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2015: Tweaks to the lineup, hopes for another October

The departure of Adam LaRoche and the shift of Ryan Zimmerman to take over first base duties were the most notable changes in the Nats lineup for 2015. Yunel Escobar was signed as a second baseman, while Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth switched places between right and left field. But pre-season injuries to Anthony Rendon and Denard Span, as well as surgery to Jayson Werth, seriously depleted the Nationals' lineup in the early weeks of the 2015 season. Thanks to a combination of defensive miscues and poor batting, the Nationals found themselves in last place by April 27. But everything turned around in an incredible comeback victory the next day, as they beat the Braves 13-12 after falling behind 9-1. From then until mid-May they surged ahead in the standings, closing in on the division-leading New York Mets. Hopes were high for yet another baseball postseason in Washington.

Starting positions, 2015
CF: Denard Span .
LF: Jayson Werth . Denard Span RF: Bryce Harper .
Bryce Harper Jayson Werth
SS: Ian Desmond . 2B: Danny Espinosa .
Yunel Escobar
Ian Desmond Danny Espinosa
3B: Yunel Escobar * .
Anthony Rendon
1B: Ryan Zimmerman .
Anthony Rendon Gio Gonzalez Ryan Zimmerman
  C: Wilson Ramos .
Jose Lobaton
 
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Matt Williams
Wilson Ramos * (asterisk): new player;  
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2015
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI00
ATL51
ARI21
BAL00
BOS21
CHC00
CHW00
CIN00
CLE00
COL00
DET00
HOU00
KC00
LAA00
LAD00
MIA24
MIL00
MIN00
NYM43
NYY10
OAK00
PHI31
PIT00
SD31
SEA00
SF00
STL12
TBR00
TEX00
TOR00
Totals1415
Nationals, 2015: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2015 10 13 4th 10 302,340 30,234
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
Aug. 2015
Sept. 2015
2015

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


Annual summaries and rosters


Washington Nationals: annual summary
Month 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 TOTAL 81 81 .500 5th 10
(Jun 2 - 12)
6
(Jul 24 - 30)
11
(5 times)
11-1 = 10
Sep 27 @ FLA
1-14 = 13
Jul 22 vs. HOU
2,720,322 33,584
2006 TOTAL 71 91 .438 5th 6
(Jul 21 - 27)
6
(Apr 9 - 14)
12
(Apr 8, HOU)
9-1 = 8
(Jul 3, FLA)
0-13 = 13
(Sep 30, NYM)
2,152,528 26,574
2007 TOTAL 73 89 .451 4th 6
(Jul 31 - Aug. 5)
8
(May 1 - May 9)
14
(Jul 13, FLA)
12-1 =11
(Aug 4, STL)
1-15 = 14
(Jun 19, DET)
1,961,739 24,219
2008
# TOTAL
59 102 .366 5th 7
(Aug 26 - Sep 1)
12
(Aug 8 - 20)
15
(Jul 20, ATL)
10-0 = 10
(Jul 11, HOU)
0-12 = 12
(Aug 13, NYM)
2,320,340 29,004
2009 TOTAL 59 103 .364 5th 8
(Aug 2 - 9)
8
(Aug 28 - Sep 5)
15
(Aug 25, CHC)
13-1 = 12
(Jul 25, SD)
2-14 = 12
(Sep 22, LAD)
1,818,280 22,531
2010 TOTAL 69 93 .426 5th 4
(Sep 21 - 24)
6
(twice)
14
(thrice)
10
(twice)
1-11 = 10
(Apr 5, PHI)
1,827,755 22,565
2011
# TOTAL
80 81 .497 3rd 8
(Jun 10 - 18)
6
(twice)
17
(May 20 @ BAL)
17-5 = 12
(May 20 @ BAL)
1-11 = 10
(Jul 15 @ ATL)
1,940,480 24,256
2012
TOTAL
98 64 .605 1st 8
(Aug 4 - 11)
5
(twice)
14
(Aug 13 @ SF)
14-2 = 12
(Aug 13 @ SF)
0-9 = 9
(Aug 28 @ MIA)
2,370,294 30,004
2013 TOTAL 86 76 .531 2nd 7
(Sep 7 - 13)
6
(Jul 19 - 24)
14
(Jul 28 @ NYM)
14-1 = 13
(Jul 28 @ NYM)
0-15 = 15
(Apr 5 @ CIN)
2,652,892 32,752
2014
TOTAL
96 66 .593 1st 10
(Aug 12 - 21)
4
(twice)
14
(Aug 24 vs. SF)
13-0 = 13
(Jul 5 vs. CHC)
2-11 = 9
(Apr 15 @ MIA)
2,582,367 31,881
2015 TOTAL

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


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

Nats winning percentages

Washington Nationals: first-string teams
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
2005 Livan Hernandez Brian Schneider Nick Johnson Jose Vidro Vinny Castilla Cristian Guzman Marlon Byrd Brad Wilkerson Jose Guillen
2006 Ramon Ortiz Brian Schneider Nick Johnson Jose Vidro Ryan Zimmerman Royce Clayton Alfonso Soriano Marlon Byrd Jose Guillen
2007 Matt Chico Brian Schneider Dmitri Young Ronnie Belliard Ryan Zimmerman Felipe Lopez Nook Logan Ryan Church Austin Kearns
2008 John Lannan Jesus Flores* Ronnie Belliard* Felipe Lopez* Ryan Zimmerman Cristian Guzman Willie Harris Lastings Milledge Austin Kearns
2009 John Lannan Josh Bard * Nick Johnson * Alberto Gonzalez * Ryan Zimmerman Cristian Guzman Adam Dunn Willie Harris * Josh Willingham
2010 Livan Hernandez Ivan Rodriguez Adam Dunn Cristian Guzman Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond Josh Willingham Nyjer Morgan Roger Bernadina
2011 John Lannan Wilson Ramos Michael Morse Danny Espinosa Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond Laynce Nix Rick Ankiel Jayson Werth
2012 Stephen Strasburg ** Jesus Flores Adam LaRoche Danny Espinosa Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond ** Steve Lombardozzi Bryce Harper ** Michael Morse *
2013 Jordan Zimmermann Wilson Ramos * Adam LaRoche Anthony Rendon * Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond Bryce Harper Denard Span Jayson Werth
2014 Doug Fister Wilson Ramos * Adam LaRoche Danny Epinosa * Anthony Rendon Ian Desmond Bryce Harper * Denard Span Jayson Werth
2015 Max Scherzer Wilson Ramos Ryan Zimmerman Danny Epinosa Yunel Escobar Ian Desmond Jayson Werth Denard Span Bryce Harper

* -- 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 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.



Miscellaneous records


Nationals' head-to-head matchups, historic
OpponentNationals' WINS,
2005-2012
Nationals' LOSSES,
2005-2012
Nationals' winning percentage,
2005-2012
Total number of games
OAK30100.0%3
SEA90100.0%9
KC2166.7%3
ARI282453.8%52
PIT282453.8%52
HOU302653.6%56
CHC272551.9%52
ATL737250.3%145
CLE3350.0%6
TOR9950.0%18
SF252649.0%51
NYM707548.3%145
CIN252847.2%53
MIL263046.4%56
BAL192345.2%42
STL232845.1%51
BOS4544.4%9
NYY4544.4%9
TB4544.4%9
LAD192840.4%47
PHI588839.7%146
MIA*568739.2%143
SD173135.4%48
COL193733.9%56
CHW2433.3%6
LAA3633.3%9
MIN2433.3%6
TEX2433.3%6
DET060.0%6
59070445.6%1294

The table above was originally presented in my April 5, 2013 blog post. It shows the Nationals' win-loss records against each team in regular season games, going back to 2005.


Washington Nationals' 9th (+) inning comebacks smile and/or blown leads frown
Date Winner Loser Nationals
runs in 9th
Opponent
runs in 9th
Extra innings, notes
9-15-05 smile WSH 6 NYM 5 1 0 WSH 1 in 10th
9-17-05 frown SD 8 WSH 5 0 5 SD 3 in 12th
5-13-06 frown ATL 8 WSH 5 0 4 Francouer GW GS
6-18-06 smile WSH 3 NYY 2 2 0 Zimmerman 2-run GW HR
7-9-06 frown SD 10 WSH 9 0 4 .
7-26-06 smile WSH 4 SF 3 2 0 .
8-31-06 smile WSH 6 PHI 5 2 0 WSH 2 in 9th AND 10th, PHI 1 in 10th
9-6-06 frown smile WSH 7 STL 6 2 2 .
6-23-07 frown CLE 4 WSH 3 0 3 .
8-12-07 smile WSH 7 ARI 6 2 0 WSH 4 in 8th
8-24-07 frown COL 6 WSH 5 0 5 .
9-4-07 smile WSH 4 FLA 3 2 0 .
6-5-08 frown smile WSH 10 STL 9 0 2 STL 1, WSH 2 in 10th
5-12-09 frown SFG 9 WSH 7 0 3 .
9-30-09 smile WSH 7 NYM 4 5 1 Maxwell GW GS, 2 outs
6-1-10 smile frown HOU 8 WSH 7 2 2 .
8-26-10 frown smile WSH 11 STL 10 2 4 WSH 1 in 13th
5-11-11 smile WSH 7 ATL 3 2 0 WSH 4 in 11th
6-5-11 frown smile WSH 9 ARI 4 0 3 WSH 5 in 11th; Morse GS
6-21-11 smile WSH 6 SEA 5 5 0 Ramos 3R GW HR, 2 outs
6-24-11 smile WSH 9 CHW 5 1 3 BOTH 1 in 10th AND 12th; WSH 4 in 14th
8-19-11 smile WSH 8 PHI 4 6 0 Zimmerman GW GS, 2 outs, 3-2 count
9-3-11 smile WSH 8 NYM 7 2 0 Zimmerman GW 2 RBI hit
9-26-11 smile WSH 6 FLA 4 3 0 Morse 3-run HR in 9th (his 30th!)
5-8-12 smile frown PIT 5 WSH 4 2 2 BOTH 2-run HRs in 9th (H.Rod. BS)
5-13-12 frown CIN 9 WSH 6 0 4 Votto GS in 9th (H.Rod. BS)
7-5-12 smile WSH 6 SF 5 2 0 Harper (1B), LaRoche (GO / BL) RBIs in 9th.
7-17-12 frown smile WSH 5 NYM 4 1 3 Espinosa RBI in 9th; Mets 1, Harper RBI, BL WP in 10th.
10-12-12 frown STL 9 WSH 7 0 4 Nats were one strike away from winning in 9th, twice.
6-4-13 smile WSH 3 NYM 2 2 0 Steve Lombardozzi GW sac fly RBI in 9th.
9-17-13 smile WSH 6 ATL 5 3 0 ???
4-23-14 smile WSH 5 LAA 4 4 0 The Nats' 9th inning rally averted being swept at home.
5-12-14 smile WSH 6 ARI 5 2 0 Danny Espinosa & Kevin Frandsen home runs in 9th inning.
7-28-14 frown MIA 7 WSH 6 0 4 Nats led 6-0 in the 5th inning; blown save by Rafael Soriano.
8-17-14 frown smile WSH 6 PIT 5 1 3 Blown save by R. Soriano. J. Werth double & run in 11th inning.
9-3-14 smile frown smile WSH 8 LAD 5 3 1 A. LaRoche 2-run PH HR in 9th, 2 RBIs in 12th & 1 in 14th; R. Soriano BS.
4-28-15 smile WSH 13 ATL 12 3 0 Braves led 9-1 after 2; Dan Uggla 3-run HR in 9th, 2-run triple in 7th.
5-13-15 smile WSH 9 ARI 6 4 0 Back-and-forth game; Michael Taylor grand slam in 9th.

The above table is a fairly accurate summary of all (or nearly all) the dramatic ninth-inning twists of fate Nationals have experienced, good and bad. It only includes games in which the lead changed during the ninth inning, or in which a team caught up and tied the game during the ninth inning and then ended up winning in extra innings. Home team is underlined. For further details on historic games, see baseballreference.com.


Player totals
(while with Nationals)

Nationals' grand slams


  1. Ryan Zimmerman : 4
  2. Michael Morse : 3
  3. Josh Willingham : 3
  4. Adam Dunn : 2
  5. Justin Maxwell : 2
  6. Felipe Lopez : 2
  7. Ronnie Belliard : 2
  8. Ian Desmond : 2
  9. Brad Wilkerson : 1
  10. Ryan Church : 1
  11. Dmitri Young : 1
  12. Jesus Flores : 1
  13. Danny Espinosa : 1
  14. Jerry Hairston Jr. : 1
  15. Rick Ankiel : 1
  16. Wilson Ramos : 1
  17. Jayson Werth : 1
  18. Michael Taylor : 1
  1. Aug. 4, 2005 -- Brad Wilkerson; WSH 7, LAD 0
  2. Apr. 18, 2006 -- Ryan Church; WSH 10, PHI 3 @
  3. Apr. 22, 2007 -- Ryan Zimmerman; FLA 12, WSH 6 * @     frown
  4. May 12, 2007 -- Ryan Zimmerman; WSH 7, FLA 3 *
  5. May 22, 2007 -- Felipe Lopez; WSH 8, CIN 4 @
  6. July 4, 2007 -- Dmitri Young; WSH 6, CHC 0
  7. Apr. 24, 2008 -- Felipe Lopez; WSH 10, NYM 5
  8. May 28, 2008 -- Jesus Flores; WSH 6, SD 4 @
  9. July 1, 2008 -- Ronnie Belliard; WSH 9, FLA 6 @
  10. May 24, 2009 -- Adam Dunn; WSH 8, BAL 5
  11. July 25, 2009 -- Adam Dunn; WSH 13, SD 1
  12. July 27, 2009 -- Josh Willingham; WSH 14, MIL 6 @
  13. July 27, 2009 -- Josh Willingham; WSH 14, MIL 6 @ (Yes, twice in one game!)
  14. Aug. 22, 2009 -- Ronnie Belliard; MIL 11, WSH 9     frown
  15. Sept. 30, 2009 -- Justin Maxwell; WSH 7, NYM 4 *
  16. Apr. 10, 2010 -- Josh Willingham; WSH 5, NYM 2
  17. Sept. 6, 2010 -- Danny Espinosa; WSH 13, NYM 3
  18. Sept. 17, 2010 -- Justin Maxwell; WSH 4, ATL 2
  19. May 24, 2011 -- Michael Morse; MIL 7, WSH 6 @     frown
  20. June 5, 2011 -- Michael Morse (11th inn.); WSH 9, ARI 5 @
  21. July 22, 2011 -- Jerry Hairston Jr.; WSH 7, LAD 2 @
  22. August 2, 2011 -- Rick Ankiel; WSH 9, ATL 3
  23. August 19, 2011 -- Ryan Zimmerman; WSH 8, PHI 4 *
  24. August 17, 2012 -- Michael Morse; WSH 6, NYM 4
  25. June 19, 2013 -- Ian Desmond; WSH 6, PHI 2 (11th inn.) @
  26. July 7, 2013 -- Ryan Zimmerman; WSH 11, SD 7
  27. July 28, 2013 -- Wilson Ramos; WSH 14, NYM 1
  28. April 9, 2014 -- Jayson Werth; WSH 10, MIA 7
  29. April 10, 2014 -- Ian Desmond; WSH 7, MIA 1
  30. May 13, 2015 -- Michael Taylor (9th inn.); WSH 9, ARI 6 @

Nationals' win-loss record when hitting a grand slam: 27 - 3.
* = 9th inning
@ = away game


Player totals
(while with Nationals)

Nationals' walk-off home runs


  1. Ryan Zimmerman : 10
  2. Bryce Harper : 3
  3. Nick Johnson : 1
  4. Wil Nieves : 1
  5. Elijah Dukes : 1
  6. Ronnie Belliard : 1
  7. Willie Harris : 1
  8. Justin Maxwell : 1
  9. Josh Willingham: 1
  10. Adam Dunn : 1
  11. Michael Morse : 1
  12. Wilson Ramos : 1
  13. Ian Desmond : 1
  14. Jayson Werth : 1
  15. Adam LaRoche : 1
  16. Yunel Escobar: 1
  1. June 18, 2006 -- Ryan Zimmerman (2-run); WSH 3, NYY 2
  2. July 1, 2006 -- Nick Johnson; WSH 4, TB 3 (10 inn.)
  3. July 4, 2006 -- Ryan Zimmerman (3-run); WSH 6, FLA 4
  4. May 12, 2007 -- Ryan Zimmerman (grand slam); WSH 7, FLA 3
  5. Mar. 30, 2008 -- Ryan Zimmerman; WSH 3, ATL 2 (Nationals Park very 1st game!)
  6. Apr. 25, 2008 -- Wil Nieves (2-run); WSH 5, CHC 3
  7. June 5, 2008 -- Elijah Dukes (2-run); WSH 10, STL 9 (10 inn.)
  8. June 29, 2008 * -- Ronnie Belliard (2-run); WSH 3, BAL 2 (12 inn.)   * (error in blog post)
  9. June 20, 2009 -- Willie Harris (2-run); WSH 5, TOR 3 (12 inn.)
  10. Sept. 6, 2009 -- Ryan Zimmerman (2-run); WSH 6, FLA 4 (I was there!)
  11. Sept. 30, 2009 -- Justin Maxwell (grand slam); WSH 7, NYM 4
  12. May 23, 2010 ^ -- Josh Willingham; WSH 4, BAL 3 (10 inn.)     ^ (no blog post)
  13. July 6, 2010 ^ -- Ryan Zimmerman; WSH 6, SD 5     ^ (vacation; no blog post)
  14. July 31, 2010 ^ -- Ryan Zimmerman (3-run); WSH 7, PHI 5     ^ (vacation; no blog post)
  15. Sept. 28, 2010 -- Adam Dunn; WSH 2, PHI 1
  16. May 27, 2011 -- Michael Morse; WSH 2, SD 1 (I was there!)
  17. June 21, 2011 -- Wilson Ramos (3-run); WSH 6, SEA 5
  18. Aug. 19, 2011 -- Ryan Zimmerman (grand slam); WSH 8, PHI 4
  19. May 2, 2012 -- Ian Desmond (2-run); WSH 5, ARI 4
  20. Oct. 11, 2012 -- Jayson Werth; WSH 2, STL 1 (NLDS Game 4)
  21. July 25, 2013 -- Bryce Harper (2-run); WSH 9, PIT 7
  22. July 26, 2013 -- Ryan Zimmerman; WSH 2, NYM 1 (2nd game of double-header)
  23. August 7, 2014 -- Bryce Harper (2-run); WSH 5, NYM 3 (13 inn.)
  24. August 18, 2014 -- Adam LaRoche; WSH 5, ARI 4 (11 inn.)
  25. April 21, 2015 -- Yunel Escobar; WSH 2, STL 1 (10 inn.)
  26. May 9, 2015 -- Bryce Harper (2-run); WSH 8, ATL 6
  27. May 19, 2015 -- Ryan Zimmerman (2-run); WSH 8, NYY 6 (10 inn.)

Adapted from a table posted on July 26, 2013, with links to the blog posts on the date each such home run happened, or shortly thereafter. By definition, the list only includes home games in Washington.


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