2014 Washington Nationals season
|2014 Washington Nationals|
|Major League affiliations|
(Bob Carpenter, FP Santangelo)
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The 2014 Washington Nationals season is the Nationals' tenth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the seventh season at Nationals Park, and the 46th since the original team was started in Montreal, Canada.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Current roster
- 4 Game log
- 5 Player statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
On October 31, 2013, the Nationals signed Matt Williams, previously the third base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as the new manager, replacing the retiring Davey Johnson. They also traded relief pitcher Ian Krol and utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi, along with pitching prospect Robbie Ray, to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Doug Fister on December 2, 2013, and acquired relief pitcher Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics on December 11. The next day brought the signing of veteran outfielder Nate McLouth from the Baltimore Orioles. On February 13, 2014, the Nationals traded Nathan Karns to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for José Lobatón, Felipe Rivero and Drew Vettleson.
The Nationals finished their spring training schedule with a 15-13 record, good for sixth in the Grapefruit League. Among projected starters, catcher Wilson Ramos led the team with a .385 batting average, driving in 13 runs. Young infielder Zach Walters hit at a .379 clip in 29 AB in his quest to make the Opening Day roster. In the battle for the position of Opening Day second baseman, Anthony Rendon had 13 H, 6 RBI, and a .289 average, while Danny Espinosa hit only .226 in 53 AB.
For the most part, the pitchers were solid throughout the spring, posting a 3.68 ERA and allowing only 11 HR (compared with the 28 hit by the Nationals). 2013 Cy Young candidate Jordan Zimmermann was dominant, compiling a 0.50 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. Rafael Soriano, however, had an extremely rough spring, as he finished with a 14.29 ERA. The Nationals, though, are still confident with him as their closer to start the season. Newly acquired left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins impressed with only 3 hits allowed in 9.1 innings pitched. Doug Fister, acquired in an offseason trade with the Detroit Tigers was only able to get through 5.1 innings this spring, struggling with inflammation in his elbow and a strained lateral muscle.
On March 19, the Nationals announced that for the third straight season, Stephen Strasburg would be the Opening Day starting pitcher. They opened on the road against the New York Mets on March 31. The Nationals home opener was April 4 against the Atlanta Braves.
On March 31, the Nationals began the regular season at Citi Field against the New York Mets, winning 9-7 in 10 innings. The score was tied 5-5 at the end of 9 innings, but in the top of the 10th Ian Desmond hit a sacrifice fly to score Jayson Werth, and Anthony Rendon hit a 3-run home run. The Mets rallied in the bottom of the 10th with a 2-run home run by David Wright, but were unable to catch up completely. The winning pitcher was Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett, who made his Major League debut with a perfect 9th inning, striking out two Mets. The losing pitcher was Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, who surrendered the sacrifice fly to Desmond.
During the game, catcher Wilson Ramos suffered an injury to his left hand and was removed in the 7th inning, replaced by José Lobatón. Later tests revealed that he had broken the hamate bone and was expected to be on the disabled list for 4-6 weeks.
|Opening Day Starters|
Completing their opening series in New York on April 2 and 3, the Nationals swept the Mets to begin the season 3-0, accomplishing the feat despite the Ramos injury and a late scratch of starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (due to flu-like symptoms) before the third game of the series. Zimmermann was replaced by Tanner Roark, who was originally scheduled to pitch the following day. Much of the victory was due to the weakness of the Mets bullpen, who combined to surrender 12 of the 22 runs the Nats scored in the series.
The Nationals home opener was on Friday, April 4 against the Atlanta Braves, who went 13-6 against the Nats in the 2013 season. Although they lost that game and the one the next day, the Nationals won the third game of the series and then proceeded to sweep the next series against the Miami Marlins to finish their first homestand 4–2 (7–2 overall). During that homestand, the team suffered from two health issues. Ryan Zimmerman left the April 5 game early with a sore throwing shoulder later described by manager Matt Williams as degenerative, but adjusted his throwing motion and returned to the starting lineup in the April 9 game. Meanwhile, Scott Hairston went on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and was replaced by Tyler Moore.
The Nationals then traveled to Atlanta to face the Braves again on April 11-13, followed by a trip to Miami on April 14-16. They lost the first two games of the road trip, and suffered additional injuries. On the 11th, Denard Span collided with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla on the basepaths and was subsequently put on the 7-day concussion disabled list. The Nats called up outfielder Steven Souza to replace Span and, concerned about overworking the bullpen, optioned Aaron Barrett to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs and called up reliever Blake Treinen. The next day, Ryan Zimmerman got picked off second base and broke his thumb diving back into the bag. Zimmerman is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. The Nats placed Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list and called up infielder Zach Walters in response. The Braves completed the sweep the next day. The Nationals took two games out of three in Miami before returning home.
In the next homestand, the Nationals hosted four games against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 17-20, three against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 21-23, and four against the San Diego Padres on April 24-27. They split the series with the Cardinals, two games apiece. On the 18th, they optioned Treinen back to AAA Syracuse and called up left-hander Xavier Cedeño, citing a desire to give Treinen time to work up to being a starting pitcher, and on the 19th they reinstated Denard Span from the 7-day concussion disabled list, optioning Souza back to Syracuse. The 3-game series against the Angels was their first interleague series of 2014. The Nationals lost the first two games of the series, especially notable because in the game on April 22, the Angels' Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th career home runs off of starter Taylor Jordan, becoming the twenty-sixth member of the 500 home run club. The Nats did avoid the sweep with a four-run walk-off rally in the bottom of the ninth inning on April 23. They went on to split the series with the Padres, but Bryce Harper injured his left thumb on April 25; the injury was initially believed to be a jammed thumb, but was later reevaluated as a sprain, forcing the Nationals to put Harper on the 15-day disabled list and again call up Steven Souza from AAA Syracuse. The game of April 26 was notable for Nationals starter Tanner Roark pitching his first career complete game shutout.
The Nationals finished the month of April with a road trip to play two games against the Houston Astros in interleague play on April 29-30. Before the series, it was announced that Harper's thumb injury was even more serious than previously reported, requiring surgery and sidelining him for at least two months. The Nationals also optioned starter Taylor Jordan to AAA Syracuse, calling up right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus; the Nats had sufficient off-days that they believed they could go with a four-man rotation until Doug Fister's projected return on May 6. The Nationals then proceeded to sweep the short series against the Astros, and Jordan Zimmermann won his 45th game as a National, surpassing Liván Hernández for the club record since the team moved from Montreal in 2005.
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Although at 5 hours 22 minutes not the longest Nationals game in terms of time elapsed, the 16-inning game on June 24, 2014, against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee was the longest game in in Nationals history in terms of the number of innings played.
National League East
|New York Mets||46||53||0.465||9||25–23||21–30|
National League Wild Card
|San Francisco Giants||55||44||0.556|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Los Angeles Dodgers||56||45||0.554||+1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||54||45||0.545||—|
|New York Mets||46||53||0.465||8|
|San Diego Padres||43||55||0.439||10½|
Record vs. opponents
2014 NL Records
Source: Standings Head-to-Head
Updated for games through July 20, 2014.
Washington Nationals roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day disabled list
25 active, 15 inactive
7- or 15-day disabled list
|Bold||Nationals team member|
|2014 Game Log|
Up to date as of June 28, 2014[update].
Both tables are sortable.
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; AVG = Batting average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases
|Barrett, AaronAaron Barrett||30||0||0||0||.000||0||0||0|
|Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins||35||0||0||0||.000||0||0||0|
|Cedeño, XavierXavier Cedeño||3||0||0||0||.000||0||0||0|
|Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard||39||0||0||0||.000||0||0||0|
|Desmond, IanIan Desmond||80||311||31||72||.232||14||46||8|
|Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler||20||1||1||0||.000||0||0||0|
|Dobbs, GregGreg Dobbs*||4||10||0||3||.300||0||1||0|
|Espinosa, DannyDanny Espinosa||75||244||22||53||.217||6||17||6|
|Fister, DougDoug Fister||9||18||2||1||.056||0||0||0|
|Frandsen, KevinKevin Frandsen||56||129||10||31||.240||1||8||0|
|Gonzalez, GioGio Gonzalez||10||20||1||2||.100||1||2||0|
|Hairston, ScottScott Hairston||23||32||4||10||.313||1||5||0|
|Harper, BryceBryce Harper||22||83||8||24||.289||1||9||1|
|Jordan, TaylorTaylor Jordan||5||8||1||1||.125||0||0||0|
|LaRoche, AdamAdam LaRoche||64||224||37||69||.308||11||43||0|
|León, SandySandy León||18||59||7||10||.169||1||3||0|
|Lobatón, JoséJosé Lobatón||42||135||10||28||.207||2||10||0|
|Mattheus, RyanRyan Mattheus||3||0||0||0||.000||0||0||0|
|McLouth, NateNate McLouth||62||122||8||24||.197||1||7||4|
|Moore, TylerTyler Moore||34||70||6||15||.214||3||11||0|
|Ramos, WilsonWilson Ramos||27||102||13||28||.275||2||12||0|
|Rendon, AnthonyAnthony Rendon||77||309||52||87||.282||12||46||6|
|Roark, TannerTanner Roark||15||26||1||4||.154||0||0||0|
|Soriano, RafaelRafael Soriano||30||0||0||0||.000||0||0||0|
|Souza, StevenSteven Souza||8||8||0||1||.125||0||0||0|
|Span, DenardDenard Span||72||306||47||82||.268||1||19||13|
|Stammen, CraigCraig Stammen||24||4||0||1||.250||0||0||0|
|Storen, DrewDrew Storen||30||0||0||0||.000||0||0||0|
|Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg||17||30||1||2||.067||0||1||0|
|Treinen, BlakeBlake Treinen||9||10||0||1||.100||0||0||0|
|Walters, ZachZach Walters||27||33||5||6||.182||3||4||0|
|Werth, JaysonJayson Werth||78||302||42||81||.268||6||35||5|
|Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman||36||133||13||31||.233||3||19||0|
|Zimmermann, JordanJordan Zimmermann||15||26||2||5||.231||0||0||0|
*Player played for multiple teams; batting statistics reflect time on Nationals only
Complete batting stats can be found here .
Note: G = Games played; GS = Games Started IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; HLD = Holds; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO= Strikeouts; WHIP = Walks and Hits Per Innings Pitched
|Barrett, AaronAaron Barrett||19||0||18.1||2||0||0||1||0.49||22||1.09|
|Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins||35||0||28.2||2||3||0||5||5.34||30||1.43|
|Cedeño, XavierXavier Cedeño||3||0||3.1||0||0||0||0||0.00||1||1.20|
|Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard||39||0||36.0||5||2||1||18||2.00||47||1.14|
|Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler||22||0||36.0||0||2||1||1||4.00||22||1.53|
|Fister, DougDoug Fister||10||10||63.2||6||2||0||0||2.83||37||1.05|
|Gonzalez, GioGio Gonzalez||12||12||68.2||5||4||0||0||3.93||71||1.27|
|Jordan, TaylorTaylor Jordan||5||5||25.2||0||3||0||0||5.61||17||1.64|
|Mattheus, RyanRyan Mattheus||4||0||5.2||0||0||0||0||0.00||2||0.88|
|Roark, TannerTanner Roark||16||16||99.2||7||5||0||0||2.98||74||1.15|
|Soriano, RafaelRafael Soriano||33||0||33.0||1||0||19||0||1.09||31||0.82|
|Stammen, CraigCraig Stammen||24||0||41.1||0||3||0||3||2.83||34||0.97|
|Storen, DrewDrew Storen||30||0||25.1||2||1||0||10||1.07||22||0.79|
|Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg||17||17||104.2||6||6||0||0||3.70||123||1.28|
|Treinen, BlakeBlake Treinen||9||5||35.1||1||3||0||0||2.29||20||1.39|
|Zimmermann, JordanJordan Zimmermann||16||16||97.2||5||4||0||0||2.95||86||1.18|
Complete pitching stats can be found here .
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