Nationals Pitching Daily Briefs (PDB): A Collection

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 merited the decision, the Nats are better for it.

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 his good 2013? Nah. It's David Wright.

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 Braves are near the top.

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 pretty good in his own right. How do things look?

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 players, but there are some differences.

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 positioned to win this season.

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 best way to attack opposing hitters?

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 what do Nationals' fans have to look forward to?


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 debate.

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. What gives?

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 this improvement? We look at stats and video to see.

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, and again finds his talent encouraging.

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 how he's fared against hard pitches.

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 for D.C. in the nations' capital tonight.

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 a small sample, Alvarez has seen a curious trend.

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 2009, 2012, and 2013 using prior articles and reports

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 reduced his gopher-ball tendencies somewhat.

Nats PDB: No Words For Verlander's Fastball

Justin Verlander hasn't had as much success this season as he has in the past. Some bad luck and some apparent skill degradation are to thank, but his track record is too good to ignore. This PDB uses images to tell the story of Verlander's 2013.

Nats Ther-A.P.: Taylor Jordan's Legitimacy

Taylor Jordan is in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, and every team in the Major Leagues had the opportunity to claim him in the Rule 5 draft recently. Now, at age 24, he's a bona fide major league starter.

Nats PDB: Gerrit Cole Doesn't Need Any More Help

Gerrit Cole brings a top of the line prospect pedigree and tantalizing stuff to Nationals Park tonight in the second of four games against the Pirates. While Cole doesn't generate a lot of strikeouts, he's still effective. And he's already improving

Nats PDB: Zach Greinke's Inconsistent Movement

Zach Greinke is a talented pitcher with a great major league track record who the Nats once targeted. Pitching for LA, he's had a decent year, but fans expect greatness with nine-figure contracts. Greinke's inconsistent movement may be a culprit.

Nats PDB: Nathan Eovaldi Can Throw It

Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Miami Marlins in a very winnable series for the Nats. Eovaldi can throw the ball hard (really hard) but his major league pitching ability is still developing. Also, some Nats' offensive platoon split visuals.

Nats PDB: Cole Hamels' Normal Season

Cole Hamels has just three wins and eleven loses so far this year. But don't be fooled, because this is largely the same hurler who has earned four strikeouts for every walk and a .626 OPS against the Nats for his career.

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