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Half Street High Heat Mailbag

We’re back with our first edition of the 2022 Mailbag series. Today we tackle your questions as the Nationals enter the final few days of May. If you want your question to be answered in next week’s mailbag, make sure to @ us on Twitter @HalfStHighHeat   “Should Davey and Rizzo be on the hot […]

The Strange Case of Erick Fedde

The Nationals pulled out a gutsy victory last night, salvaging the last game of a three game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night by a score of 1-0, pulling the team up to a record of 15-30. The game’s lone run came courtesy of a bases loaded single by Cesar Hernandez in […]

What Could Juan Soto Bring Back in a Trade

It’s not going to happen at the trade deadline. It probably won’t happen over the offseason. But, at some point, the Nationals (and possibly a new ownership group) are very likely going to face one of the toughest questions in the franchise’s history. Juan Soto is controllable for two more seasons after this year and […]

The Nationals Stink, BAD. But This is What You Should Have Expected

There’s no denying it whether you’re an optimist, pessimist, or anything in between: the Washington Nationals are a bad baseball team. But they’re not just a bad baseball team, they are one of the worst, if not THE worst in the sport. As of today, they are 12-26, tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the […]

Would Somebody Bite on Patrick Corbin?

This might not be the best timing coming off of an outing where Patrick Corbin gave up 5 ER over 6 innings yesterday, but we’re going to do this anyways. It’s been widely assumed that the Nationals would be stuck with Corbin and the nearly $60 million left on his contract through the 2024 season. […]

Game Recap – 5/12 vs. Mets

The Nats took the field yesterday afternoon in the last leg of a 3-game tilt against the Mets in an attempt to win the series after winning Wednesday night’s game 8-3, and losing Tuesday’s game 4-2.  Washington struggled to get going yesterday, losing by a score of 4-1. Aside from a ninth inning solo homer […]

The Nationals Continue To Beat Themselves, Finding New Ways To Lose Games

Good teams find ways to win games, bad teams find ways to lose them. Right now the Washington Nationals are a bad team, and they are actively finding new ways to lose games every week.   Last night’s game against the New York Mets was a perfect example. The Nationals actually got a decent performance […]

Checking-in on Nats Trade Chips

Before the season even started, most Nationals fans were pretty confident in the direction that the season was headed. A 10-20 start has only confirmed those feelings. It’s abundantly clear that this team will be selling at the trade deadline, so it’s fitting that we should take a periodic look at how each of the […]

Sean Doolittle to the 60-Day IL: Where Do We Go from Here?

On May 4, fan favorite lefty Sean Doolittle was moved from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Cory Abbott, a right-handed pitcher off waivers from the Giants. Doolittle originally went on the 10-day IL on April 20 with a left elbow sprain, […]

The Nats Are One Weird Baseball Team

Hey guys! Hope your week is going well. There’s a pretty good chance I’ll be taking a final while y’all are reading this, so uh, I don’t think mine is. The Nationals lost 5-2 to the Rockies last night, despite a decent performance from Patrick Corbin on the mound: 8 IP, 9 H, 5 R, […]

Victor Robles: Breakout or Aha Moment?

We’ve all been waiting on a Victor Robles breakout (or even a resurgence back to 2019 form) for a couple of seasons now. After starting the season 0 for 18, Davey Martinez gave him a couple of games off to work on his swing with Darnell Coles. Since then, he’s 15 for his last 40 […]

All Players Slump, Even Juan Soto

As of recently, Juan Soto has been slumping. In the final two games of the Giants series where the Nationals were swept, he went 0-8 and did not walk a single time in that span. He also went hitless in 3 straight games between the final game of the Pirates series and the first two […]

What’s Going On With Nelson Cruz?

The Nationals signed Nelson Cruz over the offseason to help anchor the middle of their lineup. But just three weeks into the season, Cruz has struggled overall. He’s hitting .169/.260/.262 overall through 17 games, but he’s typically a hot starter. He owns an .894 career OPS in April and over the past three years he’s […]

Nationals Weekend Preview: Giants at Nationals

The 2022 season, and the Nationals’ place in it, is starting to crystallize now, over two weeks into the season. There have been some surprises for sure—the Mets, so far, are not Mets-ing, the Angels may finally be good this year, and the Rockies led the NL West for one glorious moment. But for the […]

HSHH Fantasy Hour: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Hey, heaters, CK here!  For those of you who have subscribed to our Patreon page and have been listening to the first few episodes of our excellent Half Street Fantasy Hour podcast, I do sincerely apologize for the lack of an episode this week; allergies and a vicious cold have left me with a case […]

Josiah Gray Showing Signs of Development in Young 2022 Season

When you look at the stat sheet for Josiah Gray’s rookie season in 2021, the numbers certainly aren’t pretty. Between 14 starts with the Nats and Dodgers, he had a 5.48 ERA, 6.00 FIP, and gave up 19 HR in just 70.2 innings. While Gray did have some good starts in 2021, including a 10-strikeout […]

How A Potential Sale Impacts Soto Extension & Free Agent Spending

News broke last week that the Lerner family is exploring the possibility of either selling the team or adding new investors to the current ownership group. First things first — it’s important to understand how we got here. The Lerner family made their riches through commercial real estate. Shortly after the Nats won the World […]

MLB Weekend Preview: One Week in the Books

We are now over a week into the 2022 MLB season . Throughout the season, I’ll be doing both weekday and weekend series previews to help people figure out what they want to watch around the league. With the Nationals likely to struggle, this is the place to find what other games to watch and […]

Jackie Robinson Day 2022: Robinson’s Activism, the Lack of Black Managers, and Recommendations to Learn More

It’s been 75 years, but the details have been told and re-told so often since that they are fresh. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color line in baseball and played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, enduring racist abuse and fighting through bias to forever change the game and […]

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: A Week in Review

Although we’re only a week into the season, it’s always fun to take a look at who’s hot and who’s not. It’s going to be a rough season for the Nats, but it’s important to keep track of how these guys are progressing, especially the younger guys. As for some of the veterans, this might […]

What Happened to Patrick Corbin?

The 180 that Patrick Corbin has gone through as a pitcher can only be described in one word: ugly. He’s gone from three shutout innings in Game 7 of the World Series to now statistically one of the worst pitchers in the league over the last two seasons. Unfortunately for the Nationals, Corbin is their […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Nats vs. Mets Opening Series

This past Thursday, we finally saw Major League Baseball make its glorious return after the entire baseball world held its breath for months as the lockout persisted. However, the two sides reached an agreement, and while Opening Day was delayed by a week, we are still due for a full slate of 162 games this […]

Five Suitors for Buying the Nationals Should the Lerners Sell

1. Jeff Bezos This is the first name that pops up in everyone’s mind anytime there is a sliver of a conversation regarding a team selling. Bezos has been connected to buying teams in the past (i.e., Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders) so he could want to get his hands on a team by any […]

NCAA Top 25: Week 8 (April 11)

I am back with our NCAA Top 25 as we have reached the halfway point in the college baseball season. It was another cray weekend of baseball, which I’ll talk about on my podcast, The Amateur Update, with Episode 3 coming out tomorrow. Tennessee continued their dominant start by sweeping Missouri at home, while Arkansas […]

MLB Weekday Preview: 2-Game Interleague Series Abound

Opening weekend was jammed pack with plenty of fun and fantastic baseball. Throughout the season, I’ll be doing both weekday and weekend series previews to help people figure out what they want to watch around the league. With the Nationals likely to struggle, this is the place to find what other games to watch and […]

Game 4 Recap: 4/10 vs New York Mets

After a long weekend, the Nationals series with the New York Mets has come to an end. Thankfully, the Nats were able to head to Atlanta on a high note, defeating the Mets 4-2 in the series finale. Washington got on the board early in the bottom of the first when Nelson Cruz launched his […]

Game Recap: 4/9 vs New York Mets

Hey guys! CK here, with a quick recap breaking down last night’s game against the Mets in the Saturday leg of a 4 game series. The Nats lost again, putting up only four total hits in a 5-0 shutout loss to New York, bringing the team down to 0-3 to start the season. This is […]

NCAA Weekend Preview: Week 8

Happy Friday! MLB Opening Weekend is here and baseball is back. But college baseball is in full swing with everyone in conference play this weekend. Below I’ve highlighted some big match-ups occurring this weekend and how you can watch them if you are so inclined. Don’t forget– you join the HSHH Patreon for access to […]

Positive Vibes Only: Game 1 Opening Day Recap

Hey all, it’s Monty here with the new Positive Vibes Only game recap for Opening Day. Look, we know the Nationals are going to bad this season, and as we’ve gotten so used to high expectations and winning games since 2012, it can be very difficult for us as fans to adjust to rebuilding baseball […]

MLB Weekend Preview: Opening Day Is Finally Here

Happy Opening Day! It is finally here after a lengthy and, quite frankly, a scary lockout that threatened the season. Throughout the season, I’ll be doing both weekday and weekend series previews to help people figure out what they want to watch around the league. With the Nationals likely to struggle, this is the place […]

2022 HSHH Season Predictions

After a long winter where we had to endure a lock-out that seemed like it would never end and an offseason that seemed to have no direction for a Nationals team entering a rebuild, we’ve finally made it to Opening Day. It’s by far one of my favorite days of the year and should be […]

Baseball Is Back, And What A Beautiful Thing It Is

We’re officially less than 24 hours away from the return of Washington Nationals baseball. It’s been one of the longest offseasons in recent history, but we officially made it. Opening Day is here and baseball is back, and if that doesn’t bring a smile to your face I don’t know what to tell you.  Sure, […]

Opponent Preview: Atlanta Braves

Opening Day is tomorrow and we’ve been previewing our fellow NL East rivals both here and on the podcast. You can read our previews on the Marlins, the Mets, and the Phillies by clicking on their names. We continue today with the defending NL East Champion Atlanta Braves. Last Year’s Record: 88-73 (1st in NL East, won […]

Opponent Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

As we approach Opening Day, we’ve been previewing our fellow NL East rivals both here and on the podcast. You can read our previews on the Marlins and the Mets by clicking on their names. We continue today with the Philadelphia Phillies. Last Year’s Record: 82-80 (2nd in NL East) We are entering year four […]

Opponent Preview: New York Mets

We’re 2 days out from Opening Day, ladies and gentlemen! Continuing with our preview of the Nats’ NL East rivalry, we go to Queens and take a look at the Mets before the 2022 season. Last Year’s Record: 77-85 (3rd in NL East) In their first season under new owner Steve Cohen, the Mets looked […]

NCAA Top 25: Week 7 (April 4)

After I missed a week due to a wedding and illness, we are back with our NCAA Top 25 (so Last Week actually means two weeks ago when I last did Top 25). It was another great weekend of baseball, which I’ll talk about on my podcast, The Amateur Update, which debuts tomorrow. Tennessee continued […]

Opponent Preview: Miami Marlins

As we approach Opening Day (just 4 more days people!), we are previewing our fellow NL East rivals. We begin with the Miami Marlins. Last Year’s Record: 67-95 (4th in NL East) Outside of the top 3 contenders in Atlanta, New York, and Philadelphia, Miami has very quietly put together a pretty intriguing roster. On […]

Why The Nationals Pitching Staff Desperately Need Patrick Corbin To Turn Things Around

If the Washington Nationals want to have a successful 2022 season, they’re going to need much more from their starting pitchers than we saw in the second half of last season. After the deadline, Washington’s starters were consistently going four or five innings, surrendering four or more runs a game.  Baseball might be turning towards […]

The Nationals Roster Crunch

Every year, teams face a roster crunch at the end of Spring Training. Who do you bring with you as you head home, who do you DFA in order to make room for those players if they’re not currently on your 40-man roster? Mike Rizzo is no stranger to this, but this year, it seems […]

The Coming End of MLB’s Antitrust Exemption

Two months from today will mark 100 years since a controversial Supreme Court decision, Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore v. National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, granted Major League Baseball an exemption from the Sherman Antitrust Act, using the argument that baseball clubs do not engage in “interstate commerce”.  Through this ruling, the Court granted […]

CK’s Fantasy Tips for Baseball

Hey everyone! CK here again.    With baseball season right around the corner, Half Street High Heat is going to be bringing out some killer content this year for fantasy baseball players, so keep your eyes out for something big in the near future…   Before the season starts and your fantasy drafts happen, I […]

Deferrals: They’re Great Until They Come Due

Most baseball fans know that July 1st is Bobby Bonilla day. Bonilla will receive $1.19 million every July 1st until he’s 72 years old. It’s a running joke, but soon enough, Bonilla won’t be alone. Chris Davis is set to start receiving deferred payments starting next year as a part of the 7-year $161 million […]

State of Play: The Battle for the Outfield

After four glorious spring training games so far, the battle for the Opening Day LF and CF spots has begun to take shape. As incredible as it has been to finally get to see Juan Soto back in the batter’s box, or Paolo Espino (god bless) on the mound again, the fight for the outfield […]

2022 MLB Betting Preview: 20 Best Future Bets For The 2022 Season

We are just a little over two weeks away from the start of the 2020 MLB regular season. With that in mind, today we take a look towards the future and examine some of the best future bets for the 2022 season. All odds are via Bet MGM Sportsbook, the official betting partner of the […]

NCAA Top 25: Week 5 (Mar 21)

Another fun weekend is in the books as the SEC joined the Pac-12 and the ACC in conference play. For the third time this year, we have a new #1 in our rankings as Vanderbilt has won 16 straight games since their Opening Weekend series loss to Oklahoma State. Ole Miss, who won their series […]

Meet the Legend: Nelson Cruz

Baseball is back, ladies and gentlemen. And I can’t believe that’s old news now.  The free agent market has heated up as of late, and while the Nats haven’t made a tremendous amount of signings, they’ve had some good moves, most notably signing reliever Steve Cishek, who had a good 2021, and Aaron Sanchez, who […]

NCAA Weekend Preview: Week 5

Happy Friday! MLB Spring Training games have finally begun and Opening Day will be on April 7th. But college baseball is in full swing as the SEC joins the ACC and Pac-12 in conference play this weekend, while the Big 12 takes one more weekend before their grueling conference schedules start. Below I’ve highlighted some […]

Top 10 Teams of the 2010s to Not Win a World Series: #5 The 2017 Cleveland Indians

Today we reveal our #5 team in the Top 10 teams of the 2010s to not win the World Series. The teams considered all had outstanding seasons but failed to win the World Series. Many failed to even win a single playoff series. For some teams, such as the Nationals and the Dodgers, we’ve chosen […]

NCAA Top 25: March 15 (Week 4)

Just when we thought we had established a clear #1 team in the country, Texas dropped 3 of their 5 games this past week and fell to #3 in our latest rankings, meaning that Ole Miss rises to #1 after a 3-1 week over Alcorn State and Oral Roberts. The SEC kicks off conference play […]

One Move Each NL East Team Should Make Before the Season Starts

We have nowhere to improve – said no team ever. Everybody is always looking to improve and with the lockout freezing transactions for over 3 months, teams are looking to make moves quickly. I thought it might be fun to look around the NL East and examine one move that would help complete a perfect […]

NCAA Weekend Preview: Week 4

Happy Friday! The MLB lockout is finally over and Opening Day will be on April 7th. But college baseball is in full swing and both the ACC and the Pac-12 start conference play this weekend, while the Big 12 and the SEC get in some cupcakes to tune up this weekend before their grueling conference […]

Free Agent Preview: LHP Yusei Kikuchi

The lockout continues. After yet another late night of hyped up, optimistic discussions and another morning of disappointment, MLB canceled another two series, ensuring Opening Day can come no earlier than April 14. 184 games have been struck, the sides don’t appear very close together, and there’s not a lot to make anyone feel romantic […]

HSHH MLB Mock Draft 1.0

MLB has yet to announce an official draft date, but with more important things for them to deal with currently, let’s just assume it will in July. This is my first attempt at the 2022 MLB Draft and will be doing more updated ones in the lead up to the actual draft. Remember, unlike the […]

NCAA Top 25: March 8th (Week 3)

After a crazy weekend of College Baseball, there are just 5 undefeated teams left in Division 1 (Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson, Purdue, Tennessee Tech) and we have a clear #1 after Texas stifled the dominating lineups of Tennessee and LSU. Beyond that, however, there’s a bit of a void to be filled after Ole Miss […]

MLB Mock Free Agency Draft

The lockout hasn’t ended and doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Let’s be honest, they’re not going to reach a deal by fake deadline number 2 which is today at some arbitrary time. So until such a time where we’re allowed to have hope again, I figured we’d have some fun. What if MLB […]

3 Big Name Free Agents that Could be Available on a 1-year deal Post-Lockout

With it soon to be entering triple digit days since the MLB lockout has begun, the whole sport is hurting right now as the billionaire owners and Rob Manfred continue to kill the game we all know and love with their egregious negotiating. Players, fans, and ballpark staff are all being affected by the work […]

NCAA Weekend Preview: Week 3

Happy Friday! The MLB lockout continues and they have officially canceled the first two series of the season. But I have good news! There is lots massive match-ups this week in college baseball. Below I’ve highlighted some big match-ups occurring this weekend and how you can watch them if you are so inclined. This does […]

The Shriner’s Children College Classic Preview

This weekend, the premier college baseball tournament of the season will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. This article previews the Shriner’s Children College Classic and all 6 teams. If you’re looking for my normal weekend preview, which features the weekend’s major series and the match-ups for all my Top 25 teams, […]

No Deal: MLB and MLBPA Remain Far Apart

We’re 3+ months into the MLB lockout, and the progress has been minimal. The sides met for 8 straight days and barely got anywhere. MLBPA dug themselves deep into the trenches and they’re calling MLB’s bluff at every corner. Let’s make this very clear right off the bat: the owners did this. They have nobody […]

Nationals Land 3 Top 100 Prospects in Fangraph’s Latest Rankings

When the Washington Nationals traded away Max Scherzer and Trea Turner last summer, they moved into a new era in their franchise’s history. After dealing away two of their top stars, the Nationals are relying heavily on their semi-rebuilt farm system to carry the organization in the coming years. Last week, some of Washington’s top […]

NCAA Top 25: March 1st (Week 2)

1. Texas (8-0) Last Week: 1 Results: 5-0 vs Texas A&M-CC & Alabama This week: (4 games) 3/1 at Sam Houston State, 3/4 vs #8 Tennessee, 3/5 vs #3 LSU, 3/6 vs UCLA   2. Ole Miss (6-0) Last Week: 3 Results: 3-0 vs Ark State and VCU This week: (5 games) 3/1, 3/2 vs ULM, 3/4-3/6 vs UCF The Rebels […]

A Visit to Hinchliffe Stadium, One of the Last Negro League Ballparks

I was able to find it easily as the car turned onto Maple Street. For all of the cracked tiles, chipped paint, and harsh chain link fencing, it was still, unmistakably, a stadium. The car rolled down the gentle hill before coming to a stop, and I hopped out to take it all in. It […]

NCAA Weekend Preview: Week 2

Happy Friday! The MLB lockout continues as NCAA Baseball enters its second week. The mid-week games were a little crazy with 6 Top-25 Teams dropping games. Weekend #2 doesn’t feature a ton of premier match-ups, but there are plenty of intriguing storylines across the country as teams begin to figure out how good/bad they are. […]

Top 10 Teams of the 2010s to Not Win a World Series: 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates

Today we reveal our #6 team in the Top 10 teams of the 2010s to not win the World Series. The teams considered all had outstanding seasons but failed to win the World Series. Many failed to even win a single playoff series. For some teams, such as the Nationals and the Dodgers, we’ve chosen […]

Why Signing Carlos Correa After the Lockout Makes More Sense Than Ever for the Nationals

When it came out that Juan Soto declined a 13-year, $350m extension offer from the Nats, it led to a lot of Nats fans’ hearts sinking. Sure, there are some positives to take away from the offer, such as there being no deferrals when typically, the Lerners will only hand out megadeals with that baggage […]

HSHH’s NCAA Top 25 (Feb 22)

Good morning, after an exciting Opening Weekend in NCAA Baseball, it’s time for us to release our new weekly Top 25 rankings. These will come out every week along with weekly Weekend Previews on Friday throughout the season. 1. Texas (3-0) Last Week: 1 Results: 3-0 vs Rice This week: (5 games) 2/22-2/23 at Texas […]

3 Realistic Moves the Nationals Should Make Once Baseball Returns

When, or maybe at this point it’s looking more like if, baseball does return, the Washington Nationals have plenty of work to do. If the Nationals were to roll out the team they currently employ, it’s hard to see a way they are not one of the two or three worst teams in baseball. Thankfully, […]

ACC Baseball Preview

With the MLB lockout dragging on and with no end in sight, it would seem like a lot of hope is lost for baseball fans around the country. However, there is good news! NCAA baseball is right around the corner, with first pitches around the country being thrown today. Games kick off at noon, and […]

NCAA Weekend Preview: Opening Weekend

Happy Friday! The MLB lockout continues and we have just 10 days left for MLB to get a deal done before Regular Season gets delayed. But I have good news! There is baseball returning today and if you’ve never watched college baseball then you are in for a treat. Below I’ve highlighted some big match-ups […]

Where Things Stand with Juan Soto

At this point, we are all well aware that the Nats made a 13-year, $350 million extension offer to Juan Soto that would have kicked in this upcoming season. The offer itself is nothing to scoff at. It’s the highest total value offer the team has ever made a player and it would have given […]

Potential Trade Candidate: OF Wil Myers

When the lockout eventually ends, the Washington Nationals have some work to do. With that in mind, we revisit our series where we will examine some potential targets for the Nationals once baseball finally returns. Today, we take a look at a veteran outfielder with a big contract that may be on the trading block. […]

Thank You, Ryan Zimmerman

I am still reeling from yesterday’s announcement that Ryan Zimmerman has decided to retire after 17 years. I knew it was coming at some point in the near future, but I figured he’d give it another year with the addition of the universal DH or at least wait until after the lockout was over. I […]

A Baseball Starting Lineup of Dog Breeds

Yesterday, the nation was blessed with a back and forth affair that had us on the edge of our seats in the biggest game on the biggest stage. No, not that big game. I am talking about the Puppy Bowl. The Puppy Bowl has been going on for 18 years now and is nothing short […]

Throwback: 1988 MLB Season

Wait, is the lockout still going on? Seriously? My goodness… Anyway, the Super Bowl is this Sunday! Who’s excited? I definitely am. This year, we have a showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, in a matchup where the majority of fans across the country probably don’t have a preference as to […]

Cryptocurrency, Sponsorships, and the Washington Nationals: What to Know

With the lockout still in full swing and Manfred set to announce the delay of spring training, there isn’t much substantive news to excited about around the baseball world these days. That hasn’t stopped the Nationals, however, who have in the span of one week announced the BetMGM Sportsbook at Nationals Park (which has created […]

Throwback Thursday: Tyler’s Top 5 Favorite Games from the Nationals 2019 Playoff Run

The 2019 Championship will be embedded in Nats fans memories forever, as the almost dream-like run from the 4th worst record in baseball to winning the World Series as a Wild Card team was absolutely one of the greatest championship runs not only just in baseball, but in the history of sports. Especially with the […]

Revisiting the Nationals Options at DH

It seems inevitable at this point that there will be a universal DH in MLB for the 2022 season. In fact, it seems like one of the few major points that MLB and MLBPA actually do agree on during these CBA negotiations. Back in October, Allison touched on the in-house options that the Nationals could […]

Nationals Potential Trade Target: OF Randal Grichuk

When the lockout eventually ends, the Washington Nationals have some work to do. With that in mind, we revisit our series where we will examine some potential targets for the Nationals once baseball finally returns. Today, we take a look at an outfielder that may be on the move.    Player: Randal Grichuk Age: 30 […]

Nats Park’s New BetMGM Sportsbook is Great

A few days ago, it was announced that the Nationals would be opening an all-new sportsbook at the park, just outside the center field gate. They become the second MLB team that will be opening a sportsbook, as the Cubs and DraftKings announced a few months ago that they will be opening a sportsbook of […]

5 Potential Relocation Spots For Rays

With CBA negotiations becoming even more tense, it now looks like the MLB season will not start on time, with Spring Training at the bare minimum being pushed back. Writers and fans STILL don’t have much to talk about right now regarding baseball, but in other news, MLB finally shot down the Tampa Bay Rays’ […]

A Look Back at the Trade Deadline

We all know that the 2021 trade deadline was one that will likely shape the direction of the Nationals franchise for years to come. But just how close were the Nationals to going in a different direction at the deadline and sending Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to San Diego instead of Los Angeles?  There’s […]

Free Agent Preview: LHP Andrew Miller

When the lockout eventually ends, the Washington Nationals have some work to do. With that in mind, we revisit our series where we will examine some potential free agent targets for the Nationals once baseball finally returns. Today, we take a look at a veteran, left-handed reliever who could be of interest to the Nats. […]

Meet Kevin Frandsen: Four Things You Might Not Know About the Nationals’ New Color Commentator

Last week, Philly sportscaster and former National Kevin Frandsen was announced as the new color commentator for the 2022 season, replacing F.P. Santangelo in the booth alongside Bob Carpenter. He’s no stranger to the sportscasting scene, having spent four seasons calling Phillies games on the radio, but his move to television marks his return to […]

CBA Negotiations: Where Things Stand

We’re about two months into the lockout and it feels as if almost no progress has been made between MLB and MLBPA. The owners waited from December 1st up until January 13th to make their first proposal since locking players out on December 2nd. Their offer was a lackluster one at that. With Spring Training […]

The Latest Hall of Fame Inductee Proves How Broken the MLB Hall of Fame Is

On Tuesday afternoon it was announced that former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and was the only member on the ballot elected. The biggest story this week is not celebrating the career of David Ortiz who made the Hall on his first attempt, but instead […]

Dissenting Point: Josh Bell is a Part of the Rebuild, not the Direction

This is the second part of a debate on Josh Bell’s future with the Nationals. If you want to follow along, I suggest reading Tyler’s article from yesterday first before coming here if you have not already! When the Nats swung a trade for Pirates first baseman Josh Bell in December 2020, we all came […]

Supporting Point: What the Nationals do with Josh Bell could Indicate the Rebuild’s Length

When Josh Bell was traded from the Pirates to the Nationals last winter, the expectation within the industry and for Bell himself was that he would be heading from the bottom feeders of the NL to a playoff contender. Obviously, fast forward a year, the Nationals had traded away half their roster at the deadline […]

Back in Time: Baseball in the Year 2001

So…we’re in a lockout.  Holy cow, this is boring. While there’s not currently a timetable for when the owners and MLB Players Association will come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, the speculation and the lack of offseason news has left baseball fans and writers without much to talk about. What we […]

Nationals Early Extension Candidates

Historically speaking, the Nationals have never been a team to explore early extensions with their core players. They extended Ryan Zimmerman back in 2009 and then again 2012, but even those extensions came when he already had 3+ and 6+ years of service time under his belt. They extended Stephen Strasburg the Summer before he […]

Making the Non-Roster Invite Cut, 2022: Pitcher Edition

There are only 38 days left until pitchers and catchers report (in theory), meaning that it’s time to start considering who the Nationals might invite to spring training. While the 40-man roster is set (and no changes can be made while the players are still locked out), the Nationals may look to invite more prospects […]

Growing the Game: Vol. 1- Accessibility

I want to preface this by saying that I am not the most polished writer (if you haven’t found that out already) which is why we hired Monty and staff to handle the writing duties. I do dabble from time to time, but I’m smart enough to know my strengths lie elsewhere. Which leads me […]

3 Hypothetical Salary Dump Trades the Nationals Could Pursue

A few days ago, an article was published on MLBTradeRumors.com floating the idea that any team that is looking to dump salary should be in contact with the Nats. As of right now, the Nats current 2022 projected payroll, including arbitration estimates for players rostered and eligible, is around $136m per Fangraphs. This is the […]

Five Things All Nats Fans Should Want for Christmas

​Happy holidays, folks! We’re almost at the end of this cursed year, and by now, you’re hopefully reading this from the comfort of your home, sipping some hot chocolate by the fire, safe and sound with the bustle of holiday travel behind you (if you chose to travel this year). It’s been approximately twenty-one days […]

What the Recent Minor League Signings Mean for the 2022 Nationals Infield

The Nationals, in true Nationals fashion, have been more busy during the lockout than they were pre-lockout. Over the past week, we saw the Nats ink both Dee Strange-Gordon and Maikel Franco to minor league deals. These were definitely some interesting deals, but most importantly they add some depth to a team that has absolutely […]

Reacting to the Nationals 2022 Projected Team WAR

Last week, I tweeted out the following picture: Let’s just say it got quite the reaction, and it’s quite the hilarious image. This here is a current projection for the 2022 Nationals and the amount of WAR that is expected to be put up by players that can play at that specific position, beginning with […]

Opinion: If the Nationals aren’t serious about a Juan Soto extension, it’s time to make a decision on the superstar’s future

Note: I’m going to start this off by giving a little bit of personal perspective on what you are about to read. I, in no way, want or believe the Nationals should do what is mentioned in this article. I believe Juan Soto is one of the three or four best players in baseball, and […]

What Would A Juan Soto Extension Look Like?

Once the lockout ends, the Nationals have a ton of work to do to round out their roster. Even though they’re in the middle of a rebuild (or retool if you ask Mike Rizzo), they still have holes at the backend of the bullpen, in the starting rotation and in left field. Depending on what […]

Mr. Soto or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Washington Nationals

I couldn’t even pretend to hear the announcers over the excited rumblings of the bar crowd, all eyes on Daniel Hudson as he readied his next—and potentially final—pitch against Michael Brantley in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. I held my breath, my heart pounding, as Hudson threw a perfect fastball down and in, […]

Top 5 Post-Lockout Priorities for the Nationals

Prior to the December 1st CBA deadline that all but guaranteed the work stoppage we are currently experiencing, we saw a flurry of big-name players sign throughout the league. The Mets went out and signed Max Scherzer (pain), Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar with Steve Cohen’s stupid money. The Mariners, Angels, and Blue […]

Revamping the Bullpen: Adam Ottavino

We’re officially in a lockout and if you want to learn more about that, you should take a look at Ryan’s article. The good news is that once the players and owners come to an agreement on a new CBA, free agency may start to move quickly depending on how much time there is until […]