The Evolution of Jonathan Papelbon

You may remember the Nats latest acquisition Jonathan Papelbon from his days as the super intense, angry closer for the Red Sox. Or you may remember him from his days as the super intense, angry clos...

Unused Closer Entrance Music

Sporting News writer Jesse Spector just had a column ranking closer entrance music, and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t agree with every rank, but I think his assessment of #1 was 100% correct. I...

Nats Trade for David Carpenter

ERA and ERA+ are pretty great stats for pitchers, and the Nats just picked up David Carpenter, a reliever with a 4.82 ERA and an 82 ERA+. In return they gave up Tony Renda, a good hitting 2B with no ...

While You Were Whining, You Missed It

While you were sitting there complaining that Stephen Strasburg hasn’t ever been as good as he was that beautiful June day in 2010, moaning about his lack of in-game stamina, kvetching about hi...

2015 NL East Rankings Part 2: The Pitchers

When we last left our heros, we were taking a look at the NL East position players, giving out 5 points for the best player at each position, 1 point for the worst. The Nats finished up the position ...

$15 Million Aint What It Used to Be

There has been much excitement, and a fair amount of derision, centered around the Max Scherzer contract. I’ve already covered with some oversimplified analysis why, thanks to the time value of...

The Nats and 2015 PECOTA Projections

The season hasn’t started, but projection season has! Baseball Prospectus has released their PECOTA projections. These are, as always, just projections, and I always like to throw this Colin Wy...

Nationals Sign Scherzer

The Nats went ahead and went crazy today, signing Max Scherzer to a seven year deal. They now have the best rotation perhaps in the history of baseball – heck, they’ve got enough guys to ...

Nats Trade for Their Second Baseman

The Nats just made a pretty big trade, giving up bullpen mainstay Tyler Clippard in exchange for a shortstop, Yunel Escobar. Clippard is on his last season before becoming a free agent, and is set to...

Nats Turn Souza into Turner and Ross

Nats made a pretty impressive move this afternoon, trading away Steven Souza and minor leaguer Travis Ott for some prospects. It looks like a great deal for the Nats, and starting with the guy’...