Tag: Washington Nationals

Gio Gonzalez: About Last Night (August 31)

Most people would agree that the best curveball in baseball belongs to Kershaw.  Well, Kershaw just about owns the best pitch of every kind, but his curveball is sort of impressive.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a lefty freeze right-handed batters with a curve the way Kershaw can.  This isn’t a post about Kershaw, …

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Stephen Strasburg: About Yesterday Afternoon (August 30)

It’s a lot easier when the team scores runs. When the offense is clicking and guys not named Bryce Harper contribute big hits, those three-run Justin Bour home runs turn into the opening for a poorly written blog post rather than an example of why Stephen Strasburg didn’t bring his good stuff to Nationals Park …

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Jordan Zimmermann: About Last Night (August 29)

I don’t think you could have faulted Jordan Zimmermann (11-8) if he’d lost all ability to think coherently and grooved one to Derek Dietrich after Martin Prado nearly decapitated Zimmermann with a comeback liner in the fourth. Ichiro Suzuki had just worked his way on with a single, and on the next pitch Prado unleashed …

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Max Scherzer: About Last Night (August 28)

In the third inning of last night’s Marlins and Nationals game, Max Scherzer (11-11) pitched to Ichiro Suzuki with Dee Gordon on first and no outs. In between the long pauses, the looping tosses to first, and the wide-angle shots of the Nationals bench staring at Gordon at first, Scherzer threw some pitches.  This is …

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Joe Ross: About Last Night (August 27)

Regular readers of the site know that I’m a huge fan of Joe Ross (5-5). The trade that brought Ross to Washington was lauded for bringing the eventual replacement for impending free agent Ian Desmond. Desmond didn’t want to take the offer that Mike Rizzo had presented to him? That’s fine. We’ll just elbow our …

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Gio Gonzalez: About Last Night (August 26)

Eventually it was going to happen. Eventually Gio Gonzalez (9-7) was going to allow a leadoff hit and the Padres were going to score. In four straight innings a Padres batter singled to start the top half of an inning, and in the first two innings Gonzalez was able to work around trouble. In the …

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Stephen Strasburg: About Last Night (August 25)

Last night for the Nationals was like watching a game where we were reminded of how this season was supposed to go for the team. Stephen Strasburg (8-6) was on the hill and tossing 97-mph bullets. The actual, projected lineup was on the field. Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, and Wilson Ramos all hit. Zimmerman and …

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Jordan Zimmermann: About Yesterday Afternoon (August 23)

It certainly didn’t look good early for Jordan Zimmermann (10-8). After Scooter Gennett singled on a curve that just broke lazily, Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run to left center on a slider that was just broken. Oh, Ryan Braun then hit a fastball off the base of the right field wall. Is any …

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Joe Ross: About Last Night (August 22)

It was clear early on that Joe Ross (4-5) and Nationals Pitching Coach Steve McCatty were going to force Milwaukee to hit the fastball. Well, everyone except Ryan Braun. Braun got sliders. He whiffed so badly on those there wasn’t really a point in throwing him anything else. Everyone else, however, saw lots of 96-mph …

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Gio Gonzalez: About Last Night (August 21)

The Nationals now enter a rather favorable portion of their schedule. Entering Friday, they play 16 of their next 19 games at home (a nine game home stand against the Brewers, Padres, and Marlins with a quick three game series against the Cardinals followed by seven against the Mets and Braves), and if ever there’s …

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