Nationals Pitching Daily Briefs (PDB): A Collection

Nats PDB: Matt Cain and Home Runs

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain has had a rough go of it in 2013, sporting a 5.43 ERA and 5.30 FIP. Historically, Cain has been close to an average +4 win pitcher. So what's going on this year? And what can the Washington Nationals expect?

Clayton Kershaw or the Evening Redness in the West

Clayton Kershaw is a special talent. Indeed, it seems that unless the southpaw wants a hitter to reach base, the batter may as well head back to the dugout. This PDB shows how he's gotten the job done during both his career and this year.

Nats PDB: The Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, True Pitcher

The Chicago Cubs' record may again be below .500, but Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR-jah) has given the team's fans something to look forward to. Opposing clubs? Not so much. This PDB looks at Samardzija's pitching and what the Nationals may do?

Nats' PDB: A.J. Burnett and his Hammer

Pirates' starter A.J. Burnett likes his curve ball. And this year, his curve seems to be reciprocating. How does he achieve his success with the pitch, and what can the Nats do about it? Game 1 of 3 tonight in PNC Park...

Nationals PDB: Nat Nemesis Tim Hudson and Sinkers

Tim Hudson has enjoyed a lengthy major league career on the strength of several quality pitches, most notably a sinker that generates a large number of ground balls. But, if the season ended today, he would have the highest FIP of his career.

Nationals PDB: Bronson Arroyo, "Crafty" Righty

Bronson Arroyo is a veteran major league pitcher who throws several different pitches, occasionally from different arm angles and velocities. He also attacks the strike zone early with an excellent curve and above average change.

Nats PDB: Shelby Miller's Fastball and Line Drives

Like the NY Mets' Matt Harvey, the St. Louis Cardinals' Shelby Miller is a talented young hurler with a good fastball and curve ball. The Washington Nationals will again face a tough test this evening in another intriguing early-season tilt in D.C.

Friday Night Strikes: Matt Harvey PDB

The New York Mets' Matt Harvey has begun 2013 on a tear, but how sustainable is his performance, and what can the Nats' hitters expect to see in the series opener? A big-time pitcher duel goes down in Flushing tonight when Harvey faces off against W

Washington Nationals PDB: Braves' Julio Teheran

Julio Teheran is a talented young hurler for the Atlanta Braves who arrived in the Major Leagues with great expectations after earning an enviable minor league track record. He takes on the Washington Nationals tonight in game one of three in D.C.

Nationals PDB: The White Sox' Jake Peavy

The Chicago White Sox have a front-line pitcher in Jake Peavy, who last year rebounded from a tough 2011. Peavy features an effective fastball and sinker. While his days as a league-leader in ERA are behind him, Peavy remains a formidable opponent.

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