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2022: Nationals begin a long-term rebuilding effort

After the Washington Nationals traded away Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber and other players in late July 2021, it was clear that the rebuilding effort would take a long time. However, the lockout initiated by MLB owners in early December blocked all player transactions and negotiations, meaning that teams "in flux" such as the Nationals were put at a strong disadvantage. On February 15, 2022 Ryan Zimmerman announced that he was retiring, after spending his entire career with the Nationals. Soon thereafter it was revealed that Juan Soto (who came in second place in voting for NL MVP last year) had turned down a $350-million long-term contract offer made last fall. Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg went back on the injured list after just one start on the pitcher's mound, raising big doubts about his seven-year mega-contract. Veteran sluggers Josh Bell and Nelson Cruz (one of the Nats' last-minute acquisitions in mid-March) have done fairly well, and some of the younger players have shown great promise, but for the first three months the team struggled to stay above a .333 win-loss record. In July they went from bad to worse, and just before the August 2 trade deadline, Juan Soto and Josh Bell -- the Nationals' only real star players -- were traded to the San Diego Padres.

Starting positions, 2022
CF: Victor Robles .203

LF: Lane Thomas .235
Yadiel Hernandez
RF: Juan Soto $ .313
Lane Thomas
Lane Thomas Juan Soto
SS: Luis Garcia .288
Alcides Escobar
2B: Cesar Hernandez *.232
Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia Cesar Hernandez
3B: Maikel Franco * .207
Carter Kieboom
1B: Josh Bell $ .261
Luke Voit
Maikel Franco Patrick Corbin Josh Bell
  C: Keibert Ruiz .222
Riley Adams
  DH:
Nelson Cruz *.265
 
  2021 batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
* (asterisk) = new player (since end of 2021)
DNP = did not play in 2021.
$ = traded away on Aug. 2Underlines indicate that the photo is of the second-string player.
smile = No photo yet available.
Keibert Ruiz   Nelson Cruz Manager:

Dave Martinez
Nationals' head-to-head matchups,
First half 2022
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI22
ATL24
BAL11
BOS00
CHC00
CHW00
CIN31
CLE00
COL43
DET00
HOU12
KC00
LAA12
LAD12
MIA18
MIL33
MIN00
NYM28
NYY00
OAK00
PHI14
PIT34
SD00
SEA00
SF24
STL00
TB00
TEX21
TOR00
Totals2949
Nationals, 2022: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2022 7 16 5th 14 272,411 19,458
May 2022 11 17 5th 13 286,680 22,052
June 2022 11 16 5th 14 336,018 24,001
July 2022 6 19 5th 13 343,458 26,420
Aug. 2022
Sept. 2022
2022

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.



Annual and monthly summaries


Washington Nationals: annual summary
Year Wins Losses Percent NL East place
(at end)
Longest
winning streak
Longest
losing streak
Highest score Biggest victory margin Biggest defeat margin Total home
attendance
Average home
attendance
2005 81 81 .500 5th 10
(Jun 2 - 12)
6
(Jul 24 - 30)
11
(5 times)
11 - 1 = 10
Sep 27 @ FLA
14 - 1 = 13
Jul 22 vs. HOU
2,720,322 33,584
2006 71 91 .438 5th 6
(Jul 21 - 27)
6
(Apr 9 - 14)
12
(Apr 8, HOU)
9 - 1 = 8
(Jul 3, FLA)
13 - 0 = 13
(Sep 30, NYM)
2,152,528 26,574
2007 73 89 .451 4th 6
(Jul 31 - Aug. 5)
8
(May 1 - May 9)
14
(Jul 13, FLA)
12-1 =11
(Aug 4, STL)
15 - 1 = 14
(Jun 19, DET)
1,961,739 24,219
2008 # 59 102 .366 5th 7
(Aug 26 - Sep 1)
12
(Aug 8 - 20)
15
(Jul 20, ATL)
10 - 0 = 10
(Jul 11, HOU)
12 - 0 = 12
(Aug 13, NYM)
2,320,340 29,004
2009 59 103 .364 5th 8
(Aug 2 - 9)
8
(Aug 28 - Sep 5)
15
(Aug 25, CHC)
13 - 1 = 12
(Jul 25, SD)
14 - 2 = 12
(Sep 22, LAD)
1,818,280 22,531
2010 69 93 .426 5th 4
(Sep 21 - 24)
6
(twice)
14
(thrice)
10
(twice)
11 - 1 = 10
(Apr 5, PHI)
1,827,755 22,565
2011 # 80 81 .497 3rd 8
(Jun 10 - 18)
6
(twice)
17
(May 20 @ BAL)
17 - 5 = 12
(May 20 @ BAL)
11 - 1 = 10
(Jul 15 @ ATL)
1,940,480 24,256
2012 98 64 .605 1st 8
(Aug 4 - 11)
5
(twice)
14
(Aug 13 @ SF)
14 - 2 = 12
(Aug 13 @ SF)
9 - 0 = 9
(Aug 28 @ MIA)
2,370,294 30,004
2013 86 76 .531 2nd 7
(Sep 7 - 13)
6
(Jul 19 - 24)
14
(Jul 28 @ NYM)
14 - 1 = 13
(Jul 28 @ NYM)
15 - 0 = 15
(Apr 5 @ CIN)
2,652,892 32,752
2014 96 66 .593 1st 10
(Aug 12 - 21)
4
(twice)
14
(Aug 24 vs. SF)
13 - 0 = 13
(Jul 5 vs. CHC)
11 - 2 = 9
(Apr 15 @ MIA)
2,582,367 31,881
2015 83 79 .512 2nd 8
(Jun 19 - 28)
6
(Apr 22 - 27)
16
(Jun 16 vs. TB)
15 - 1 = 14
(Sept. 3 vs. ATL)
8
(thrice)
2,619,843 32,344
2016 95 67 .586 1st 7
(Apr. 10 - 16)
7
(June 18 - 25)
14
(Aug. 1)
14 - 1 = 13
(Aug. 1)
14 - 4 = 10
(Sep. 26 vs. ARI)
2,481,938 30,641
2017 97 65 .599 1st 7
(Apr 16 - 23)
4
(twice)
23
(Apr 30 vs. NYM)
23 - 5 = 18
(Apr 30 vs. NYM)
17 - 3 = 14
(Apr 8 vs. PHI)
2,524,060 31,161
2018 82 80 .506 2nd 6
(Apr 29 - May 4)
5
(twice)
25
(Jul 31 vs. NYM)
25 - 4 = 21
(Jul 31 vs. NYM)
12 - 0 = 12
(Sep 30 @ COL)
(!) 2,529,604 31,230
2019 93 69 .574 2nd 8
(Sep. 23-29)
5
(May 19 - 23)
17
(Aug. 14 vs. CIN)
15 - 1 = 14
(Apr 10 @ PHI)
18 - 7 = 11
(Aug. 3 @ ARI)
2,256,761 27,861
2020 26 34 .433 4th (tie) 4
(Sept. 20 - 22)
7
(Aug. 29 - Sept. 4)
16
(Aug. 10 @ NYM)
15 - 0 = 15
(Sept. 20 @ MIA)
11 - 0 = 11
(Aug. 7 vs. BAL)
0 0
2021 65 97 .401 5th 5
(twice)
7
(twice)
18
(July 19, vs. MIA)
18 - 1 = 17
(July 19, vs. MIA)
24 - 8 = 12
(July 16, vs. SD)
1,465,730 18,095
2022
(APR.-JUNE)
29 49 .372 5th 3
(thrice)
9
(July 7-16)
14
(Apr. 29, @ SF)
14 - 4 = 10
(Apr. 29, @ SF)
16 - 4 = 12
(Apr. 12, @ ATL)
895,109 21,832

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, MASN-TV, Washington Post, and other newspapers. ? -- Data not yet verified, subject to revision.
(!) -- Data corrected, via baseball-reference.com.
* -- Asterisks indicate the data include March (for April) or October (for September).
# -- Games scheduled for Sept. 25, 2008 and Sept. 7, 2011 were cancelled because of rain, and were not made up later, so the Nationals only played 161 games in those years.
Yellow background denotes postseason appearance (4 NL East championships and one wild card appearance thus far).


Washington Nationals: monthly summary
Year Annual wins Annual losses April * May June July August September *
Win % Place
NL-E
GB
(+ = GA)
Win % Place
NL-E
GB
(+ = GA)
Win % Place
NL-E
GB
(+ = GA)
Win % Place
NL-E
GB
(+ = GA)
Win % Place
NL-E
GB
(+ = GA)
Win % Place
NL-E
GB
(+ = GA)
2005 81 81 .542 3rd 2 .500 3rd 1.5 .769 1st +4 .333 2nd 5 .464 5th 6 * .414 5th 9
2006 71 91 .320 4th 8.5 .483 4th 11 .407 5th 15 .560 5th 5 17 5th 26.5 * .517 5th 26
2007 73 89 .346 5th 7.5 .464 5th 13 .385 5th 14.5 .538 5th 13 .414 5th 17 .556 4th 16
2008 59 102 *.393 5th 4.5 .448 5th 8.5 .333 5th 11.5 .208 5th 21 .483 5th 24 .292 5th 32.5
2009 59 103 .238 5th 8.5 .310 5th 15.5 .346 5th 17.5 .333 5th 28 .483 5th 31 * .433 5th 34
2010 69 93 .565 2nd 1 .448 T 3rd 3.5 .296 5th 12 .480 5th 13.5 .379 5th 21.5 * .414 5th 28
2011 80 81 * .462 T 3rd 6 .393 5th 10.5 .630 4th 11 .423 5th 17 .444 4th 24 .630 3rd 21.5
2012 98 64 .636 T 1st 0 .536 1st +.5 .577 1st +2.5 .654 1st +2.5 .655 1st +6.5 * .581 1st +4
2013 86 76 .481 2nd 4.5 .536 2nd 4.5 .500 2nd 6.5 .407 2nd 10 .593 2nd 15 .667 2nd 10
2014 96 66 * .571 2nd 2 .423 3rd 2.5 .607 2nd .5 .583 1st +1.5 .655 1st +6 .704 1st +17
2015 83 79 .435 4th 5 .667 1st +.5 .556 1st +3.5 .458 1st +2 .414 2nd 6.5 * .531 2nd 7
2016 95 67 .696 1st +.5 .533 1st +2 .593 1st +6 .520 1st +4 .607 1st +9 * .586 1st +7
2017 97 65 .680 1st +5 .593 1st +9.5 .500 1st +8.5 .667 1st +14 .621 1st +15 * .552 1st +20
2018 82 80 * .448 4th 5.5 .731 2nd .5 .385 3rd 5 .440 3rd 5.5 .483 3rd 7.5 .556 2nd 8
2019 93 69 * .429 4th 3.5 .414 4th 9 .692 3rd 7 .600 2nd 6.5 .731 2nd 5.5 .607 2nd 4
@ 2020 @ 26 34 .429 3rd 1 .360 5th 7 .500 T 4th 9
2021 65 97 .455 2nd 1 .393 5th 7 .697 2nd 2 .308 4th 7.5 .259 4th 15.5 * .323 5th 23.5
2022
(Apr-Jul)
36 74 .304 5th 8.5 .393 5th 16 .407 5th 19 .240 5th 30 . * .
AVERAGE .470 .484 .510 .454 .494 .521
2023 . . . . . .

SOURCES: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, MASN-TV, Washington Post, and www.baseball-reference.com
Winning percentages pertain to the whole month; Place in the NL East and Games behind (or ahead) pertain to the end of the month.
* -- Asterisks indicate that the April data include games in March or that the September data include (regular season) games in October.
# -- Games scheduled for Sept. 25, 2008 and Sept. 7, 2011 were cancelled because of rain, and were not made up later, so the Nationals only played 161 games in those years.
Yellow background denotes postseason appearance (4 NL East championships and one wild card appearance thus far).
Orange background denotes the best monthly win-loss record or most number of games ahead of second-place team.
Violet background denotes the worst monthly win-loss record or most number of games behind the first-place team.
@ = The first 102 games of the 2021 season were canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic.


Nationals' postseason appearances

Year NL Wild Card Game National League Divisional Series National League Championship Series World Series
Opponent G1 Opponent G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 Opponent G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Opponent G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7
2012 St. Louis
Cardinals (wc)
W@
3-2
L@
4-12
L
0-8
W
2-1
L
7-9
2014 San Francisco
Giants (wc)
L
2-3
L
1-2
W@
4-1
L@
2-3
X
2016 Los Angeles
Dodgers (NL-W)
L
3-4
W
5-2
W@
8-3
L@
5-6
L
3-4
2017 Chicago
Cubs (NL-C)
L
0-3
W
6-3
L@
1-2
W@
5-0
L
8-9
2019 Milwaukee Brewers W
4-3
Los Angeles Dodgers (NL-W) L@
0-6
W@
4-2
L
4-10
W
6-1
W@
7-3
St. Louis
Cardinals (NL-C)
W@
2-0
W@
3-1
W
8-1
W
7-4
X X X Houston Astros
(AL-W)
W@
5-4
W@
12-3
L
1-4
L
1-8
L
1-7
W@
7-2
W@
6-2

"@" = win or loss on the road. Underlined score = extra innings


Nationals' winning percentages, day-to-day, for each year

Nats winning percentages

DYNAMIC CHART: Mouse rollover.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

Annual roster summaries


Washington Nationals: first-string teams, managers
Year 1
Pitcher
2
Catcher
3
First base
4
Second base
5
Third base
6
Shortstop
7
Left field
8
Center field
9
Right field
Manager(s)
2005 Livan Hernandez Brian Schneider Nick Johnson Jose Vidro Vinny Castilla Cristian Guzman Marlon Byrd Brad Wilkerson Jose Guillen Frank Robinson
2006 Ramon Ortiz Brian Schneider Nick Johnson Jose Vidro Ryan Zimmerman Royce Clayton Alfonso Soriano Marlon Byrd Jose Guillen Frank Robinson
2007 Matt Chico Brian Schneider Dmitri Young Ronnie Belliard Ryan Zimmerman Felipe Lopez Nook Logan Ryan Church Austin Kearns Manny Acta
2008 John Lannan Jesus Flores * Ronnie Belliard * Felipe Lopez * Ryan Zimmerman Cristian Guzman Willie Harris Lastings Milledge Austin Kearns Manny Acta
2009 John Lannan Josh Bard * Nick Johnson * Alberto Gonzalez * Ryan Zimmerman Cristian Guzman Adam Dunn Willie Harris * Josh Willingham Acta / Riggleman
2010 Livan Hernandez Ivan Rodriguez Adam Dunn Cristian Guzman Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond Josh Willingham Nyjer Morgan Roger Bernadina Jim Riggleman
2011 John Lannan Wilson Ramos Michael Morse Danny Espinosa Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond Laynce Nix Rick Ankiel Jayson Werth Riggleman / D. Johnson
2012 Stephen Strasburg ** Jesus Flores Adam LaRoche Danny Espinosa Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond ** Steve Lombardozzi Bryce Harper ** Michael Morse * Davey Johnson
2013 Jordan Zimmermann** Wilson Ramos * Adam LaRoche Anthony Rendon * Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond Bryce Harper Denard Span Jayson Werth Davey Johnson
2014 Doug Fister Wilson Ramos * Adam LaRoche Danny Espinosa * Anthony Rendon Ian Desmond Bryce Harper * Denard Span Jayson Werth Matt Williams
2015 Max Scherzer Wilson Ramos Ryan Zimmerman Danny Espinosa Yunel Escobar Ian Desmond Michael A. Taylor Denard Span Bryce Harper Matt Williams
2016 Max Scherzer Wilson Ramos Ryan Zimmerman Daniel Murphy Anthony Rendon Danny Espinosa Jayson Werth Trea Turner * Bryce Harper Dusty Baker
2017 Max Scherzer Matt Wieters Ryan Zimmerman Daniel Murphy Anthony Rendon Trea Turner Jayson Werth Michael A. Taylor Bryce Harper Dusty Baker
2018 Max Scherzer Matt Wieters Ryan Zimmerman Wilmer Difo Anthony Rendon Trea Turner Juan Soto Michael A. Taylor Bryce Harper Dave Martinez
2019 Max Scherzer Yan Gomes (Matt Adams) Brian Dozier Anthony Rendon** Trea Turner Juan Soto Victor Robles Adam Eaton Dave Martinez
2020 Max Scherzer Kurt Suzuki Eric Thames Luis Garcia Asdrubal Cabrera Trea Turner Juan Soto Victor Robles Adam Eaton Dave Martinez
2021 Max Scherzer $ Yan Gomes $ Josh Bell Josh Harrison $ Starlin Castro Trea Turner $ Kyle Schwarber $ Victor Robles Juan Soto Dave Martinez
2022 Erick Fedde Keibert Ruiz Josh Bell $ Cesar Hernandez Maikel Franco Alcides Escobar Yadiel Hernandez Victor Robles Juan Soto $ Dave Martinez

* = Played for less than half the season in this position. Positions for 2011 are based on number of innings for the first three months, subject to change. Starting players whose names are stricken through were on the disabled list for several weeks. Names in italics denote new players -- those who were not on the roster at the beginning of the season one year before. Yellow background denotes NL Most Valuable Player, NL Cy Young Award (for pitchers), or NL Rookie of the Year Award. Names that are underlined indicate players who were selected for the All Star Game. In addition, three Nationals relief pitchers played in All Star Games: Chad Cordero (2005), Matt Capps (2010), and Tyler Clippard (2011 and 2014). Capps and Clippard were credited with the wins in the 2010 and 2011 games.
** = In 2012, pitcher Gio Gonzalez was also chosen, Ian Desmond was chosen but decided not to play because of a strained back muscle, and Bryce Harper was chosen as a last-minute replacement after coming in third in the "Final Vote." In both 2013 and 2014, Jordan Zimmermann was chosen, but decided not to play either time because of, respectively, a strained neck and a strained bicep. Likewise, Stephen Strasburg was selected in 2016, but decided not to play because of health issues, and in 2017, but did not get a chance to pitch. In 2018, Sean Doolittle was also selected, but was on the disabled list. In 2019, Max Scherzer and Anthony Rendon were selected, but both opted out in order to let various ailments heal.
$ = Traded away in late July or early August.



Washington Nationals: best annual batting and pitching records
Year Batting average (Q#) Home runs RBIs ERA (Q#) Wins Strikeouts
2005 Nick Johnson .289 Jose Guillen 24 Jose Guillen 76 John Patterson 3.13 Livan Hernandez 15 John Patterson 185
2006 Nick Johnson .290 Alfonso Soriano 46 Ryan Zimmerman 110 Ramon Ortiz 5.57 Ramon Ortiz 11 Ramon Ortiz 104
2007 Dmitri Young .320 Ryan Zimmerman 24 Ryan Zimmerman 91 Matt Chico 4.63 John Rauch 8 Matt Chico 94
2008 Cristian Guzman .316 Ryan Zimmerman & Lastings Milledge 14 Lastings Milledge 61 John Lannan 3.91 Tim Redding 10 Tim Redding 120
2009 Ryan Zimmerman .292 Adam Dunn 38 Ryan Zimmerman 106 John Lannan 3.88 John Lannan 9 Jordan Zimmermann 92
2010 Ryan Zimmerman .307 Adam Dunn 38 Michael Morse 103 Livan Hernandez 3.66 Tyler Clippard 11 Livan Hernandez 114
2011 Michael Morse .303 Michael Morse 31 Michael Morse 95 Jordan Zimmermann 3.18 John Lannan 10 Jordan Zimmermann 124
2012 Ian Desmond .292 Adam LaRoche 33 Adam LaRoche 100 Gio Gonzalez 2.89 Gio Gonzalez 21 Gio Gonzalez 207
2013 Jayson Werth .318 Ryan Zimmerman 26 Jayson Werth 82 Stephen Strasburg 3.00 Jordan Zimmermann 19 Gio Gonzalez 192
2014 Denard Span .302 Adam LaRoche 26 Adam LaRoche 92 Doug Fister 2.41 Doug Fister 16 Stephen Strasburg 242
2015 Bryce Harper .330 Bryce Harper 42 Bryce Harper 99 Max Scherzer 2.79 Max Scherzer 14 Max Scherzer 276
2016 Daniel Murphy .347 Daniel Murphy 25 Daniel Murphy 104 Tanner Roark 2.83 Max Scherzer 20 Max Scherzer 284
2017 Daniel Murphy .322 Ryan Zimmerman 36 Ryan Zimmerman 108 Max Scherzer 2.51 Max Scherzer 16 Max Scherzer 268
2018 Anthony Rendon .308 Bryce Harper 34 Bryce Harper 100 Max Scherzer 2.53 Max Scherzer 18 Max Scherzer 300
2019 Anthony Rendon .319 Anthony Rendon
& Juan Soto
34 Anthony Rendon 126 Max Scherzer 2.92 Stephen Strasburg 18 Stephen Strasburg 251
2020 Juan Soto .351 Juan Soto 13 Trea Turner 41 Max Scherzer 3.74 Max Scherzer 5 Max Scherzer 92
2021 Juan Soto .313 Juan Soto 29 Juan Soto 95 Max Scherzer $ 2.76 Patrick Corbin 9 Max Scherzer $ 147 *
2022
(Apr.-Aug.)
Josh Bell $ .301 Juan Soto $ 21 Josh Bell $
Nelson Cruz
57
56
Josiah Gray 4.79 Josiah Gray 7 Josiah Gray 137

Yellow background denotes best record in the National League for this category.
(Q#) : Only players with a qualified number of at-bats or innings pitched are included.
$ : Played part of the season for another team, being traded away; these data pertain just to games played with the Nationals.



Head to head historical data

Washington Nationals' historical head-to-head matchups: 2005-2021
(regular season games)
OpponentNationals'
WINS
Nationals'
LOSSES
Nationals' winning percentageTotal number of games
ARI634359.4%106
ATL14814949.8%297
BAL364445.0%80
BOS51327.8%18
CHC545350.5%107
CHW10662.5%16
CIN565052.8%106
CLE9756.3%16
COL456341.7%108
DET61037.5%16
HOU362757.1%63
KC8466.7%12
LAA61037.5%16
LAD346335.1%97
MIA*15514052.5%295
MIL485944.9%107
MIN9660.0%15
NYM15314451.5%297
NYY101050.0%20
OAK5455.6%9
PHI14615249.0%298
PIT594755.7%106
SD495447.6%103
SEA13286.7%15
SF544952.4%103
STL436041.7%103
TB101147.6%21
TEX4833.3%12
TOR131546.4%28
TOTAL1,2871,30349.7%2,590

The table similar to the one above was originally presented in my April 5, 2013 blog post. It shows the Nationals' win-loss records against each team in all regular season games since 2005.
In postseason games, the Nationals are 6-3 vs. STL (2012 & 2019), 1-3 vs. SF (2014), 5-3 vs. LAD (2016 & 2019), 2-3 vs. CHC (2017), 1-0 vs. MIL (2019), and 4-3 vs. HOU (2019). Overall postseason record: 19-15.
* MIA was coded as "FLA" before 2012.



Listings of remarkable late comebacks, disheartening late losses, grand slams, walk-off home runs, no-hitters, etc. of past years that formerly appeared at the bottom of this page are now presented on the Washington Nationals BIG moments page.


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