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Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park | Manager: Matt Williams
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Nationals.2515301073.05
NL East Division1st1st1st1st
National League 5th4th5th1st
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B. Harper
K. Frandsen
S. Hairston
D. Span
M. Taylor
B. Harper
J. Werth
M. Taylor
B. Harper
S. Hairston
A. Rendon
K. Frandsen
I. Desmond
A. Cabrera
D. Espinosa
Rotation
1. S. Strasburg
2. J. Zimmermann
3. G. Gonzalez
4. D. Fister
5. T. Roark
A. Cabrera
D. Espinosa
A. Rendon
K. Frandsen
A. LaRoche
K. Frandsen

DL
S. Souza
R. Zimmerman
R. Zimmerman
N. McLouth
S. Souza
R. Zimmerman
N. McLouth
S. Souza
S. Souza
M. Purke
T. Jordan
E. Davis
R. Ohlendorf
W. Ramos
J. Lobaton
  Bullpen
R. Soriano (CL)
T. Clippard
D. Storen
J. Blevins
C. Stammen
R. Detwiler
M. Thornton
B. Treinen
Last Updated: 08/12/2014
 
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Last Five Games
8/21 vs. ARI
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon3B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
W. RamosC
B. HarperLF
A. Cabrera2B
D. EspinosaSS
G. GonzalezP
 
8/20 vs. ARI
D. SpanCF
A. Cabrera2B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
I. DesmondSS
B. HarperLF
W. RamosC
K. Frandsen3B
T. RoarkP
 
8/19 vs. ARI
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon3B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
I. DesmondSS
B. HarperLF
A. Cabrera2B
J. LobatonC
S. StrasburgP
 
8/18 vs. ARI
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon3B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
I. DesmondSS
B. HarperLF
W. RamosC
A. Cabrera2B
J. ZimmermannP
 
8/17 vs. PIT
D. SpanCF
A. Cabrera2B
A. Rendon3B
A. LaRoche1B
I. DesmondSS
B. HarperLF
W. RamosC
M. TaylorRF
D. FisterP

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
D. SpanCF.300125
A. Rendon3B.2781668
J. WerthRF.2841266
A. LaRoche1B.2711967
R. ZimmermanLF.282536
I. DesmondSS.2492077
D. Espinosa2B.214725
J. LobatonC.210211
 
Notes
  • 79 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 9 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
8 Game(s)
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon2B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
R. Zimmerman3B
B. HarperLF
I. DesmondSS
W. RamosC
4 Game(s)
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon3B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
R. ZimmermanLF
W. RamosC
I. DesmondSS
D. Espinosa2B
4 Game(s)
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon2B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
R. Zimmerman3B
B. HarperLF
I. DesmondSS
J. LobatonC
4 Game(s)
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon3B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
I. DesmondSS
B. HarperLF
D. Espinosa2B
J. LobatonC
3 Game(s)
D. SpanCF
A. Rendon3B
J. WerthRF
A. LaRoche1B
I. DesmondSS
B. HarperLF
A. Cabrera2B
W. RamosC

 
 

Denard Span, #2
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
117.3027612527
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 117
Adam LaRoche, #25
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
109.2696019672
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 106, DH - 1
News
As I mentioned in my latest Rankings Review, where I touch on several of the changes I made to my rest-of-season rankings, Adam LaRoche's transformation has gone largely unnoticed this season.

Yeah, everyone can see he's batting .306 (19 for 62) with six home runs and a 1.096 OPS in August, and some might remember he's been a strong finisher in the past. But I'm talking about something that's been going on all season.

I'm talking about a career-high walk rate and a career-low strikeout rate. OK, so he technically had a better strikeout rate as a 25-year-old platoon player in 2005, but you get the idea: dramatically improved discipline.

For as many ways as players regress in their mid-30s, they do typically improve in that one area. Even though his batting average is now a perfectly sustainable .272 thanks to a horrendous July, LaRoche still has a .376 on-base percentage. He's averaged about as many Head-to-Head points per game this year (3.13) as Freddie Freeman (3.17).

Given his history as a strong finisher, I'd plan to stick with him the rest of the way.

Ross Detwiler, #48
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2252.03.29129
 
Jerry Blevins, #13
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2344.14.87050
 
Jose Lobaton, #59
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
55.210122110
 
Position Breakdown
C - 53
Matt Purke, #50
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
000.00.0000
 
Injuries
Elbow - 60-day DL. Out for season (Updated - 7/25/14)
Danny Espinosa, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
99.214287257
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 85, SS - 5
Scott Hairston, #7
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
48.2135160
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 11, DH - 1
Ian Desmond, #20
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
123.24953207716
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 123
News
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 4 with four RBI and a stolen base in his team's 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Desmond drove home two runs with a single in the third inning and repeated the feat with another single in the sixth. It's the first time he's driven in four runs in a game since June 9. Desmond has hit .251/.307/.425 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He needs five more steals to record his third straight 20-20 season.

Taylor Jordan, #38
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
0325.25.61817
 
Injuries
Elbow - 60-day DL. Out until at least mid-August (Updated - 8/5/14)
Nate McLouth, #15
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
79.17310174
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 50, DH - 1
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. Out for season (Updated - 8/19/14)
News
Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is set to miss the remainder of the season after the team announced he will require surgery to repair his right labrum Tuesday.

McLouth will go under the knife Thursday to repair his shoulder, after and MRI revealed more damage than initially thought. He has been out since suffering the injury in early August, and finished the season hitting .173/.280/.237 in 139 at-bats. 

McLouth is still under contract with the Nationals for $5 million in 2015, the final season of a two-year deal.  

Stephen Strasburg, #37
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1010171.13.4138198
 
News
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg earned a win Tuesday, allowing one earned run on three hits and one walk in eight innings while striking out three in his team's 8-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Strasburg (10-10) needed just 95 pitches to blow through eight innings, locking things down after serving up a home run in the first inning. It was his second straight excellent start after a seven-run implosion on Aug. 8. Strasburg owns a 3.41 ERA and 198:38 K:BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Giants Sunday.

Ryan Zimmerman, #11
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
53.282245360
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 4, 3B - 23, OF - 26, DH - 2
Injuries
Hamstring - 15-day DL. Out until at least early September (Updated - 8/5/14)
News
Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman was able to throw Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

Zimmerman participated in a light throwing session prior to Thursday's game. He plans to repeat the drill from different distances depending on how his hamstring responds. Manager Matt Williams said it was a small step in Zimmerman's return to action. "It’s part of the strengthening process and getting him back to some baseball activity and working through that," Williams said. "That’s the early stages of it but it’s a step for sure."

Zimmerman has been working on an anti-gravity treadmill over the past weeks. He'll have to hit, run at full speed and run the bases before he returns. The last of which will be the most difficult according to Williams because Zimmerman "has to react and turn and create different angles." 

Williams told reporters Wednesday that he believes Zimmerman will return in September.

Michael Taylor, #18
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
6.1763120
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 5
Tyler Clippard, #36
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
7255.11.95169
 
Doug Fister, #58
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
123118.22.201474
 
Tanner Roark, #57
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
127160.22.8036118
 
News
Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark didn't factor into the decision Wednesday despite giving up just five hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings while striking out two in his team's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Roark watched his lead evaporate in the eighth inning, when the Diamondbacks clubbed a two-run home run to even the game. He owns a 2.80 ERA and 118:36 K:BB ratio in 160 2/3 innings. Roark's next test will come Monday against the Phillies.

Rafael Soriano, #29
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
4150.22.492946
 
News
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up a rare win Thursday against the Diamondbacks. 

Soriano entered with the game tied, and was able to get through the inning without giving up any runs. He did issue a walk, but worked out of trouble with an inning-ending double play. Soriano was the beneficiary of the Nationals hot stretch. In the bottom of the inning, the Nats were able to mount a comeback, scoring on a throwing error to end the game. With the win, Soriano improved to 4-1. 

Bryce Harper, #34
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
67.266296231
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 66
News
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper put together a three-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, his second since returning from the disabled list, the Washington Post reports.

Harper sparked the team's game-winning rally in the ninth inning with his third single of the game, and manager Matt Williams said how he got the hit was the most encouraging part of the performance.

"He hit the ball back through the middle [Wednesday], which is really important for him," Williams said.

Harper has struggled to find his power swing this season thanks to a thumb injury, but he is hitting .282 with a .375 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. Impressed by his approach Wednesday, Williams believes the power will follow.

"But if he stays through the middle like that, he's going to get a lot of hits, and I feel if he trusts himself to do that, the home runs will come," Williams said. "They will come. They'll come on hanging breaking balls and change-ups up in the zone, if he can stay middle of the diamond. And he's working hard on that. So I'm proud of his approach."

Jordan Zimmermann, #27
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
85151.22.9724132
 
News
Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann couldn’t pick up a win Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Zimmermann allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out two and walked three. Zimmermann found himself in a pitcher’s duel for much of the game. After going down by a run in the fifth, Zimmermann held steady for two more innings. The Nationals managed to scratch two runs across the board in the seventh, putting Zimmermann in line for the win. He couldn’t hold on. Zimmermann came out to start the eighth, but gave up a walk and two-run homer to the first two batters he faced. He was pulled following the home run.

The Nationals managed to battle back, giving Zimmermann a no-decision. He’ll take on the Giants in his next start. 

Kevin Frandsen, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
83.259151130
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 5, 2B - 13, 3B - 10, OF - 20
Ross Ohlendorf, #43
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
000.00.0000
 
Injuries
Back - 60-day DL. On Class A rehab assignment (Updated - 5/14/14)
Gio Gonzalez, #47
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
69120.03.8350127
 
News
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez turned in a fantastic start Thursday against the Diamondbacks. 

Gonzalez allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Gonzalez did a good job limiting the Diamondbacks early. He was able to get through the first two innings by facing the minimum six batters. He did allow a hit in the second, but got out of it with a double-play. Gonzalez was also challenged in the third, putting the first two men on. After a sac bunt moved them into scoring position, Gonzalez was able to keep them from scoring. He loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but was able to get Cliff Pennington to pop out to end the threat. 

Gonzalez was matched by Wade Miley throughout the start, and ultimately wound up with a no-decision. He'll take on the Phillies in his next start.

Steven Souza, #21
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
13.0830000
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 7
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. On Class A rehab assignment (Updated - 8/21/14)
News
Nationals outfielder Steven Souza knocked in a run during his first rehab game Thursday.

Souza went 1 for 2, with an RBI during the game. He struck out in his other plate appearance. He also managed to steal a base. Souza has been sidelined since August 9 due to a shoulder injury. 

Erik Davis, #51
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
000.00.0000
 
Wilson Ramos, #40
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
61.297216330
 
Position Breakdown
C - 61
News
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos hit his sixth home run Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Ramos struck in the seventh inning. With his team down a run, Ramos clubbed a two-run shot out to center on an 82 mph slider. He also singled earlier in the game. Ramos finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 

Anthony Rendon, #6
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
122.27888166812
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 28, 3B - 103
News
Hot-hitting Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is grabbing some pine Wednesday against Arizona in favor of Kevin Frandsen.

Rendon has been productive and consistent since late May. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and owns a .276/.332/.461 stat line on the year.

Drew Storen, #22
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2141.01.54134
 
Jayson Werth, #28
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
117.2836712665
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 111, DH - 3
News
Here's what we know: Jayson Werth has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder but will attempt to play through it after receiving a cortisone shot Wednesday.

Here's what The Washington Post recently reported: The injury has compelled him to shorten his swing in a manner not unlike that of 2012, when he returned from a broken wrist.

The problem with that? He hit only five home runs in 300 at-bats in 2012.

That's partially what made last year's performance so shocking. He appeared to have regressed the year before. Turns out he just made a change to his swing -- the same one he says he's made now.

Granted, he's 2 for 5 with a double since returning, so no need to sound the alarm, but if you own Werth in Fantasy, you're not out of the woods yet.

Blake Treinen, #64
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1338.12.35023
 
Asdrubal Cabrera, #3
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
114.2476210487
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 17, SS - 93, DH - 3
Matt Thornton, #46
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1331.02.03024
 
Craig Stammen, #35
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3463.23.53050