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One stat to know for each Nats player at the All-Star break

One stat to know for each Nats player at the All-Star break

Here is one stat to know for each Nats player at the 2016 All-Star break. Some are interesting, some are cool and some may be just plain random...

Bryce Harper, outfielder

Harper is walking at the exact same rate (19.0) as last season, but he's cut his strikeout percentage from 20.0 to 15.8.

Wilson Ramos, catcher

Ramos hit .316/.328/.491 in April, then .333/.400/.522 in May before getting even better with a .364/.414/.636 slash in June. He also has the best catcher's ERA (3.43) in baseball.

Daniel Murphy, second base

Murphy is fourth-best among all MLB batters at hitting fastballs this season.

Ben Revere, outfielder

Only one MLB player (Freddy Galvis) has been worse than Revere at hitting fastballs this season, according to FanGraphs. Also, Revere takes the least time (19.9 sec.) in between pitches of any Nats position player.

Ryan Zimmerman, first baseman

Zimmerman is second-to-last among all qualified first basemen in WAR (-0.5). But, he is sixth in average exit velocity at 94.9 miles per hour. Giancarlo Stanton is fifth at 95.0.

Danny Espinosa, shortstop

Espinosa is tied with Ramos for third on the Nats with a 2.5 WAR. Also, no one takes more time in between pitches in the NL than Espinosa (26.7 sec.).

Anthony Rendon, third baseman

Nobody on the Nationals hits balls the opposite way more often than Rendon (31.1%). 

Jayson Werth, outfielder

Werth has already played in 81 games this season. He appeared in 88 last year and only 81 in all of 2012, his second season with the Nats.

Stephen Strasburg, starter

Strasburg's terrific first-half has lowered his career ERA to 3.04, which is fourth among active starters (Kershaw, Bumgarner, Sale) and better than Felix Hernandez, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Nolan Ryan, among others.

Tanner Roark, starter

Roark has the highest soft-contact rate (27.2%) in the majors. The dude's deceptive.

Max Scherzer, starter

Scherzer is third among all MLB starters with a 15 percent swinging strike rate. Only Clayton Kershaw and Noah Syndergaard are better.

Joe Ross, starter

Ross works slower than any other Nationals pitcher with an average of 23.3 per seconds in between pitches. Also, his slider is ranked third among all MLB pitchers who throw them.

Gio Gonzalez, starter

Gonzalez has the highest hard-contact rate (34.4%) on the Nats and ranks 18th-worst in baseball in the category.

Jonathan Papelbon, closer

Papelbon has posted his highest hard-contact rate (32.1%) since 2007, which is normally a bad sign, but that was the year he closed out the World Series for Boston.

Shawn Kelley, reliever

Kelley's 13.5 SO/9 rate ranks fifth in baseball and he's tops on the Nats with a 68.5 first-strike percentage and 15.8 swinging strike percentage.

Oliver Perez, reliever

Opponents make contact on 93 percent of their swings on pitches Perez throws in the zone. That's highest on the Nats and 14th-highest in the majors.

Felipe Rivero, reliever

No one on the Nationals uses their changeup more often than Rivero, who throws it 20.6 percent of the time.

Blake Treinen, reliever

Treinen has the highest average velocity on his fastball (95.6) of any Nats pitcher, but 20 MLB pitchers throw harder.

Sammy Solis, reliever

No reliever in baseball works faster than Solis, who averages just 18.9 seconds per pitch. Only three starters (R.A. Dickey, Wade Miley & Steven Matz) take less time.

Matt Belisle, reliever

Only Solis (0.30) has given up less homers per nine innings than Belisle (0.47) on the Nationals.

Yusmeiro Petit, reliever 

Petit is the hardest Nats pitcher to go opposite field against with a team-low 22.2 opposite-field percentage.

Chris Heisey, outfielder

Heisey's .745 OPS is the highest for him since 2011, when he played for Baker with the Reds.

Stephen Drew, infielder

Drew leads with the Nationals in fewest at-bats per homer (13.0) and isolated power (.286).

Clint Robinson, infielder

Robinson has four homers, 16 RBI and a .708 OPS in the 19 games he's started.

Michael Taylor, outfielder

Taylor hits a lower percentage (16.3) of balls to opposite field than anyone on the Nationals, including pitchers. Only eight MLB hitters with at least 50 PA have gone the other way less often.

Jose Lobaton, catcher

Lobaton's 3.02 catcher's ERA ranks fourth among backstops who have played at least 25 games. That mark would lead baseball, if Lobaton had the innings to qualify.

Dusty Baker, manager

The Nats have a .600 winning percentage this season, the highest for Baker since his first year as a manager, 1993 when he started with the Giants. Twice (2000 and 2012) has he finished a season with a .599 winning percentage.

Stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.


Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.


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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

Now that pitchers and catchers have reported, the next step in our long journey to Opening Day is the spring training games themselves. Not every game is televised, so get ready to follow along with your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll still be exciting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Bryce Harper homered again, or if Max Scherzer is perfect through 4 innings (spoiler: both of these will happen).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing contracts in the next few weeks. The Nats are always willing to make a big splash, and even beyond the available free agents, have been linked to impact players like J.T. Realmuto in trade rumors.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the roster has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be happening while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for their seasons, so bookmark this page to check on the Nationals spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Nationals 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Braves at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Feb. 26 - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 1 (SS) - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Tigers at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Monday, Mar. 5 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 6 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Nationals at Tigers, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 13 (SS) - Mets at Nationals, 7:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 (SS) - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Mar. 17 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (ESPN2) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Nationals at Mets, 6:10 pm
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 - Nationals at Marlins, 7:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 27 (at Nationals Park) - Twins at Nationals, 4:05 pm