Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:21:45 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (back) still has not been confirmed or ruled out of starting against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, July 3. SP Lucas Giolito is expected to make the start Sunday, if Strasburg is unable to pitch.
Fantasy Tip: Washington isn't going to rush Strasburg back into action, so it would appear unlikely he'll make the start Sunday. However, it is certainly worth checking into before locking your lineups Sunday, and if the Nationals are confident sending Strasburg to the hill, you should be confident in starting him, too. Giolito's also a worthy start, if he receives the nod.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:28:14 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ramos has been the most productive fantasy catcher in all of baseball this year. It looks like he's just receiving a normal day off. Lobaton is under the Mendoza Line this year and should be avoided in all fantasy formats this evening.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:30:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: His batting average isn't prety, but Espinosa is up to 15 homers and 41 RBI. He is providing surprising power at a thin position, making him worth starting in just about every format.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:36:29 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (back) could start against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, July 3, but manager Dusty Baker prefers to err on the side of caution and said he is more inclined to not rush Strasburg.
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners want their ace healthy, so the Nationals taking a conservative approach to Strasburg's nagging back injury shouldn't be viewed negatively. After all, he has won 16 of his past 24 starts with 211 strikeouts over 159 1/3 innings and allowed just 44 earned runs, so a few weeks off isn't going to kill his year-end numbers. Expect Lucas Giolito to start against Cincinnati Sunday, and at this point, he should be owned in all fantasy leagues and started against the Reds.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:09:12 -0700
Washington Nationals OFs Bryce Harper and Ben Revere are not in the starting lineup against Cincinnati Reds left-handed SP Brandon Finnegan Thursday, June 30. OF Michael Taylor is starting in center field and leading off, while OF Chris Heisey starts in right and is batting seventh. C Wilson Ramos moves into the cleanup spot.
Fantasy Tip: Harper and Revere have a routine day off against a southpaw. Get them out of your starting lineups. Taylor has a good combination of power and speed that plays well in the leadoff spot, and he's surely attractive as a low-priced outfielder in DFS. Heisey is more of a low-end play. Ramos is having the best fantasy season for a catcher this year and should be fired up everywhere.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:24:50 -0700
Fantasy Tip: There's not much to see here. Latos surprised and peaked with Chicago in April and from there faded quickly and ended with a 4.62 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and only 4.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He's purely minor league starting depth for the Nats and is unlikely to be attractive in fantasy again in 2016.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:16:39 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI against the New York Mets Wednesday, June 29. He has 14 homers this year, tying his career high set while playing for the Mets last season.
Fantasy Tip: Murphy has five home runs and 18 RBI in 99 at-bats this month and leads the club with 53 RBI through 76 games. He's a solid option at the keystone position in all fantasy formats.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:16:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Scherzer struck out at least 10 batters for the fourth consecutive game and fifth time in his last six outings. He went 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in six starts during the month of June, with seven walks and 58 strikeouts in just 41 1/3 innings. Scherzer should be started with confidence in his next outing versus the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, July 4.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:44:32 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) said he felt great during a simulated game Wednesday, June 29. He's close to a return, but he wants to pitch in rehab outings in back-to-back games first. He'll head to Class AA Harrisburg next.
Fantasy Tip: The veteran closer has been shaky this year with a 3.28 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and only 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings, but he's likely to receive at least a share of the closing duties upon his return given his experience in the ninth-inning role. Shawn Kelley has locked down three of his four save chances and should be held onto for now.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:57:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Harper's power has disappeared since coming out of the gate on fire to start the season, but three homers in 12 games is a marked improvement over the 14-game homerless streak he had leading up to it. Owners can take solace in the fact the ball is starting to find some gaps this month (.286) after he hit .200 in May. Even in what can be considered a down year so far (.258, 16 homers, 46 RBI, 45 runs and 10 steals), Harper is still a top-20 outfielder.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:23:28 -0700
Washington Nationals rookie SP Lucas Giolito looked every bit like the top prospect in baseball in his major-league debut Tuesday, June 28, against the New York Mets, allowing a bloop single and two walks over four scoreless frames before he was pulled following an 83-minute rain delay. Giolito's start was also delayed 55 minutes by another rainstorm.
Fantasy Tip: Giolito wasn't promised a long stay on the big-league roster following his promotion, but he probably earned himself another start against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. It worth noting he threw only 45 pitches and struck out just one, although he was in command throughout and flashed a mid-90s fastball to go along with a power curve.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:06:45 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Dating back to last year, Stasburg has won 16 of 24 starts with 211 strikeouts over 159 1/3 innings and allowed just 44 earned runs. Stash the fantasy ace in all settings, and it sounds like he just needs a little rest before returning. Stay tuned for updates while he works his way back.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:47:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This is good news for Strasburg owners. The Nats will be careful with their ace pitcher, but he shouldn't miss a ton of time and will likely be back when the 15 days are up. Keep him sidelined in all formats.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:20:11 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This game was a big pick-me-up for Revere, whose batting average is nearly 90 points lower than last year's. Revere is in a platoon in the outfield, so he should not be started in seasonal leagues. Even DFS is a risk, because the odds are he won't repeat a performance like this.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:07:42 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross improved to 7-4 overall as he overcame a rocky start for an 11-4 win over the New York Mets on Monday, June 27. Ross gave up four runs and then retired 11 of the next 12 batters.
Fantasy Tip: With a nearly 3-1 walk-to-strikeout ratio, Ross is powering past hitters and doing a pretty good job this season. Granted, the Nats' bats have helped, but Ross is worth a flyer in daily leagues and seasonal ones.
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