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Bryce Harper, LF10/8/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper does all he can in Game 4 of NLDS.
Insight: He hit a titanic home run into McCovey Cove that tied the game at 2-2, in the seventh inning. However, Washington was unable to take the lead, and lost 3-2. Harper finished the night going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk. If he is able to stay healthy in 2015, Harper should be an impactful fantasy player.
Gio Gonzalez, SP10/8/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez lasts only four innings Tuesday against the Giants.
Insight: He actually did not let up any earned runs (two unearned), but was not particulary sharp. Gonzalez gave up four hits and had only one strikeout, before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. He will look to rebound from a 10-10 season, and should be considered a potential sleeper in 2015, as there is a chance Gonzalez could be overlooked in drafts.
Ian Desmond, SS10/7/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 4-for-10 with three extra-base hits versus Giants Game 4 starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Desmond has struggled in the postseason, going just 1-for-10 in the first three games. Desmond finished the year with 24 HR and 91 RBI. Consider him a top shortstop prospect heading into the 2015 fantasy season.
Doug Fister, SPHot10/6/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings on Monday to help his team starve off elimination with a win in San Francisco.
Insight: Monday's Game 3 was a must-win with the Giants ahead of the Nationals, 2-0, in the series. Fister allowed just four hits in his seven innings. He also struck out three and walked three. Game 4 will be Tuesday.
Bryce Harper, LF10/6/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper hit his second home run of this year's playoffs to give Washington some added insurance in a 4-1 victory over San Francisco on Monday.
Insight: Harper's bomb to right field made the game, 4-0, in the top of the ninth. The Giants scored in the bottom of the inning, but Washington won to force a Game 4. San Francisco leads the series, 2-1, with the next game on Tuesday.
Jayson Werth, RFCold10/6/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is just 2-for 11 (.182) against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Werth is 1-for-10 in the 2014 postseason and this tough matchup isn't likely to help.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B10/6/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is just 3-for-17 (.176) against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Zimmerman dealt with injuries for much of the season and hasn't gotten much work in the playoffs with just two at-bats. The Nationals have been going with Anthony Rendon at 3B, Asdrubal Cabrera at 2B and an outfield of Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth.
Jayson Werth, RF10/5/2014 12:21:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went 1-for-8 in an 18th inning affair against the Giants on Saturday.
Insight: Werth is struggling as he is hitting just .100 in the first two games of the NLDS. The Nationals have scored just three runs in 27 innings. Werth batted in the bottom of the 18th with Washington trailing 2-1 and down to their last out. He flew out to end the game.
Denard Span, CF10/5/2014 12:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is having a tough start to the 2014 postseason.
Insight: Span is hitless in 11 at-bats in the first two games of the NLDS, both losses for Washington. Span is not the only player struggling in the Nationals' lineup, but he ignited the offense all season long. The Nationals have scored just three runs in 27 innings against the Giants. Game 3 is Monday.
Anthony Rendon, 3B10/5/2014 12:08:00 AM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon was the offensive standout player for Washington in Game 2 of the NLDS against San Francisco.
Insight: Rendon started the game 4-for-4 with four singles and had the game's only RBI before the Giants scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie it. There wasn't another run in the game until Brandon Belt hit a solo home run for the Giants in the 18th. Rendon batted in the bottom of the inning and walked. Rendon finished 4-for-7 with a walk, RBI and stolen base.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP10/4/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann was one out away from a complete game shutout victory in Game 2 of the NLDS.
Insight: Zimmerman then walked Joe Panik to put the tying run on base with Buster Posey coming to the plate. Manager Matt Williams went to his closer Drew Storen, who allowed back-to-back hits as the Giants tied the game 1-1. The Nationals actually threw out Posey at the plate for the third out, otherwise, the Giants would have taken the lead. Zimmerman finished with eight 2/3 innings, one run on three hits, six strikeouts and one walk.
Jayson Werth, RF10/4/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has great numbers against Giants' starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: He has a career .386 average (17-for-44) against him, with four home runs and 12 RBI. Werth will need to help get the Nationals' offense going if they dont want to find themselves in a 2-0 hole.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP10/4/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann will look to pull Washington even today during Game 2 of the NLDS.
Insight: He pitched a no-hitter in the final start of the regular season, and now there is even greater pressure today. Zimmerman had one start against the Giants in 2014, and it went well. He went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, and earned the win. The Nationals will need a similar performance if they do not want to head to San Francisco on the brink of elimination.
Bryce Harper, LF10/3/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper hits first homer of postseason on Friday.
Insight: It was a bomb off Giants' reliever Hunter Strickland, which got the Nationals on the board for the first time in the game. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a home run two batters later, but that was all Washington was able to muster. Harper finished the game going 2-for-4.
Stephen Strasburg, SP10/3/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg takes loss in Game 1 of NLDS.
Insight: He pitched well over five inings, allowing two runs (one earned), on eight hits and one walk, while striking out only two. Strasburg will hope Washington gives him another chance to start during the series against San Francisco. They trail 1-0.
Stephen Strasburg, SP10/3/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg may not have been the best starting pitcher on the Nationsl staff this season, but his record at home is the reason he gets the Game 1 start.
Insight: Strasburg was a stunning 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA and 1.026 WHIP in Nationals Park. He was also 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 0.750 WHIP down the stretch in September.
Adam LaRoche, 1B10/3/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 5-for-14 (.357) with three home runs against Giants Game 1 starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: LaRoche is having another solid RBI season with 26 home runs and 92 RBI. He hasn't seen much postseason work with just 17 playoff at-bats since 2005 and a .176 batting average.
Tanner Roark, SP9/29/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark will pitch out of the bullpen in the NLDS according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com
Insight: It speaks volumes as to how good the Washington rotation is that Roark, who was 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, cannot get a starting spot in the playoffs. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will be the four playoff starters.
Ian Desmond, SS9/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond belts 24th homer of year.
Insight: It was the only run Washington needed, as Jordan Zimmerman tossed a no-hitter. Desmond finishes the year with a .255/.313/.430 line with 91 RBI. Consider him a top shortstop prospect heading into the 2015 fantasy season.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP9/28/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann no-hits Marlins on final day of season.
Insight: What a way to go out. Zimmerman's only blemish on his line was one walk in a 1-0 victory. He struck out 10, and finishes the year at 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA
Jordan Zimmermann, SP9/28/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann could be in line for a pitcher's duel on Sunday.
Insight: Zimmerman may not be asked to go to far into the game, as Washington has already locked up home-field advantage throughout the National League Playoffs. Yet, it does not take away from the intrigue. Zimmerman is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over his last three starts. Opposing starter, Miami's Henerson Alvarez comes in on fire as well, going 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 1.11 WHIP throughout his past three starts. Expect a low-scoring game.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/27/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg allows no runs in final start Saturday.
Insight: Washington did not him want throwing too many pitches, as he finished with 83. Strasburg ends 2014 on a high note, picking up his 14th win, going six innings, striking out seven, and allowing only two hits.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/27/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run against Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: LaRoche is having another great season with Washington, hitting .260 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI.
Doug Fister, SPHot9/26/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister put up another masterpiece Friday afternoon, throwing a three-hit, nine strikeout, no walk, shutout.
Insight: Fister is now 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA. On a roster with stars Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark, Fister might have been their best pitcher this season.
Taylor Hill, SP9/26/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitching prospect Taylor Hill has been called up to start the second game of Friday's doubleheader
Insight: Hill had a strong season at Triple-A Syracuse (11-7, 2.81 ERA, 1.118 WHIP). Breaking into the Nationals starting rotation next season would be a long shot.
Jayson Werth, RF9/26/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in Friday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: The Nationals will go with an outfield of Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span and Bryce Harper. Werth put together a solid season, batting .287 with 16 HR, 81 RBI and an .837 OPS. The 36-homer 2009 season was a career year and this appears to be the new "normal."
Gio Gonzalez, SP9/25/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez strikes out 12 Mets.
Insight: He was on fire tonight, going seven innings, allowing only one hit and two walks. Gonzalez finishes 2014 on a high note, and is now 10-10 with a 3.57 ERA. Drew Storen finished off the shutout for the Nats with his 11th save.
Bryce Harper, LF9/25/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will get the second game of Thursday's doubleheader off.
Insight: Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam LaRoche are all sitting as well, after playing this afternoon. Nate Schierholtz will start in left, Danny Espinosa gets the call at shortstop, and Tyler Moore will be at first base.
Denard Span, CF9/25/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in the lineup for the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Insight: Washington is simply playing it safe with Span. He should be back in the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Blake Treinen, RP9/25/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Blake Treinen allowed four runs and eight hits in four 1/3 innings Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Mets.
Insight: Treinen is simply a spot starter for Washington, who has already clinched the division and needed 18 innings from the staff on Thursday. He is likely done pitching this year and finishes at 2-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 50 2/3 innings.
Danny Espinosa, 2B9/25/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa had two hits in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: Espinosa was 2-for-4 with a run in a loss to the Mets. He scored in the fifth inning, in which the Nationals tied the game at four, but New York scored the final three runs of the game to win, 7-4. Espinosa is hitting .222 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 324 at-bats this year.
Jose Lobaton, C9/25/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton went 2-for-4 with a run in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: Lobaton is the backup catcher, who caught the first game of the doubleheader on Thursday. He is hitting .238 with 11 extra-base hits and 12 RBI in 210 at-bats this year. Wilson Ramos is expected to start game two.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B9/25/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is starting in left field in the first half of Thursday's doubleheader.
Insight: Zimmerman said he felt some discomfort in his hamstring after playing in his first game in nearly two months on Sunday. That is not a major concern though, and Washington wants to see what Zimmerman can provide them before the playoffs begin. He is batting third on Thursday afternoon versus the Mets.
Jayson Werth, RF9/25/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is hitting .316 with a home run and two doubles against Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Wheeler will pitch the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday. Werth is a career .297 hitter against Mets starter Dillon Gee, who will take the mound in the first game. Werth is 4-for-9 in his last three games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/25/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has three home runs in his career against Mets pitcher Dillion Gee.
Insight: LaRoche is 7-for-29 (.241) with six RBI in addition to the three dingers. He is having another great season with Washington, hitting .258/.362/.459 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI.
Gio Gonzalez, SP9/24/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Wednesday's game between the Mets and Nationals has been rained out.
Insight: It will be made up on Thursday as part of a doubleheader. Gio Gonzalez should be in line to start the early game.
Denard Span, CF9/24/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span left Tuesday's game and is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Span apparently scraped his right knee on a diving catch and will sit out Wednesday. This will allow Ryan Zimmerman to play left and Bryce Harper in center field.
Bryce Harper, LF9/24/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .375 hitter with a pair of home runs and a 1.194 OPS versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Harper is batting .267 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 96 games. Remember when there was a debate as to who was better - Harper or Mike Trout? He's still just 21-years-old, but we need to see more.
Denard Span, CF9/23/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Updating on a previous item: According to Mark Zuckerman, Nationals center fielder Denard Span left Tuesday's game after scraping his right knee on a diving catch.
Insight: It looks like Washington will play it safe, as Span will sit out Wednesday, but should be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Tanner Roark, SP9/23/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark pitches into seventh for victory.
Insight: He is now 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA after going 6 1/3 innings, allwing two runs. Roark has been an unsung hero this season for the Nats, and will be an important player next week when postseason play begins.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/23/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche blasted his 26th homer of 2014 on Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was a three-run shot in the fifth, off New York starter Bartolo Colon. Laroche has had a fine season, batting .256 and an impressive 91 RBI.
Denard Span, CF9/23/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span left Tuesday's game against the Mets after making a diving grab. According to Mark Zuckerman, his status will be updated shortly.
Insight: He took a hit away from Matt den Dekker, and stayed in the game until Michael Taylor pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the inning.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B9/23/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Washington is going to be very careful with their injury-prone 3B/OF. Zimmerman owns a .288 average with five homers and 37 RBI in 54 games.
Anthony Rendon, 3B9/23/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is not in Tuesday's starting lineup..
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. The 24-year-old is have a breakout season batting .286 with 20 homers and 81 RBI and a league-leading 110 runs scored. while playing both second and third base.
Denard Span, CF9/23/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is just a .077 hitter (1-for-13) versus Mets fastballer Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Span has cooled off since his .368 July and .328 in August, so he's no longer a must start. In this unfavorable matchup he should be avoided.
Rafael Soriano, RP9/21/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano allowed a run but converted the save against the Marlins on Sunday.
Insight: With closer Drew Storen unavailable, Soriano received the chance to pitch the ninth. Soriano gave up a leadoff double, which came around to score on a sacrifice fly, but Soriano preserved the one-run victory.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/21/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw seven shutout innings to beat the Marlins, 2-1, on Sunday.
Insight: Strasburg allowed just three hits, struck out five and walked two. Strasburg left with just 84 pitches thrown. The right-hander is 13-11 with a 3.23 ERA this year.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/21/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a career .462 hitter with a double and home run against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: LaRoche also has five RBI versus Eovaldi. The first baseman missed two days this past week to rest his back, but he hit a home run on Friday. He is hitting .255 with 25 home runs and 88 RBI in 474 at-bats this year.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B9/20/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman returned to action Saturday night, and came up big.
Insight: He started in left field and opened up the scoring in the seventh, with an RBI triple that Reed Johnson missed played. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful sight for Nats fans to have him back. Zimmerman owns a .288 average with five homers and 37 RBI in 2014.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHo9/20/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched six strong innings to earn his 13trh victory of 2014.
Insight: He was taken out with only 84 pitches. However, Zimmerman was hit in the shoulder by a line drive in the sixth, and although he stayed in the game, the Nats scored all of their runs in the seventh, causing him to sit for an extended period of time. Zimmerman has been fantastic this season with a 2.78 ERA. Drew Storen shut the door on the Marlins, to seal the win.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B9/20/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman has been activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Insight: Zimmerman missed 55 games due to a hamstring injury. He will likely not play everyday, but Nationals manager Matt Williams will welcome the extra bat with open arms. He's in left field and batting sixth tonight.
Bryce Harper, LF9/20/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game with Miami.
Insight: Just activated Ryan Zimmerman will get the start in left field. Harper is batting .271 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 93 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Denard Span, CF9/19/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 2-for-5 with a triple and RBI against the Marlins on Friday.
Insight: Span tripled to lead off the third but somehow did not score. He then singled in the fourth to score Wilson Ramos. Span has cooled off since his .346 July and August, but he is a guy that one still has to plug into fantasy lineups almost daily.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B9/19/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.
Insight: Zimmerman went 3-for-8 with a home run while hitting at the Nationals' spring training complex. He apparently did not have any issues with his right hamstring. He will likely not play everyday, but Nationals manager Matt Williams will welcome the extra bat with open arms.
Gio Gonzalez, SP9/18/2014 11:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez put in his bid to be the fourth starter come playoff time.
Insight: Gio went seven innings and yielded six hits and two runs in earning his ninth win of the season. It's between Gonzalez and Tanner Roark as to who will start after Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.
Ian Desmond, SS9/17/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is not in the starting lineup after they clinched the East Division Tuesday night.
Insight: Desmond homered in the division winning game. The shortstop leads the NL East Champions with 88 RBI and has 23 home runs while batting .252.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/17/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is one of many Nationals not in the starting lineup after they clinched the NL East Tuesday night.
Insight: LaRoche can use the rest having gone hitless in his last four games (17 at-bats) LaRoche is a key cog in the Nationals offense and likely your fantasy lineup as he is batting .257 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI this year.
Bryce Harper, LF9/17/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is one of many Nationals not in the starting lineup after they clinched the East Division Tuesday night.
Insight: The outfielder is batting .269 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 91 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Denard Span, CF9/17/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Span was one of the hottest hitters in the league during July and August and while he's still batting .300 in Spectember, the Nationals can now afford to give him a few days off to get ready for the playoff drive.
Gio Gonzalez, SP9/17/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (rest) has been scratched from his start on Wednesday against Atlanta.
Insight: With Washinton clinching the National League East on Tuesday, the team has decided to give Gio some extra rest. He will most likely be back on the mound Thursday, but check back just to make sure. Blake Treinen gets the ball for the Nats Wednesday night versus the Braves.
Ian Desmond, SS9/16/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond accounted for all three of Washington's runs on Tuesday as the team defeated Atlanta and clinched the NL East title.
Insight: Desmond homered in the sixth, scoring Jayson Werth and broke a scoreless tie. Desmond then doubled in the ninth and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning. The shortstop leads the NL Champions with 88 RBI and has 23 home runs while batting .252.
Tanner Roark, SPHot9/16/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark fired seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Braves to help clinch the National League East.
Insight: Roark scattered five hits, all singles, while striking out four and walking none. Washington is the first team in baseball to clinch the division, beating the Baltimore Orioles by less than a half hour. Roark is 14-10 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP on the season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B9/16/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF played three innings at first base in a simulated game on Tuesday.
Insight: Zimmerman hit two doubles in five at-bats and ran the bases without issues. He is expected to play five innings at first base on Wednesday and hopes to return in the final week of the regular season.
Bryce Harper, LF9/16/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is back in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: Harper was pinch hit for in the fourth inning Monday and it turns out he was weak from the flu.The outfielder is batting .270 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 89 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Jayson Werth, RF9/16/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth faces a tough test tonight against the Braves.
Insight: With Atlanta throwing out righty Aaron Harang, Werth could be line for a lousy game. He is a career .120 hitter (3-for-25) against Harang, with 11 strikeouts. However, overall, Werth has excelled this season. He is slashing .284/.383/.447 with 16 homers and 80 RBI.
Bryce Harper, LF9/15/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was pinch hit for in the fourth inning by Nate Schierholtz.
Insight: Not sure if this is injury, illness or other. The outfielder is batting .270 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 89 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Denard Span, CF9/15/2014 3:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span could be in line for a strong game tonight against the Braves.
Insight: Combined with the fact that he is hitting .347 during the second half of the season, along with his .394 career BA (13-33) against Braves starter Ervin Santana, Span has the potential to get off to a strong start this week. While he won't give you much power, Span has really picked it up on the base path after the All-Star break, as he has stolen 16 bases in the last 54 games (15 SB through the first 84 games). Make sure Span is locked in and ready to go.
Stephen Strasburg, SP9/15/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been a completely different pitcher away from home this season.
Insight: Although he has pitched well during his past 3 starts overall (1-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 0.86 WHIP), owners need to be aware of Starsburg's road woes. He has compiled a 3-8 record with a 4.45 ERA away from National's Park in 2014. While it will be difficult to bench a guy like Strasburg during your fantasy playoffs, it would not come as a surprise if he has a tough time posting a quality line tonight, in Atlanta.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot9/14/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched six and 2/3 shutout innings in Sunday's 3-0 victory over the Mets.
Insight: Zimmerman allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one. He is now 12-5 with a 2.83 ERA and a career-high 168 strikeouts.
Ian Desmond, SS9/14/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with three RBI and stole two bases to join the 20/20 club for the third straight season.
Insight: Desmond singled to drive in Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth in the fifth and doubled to score Werth again in the eighth. His steal in the fourth inning gave him 20 on the season. That put him in the 20/20 club for the third time. He has also set a new career-high and leads all shortstops with 86 RBI this season.
Wilson Ramos, C9/13/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is not in the starting lineup against the Mets on Saturday.
Insight: Jose Lobaton will be behind the plate and batting eighth instead. It looks like a normal day of rest for Ramos.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot9/12/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 on Friday despite his career .100 average against Mets starter Dillon Gee, but it wasn't enough as Washington lost to New York, 4-3.
Insight: Rendon hit a home run in the fifth to tie the game, 3-3, but New York answered to take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Rendon is 6-for-10 so far in New York with two home runs, a double, three RBI, and four runs as he continues his breakout season. The 24-year-old is batting .285 with 20 homers and 80 RBI while playing both second and third base.
Jayson Werth, RF9/12/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in Friday's lineup due to the flu.
Insight: He will likely return in a day or two. Nate Schierholtz is in right field on Friday.
Anthony Rendon, 3B9/12/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon may be having a breakout season, but he's just a .100 hitter (2-for-20) against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rendon has been very good for Washington this year, playing second and third (while Ryan Zimmerman has been out) and hitting .282 with 19 home runs, 79 RBI, a league-leading 105 runs and a .812 OPS this year.
Ian Desmond, SS9/10/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond left Tuesday's game against the Braves with a tight lower back and is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Danny Espinosa replaces Desmond in the lineup, but can't replace his bat. desmond is batting .248 with 22 HR and 83 RBI, Espinosa is a .219 hitter with eight homers and 27 RBI.
Anthony Rendon, 3B9/10/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is a career .000 hitter against Braves starter Aaron Harang and is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: OK, he's faced him just seven times. He's also dealing with an illness that could keep in sidelined for a couple of days. Rendon has been very good for Washington this year, playing second and third (while Ryan Zimmerman has been out). He is hitting .279 with 18 home runs, 77 RBI, a league-leading 103 runs and a .803 OPS this year.
Anthony Rendon, 3B9/10/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is a career .000 hitter against Braves starter Aaron Harang,
Insight: OK, he's faced him just seven times. Rendon has been very good for Washington this year, playing second and third (while Ryan Zimmerman has been out). He is hitting .279 with 18 home runs, 77 RBI, a league-leading 103 runs and a .803 OPS this year. This matchup, however, isn't a good one.
Bryce Harper, LF9/10/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .6-for-11 (.545) against Braves starter Aaron Harang,
Insight: So much talent, so little production. The left fielder still isn't living up to expectations hitting .267 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 300 at-bats. Remember a couple of years ago when people were asking which player was better ... Mike Trout or Harper? Seems funny now.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot9/9/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 2-for-3 with two RBI-singles on Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: LaRoche has two hits in each of his last three games. During that time, he is 6-for-11 (.545) with two home runs and four RBI. LaRoche is a key cog in the Nationals offense and likely your fantasy lineup as he is batting .266 with 23 home runs and 82 RBI this year.
Ian Desmond, SS9/9/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond left Tuesday's game against the Braves with an injury according to Adam Kilgord of the Washington Post.
Insight: Desmond didn't suffer any obvious injury, and no reporter has released anything new. Danny Espinosa replaced Desmond after five innings.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/8/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a career .400 hitter (6-for-15) against Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: LaRoche hit two solo home runs on Sunday to push him to 23 on the season. He is also hitting .261 with 80 RBI. LaRoche is a nice start on Monday.
Gio Gonzalez, SP9/7/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings, allowed one earned run on five hits, struck out three and walked none as Washington defeated Philadelphia, 3-2.
Insight: Gonzalez has had an up-and-down season and overall, it has been disappointing. He has pitched pretty well in his last two starts, winning both to raise his record to 8-9 and lowering his ERA to 3.78.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/7/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 2-for-4 with two home runs as the Nationals defeated the Phillies, 3-2, on Sunday.
Insight: LaRoche hit two solo home runs, one in the second inning to tie it and then another one in the fourth to tie the game again. LaRoche has 23 home runs on the season and is hitting .261 with 80 RBI.
Ian Desmond, SS9/7/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .191 (9-for-47) with one home run and 11 strikeouts in his career against Cole Hamels.
Insight: Desmond has been fabulous this season, leading shortstops with 22 home runs and 81 RBI, but for some reason he does not see the ball well against Hamels. If you can, start a different shortstop on Sunday.
Denard Span, CF9/6/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 2-for-4 in the loss to the Phillies on Saturday.
Insight: Span continued his hot second half with two more hits. The center fielders has 23 multi-hit games since the All-Star Break. He hit .368 in July, .328 in August and is 8-for-20 so far in September.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B9/6/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera is a career .353 hitter with a pair of home runs against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Cabrera has been a solid late-season addition for the Nationals, batting .248 with five homers, 14 RBI and a .786 OPS since coming to the team 30 games ago.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot9/6/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon is a career .400 hitter with three home runs and a 1.438 OPS against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Rendon has been sensational for Washington this year, playing second and third (while Ryan Zimmerman has been out). He finished a triple short of the cycle on Friday. Rendon e is hitting .279 with 18 home runs, 36 doubles, 75 RBI, a league-leading 101 runs and a .803 OPS this year. Must start him Saturday.
Rafael Soriano, RPCold9/6/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano could lose his ninth inning role after another blown save Friday night.
Insight: Soriano's 9.00 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in his last 10 appearances explain the reason. He has seven blown saves including his last two opportunities. The Nationals have two solid options in Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/5/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: LaRoche didn't start Wednesday, but came into the game and knocked in five runs. He was sitting due to back soreness, but obiously it wasn't that bad. He's been a solid RBI man this season, batting .259 with 20 HR and 75 RBI.
Adam LaRoche, 1B9/3/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Wednesday's starting lineup versus the Dodgers
Insight: LaRoche also sat out Monday's game due to back soreness. He's been a solid RBI man this season, batting .257 with 19 HR and 70 RBI.
Jayson Werth, RF9/2/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Jayson Werth is that rare hitter who is successful against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Werth is 9-for-24 (.375) with three home runs versus Kershaw. He's batting .288 with 16 HR, 76 RBI and 73 runs.
Bryce Harper, LF8/31/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper slugged two home runs, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs against the Mariners on Sunday.
Insight: What might have been the greatest sign from Harper was in the ninth inning after already hitting two home runs, he did not try to do too much and hit a single up the middle. Harper has gone 3-for-4 in two of his last three games with three home runs and three RBI. The left fielder still isn't quite living up to expectations though as he is hitting .268 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 269 at-bats.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/31/2014 8:43:00 AM
Description: A rare good start away from Nationals Park for starter Stephen Strasburg who allowed just six hits and one earned run Saturday night in Seattle.
Insight: Even after the contest his splits are extreme. He's an 8-2 pitcher with a 2.66 ERA at home and 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA on the road. Start him at home only.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot8/30/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk, on Friday against the Mariners.
Insight: Rendon has been sensational for Washington this year, playing second and third (while Ryan Zimmerman has been out). He finished a triple short of the cycle on Friday. Rendon had one RBI on his solo home run in the first inning and scored twice. He is hitting .282 with 18 home runs, 33 doubles, 71 RBI, 97 runs and a .812 OPS this year.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B8/29/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: An MRI exam this week showed Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring is continuing to progress well according to Dan Kolko of MASN.
Insight: Zimmerman still has yet to swing a bat or begin running, so it is still unclear whether he will be back before the end of the regular season. Zimmerman is hitting .282 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 195 at-bats this year.
Denard Span, CF8/29/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span has carried a lot of fantasy owners with his bat this season, but Friday night's matchup with Felix Hernandez should be avoided.
Insight: Span has batted .369 with an .877 OPS since the All-Star break, but he's just 2-for-22 with eight strikeouts versus "King Felix."
Denard Span, CFHot8/27/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three runs Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Span has just two home runs and 28 RBI this season, but he's hitting .300 with 35 doubles, seven triples, 81 runs and 27 steals. He's batted .339 with 18 steals over his last 63 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B8/27/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Phillies.
Insight: LaRoche is, however, a lifetime .158 hitter against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick. LaRoche sat out Tuesday's game due to back soreness.
Wilson Ramos, C8/27/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) against Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Ramos is 2-for-8 in the series against the Phillies with a home run, two RBI and a run. In 252 at-bats this year, Ramos is hitting .290 with seven home runs and 36 RBI.
Ian Desmond, SS8/27/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with two home runs and eight RBI against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick in his career.
Insight: This might just be what the doctor ordered since Desmond is hitting .182 in the last week. The shortstop does seem like he is climbing out of the little slump as he has hits in his last three games, including one home run. His 21 home runs and 79 RBI lead all shortstops in the MLB this year.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B8/26/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Cabrera sat out with an oblique injury Monday but had a pinch-hit single. He's batted .273 with five doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI, 12 walks and 12 runs since he was traded from Cleveland to Washington.
Adam LaRoche, 1B8/26/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was scratched from the lineup Tuesday due to back soreness, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expects to have him back Wednesday. LaRoche has cooled off lately, going 4-for-24 (.167) in his last seven games.
Bryce Harper, LF8/26/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will get Tuesday off as the Nationals hope to catch lightning in a bottle with Scott Hairston.
Insight: Harper has gone 21-for-68 (.309) with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 18 games. He'll be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Scott Hairston, LF8/26/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started eight games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Tuesday against Phillies ace Cole Hamels should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .386 hitter (17-for-44 ) with five home runs against the Phillies left-hander. Update: Hairston is in the starting lineup.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B8/26/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera wasn't in Monday's lineup due to a sore right oblique, but was healthy enough to pinch hit later in the game.
Insight: This explains why Cabrera wasn't in the starting lineup for a favorable matchup against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett. Update: Cabrera will make the start at 2B Tuesday.
Scott Hairston, LF8/26/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started eight games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Tuesday against Phillies ace Cole Hamels should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .386 hitter (17-for-44 ) with five home runs against the Phillies left-hander.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B8/26/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera wasn't in Monday's lineup due to a sore right oblique, but was healthy enough to pinch hit later in the game.
Insight: This explains why Cabrera wasn't in the starting lineup for a favorable matchup against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett. With a quality backup like Danny Espinosa, the Nats probably won't rush Cabrera back to the lineup until he's fully healthy.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot8/25/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon hit his 17th homer of the season Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Rendon now has three career home runs against A.J. Burnett. The 24-year-old leads the majors with 93 runs and he's driven in 69 runs, stolen 13 bags and batted .276 with a .797 OPS on the year. With Ryan Zimmerman out for most of the season and Bryce Harper stuck in a season-long slump, Rendon has become a very important player for Washington.
Wilson Ramos, C8/25/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Ramos has hit .290 this season and he's blasted four homers in his last 62 at-bats after hitting three in his first 180. The lack of power earlier this season could be a byproduct of the surgery to remove his broken hamate bone in April. He put 16 balls into the seats and drove in 59 runs in just 287 at-bats last season.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B8/25/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera isn't in Monday's lineup. Danny Espinosa will start at second base.
Insight: Cabrera was 3-for-8 with a double, homer and three walks in the just-completed three-game series with San Francisco and is a career .353 hitter against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett, so this might be a bit of a surprise.
Ian Desmond, SS8/25/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 2-for-15 (.133) versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: With 21 homers, Desmond leads the Nats and is tied with Troy Tulowitzki for first among shortstops. He also has 79 RBI, fifth in the NL and 16 steals. That makes him a fantasy stud, but Monday isn't a good matchup.
Jayson Werth, RF8/25/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is 2-for-24 (.083) versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Werth had a big series against the Giants, with three consecutive two-hit games. He's batting .289 with 13 HR, 70 RBI and 70 runs, but he's not a great option for Monday.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot8/25/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is a career 5-for-12 with a pair of homers against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Rendon has become an integral part of the Nationals offense. He's also been a solid fantasy option all season batting .277 with 16 HR, 68 RBI, 92 runs and 13 steals. Start him Monday.
Bryce Harper, LF8/24/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper has gone 21-for-68 (.309) with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 18 games.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against San Francisco.
Ian Desmond, SS8/24/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against San Francisco.
Insight: With 21 homers, Desmond leads the Nats and is tied with Troy Tulowitzki for first among shortstops. He also has 79 RBI, fifth in the NL.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/24/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed five runs on eight hits in four innings Sunday against San Francisco.
Insight: He's given up seven jacks in his last four starts and 15 in his last 88 innings (1.53 HR/9). Strasburg reached 200 Ks for the first time in his career Sunday and leads the NL with 202, but fantasy owners expected more than 10 wins, a 3.59 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Wilson Ramos, C8/24/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is not in Sunday's lineup, Jose Lobaton will be behind the plate.
Insight: It looks like just a normal day of rest for Ramos. Ramos is batting .291 with six homers in 63 games, but is just 1-for-8 in the first two games of the series with the Giants. The .210- hitting Lobaton is not fantasy worthy.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/24/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is just 10-10 overall, but he's a "different" pitcher in front of his home fans and should be started Sunday.
Insight: Strasburg is 8-2 at home with a 2.30 ERA, 1.011 WHIP and 116 Ks in 94 IP. That's 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He's also never lost to the Giants in his career, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 0.960 WHIP in four starts.
Denard Span, CFHot8/24/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span hasa a favorable matchup Sunday versus Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Span is 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits in their matchups. Span has batted .377 in the 34 games since the All-Star break to raise his average to .299 for the season. He's been particular good at home this season (.341) and that's where Sunday's game will take place.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot8/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight solid innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out eight and walking none.
Insight: Zimmermann gave up a first-inning home run to Hunter Pence and that was it. His next seven innings were scoreless as he force Buster Posey to pop out with a man in scoring position in the eighth. Zimmerman has won his last three decisions.
Denard Span, CFHot8/23/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span bounced back from his 0-for-4 Friday with two hits in his first two at-bats on Saturday and finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Insight: Span raised his second half batting average to .380 and has scored 21 runs during that time. As far as leadoff hitters go, it is hard to find one hotter than Span right now.
Jayson Werth, RF8/23/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Giants on Saturday night.
Insight: Werth also went 2-for-4 on Friday night. He has three RBI in the series and is 10-for-23 (.435) since returning to the Nationals lineup last Sunday.
Ian Desmond, SS8/23/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has gone 10-for-14 (.714) with two doubles and two homers against Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Desmond isn't a high average hitter, but he has 20 homers, 77 RBI, 54 runs and 16 steals. He's one of fantasy's top shortstop options.
Jayson Werth, RF8/22/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth took Giants starter Tim Hudson deep Friday night.
Insight: He now has four homers against Hudson in his career. He went 2-for-4 on the night and has gone 8-for-19 with two doubles, a homer, four RBI, four walks and five runs in his last six games after sitting out five straight with a shoulder injury. His homer Friday was his first since July 13.
Ian Desmond, SS8/22/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but is back at shortstop for Friday's series opener with San Francisco.
Insight: With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond is once again one of fantasy's top shortstops.
Bryce Harper, LF8/22/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 3-for-14 with an RBI in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-4 on Thursday and has gone four for his last 11 (.364), but overall has been disappointing this season. He is hitting .266 with six home runs and 23 RBI this year.
Denard Span, CFHot8/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span struggles against Giants starter Tim Hudson, hitting 2-for-17 (.118) against the right-hander in his career.
Insight: Span has, however, been on fire recently. He bounced back from his 0-for-4 on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 on Thursday and scoring the lone run of the game as Washington walked off with a victory for the fifth time in six days. Despite the career troubles Span has against Hudson, it might be tough to sit him. Since June 17, he has gone 78-for-231 (.338) including 65-for-178 (.365) since July 1 and 52-for-134 (.388) since the All-Star break to raise his average to .302.
Jayson Werth, RF8/22/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career 15-for-41 (.366) hitter with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Werth has hits in his last four games and sees the ball very well off of Hudson, the Giants probable Friday starter. The outfielder is batting .302 with nine doubles and 12 RBI since the All-Star break but has been lacking in the long ball department as he hasn't gone deep since July 13.
Gio Gonzalez, SP8/21/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Will the real Gio Gonzalez please stand up?
Insight: Gonzalez pitched seven innings of shut out baseball, yielding four harmless singles and striking out six. He had not pitched well over his previous four games, posting a 6.52 ERA, 1.862 WHIP and a 0-3 record. Fantasy owners and Nationals management need to figure out how to get tonight's version to show up more often.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B8/21/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did some light throwing on Thursday afternoon according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman is recovering from a Grade 3 hamstring strain and has been on the disabled list since July 23. Although throwing is a nice step, he is still three to four weeks away from returning to the streaking Nationals.
Ian Desmond, SS8/21/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be a routine day off. Intersting the Nationals will start Danny Espinosa and not Asdrubal Cabrera at short. With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond is once again one of fantasy's top shortstops.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold8/21/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez has not pitched well over his last four games, posting a 6.52 ERA, 1.862 WHIP and a 0-3 record.
Insight: Gonzalez' ERA is up to 4.06 on the year. Despite his career 2-0 mark against the Diamondbacks, we suggest avoiding Gonzalez until he remembers how to pitch again.
Anthony Rendon, 3B8/21/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is a career 5-for-6 against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Rendon was originally given Wednesday off, but came in to pinch hit and won the game in the bottom of the ninth with a single. He's been a solid fantasy option all season batting .276 with 16 HR, 67 RBI, 88 runs and 12 steals.
Tanner Roark, SPHot8/20/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark fired seven scoreless innings Wednesday against Arizona.
Insight: Roark gave up nine runs in his first 19 innings this month (4.26 ERA), but Wednesday's outing brings his ERA down to 2.80. The Nats have three starters with an ERA under 3.00.
Anthony Rendon, 3B8/20/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is getting the night off Wednesday.
Insight: Rendon has started every game since he sat out three in a row with a hand injury from June 7-9.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/19/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg gave up a run in the first inning but wasn't scored upon again in his eight innings of work Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: Strasburg held the Diamondbacks to three hits and struck out four en route to his 10th win. The right-hander gave up four homers and seven runs in five innings on Aug. 8 at Atlanta, but he's thrown at least seven innings and allowed one run or less in each of his other four starts since July 29.
Ian Desmond, SS8/19/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a steal Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: Desmond didn't have any extra-base hits, but he drove home both Anthony Rendon and Jason Werth twice on singles. With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond has been one of fantasy's top shortstops for a third straight season.
Wilson Ramos, CHot8/19/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is not in Tuesday night's lineup.
Insight: It looks like just a normal day of rest for Ramos. The catcher has a six-game hitting streak which includes four multi-hit games. During that stretch, Ramos has two doubles, a homer and four RBI.
Wilson Ramos, C8/18/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday against Arizona.
Insight: Ramos has hit .324 with five homers and 21 RBI in 35 games since he returned from a strained right hamstring.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot8/18/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: LaRoche keeps coming up with big homers. He hit a game-tying two-run shot in the eighth inning two days ago and has five doubles, six homers and a .306 average in August.
Jayson Werth, RF8/18/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is in the starting lineup on Monday night versus the Diamondbacks according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Werth did not start on Sunday against the Pirates, but entered in the ninth as a pitch hitter and wound up scoring both the tying run in the ninth and the game-winning run in the 11th. The Nationals have held the outfielder out of the lineup for eight of the last nine games due to right shoulder inflammation. Werth and the Nationals are facing Diamondbacks left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno Monday night.
Jayson Werth, RF8/18/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) didn't start, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning. He'll return to the lineup Monday night.
Insight: Werth has struggled to match last season's totals and has dealt with injuries in August to further reduce his fantasy value. If healthy he can help over the final six weeks.
Jayson Werth, RF8/18/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) didn't start, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning.
Insight: Werth has struggled to match last season's totals and has dealt with injuries in August to further reduce his fantasy value. If healthy he can help over the final six weeks.
Michael Taylor, RF8/17/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals 23-year-old outfielder Michael Taylor will get at least one more day as a starter with Jayson Werth still sidelined by the shoulder injury.
Insight: Taylor has a home run, but is just 2-for-14 (.143) in his first five games. Washington's top hitting prospect batted .315 with 22 homers, 35 steals and a .948 OPS in the minors this season.
Jayson Werth, RF8/17/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) was hoping to return Sunday, but he's not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Werth hit off a tee Friday and went through a batting practice session Saturday. Apparently he'll need at least one more day.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot8/16/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: LaRoche has homered five times this month and driven in six runs in his last three games. After hitting .159 with one homer in July, he's batted .333 this month.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B8/16/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera isn't in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Cabrera has hit .267 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, four RBI, seven runs and a .780 OPS in 12 games with Washington. Danny Espinosa is getting the start at second Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Jayson Werth, RF8/16/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) is not in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Werth hit off a tee Friday and he's expected to go through a full workout Saturday, but the Nats will keep him out at least one more game.
Jayson Werth, RF8/15/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday.
Insight: Werth hit off a tee Friday and he'll go through a full workout Saturday in hopes of getting cleared for Saturday's or Sunday's game. He had a cortisone shot earlier this week to help improve his shoulder inflammation.
Stephen Strasburg, SP8/14/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed just three hits and one runs in seven innings of work Thursday with eight strikeouts.
Insight: After a horrible outing against the Braves this makes fantasy owners feel better going forward. He improves to 9-10, which is ugly considering the "stuff" he brings to the mound, but he has given up one run or less in three of his last four starts.
Bryce Harper, LF8/14/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is starting to heat up at the right time, hitting his second home run in three games.
Insight: Harper was far too talented to continue to struggle like he has all season. He went 4-for-11 in the three game series with the Mets, including the two long balls and five RBI. With Ryan Zimmerman out and Jayson Werth hurting it couldn't come at a better time for the Nats.
Anthony Rendon, 3B8/14/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is just 2-for-17 (.118) against Mets pitcher Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rendon leads the league with 82 runs scored and he's added 16 homers, 66 RBI and 12 steals to become a valuable fantasy infielder with power and multi-position eligibility. Thursday, however, looks like an unfavorable matchup.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot8/13/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed one unearned run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Mets to improve to 8-5 on the season.
Insight: Zimmermann has walked just two batters in his last 41 innings and 21 all season. He has a 2.92 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 130 Ks in 144 2/3 innings.
Jayson Werth, RF8/13/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) had a cortisone shot in his shoulder and will miss the next couple of games, according to Bill Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Werth has been dealing with right shoulder inflammation and he aggravated the injury Sunday. Prospect Michael Taylor, who homered in his MLB debut Tuesday, will continue to start until Werth returns.
Michael Taylor, RF8/12/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in his MLB debut.
Insight: Jayson Werth is dealing with shoulder inflammation and Steven Souza was placed on the disabled list, leading to Taylor's callup. Taylor, Washington's top hitting prospect, has batted .315 with 22 homers, 35 steals and a .948 OPS in the minors this season.
Anthony Rendon, 3B8/12/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon hit his 16th home run of the season Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Rendon is one of four players in baseball with at least 80 runs and he's added 16 homers, 66 RBI and 12 steals. He's been a top-25 overall player in fantasy this season.
Ian Desmond, SS 8/12/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has homered in three of the past five games.
Insight: Desmond has hit just .214 in August and .244 this season, but with 20 homers, 72 RBI and 13 steals, he's a superb fantasy shortstop.
Bryce Harper, LF8/12/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Harper is far too talented to continue to struggle like he has all season. He's gone 7-for-24 (.292) with two homers over his last six games.
Doug Fister, SPHot8/12/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister ran his record to 12-3 and dropped his ERA to 2.34 with seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Fister has lasted at least seven innings in four straight starts and allowed a total of two earned runs in that span (0.64 ERA). He's been the Nationals' best starter this season.
Jayson Werth, RF8/12/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) will undergo an MRI, but manager Matt Williams thinks he'll avoid the DL. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Werth has been dealing with shoulder inflammation and he aggravated the injury Sunday.
Michael Taylor, RF8/12/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals will start 23-year-old Michael Taylor in right field Tuesday night.
Insight: Jayson Werth is hurting and Steven Souza Jr was placed on the disabled list which leaves the team very thin in the outfield. Taylor was brought up Sunday after batting .385 at Triple-A Syracuse and .313 at Double-A Harrisburg.
Jayson Werth, RF8/12/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in Tuesday's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a shoulder issue.
Insight: Werth hasn't done much in August after a solid July in which he batted .337 with a 1.132 OPS. He hasn't hit a home run since July 13.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B8/11/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has just begun underwater treadmill work as he attempts to return from a Grade 3 hamstring injury..
Insight: Washington picked up Asdrubal Cabrera from Cleveland to bolster the infield and it's an indication that Zimmerman may not make it back before the end of the regular season.
Jayson Werth, RF8/11/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth returned to the starting lineup Sunday, though he didn't swing the bat much, walking three times.
Insight: Werth hasn't done much in August after a solid July in which he batted .337 with a 1.132 OPS. The Nationals and fantasy owners need him to return to that level to help cover the loss of Ryan Zimmerman's bat.
Anthony Rendon, 3B8/10/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon has gone 7-for-9 with a homer against Braves starter Alex Wood.
Insight: That's a ridiculous .778 batting average. Rendon has had a terrific season from a fantasy standpoint, hitting .278 with 15 homers, 65 RBI, 81 runs, 11 steals and an .800 OPS, and he has a good chance to add to his numbers Sunday against Atlanta.
Jayson Werth, RF8/9/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Werth hasn't been hitting well of late, batting .250 with a sub par .609 OPS over the past two weeks (13 games). Kevin Frandsen will get a start in the outfield.
Wilson Ramos, C8/8/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (paternity leave list) is back in the starting lineup for the first gane of the series with the Braves.
Insight: Ramos has hit .295 with four homers and 26 RBI in 50 games. He hasn't played since Monday.
Jayson Werth, RF8/8/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Werth hasn't been hitting well of late, batting .250 with a sub par .609 OPS over the past two weeks (13 games). Recently called up Steven Souza Jr. will make the start in right field. The youngster is just 1-for-11 in the majors, but was batting .354 at Triple-A.
Denard Span, CFHot8/8/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Washington center fielder Denard Span is a career 10-for-27 (.370) versus Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Span is on fire having reached base in his last 33 games and raised his batting average from .264 to .300 over that span.
Bryce Harper, LF8/7/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper sent fans home happy with a walkoff home run in the 13th inning Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Unfortunately, Harper hasn't been very good this season, or healthy and fantasy owners won't be satisfied with this one effort. He's batting just .250 with four homers and 16 RBI. Wasn't it just a few years ago that fans and fantasy owners were debating Mike Trout vs. Harper?
Wilson Ramos, C8/7/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (paternity leave list) has apparently made it back in time for Thursday's game, but is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Ramos has hit .295 in 190 at-bats, but he has just four home runs after blasting 16 in 287 at-bats last season. Backup Jose Lobaton has gone 3-for-10 in his last three starts, but doesn't offer much in the way of power.
Wilson Ramos, C8/7/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (paternity leave list) will miss his third game Thursday, but is expected back Friday.
Insight: Ramos has hit .295 in 190 at-bats, but he has just four home runs after blasting 16 in 287 at-bats last season. Backup Jose Lobaton has gone 3-for-10 in his last three starts, but doesn't offer much in the way of power.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot8/6/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: LaRoche has done a good job to put his miserable July (.159, 1 HR, 18 Ks) in the past. He's gone 8-for-21 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI, four walks and two strikeouts in the first six games this month.
Doug Fister, SPHot8/6/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister was brilliant again Wednesday against the Mets, going 7 1/3 innings, striking out seven, walking none and allowing one unearned run to earn his seventh win.
Insight: While the Nationals have Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez, it's been Fister (11-3, 2.49 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) and Tanner Roark (11-7, 2.94 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) who have been their two best starters this season. Fister has allowed two earned runs or less in 12 of his 16 starts this season.
Ian Desmond, SSCold8/6/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has a .772 OPS against lefties and a .697 OPS against righties this season, but he hasn't been able to solve Mets southpaw Jon Niese.
Insight: Desmond is 3-for-18 (.167) with five strikeouts against Niese, Wednesday's scheduled starter. He's also in a 7-for-47 (.149) slump with 18 Ks in that stretch so avoid him Wednesday.
Gio Gonzalez, SP 8/5/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez has allowed nine runs on 14 hits in 9 2/3 innings his last two starts.
Insight: Gonzalez' ERA is up to 4.01 on the year, but his FIP is nearly a run lower at 3.09. His poor luck with runners in scoring position should improve.
Wilson Ramos, C8/5/2014 2:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been placed on the paternity leave list.
Insight: Ramos has hit .295 in 190 at-bats, but he has just four home runs after blasting 16 in 287 at-bats last season. He's expected to miss three days. Jose Lobaton will likely get the starts, but doesn't offer much to fantasy owners.
Denard Span, CFHot8/5/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Hot-hitting Washington center fielder Denard Span is a career 10-for-27 (.370) versus Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Span is on fire having reached base in his last 33 games and raised his batting average from .264 to .300 over that span.
Wilson Ramos, C8/4/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Monday against the Orioles.
Insight: Ramos has hit .295 in 190 at-bats, but he has just four home runs after blasting 16 in 287 at-bats last season. The surgery to remove a fractured hamate bone back in April may still be sapping his power, as it tends to do.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot8/3/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed just three hits and no runs in seven innings of work Sunday versus the Phillies.
Insight: Strasburg struck out 10 batters, the fifth time he's hit double-digits this season. His last two games, 14 IP, seven hits, one earned run is what fantasy owners expect, but don't often get, from this right-hander.
Scott Hairston, LF8/3/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started six games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Sunday should be the day. Update: Hairston is in the lineup, batting sixth and playing left field.
Insight: Hairston is a career .390 hitter (16-for-41 ) with five home runs against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Scott Hairston, LF8/3/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started six games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Sunday should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .390 hitter (16-for-41 ) with five home runs against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot8/2/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a double and a home run and a steal Saturday night.
Insight: Rendon has scored a league-leading 77 runs runs to go along with 14 homers and 61 RBI. He's a full-fledged fantasy star in the making.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot8/2/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up five hits and no runs in seven innings as the Nationals crushed the Phillies 11-0.
Insight: Zimmermann is now 7-5 even with a 3.00 ERA. After a couple of poor outings just before and after the break, Zimmermann is back in form. He's yielded two runs or less in nine of his last 11 starts.
Jayson Werth, RFCold8/2/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is just 2-for-23 (.087) versus Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Werth hasn't been hitting well of late (.158 this week), so combined with this poor matchup should have fantasy owners sitting him for the day.
Adam LaRoche, 1B8/2/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a career .387 hitter (12-for-31) with seven extra-base hits versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: LaRoche has been a solid RBI guy all season despite a rough July, and has a favorable matchup Saturday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS8/1/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Former Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will bat seventh and play second base for Washington against the Phillies Friday night.
Insight: Cabrera at second baseman pushes Danny Espinosa to the bench. He's hitting just .246 with nine home runs, 40 RBI, seven steals and a .691 OPS this year. He could be a decent add in NL-only leagues, but you can do better at shortstop in standard formats.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B7/31/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will be shut down for two weeks before the team reevaluated his condition, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Zimmerman reportedly has a Grade 3 strain that will keep him out 6-8 weeks, but the Nats have yet to offer an official diagnosis of the severity. If Washington sees improvement in two weeks, Zimmerman could begin strengthening exercises. If not, he'll likely be shut down for the rest of the season. Washington picked up Asdrubal Cabrera from Cleveland Thursday to bolster the infield.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/31/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been scratched from the lineup Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: He's not injured, the team just decided he needs a day off. It's a smart move considering he has gone 4-for-22 (.182) against Phillies starter Cliff Lee. LaRoche had a .307 average and a .923 OPS at the end of June, but he's hit .161 with one homer in July and is now hitting .267 with an .800 OPS on the season.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/31/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has hit .367 (11-for-30) with a double, a triple and two homers in his career against Phillies starter Cliff Lee.
Insight: Werth has hit .354 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 24 RBI and 17 runs in July. With Lee on the mound Thursday, Werth should be one of your outfield options.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS7/31/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: The Indians traded shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
Insight: Cabrera will take over as the starting second baseman, pushing Danny Espinosa to the bench. He's hitting just .246 with nine home runs, 40 RBI, seven steals and a .691 OPS this year. He could be a decent add in NL-only leagues, but you can do better at shortstop in standard formats. The trade opens up a spot for Cleveland's top prospect, shortstop Francisco Lindor, who could be up in a few weeks after he gets some experience in Triple-A.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/31/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has gone 4-for-22 (.182) against Phillies starter Cliff Lee.
Insight: LaRoche had a .307 average and a .923 OPS at the end of June, but he's hit .161 with one homer in July and is now hitting .267 with an .800 OPS on the season.
Tanner Roark, SPHot7/30/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark threw seven innings and allowed one run for the fourth straight start Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Roark leads the Nationals with 11 wins and he's second among their starters to Doug Fister with a 2.74 ERA. He's recorded an ERA below 3.00 in three of the four months this season.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/30/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (ankle) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Werth rolled his ankle Monday and sat out Tuesday. He's batted .355 with 11 doubles, six homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs and a 1.210 OPS in July.
Jayson Werth, RF7/29/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a twisted ankle and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expected Werth to be fine Tuesday, but apparently he can use a day off. The outfielder suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tag at second base. He's batting .284 with 12 HR, 58 RBI and 60 runs scored.
Jayson Werth, RF7/29/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a twisted ankle, but is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expected Werth to be fine Tuesday. The outfielder suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tag at second base. He's batting .284 with 12 HR, 58 RBI and 60 runs scored.
Bryce Harper, LF7/29/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 6-for-13 (.462) with a double and two home runs versus Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Harper hasn't been very good since the calendar turned to July, batting .221 with two homers and three RBI in 21 games. As bad as he's swinging, he probably won't be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Bryce Harper, LF7/29/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will sit in favor aof Scott Hairston Sunday.
Insight: Harper hasn't been very good this season (.260, 3 HR, 14 RBI) and its a chance to get Hairston who loves hitting against Cole Hamels into the lineup.
Jayson Werth, RF 7/28/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a twisted ankle, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expects Werth to be fine Tuesday. The outfielder suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tag at second base.
Bryce Harper, LF7/28/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper had two hits, including a double, in four at-bats Monday at Miami.
Insight: Harper was 1-for-14 in his previous three games. He's gone 16-for-71 (.225) with five extra-base hits (2 HR), three RBI, 26 Ks and 11 walks since he returned from a torn ligament in his thumb.
Rafael Soriano, RP7/28/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Going into Monday's game, Nationals closer Rafael Soriano had allowed just five runs in 40 innings this season (1.10 ERA), but he gave up four runs in a blown save at Miami.
Insight: Soriano's hiccup cost Jordan Zimmermann a win. He's blown four saves in 29 chances this season, but he still has a 1.96 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP even after Monday's game.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP7/28/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up four hits and two runs in seven innings Monday at Miami and left with a 6-2 lead, but Washington's bullpen gave up five runs after he exited.
Insight: Zimmermann is just 6-5 even though he has a 3.17 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The good news is that he appears to be fine after leaving a start on July 11 with a biceps cramp.
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/28/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 5-for-11 (.455) versus Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: LaRoche is batting .273, but more importantly has driven in 54 runs in 85 games. He's become the key RBI man for the Nationals.
Doug Fister, SPHot7/27/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister won his fourth straight start and fifth straight decision Sunday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Fister threw seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He's fanned only 54 batters in 90 1/3 innings, but he's made up for it by going 10-2 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B7/26/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is execpted to miss 6-8 weeks with a "pretty substantial" hamstring strain.
Insight: Zimmerman strained his right hamstring Tuesday at Colorado. The third baseman had gone 24-for-62 (.387) with six doubles, two homers and 16 RBI since June 30, so the injury is bad timing. it's his second trip to the disabled list this season.
Denard Span, CFHot7/25/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Hot-hitting Washington center fielder Denard Span is a career 4-for-7 versus Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Span has gone 18-for-35 (.514) in his last eight games including consecutive four-hit nights Wednesday and Friday. He's hitting .289 with one homer, 21 RBI, 62 runs and 18 steals this season.
Tanner Roark, SPHot7/25/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark has thrown seven innings, allowed one run and picked up a win in each of his last three starts.
Insight: Like clockwork. Roark now has 10 wins, a 2.82 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP, leading the Nats' vaunted rotation in all three categories.
Denard Span, CFHot7/25/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span had his second straight four-hit game Friday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Eight hits, all singles for Span the past two games. In fact, he's gone 18-for-35 (.514) in his last eight games, but 17 were singles. He's hitting .289 with one homer, 21 RBI, 62 runs and 18 steals this season.
Denard Span, CFHot7/23/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span has raised his average to its highest point since June 5 with a 21-for-55 (.381) stretch over his last 13 games.
Insight: Span went 4-for-5 Wednesday to reach .282 on the year. All four hits were singles, as were 18 of his last 21 hits.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/23/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Matt Williams said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's MRI revealed a "pretty substantial" hamstring strain.
Insight: Zimmerman strained his right hamstring Tuesday at Colorado. The third baseman has gone 24-for-62 (.387) with six doubles, two homers and 16 RBI since June 30, so the injury is bad timing. He already missed six weeks this season with a fractured thumb.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/23/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is expected to go on the disabled list, according to William Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Zimmerman strained his right hamstring Tuesday at Colorado. The third baseman has gone 24-for-62 (.387) with six doubles, two homers and 16 RBI since June 30, so the injury is bad timing. He already missed six weeks this season with a fractured thumb.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/23/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has shown signs of life the past few games (4-for-12, 1 HR), but he has a poor matchup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: LaRoche is hitting .247 with a .661 OPS against lefties this season and is 3-for-15 (.200) with eight strikeouts lifetime against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/20/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has raised his average from .233 to .287 since June 30 by batting .418 over his last 15 games.
Insight: Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a homer, his second in the past four games, and two RBI Sunday against Milwaukee. He's driven in 14 runs in his last 11 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/20/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is in the midst of a 5-for-47 (.106) skid that has cut his average down by 34 points.
Insight: LaRoche has great numbers against Sunday's starter Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers -- 9-for-28, three doubles, two homers -- but fantasy owners should avoid him until he shows signs of coming out of his slump.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has faced Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza just six times, but has rapped out four hits including two home runs.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .100 over the past two weeks (3-for-30). He started the second half with another 0-for-4.
Bryce Harper, LF7/18/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Harper returned from a torn ligament in his thumb on June 30 and went 6-for-40 (.150) prior to the All-Star break. He's hitting .260 with three home runs in 127 at-bats this season, but he's too talented not to figure things out.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP7/18/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (biceps) says he'll start Tuesday at Colorado, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmermann left his start on June 11 with a biceps strain, but he didn't have to miss a start due to the All-Star break.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/18/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .333 hitter with three home runs versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Werth was hot just before the All-Star break, batting .387 over the previous two weeks. Hopefully the days off didn't cool him down.
Taylor Hill, SP7/15/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitching prospect Taylor Hill is 9-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.09 WHIP at Triple-A Syracuse (INT).
Insight: We particularly like the 69/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was up for a couple of bullpen appearances in June, but he's a starter. Unfortunately, the Nationals rotation is very strong and doesn't give much hope for him and any fantasy value at this time.
Tanner Roark, SP7/13/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark improved to 8-6 on the season with seven strong innings Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Roark (3.01 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) allowed four hits and one run while walking none and striking out six. All five of Washington's starters have an ERA of 3.56 or lower.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/13/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run since June 24 Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Zimmerman (.273, .783 OPS) has gone 14-for-39 (.359) with 10 RBI in July. He has just four homers this season, but he does have 18 doubles in 176 at-bats.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot7/13/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits, one RBI and three runs Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Rendon has scored 67 runs, tied for second in baseball, and he's also driven in 53 while racking up 42 extra-base hits and eight steals.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/13/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has batted .375 with six doubles, six homers and 19 RBI in 11 games this month.
Insight: Werth batted just .259 with 10 extra-base hits (2 HR) over 51 games from May 2 to June 30, but he's turned it on in July much like he did in 2013.
Wilson Ramos, CHot7/13/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: UPDATE: Ramos is off Sunday. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has batted .327 with two homers in 13 games since he returned from the disabled list, and he has terrific numbers against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Ramos is 6-for-11 (.545) with two homers against Kendrick. Get him in your lineup Sunday.
Adam LaRoche, 1BCold7/13/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is limping into the All-Star break.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .139 in July and is down to .284 for the season. He's gone just 6-for-35 (.171) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, so he shouldn't be used Sunday.
Ian Desmond, SS7/13/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: In 37 career at-bats against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has batted .405 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Insight: Desmond is also 11-for-35 (.314) with two doubles and two homers in July. He's a viable shortstop option Sunday.
Bryce Harper, LF7/13/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper has batted .391 with three doubles, a triple and a homer in 23 at-bats against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Harper has gone 5-for-36 (.139) since he returned from a torn ligament in his thumb, though he did hit his first home run since April 9 on Friday.
Scott Hairston, LF7/12/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started five games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Saturday should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .395 hitter (15-for-38 ) with five home runs against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Bryce Harper, LF7/11/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper hit his first home run since coming off the disabled list Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Prior to Friday, Harper was 4-for-31 with 13 Ks since returning from a torn ligament in his thumb. He has just two homers, 11 RBI and a .693 OPS in 118 at-bats this season, hardly what fantasy owners wanted.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP7/11/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies due to a cramp in his right biceps, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: He'll have an MRI Saturday and won't pitch in the All-Star game. "I don't think it's anything major," Zimmermann said.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP 7/11/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: He threw a pitch in the fourth inning, shook the fingers on his right hand and motioned for the dugout. The right-hander's second-to-last pitch was recorded as an 88-mph fastball, 5-6 mph below average for him.
Ian Desmond, SS7/11/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch Thursday night and is not in the starting lineup for Friday.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Adam LaRoche, 1B7/11/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 11-for-28 (.393) with six extra-base hits against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: LaRoche has been rock solid this season, batting .289 with 12 HR and 47 RBI. This may be his last season in Washington as he's only signed through 2014 and the Nationals need to find a spot for Ryan Zimmerman other than third base.
Ian Desmond, SS7/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch and left the game.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Wilson Ramos, CHot7/9/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has gone 14-for-37 (.378) with two home runs in 10 games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Ramos has just 129 at-bats this season because he had to make two trips to the disabled list (broken hamate bone, hamstring strain). He hit 16 homers and drove in 59 runs in just 287 at-bats last year.
Ian Desmond, SS7/9/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/9/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth homered for the third time this month Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Werth also had a double and a walk Wednesday and is hitting .440 with nine extra-base hits over 25 at-bats in July. He batted just .259 with 10 extra-base hits (2 HR) over 51 games from May 2 to June 30.
Tanner Roark, SP7/9/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark's next start has been pushed back to Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Roark (7-6, 3.12 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) was supposed to start Wednesday against the Orioles, but Tuesday's game was rained out and the Nats will keep Doug Fister on schedule. The Phillies are a much easier matchup for Roark in his final start of the first half.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/9/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is 4-for-11 with two home runs against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Zimmerman's arm cost the Nationals a key double play Monday night, but he's still hitting the ball through his fielding problems. He's batting .326 over his last 12 games.
Jayson Werth, RF7/8/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has struck out in half his 14 at-bats versus Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Werth has hit just .143 against Norris. The right fielder's offensive game hasn't matched last year (.318, 25 HR, 49 extra base hits, .931 OPS). He's hitting for a lower average and less power. This matchup should be avoided.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot7/7/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Monday against the Orioles.
Insight: Rendon was left off the NL All-Star team, but he's one of the players eligible for the Final Vote. He has batted .284 with 39 extra-base hits (13 HR), 52 RBI, 61 runs, eight steals and an .832 OPS this season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BHot7/7/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: I don't usually recommend a hitter based on just three at-bats, but Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-3 with three home runs against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Zimmerman hasn't been adversely affected by moving from outfield to third base, in fact, he's batting .471 over his last five games. Add in the favorable matchup and the wind blowing out to dead center Monday and you have all the ingredients for a big day.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/5/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez continued his hot streak, extending his shutout innings to 22 straight.
Insight: It's not quite up to Clayton Kershaw's level, but he's not far behind. He's making himself a must-start option.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot7/5/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three more hits, all doubles to lead the Nationals offense to 13 runs Saturday night.
Insight: Rendon has had a terrific season while carrying eligibility at both second and third. He's hitting .286 with 12 homers, 50 RBI, 60 runs and eight steals.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot7/5/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez will look to continue his hot streak when he faces the Cubs at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Gonzalez spun a two-hit gem over seven innings against the Cubs in his last outing, so fantasy owners should be salivating at the prospect of the outgoing southpaw facing them again. Since coming off the DL, Gonzalez has struck out 18 in 18 inings and maintained a 2.00 ERA.
Jayson Werth, RFHot7/4/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth continued his hot start to the month with a double, a homer and a walk Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Werth hit just .212 with one home run and a .590 OPS in June, but he's gone 6-for-10 with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and three walks in the first three games of July.
Ian Desmond, SS7/4/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 4-for-18 (all singles) in his career versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Desmond is hitting the long ball this season (15 with 51 RBI), but leftover wind from hurricane Arthur will make it tough on right-handers Friday morning. The wind is blowing in from left field at 18 mph. If Desmond isn't hitting homers for you, his fantasy value is limited.
Bryce Harper, LF7/4/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has never gotten a hit off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel in seven tries.
Insight: He missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb and is 3-for-11 (.273) since returning to the lineup, but this appears to be an unfavorable matchup.
Jayson Werth, RF7/2/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth has gone 4-for-7 with two doubles, a homer, two walks, five RBI and three runs in his first two games of July.
Insight: Werth hit just .212 with one home run and a .590 OPS in June and is hitting .272 with seven homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and a .748 OPS this year. Werth hit .318 with 25 home runs last season but his line-drive rate and HR/FB have both declined by a significant margin.
Doug Fister, SPHot7/2/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister improved to 7-2 Wednesday night against the Rockies. He lasted seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Insight: Fister missed the first five weeks of the season due to a strained lat and allowed five earned runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first start, but he's gone 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP since then.
Jayson Werth, RF7/1/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is hitting just .269 with six homers, 38 RBI and a .735 OPS, even after Tuesday's big game.
Insight: Werth went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, two runs and three RBI Tuesday against the Rockies. He had a 26 percent line-drive rate and an 18 percent HR/FB last year, but he's regressed to 18.4 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively, in 2014.
Stephen Strasburg, SP7/1/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed 11 runs on 17 hits (3 HR) in his last 10 2/3 innings of June and entered July with a 3.70 ERA, but he limited the Rockies to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings Tuesday night.
Insight: Batters have hit .348 on balls in play against Strasburg so he has a 3.53 ERA despite pitching to a 2.78 FIP. He could be in for a huge second half, as he's bound to see some better luck.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/30/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Over 44 innings in June, Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann allowed seven runs on 30 hits with a 41/6 K/BB (1.43 ERA, 0.81 WHIP).
Insight: Zimmermann entered the month with a 4.07 ERA, but he's back in the range we're used to with a 2.95 mark. He has a career-low 2.74 FIP this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot6/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche homered for the third time in his last four games Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: LaRoche is a career .266 hitter and typically a better second-half producer, but he's hiting .307 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and a .923 OPS this season.
Bryce Harper, LF6/30/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has been activated and will start in left field and bat sixth Monday night against Colorado.
Insight: He's missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Ryan Zimmerman will move back to third base with Anthony Rendon shifting to second base.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BCold6/30/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman will return to third base for Monday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Zimmerman has to move to make room for just-activated Bryce Harper. Zimmerman has done little since returning from the disabled list, batting .190 with one home run over the past 26 games.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot6/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a double and a triple, Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Rendon has had a terrific season while carrying eligibility at both second and third. He's hitting .281 with 12 homers, 45 RBI, 51 runs, six steals and an .824 OPS.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot6/28/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez held the Cubs to two hits over seven shutout innings Saturday afternoon to pick up his fifth victory.
Insight: Gonzalez has allowed just five hits over 13 scoreless innings in his last two starts and appears to be healthy after spending a month on the DL with shoulder inflammation.
Jayson Werth, RF6/28/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: No injury, just giving the 35-year-old the afternoon off and he's likely to be in the nightcap lineup. He's been a bit disappointing this season batting .268 with six homers, 34 RBI and five steals.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3BCold6/28/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is just 1-for-16 (.063) versus Cuns right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Zimmerman has done little since returning from the disabled list, batting .204 with one home run over the past 24 games.
Ian Desmond, SS6/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 8-for-16 in his career versus Cubs Game 2 starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Desmond is still hitting the long ball this season (14 with 46 RBI), but his OPS is significantly down from the past two years. He has just three extra-base hits in his last 49 at-bats. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/27/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is normally a better hitter against right-handers than lefties, but he's just 2-for-15 (.133) against right-hander Jason Hammel.
Insight: LaRoche has been a solid producer this season, batting .305 with nine homers, 39 RBI and an .897 OPS, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Bryce Harper, LF6/26/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper could be back in the big leagues as early as Monday. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: He's missed two months with a torn ligament in his left thumb. So far Harper (.289, 1 HR, 9 RBI) has gone 3-for-4 in his first two rehab games.
Jayson Werth, RF6/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is back in the lineup after getting Wednesday night off.
Insight: Werth hasn't done anything exciting this season, but he's still batting .271 with six homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs scored and five steals. We're just used to a batting average over .300 and 20-plus home runs and he's not producing at that level.
Wilson Ramos, C6/26/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) has come off the disabled list and is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Ramos has played just 127 games over the past three seasons while dealing with injuries. He's already made two trips to the DL in 2014, once with a fractured hamate bone and then for a hamstring strain.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/25/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman's three hits Tuesday at Milwaukee were more than he had in his previous five games combined.
Insight: Zimmerman hit his first homer since April 11 and went 3-for-7 in Washington's 16-inning win. He's hit just .205 with a .577 OPS since he returned from a fractured right thumb.
Anthony Rendon, 3BHot6/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon went 3-for-7 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: The former sixth-overall pick has hit for more power than expected this season, blasting 12 home runs in 290 at-bats. He also has 49 runs, 43 RBI, six steals, a .276 average and an .816 OPS. He has eligibility at second and third base and is a plus option at both positions.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot6/24/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has gone 9-for-21 with a homer and five RBI in his last six games.
Insight: LaRoche also has a .375 average, three doubles and a homer against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo. The Nats first baseman is a career .266 hitter and hasn't hit above .285 in any season during his career, but he's hitting .310 in 200 at-bats this year.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/24/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez threw six scoreless innings Monday at Milwaukee.
Insight: The Brewers made Gonzalez work, getting him to throw 114 pitches and walking four times, but they couldn't scratch out a run. Gonzalez just returned from shoulder inflammation on June 18, so he must be feeling good if the Nats let him throw that many pitches.
Wilson Ramos, C6/23/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will come off the disabled list Thursday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Ramos has played just 127 games over the past three seasons due to numerous injuries. He's already made two trips to the DL in 2014, first with a fractured hamate bone in his hand and then with a hamstring strain.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/21/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon connected on three hits Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: Rendon now has eight RBI in his last five games. That gives him 42 for the season, tying him with Todd Frazier for fourth among major league third basemen.
Doug Fister, SP6/21/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister won for the sixth time Saturday versus the Braves.
Insight: Fister (6-2, 2.65 ERA) tossed eight shutout frames, limiting Atlanta to five hits and one walk. He's now 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in the month of June. Fister's next start is Thursday against Chicago.
Bryce Harper, LF6/21/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (left thumb) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Harper is hoping to return by July 1. He batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before tearing the UCL in his left thumb. Ryan Zimmeman (.253, 2 HR, 14 RBI) has started in left field during Harper's absence.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/19/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann has allowed just three runs on 17 hits while recording a 27/3 K/BB over 32 innings in June.
Insight: Zimmermann has lowered his ERA from 4.07 to 2.95 in that stretch. He lost Thursday despite giving up two runs over seven innings against the Braves. Washington has been shut out in each of his last two starts.
Denard Span, CF6/19/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span is a career .447 hitter (17-for-38) against Braves starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: Span has put up back-to-back two-hit games and now faces a favorable matchup.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/18/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: The Nationals have officially activated left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He'll be on the mound Wednesday against Houston. Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA) missed about five starts with shoulder inflammation.
Anthony Rendon, 3B6/17/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI Tuesday against Houston.
Insight: Rendon had a subpar May, but he's gone 19-for-56 (.339) with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI over his last 14 games.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/17/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez will start Wednesday against the Astros, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA) has been out for a month due to shoulder inflammation. He had a 2.91 ERA and 45 Ks in 43 1/3 innings prior to giving up 12 runs on 16 hits in 7 1/3 innings his last two starts before going on the DL.
Bryce Harper, LF6/17/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (left thumb) took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since his injury, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper hopes to return on July 1. He batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before tearing the UCL in his left thumb. It will be interesting to see what happens to Ryan Zimmerman once Harper is ready to go, as the third baseman was moved to left field to protect his shoulder.
Denard Span, CFCold6/17/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a stiff back, but said he expects to return Tuesday, according to Dan Kolko of MASN.
Insight: Span has gone hitless in his last 18 at-bats and his average is down to .262 with a .684 OPS. He does have 41 runs scored and nine steals. It's possible when Bryce Harper is ready to return that Harper will play center and leave Ryan Zimmerman in left which would end Span's usefulness for fantasy owners.
Denard Span, CFCold6/15/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a stiff back, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Span has gone hitless in his last 18 at-bats and is hitting .262 with a .684 OPS, 41 runs and nine steals this season.
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/13/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann was charged with his third loss of the season despite pitching well Friday against St. Louis.
Insight: Zimmermann's only blemish came in the second inning when Matt Adams took him deep for a solo homer. The right-hander has only given up one run in his last three starts (0.36 ERA in 25 innings).
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/13/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Gio Gonzalez should be back in the rotation sometime next week. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA) has missed his last few turns because of shoulder inflammation. He's a must-start when healthy.
Jayson Werth, RF6/12/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .385 hitter with three homers and 11 RBI against Giants veteran right-hander Tim Hudson..
Insight: It doesn't hurt that the wind will be blowing out to center at about 15-20 mph. Werth (.296, 6 HR, 31 RBI) is on a modest six-game hitting streak including a home run on Wednesday night.
Wilson Ramos, C6/11/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have gone ahead and placed Wilson Ramos on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's out with a strained hamstring. Ramos (.261, 1 HR, 11 RBI) just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season. Expect to see a lot of Jose Lobaton behind the plate.
Wilson Ramos, C6/11/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos won't be in Wednesday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: Ramos suffered a hamstring injury in last night's win. Jose Lobaton (.224, 2 HR, 10 RBI) will fill in behind the plate.
Wilson Ramos, C6/11/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos left Tuesday's game with tightness in his right hamstring.
Insight: Ramos has batted .303 in his last 16 games but hit just one homer in that span. He missed more than six weeks with a hamstring strain last year, but it was to his left hammy.
Ian Desmond, SSHot6/11/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been crushing the ball lately and owns good career numbers against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Desmond has gone 26-for-96 (.271) with nine home runs and 25 RBI in his last 25 games. He's only hitting .238 on the year but has 13 homers and 42 RBI. He's also 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and a homer in his career against Cain.
Doug Fister, SPHot6/11/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister improved to 5-1 on the season after throwing seven scoreless frames Tuesday at San Francisco.
Insight: Fister hasn't given up more than two runs in six starts since he allowed seven (five earned) in his first start of the season on May 9. He'll take a 2.68 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP into his next start Sunday at St. Louis.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/10/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Washington second baseman Anthony Rendon is back after missing three games with a sore hand. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Rendon has done so well at the hot corner the Nationals have decided to move franchise cornerstone Ryan Zimmerman to left field. He's seventh among big league third basemen with 34 RBI this season.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/9/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (hand) is out again Monday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Rendon hurt his right hand while trying to field a hot shot to third base Friday night and had to leave due to swelling. He hasn't played since then.
Danny Espinosa, 2BHot6/8/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa delivered three hits in Sunday's win against San Diego.
Insight: Espinosa was right at the Mendoza Line when his six-game hitting streak began. Now he's up to .232 with six homers and 17 runs batted in. Even with his recent hot streak, Espinosa isn't a fantasy option outside of NL-only leagues.
Jayson Werth, RF6/8/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth recorded three hits in Sunday's win against the Padres.
Insight: All three hits were singles. Werth (.290, 5 HR, 25 RBI) has been a perfectly fine fantasy option, though we were expecting a little more power (.403 slugging percentage in 231 at bats).
Jordan Zimmermann, SPHot6/8/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 12 K's, 0 BB) was firing on all cylinders Sunday in a win over San Diego.
Insight: The light-hitting Padres have already been shut out ten times this season. Zimmermann (5-2, 3.17 ERA) hasn't allowed a run in his last 18 innings of work.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/8/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon (hand) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Rendon hurt his right hand while trying to field a hot shot to third base Friday night and had to leave due to swelling. He didn't play Saturday either, though he did swing a bat Sunday.
Ian Desmond, SS6/8/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond crushed his 12th homer of the season Saturday at San Diego.
Insight: Desmond has hit eight jacks in his last 22 games. The shortstop's 11.9 percent line-drive rate is second-worst in baseball and his 16.1 percent infield-fly-ball rate is 16th-worst so he's only hitting .265 on balls in play and .227 overall. However, he's still one of fantasy's best shortstops because the position is so shallow.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/7/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon's X-rays came back negative, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Rendon left Friday's game with a swollen hand.
Insight: Carlos Quentin ripped a two-hopper down to third base in the first inning and hit Rendon in the right hand. Rendon is unlikely to play Saturday night at San Diego.
Anthony Rendon, 2B6/7/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon was forced from Friday night's game with a bruised right hand.
Insight: Rendon has been playing solid baseball both at the plate (.272, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 40 runs) and in the field.
Jayson Werth, RF6/6/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth won't start Friday against the Padres.
Insight: Werth has played every game this season, providing five homers and 25 RBI in 221 at bats. Nate McLouth (.180, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will be given the start in right field on Friday.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/6/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Friday.
Insight: He's targeting June 11 against the Giants for his return. Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation on May 18. He's 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Bryce Harper, LF6/6/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper (left thumb) has been doing "light baseball activities" and exercises, according to a Washington Post report.
Insight: Harper hopes to return on July 1. He batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before the injury. It will be interesting to see what happens to Ryan Zimmerman once Harper is ready to go, as the 3B turned OF was moved to left field to protect his shoulder.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot6/5/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has hit three homers and driven in nine runs in nine games since he came off the disabled list.
Insight: LaRoche is a career .266 hitter, but he's batting .315 in 143 at-bats this season. Only once in his career has he recorded a strikeout rate lower than 20 percent, but he's at 16.8 percent this season and has a career-high 15 percent walk rate.
Ian Desmond, SS6/5/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Despite a favorable matchup, Washington shortstop Ian Desmond (career .405 hitter with five extra-base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick) is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
Ian Desmond, SS6/5/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is a career .405 hitter with five extra=base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
Jayson Werth, RF6/4/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth doesn't enjoy facing Phillies right-hander A.J.Burnett.
Insight: Werth's .125 average against Burnett should give fantasy owners reason to look for an alternative. Though his seven-game hitting streak may be appealing to some, the right choice is to bench Werth on Wednesday and look for a better matchup.
Ian Desmond, SS6/4/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond has struggled in his career against Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond owns a .167 average against the right-hander in 12 at bats. Ignore the 11 homers he's hit this season and bench Desmond on Wednesday. This isn't a good matchup for the 28-year-old.
Adam LaRoche, 1B6/4/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche should be in your lineup Wednesday against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: LaRoche is batting .400 against Burnett in 25 lifetime at bats. He's also struck out eight times so it's been feast or famine for the 34-year-old. LaRoche should be in your lineup most nights as he's hitting an impressive .314 for the season with seven homers and 28 RBI.
Denard Span, CFHot6/3/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span enjoyed a three-hit night Tuesday in a win against the Phillies.
Insight: He's been hot lately, collecting 11 hits over his last five games. Span doesn't hit for much power (only one homer this season) but his average is decent and he'll steal the occasional base. In deeper leagues, he's an option.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP6/3/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann was lights out Tuesday against the Phillies.
Insight: He limited Philadelphia to five hits and one walk over eight shutout frames. Zimmermann's WHIP still isn't where it needs to be (1.37) but at least his ERA is back under four (3.59).
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/3/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Ryan Zimmerman will start in left field Tuesday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Amanda Comak, MLB.com
Insight: It's his first career start in left field. Zimmerman (.364, 2 HR, 6 RBI) hasn't played in the majors since breaking his thumb on April 12th.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/3/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) has been activated from the disabled list in time for Tuesday's game.
Insight: He worked out in left field as well as third base during his rehab stint and could start there against the Phillies tonight. In 10 games before getting injured, Zimmerman hit .364 with a 1.042 OPS to go along with two home runs and six RBI.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6/2/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) has been playing left field in his rehab work.
Insight: The team may be hoping that playing the outfield will put less stress on his fragile shoulder. Zimmerman was batting .364 with two homers and a 1.042 OPS in 10 games before the injury.
Gio Gonzalez, SP6/1/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) threw a simulated game Sunday morning and is hoping to make a rehab start in five days, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: He's targeting June 11 against the Giants for his return. Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation on May 18.
Anthony Rendon, 2BHot5/31/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon had his first multi-hit game since May 6 Friday night and added four more hits on Saturday.
Insight: Rendon slammed his sixth homer of the season and scored three times. The two-day stretch has raised his average from .251 to .267.
Wilson Ramos, C5/31/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos will get Saturday afternoon off.
Insight: No injury, just the normal day off after a night game. Ramos (.246, 1 HR, 9 RBI) hasn't been great offensively this season, but he does have a modest six-game hitting streak.
Ian Desmond, SSHot5/30/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered again Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: He's hit six of them in his last 16 games. Desmond is only batting .234 this season, but he has 10 dingers.
Anthony Rendon, 2BCold5/30/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon had his first multi-hit game since May 6 Friday night.
Insight: Rendon was hitting .340 after going 3-for-5 on May 6; he's gone 12-for-73 (.164) since then and is hitting .255 with a .731 OPS this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot5/30/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg struck out nine batters and gave up two unearned runs in six innings Friday against the Rangers to improve to 4-4.
Insight: Strasburg's fielding-independent numbers -- 10.9 K/9, 2.30 BB/9, 0.61 HR/9, 2.43 FIP -- are impeccable, but his ERA is 3.15 because he's allowed a .359 BABIP. Once that comes down closer to the league average of .294, look out.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/30/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) will start his rehab assignment Friday.
Insight: Zimmerman was cleared to take batting practice on Wednesday and is nearing his return to the lineup. He's been out since April 12 due to a fractured thumb.
Roger Bernadina, RF5/30/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Roger Bernadina is a career 7-for-10 against Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Bernadina hit .187 last year and has done nothing this season to warrant our attention (batting .146), but if he's in the lineup on Friday its hard to ignore his success in this matchup.
Wilson Ramos, C5/28/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos jolted his first home run of the season Wednesday in a loss to Miami.
Insight: Ramos (.226, 1 HR, 8 RBI) hasn't been great offensively this season but he does have a modest five-game hitting streak going. We'll see if he can extend the streak to six in a row Friday when the Nationals host Texas.
Nate McLouth, LF5/28/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Nate McLouth blew up for four hits Wednesday in a loss to Miami.
Insight: That raises McLouth's season average from .143 all the way up to .182. Despite a strong outing Wednesday, we're still not ready to endorse McLouth as a legitimate fantasy option.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Ryan Zimmerman should see time at third base, first base and left field when he returns from the disabled list. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: Having eligibility at three positions can only help Zimmerman's fantasy value. He was hitting .364 with two homers and six RBI before breaking his thumb in mid-April.
Gio Gonzalez, SP 5/27/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) has thrown on flat ground in each of the last four days.
Insight: Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation on May 18. He's nearing a bullpen session.
Blake Treinen, RP5/27/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: The Nationals will skip Blake Treinen in the rotation following Tuesday's rainout, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Treinen replaced the injured Gio Gonzalez in the rotation and allowed two runs on four hits with five walks in 5 2/3 innings last Thursday at Pittsburgh. He'll pitch out of the bullpen for the next couple of days and may only have to make one more start before Gonzalez returns.
Tanner Roark, SP5/26/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark allowed three runs over seven innings Monday against the Marlins but lost his second straight start.
Insight: Roark has given up seven earned runs combined in his last four starts after giving up seven in four innings on May 3. He's 3-3 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings this season.
Wilson Ramos, C5/26/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos is back in the starting lineup for Monday.
Insight: Ramos hit safely in the first three games of the series with Pittsburgh, but was given Sunday off. He returns to face Nathan Eovaldi and he's 2-for-6 and a walk with a pair of RBI in their matchups.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/25/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He missed the minimum 15 days with a quad strain. LaRoche was hitting .319 with five homers before the injury and needs to be in all fantasy lineups.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/24/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will return from the disabled list Sunday against Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: It's the first day he's eligible to return after missing two weeks with a quad injury. Tyler Moore (.203, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (.241, 1 HR, 6 RBI) have been splitting time at first base during his absence.
Denard Span, CF5/20/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span went 5-for-5 with two doubles and a steal Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: He's still hitting just .263 on the season, though he raised his average 24 points Tuesday night. He doesn't have a home run this year, but he's scored 24 runs and stolen six bags.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/20/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: X-rays revealed that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's fractured right thumb is not fully healed, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Zimmerman suffered the injury on April 13 against the Braves and is five weeks into his initial four-to-six-week timetable. He's not going to make it back by next week. Zimmerman is expected to get a splint on his thumb that will allow him to begin exercising his right arm.
Bryce Harper, LF5/20/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: its been about a month since his surgery and Washington left fielder Bryce Harper had stitches removed from his left thumb, asccording to beat reporter Dan Kolko.
Insight: Harper has yet to be cleared for any rehab work and is still expected to be sidelined until July. he batted .289 with a homer and nine RBI in 22 games before the injury.
Blake Treinen, RP5/19/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Blake Treinen will take Gio Gonzalez' spot in the Nationals rotation while Gonzalez is on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: He'll start Thursday against the Pirates. Treinen has combined to throw 34 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors this season and has a 1.56 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He should have some NL-only value.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/19/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) took grounders Monday for the first time since going on the DL, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com.
Insight: LaRoche dealt with a quad issue for nearly a month before finally needed to go on the DL. He's eligible to return on May 25 and should be back around or on that date.
Jayson Werth, RFHot5/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with a 1.123 OPS versus Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Werth is batting .350 over the past two weeks to push his average up to .296. Although he's never gotten close to the 36 homers he hit in 2009 in Philadelphia, he should be a solid 20-25 guy every season with a batting average around .300.
Wilson Ramos, C5/18/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Washington catcher Wilson Ramos added four RBI to his season total Sunday versus the Mets.
Insight: Ramos doubled in two runs in the third before plating two more on a fifth inning single. He's gone 6-for-27 (.222) in nine games since making his return from hand surgery.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/18/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Ryan Zimmerman (broken thumb) could see time in the outfield when he returns from the disabled list. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Nate McLouth (.118, 1 HR, 1 RBI) hasn't been very productive in left field and the team seems to like using Anthony Rendon (.275, 5 HR, 24 RBI) at third with Danny Espinosa (.221, 6 HR, 10 RBI) at second base. Washington needs Zimmerman's bat in the lineup and using him in left field could be the team's best option while Bryce Harper recovers from thumb surgery.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: According to the Washington Post, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez's enhanced MRI revealed no further damage besides inflammation in his shoulder. He doesn't need surgery.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He said Saturday that he was concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation Sunday. The Nats didn't wait for the results to come back to place him on the DL because the dye injected into his body for the MRI would have kept him out a while anyway.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said he's "not overly concerned" about left-hander Gio Gonzalez's shoulder injury, but he won't know for sure until the MRI results come back. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, csnwashington.com.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He said Saturday that he was concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation Sunday. The Nats didn't wait for the results to come back to place him on the DL because the dye injected into his body for the MRI would have kept him out a while anyway.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (shoulder inflammation) is heading to the 15-day disabled list, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He said Saturday that he was concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and had a precautionary MRI Sunday which revealed inflammation in his shoulder.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/18/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez will undergo a precautionary MRI on his arm Sunday following two poor starts in a row, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Over his last 7 1/3 innings, Gonzalez has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62. He's concerned with his arm slot consistently dropping during the past two starts and will see if it is tied to an injury.
Denard Span, CF5/18/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is a .500 lifetime hitter against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Span is only batting .236 with a .614 OPS this year, but he's gone 6-for-12 with a double against Wheeler.
Gio Gonzalez, SPCold5/17/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez was roughed up for the second straight start Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Gonzalez gave up five earned runs on seven hits in three innings against New York. Over his last 7 1/3 innings, he has allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, three homers and five walks and his ERA has increased from 2.91 to 4.62.
Jayson Werth, RFHot5/17/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Washington right fielder Jayson Werth is batting .350 over the past two weeks and has a favorable matchup against Bartolo Colon on Saturday.
Insight: Werth has hit in all five games this week and is batting 1.000 agains Colon in his career. Ok, he's only faced him three times, but he's a good fastball hitter versus a pitcher who throws 87 percent fastballs.
Rafael Soriano, RP 5/16/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has nine saves and a 1.06 ERA this season.
Insight: Soriano's WHIP is actually higher than his ERA at 1.12. The right-hander has struck out 15 batters in 17 innings, though he hasn't fanned anyone in his last four games.
Jayson Werth, RF 5/14/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth hit his first home run of May Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Werth has hit .341 in May, but he's mostly been a singles hitter (two extra-base hits in 44 at-bats). He's batting .304 with five homers, 18 RBI and 21 runs this season.
Doug Fister, SP5/14/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Fister spent the first five weeks of the season on the disabled list with a strained lat and allowed nine hits and seven runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings in his 2014 debut on May 9. He's posted an ERA in the range of 3.33-3.67 in each of the last three seasons and should improve now that he's in the NL East.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/14/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) is expected to be back with the team when he's first eligible to come off the disabled list, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: LaRoche dealt with a quad issue for nearly a month finally needed to go on the DL a few days ago. He should be back on May 25.
Danny Espinosa, 2BCold5/14/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Washington infielder Danny Espinosa has struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats this month.
Insight: He's gone 8-for-60 (.133) with 26 strikeouts in his last 17 games, though four of his hits left the yard. He's hitting .228 with six homers and four steals this season, so he still has some fantasy value.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5/13/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's X-rays showed that his fractured thumb is progressing but still isn't fully healed, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman was given a timetable of four-to-six weeks in mid-April when he suffered the injury, but he's still a week away from strengthening work and may be out longer than expected.
Nate McLouth, LFCold5/13/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth re-opened a scab on his right hand Monday and was out of Tuesday's lineup. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: McLouth first suffered the injury a week ago. He's just 5-for-55 (.091) this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SPHot5/13/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg has yielded two earned runs or less in his last four outings (all wins) and faces an Arizona offense averaging just 3.80 runs per game.
Insight: Combine his solid pitching with a forecast that has the wind blowing in from right field at about 16 m.p.h. and we can't see Strasburg giving up many long balls tonight. He's also averaging 7.7 strikeout per outing in this four-game winning streak making him an excellent play on Tuesday.
Danny Espinosa, 2B5/13/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Washington infielder Danny Espinosa is a career .545 hitter with one homer against Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Espinosa has been getting plenty of regular playing time with 3B Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup and while he's not hitting for a high average he has hit two homers this week and four over the past 11 games. He's worth a flier on Tuesday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/11/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: LaRoche has been dealing with a quad issue for nearly a month and it flared up Friday. The 34-year-old is off to a great start, hitting .319 with five homers, 21 RBI, 18 runs and a .925 OPS in 32 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/10/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche (quad) had an MRI on his quad Saturday, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: LaRoche has been dealing with a quad issue for nearly a month and it flared up Friday. The 34-year-old is off to a great start, hitting .319 with five homers, 21 RBI, 18 runs and a .925 OPS in 32 games.
Doug Fister, SP5/9/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have activated Doug Fister (lat) from the disabled list to start Friday against the Athletics.
Insight: Fister will be making his debut with Washington after going 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 208 2/3 innings with the Tigers last season.
Wilson Ramos, C5/7/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hand) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Ramos underwent surgery to remove the broken hamate bone in his left hand after leaving with the injury on Opening Day. He hit 16 homers and drove in 59 runs in just 287 at-bats last year and has top-10 catcher potential, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy.
Wilson Ramos, C5/6/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (hand) said he wants to play Wednesday against the Dodgers, but manager Matt Williams wouldn't commit to him coming off the DL. SOURCE: Andrew Simon, mlb.com
Insight: The Nats may wait until Friday at Oakland so they can use Ramos as the DH. Ramos underwent surgery to remove the broken hamate bone in his left hand after leaving with the injury on Opening Day. Ramos hit 16 homers and drove in 59 runs in just 287 at-bats last year and has top-10 catcher potential, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy.
Nate McLouth, LF5/6/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth scraped his right hand while making a catch Monday and is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Scott Hairston came off the disabled list Monday and will start Tuesday. McLouth is just 4-for-47 (.085) this season. The Nats need much more than that with Bryce Harper on the shelf until July. If McLouth doesn't improve, Hairston may begin to see regular playing time in left field.
Ian Desmond, SS5/6/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has gone 3-for-17 (.143) with three strikeouts in his career against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Kershaw (back) will come off the DL to start Tuesday for the first time since March 22. While Desmond was one of the top shortstops in fantasy the last two years, he hasn't had a good season so far. He's hitting .236 with four home runs and 36 strikeouts in 136 plate appearances.
Doug Fister, SP5/5/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: The Nationals approached Doug Fister about a contract extension this offseason but were unable to hammer out a deal. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Instead, he signed a one-year, $7.2 million contract to avoid arbitration. The former Tiger won't be a free agent until 2016.
Scott Hairston, LF5/5/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He was out with a strained oblique. Hairston isn't an everyday player but he could see a little more time than normal while Bryce Harper is out with a torn thumb ligament.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot5/4/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez allowed one earned run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings Sunday but took the loss.
Insight: Washington dropped a 1-0 decision to Philadelphia. Gonzalez is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and a 45/15 K/BB in 43 1/3 innings this season.
Doug Fister, SP5/4/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: The Nationals are thinking of pushing Doug Fister's start back to Friday. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He was originally supposed to make his season debut Wednesday against Los Angeles but now it looks like Stephen Strasburg will move up a day after only throwing 83 pitches in his last outing. Fister missed the first month of 2014 while recovering from a strained lat.
Ian Desmond, SS5/3/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 1-for-10 in his career against A.J. Burnett.
Insight: The one hit was only a single. This matchup isn't an inviting one and fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere for shortstop help on Saturday.
Jayson Werth, RFHot5/3/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth hasn't had much luck in his career against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Werth (.306, 4 HR, 16 RBI) enters today's action in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak but he's just 2-for-13 against Burnett with six punchouts. It's understandable if you want to ride the hot hand. Just don't say we didn't warn you.
Wilson Ramos, C5/2/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: The Nationals now expect catcher Wilson Ramos to be activated May 9th versus Oakland. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: That's next Friday. Ramos underwent hamate bone surgery early last month. Jose Lobaton (.266, 1 HR, 5 RBI) has been asked to do most of the catching in Ramos' absence.
Adam LaRoche, 1B5/2/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche is listed as probable for Friday's game against Philadelphia due to a sore quad.
Insight: LaRoche could get Friday off anyway simply to give him another day of rest and avoid an unfavorable matchup with Cliff Lee. He's just 4-for-19 (.211) without a homer and one RBI in their matchups.
Danny Espinosa, 2B5/2/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Washington infielder Danny Espinosa is a career .368 hitter with three homers against Phillies ace Cliff Lee.
Insight: Espinosa has been getting plenty of playing time with 3B Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup. He's batting .300 with three homers over the past two weeks. He could be worth a flier on Friday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Astros due to a sore quad, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: LaRoche dealt with the same issue last week and missed a game. He's expected to be back Friday following the Nationals' off day on Thursday.
Taylor Jordan, SP4/28/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: The Nationals have optioned Taylor Jordan to Triple-A, according to William Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Jordan posted a 5.61 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings for Washington this season. The next time the team will need a fifth starter Doug Fister will be ready to come off the DL, so the Nats have decided to get an extra reliever on the roster until then.
Bryce Harper, LF4/28/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper will be out until July due to a torn UCL in his left thumb, according to ESPN.com. Nate McLouth is expected to see regular playing time in Harper's absence.
Insight: Harper will undergo surgery Tuesday. He suffered the injury on a head-first slide into third base after hitting a bases-clearing triple Friday night. It's the second straight year he's suffered a serious injury, though this one will keep him out much longer than the knee injury he sustained last May.
Wilson Ramos, C4/27/2014 3:07:00 PM
Description: The Nationals are expecting catcher Wilson Ramos to be activated from the disabled list May 5th against the Dodgers. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Ramos underwent hand surgery in early April. Jose Lobaton (.276, 1 HR, 4 RBI) has done most of the catching in his absence.
Bryce Harper, LF4/27/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has been placed on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a sprained thumb. Steven Sousa Jr. was called up from Triple-A Syracuse in the corresponding roster move. Nate McLouth (.097, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is expected to see most of the playing time in left field during Harper's absence.
Tanner Roark, SP4/26/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Tanner Roark blanked the Padres Saturday at Nationals Park.
Insight: It's Roark's first career shutout and also his first complete game. The right-hander has been impressive this year, providing a 2.76 ERA over 32 2/3 innings. It's going to be tough to top this outing but Roark will try to do just that next Saturday against the Phillies.
Bryce Harper, LF4/26/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Harper injured his thumb diving into third base last night. He might miss more than just one day, but at the moment is not expected to need a trip to the disabled list. He's batting .289 with 1 HR, 9 RBI and a .773 OPS. Kevin Frandsen will get an outfield start.
Doug Fister, SP4/24/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Doug Fister (lat) will make a rehab start Sunday, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain shortly before the regular season began after overcoming elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. The right-hander could be back with the Nats on May 7.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/23/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche went 3-for-5 with one RBI Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: LaRoche missed Tuesday's game with a sore quad but was back in there hitting cleanup on Wednesday. He's batting .315 with three home runs and an .898 OPS this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/23/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a sore quad. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: He'll bat in the cleanup spot tonight against Angels ace Jered Weaver (1-2, 4.74 ERA). LaRoche is currently on a six-game hitting streak (.300 AVG with one RBI during the streak).
Denard Span, CF4/23/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span has been brutal against Angels starter Jered Weaver throughout his career.
Insight: Span, who used to face the Angels on a fairly regular basis when he played for the Twins, just can't seem to figure Weaver out. In 22 at bats against him, he's logged just two hits (.091). Make sure to bench Span (.208, 0 HR, 5 RBI) on Wednesday.
Anthony Rendon, 2BHot4/22/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is hitting cleanup Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Rendon is hitting .304 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs in 79 at-bats this season and will hit behind Jayson Werth and in front of Ian Desmond. He's hit in every spot in the order this season other than third and the pitcher's spot.
Doug Fister, SP4/22/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Doug Fister (lat) is hoping to make a minor league rehab start Sunday, according to Andrew Simon of mlb.com.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain shortly before the regular season began after overcoming elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. The right-hander could be back with the Nats on May 7.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/22/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup due to a sore quad.
Insight: LaRoche is off to a solid start, batting .294 with three homers, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. Tyler Moore (.214, 1 HR, 2 RBI) will fill in at first base.
Wilson Ramos, C4/21/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (wrist) took some swings at the end of last week and is on pace for a mid-May return.
Insight: Ramos hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year. He was injured after one game. While the player may be back in May, many with this injury struggle to regain their power as the wrist is still weak.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/20/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Danny Espinosa paced Washington with three hits Sunday in a win against the Cardinals.
Insight: It's Espinosa's first three-hit game since September 24, 2012. He's hitting .313 with a .521 slugging percentage in 17 appearances this season.
Bryce Harper, LF4/19/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper was pulled from Saturday's game for a "lack of hustle," not for quad tightness, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with the quad injury for the past week or so but that wasn't why manager Matt Williams decided to remove him Saturday after six innings. Harper has gone 2-for-15 over his last four games after goign 11-for-21 with five extra-base hits from April 9-14. However, it's a good sign that he has struck out in just one of his last 21 at-bats after fanning 16 times in his first 40.
Bryce Harper, LF4/19/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper left Saturday's game against St. Louis due to tightness in left quadriceps.
Insight: Harper hasn't been durable throughout his career so we've come to expect he'll be in and out of the lineup. He's batting .310 this season with one homer, five RBI and seven runs. He's struck out 17 times and is 0-for-2 in stolen base attempts. Fantasy expect more.
Doug Fister, SP4/17/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Doug Fister has been out with a lat strain but he's hoping to make his season debut May 7th against the Dodgers. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Fister said he felt good pitching in Thursday's extended spring training game. The right-hander went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA for the Tigers last season.
Bryce Harper, LF4/17/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper is back after missing Wednesday's game with a tight quad. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: Harper hasn't always been that durable throughout his career so it's nice to see him recover so quickly. He's hitting .340 this season in 50 at bats.
Bryce Harper, LF4/17/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper is a career .545 hitter versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Harper was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup while dealing with a quad injury, so he might not get a chance to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Denard Span, CF4/16/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span could return from the DL as early as Saturday. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: Span (.222, 0 HR, 4 RBI) suffered a concussion last Friday and was placed on the DL the following day. He's expected to play in rehab games on Thursday and Friday and if all goes well, he should be back in the lineup Saturday against St. Louis.
Bryce Harper, LF4/16/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Bryce Harper has been scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a quad injury. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Washington
Insight: It's his first absence of the season. Tyler Moore (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI) will take Harper's place in left field.
Stephen Strasburg, SPCold4/15/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg struggled right off the bat Tuesday at Miami.
Insight: Strasburg gave up back-to-back singles to start the game and then a three-run blast to Giancarlo Stanton. He only lasted four innings and gave up six earned runs on eight hits with three walks. Strasburg has a 6.00 ERA and just one quality start in four outings so far.
Denard Span, CF4/15/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span might be ready for a rehab assignment by the end of the week. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He's been recovering from a concussion. Nate McLouth (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Bryce Harper (.333, 1 HR, 5 RBI) have split time in center field during his absence.
Bryce Harper, LFHot4/15/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (quad) is in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: He aggravated a quad injury when he slipped while running the bases Monday. Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/15/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman won't need surgery to repair his broken thumb. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: His timetable of 4-to-6 weeks remains the same. Anthony Rendon (.346, 2 HR, 12 RBI) will fill in at third base while Zimmerman recovers.
Bryce Harper, LFHot4/14/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left Monday's game with a tight quad, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. He's expected to play Tuesday.
Insight: Harper has gone 11-for-21 over his last six games and was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple Monday before leaving. The quad injury has been bothering him for a few days and it flared up when he slipped while running the bases.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/14/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann had his best start of the season Monday at Miami to get his first win of the year.
Insight: The Marlins got to Zimmermann for seven hits and five runs in just 1 2/3 innings in his last start. He tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits with seven Ks and a walk Monday.
Doug Fister, SP4/14/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Monday, the team announced.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. He's targeting early May for his return to the rotation and will replace either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan.
Denard Span, CF4/14/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span (concussion) took batting practice and jogged around the bases before Monday's game, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Span suffered a concussion Friday against Atlanta. Nate McLouth would start but knee soreness is keeping him out of the lineup too. Span also suffered a concussion back in 2011 but he insists this one isn't as bad.
Nate McLouth, LF4/14/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Nate McLouth's knee is still sore but he'll be available if needed on Monday, according to Dan Kolko of masnsports.com. The Nats would like to avoid using him, however.
Insight: McLouth was scratched from Sunday's lineup. He's missing a chance to start with Denard Span on the 7-day concussion DL.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/14/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Monday night's starting lineup. Tyler Moore will get a start.
Insight: The noted second-half hitter is batting .311 this April with three homers and 10 RBI. This could be a good year to play LaRoche early as well as late ... just not on Monday night.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot4/13/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday at Atlanta after getting a Golden Sombrero Saturday.
Insight: LaRoche hasn't encountered one of his typical extended April slumps yet. He's hitting .311 with three longballs, 10 RBI and 11 runs in 12 games.
Bryce Harper, LF4/13/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: The Braves couldn't get Bryce Harper out on Sunday.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-2 with a double and two BBs. He's suddenly hitting .310 after going 9-for-17 in his last five games.
Danny Espinosa, 2B4/13/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: It looks like Danny Espinosa is going to be Washington's everyday second baseman for the next 4-6 weeks while Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) is on the DL.
Insight: Zimmerman broke his thumb Saturday. Espinosa averaged 19 homers and 18 steals per season in 2011-12 but played through an injury and hit just .158 in 44 games last year. He came into Sunady with a .316 average in 19 at-bats this season and could help out NL-only owners looking for middle-infield help.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/13/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman left last night's game with a broken thumb and will now miss 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: It's a really tough break for the Nats as Zimmerman had been off to a great start (.364, 2 HR, 6 RBI in ten games). Anthony Rendon (.372, 2 HR, 9 RBI) should see time at third base while he's out.
Jayson Werth, RF4/12/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Washington right fielder Jayson Werth missed Saturday's game because of a tight groin. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: Hopefully you got him out of your lineup in time. Werth has delivered seven RBI during his five-game hitting streak. Consider him questionable for tomorrow afternoon's series finale.
Denard Span, CF4/12/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Washington center fielder Denard Span has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.
Insight: Span suffered the injury Friday against Atlanta. Tonight, Bryce Harper (.270, 1 HR, 4 RBI) will be in center field with Kevin Frandsen (.375, 0 HR, 1 RBI) getting the start in left.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/11/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Zimmerman should be avoided on Friday and knowing the condition of his arthritic shoulder should probably be avoided completely as it's just a matter of time before it gets in the way of his playing the game.
Bryce Harper, LF4/11/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .385 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.467 OPS versus Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Harper launched his first home run of the season Wednesday, but is still batting just .219 with an ugly .577 OPS. This favorable matchup should help improve those numbers.
Ian Desmond, SSHot4/10/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the season and drove in four runs Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Desmond hit .286 with an average of 22 homers, 76 RBI, 74 runs and 21 steals in the previous two seasons and he's well on his way toward reaching those numbers again.
Adam LaRoche, 1BHot4/10/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche had two more hits Thursday and is hitting .344 with two homers, two doubles, nine RBI, eight runs and a 5/7 K/BB so far.
Insight: LaRoche is typically awful in April but this year he's been locked in from the start.
Jayson Werth, RFHot4/10/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went yard for the second straight game Thursday.
Insight: Werth hit .349 with 20 homers and a 1.033 OPS over his last 93 games last season and he's picked up where he left off. In nine games, Werth is 12-for-32 (.375) with two homers, eight RBI, eight runs and two steals.
Doug Fister, SP4/10/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) is expected to throw a bullpen session Friday or Saturday, according to Andrew Simon of mlb.com.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. He's targeting early May for his return to the rotation and will replace either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan.
Stephen Strasburg, SP4/10/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was dominant Thursday afternoon against the Marlins after producing mediocre results his first two times out.
Insight: Strasburg walked five batters and allowed seven earned runs over his first 10 1/3 innings, but he had a 12/1 K/BB and gave up one run in 6 2/3 frames Thursday to get his first win of the season. The right-hander now has 28 Ks in 17 innings.
Denard Span, CF4/10/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Miami
Insight: Span is batting .241 over the first eight games but is a career .283 hitter with 20 SB speed.
Anthony Rendon, 2BHot4/9/2014 11:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon has hit safely in all eight games this season.
Insight: Rendon had a triple and a single Wednesday and is batting .419 with five extra-base hits, eight RBI and six runs.
Jayson Werth, RFHot4/9/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth crushed a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: It was his first homer of 2014 and the fourth grand slam of his career (first with Washington). Werth hit .349 with 20 homers, 68 RBI, 64 runs and a 1.033 OPS in his last 93 games last season and has hit over .300 two years in a row. He's off to a .345 start this season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/9/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) had two hits in his return to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Zimmerman has been dealing with shoulder inflammation for at least two and a half years, and Washington manager Matt Williams said Monday night that the third baseman has an "arthritic shoulder." He's working on throwing the ball sidearm to first base to avoid another injury.
Bryce Harper, LF4/9/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper launched his first home run of the season Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-4 with three RBI, though he also struck out twice and has 13 Ks in 29 at-bats this season.
Adam LaRoche, 1B4/8/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche tagged three hits in Tuesday's night victory over Miami.
Insight: LaRoche is off to a nice start, hitting .348 with nine RBI in his first seven games. Tuesday was LaRoche's first three-hit game since June 25th.
Gio Gonzalez, SPHot4/8/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez was unbeatable Tuesday against Miami.
Insight: Gonzalez (2-0, 0.75 ERA) scattered three hits and two walks over six shutout innings. He's fanned 11 hitters in 12 innings this season. Look for him to get the nod Sunday against Atlanta.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/8/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) hopes to play Wednesday, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman has been dealing with shoulder inflammation for at least two and a half years, and Washington manager Matt Williams said Monday night that the third baseman has an "arthritic shoulder." Zimmerman had surgery to repair inflammation in his AC joint and fraying in his labrum and rotator cuff in 2012 after changing his throwing mechanics in 2011 following abdominal surgery. He was on the field four hours before Tuesday's game trying out a new sidearm throwing motion.
Bryce Harper, LF4/8/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 5-for-10 with a pair of long balls and a 1.745 OPS versus Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Harper has started slowly, batting just .143 after five games, but this is a favorable matchup.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/6/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) has no structural damage in his shoulder, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com.
Insight: While the MRI only showed inflammation, Zimmerman said his shoulder hasn't felt this bad in a while and he may require a trip to the DL. He'll be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Doug Fister, SP4/6/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) played catch Sunday and felt "no pain," according to pitching coach Steve McCatty. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post.
Insight: Fister suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring. He's targeting early May for his return to the rotation and will replace either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/6/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Zimmerman said he doesn't know if he'll need to go on the disabled list, but says his shoulder hasn't felt this bad in a while, according to Chase Hughes of csnwashington.com. The Nationals are awaiting the results of the third baseman's MRI.
Bryce Harper, LFCold4/6/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will get a day off Sunday against the Braves, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Harper struck out twice in each of the first five games this season and is hitting .143 in 21 at-bats.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/5/2014 11:08:00 PM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday's game due to shoulder soreness, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman will undergo an MRI Saturday night. The 29-year-old has missed an average of 28 games the past four seasons.
Roger Bernadina, RF4/5/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Roger Bernadina will get another start on Saturday due to the injury and slow start of Billy Hamilton.
Insight: Bernadina hit .181 last year and is hitless in five at-bats this season, though he has walked three times. He brings speed to the table, but little else.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/5/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in nine at-bats versus Braves starter Julio Teheran.
Insight: He is batting .412 through Washington's first four games, but has an unfavorable matchup on Saturday.
Denard Span, CF4/5/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span is 7-for-15 (.467) against Atlanta hurler Julio Teheran.
Insight: Span is batting .313 over the first four games and a favorable matchup makes him a nice play on Saturday.
Bryce Harper, LF4/5/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 5-for-10 against Bravers right-hander Julio Teheran with a pair of homers and a 1.883 OPS.
Insight: These two young stars will face it other a lot over the next few years and at the moment Harper is getting the better of the matchup. Harper needs to break out of a sluggish start (.176) and this could be the day.
Anthony Rendon, 2B4/4/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is back in the lineup after a day off.
Insight: Rendon is 4-for-10 with a home run and five RBI in the first two games and appears to be solidly entrenched as a fantasy-worthy second baseman. He'll bat second against Braves starter David Hale.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/4/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Washington ace Jordan Zimmermann will start as scheduled in Friday's game against Atlanta. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: He was a late scratch Thursday because of the flu. Zimmermann tied for the league-lead in wins with 19 last season. He also threw a career-high 213 1/3 innings in 2013.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4/3/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman jolted four hits Thursday in an 8-2 victory over New York.
Insight: He batted .429 in 14 at bats during Washington's three-game sweep. Next up are the Braves, a team Zimmerman hit just .167 against in 2013 (10-for-60).
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/3/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Washington ace Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to start Friday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: He was a late scratch Thursday because of the flu. Zimmermann tied for the league-lead in wins with 19 last season. He also threw a career-high 213 1/3 innings in 2013.
Sandy Leon, C4/3/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Washington catcher Sandy Leon will make his first start behind the plate this season for Jose Lobaton.
Insight: Leon has shown nothing with a bat in his hand and should not be considered fantasy worthy. He batted just .177 at Double-A Harrisburg last season.
Bryce Harper, LF4/3/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will bat out of the No. 2 hole on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Harper has hit fifth and sixth in the first two games, but will move up with Anthony Rendon out of the lineup. He's just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts so perhaps this will get him going.
Anthony Rendon, 2B4/3/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is not in Thursday afternoon's lineup. No injury, just a rest day which will allow backup Danny Espinosa to get in a few swings.
Insight: Rendon is 4-for-10 with a home run and five RBI in the first two games and appears to be solidly entrenched as a fantasy-worthy second baseman.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP4/3/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann has been scratched from Thursday's start because of flu-like symptoms. SOURCE: Mark Carig, Newsday
Insight: Zimmermann posted big numbers last season (19-9, 3.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) and much is expected of him. Fortunately, the flu should only cost him the one start.
Wilson Ramos, C4/2/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: According to the Washington Post, Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Wednesday that catcher Wilson Ramos underwent surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand and will miss 4-5 weeks.
Insight: Players who have to undergo the surgery often experience a drop in power after returning to the lineup, so fantasy owners should start looking for a long-term replacement at catcher. Ramos played just 103 games over the past two seasons due to a torn ACL and a hamstring strain, and he hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year.
Gio Gonzalez, SP4/2/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez won his first start of the season Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Gonzalez allowed one earned run on three hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings. The left-hander regressed slightly last season due to an increase in BABIP and HR/9 from 2012, but he still had a very good 3.36 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 192 Ks in 195 2/3 innings.
Jayson Werth, RF4/2/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went 4-for-5 with a double Wednesday at New York.
Insight: Werth batted just .206 this spring but hit .349 with 20 homers, 68 RBI, 64 runs and a 1.033 OPS in his last 93 games last season and has hit over .300 two years in a row.
Doug Fister, SP4/2/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) is expected to resume his throwing program Thursday, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Fister will start on flat ground at 60 feet and progress from there. If he doesn't suffer a setback he could be back in early May. The right-hander suffered a lat strain on March 27 after getting past elbow inflammation earlier in the spring.
Jose Lobaton, C4/2/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Washington backup catcher Jose Lobaton will be expected carry the load with starter Wilson Ramos sidelined for a month or more.
Insight: Lobaton has never shown enough with the bat to win a starting gig, but he was ok in a part-time role last year in Tampa Bay batting .249 with seven homers, 32 RBI and a .714 OPS in 277 at-bats.
Wilson Ramos, C4/1/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: According to the Washington Post, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will likely undergo hamate bone surgery on his left hand Wednesday morning. It will sideline him for 4-8 weeks and could sap his power even after he returns.
Insight: Players who have to undergo the surgery often experience a drop in power after returning to the lineup. Ramos left Monday's season opener with a left hand injury after getting hit by a foul tip. His initial X-rays were negative, but he'll see a hand specialist for a second opinion. The catcher first injured his left hand last week, bench coach Randy Knorr said Tuesday. Ramos played just 103 games over the past two seasons due to a torn ACL and a hamstring strain, and he hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year.
Anthony Rendon, 2B3/31/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 with four RBI Monday at New York.
Insight: Rendon blasted a 10th-inning three-run homer off John Lannan to add to stretch Washington's lead to 9-5. The 23-year-old came into 2013 as the Nats' top prospect and hit .265 with seven homers, 35 RBI, 40 runs and a .725 OPS in 98 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B3/31/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche took Mets starter Dillon Gee deep during Monday's season opener.
Insight: LaRoche came in hitting under .180 against Gee and .214/.306/.389 in March/April during his career, but he was able to get off to a great start. He hit just .237 with 19 doubles, 20 homers, 62 RBI and a .735 OPS in 2013, one year after batting .271 with 35 doubles, 33 homers, 100 RBI and an .853 OPS. Fantasy owners should have low expectations for the 34-year-old this season despite the positive results Monday.
Wilson Ramos, C3/31/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: According to csnwashington.com, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos' X-rays were negative, but he'll see a hand specialist for a second opinion.
Insight: Ramos took a foul tip off his hand in the bottom of the sixth inning during Monday's season opener and left the game after feeling discomfort during his at-bat in the seventh. Ramos has played just 103 games over the past two seasons due to a torn ACL and a hamstring strain, and he hit 16 homers with 59 RBI in just 78 games last year.
Anthony Rendon, 2B3/31/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Nats second baseman Anthony Rendon is hitting just .071 (1-for-14) in his career against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rendon (.265, 7 HR, 35 RBI in 2013) played well as a rookie, just not against Gee. The Nationals have him batting eighth, though he spent most of last season hitting out of the No. 2 spot in the order.
Adam LaRoche, 1B3/31/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche won't be a strong fantasy option Monday against New York.
Insight: He's hitting just .174 versus Mets starter Dillon Gee. LaRoche was a disappointment last season, slugging just 20 HR a year after hitting 33 bombs with 100 RBI. LaRoche owners should go into this season with low expectations.
Taylor Jordan, SP3/28/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Taylor Jordan will begin the season in Washington's rotation due to Doug Fister's lat injury.
Insight: Jordan was competing with Tanner Roark for the fifth spot in the rotation, but both men will have a shot at starting until Fister returns. Jordan has a 3.92 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings this spring after posting a 3.66 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and 29 Ks in 51 2/3 innings with the Nats last year. The 25-year-old also had a 1.00 ERA in 90 1/3 innings in the minors last season, though he went straight from Double-A to the majors.
Tanner Roark, SP3/28/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark will be part of the Washington Opening Day rotation.
Insight: The 27-year-old Roark was 7-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 0.913 WHIP last season over 14 appearances (five starts). He's a better option than Taylor Jordan, who will also be part of the rotation with Doug Fister sidelined by injury.
Doug Fister, SP3/28/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (lat strain) will start the season on the disabled list, according to William Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Fister's injury means Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark will both be in the starting rotation. Roark was 7-1 with a 1.51 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP last season while Jordan went 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. It's obvious Roark is the better fantasy option.
Doug Fister, SP3/27/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister left his minor league start on Thursday due to a lat strain, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Fister recovered from elbow inflammation in time to be ready for his first start on April 6, but there's very little chance he'll be available after his latest injury.
Chris Young, SP3/25/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: The Nationals released Chris Young on Tuesday, according to Andrew Simon of mlb.com.
Insight: The oft-injured Young didn't pitch in the majors last season and threw 37 innings in the Nats' minor league system. He gave up four earned runs and struck out nine batters in 10 1/3 innings this spring.
Doug Fister, SP3/23/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) is on track to make his scheduled start on April 6, according to Mark Zuckerman of natsinsider.com.
Insight: Fister began experiencing elbow inflammation on March 2, but he emerged healthy from his start on Saturday. The plan is for Fister to throw 60-65 pitches Thursday in the Nationals' Grapefruit League finale and 80 pitches in a minor-league game on April 1 in advance of his start on April 6.
Doug Fister, SP3/19/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) will start a Grapefruit League game Saturday against the Marlins, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Fister has been dealing with inflammation in his elbow since March 2. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Ross Detwiler, SP3/17/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Washington starter Ross Detwiler will begin the season in the bullpen, Nats manager Matt Williams said Monday. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Detwiler had a solid 3.59 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 235 2/3 innings the last two seasons, but his 5.5 K/9 didn't help fantasy owners much. The final spot in Washington's rotation will come down to Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan.
Doug Fister, SP3/14/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) will throw two innings in a minor league game Sunday if he feels fine Saturday, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Fister has been dealing with inflammation in his elbow but it has subsided and he played catch the last four days. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3/13/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will miss the next two games with tightness in his right shoulder.
Insight: Zimmerman had surgery on that shoulder om Novermber 2012, so this is a bit concerning. After having an injury-prone tag, Zimmerman has played in 142 or more games in four of the past five seasons. He's consistently about 85 runs, 25 HR and 85 RBI.
Doug Fister, SP3/11/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister (elbow) played catch Tuesday and felt fine, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Fister was scratched from last Friday's start due to inflammation in his elbow, but the inflammation has subsided. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Doug Fister, SP3/7/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Nationals righthander Doug Fister was forced to miss Friday's start because of elbow inflammation. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: Fister's MRI came back clean so the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Right now, it looks like he'll open the season as Washington's No. 4 starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Bryce Harper, LF2/19/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Matt Williams is leaning toward left fielder Bryce Harper batting fifth in the order, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper mostly hit third last season and batted .274 with 20 homers, 58 RBI, 11 steals, 71 runs and an .854 OPS. Williams thinks Harper will have more RBI chances, can protect the 3-4 hitters and will run more often as a fifth hitter. However, we'd rather see him hit third again.
Stephen Strasburg, SP2/18/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is developing a slider, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: He picked up the pitch from teammates Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren and worked on grips and release points this offseason. Strasburg threw the second hardest fastball among starters last season at 95.2 mph and also had one of the top curveballs and changeups in the majors. If he can master a slider on top of those three pitches, it will help him take the next step toward becoming a top-five pitcher in the game.
Danny Espinosa, 2B2/17/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Unless something big happens before the start of the season it appears that Danny Espinosa will be the utility guy for the Nationals backing up Anthony Rendon at 2B, Ian Desmond at SS and Ryan Zimmerman at 3B.
Insight: Espinosa produced 38 HR over a two-year span from 2011-12, but managed to hit just .158 with three homers in 44 games last season and lose the starting job. According to a Natsinsider.com report manager Matt Williams said it would be an open competition at second, but we don't expect Espinosa to win it.
Anthony Rendon, 3B2/16/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Zuckman of natsinsider.com, Nationals manager Matt Williams said there will be an "open competition" between Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa for the second base job.
Insight: Rendon batted .265 with seven homers and a .725 OPS in 98 games as a rookie last season, while Espinosa played through injuries and lost his job after batting .158 with a .465 OPS in 44 games. Espinosa compiled 38 homers and 37 steals over the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but Rendon was the team's No. 1 prospect heading into 2013 and has a better shot at winning the job.
Bryce Harper, LF2/15/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper won't be limited at all in spring training. Harper underwent offseason knee surgery back in October. SOURCE: NatsInsider.com
Insight: Harper's 2013 season wasn't quite as big as some were expecting (.274, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 11 SB). He's still just 21 though. If he can stay healthy, fantasy owners can expect 25-to-30 HR from Harper and probably a handful of stolen bases.
Stephen Strasburg, SP12/10/2013 2:56:00 PM
Description: Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, is expected to be ready for Day 1 of Spring Training.
Insight: Strasburg didn't get much run support last season (3.47 RS was tenth-worst in the National League) but that shouldn't keep owners from taking him early in the 2014 fantasy draft as he posted a 3.00 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 191 Ks in 183 IP.
Nate McLouth, LF12/7/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Left fielder Nate McLouth has signed a two-year contract with the Nationals. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The deal is worth $10.75 million. It's a lot of money to give a backup outfielder but when you consider Jayson Werth's injury history as well as Bryce Harper's, it could end up being a wise move. McLouth doesn't hit for much power (just 12 HR last season) but he's got decent speed (30 steals on 37 attempts in 2013).
Doug Fister, SP12/2/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have shipped righthander Doug Fister to the Nationals in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and a pair of lefthanded pitchers. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: The move solidifies Drew Smyly's place in Detroit's starting rotation. It makes sense for Washington too as Dan Haren recently left to sign a one-year deal with the Dodgers.
Bryce Harper, LF10/26/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Washington left fielder Bryce Harper underwent a minor knee operation earlier this week. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: The surgery was to repair a bursa in his left knee. Harper should be back to normal in about 4-to-6 weeks. Harper didn't quite live up to his lofty expectations in 2013 (.274, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 11 SB in 118 games) but at age 21, his window for fantasy success isn't closing anytime soon.
Stephen Strasburg, SP10/26/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow on Friday. SOURCE: Dan Kolko, MASN
Insight: He'll be on the shelf for about 4-to-6 weeks. Strasburg didn't get much run support last season (3.47 RS was tenth-worst in the National League) but that shouldn't keep owners from taking him early in the 2014 fantasy draft.