Nationals quarter-season review

It’s hard to believe how quickly this season is moving, but after 15 games (plus one incomplete game), the Nats are now a quarter through their season. At 6-9, it has certainly been an up-and-down start, but as this team knows well, bumpy roads lead to beautiful places. However, they’re going to need to getContinue reading “Nationals quarter-season review”

In an alternate Nationals universe…

The year is 2020. A worldwide pandemic halted the sports world, but after four months, some have slowly crept back. The Nationals opened the 2020 MLB season and their title defense against the New York Yankees on July 23. The Capitals and Wizards started their respective playoff pushes this week. The threat of another shutdownContinue reading “In an alternate Nationals universe…”

What to make of Nats’ start

The Nats are off to a 2-4 start. Not ideal, but in any normal year, no real reason to worry. If they can win the next couple series, it’s back to smooth sailing. Except this year is not any normal year. The normal 162 games are condensed to just 60, making every game count nearlyContinue reading “What to make of Nats’ start”

Baseball is back: What to watch for in season opener vs. Yankees

The wait is over. After over four months of no major American sports, baseball makes its return today with the World Series champion Nationals taking on the New York Yankees at 7 pm. A single game won’t answer every question about how the team will perform this season, much less the season opener, but inContinue reading “Baseball is back: What to watch for in season opener vs. Yankees”

Nationals reach 100 games in Baseball-Reference 2020 Simulation

With Major League Baseball starting this week, I decided to check in on Baseball-Reference’s simulated 2020 season. I utilize the information held in this database constantly, so when I saw the site was simulating a full 162-game season for 2020, I wanted to see how the Nats were performing. The site is simulating the entireContinue reading “Nationals reach 100 games in Baseball-Reference 2020 Simulation”

Zimmerman, Ross first to opt out of 2020 season

The Nats will open the 2020 season on July 23 against the New York Yankees and their prized free agent acquisition Gerrit Cole, the 2019 AL Cy Young runner-up whom the Nats defeated in the World Series back in October while he was with the Houston Astros. While the reigning World Series champs will beContinue reading “Zimmerman, Ross first to opt out of 2020 season”

The Nationals’ best and worst free agency signings of the decade

In professional sports, free agents can make a world of difference for a team. Building through the draft is important, but being able to bring in an established player who can immediately bolster the roster can turn a playoff team into a championship contender. In other cases, teams just need a less expensive veteran toContinue reading “The Nationals’ best and worst free agency signings of the decade”

Grading the six DC championship rings

By: Joe Pohoryles Yesterday, after the premiere of “Improbable” Part Two, the design for the Nationals’ championship rings were released. As championship rings appear to be more extravagant and flashy every year, the Nationals stayed right on trend. The flashier the rings become, the more representative they become as well. The number of diamonds, theContinue reading “Grading the six DC championship rings”

Takeaways from Part Two of ‘Improbable’

By: Joe Pohoryles Last night, the second and final part of the documentary “Improbable” premiered on MASN. The documentary covers the Nats’ World Series run in 2019, with Part Two in particular focused solely on the World Series itself. You can find my thoughts from Part One here. Like I said last time, I wouldContinue reading “Takeaways from Part Two of ‘Improbable’”

Takeaways from Part One of ‘Improbable’

By: Joe Pohoryles Last night, the first part of the documentary recounting the Nationals’ run to the World Series premiered on MASN, and before Part Two premieres tonight, I will be listing my takeaways from Part One. I would say “Spoiler Alert,” but unless you are totally unfamiliar with the events of the 2019 MLBContinue reading “Takeaways from Part One of ‘Improbable’”