Red Sox scheduled for Friday was postponed due to rain. They will try again tomorrow with these same 2 teams with a 2 PM scheduled first pitch. Much nicer weather in the capital on tap for Saturday, so hopefully they get the game in.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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The Saturday BOS-WAS game is actually scheduled for 1,500-seat Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. The Mets were supposed to be playing at West Point as well, but winter snow storms damaged the field enough to cause those plans to be altered.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:04 PM
 
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The Saturday BOS-WAS game is actually scheduled for 1,500-seat Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. The Mets were supposed to be playing at West Point as well, but winter snow storms damaged the field enough to cause those plans to be altered.


Yah. I caught the last couple innings of the Sox game today and was saying to myself "unless they did major renovations to Nats Park in the last 3 months and removed about 40,000 seats, that is definitely NOT Nats Park" so erroneous reporting on my part yesterday.
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:17 PM
 
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Today's exhibition game was NOT at Nats Park (see previous message) it was at Max Bishop stadium on the campus of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Game ended 4-4 after the Nats botched what would have been the game-ending double play which allowed the tying run to score. They are off Sunday, and will open the season on Monday afternoon vs. the Miami Marlins, while the Red Sox head to Boston and open the season with a 3 game interleague series vs. the Pirates.


Edison Volquez (10-11, 5.37 last season) will take the ball for the Marlins after coming over from the Royals in the off season. Nats will hand the ball to Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.60) who started last season 13-0 before losing 4 of his last 7 games, and never appeared in a game after leaving his September 7 start with an injury.


New players for this season: Adam Lind, most recently with the Mariners was signed to a 1 year deal. He'll serve as the back up first basemen, and will likely be the first pinch hitter off the bench. He'll likely replace Clint Robinson who was optioned to AAA Syracuse, but he did clear waivers, so he'll likely be the first call up when Ryan Zimmerman ultimately gets hurt (and unfortunately, I know it is likely coming at this point ).
Trea Turner will be the every day short stop with Danny Espinosa getting traded to the Angels, and the Angels are starting to look like the Nationals West with all these ex-Nats playing at the Big A next year: Yunel Escobar, Danny Espinosa, Ben Revere is there now too.
The big free agent for the team this year was Matt Weiters who travels down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from Camden Yards in Baltimore to Nationals Park in DC, but likely can keep the same house! He'll be the every day catcher with Wilson Ramos signing with the Tampa Bay Rays, but unfortunately with the knee injury the Buffalo suffered in the last week of the regular season, he may not play for Tampa this season.
The major acquisition of the winter was the Nationals trading 2 highly-touted pitching prospects: Lucas Giolito & Reynaldo Lopez for CF & leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. You could make a case with the price they paid they should have had the White Sox include David Robertson in the trade, but that will be debatable for the rest of the season. Robertson certainly isn't great, but he's certainly not terrible either, and would easily be better than the "closer by committee" approach Baker is using. Having a closer by committee is basically like having 2 QB's....if you have 2 QB's you really have 0 QBs. With a franchise that has a penchant for blowing late leads in big games, not making a move for one of the closers on the market was extremely head-scratching.
Joe Blanton was also signed in the off season, and I know you are thinking "Joe Blanton, why the hell would this team need a starter, and Blanton was terrible" the Joe Blanton they got revived his career in LA last year as a set up pitcher, and had a great year out of the Dodgers bullpen. It's possible the Nats could go to him in the closers role later on this year.
Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez, and Max Scherzer, who was battling a finger injury towards the end of spring training will follow Strasburg in the rotation. Joe Ross will likely be the 5th starter, but with all the off days in April, they won't need a 5th starter until about April 22 or 23 which is the Mets series, so Dusty & GM Mike Rizzo can kick that can down the road for a couple weeks until it becomes a problem if they so desire.


My prediction for the 2017 Nationals:
99-63 overall record, first place in the NL East 5 games clear of the 2nd place Mets, and another 5 game series loss to the Dodgers in the NLDS . Let the games begin!
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Old 04-03-2017, 07:08 PM
 
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Marlins 2 @ Nats 4.


A Fish Fry to open the season. Marlins strung together 3 hits in the 4th which brought home 2 runs: Giancarlo Stanton double plated JT Realmuto for the games first run, and than Stanton scored on a Marcel Ozuna single a couple batters later. Nats got on the board in the 6th with a Bryce Harper home run to right. Adam Lind is officially a Nat as pinch hitting for Stephen Strasburg with 1 out and 2 outs in the 7th launched what turned out to be the game-winning home run to CF, exactly what he was signed on to do. Fill in at first for Zimmerman against a tough righty (probably Syndergaard or Harvey or Felix Hernandez this year fill that category), start some games at DH in AL parks, be ready to pinch hit off the bench in a pinch (pun unintended), and hopefully get 10-18 home runs in 200 at bat's or so which isn't totally out of the question for the power he still displays. Nats added the final run of the game in the 8th on a Daniel Murphy single which scored newcomer Adam Eaton who reached base 3 times (2 walks, 1 hit) in 4 plate apperances; pretty good introduction to your new team . Strasburg (1-0) allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 0 walks but only 3 strikeouts in 7 innings. Sammy Solis (1st hold) pitched a hitless 1-2-3 8th and Blake Treinen (1st save) also recorded a 1-2-3 9th to record his 1st save in as many chances. Edison Volquez allowed 0 runs on 4 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts while David Phelps (0-1 1st blown save) allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (2 homers) with 0 walks and 2 strike outs in 2 innings.


Teams take Tuesday off, and will resume the series Wednesday evening. Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83 last season) starts for the Nats while Dan Straily (14-8, 3.76 last season with the Reds) takes the ball for his first start with the Marlins. First pitch will be around 7:05 PM.
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