Discussion in 'Team News' started by KnightNoles, Jun 3, 2012.
TBL: The DugoutWashington Nationals
Starting Pitchers Stephen StrasburgGio GonzalezJordan ZimmermanEdwin JacksonJohn Lannan / Ross Detwiler Relievers Henry RodriguezSean BurnettDrew StorenCraig StammenTom Gorzelanny Brad LidgeRyan PerryTyler ClippardChien-Ming WangRyan Mattheus Jeff Fulchino
Position Players C: Wilson Ramos, Jesus Flores, Jhonatan Solano1B: Adam LaRoche, Chad Tracy2B: Danny EspinosaSS: Ian Desmond3B: Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Teahen, 2B/SS/3B: Steve Lombardozzi, Carlos Rivero LF: Mike Morse, Mark DeRosa, Eury PerezCF: Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina, Xavier PaulRF: Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Xavier Nady
2012 All Star Game
End of 2012
2013 Season Preview By: PAgamer07 The 2012 season was a colossal disappointment for the Nationals. Injury after injury after injury accounted for a sub .500 record and finishing 24 games back of National League East winning Atlanta. Their 4.5 runs per game ranked 7th, and their 4.7 runs per game allowed ranked 12th, which was the biggest surprise considering the roster.
2013 Losses by WAR:
1.4 WAR SP Chien-Ming Wang
0.4 WAR RF Xavier Nady
2013 Additions by WAR:
0.6 WAR SP Kyle Davies (Free Agent)
-0.1 WAR MR Brian Bruney (Free Agent)
-1.6 WAR SP Brad Bergeson (Free Agent)
The pitching staff was a bit of a mess last year and it looks like they tried to address it. Unfortunately, the 3 arms they added are nowhere near the quality of talent they had in Chien-Ming Wang, who was signed for a very favorable contract in Kansas City. Overall it was a very quiet offseason in Washington and it looks like they really didn't address their concerns very well.
This offense is another year older, which here in Washington is a good thing. Jayson Werth is the veteran, but is still only 33. And then you have Zimmerman, Espinosa, Harper, Ramos, Desmond and Morse and this is a really good looking lineup. Although they don't have a lot of speed, their are currently 6 guys in this lineup with 7 overall Power and should hit their fair share of Homeruns.
The guy I will watch most in this lineup though is 1B Chris Marrero. This is a guy they accidentally let slip to minor league free agency, but thought highly enough of him that they resigned him at a $7.2 million over 3 years deal. He will probably get his fair share of at bats with a banged up Adam Laroche still on the squad.
The rotation is one of the best you will see in baseball. Im amazed how poorly they pitched last year, but I think they put it together this year. Strasburg, Zimmerman, Jackson and Gonzalez is a very good front 4, and all have or more. The 5th spot is up for grabs, but boy.. Wang would have been a great addition here. I do expect either Davies or Bergeson to attempt to hold this down until John Lannan comes off the DL.
The bullpen outside of CL Drew Storen is a big question mark. Tyler Clippard had some injury troubles last year, but ratings wise, does not look like the pitcher I thought he should be. Henry Rodriguez was serviceable for them with a 108 ERA+ but they really don't have anyone I would trust in the 7th or 8th innings at this point.
The Nationals are certainly up there in payroll at a hefty $117 million. They do have some wiggle room though, but not much. Last season, they only earned $118 million and they really need to figure out some things here. Right now they are priced at the 2nd highest in the league for tickets. Behind only Texas. Yes, the Nationals are charging more than Boston and New York.
It's not working for them either. Their fan interest is one of the lowest in the leagues, and they drew the 2nd lowest amount of fans to only the Reds. This is not a recipe for financial success. Thankfully, they lose about $15 million in payroll off the books at the end of the year. That Werth contract is still an ugly one.
Their system is a mess, which can be expected with so much young talent at the big league level. Thier #1 prospect SP Marcos Mendoza is still a ways off, probably 2 years, so he wont help much. Outside of Mendoza, they don't have any other prospects worth mentioning.
I really like this club a lot. I love their rotation, the lineup is solid and they are still very young. They have some very good hitters and should be dangerous 1-6. All of their starters have the potential to win at least 12 games, and Strasburg has Cy Young potential. Obviously the bullpen is a big question mark and if @knighnoles micromanages enough here, I think he can make it work. They also have to fix their finances in a big way. Lower ticket prices and get fans in the seats. And then hopefully the team can win on the field. As long as injuries stay away, this should be a very competitive ballclub. They won't beat Atlanta, but they will keep it close all year.
90-72 (2nd Place) Wildcard berth.
Starting Pitchers Stephen StrasburgGio GonzalezJordan ZimmermanEdwin JacksonKyle Davies Relievers Henry RodriguezSean BurnettDrew StorenTom GorzelannyTyler ClippardBrad BergesenRyan MattheusJeff Fulchino Position Players C: Wilson Ramos, Jesus Flores1B: Adam LaRoche2B: Danny EspinosaSS: Ian Desmond3B: Ryan Zimmerman, Mark DeRosa2B/SS/3B: Steve LombardozziLF: Mike Morse, Roger Bernadina, Mark TeahenCF: Bryce Harper, Rick AnkielRF: Jayson Werth, Steve Lombardozzi, Mark Teahen
2013 All Star Game
2013 Halfway Mark
End of 2013
An abysmal end to the 2013 year in which the Washington Nationals entered the year looking like a top contender for the National League. Outside of Stephen Strasbug (16-9) the pitching staff was downright awful. Gio Gonzalez (11-16), Edwin Jackson (5-16), Jordan Zimmermann (8-8) and Kyle Davies (9-11). The last month of the season saw top pitching prospect Marcos Mendoza come up and get 6 starts going 1-3, pitching 35.1 innings giving up 40 hits, walking 23 and striking out 24 and an ERA of 5.09 in his big league experience for the year. He will most likely start back in AAA in 2014. While the bullpen was very average to below average with many of them being in the plus 4.00 ERA, which won't get it done late in games. Drew Storen was in the top end of the saves category with 37 on the year.
Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman led the batters and the surprise being Roger Bernadina hitting .287. The Nationals had 6 of their 9 starters all hitting around .300 the entire year but they couldn't find any wins. Being in the top 10 in: Runs Scored 716 (9th), Batting Average .258 (8th), On Base % .330 (8th) and Home Runs 156 (6th). With several injuries throughout the year, the group seemed like they were without one or two pieces at certain times and couldn't be healthy all together. Jayson Werth started the year on the DL, then Ian Desmond was hurt, then I believe Espinosa missed some time and then Morse saw the DL for the second consecutive year.
The 2014 team must have the injury bug leave them alone and see more consistency out of the pitching staff if they are going to turn the corner. The lineup still has a few more years to produce but certain positions are aging, quickly. Adam LaRoche at first base and Mike Morse in the OF along with Rick Ankiel. A few guys in the minor leagues will make their way up to the ball club depending on numbers and roster spots. Washington hopes to see some renewed life in 2014!
2014 Washington Nationals Did you address all of your needs in the offseason? If not, what holes do you still have?
Well we cut some salaries and created some holes in the rotation for the time being. We got some young guys back in the trades but they will have to show something in AAA before coming up. Also have some holes in the OF along at SS and at Catcher.Were there any losses from your team that you think may impact you negatively?
I think trading away Wilson Ramos will hurt the team more then losing Jordan Zimmermann or Gio Gonzales as they weren't nearly as effective as I thought they would be.Any additions this offseason you were excited about?
A few of the guys that were involved in the trades might make there way up this year, not really going to rush them but all eyes will be on them throughout the year in AAA ball.
What are your expectations for 2014?
Hopefully no less then 3rd this year in the NL East. Bottom of the barrel the last two years and really isn't much fun besides checking the minor league system. Hopefully we try and play for something or at least be a good spoiler.
How do your finances look this year?
I think we are in a little better shape then we were this past offseason.. We can't go out and do any extensions though and we will be lucky if we can absorb anything.Any prospects we should look for this year to make an impact?
Starting Pitchers: (AAA) Marcos Mendoza, Parker Markel, Dovydas Neverauskas, Jacob Petricka, (AA) Gerardo Concepcion and possibly Alex Meyer.Positional Players: 2B Cutter Dykstra, 2B Stephen King, 3B Anthony Rendon and CF Howard Strickland.Nationals really need the starting pitchers to make some noise in AAA, to get promoted quickly they need to show something in 2-4 starts and will be called up by their 5th outing. The most important player to do something would be Howard Strickland solidifying the big league lineup and more importantly the defense in the OF.
Starting Pitchers Stephen StrasburgEdwin JacksonMatt PurkeKyle DaviesRoss Detwiler Relievers Henry RodriguezSean Burnett Brian BruneyTyler ClippardRyan MattheusJeff FulchinoDrew Storen Position Players C: Jesus Flores, Jhonatan Solano1B: Chris Marrero, Adam LaRoche2B: Danny EspinosaSS: Ian Desmond3B: Ryan Zimmerman2B/SS/3B: Steve LombardozziLF: Mike Morse, Roger BernadinaCF: Bryce Harper, Rick AnkielRF: Jayson Werth, Steve Lombardozzi
2014 All Star Game
2014 Halfway Mark
End of 2014
Just like the end of 2013, the 2014 season came to an abysmal end and the only positive the first pick of the 2015 Draft. The Nationals were near the bottom in about every category, their fan support wavered all year long and they failed to make a profit. In the offseason, league management came down hard on the general manager and told him to basically sell off a lot or be forced at the league hands. They did so and by sending 10 players and prospects off in deals with the White Sox, Pirates, Brewers and Blue Jays.
2015 and 2016 are surely to be rebuilding years for the Nationals but Knight believes they have stocked some talent away in some of the trades and offseason FAs that will hopefully pay off here in the next year or two.
2015 Washington Nationals
How do you think your offseason went?
Any additions you are excited about?
Any losses from last year you are going to miss?
What are your expectations for this season?
Do you have any prospects looking to make their debuts this year?
How do your finances look this year?
What were some big surprises from last season around the league and from your own team?
Care to throw any predictions out there around the league?
Rumor has it that the commissioners are discussing ways to curtail "tanking" whether it be some sort of performance related penalty, a draft lottery, or even ensuring that all teams are at least trying to put a quality product on the field. What are your thoughts here?
Starting Pitchers Stephen StrasburgMatt PurkeAlex MeyerJacob PetrickaEdwin Jackson Relievers Nate JonesShane FerrellParker MarkelRyan PerryJacob BarnesNeil Holland Position Players C: Ron Brantly, Jesus Flores1B: Juan Torres, Chris Marrero2B: Danny Espinosa, Steve LombardozziSS: Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Desmond, Carlos Rivero3B: Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony RendonLF: Howard Strickland, Jason WerthCF: Brian Goodwin, Jason WerthRF: Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth
2015 All Star Game
2015 Halfway Mark
End of 2015
From posting back-to-back abysmal years in 2013 and 2014, the 2015 Washington Nationals were looking for a more successful season. Well, they did have that success and it turned into the most successful one the Nationals have seen in The Dugout. As much as they wanted to challenge for the division, the Braves have been one, if not the most dominant club since the league began.
The Nationals finished 9 games out in the division and had a chance to get into the wildcard in the last few weeks of the season, but they couldn't break through.
With a few more pieces mostly in the pitching staff, the team could turn the corner and see themselves in postseason play for the first time. The lineup has really improved and with Strickland, Harper and Zimmerman but the team still needs the consistency out of the leadoff and 5-8 hitters. With a average to above average farm system they should be able to do that.
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