Washington Nationals

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Nationals.2567632033.51
NL East2nd1st2nd1st
National League 6th4th4th2nd

Last Game

Sun, February 26
Washington Nationals
at
Minnesota Twins
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Schedule

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Sun Feb 26
L 5 - 2at MIN
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1:05 pm EST
Today
at STL
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1:05 pm EST
Tue Feb 28
HOU
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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 1
at DET
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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 2
at HOU
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 3
STL
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 3
at MIA
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 4
at STL
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1:05 pm EST
Sun Mar 5
MIN
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1:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 7
BOS
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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 8
at STL
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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 9
MIA
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 10
STL

Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Philadelphia0-02-1
New York0-12-1
Washington1-01-1
Miami1-11-1
Atlanta0-01-1
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Nationals' Max Scherzer: Using modified fastball grip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Scherzer (finger) threw a bullpen session Saturday and used a three-fingered fastball grip in order to avoid pain, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Scherzer said his bullpen session went fine, but admitted he had to use a three-fingered grip, as his two-fingered grip still aches when he throws. He is scheduled for another bullpen session Monday, and hasn't ruled out the possibility of using the modified grip in games. This doesn't necessarily clear up whether or not he'll be ready for Opening Day, but theres still plenty of time, so he'll be monitored as he continues to throw throughout spring.

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Nationals' Joe Nathan: Effective in spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nathan hit 92 mph on the stadium radar gun during a shutout inning of work in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets, The Washington Post reports. "I'll tell you, it felt very easy today," Nathan said. "I'm surprised that it got there. Normally, for me, spring has always been velocity down, even when I was a mid-to-upper [90s] guy. I always threw low 90s in the spring, so for me to go out and be 91, 92 for a first outing, and I felt very easy out there. I didn't feel like I was putting too much effort into pitches. I felt very smooth, very effortless, I would say."

He gave up a leadoff single to Rene Rivera, but escaped facing the minimum number of batters thanks to a double play. If those velocity readings were accurate, they represent a big step forward for Nathan in his quest to secure a spot in the Nationals' bullpen, after he averaged a career-low 91.2 mph on his fastball last season in a handful of innings after recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. There's still a long way to go, but Saturday's performance was definitely an encouraging one for the 42-year-old.

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Nationals' Andrew Stevenson: Shows surprising pop in spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stevenson went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.

The 22-year-old is the No. 9 prospect for the Nats in Rotowire's rankings, but he earned that spot through his speed, defense and contact ability, not his power. Nonetheless, Stevenson took full advantage of a breeze blowing out to right field at Tradition Field on Saturday to kick off camp with a homer, after hitting only three in 133 games between High-A and Double-A last season. Expect him to return to his slap-hitting ways as the spring progresses, but if this somehow is a harbinger of a power spike, his value as a prospect could rise dramatically.

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Nationals' Matt Skole: Homers in spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Skole walked and hit a solo home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.

The Adam Lind signing might have shut the door on any realistic chance Skole had of seeing much action in the majors this season, but he didn't let his spot on the depth chart get him down to begin the exhibition schedule. The 27-year-old will begin the regular season back at Triple-A, where he hit .244 with 24 home runs last season.

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Nationals' Gio Gonzalez: Tosses clean inning to begin spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gonzalez struck out one in a shutout inning of work during Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.

A Trea Turner throwing error allowed Jose Reyes to reach base to kick off the inning, but Gonzalez calmly retired the next three batters he saw, including a strikeout of Curtis Granderson. The veteran lefty heads into 2017 with a rotation spot locked up for the Nats, and will look to improve on last season's 4.57 ERA.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGDaniel Murphy , 2B.347
HRDaniel Murphy , 2B25
RBIDaniel Murphy , 2B104
OBPDaniel Murphy , 2B.390
SLGDaniel Murphy , 2B.595
RAnthony Rendon , 3B91
SBTrea Turner , CF33
WMax Scherzer , SP20
ERATanner Roark , SP2.83
WHIPMax Scherzer , SP0.97
KMax Scherzer , SP284
SVMark Melancon , RP47

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