Taylor’s Glove is Golden, but his Bat is Down and Out

The recent Nationals/Blue Jays trade accomplished more than returning Drew Storen to a closer’s role in Toronto — it also provided Washington with a new starting center fielder (Ben Revere), and likely relegated Michael Taylor to a fourth outfielder role in 2016. If the 25-year-old hopes to avoid that fate over the long run, he’ll […]

Examining Ian Desmond’s Fading Power, Free-Agency Demand

One word to describe how the market for top free-agent hitters has developed this winter? There’s plenty of appropriate adjectives, but let’s try this on for size: S-L-O-W. While the prized jewel of this year’s class — Jason Heyward, signed by the Cubs — got plucked a month ago and another gem — Alex Gordon, who re-upped with the Royals […]

Was Scherzer’s 2nd No-Hitter the Best of 2015?

The Washington Nationals aren’t headed for the postseason, but that hasn’t prevented Max Scherzer from pummeling teams that are chasing a World Series title. Scherzer no-hit the NL East champion New York Mets last night, a mere three months after doing the same to the 97-win Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nats ace joined Roy Halladay (2010, […]

Two more one-run postseason games

I genuinely feel sorry for people who are not baseball fans this postseason. I’m sorry, I know that sounds over-the-top to many of you, but as more a baseball fan than a fan of any one team, I’m just absolutely beside myself with the excitement of the games. Even my wife, who is a die-hard […]

Rendon Delivers When Nats Need Him Most

While the Nationals will almost assuredly return to the playoffs thanks to one of the game’s top pitching staffs, it has been a bitterly disappointing 2014 season for two of the club’s star position players. Bryce Harper has struggled to make contact since returning from surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb, […]

Strasburg’s road woes continue

The Washington Nationals are in first place in the NL East this morning in part because of their decent record on the road. Baseball’s long-standing formula to make the postseason has been: play .667 at home and .500 on the road. It’s a proven formula because it results in about 95 wins. NL Road Records […]

Coffee and Clippings: Kelly poised for short outing in Game 3

Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal writes that Joe Kelly could be in for a short outing tonight against the Red Sox… For a patient and disciplined Red Sox lineup, there’s a delicate balance to facing Joe Kelly, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Game Three starter. At first glance, Kelly would appear to be an […]