Category: Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg Wants Davey Johnson to ‘Loosen The Leash’ so He Can Pitch Deeper Into Games

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Although Stephen Strasburg may have been kidding about his manager letting him pitch past the seventh inning, I'm sure there was some truth to that statement. The 24-year-old right-hander was shut down before the playoffs last season and is getting tired of being held back because of an innings limit. Strasburg ...

Craig Kimbrel Says the NL East Will Come Down to the Braves, Nationals and Phillies

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Last year the Atlanta Braves finished with 94 wins. Most years that would have been plenty to win the NL East. Not last year. The Washington Nationals announced their arrival with a 98-win season and they're not going away. Neither are the Braves, though. Atlanta made a blockbuster trade for Justin ...

Bryce Harper Oozes Confidence to Open the Season in Washington

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Is there anything that Bryce Harper can't do? Since the time he was 16 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Harper has played under immense expectations. He was the first overall pick by the Nationals at just 17 years old. And he made the All-Star Game last year ...

Davey Johnson: “My Job is to Keep the Expectations From Getting Overwhelming”

Monday, April 1st, 2013

As the MLB season is officially underway, there are high expectations for the Nationals. And with good reason. Washington is coming off a great year. The Nats won their second division title last year and were a ninth inning collapse against the St. Louis Cardinals from advancing to the NLCS. ...

Cole Hamels, Phillies Look at Rival Nationals as Having “Knocked Us Off” the Pedestal

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Cole Hamels certainly did his part to add to the budding rivalry between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals when he plunked Bryce Harper last year. Hamels views the Nationals as the team that knocked the Phillies off their NL East pedestal. It should be a fun storyline to ...

Bryce Harper Isn’t Concerned With Comparing Himself to Mike Trout

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Rookies Bryce Harper and Mike Trout made for some exciting Major League Baseball storylines a year ago and they aren't going away anytime soon. Whereas some young stars in pro sports compare their numbers to others as they get going, Harper says he hasn't preoccupied himself with Trout's numbers given ...

Tim Hudson Discusses His Pursuit of 200 Career Wins and the Flaws of the Wild Card Play-In Game

Monday, February 25th, 2013

This past Friday, Tim Hudson pitched two hitless innings against Detroit. The Braves right-hander walked a batter and needed just 10 pitches during his outing. Hudson is just three wins away from 200 careers wins. The Braves' starting rotation will feature four players under the age of 31 to start the ...

Bryce Harper: The Expectation for the Nationals This Season is Getting to the World Series

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Bryce Harper lived up to all the hype in his rookie campaign. Harper was named National League Rookie of the Year and helped lead the Nationals to a NL East division title. The 20-year-old outfielder has been working hard this offseason to avoid a potential sophomore slump and expects the Nationals ...

Stephen Strasburg on Throwing Restrictions: “I Just had an Extra Month of the Offseason. I’m Chomping at the Bit Right Now.”

Monday, January 28th, 2013

As noted here on SRI, there’s no sugarcoating the fact that Stephen Strasburg being shut down on Sept. 12 would severely cost the Washington Nationals a chance at winning a World Series last postseason, and it ended up being true. Certain members of the Nationals front office may never be forgiven ...

Bryce Harper Wins Rookie of the Year, Declines to Talk Much About His Personal Efforts

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The Washington Nationals were one of the most fun teams to watch in baseball this season. Thanks to a pair of youngsters in pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfield Bryce Harper, the Nationals garnered national publicity early and then backed up they hype by winning the National League East. Harper was rewarded ...