Player Profile: Wilson Ramos

Wilson Ramos

The Washington Nationals have a plentiful group of outstanding young talent that litters their rotation and their batting order. With such talents as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, Gio Gonzalez, and Ian Desmond leading the strong youth movement that has taken the Nationals into playoff contention and hopefully World Series contention but of the youth movement none could have as great of an impact on the Nationals than catcher Wilson Ramos. Read more about Player Profile: Wilson Ramos

Pacers edge out Wizards in Game Two

DC rising
DC rising

This game is very easy to break down by the stats. Roy Hibbert scored 28 points for the Indiana Pacers whereas, John Wall only contributed six points to the Washington Wizards total. The Wizards managed to get to the free throw line a meager twelve times making only five shots. The Pacers on the other hand went 18 for 21 from the charity stripe. Now, that is certainly a substantial disparity but I would suggest that perhaps the most telling stat of the night is the number of fast break points put up by the Wizards. That being one. Just one point on the fast break. Read more about Pacers edge out Wizards in Game Two

Wilson Ramos Activated off DL

Wilson Ramos The Buffalo is back. Catcher, Wilson Ramos has been activated off the Disabled list and will play and start in his second game of the season after needing to have surgery on his left hand to remove the hamate bone. He suffered the injury on opening day and had the surgery a day later. Excitement has been building for the return of the Buffalo in Washington D.C. as he has played in rehab games in the last four days which resulted in him hitting three home runs over that span, including catching nine innings for Class AA Harrisburg on Monday.

Ramos will start today and bat fifth in the order against former Nationals pitcher Dan Haren, who he caught for all of last year, so no one knows Haren better than him. Read more about Wilson Ramos Activated off DL

Blake Treinen Recalled to Make Start; Mattheus Optioned

Blake Treinen
Blake Treinen

 

 

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manger, announced last night that Blake Treinen would be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and reliever Ryan Mattheus will be optioned back down to Syracuse. Treinen will be called up to make the May 6 start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Treinen will make his first career start in the Majors even though he has been used in the bullpen a few times this year and right now is posting a 1.35 ERA over 6.2 innings of relief for the Nationals.

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Wizards Take a 1-0 Series Lead

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DC Rising

 

 

 

Randy Wittman joins Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy, no not the Chicago Bull his father, to be the only three coaches to win their first four playoff road games. Yes Randy Wittman as in the same Randy Wittman that was the interim head coach of the Wizards after Flip Saunders was fired after a 2-15 start to the 2011-2012 season. Yes the same Randy Wittman who the Washington Post asked for to be fired before this year’s All-star break. He then went onto lead the Wizards to 19-11 after the break and then an easy first round series win over the bulls and now coaching the Wizards to a 1-0 series lead against the 1st seeded Indiana Pacers.

Starting with the combination of John Wall and Trevor Ariza to give them a 13 point lead at the half and then closing it out with a combination Bradley Beal and Drew Gooden that gave the Wizards a 102-96 win. While the Wizards offense was timely and operated in their usual spurts, it was all about the Wizards defense and the lack of the Indiana Pacers offense. With Trevor Ariza shutting down Paul George for the whole game and which resulted in him shooting 4 for 17 from the field and then making life even worse for the former Georgetown Hoya, Roy Hibbert as he started the game and finish it with 18 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 5 fouls and a plus/minus of -17. Read more about Wizards Take a 1-0 Series Lead

Dodgers v. Nationals 5/5/2014 Lineup and Preview

Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann

 

 

 

The Nationals are looking to once again jump ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East division with a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. With two straight losses to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday and Sunday looming over the heads the Nationals still remain 0.5 games behind the Braves in the division even though they have lost 6 games in a row.
The Nationals will have a tough challenge with the cross country Dodgers coming into town with Zach Grienke slated for today start and Clayton Kershaw expected to make his return from the disable list tomorrow and make his second start of the year.

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Hairston activated off DL; Souza Jr sent to Triple-A

Scott Hairston
Scott Hairston

The Washington Nationals announced the activation of Scott Hairston off the disable list today along with optioning Steve Souza Jr to Triple-A. Hairston is coming off the DL from an oblique strain suffered in the first week of the season. While only having two at bats this year Hairston serves as a veteran pinch hitter off the bench that along with Kevin Frandsen and Nate Mclouth will fill in for the injured Bryce Harper in left field.

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Nationals First Inning Struggles Continue

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25)Well it was all set up for the Nationals to take over first place from the Atlanta Braves last night. The Braves went onto to lose their fifth game in a row, as they loss to the San Francisco Giants 3-1.  Tanner Roark, fresh off his best start in his career, on the mound against the sub .500 Philadelphia Phillies and then the bottom of the first inning came and went and saw the Nationals down 3-0 before Manager Matt Williams could blink.

If this was a once in a while occurrence of the Nationals getting down early maybe it could be over looked and Nationals fans could head into Sunday’s rubber game with their head held high looking forward to the rest of the season but it isn’t. In fact for the second game in a row the Nationals were down 3-0 before their own clean-up hitter could even see a pitch.

The most disturbing part of the Nationals two games in a row being down 3-0 is it is more than just two freak occurrences it has now become a trend. Read more about Nationals First Inning Struggles Continue

Nationals vs Phillies 5/3/2014 Lineup and Things to Watch

100px-Washington_Nationals_logo_svgThis is Washington Nationals that were favorites to win the World Series this year as well as last year, currently 0.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East with a record of 17-12 and ranked 8th in the latest ESPN power ranking list. But with the Nationals continued struggles against the Braves they are going to have to beat the rest of the teams in the division to get enough of a lead over the Braves so their repeated losses to them do not cost them a chance in this year’s playoffs, like it did last year.

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