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  1. Watch out, NL: Here come the Nationals

    David Schoenfield

    Two weeks ago, the Washington Nationals were 25-27. Now they've won nine of 11, are 34-29 and riding some amazing starting pitching. The pitching staff as a whole has allowed more than two runs just twice in those 11 games -- four runs both times -- ...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  2. Nationals can't beat the good teams

    David Schoenfield

    There's certainly no shame in losing to Adam Wainwright. When he's commanding his fastball to the corners and dropping in that big curveball, the 1927 Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig would have trouble beating him. It's one thing to lose to ...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  3. Tales of Saturday's aces

    David Schoenfield

    They say one badge of a true ace is finding a way to succeed when you don't bring your premium stuff or pinpoint location to the mound. In the case of Jose Fernandez, the stuff is always premium, with a fastball that touches the upper 90s when he ...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  4. Stephen Strasburg unveils new slider

    David Schoenfield

    Stephen Strasburg started two days ago, but I wanted to get this out there. Strasburg has added a slider to his repertoire, to give him another weapon against left-handed batters. He threw the pitch three times in two innings in his Tuesday start, sa...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  5. Did the Nationals miss their window?

    David Schoenfield

    Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper had surgery this week -- bone chips in his elbow for Strasburg, knee surgery for Harper. The operations are being sold as relatively minor procedures and both are expected to be ready for spring training. Still, ...

    Blog | October 28, 2013
  6. Stephen Strasburg not yet an ace

    David Schoenfield

    It's been a much quieter year for Stephen Strasburg in his first season following The Shutdown, although not one without news and not one without questions. While the Nationals have been a colossal dud, Strasburg has pitched at a level similar to ...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  7. Strasburg's fastball doesn't rack up K's

    David Schoenfield

    Stephen Strasburg starts tonight for the Washington Nationals, and he's having a good season despite the 3-6 record: He has a 2.50 ERA, .208 batting average allowed and .591 OPS allowed. He's 15th in the majors in lowest batting average allowed and 1...

    Blog | June 21, 2013
  8. Ten great moments in draft history

    David Schoenfield

    1965: Reds draft Johnny Bench Back in the first draft, it was still possible to dig up a relatively unknown kid from rural Oklahoma. Bench wasn't selected until the second round -- the 36th player overall -- and seven other catchers went ahead of hi...

    Blog | June 06, 2013
  9. Wrap: Big problems for O's, Indians, Rays

    David Schoenfield

    This whole closer thing is a tough business. Perfection isn't just expected; it's demanded. Slip up once and it's a headline; slip up twice and fans are ready to trade you to Topeka. Slip up three times and your manager usually starts questioning you...

    Blog | May 27, 2013
  10. Mariners pair top 1-2 pitching duo in majors

    David Schoenfield

    Major league baseball is so deep in quality starting pitching that you could probably make the case for nine or 10 different combinations as the best pair going right now. Here are my top five: 1. Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners Thi...

    Blog | May 21, 2013
  11. Updated fantasy rankings are out

    David Schoenfield

    The ESPN Fantasy staff has published its mid-May rankings -- their top 250 players for the rest of the season. It's always interesting to see the different opinions. Everybody agrees on guys like Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun, but here are some gu...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  12. Harper/Strasburg: Who is more valuable?

    David Schoenfield

    It has been a nerve-wracking 48 hours or so for the Washington Nationals. First, Stephen Strasburg pitched through some forearm discomfort in Monday's loss to the Braves, but he felt fine in a bullpen session Wednesday and will make his sched...

    Blog | May 02, 2013
  13. Nationals only .500 but no reason to worry

    David Schoenfield

    Last season, the Washington Nationals led the majors with 98 wins. They had the following stretches: April 26-May 19: 9-13 June 15-July 16 13-13 Aug. 12-Sept. 1: 9-9 Sept. 14-Oct. 1: 7-10 Those four periods covered more half the game...

    Blog | April 26, 2013
  14. Chat wrap: Expand rosters to 26 players?

    David Schoenfield

    It was another fun and eventful chat session on Tuesday as we discussed expanding rosters to 26 players, the flaws of the current wild-card system, Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg, what the Cardinals should be about their outfield, Albert Pujols, J...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  15. SweetSpot TV: All-Underrated team

    David Schoenfield

    There is no scientific way to pick an all-underrated team. Well, I suppose there is some formula we could come up with, but that would be about as much fun as watching Brendan Ryan take batting practice. So let's go with an unscientific approach: my ...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  16. Weekend wrap: Strasburg is no Kershaw

    David Schoenfield

    Sunday's day of aces turned more into a game of Crazy Eights -- there were some crooked numbers put up against several of baseball's top pitchers and none of the anticipated showdowns materialized into a pitcher's duel. One of the disappointing ma...

    Blog | April 07, 2013