October 9, 2015

Washington Nationals Game 53 Review: Buehrle Tosses A Complete Game Shutout, Washington’s Jordan Struggles Early

The Washington Nationals fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Wednesday night in D.C. after a dominant starting performance by left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle and a rough opening tossed by Nats starter Taylor Jordan. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

The next time members of the Washington Nationals find themselves in Cincinnati it’s bound to be under more festive circumstances: Great American Ballpark will be hosting the MLB All Star Game in July, and there will most likely be plenty of Nationals representation in the game.

Nationals fans hope by that time this late-May three game sweep by the Reds will be seen as a bump in the road instead of the beginning of prolonged troubled times. Because what should have been an easy series for Washington turned into an easy series for the Reds…and the Nationals (28-22) looked a lot more like the struggling April Nationals than the torrid May version of the team.

Next up is a matchup that’s hard to predict, because the Toronto Blue Jays (23-29) have been very inconsistent to start the season. Sometimes they win games 10-9 and they make scoring runs look easy, and sometimes they struggle to put runs on the board and lose 3-2. And despite the fact that they are six games under .500, they are very much in contention in a very tight American League East. The Nationals are still in first place by a half-game over the Mets, who begin a west coast swing in San Diego Monday night.

The Last Time…

The Nationals haven’t played the Blue Jays since June, 2012. For what it’s worth, the Nationals swept that three game series in Toronto. A young (or, I guess, even younger?) Bryce Harper went 7 for 13 in the three games.

In The Other Dugout

The Blue Jays might have made the deal of the off-season this year, acquiring third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland A’s. Donaldson has been on fire to start the season, hitting .312 with 15 home runs and 39 RBI. One part of Donaldson’s game that should make the Nationals feel better: While Donaldson is hitting .375 with 10 homers in Toronto, he has just five homers and is hitting below .250 on the road.

Matchup To Watch

Despite the unfamiliar matchup with the Blue Jays, there are a lot of players who have faced each other in various stops over the years on these two rosters. Some of the matchups to watch out for: Wilson Ramos is 9 for 13 with a homer in his career against R.A. Dickey, Monday night’s Blue Jays starter; Jose Bautista is 9 for 17 (.529) with 4 doubles and a homer against Tuesday night’s Nationals starter, Max Scherzer; Denard Span is 12 for 33 lifetime against Mark Buehrle, with two homers.


Monday, 7:05pm: R.A. Dickey (2-5, 5.77 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 3.26 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:05pm: Marco Estrada (1-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (6-3, 1.51 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:05pm: Mark Buehrle (6-4, 4.97 ERA) vs. TBA

FORMER NATS NEWS: Blue Jays Sign RHP Shawn Hill

RHP Shawn Hill was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2000 and pitched for the Washington Nationals at RFK. Hill has had several surgeries, including three Tommy John surgeries, and has never given up his dream to pitch again.

Hill joined the York Revolution earlier this season and hasn’t given up a run in his last five starts (27 2/3 innings). Hill is 2-0, with a 2.43 ERA with 21Ks and 9 walks for York.

Toronto Blue Jays have signed Hill and he’ll start in triple-A. Hill previously pitched for Blue Jays in 2010.

District Sports Page wishes Shawn Hill the best in his career!

Flashback: Back when Shawn Hill has rehab assignment with Potomac Nats in 2008.

Shawn Hill’s last start in a Nationals’ uniform on March 16, 2009 (Photo © Cheryl Nichols)


Washington Nationals Game 61 Review: Nats sweep Jays behind pair of Tyler Moore homers

Every day the Washington Nationals seem to find another hero. Today, it was Tyler Moore.

The slugging 1B/OF hit 62 homers combined in the minor leagues the last two seasons, and in the Nats 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays today everyone saw a considerable bit of that power, as he doubled and homered twice, driving in five, to lead the Nats to a win and sweep of the Jays. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 60 Review: Nats power past Jays 4-2; Solano hits 1st MLB homer

Let this sink in for a moment. It’s June 13 and the Washington Nationals are on pace to win 100 games.

Certainly there’s a lot of time between now and the start of the playoffs, but every series it seems like the Nats are taking two out of three games — or better. This series is no different, as the Nats got five nervous innings from Chien-Ming Wang, four dominant inning from the bullpen, and three home runs to take their second consecutive game from the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, before 22,538 with the roof open at Skydome. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 59 Review: Jackson goes eight strong in Nats win over Toronto

So that Edwin Jackson signing is looking pretty good these days.

The veteran right-hander generated an almost endless string of ground ball outs, going eight-plus innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, before a crowd of 18,513 at Skydome. Jackson, one of the league leaders in pitch economy, threw 108 in his eight innings, allowing just three hits and three walks, striking out three. [Read more…]

Former Nats Pitchers Mock and Martin Have New Opportunities

Congratulations to Garrett Mock and J.D. Martin on signing minor league contracts with the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins.

Both right-handers have such potential and suffered injuries while with the Washington Nationals. Mock and Martin are quality people and allowed District Sports Page (then Nats News Network) to do personal interviews for Valentines Day in 2010 and 2011. District Sports Page wishes them the best of luck in their new career opportunities.

More on Mock’s signing here.

Garrett Mock pitching at Nationals Park in July 2009 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

J.D. Martin pitching at Nationals Park in July 2010 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)




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