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  1. Defensive storylines of the offseason: NL

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesJason Heyward, Miguel Montero and Howie Kendrick are notable defense-minded acquisitions. The major league baseball offseason still has a way to go, but I thought I'd take a look at how teams have changed defensively heading into 2015. ...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  2. Acquiring Rivera key to all of Rays' moves

    Mark Simon

    I can't help but think that the 11-player trade involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals wasn't so much about the Rays acquiring Steven Souza as much as it was about getting Rene Rivera. Based on how much the Rays on...

    Blog | December 21, 2014
  3. Top 10 starting pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    This is the final installment of the position rankings and it has been an enjoyable exercise, culling through opinions from evaluators, getting feedback from some players, picking the brains of some really smart scouts. Justin Havens, Mark Simon and ...

    Blog | December 03, 2014
  4. Don't bunt on Anthony Rendon

    Mark Simon

    Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon has made the jump from impressive rookie to elite player in the span of a season. Rendon has fared very well in the basic stats -- a .285 batting average with 20 home runs and 80 RBIs. He ranks sixth a...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  5. Top stats to know: 2014 Nationals

    Mark Simon

    The Washington Nationals are NL East champions for the second time in three seasons. They clinched the division title with a win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. The Nationals have been the best team in the National League for much of ...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  6. Royals run their way to a big win

    Mark Simon

    Teams fighting to make the postseason have to steal every win they can get at this time of year. The Kansas City Royals did that and then some in coming from three runs down to beat the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. It was an epic comebac...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  7. Meet the ace of the Nationals

    Mark Simon

    It was a little more than nine months ago in this space that we made a bold prediction that new Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister would be a good sleeper choice for the NL Cy Young Award. Fister doesn't have the dominance of Clayton Kersha...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  8. LaRoche finally gets biggest type of hit

    Mark Simon

    Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been getting big hits all month. On Monday, he got the one big hit that had eluded him throughout his career. The Nationals won another kooky thriller by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks on LaRoc...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  9. Strasburg's fastball starting to come around

    Mark Simon

    This may not be the dominant pre-surgery Stephen Strasburg that Washington Nationals fans flocked to see in his rookie season. But in two of his past three starts, Strasburg has shown he can pitch like the ace it was thought he would become. S...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  10. Span providing Nationals a big boost

    Mark Simon

    The hottest hitter in the Washington Nationals' lineup entering the Sunday Night Baseball matchup with the Atlanta Braves is center fielder Denard Span. SpanSpan has reached base in 35 straight games, fulfilling the role at the top of the lineup t...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  11. Braves offense, bullpen lets them down

    Mark Simon

    The Atlanta Braves went 0-8 on their just-completed trip, which the Elias Sports Bureau notes matched their worst record on a trip that long. They had previously gone 0-8 once before-- in 1949. So what went wrong this time? Almost everything. ...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  12. Manny happy returns: Machado gets results

    Mark Simon

    Manny Machado owned the inner half of the plate Monday night.Though Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is perceived to be struggling this season, he is still hitting the ball as hard as he did in 2013. Manny Machado #13 3B Baltim...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  13. Nationals stumbling a little bit

    Mark Simon

    The Washington Nationals are starting to have a few bumps and stumbles on their way through the 2014 season. Thursday, those may have hit their peak in a 4-3 12-inning loss to the San Diego Padres. The Nationals tied a season high with 16 hits,...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  14. Top stats to know: Fister unrewarded, solid

    Justin Havens & Mark Simon

    The Washington Nationals traded two prospects and a utility infielder to land Doug Fister in a deal with the Detroit Tigers. Doug Fister #58 SP Washington Nationals 2013 STATS GM33 W14 L9 BB44 K159 ERA3.67 Fister may not have the ...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  15. Wacha has a nice bounceback, near no-no

    Mark Simon

    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha came within one out (and a few inches) of pitching the third no-hitter in the major leagues this season. Michael Wacha #52 SP St. Louis Cardinals 2013 STATS GM15 W4 L1 BB19 K65 ERA2.78 ...

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  16. Nationals offense finally worth treasuring

    Mark Simon

    It took the Washington Nationals nearly five months to look like the team that everyone thought they would be coming out of spring training. That's particularly true on the offensive end, as the Nationals just finished a four-game sweep of the Mets a...

    Blog | September 12, 2013