Category Archives: Papelbon

7th 18-gamer: Up and Down, but Reason for Hope

For previous 18-gamers, click here. After the Nats’ third straight loss to the O’s on Wednesday night, if you asked just about any fan about how the last 18 games have gone, the answer would likely have been “not very … Continue reading

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6th 18-gamer: With Just 54 Games to Go, Things are Still Looking Up

For previous 18-gamers, click here. The last 18-game set conveniently concluded at the All Star break. As the baseball world’s attention turned to the mid-summer classic in San Diego, the Nats were 18 games over .500 and six games ahead … Continue reading

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System failure reboot. What to do next with the bullpen?!?

Jonathan Papelbon pitched an easy outing exactly one week ago in a non-save situation against the Padres. His velo was big, and Pap looked great. Papelbon averaged 94mph on his fastball with good movement and almost hit 95 on the … Continue reading

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Jonathan Papelbon deserved better than what he got!

Too many headlines today around the Nationals are swirling with putting the blame of yesterday’s loss on Jonathan Papelbon. It begs the question to how was Papelbon even available to pitch 3 days in a row? Papelbon was exactly 35 … Continue reading

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Today could have been much worse. What’s up with the bullpen?

Today we could have been writing a depressing tale about how the Nats bullpen lost a game while allowing a 5 run lead to disappear, and thankfully we are not. Luckily yesterday against the Reds, only a 4-run disappeared, and … Continue reading

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Nats improve to 11-3 on a bullpen win and some clutch hits. Papelbon with big Save: Recap

Jonathan Papelbon gets a nailbiter save and strikes out Stanton to end the game. Joe Ross had to leave the game after 2 innings with a blister and the bullpen was nails. Yusmeiro Petit, Oliver Perez, Blake Treinen, and Papelbon … Continue reading

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#Nats win with a Roark shutout & Drew/Werth HRs & Papelbon Save #5: Post Game

On a night where Bryce Harper had an 0-fer you worry that it was an “L” for the Nats in the standings but on this night it was Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth stepped up with Tanner Roark and it was … Continue reading

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Opening Day: A Nationals’ Holiday indeed! Late and great and FUN!

Some want Opening Day to be a National Holiday, and for Daniel Murphy , his first Opening Day as a member of the Nationals was like a Holiday: Joyous and festive and with a lot of meaning. Murphy was 2-3 with 2 … Continue reading

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A Totally Subjective Analysis of Why the 2016 Nationals Will (Finally) Win 100 Games

I love analytics. Really. The numbers quite often confirm what we see on the field, and indeed they often explain why things are the way they are. You want to know when Bryce Harper  took that next step and became an … Continue reading

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Gio Gonzalez’s locker room neighbor is Jonathan Papelbon. Quotes of Zen.

A zen-like silence came across the Nats clubhouse as there were only 2 players left. Gio Gonzalez and Jonathan Papelbon have lockers next to each other in the Space Coast Stadium clubhouse, and while they were teammates for 2 months … Continue reading

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