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.
You weren't the only one working during the day yesterday. So if you missed Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper's three-home run game vs the Marlins, here's a look back.
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 respect to the good guys, it seems. What's going on?
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 Zimmerman out for several weeks, what can we expect?
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 optimistic about backup Jose Lobaton?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.