Nationals vs Padres 4/26/14 INSTANT ANALYSIS

Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark

In the first game at the new Nationals Park on Opening Day 2008, Ryan Zimmerman christened the new stadium with a walk off home run to give the Washington Nationals a 3-2 win. Now fast forward to April 26, 2014, the 500th regular season home game played at Nationals Park in which the Washington Nationals faithful would watch Tanner Roark pitch a complete game shutout, along with carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning. Back by early runs batted in from Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond, and Danny Espinosa in the first inning along with a Denard Span RBI single in the sixth, Tanner Roark was able to throw a career game and give the Washington Nationals their 14th win of the year.

Roark started the game with 16 batters retired in a row using only 54 pitches, which would go a long way in him finishing the game with a complete game.  Relying heavily on his defense with pitching to the tune tune of 14 ground ball outs and 8 strike outs, which are both career highs for the 27 year old pitcher.  With Roark threatening with the perfect game early in the sixth it was broken up the only way a perfect game could be, with a single up the middle for the San Diego Padres backup catcher Rene Rivera, who come into the game batting .173. Coming back from the perfect game attempt strong as ever, Roark would go onto finish the game allowing three hits and one walk  while only throwing 108 pitches.

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Instant Analysis: Nat's win 9-2 over the Marlins

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It was refreshing for Nat’s fans to have something to cheer about coming off a series against the Braves in which they were swept. The Nat’s certainly got their bats going tying a Nationals team record for most extra-base hits and triples tonight.
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Should the Nationals be concerned about Harper and Strasburg?

HarperBryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg haven’t gotten off to quite the start most National’s fans would have hoped, but is it time to panic this early in the season? It may be a bit premature to be overly concerned but I am finding myself more concerned about Strasburg than Harper.

On a positive note, Bryce Harper has had no trouble in the field this season; his struggles have come at the plate. I am not overly concerned about this for a couple of reasons. First off, hitting slumps happen; it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Secondly, Harper has far too much talent for it to continue.
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Nationals Avoid Sweep with 2-1 Win Over Braves

1024px-9TH_Bryce_HarperJust one week ago Matt Williams and the Nationals celebrated a memorable opening series sweep of the Mets at Citi Field. Yesterday they fought to avoid being swept by the Braves at Nationals Park, pulling out a nail-biting 2-1 win.

With Ryan Zimmerman out due to shoulder inflammation, Bryce Harper struggling at the plate and other setbacks, the first week of the season has been an unsteady one. However, the Nats’ pitching continues to be a notable positive.
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Wilson Ramos out 4-6 weeks

Washington Nationals catcher, Wilson Ramos injured his hand in the opener against the Mets. Ramos had surgery on his hand Wednesday to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand. This is a hamate bone in case you were wondering. Ramos is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and was placed on the 15-day DL Wednesday afternoon retroactive to April 1.

According to manager, Matt Williams, “Everything went fine.” Ramos was productive when not sidelined with injury last year hitting .272/.307/.470 and 16 homers plus 59 RBIs in 78 games.
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Nationals Opening Day 25-man Roster

File:9TH Bryce Harper.jpgThe Washington Nationals have released their 25-man opening day roster and there are not too many surprises. With Doug Fister being placed on the 15-day DL,Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan both made the roster. Roark and Jordan were battling this spring for the 5th spot in the rotation. Both will be in the rotation until Fister comes back. Unsurprisingly Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound Monday in New York for opening day, while Roark will start in the home opener.

In an anonymous poll of MLB players Bryce Harper was voted the most overrated player in baseball. It’s hard to believe that a rookie of the year could be considered overrated.  Harper needs to have a great season if he wants to shut up his haters. Harper had a sub par spring hitting .239 with 2 hrs in 46 abs.
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