Category Archives: Analysis

A big #Nats day for international signings, arbitration players, and the 30-day countdown to Spring Training!

Today is a big day for the international scouting groups as it marks the start to the international signing period for free agents. The Washington Nationals made a big splash by signing shortstop Armando Cruz who is currently ranked № … Continue reading

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Point-CounterPoint: Lineup Protection? How Valuable Is It? Part 1 of ???

Don: As you know I used to be able to download the MLB Game Day data. Something changed at the beginning of 2019 and it stopped working. Well, thanks to having time due to retiring, I think I just figured out my … Continue reading

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Let’s Look at the Early Odds for the Nats’ 2021 Season

With nothing much happening in MLB free agent signings, it is a good time to look at where the Washington Nationals are in projections. After posting a (relatively) poor 26-34 record during the disrupted 2020 MLB season, it will not … Continue reading

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Nats add Yasel Antuna to the 40-man roster on the same day that he was named the 4th best prospect by Baseball America!

Before today’s deadline to protect Rule-5 eligible players of which the Washington Nationals had many, they chose to add switch-hitting infielder Yasel Antuna and RHP Joan Adon to their 40-man roster which now is at 33-players with seven open slots. On October … Continue reading

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It’s that time again: Rule 5 draft protection deadline is upon us!

The non-tender deadline is looming, the baseball world is still awaiting word from on high as to teams’ minor league affiliates, and with the coronavirus pandemic raging now worse than ever, there’s no way to know for sure when baseball … Continue reading

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Based on FanGraphs original projections, how did each #Nats player do in the +/- ?

It was a good request from stever20 to produce a chart of FanGraphs pre-season WAR vs. the actual numbers for the Washington Nationals players. Some of the numbers are what you probably expected while some were very disappointing. All in … Continue reading

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Take a long look in the mirror for the Nats

Barring a 13-0 miraculous finish for the Nats, they will be spending October to January wondering what went wrong with the team that most likely will feature two Top-10 MVP candidates and none ranking in the Cy Young voting for … Continue reading

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What could the minor leagues look like in 2021?

Based on multiple media reports, it seems certain that the 2021 minor league season — if there is one — will look very different than it did in 2019. Major League Baseball’s agreement with Minor League Baseball ends this winter, … Continue reading

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Defense matters; Nats defense has looked like the Three Stooges at times!

We have seen some “Three Stooges” type of comedic defensive misadventures before from the Nationals. But now these embarrassing plays are becoming almost daily occurrences in a failure of “The Little Things”. Over the years we saw it every once … Continue reading

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“You put guys in situations where you think they’re going to succeed.” — Davey Martinez

When you win a World Series, your managerial resumé is solidified, and many of the loud criticisms of the past become whispers. We can question the August 8th use of Sean Doolittle and maybe how Seth Romero was used in … Continue reading

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