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The Washington Nationals “lack” of analytics comes into question!

For Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, he has preached the virtues of analytics and touted them as a reason to hire a visionary manager in analytics when he chose Dave Martinez to take over for Dusty Baker for the … Continue reading

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Redefining the 2019 Washington Nationals

If there is one blueprint the Los Angeles Dodgers have used to reach the World Series in back-to-back years is a rested starting rotation for the post-season. Clayton Kershaw, their ace, only threw 161 1/3 innings this season. Hyun-Jin Ryu … Continue reading

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The wheels are moving with Bryce Harper as the Big Wheel!

There is always a mathematics lesson to the budget of a sports team. The dollars are finite, and there are restrictive rules in place for fairness and parity in MLB’s collective bargaining agreement. The Nationals have been spending above their … Continue reading

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Small sample size clutch in the postseason is a factor of circumstance!

Overall, the amount of “clutch” we have seen in this postseason has to go to the pitching and defense and maybe even to fan interference. Last night’s Astros’ game practically started with an historic umpire call that negated a two-run … Continue reading

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The Changing Game: Relief Pitching

Professional baseball is a system.  Within the confines of the game changes apply pressure to one or multiple components.  The system reacts to the pressure with responses of its own.  This can all happen in a short period of time.  … Continue reading

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Washington Nationals’ priorities for the 2019 roster plus sourced commentary on the budget!

There should not be much doubt in what the top two priorities are for Washington Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo for this off-season. He has already said that improving the starting rotation with the departure of Gio Gonzalez and Jeremy Hellickson … Continue reading

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The Top-10 Free Agents on MLB.com’s list and their #1 is not Bryce Harper!

When MLB.com compiled their Top-10 free agents, their first pick was Manny Machado and not Bryce Harper. Sure, Harper is the second player listed, and he might end up with the larger contract in terms of dollars. When it comes … Continue reading

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The Nats alumni appearing in the NLCS/ALCS could have included Bryce Harper

Last year Brad Peacock saved Game 3 of the World Series with a nasty slider for his Astros team. He was the bullpen star beating the Los Angeles Dodgers for the World Series championship. This postseason so far, Peacock was … Continue reading

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Free agent catchers and the #Nats options for 2019

With Matt Wieters headed to free agency, the Washington Nationals depth chart of catchers consists of Spencer Kieboom, Pedro Severino, and Raudy Read. While those pickings seem slim, the Nationals through attrition dug deep in their farm system and plucked … Continue reading

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The report card for the 2018 #Nats…

I don’t think I will shock anyone when I say the Washington Nationals didn’t have a great season. The team struggled to an 82-80 record and didn’t make the playoffs despite high expectations. But a team is only as good … Continue reading

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