Who are the Nationals’ biggest rivals?

The National League East could be called the most competitive division in baseball with at least 3 NL East teams that have a genuine chance to make the playoffs, while the other 2 could get there with a little luck and ingenuity. In such a talented division, the typical division rivalries are bound to be legendary, but who are the Nationals’ greatest rival? Today, I will break down some top candidates for the team most worthy of the title. Continue reading

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It only took one big swing and one ace outing to extend the Nats winning streak to four!

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The Washington Nationals are back to .500 and guaranteed to be in a two-team tie atop the NL East at the end of play tonight. This 4-game winning streak came on one swing off the bat by Ryan Zimmerman who crushed a Trevor Rogers fastball for all of the Nats scoring, and Max Scherzer went the route of legends with a complete game 106 pitch outing with a 3-1 final score to sweep their first series of the season. Continue reading

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Game #24 Do you know where your Washington Nationals are?

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It’s the morning of May 2nd. Do you know where your Washington Nationals are? [Looks at the NL East standings….] uh, first place. Some were counting the Nats out just two weeks ago as the media were talking seriously about trading Max Scherzer. it just shows how foolish you look today if you were seriously pushing that as a story. Continue reading

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Nats have a winning streak!

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The Washington Nationals have finally won three games in a row as Patrick Corbin delivered and pitched the team to 7.0 innings with a 7-2 lead behind the bat of Josh Bell who cashed in for 4 runs, and Yan Gomes delivered two via a home run. Continue reading

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Game #23 needs Patrick Corbin to be aces!

Ryan Zimmerman was ready; Kyle Schwarber took care of business! Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

Last night’s game had the original Mr. Walk-Off, Ryan Zimmerman, ready to pinch-hit for Alex Avila. But Kyle Schwarber made sure that nobody else had to bat in that game. He took care of business and has to be Mr. Walk-Off 2021 after he put the final stamp on last night’s game for his second walk-off homer of this young season. But the Nats need to find a way to less drama, and more of those easy wins like they had on Wednesday in Dunedin. Continue reading

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The Nats have won 30% of their games via the Walk-off!

The Washington Nationals have won 30 percent of their games via the walk-off, and two of those (20%) on Kyle Schwarber walk-off monster home runs. The Nats leftfielder crushed that Rawlings baseball with an exit velocity of 115.4 mph on a cold and windy night when nothing before that came close to home run distance in this game. With a 2-1 final score that was at 0-0 in regulation, Schwarber did his thing in extra innings with his team trailing 1-0. The baseball they say traveled 454 feet which was 9 feet shorter than his walk-off homer exactly two weeks ago. Continue reading

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Game #22 is Jon Lester’s debut with the Nats!

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After COVID struck the team just before Opening Day, it wreaked havoc on Jon Lester who had to go back to Spring Training mode to ramp his arm strength back up. Here we are 30-days later, and Lester is ready to make not only his 2021 debut, but also his debut with the Washington Nationals. Continue reading

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Lucky Game #21 is a Fedde nice Nats win!

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The Washington Nationals had lost two games in a row, and needed this win and got it. With a gem from Erick Fedde, the Nats powered to a 8-2 win for a happy flight back to Washington, D.C. and a day-off tomorrow. Fedde went 6.0 innings with only one run given up, and his offense put up 8-runs for him with production from just about every player. Continue reading

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Game #21 wraps up this 2-game series in Dunedin

WEST PALM BEACH, FL; Josh Bell batting; Photo by Tom Sileo for TalkNats

The lineup cards are changing daily these days. Tonight’s card has Hernan Perez in rightfield and batting in a game for the first time in 9 days. Starting pitchers bat with more regularity than Perez has this season. Manager Dave Martinez also pushed the struggling Josh Bell down to the six spot in the order. With no pitcher in the lineup, there are still four Mendoza batters in the lineup from Perez at .071 to Bell at .109 to Schwarber at .196 and Robles at .200.  Continue reading

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Last night, the #Nats trailed 4-3 with bases loaded and Robles due up…

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Managerial strategy is part of the chess game, and sometimes an early move is your best move. Can a manager pinch-hit in the fourth inning of a game based on a pitching change from the opposing team? Would it make a difference if I told you this game was being played in an American League city? What if you had bases loaded and your batter was in a deep slump the last week (.154) and only hitting righties at .196 on the season? Analytics are there for a reason. The due-up batter was Victor Robles. The reliever brought in to face Robles with bases loaded was Anthony Castro. There was one out in a one-run game. A productive out ties the game. Continue reading

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