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2016: Rebooting after a disappointing year

The Washington Nationals have undergone some major roster changes during the off-season, in fact, the biggest changes since 2011. There's a new manager (Dusty Baker), a new second baseman (Daniel Murphy), a new center fielder (Ben Revere), and at least four new relief pitchers. The biggest question this year is whether veteran players Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman will get over their various health issues and live up to the high expectations that were held for them.

Starting positions, 2016
CF: Ben Revere * .
LF: Jayson Werth . Ben Revere RF: Bryce Harper .
Jayson Werth Bryce Harper
SS: Danny Espinosa . 2B: Daniel Murphy * .
Ian Desmond Daniel Murphy
3B: Anthony Rendon .
1B: Ryan Zimmerman .
Anthony Rendon Max Scherzer Ryan Zimmerman
  C: Wilson Ramos .
Jose Lobaton
 
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Dusty Baker *
Wilson Ramos * (asterisk): new player; no photo yet smile
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2016
OpponentWinsLosses
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Nationals, 2016: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
Aug. 2016
Sept. 2016
2016

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
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
(three times)
2,619,843 32,344
2016
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

DYNAMIC CHART:
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2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

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 Michael Taylor 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. Yellow background denotes NL Most Valuable Player. 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.



Washington Nationals: best batting and pitching annual records
Year Batting average Home runs RBIs ERA 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

Miscellaneous records


Washington Nationals' head-to-head matchups, historic
OpponentNationals' WINS,
2005-2015
Nationals' LOSSES,
2005-2015
Nationals' winning percentage,
2005-2015
Total number of games
ARI423058.3%72
ATL10110150.0%202
BAL233341.1%56
BOS5741.7%12
CHC383552.1%73
CHW5455.6%9
CIN333945.8%72
CLE4544.4%9
COL314441.3%75
DET2820.0%10
HOU342656.7%60
KC4266.7%6
LAA4833.3%12
LAD263940.0%65
MIA*9310746.5%200
MIL383850.0%76
MIN4544.4%9
NYM1059752.0%202
NYY7653.8%13
OAK3350.0%6
PHI9011344.3%203
PIT393453.4%73
SD313844.9%69
SEA11191.7%12
SF363550.7%71
STL274338.6%70
TB5838.5%13
TEX4544.4%9
TOR101147.6%21
TOTAL85592548.0%1780

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 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 : 5
  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. Wilson Ramos : 2
  10. Jayson Werth : 2
  11. Brad Wilkerson : 1
  12. Ryan Church : 1
  13. Dmitri Young : 1
  14. Jesus Flores : 1
  15. Danny Espinosa : 1
  16. Jerry Hairston Jr. : 1
  17. Rick Ankiel : 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 @
  31. August 25, 2015 -- Ryan Zimmerman; WSH 8, SD 3
  32. Sept. 7, 2015 -- Wilson Ramos; NYM 8, WSH 5     frown
  33. Sept. 14, 2015 -- Jayson Werth; WSH 8, PHI 7 @

Nationals' win-loss record when hitting a grand slam: 29 - 4.
* = 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
  17. Michael Taylor : 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.)
  28. Sept. 4, 2015 -- Michael Taylor (3-run); WSH 5, ATL 2 (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.


Nationals' no-hitters

  1. Sept. 28, 2014 -- Jordan Zimmermann; WSH 1, MIA 0 (I was there!)
  2. June 20, 2015 -- Max Scherzer; WSH 6, PIT 0
  3. October 3, 2015 -- Max Scherzer; WSH 2, NYM 0 @

@ = away game


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