2014 Washington Nationals season

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2014 Washington Nationals
National League East champions
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Manager(s) Matt Williams
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The 2014 Washington Nationals season was 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. They finished the regular season with a record of 96–66, first place in the Eastern Division and with the best record in the entire National League. However, they lost to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series in four games.

Offseason[edit]

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.[1] 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,[2] and acquired relief pitcher Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics on December 11.[3] The next day brought the signing of veteran outfielder Nate McLouth from the Baltimore Orioles.[4] On February 13, 2014, the Nationals traded Nathan Karns to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for José Lobatón, Felipe Rivero and Drew Vettleson.[5]

Spring Training[edit]

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.[6] Young infielder Zach Walters hit at a .379 clip in 29 AB in his quest to make the Opening Day roster.[7] In the battle for the position of Opening Day second baseman, Anthony Rendon had 13 H, 6 RBI, and a .289 average,[8] while Danny Espinosa hit only .226 in 53 AB.[9]

For the most part, the pitchers were solid throughout the spring, posting a 3.68 ERA and allowing only 11 HR[10] (compared with the 28 hit by the Nationals[11]). 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.[12]

Team News[edit]

On March 19, the Nationals announced that for the third straight season, Stephen Strasburg would be the Opening Day starting pitcher.[13] They opened on the road against the New York Mets on March 31. The Nationals home opener was April 4 against the Atlanta Braves.

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day[edit]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Denard Span CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Wilson Ramos C
Bryce Harper LF
Ian Desmond SS
Adam LaRoche 1B
Anthony Rendon 2B
Stephen Strasburg SP

April[edit]

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.[16]

The Nationals home opener was on Friday, April 4 against the Atlanta Braves, who went 13–6 against the Nats in the 2013 season.[16] Although they lost that game and the one the next day, the Nationals won the third game of the series[17] and then proceeded to sweep the next series against the Miami Marlins to finish their first homestand 4–2 (7–2 overall).[18] 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,[19] but adjusted his throwing motion and returned to the starting lineup in the April 9 game.[20] Meanwhile, Scott Hairston went on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and was replaced by Tyler Moore.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23] The Nats placed Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list and called up infielder Zach Walters in response.[24] The Braves completed the sweep the next day.[25] The Nationals took two games out of three in Miami before returning home.[26]

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.[27] 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,[28] and on the 19th they reinstated Denard Span from the 7-day concussion disabled list, optioning Souza back to Syracuse.[29] 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,[30] becoming the twenty-sixth member of the 500 home run club.[31] The Nats did avoid the sweep with a four-run walk-off rally in the bottom of the ninth inning on April 23.[32] They went on to split the series with the Padres,[33] but Bryce Harper injured his left thumb on April 25; the injury was initially believed to be a jammed thumb,[34] 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.[35] The game of April 26 was notable for Nationals starter Tanner Roark pitching his first career complete game shutout.[36]

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.[37] 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.[38] The Nationals then proceeded to sweep the short series against the Astros,[39] 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.[40]

May[edit]

June[edit]

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 Nationals history at the time in terms of the number of innings played.[41]

August[edit]

After a 1–0 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Nationals Park, Washington's winning streak extended to 10. Of those 10 victories, seven were by one run and six were walk-off wins.[42]

September[edit]

Washington defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8–5, in a 14-inning game on September 3 that lasted 5 hours 34 minutes – the longest game in Nationals history at the time in terms of time elapsed.[43]

On September 16, the Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, in Atlanta to clinch the National League East Division for the second time in three years. On September 26, in the first game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, the Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 4-0 and clinched the best record in the National League, also for the second time in three years.[44]

On September 28, in the final game of the regular season, Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no-hitter in Nationals history in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins at Nationals Park. It was the fifth no-hitter in the history of the franchise since it began play in Montreal in 1969, and the first since Dennis Martinez pitched one for the Montreal Expos on July 28, 1991.[note 1] It was also the first no-hitter for a Washington major-league baseball pitcher since Bobby Burke of the original Washington Senators pitched one against the Boston Red Sox in a game at Griffith Stadium on August 8, 1931, and only the third in history for a Washington major-league team.[45][46] [note 2] It was also only the fifth no-hitter in major-league baseball history pitched in the last game of the regular season; coincidentally, the last time it had happened was when Henderson Álvarez, the starting pitcher for Miami in Zimmermann '​s no-hitter, pitched one against the Detroit Tigers on September 29, 2013, in Miami '​s final game of the previous season.[note 3]

In the third inning of the September 28 game, center fielder Denard Span doubled to set a single-season record for hits by a Washington Nationals player with his 184th hit of the season.[45][47]

Season standings[edit]

National League East[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Nationals 96 66 0.593 51–30 45–36
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 17 42–39 37–44
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 17 40–41 39–42
Miami Marlins 77 85 0.475 19 42–39 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 23 37–44 36–45


National League Wild Card[edit]

Division Leaders W L Pct.
(1) Washington Nationals 96 66 0.593
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 0.580
(3) St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
(4) Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543
(5) San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543
Milwaukee Brewers 82 80 0.506 6
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 9
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 9
San Diego Padres 77 85 0.475 11
Miami Marlins 77 85 0.475 11
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 12
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 15
Chicago Cubs 73 89 0.451 15
Colorado Rockies 66 96 0.407 22
Arizona Diamondbacks 64 98 0.395 24


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2014 NL Records

Source: Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–3 5–2 3–4 9–10 4–15 3–4 3–4 2–4 2–4 3–4 12–7 6–13 1–5 1–6 7–13
Atlanta 3–3 5–1 5–2 4–3 1–6 9–10 5–2 9–10 11–8 3–4 3–4 1–5 2–4 11–8 7–13
Chicago 2–5 1–5 8–11 5–2 3–4 4–2 11–8 5–2 3–3 5–14 3–4 2–4 9–10 3–4 9–11
Cincinnati 4–3 2–5 11–8 3–4 3–4 4–3 10–9 2–4 3–3 12-7 1–5 5–2 7–12 3–3 6–14
Colorado 10–9 3–4 2–5 4–3 6–13 3–4 1–6 3–4 3–3 2–4 10–9 10–9 1–5 1–5 7–13
Los Angeles 15–4 6–1 4–3 4–3 13–6 3–3 1–5 4–2 3–4 2–5 12–7 10–9 4–3 2–4 11–9
Miami 4–3 10–9 2–4 3–4 4–3 3–3 3–4 8–11 9–10 2–4 3–4 3–4 4–2 6–13 13–7
Milwaukee 4–3 2–5 8–11 9–10 6–1 5–1 4–3 4–3 3–4 12–7 3–3 2–4 7–12 2–4 11–9
New York 4–2 10–9 2–5 4–2 4–3 2–4 11–8 3–4 13–6 3–4 3–3 1–6 4–3 4–15 11–9
Philadelphia 4–2 8–11 3–3 3–3 3–3 4–3 10–9 4–3 6–13 1–6 4–3 2–5 4–3 10–9 7–13
Pittsburgh 4–3 4–3 14–5 7–12 4–2 5–2 4–2 7-12 4–3 6–1 3–3 4–2 8–11 3–4 11–9
San Diego 7–12 4–3 4–3 5–1 9–10 7–12 4–3 3–3 3–3 3–4 3–3 10–9 3–4 3–4 9–11
San Francisco 13–6 5–1 4–2 2–5 9–10 9–10 4–3 4–2 6–1 5–2 2–4 9–10 4–3 2–5 10–10
St. Louis 5–1 4–2 10–9 12–7 5–1 3–4 2–4 12–7 3–4 3–4 11–8 4–3 3–4 5–2 8–12
Washington 6–1 8–11 4–3 3–3 5–1 4–2 13–6 4–2 15–4 9–10 4–3 4–3 5–2 2–5 10–10

Updated for games through September 28, 2014.


Roster[edit]

2014 Washington Nationals
Roster
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Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Legend
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Postseason[edit]

Postseason game log[edit]

2014 Postseason Game Log

Division Series[edit]

Game 1, October 3[edit]

3:07 p.m. (EDT) at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 12 0
Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 0
WP: Jake Peavy (1–0)   LP: Stephen Strasburg (0–1)   Sv: Santiago Casilla (1)
Home runs:
SF: None
WSH: Bryce Harper (1), Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
Attendance: 44,035

Game 2, October 4[edit]

Game Two of the Division Series between the Nationals and the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on October 4 lasted 18 innings before Brandon Belt's solo homer in the top of the 18th gave the Giants a 2-1 victory. It was the longest postseason game in Major League Baseball history by time, lasting 6 hours 23 minutes, and tied the postseason record for number of innings played.[48] It was also the longest game in Nationals history both in terms of number of innings and time elapsed, in both cases breaking Nationals records set during the 2014 regular season.

5:37 p.m. (EDT) at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
Washington 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
WP: Yusmeiro Petit (1–0)   LP: Tanner Roark (0–1)   Sv: Hunter Strickland (1)
Home runs:
SF: Brandon Belt (1)
WAS: None
Attendance: 44,035

Game 3, October 6[edit]

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 7 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
WP: Doug Fister (1–0)   LP: Madison Bumgarner (0–1)
Home runs:
WAS: Bryce Harper (2)
SF: None
Attendance: 43,627

Game 4, October 7[edit]

9:07 p.m. (EDT) at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 4 1
San Francisco 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 3 8 0
WP: Hunter Strickland (1–0)   LP: Matt Thornton (0–1)   Sv: Santiago Casilla (2)
Home runs:
WAS: Bryce Harper (3)
SF: None
Attendance: 43,464

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Batting[edit]

Table is sortable.

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 regular-season offensive statistics are available here.

POS Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
C Ramos, WilsonWilson Ramos 88 341 32 91 12 0 11 47 .267 0
1B LaRoche, AdamAdam LaRoche 140 494 73 128 19 0 26 92 .259 3
2B Espinosa, DannyDanny Espinosa 114 333 31 73 14 3 8 27 .219 8
SS Desmond, IanIan Desmond 154 593 73 151 26 3 24 91 .255 24
3B Rendon, AnthonyAnthony Rendon 153 613 111 176 39 6 21 83 .287 17
LF Harper, BryceBryce Harper 100 352 41 96 10 2 13 32 .273 2
CF Span, DenardDenard Span 147 610 94 184 39 8 5 37 .302 31
RF Werth, JaysonJayson Werth 147 534 85 156 37 1 16 82 .292 9
UT Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman 61 214 26 60 19 1 5 38 .280 0
UT Frandsen, KevinKevin Frandsen 105 220 17 57 8 0 1 17 .259 0
C Lobatón, JoséJosé Lobatón 66 214 18 50 9 0 2 12 .234 0
2B Cabrera, AsdrúbalAsdrúbal Cabrera* 49 175 20 40 9 2 5 21 .229 3
LF McLouth, NateNate McLouth 79 139 10 24 6 0 1 7 .280 4
1B Moore, TylerTyler Moore 42 91 8 21 2 0 4 14 .231 0
UT Hairston, ScottScott Hairston 61 77 6 16 4 0 1 8 .208 0
C León, SandySandy León 20 64 7 10 1 0 1 3 .156 0
UT Walters, ZachZach Walters* 32 39 7 8 1 0 3 5 .205 0
OF Taylor, MichaelMichael Taylor 17 39 5 8 3 0 1 5 .205 0
OF Schierholtz, NateNate Schierholtz* 23 40 3 9 1 1 1 4 .225 0
1B Dobbs, GregGreg Dobbs* 21 28 0 6 1 0 0 2 .214 0
OF Souza, StevenSteven Souza 21 23 2 3 0 0 2 2 .130 0
2B Kobernus, JeffJeff Kobernus 4 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 0
P Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg 34 60 3 6 1 0 0 3 .100 0
P Roark, TannerTanner Roark 31 58 1 7 0 0 0 0 .121 0
P Zimmermann, JordanJordan Zimmermann 32 55 3 10 1 0 0 1 .182 0
P Fister, DougDoug Fister 26 52 3 4 1 0 0 0 .077 0
P Gonzalez, GioGio Gonzalez 27 46 3 4 1 0 1 2 .087 0
P Treinen, BlakeBlake Treinen 15 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 .083 0
P Jordan, TaylorTaylor Jordan 5 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 .125 0
P Stammen, CraigCraig Stammen 49 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 .286 0
P Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler 47 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Hill, TaylorTaylor Hill 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard 75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Cedeño, XavierXavier Cedeño 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Storen, DrewDrew Storen 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Mattheus, RyanRyan Mattheus 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Thornton, MattMatt Thornton* 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Soriano, RafaelRafael Soriano 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Barrett, AaronAaron Barrett 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 162 5542 686 1403 265 27 152 635 .253 101

*Player played for multiple teams; batting statistics reflect time on Nationals only.

Pitching[edit]

Table is sortable.

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 regular-season pitching statistics are available here.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
SP Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg 14 11 3.14 34 34 0 215.0 86 75 43 242
SP Zimmermann, JordanJordan Zimmermann 14 5 2.66 32 32 0 199.2 67 59 29 182
SP Roark, TannerTanner Roark 15 10 2.85 31 31 0 198.2 64 63 39 138
SP Fister, DougDoug Fister 16 6 2.41 25 25 0 164.0 52 44 24 98
SP Gonzalez, GioGio Gonzalez 10 10 3.57 27 27 0 158.2 66 63 56 162
CL Soriano, RafaelRafael Soriano 4 1 3.19 64 0 32 62.0 23 22 19 59
RP Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard 7 4 2.18 75 0 1 70.1 22 17 23 82
RP Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins 2 3 4.87 64 0 0 57.1 31 31 23 66
RP Storen, DrewDrew Storen 2 1 1.12 65 0 11 56.1 8 7 11 46
RP Barrett, AaronAaron Barrett 3 0 2.66 50 0 0 40.2 17 12 20 49
RP Stammen, CraigCraig Stammen 4 5 3.84 49 0 0 72.2 34 31 14 56
RP Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler 2 3 4.00 47 0 1 63.0 34 28 21 39
Treinen, BlakeBlake Treinen 2 3 2.49 15 7 0 50.2 17 14 13 30
Jordan, TaylorTaylor Jordan 0 3 5.61 5 5 0 25.2 20 16 8 17
RP Thornton, MattMatt Thornton* 1 0 0.00 18 0 0 11.1 0 0 2 8
Hill, TaylorTaylor Hill 0 1 9.00 3 1 0 9.0 9 9 3 5
RP Mattheus, RyanRyan Mattheus 0 0 1.04 7 0 0 8.2 1 1 4 4
RP Cedeño, XavierXavier Cedeño 0 0 3.86 9 0 0 7.0 4 3 0 5
Totals 96 66 3.03 162 162 45 1470.2 555 495 352 1288

*Player played for multiple teams; pitching statistics reflect time on Nationals only.

Team leaders[edit]

Qualifying players only.

Batting[edit]
Stat Player Total
Avg. Denard Span .302
HR Adam LaRoche 26
RBI Adam LaRoche 92
R Anthony Rendon 111
H Denard Span 184
SB Denard Span 31

Rendon '​s runs scored total was the highest for any individual player in the National League during the regular season.[49] Span '​s hit total set a new single-season Washington Nationals record.[45]

Pitching[edit]
Stat Player Total
W Doug Fister 16
L Stephen Strasburg 11
ERA Doug Fister 2.41
SO Stephen Strasburg 242
SV Rafael Soriano 32
IP Stephen Strasburg 215.0

Postseason[edit]

Batting[edit]

Table is sortable.

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 postseason offensive statistics are avialable here.

POS Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
P Barrett, AaronAaron Barrett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2B Cabrera, AsdrúbalAsdrúbal Cabrera 4 15 2 3 1 0 1 2 .200 0
P Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SS Desmond, IanIan Desmond 4 18 2 3 0 0 0 0 .167 1
2B Espinosa, DannyDanny Espinosa 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Fister, DougDoug Fister 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
UT Frandsen, KevinKevin Frandsen 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Gonzalez, GioGio Gonzalez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
LF Harper, BryceBryce Harper 4 17 4 5 1 0 3 4 .294 0
1B LaRoche, AdamAdam LaRoche 4 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 .056 0
C Lobatón, JoséJosé Lobatón 0
C Ramos, WilsonWilson Ramos 4 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 .118 0
3B Rendon, AnthonyAnthony Rendon 4 19 0 7 0 0 0 0 .368 1
P Roark, TannerTanner Roark 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
OF Schierholtz, NateNate Schierholtz 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0
P Soriano, RafaelRafael Soriano 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CF Span, DenardDenard Span 4 19 0 2 0 0 0 0 .105 0
P Stammen, CraigCraig Stammen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Storen, DrewDrew Storen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Thornton, MattMatt Thornton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
RF Werth, JaysonJayson Werth 4 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 .059 0
UT Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 0
P Zimmermann, JordanJordan Zimmermann 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Totals 4 159 9 26 3 0 4 7 .164 2

Pitching[edit]

Table is sortable.

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 postseason pitching statistics are available here.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
RP Barrett, AaronAaron Barrett 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0.1 0 0 2 0
RP Blevins, JerryJerry Blevins 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 3.1 0 0 0 2
RP Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 3.0 0 0 1 2
SP Fister, DougDoug Fister 1 0 0.00 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 3 3
SP Gonzalez, GioGio Gonzalez 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 4.0 2 0 1 1
SP Roark, TannerTanner Roark 0 1 3.38 2 0 0 2.2 1 1 0 3
RP Soriano, RafaelRafael Soriano 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 2.1 0 0 0 1
RP Stammen, CraigCraig Stammen 0 0 2.25 2 0 0 4.0 1 1 0 2
RP Storen, DrewDrew Storen 0 0 6.75 2 0 0 1.1 1 1 0 1
SP Strasburg, StephenStephen Strasburg 0 1 1.80 1 1 0 5.0 2 1 1 2
RP Thornton, MattMatt Thornton 0 1 3.86 3 0 0 2.1 1 1 2 1
SP Zimmermann, JordanJordan Zimmermann 0 0 1.04 1 1 0 8.2 1 1 1 6
Totals 1 3 1.23 4 4 0 44.0 9 6 11 24

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Both Zimmermann and Clippard were selected as all-stars for the second time. Zimmermann did not appear in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game due to injury.[note 4]

Annual awards[edit]

Manager of the Year[edit]

Matt Williams became only the fourth Major League baseball manager to win the Manager of the Year award in his first season as a manager, joining Houston's Hal Lanier, who won in 1986, San Francisco's Dusty Baker, who won in 1993, and Florida's Joe Girardi, who won in 2006.[50]

Williams also became the second Washington Nationals manager to win the award, as well as the second to do so in three years, Davey Johnson having won in 2012. Williams was the fourth manager to win the award in franchise history, two managers – Buck Rodgers in 1987 and Felipe Alou in 1994 – having won it while the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

Silver Slugger[edit]

During 2014, Ian Desmond became fourth shortstop in Major League Baseball history to have at least 20 home runs and at least 20 stolen bases in three separate seasons. He won his third consecutive Silver Slugger Award, becoming the first player in Washington Nationals history to win the Silver Slugger Award in three different seasons, exceeding the previous record of two set by third baseman Ryan Zimmermann in 2009 and 2010. He became the fifth Major League Baseball shortstop in win the Silver Slugger in three consecutive seasons, the first to do so since Derek Jeter won four in a row from 2006 to 2009 with the New York Yankees, and the first shortstop in the National League to win three in a row since Barry Larkin won five in a row with the Cincinnati Reds from 1988 through 1992.[51]

Anthony Rendon won the Silver Slugger Award in his first full major league season. In 2014, he tied with Casey McGehee of the Miami Marlins to lead all National League third basemen with a .287 batting average and led the National League with 111 runs scored.[51]

Desmond and Rendon became the first shortstop-third baseman duo to win the Silver Slugger Award in the same season since Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter did it with the New York Yankees in 2008.[51]

Tony Conigliaro Award[edit]

Wilson Ramos received the 2014 Tony Conigliaro Award, which is given for demonstrating spirit, determination, and courage. He received it for his performance in 2014 after overcoming his kidnapping in Venezuela in 2011 and various injuries in the following years.[52] He was the first player in Washington Nationals history and the third player in franchise history[note 5] to win the award.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Billy Gardner, Jr.
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Brian Daubach
A Potomac Nationals Carolina League Tripp Keister
A Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League Patrick Anderson
Short-Season A Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League Gary Cathcart
Rookie GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League Michael Barrett

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Potomac[53]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The other previous no-hitters in Montreal-Washington franchise history were by Bill Stoneman against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 17, 1969, by Stoneman against the New York Mets on October 2, 1972, and by Charlie Lea against the San Francisco Giants on May 10, 1981. (See Svrluga, Barry, "Masterpieces," The Washington Post, September 29, 2014, Page D9.)
  2. ^ The only other no-hitter in Washington major-league baseball history was by Walter Johnson for the original Washington Senators against the Boston Red Sox on July 1, 1920. (See Svrluga, Barry, "Masterpieces," The Washington Post, September 29, 2014, Page D9.)
  3. ^ The only other no-hitters in major-league baseball history on the last day of the regular season were by Bumpus Jones for the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 15, 1892; by Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad, and Rollie Fingers for the Oakland Athletics against the California Angels on September 28, 1975; and by Mike Witt for the California Angels against the Texas Rangers on September 30, 1984. (See Svrluga, Barry, "Masterpieces," The Washington Post, September 29, 2014, Page D9.)
  4. ^ Clippard's previous all-star appearance had been in 2011. Zimmermann's previous selection had been in 2013, and injury also had prevented him from appearing in that game.
  5. ^ Two players – Curtis Pride outright in 1996 and Graeme Lloyd as a co-winner with Jason Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles in 2001 – won the Tony Conigliaro Award while the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

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