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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Player Profiles: Tanner Roark

Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark


Coming off a complete game shutout on April 26 against the San Diego Padres, Tanner Roark thrust himself into the spotlight and into what looks like the permanent starting rotation for the Washington Nationals. But it wasn’t all such a bright future for the 27 year old right hander.

Born on October 5, 1986 in Wilmington, Illinois, Tanner’s sports career started when he played one season with the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League for the 2008 season. To say the least he struggled, in just three games he pitched 9 2/3 innings while giving up 23 hits as well as 25 runs, which comes to an astounding ERA of 21.41.
Even with his dreadful start for the Miners he would be drafted in the 25th round of the 2008 Amateur Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. Then in July 2010 he was traded to the Nationals for Cristian Guzman, Guzman was traded due to the arrival of the now starting shortstop Ian Desmond. Read more about Player Profiles: Tanner Roark

Harper lands on DL, again

1024px-9TH_Bryce_HarperWell the worst has come true for Washington National faithful, Bryce Harper will for the first time this season be placed on the disable list due to his need of surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and he is expected to be out until at least early July, ESPN’s Keith Law reports.

Harper suffered the injury on a head first slide into third base after a base clearing triple on April 25 against the San Diego Padres, the Nationals would go on to win the game 11-1. At the time of the injury the severity of it was unknown with Harper showing little to no discomfort after the play. But after seeing multiple doctors he and the Nationals elected to have the surgery on Tuesday, April 29, to repair the thumb.

Harper will go the DL currently batting .289, highest of career, with one home run and nine runs batted in. This will be the second season in a row Harper will miss significant amount of time due to injuries, after missing 44 games last season to an array of injuries it was heavily discussed what a healthy Harper could do this year and how he could help many experts prediction of the Nationals winning the World Series come true. This injury will definitely set the Nationals back offensively and defensively, which is already  worst in the MLB.

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Veteran Influence Leads Wizards to 3-1 Series Lead

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Nene Hilario may be the most influential of the Wizards deep veteran presence prior to the playoffs due to his absolute brute strength along with his ability to knock down mid-range jump shots. With Nene coming to Washington in the 2011-2012 season from the Denver Nuggets he has started a movement for the Wizards of bring in veterans to pair with the young star the Wizards have in Bradley Beal and John Wall. Acquiring Veterans such as Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, Al Harrington, Marcin Gortat, and most recently Andre Miller and Drew Gooden, the Wizards have put together a strong bench that from those six players have an average of 11 years of experience and 39.5 playoff games between the players.

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