2007 Washington Nationals season

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2007 Washington Nationals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Lerner Enterprises
Manager(s) Manny Acta
Local television MASN
WDCA (My 20)
Bob Carpenter, Ray Knight, Don Sutton, Johnny Holliday
Local radio WTWP/WWWT
Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler
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The Washington Nationals' 2007 season began with the team trying to win its first NL East title since moving to Washington. During the offseason, the team replaced manager Frank Robinson with former Montreal Expos coach Manny Acta. They lost several players through free agency and trades. The most notable of those are José Guillén, Ramón Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano, and José Vidro. The Nationals signed few major league free agents. Their most experienced free agent signing was Dmitri Young. Luis Ayala, Alex Escobar, Cristian Guzmán, Nick Johnson, Michael O'Connor and John Patterson are expected to return from season-ending injuries.

After losing four starters (Liván Hernández, Tony Armas, Ramon Ortiz and Pedro Astacio) from the prior year, the Nationals invited an extraordinary 36 pitchers to spring training.[1][2] By year's end, the team would become the first team in modern baseball (except for strike-shortened seasons) with no pitcher in double figures with wins or losses.[3]

The season was notable for it being the Nationals final year at RFK Stadium and for Dmitri Young winning Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award, marking the team's first annual award since moving to D.C.

Regular season[edit]

April[edit]

On Opening Day, the Nationals lost their starting shortstop (Cristian Guzman, hamstring) and center fielder (Nook Logan) for five weeks. At the end of April, one of their starters, Jerome Williams hurt his ankle while batting and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

May[edit]

In the space of just 10 days in May, Shawn Hill, John Patterson, and Jason Bergmann went on the disabled list. Jerome Williams returned, pitched one game, and went back on the DL with a shoulder injury. The Washington Post wrote: "Almost everything that could sink a team's attitude has befallen the Nats. They started the year 1-8, then they lost eight in a row to drop to 9-25."[4]

They pressed journeymen Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie (a relief pitcher) and Jason Simontacchi, along with rookie reliever Levale Speigner into the starting rotation, amidst predictions that the 2007 Nationals might equal the 1962 Mets' record of futility, 120 losses in one season.[5]

After the team lost 8 straight games to sink to 9-25, the Nats won 11 of 15, mostly with patchwork starting pitching and timely hitting. and the return of Cristian Guzmán, who was hitting .343 by the end of May.

June[edit]

In June, the Nationals have been led by key hits by Dmitri Young, Cristian Guzmán and the power hitting of Ryan Zimmerman. But towards the end of the month, Guzman, hitting .329, was injured and lost for the season, and, following the injury, the Nationals lost 9 of their next 11 games.

July[edit]

Dmitri Young, hitting .339 (third in the league) and slugging .512, was selected as the lone Nationals' representative in the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Despite rumors that the Nationals were seeking to trade Ronnie Belliard, Chad Cordero, Jon Rauch and Young, the Nationals did not make any major trades before the non-waiver trade deadline.[6][7]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 89 73 0.549 47–34 42–39
New York Mets 88 74 0.543 1 41–40 47–34
Atlanta Braves 84 78 0.519 5 44–37 40–41
Washington Nationals 73 89 0.451 16 40–41 33–48
Florida Marlins 71 91 0.438 18 36–45 35–46


Roster[edit]

2007 Washington Nationals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

2007 Game Log


Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Complete offensive statistics are available here.

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
C Schneider, BrianBrian Schneider 129 408 33 96 21 1 6 54 .235 0
1B Young, DmitriDmitri Young 136 460 57 147 38 1 13 74 .320 0
2B Belliard, RonnieRonnie Belliard 147 511 57 148 35 1 11 58 .290 3
SS López, FelipeFelipe López 154 603 70 148 25 6 9 50 .245 24
3B Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman 162 653 99 174 43 5 24 91 .266 4
LF Church, RyanRyan Church 144 470 57 128 43 1 15 70 .272 3
CF Logan, NookNook Logan 118 325 39 86 18 4 0 21 .265 23
RF Kearns, AustinAustin Kearns 161 587 84 156 35 1 16 74 .266 2
RF Fick, RobertRobert Fick 118 197 24 46 6 1 2 16 .234 0
C Flores, JesusJesus Flores 79 180 21 44 9 0 4 25 .244 0
SS Guzmán, ChristianChristian Guzmán 46 174 31 57 6 6 2 14 .328 2
CF Langerhans, RyanRyan Langerhans 103 162 24 32 6 2 6 22 .198 3
LF Peña, Wily MoWily Mo Peña 37 133 24 39 4 0 8 22 .293 2
IF Jiménez, D'AngeloD'Angelo Jiménez 73 102 14 25 7 0 2 10 .245 2
1B Batista, TonyTony Batista 80 101 10 26 3 0 2 16 .257 0
LF Snelling, ChrisChris Snelling 24 49 6 10 1 1 1 7 .204 0
UT Casto, KoryKory Casto 16 54 1 7 2 0 0 3 .130 0
OF Restovich, MichaelMichael Restovich 15 28 0 4 1 0 0 1 .143 0
OF Maxwell, JustinJustin Maxwell 15 26 5 7 0 0 2 5 .269 0
SS Wilson, JoshJosh Wilson 15 19 3 1 0 0 0 0 .053 0
OF Watson, BrandonBrandon Watson 5 18 2 5 1 0 0 2 .278 1
P Chico, MattMatt Chico 31 48 1 8 0 0 0 3 .167 0
P Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann 22 37 2 5 0 0 0 0 .135 0
P Hill, ShawnShawn Hill 16 26 2 2 0 0 0 0 .077 0
P Bacsik, MikeMike Bacsik 29 29 1 3 1 0 0 1 .103 0
P Redding, TimTim Redding 15 28 1 2 1 0 0 2 .071 0
P Simontacchi, JasonJason Simontacchi 13 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 .053 0
P Hanrahan, JoelJoel Hanrahan 12 14 3 4 2 1 0 3 .286 0
P Lannan, JohnJohn Lannan 6 13 1 2 1 0 0 1 .154 0
P Bowie, MicahMicah Bowie 30 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 .091 0
P Patterson, JohnJohn Patterson 7 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Williams, JeromeJerome Williams 6 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 0
P Speigner, LevaleLevale Speigner 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Traber, BillyBilly Traber 28 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Rauch, JonJon Rauch 88 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Rivera, SaúlSaúl Rivera 85 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Abreu, WinstonWinston Abreu 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Schroder, ChrisChris Schroder 37 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Cordero, ChadChad Cordero 76 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Colomé, JesúsJesús Colomé 61 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Booker, ChrisChris Booker 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Muñoz, ArnieArnie Muñoz 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Albaladejo, JonathanJonathan Albaladejo 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Wagner, RyanRyan Wagner 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P King, RayRay King 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 162 5520 673 1415 309 31 123 646 .256 69

Pitching[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Complete pitching statistics are available here.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
SP Chico, MattMatt Chico 7 9 4.63 31 31 0 167.0 96 86 74 94
SP Bacsik, MikeMike Bacsik 5 8 5.11 29 20 0 118.0 73 67 29 45
SP Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann 6 6 4.45 21 21 0 115.1 59 57 42 86
SP Hill, ShawnShawn Hill 4 5 3.42 16 16 0 97.1 42 37 25 65
SP Redding, TimTim Redding 3 6 3.64 15 15 0 84.0 35 34 38 47
SP Simontacchi, JasonJason Simontacchi 6 7 6.37 13 13 0 70.2 53 50 23 42
CL Cordero, ChadChad Cordero 3 3 3.36 76 0 37 75.0 31 28 29 62
RP Rivera, SaúlSaúl Rivera 4 6 3.68 85 0 3 93.0 39 38 42 64
RP Rauch, JonJon Rauch 8 4 3.61 88 0 4 87.1 37 35 21 71
RP Colomé, JesúsJesús Colomé 5 1 3.82 61 0 1 66.0 30 28 27 43
RP King, RayRay King 1 1 4.54 55 0 0 33.2 17 17 18 18
Bowie, MicahMicah Bowie 4 3 4.55 30 8 0 57.1 30 29 27 42
Hanrahan, JoelJoel Hanrahan 5 3 6.00 12 11 0 51.0 35 34 38 43
Schroder, ChrisChris Schroder 2 3 3.18 37 0 0 45.1 19 16 15 43
Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala 2 2 3.19 44 0 1 42.1 16 15 12 28
Speigner, LevaleLevale Speigner 2 3 8.78 19 6 0 40.0 39 39 23 19
Traber, BillyBilly Traber 2 2 4.76 28 2 0 39.2 22 21 13 27
Lannan, JohnJohn Lannan 2 2 4.15 6 6 0 34.2 17 16 17 10
Patterson, JohnJohn Patterson 1 5 7.47 7 7 0 31.1 26 26 22 15
Abreu, WinstonWinston Abreu 0 1 5.93 26 0 0 30.1 21 20 9 26
Williams, JeromeJerome Williams 0 5 7.20 6 6 0 30.0 26 24 18 15
Wagner, RyanRyan Wagner 0 2 5.74 14 0 0 15.2 11 10 8 9
Albaladejo, JonathanJonathan Albaladejo 1 1 1.88 14 0 0 14.1 3 3 2 12
Muñoz, ArnieArnie Muñoz 0 0 6.75 13 0 0 5.1 4 4 7 3
Booker, ChrisChris Booker 0 1 18.00 3 0 0 1.0 2 2 1 1
Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 1
Totals 73 89 4.58 162 162 46 1446.2 783 736 580 931

Team leaders[edit]

Qualifying players only.

Batting[edit]

Stat Player Total
Avg. Dmitri Young .320
HR Ryan Zimmerman 24
RBI Ryan Zimmerman 110
R Ryan Zimmerman 91
H Ryan Zimmerman 174
SB Felipe López 24

Pitching[edit]

Stat Player Total
W Jon Rauch 8
L Matt Chico 9
ERA Matt Chico 4.63
SO Matt Chico 94
SV Chad Cordero 37
IP Matt Chico 167.0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

Records and firsts[edit]

The 2007 Nationals became the first team in modern baseball (1901–present) to trail 4-0 in each of their first six games.[8] as well as the first to not score during the first three innings of each of their first ten games.[9]

The 2007 Nationals also set the National League record for not scoring a run in the first inning of their first 22 games.[10]

On August 7, 2007, in a game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik gave up career home run number 756 to Barry Bonds, who broke a 33-year-old record previously held by Hank Aaron.[11]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League John Stearns
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Scott Little
A Potomac Nationals Carolina League Randy Knorr
A Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League Tom Herr
Short-Season A Vermont Lake Monsters New York–Penn League Darnell Coles
Rookie GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League Bob Henley

References[edit]

  • Game Logs:
1st Half: Washington Nationals Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Washington Nationals Game Log on ESPN.com
  1. ^ Thomas Boswell (March 7, 2007). "Nats' Starting Pitching Could Be a Real Problem". The Washington Post. p. E03. 
  2. ^ Barry Svrluga (February 26, 2007). "Nats' St. Claire Knows the Task at Hand". Washington Post. p. E01. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Rich (October 1, 2007). "Down Bergmann up in team plans". The Free Lance-Star, p. B7.
  4. ^ Thomas Boswell (June 4, 2007). "Nationals Are Managing Just Fine With Acta". The Washington Post. p. E01. 
  5. ^ Linton Weeks (May 8, 2007). "Baseball Most Foul: The Nats Reinvent Bad". Washington Post. p. C01. 
  6. ^ Ladson, Bill (July 31, 2007). "Nats let deadline pass without a deal". Retrieved July 31, 2007. 
  7. ^ Ladson, Bill (July 19, 2007). "Cordero, Rauch focus of trade rumors". Retrieved July 31, 2007. 
  8. ^ Jacobson, Todd (April 8, 2007). "D-backs tee off on Patterson". The Free Lance-Star, p. B7.
  9. ^ Blum, Ronald (April 14, 2007). "Nats flirt with two in a row". The Free Lance-Star, p. B10
  10. ^ Jacobson, Todd (April 30, 2007). "Finally, Nationals get started early". The Free Lance-Star, p. C1.
  11. ^ The Official Site of The Washington Nationals: News: Nationals watch record with wonder