Game #108 the Nats have Paolo Espino to be their stopper!

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The Washington Nationals have been in a freefall since July 1 and it has been worse since the trade deadline. Now the ball is given to Paolo Espino to be the stopper. Continue reading

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The Nats farm went from almost barren a year ago to a bumper crop!

Brady House with high school teammate Trevor Maddox; Photo provided by Trevor Maddox

Just by signing № 11 overall pick, Brady House (№ 90 Baseball America Ranking), in this year’s first round of the amateur draft, the Washington Nationals would have had two Top-100 prospects in their farm system with House and Cade Cavalli (№ 26) who was the team’s first round pick last year.

Adding Keibert Ruiz (№ 15) and Josiah Gray (№ 58) through trades this week to their top prospects, has now propelled the Nats to one of the strongest farm systems.  But a year ago at this time, the Nats had no players ranked in the Top-100 and were rated last by Baseball America as the worst minor league system in baseball.  Continue reading

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Game #107 the Nats want to see more out of their young players!

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The Washington Nationals made some surprising roster moves in the pre-game this afternoon. General manager Mike Rizzo replicated what he did last week and sent another back of the bullpen arm down to Triple-A. This time it was Wander Suero who has been struggling, and the team called up their hybrid reliever of the past, Javy Guerra. The team also placed catcher Rene Rivera on the 10-day Injured List (retroactive to Aug. 2) with a right elbow contusion, and called up Riley Adams from Triple-A. Continue reading

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A glimpse into the future was seen last night in the Nats top performers!

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We saw a glimpse of the future last night for the Washington Nationals, and it was encouraging to see one of the team’s top prospects, Josiah Gray, turn in a very good outing over his 5.0 innings last night. Add to that Mason Thompson‘s debut with the Nats and the first inning of work from Gabe Klobosits, and even former top prospect Carter Kieboom who turned the best singular game of his short MLB career last night.  Continue reading

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Game #106 is the Nats debut of Josiah “JoJo” Gray!!!

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This could be the start of a new era for the Washington Nationals as they are giving the start tonight to one of those top prospects the team just traded for. Josiah Gray was acquired via the Max Scherzer and Trea Turner deal with the Dodgers that also yielded Keibert Ruiz and two lesser prospects. Gray was activated yesterday and was part of the walk-off celebration courtesy of Yadiel Hernandez. Tonight, he is the starting pitcher. The pressure on Gray needs to be on ‘low’ as the Nats were at this point in 2016 when Lucas Giolito made his debut with the Nats, and it was not handled well.  Continue reading

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Perspective: Mike Rizzo Did the Right Thing For the #Nats

Last glimpses of Scherzer in the Curly W; Photo by Sol Tucker this past week

Before saying anything else, let’s make one thing very clear: it is never easy to say goodbye. Max Scherzer and Trea Turner have meant everything to the Washington Nationals and the DC area over their respective times for the team. For Mike Rizzo to trade them so swiftly took a lot of fans for a loop. Mike Rizzo has never traded any player with the type of profile of Scherzer or Turner. Rizzo has never been a true seller at the Trade Deadline, let alone sell two of his best players. It certainly took a lot for him and ownership to do this, but the fact of the matter is that they did the right thing and deserve a lot of credit for these moves to improve the future of this franchise.  Continue reading

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A Yadiel Hernandez walk-off HR turns this one into a winner!

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After Wander Suero blew the save in the eighth inning, the 5-5 tie game rolled over to the bottom of the ninth inning adding to the intrigue if Yadiel Hernandez could hit another home run in this game. He did just that and the game ended quickly in the final inning to give the Nats a series win with this 6-5 winner against the Cubs. Continue reading

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Game #105 to take this series against the Cubs!

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We have more baseball ahead and while it feels like Spring Training — these lineups sure look like it. This series is tied at one game each and the winner today will take this series between the Washington Nationals and the visiting Chicago Cubs. Continue reading

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Game #104 Nats have Joe Ross tonight, Erick Fedde tomorrow and a mystery starter on Monday!

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The Washington Nationals have announced that Joe Ross will start tonight with Erick Fedde going tomorrow to wrap up the series with the Cubs. The thinking could have been a soft landing for the newly acquired Josiah Gray to face a depleted Cubs team, but now it looks like Gray would start Monday against the Phillies. Continue reading

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Analyzing the Prospect Haul from the Nationals’ Trade Deadline Moves

The Nationals made some of the most heart wrenching, devastating moves in recent history on Thursday evening. They sent both Trea Turner and Max Scherzer, franchise icons, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for multiple prospects. Later that night, Daniel Hudson was dealt to the San Diego Padres. Around that time, it was Kyle Schwarber’s turn to find a new home, this time with the Boston Red Sox. Thursday morning, Brad Hand was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in what was the first move for the team. The Nationals are punting on this season in exchange for better days in the future. That is admirable due to the landscape of the current MLB with the best teams not only having talented rosters, but deep, rich farm systems. The Nationals had a bottom tier system and needed an infusion of talent.  Continue reading

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