Nationals Pitching Daily Briefs (PDB): A Collection

To catch you up on the work Garrett Hooe has been doing this offseason to prepare us all for the pitching analysis he intends to do during the 2013 campaign. A look at the stats and thinking that goes into looking at the Washington Nationals' pitchers as they try to defend the NL East title.

Full Sinker: Drew Storen closes N.L. East


A quick look at Nationals' closer Drew Storen's use of the sinker at two pivotal career points.

The Struggles of the Nationals' Ian Desmond


Ian Desmond hasn't been the 2012 and 2013 performer that Nats' fans are used to. While his defense has been shaky, we look here at his offense to see what has changed this year, and what the...

The Nats' Sort of Jekyll and Hyde Offense


While the Nationals have had an impressive early season offensive performance, there's a sense in the community that the team struggles to drive runs in with runners on base. Is that true? And if...

Nats Park is Playing Huge


Nats broadcaster F.P. Santangelo has mentioned during several broadcasts that hard-hit batted balls simply aren't carrying at Nationals Park like they normally do. And it's true, more so with...

Espinosa's early improvement, and replacing Zim


The Nats had a great bounce-back Monday, then an ugly loss last night after a bad weekend in Atlanta. A big part of the team's success going forward will be how Espinosa contributes. With Ryan...

What's the difference between Ramos and Lobaton?


Some guys have no luck in the game of baseball. When you've suffered multiple season-altering injuries -- never mind a kidnapping -- you probably qualify. With Wilson Ramos on the shelf, can we be...

Nats' Defensive Shifts Could Help in 2014


Last season, the Nationals shifted the least among all major league teams. Before the 2014 campaign, new skipper Matt Williams resolved to use more defensive shifts. Is there room for improvement?

The Nationals Are Better with Detwiler in the Pen


The Nats recently announced that Ross Detwiler was no longer in the running for the fifth starter's spot in the team's rotation. Regardless where you fall on whether Detwiler's performance to date...

N.L. East: Third Base Rankings


The Nats have had the top talent -- in my view, anyway -- at three of the first four positions in the we've covered. Does Ryan Zimmerman project to continue the trend? How about Chris Johnson after...

N.L. East Position Ranks: Shortstop


How do the N.L. East shortstops stack up? There's clear talent at the top, while younger players at the bottom have significant flaws. Like many of the positions we've seen so far, the Nats and...


N.L. East Position Ranks: Left Fielders


The left field position in the N.L. East is stacked with some high-end, young talent that gives four of the five teams reason for hope for 2014 and beyond. And even the old, I mean odd, man out is...

N.L. East Center Field Rankings


After an exciting Thursday in NatsTown, we take a moment to check out the five N.L. East center fielders. They have a lot in common, some of it good. The Fan Projects see a pretty close grouping of...

N.L. East Position Ranks: Right Fielders


How is the 2014 crop of N.L. East right fielders looking? Overall, pretty good. Here's how the projected starters shape up.

N.L. East Position Rankings: Intro


Introducing Federal Baseball's position-by-position projections for the National League East in 2014! We'll draw on projection systems and some high/low scenarios to figure out which teams are best...

Nats Pitch Right Strategy To Their Starters*


Thanks to some helpful studies and insightful data, we can take a deeper look into whether the Nationals' starters have the "right" approach. More specifically, is a ground-ball centric method the...

Nats '14: Appreciating Doug Fister's Talent


The big news around Major League Baseball last night was the Nationals' trade for former Detroit right-hander Doug Fister. Fister is a one of the better pitchers in the game. How does he do it, and...

Nats '14: A Counterpoint To Signing Ubaldo Jimenez


Several baseball writers have recently opined that the Nationals should target free agent right hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez pitched very well over the second half of 2013, but there's room for...

Partially Explaining Tanner Roark's HR/FB Rate


Tanner Roark emerged on the scene in the second half of 2013, showing an impressive display of poise and performance on the way to a sterling 2.41 FIP. But Roark also rocked a miniscule HR/FB rate....

Ryan Zimmerman's Late Season Surge Explained


Ryan Zimmerman - the Face of the Franchise - ambled through most of 2013 with pretty mediocre numbers. Since the middle of August, however, he's cranked up the power in a big way. What explains...

Anthony Rendon's good at hitting soft stuff, too


Last week, we looked at the Nats' Anthony Rendon's performance against fastballs, sinkers, and cutters. This article checks out how the rookie is doing against breaking balls and off speed pitches,...

Anthony Rendon Is Hitting Hard Stuff


Anthony Rendon arrived in Washington with considerable fanfare. He's had a good rookie campaign that has been marked by the sort of adjustments that make future success realistic. Here, we look at...

Dillon Gee Faces Hot Nats Bats


Dillon Gee is a pretty good pitcher who enjoyed success last season. He's taken something of a step back this year, and with the Nats' sizzling offensive performance of late, signs are favorable...

The Marlins' Henderson Alvarez and Broken Records


Where have Nats fans seen this before? A low strikeout, moderate walk hurler sporting a decent FIP sounds a lot like the Royals' Bruce Chen, and also describes the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez. Over...

In The Clouds With Bruce Chen


Bruce Chen has parlayed a once-top 10 prospect ranking into a 15-year major league career. This PDB looks at what Chen has working in his favor, and what the Nats may do about it.

Understanding Tim Lincecum's Highs and Lows


Tim Lincecum's early career dominance is well known, as was his 2012 performance slide. This PDB looks at Lincecum's primary offerings -- fastball, sinker, and change -- and compares the righty's...

The Phils' John Lannan is kind of the Nats' Lannan


After an unremarkable but sentimental tenure with the Washington Nationals, the Philadelphia Phillies' John Lannan has found a major league rotation spot. He's mostly still the same guy, but has...

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