2014 Washington Nationals season

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2014 Washington Nationals
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Owner(s) Lerner Enterprises
Manager(s) Matt Williams
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Washington Nationals Radio Network
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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.

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

Season standings[edit]

National League East[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Nationals 72 53 0.576 40–24 32–29
Atlanta Braves 66 61 0.520 7 37–28 29–33
Miami Marlins 63 63 0.500 37–31 26–32
New York Mets 60 68 0.469 13½ 30–32 30–36
Philadelphia Phillies 56 71 0.441 17 28–37 28–34


National League Wild Card[edit]

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Washington Nationals 72 53 0.576
Milwaukee Brewers 71 56 0.559
Los Angeles Dodgers 71 57 0.555


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
St. Louis Cardinals 69 57 0.548 +2
San Francisco Giants 66 58 0.532
Atlanta Braves 66 61 0.520
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 62 0.512
Miami Marlins 63 63 0.500 4
Cincinnati Reds 61 66 0.480
San Diego Padres 59 66 0.472
New York Mets 60 68 0.469 8
Philadelphia Phillies 56 71 0.441 11½
Chicago Cubs 54 71 0.432 12½
Arizona Diamondbacks 53 74 0.417 14½
Colorado Rockies 50 76 0.397 17


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 7–5 4–10 3–4 3–4 2–4 2–4 3–4 6–3 5–8 0–3 1–5 6–11
Atlanta 3–3 5–1 3–0 4–3 1–6 6–7 5–2 7–6 8–5 2–1 3–4 1–5 2–4 9–4 7–10
Chicago 2–5 1–5 4–9 5–2 2–1 4–2 6–7 5–2 3–3 4–9 3–4 1–3 5–7 3–4 6–8
Cincinnati 4–3 0–3 9–4 3–4 3–4 4–3 7–6 1–2 3–3 9-4 1–5 5–2 3–9 3–3 6–11
Colorado 5–7 3–4 2–5 4–3 4–9 1–3 1–6 3–1 3–3 2–4 6–7 7–4 1–2 1–5 7–13
Los Angeles 10–4 6–1 1–2 4–3 9–4 3–3 1–5 2–1 3–4 2–5 8–4 6–7 4–3 1–2 11–9
Miami 4–3 7–6 2–4 3–4 3–1 3–3 1–2 5–8 6–7 2–4 3–4 3–4 4–2 5–6 12–5
Milwaukee 4–3 2–5 7–6 6–7 6–1 5–1 2–1 4–3 3–4 10–3 2–1 2–1 5–7 2–4 11–9
New York 4–2 6–7 2–5 2–1 1–3 1–2 8–5 3–4 11–5 3–4 3–3 1–6 4–3 2–10 9–8
Philadelphia 4–2 5–8 3–3 3–3 3–3 4–3 7–6 4–3 5–11 0–3 3–0 2–5 2–2 5–8 6–11
Pittsburgh 4–3 1–2 9–4 4–9 4–2 5–2 4–2 3–10 4–3 3–0 3–3 4–2 6–7 3–4 8–9
San Diego 3–6 4–3 4–3 5–1 7–6 4–8 4–3 1–2 3–3 0–3 3–3 6–6 3–4 3–4 9–11
San Francisco 8–5 5–1 3–1 2–5 4–7 7–6 4–3 1–2 6–1 5–2 2–4 6–6 4–3 1–3 8–9
St. Louis 3–0 4–2 7–5 9–3 2–1 3–4 2–4 7–5 3–4 2–2 7–6 4–3 3–4 5–2 8–12
Washington 5–1 4–9 4–3 3–3 5–1 2–1 6–5 4–2 10–2 8–5 4–3 4–3 3–1 2–5 8–9

Updated for games through August 20, 2014.


Current roster[edit]

Washington Nationals roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


25 active, 15 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster updated August 10, 2014
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Game log[edit]

Legend
  Nationals win
  Nationals loss
  Postponement
Bold Nationals team member
2014 Game Log

Player statistics[edit]

Up to date as of June 28, 2014.

Both tables are sortable.

Batting[edit]

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

Player G AB R H AVG HR RBI SB
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 [1].

Pitching[edit]

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

Player G GS IP W L SV HLD ERA SO WHIP
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 [2].

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