SparkPeople Washington Nationals Team Messageboard A team for fans of the Washington Nationals and anyone else interested in the Nats. SparkPeople Washington Nationals Team Messageboard 2020 Baseball Talk Let's hear some chatter out there! <BR> <BR> Spring Training 1st game is Saturday against those darn Astros! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:19:41 EST Max Scherzer Hoping he still has the juice he's had over the last 2 years. $210,000,000??? Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:56:12 EST Pitching, Offense, and Defense I made the comment during last night's game that besides the pitching, defense, and lack of offense, the Nationals are doing great! Little did I know that I would see another game where the Nats would go 0-too many (14 last night) with runners in scoring position. They left 16 on base! I am trying to find some place from which I can find confidence. Shaky pitching, inability to get hits with runners in scoring position (18 hits in other situations last night!), and making stupid plays on defe... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:29:57 EST Welcome to all new members! I was very happy to see that this group now has 56 members. Did you know that we are now 21st in Pro Baseball Team Challenge? Great job all! May we and the Nationals all have much success. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:53:54 EST 5th Starter Who do you think will be our 5th starter in this year's pitching rotation? So far, the candidates seem to be Ross Detwiler, Tanner Roark, and Taylor Jordan. So far, I would say that Det has the lead. Its his position to lose. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:54:12 EST Grapefruit League Start Well, we won our first two Grapefruit League games for a 2-0 start. However, there has been a lot of sloppy play. The good news is that the sloppy play is from players that are not going to make the big league club. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:35:26 EST Fister and Solis Impressive Doug Fister and Sammy Solis were both impressive in their first round of pitching live batting practice yesterday. <BR> <BR> Re Fister, Anthony Rendon had this to say: "“He was throwing it from the sky, and it’s running at your ankles.” “He was good. He’s phenomenal. He’s tall and lanky, but he’s fluid with it. He knows what he’s doing. He’s just so composed out there, and the ball just (dives) the last 5-8 feet.” <BR> <BR> Mark Zuckerman, nats beat reporter had this to say about Solis: <B... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:24:57 EST 2014 Season Pitchers and catchers are now in Vera working out so the 2014 season has officially started. How do you think the team will fare this year? Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:47:12 EST Danny Espinosa - Utility Infielder? Do you think Danny Espinosa should be given a chance to make the Major League roster as a utility infielder? I would love to see it as I haven't given up on him. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:46:55 EST Bench Makeup Are we set on our bench for 2014, or do we need another player or two? Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:53:25 EST 2014 acquisitions Some good off-season acquisitions: Matt Williams (mgr), Doug Fister, Nate McLouth, Jerry Blevins. Sorry to see Steve Lombardozzi go, not so much on Dan Haren. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:22:16 EST New team members I see that there are a small number of new members recently - small in number but a 50% increase! I hope there are some really interested in the Nats, as no one else has posted a thing in the 3 months since I joined. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:29:55 EST Can the '13 Nats make it as a wild card team? As of today's games, the Nats are third in the National League, 7 games behind. But only 19 games to play. Cincy hast to lose a number of games down the stretch, so the Nats need some help. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 23:39:50 EST Not very much team activity I guess there aren't very many health conscious people who are Nats fans! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:35:48 EST Anthony Rendon Rendon has done great on his second call-up. He should provide an offensive spark that was missing with Espinosa. Nats are going to need all the offense they can muster to surpass the Braves in the NL East. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:55:33 EST Danny Espinosa It breaks my heart to see Danny get demoted, but he needs to heal and then get his batting straightened out. You can't stay in the major league batting well below .200. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 22:15:52 EST Will the Nats pull out of their funk? The Nats have gotten off to a horrible start this year compared to what was expected of them. Do you think they will right the ship or continue to flounder? Tue, 21 May 2013 20:35:08 EST Aaaah, Spring Training Yippie!!! The long winter wait is over. Spring training has begun, and so has our World Series run. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:48:25 EST World Series or bust in 2013 Davey Johnson wants to go out on top, so he's saying World Series or bust this year. Do you think we'll make it to the World Series? Sat, 12 Jan 2013 01:14:45 EST Harper ROY, Davey Johnson MOY Our Bryce Harper won the Baseball Writers Association of America's Rookie of the Year for the National League, and Davey Johnson won the NL Manager of the Year. Way to go Nationals. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:02:18 EST Is Desmond the MLB's best shortstop? Chase Hughes writes a blog on Nats Insider that poses this question and gives some statistics to back up the assertion. Very interesting and "Way to Go, Ian!" Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:35:07 EST Successful Season We didn't make it past the NLDS but nevertheless, it was a very successful season. Prior to this season our team only had a very few players with post-season experience. Now we have a whole team with it. I expect us to be really strong and even better next season. Maybe we'll go all the way in 2013. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 01:08:20 EST National League Eastern Divisions Champions Wow, we did it. We won the Eastern Division Pennant. What a joyful season this has been for me. Anything they do beyond this is gravy for me. It would really be nice if they could win the ring this season. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:45:29 EST 26 Games Over .500 As of the morning of 8/10/2012, the Nats are 26 games above .500 after sweeping the Houston Astros in Houston. Presently 4 1/2 games lead over the Braves. Go Nats!!! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:50:21 EST Best Record in MLB For at least one day, the Washington Nationals had the best record in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday morning, the Nats record was 61 wins and 40 losses. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:31:55 EST Roger Bernadina Roger Bernadina is on a hot streak ever since he switched to a lighter and shorter bat. If he can persist and raise his batting average, he could be our answer for a leadoff batter. This is what I'm hoping for. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:50:36 EST On Top at All-Star Break So much fun watching our Nats when we are winning so much. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:13:19 EST Almost Time to Report to ST Down to single the digits of days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Yeahhhhh!!! Sat, 11 Feb 2012 20:14:27 EST Sign Prince Fielder? Do you think the Nats should try to sign Prince Fielder? I think there are a number of pros and cons. What do you think? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:46:51 EST Happy New Year I hope you all have a happy and prosperous 2012. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:13:03 EST Hot Stove League 2011-2012 With the Winter Meetings starting tomorrow, I think we are in the thick of the Hot Stove League. The first Nationals free agent has left; Laynce Nix to Philly. I'm happy for him but I think it might cause troubles for the Nats. They tried to resign him but he preferred Philly. Looks like they might try to bring Rick Ankiel back. If they succeed, it will be nice to have his defense. A bunch of our minor league free agents have signed elsewhere as well. It will be interesting to see the make up... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 23:12:29 EST So Goes the Long Winter Off-Season The World Series is going on, but its the long off-season for us Nats fans. Anyone else suffering from withdrawal symptons besides me? Maybe we'll hear from Mike Rizzo soon regarding changes to the club. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:29:22 EST 80 Win Season The Nats stepped it up to finish the season at 80-81, with one game rained out. It was really a fitting end to the season to win our final game against the Marlins. It was a well played game by both sides. Next season the Nats should make another improvement in the number of games won and perhaps in contention for a play-off berth. Jordan Zimmermann will be back without an innings limitation and we'll have Strasburg for the whole season hopefully, although he will be under an innings limi... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:08:53 EST What's Left to Play For? There is two important areas that the Nats need to work for. One is to evaluate our September call-ups, and other members of the team like Doug Slaten and Sean Burnett, among others. The second area is that we want to beat last year's win total by as much as possible. We have a better team than we did last year and I would like for the record to show that. I believe the players also want that so they should be fighting to win the rest of the way. There has been no quit in this team all y... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:33:55 EST Chris Marrero Calle Up Chris Marrero was called up to the Nats and played his first major league game last night. He was charged with two errors early on but then settled down and played good defense. He also got his first major league hit, going 1 for 4. Looking forward to seeing him play more. Michael Morse was moved back to left field. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:17:23 EST Triple plays on consecutive nights ... Trivia time The surging Brewers turned a sweet triple play last night that ended with a tag on Matt Kemp trying to score. Now tonight, the Red Sox turned a beauty of a 5-4-3 triple-killing. So, you might ask, when was the last time a triple play was recorded in consecutive days? May 22-23, 1981 by the Mariners and the Indians. And if a team turns one on Wednesday, it'll be the first time it has occurred on three straight days since May 29-31, 1927, when the St. Louis Browns, Cubs and Tigers did it. <BR>... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:04:48 EST Nats sign all their top draft picks Mike Rizzo and the Lerners signed all of our top draft picks just before the deadline last night. Wow is our minor league teams stocked with potential stars, or what! Mike and the Learners deserve kudos for being willing to go over the salary slot to get our picks signed. We have a good number of minor leaguers that are going to be pushing the major leaguers for their jobs. Good situation for us fans. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:46:02 EST Where have all the bats gone? Tonight's effort at the plate against the lowly Cubs and Rodrigo Lopez really turned my stomach. The first run was a gift. But, Puh-Leeeeeze ... Rodrigo Lopez? The Nats should be in position to sweep the Cubs tomorrow, not hoping to simply win the series. <BR> <BR> Time to wake up, boys. The summer's almost over. We're better than this. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:20:47 EST Drew Storen We came close to losing Drew Storen via trade with the Twins, but it fell thru when the Twins demanded Lombardozzi in addition to Storen. I'm really glad this trade did not happen. Storen is one of my favorite Nats. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:33:12 EST Baseball fan to the core ... Howdy fellow Nats and Sparker fans. I'm returning to Sparkpeople after a failed callup two seasons ago. And while I grew up in Texas, and am still a rabid Washington Senators ... er ... Texas Rangers fan, I've built a National League allegiance to my hometown Nats. <BR> <BR> I moved to the Washington area in 2000 from Texas, leaving my loveable losers to toil in the summer heat while I settled in a city without a baseball team (actually in the suburb Annandale, VA, but inside the beltway, wh... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:11:51 EST In need of relief for Clippard's rubber arm ... While Tyler Clippard, the lone Washington National's representative to the All-Star Game, pitched effectively on Sunday, retiring five of the first six batter's he faced, overuse is going to be his undoing as the season progresses. <BR> <BR> The Nats have maintained a near .500 record on the shoulders of effective starting pitchers who defied the historical odds and pitched deep into ballgames during the first half of the season. This kept the bullpen effective and negated the team's need fo... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:12:49 EST .500 At the All-Star Break The team is definitely making progress. We are .500 (46-46) at the All-Star break. Will we be buyers or sellers at the end of July? Or will we stand pat. Be interesting to see if our hitting will improve over the second half of the season. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:40:58 EST Usher in the Davey Johnson Era The Nationals have named Davey Johnson to finish out the 2011 season as manager. The Nats are required to do a full managerial search, including minority canidates, at the end of the season, which is why Davey has only been named to finish out this season. This will have the additional benefit for Davey to see if he really wants to manage again. Davey has signed a three year consultant contract, so he will be with the Nats one way or another for at least 3 more years. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:01:07 EST Riggleman Resigns Nats dropped a bombshell today and announced Jim Rigglemans resignation as manager of the Nationals. We fans are all in shock. Riggleman wanted to discuss his option situation with Mike Rizzo, but Rizzo didn't want to talk about it now. Jim gave Mike an ultimatum that if he did not agree to discuss it by the end of today's game, Jim would resign and that is what happened. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:55:21 EST Looking Forward to Getting Ryan Zimmerman back. I'm really looking forward to getting Ryan Zimmerman back from the Disabled List. I'm hoping he can put a spark into our anemic offense. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:13:08 EST State of the Team I do believe our team is improved, but it is painfully obvious we still have a ways to go. I have complete confidence in Mike Rizzo to get the job done. <BR> <BR> I think we are doing exceptionally well while missing Ryan Zimmerman and the team not hitting very well. Pitching and defense is keeping us hanging in there. Mon, 9 May 2011 13:56:55 EST Any of you use the video streaming service? $120 to stream every game in HD looks like a real deal to me, but I wanted to see if anyone has experience with the service before I take the plunge. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:54:00 EST 2011 Season-Starting with Opening Day Who's going to Opening Day? DH and I are, as it is part of our ticket plan. I'd probably take off work even if it wasn't! I'm excited for the season but a little nervous for the games to start counting. Hopefully this year will be better than last year, with every year getting better and better! Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:12:21 EST Saw the Nats in Spring Training Well, my wife, Elvira, my dog, Sophie, and I made it to Space Coast Stadium in Florida to see the Nats working out. Wow, what fun! When we first walked up to the outfield fence on one of the fields, John Lannen, Sean Burnette, and another player were standing together when a batted ball rolled all the way to the fence. Sophie, who is ball driven, tried to get the ball. John walked up to the ball and told Sophie, "Sorry but I can't give the ball to you." Then he thought about it and said ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:03:57 EST Attending Spring Training In all my 67 years I have never went to Spring Training. This year my wife and I are planning a trip to Florida so I can see the Nats in ST. We are going to try to leave in about a week or so. I am so excited. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:08:31 EST Off Season 2010 - 2011 I think Mike Rizzo and the Learner family have done a good job so far this off season. The Learner family has shown they are willing to spend money when it comes to going after an outstanding player and that is a good thing for us fans. Rizzo has greatly improved our defense and hopefully we have nearly as good an offense as last year with the acquisitions of Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoache. I hated to see Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham go because I really liked them, but they were not excel... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:08:42 EST Jayson Werth Well I guess the Learner family has shown they are willing to spend the money for a great player. 7 years and $126 million for Jayson is very expensive in both money and years but I believe it was necessary given where the Nats are at development-wise. Hopefully, they are not finished improving the team for the upcoming season. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 12:30:53 EST Hot Stove League I am looking at this off-season with dread. I just don't know what our team is going to look like come March and it concerns me. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 22:44:55 EST Bryce Harper Goes to AFL The Nats have sent Bryce Harper to the Arizona Fall League. He batted .317 in the instructional league and showed enough progress that he was put on a taxi squad for the Scottsdale Scorpions and will play twice a week. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 15:34:01 EST Stan Kasten I was upset to read Tom Boswell's article today in the Washington Post that Stan Kasten may be deciding to leave the Washington Nationals. I hope this is not true because of the success Kasten had with the Braves organization. I am very disturbed at the indication that the Learners may be too tight with their money to field a good team anytime soon. Boswell said that Kasten wanted to raise the payroll first to bring in more fans and the Learners wanted the fans to come first and then they ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:58:57 EST Danny Espinosa Wow, what a start to his major league career. Three home runs and a .560 something batting average is quite a start. Yesterday, in his first home game he hit two home runs (the second one was a grand slam) and went 4 for 5 at the plate. Our future looks bright with the new guys coming up. Tue, 7 Sep 2010 13:13:03 EST Bryce Harper Was really sweating the signing of Bryce Harper. It was such a relief to see that he signed. Now I just hope he lives up to the hype. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:41:58 EST Nationals bats I don't mean any disrespect to any religion but we need some serious mojo put back into the Nationals bats. They can't seem to score any runs! As I type this, the Nats have sent the minimum to the plate tonight. Twice they have had base-runners, only for the next guy to hit into a double play. They are better than they have been playing recently. I just hope they can turn this around. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 20:08:17 EST Patience I'm thrilled the Nats are playing around .500 baseball this far into the season, but I know patience is called for because they are still missing some key pieces to be in contention. We still need another good bat in the everyday lineup, preferably someone who has a strong arm and can man the Right Field position. We need some more consistency with our starting pitching and more talent there as well. We need a better left hand pitcher for the bull pen. Fri, 28 May 2010 13:40:11 EST Drew Storen Drew Storen really looks like a winner. I think he is really going to help us in the bull pen. Fri, 21 May 2010 15:06:17 EST Stephen Strasburg I think Stephen Strasburg is living up to his hype. He has five scorless innings in his first two spring training games and I saw his first game, which was televised on MASN. His second outing was a little rough (relatively for him) because of the high cross wind made it difficult for all the pitchers to control their pitches. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:15:30 EST 2010 Nats Hot Stove Luncheon I went to my first Washington Nationals Hot Stove Luncheon today. It was just the fix I needed on a cold January day. I was concerned at first that it might blow my diet, but I'm happy to say they served a very healthy luncheon. It was nice to hear remarks from Stan Kasten, Mike Rizzo, and Jim Riggleman on the status of the Nats and what's in store for 2010. After the luncheon the attending players signed autographs. It was great fun and I look forward to going to the Natsfest on Sunday. Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:15:34 EST Awesome Staff I believe Mike Rizzo and Stan Kasten are building an awesome staff to run the Washington Nationals. Only time will tell, but I believe we have good owners for the Nats. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:10:47 EST