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2005: The Nats' Honeymoon Year in Washington

The Nationals' inaugural season in Our Nation's Capital turned out better than even the brightest optimists could have imagined, sparking a mutual love affair between players and fans. The team had amazing success, rising to a commanding lead in the National League Eastern Division during a ten-game winning streak in June, before falling back in July. They finished the season at an even .500, 81-81, but it was still last place in the division. The 2.7 million total attendance at the Nats' home games exceeded their target by 300,000, and their 33,584 average attendance was more than 3 ½ times the attendance at Expos games in Montreal and San Juan in the previous year. This laid to rest doubts about baseball in Washington.

Usual starting positions, 2005
CF: Brad Wilkerson .248
Preston Wilson
LF: Marlon Byrd .264
Ryan Church
RF: Jose Guillen * .283
SS: Cristian Guzman * .219 2B: Jose Vidro .275
3B: Vinny Castilla * .253
1B: Nick Johnson .289
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Frank Robinson
C: Brian Schneider .268 * (asterisk): new player  
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2005
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI42
ATL910
BAL00
BOS00
CHC51
CHW00
CIN15
CLE00
COL42
DET00
HOU25
KC00
LAA21
LAD42
FLA99
MIL44
MIN00
NYM811
NYY00
OAK30
PHI811
PIT51
SD15
SEA30
SF33
STL24
TB00
TEX12
TOR33
Total8181

Nationals, 2005: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2005 13 11 3rd 12 371,408 30,951
May 2005 14 14 3rd 10 333,284 33,328
June 2005 20 6 1st 17 562,951 33,115
July 2005 9 18 2nd 11 412,001 37,455
Aug. 2005 13 15 5th 12 439,619 36,635
Sept.* 2005 12 17 5th 19 601,059 31,635
2005 TOTAL 81 81 5th 81 2,720,322 33,584

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.
* Asterisks indicate the data include March (for April) or October (for September).


2006: Soriano raises hopes, then reality sinks in

The acquisition of free agent Alfonso Soriano from the Texas Rangers raised hopes that the Nationals might do even better in 2006, but they lost nine of their first ten home games. They did much better from late May until the middle of June, including their first interleague series against the Orioles and the Yankees. The Nats prevailed in both series, with two dramatic comeback wins against the Yanks, including Ryan Zimmerman's first career walk-off home run. In late July they achieved consecutive sweeps at home against the Cubs and Giants, but could not hold the momentum. They managed a winning record in September, but the loss of the final three games to the Mets provided a fitting end to a disappointing season.

Usual starting positions, 2006
CF: Marlon Byrd .223
Ryan Church
LF: Alfonso Soriano * .277 RF: Jose Guillen .216
Austin Kearns *
SS: Royce Clayton * .269
Felipe Lopez
2B: Jose Vidro .289
3B: Ryan Zimmerman * .287
1B: Nick Johnson .290
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Frank Robinson
C: Brian Schneider .256 * (asterisk): new player  
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2006
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI51
ATL810
BAL33
BOS03
CHC42
CHW00
CIN15
CLE00
COL08
DET00
HOU44
KC00
LAA00
LAD24
FLA711
MIL51
MIN00
NYM612
NYY21
OAK00
PHI109
PIT33
SD15
SEA00
SF51
STL34
TB21
TEX00
TOR03
Total7191

Nationals, 2006: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2006 8 17 4th 8 202,430 25,304
May 2006 14 15 4th 15 390,393 26,026
June 2006 11 16 5th 12 357,325 29,777
July 2006 14 11 5th 15 412,751 27,517
Aug. 2006 9 18 5th 13 352,350 27,104
Sept.* 2006 15 14 5th 18 436,829 24,268
2006 TOTAL 71 91 5th 81 2,152,078 26,569

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.
* Asterisks indicate the data include March (for April) or October (for September).


2007: Rebuilding the team, building the new stadium

The Nationals began their third year with lower expectations, as the new owners made it clear that they were focusing on rebuilding the franchise's decrepit farm system. It was pretty ugly early in the season, but from mid-May on, the Nats played very respectably. The biggest surprise was that the pitching rotation performed well above expectations. Dmitri Young, filling in for first baseman Nick Johnson (recovering from a broken leg), was leading in the NL batting race for several weeks, and was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year. For the first time the Nats finished the season out of the cellar, three games ahead of the Marlins. Meanwhile, construction of the new baseball stadium neared completion.

Usual starting positions, 2007
CF: Ryan Church .272
LF: Nook Logan * .265
Ryan Church
RF: Austin Kearns .266
SS: Felipe Lopez .245 2B: Ronnie Belliard * .290
3B: Ryan Zimmerman .266
1B: Dmitri Young * .320
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Manny Acta
C: Brian Schneider .235 * (asterisk): new player  
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2007
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI16
ATL711
BAL42
BOS00
CHC16
CHW00
CIN61
CLE21
COL34
DET03
HOU52
KC00
LAA00
LAD15
FLA108
MIL24
MIN21
NYM99
NYY00
OAK00
PHI612
PIT24
SD24
SEA00
SF43
STL51
TB00
TEX00
TOR12
Total7389

Nationals, 2007: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2007 9 17 5th 14 299,157 21,368
May 2007 13 15 5th 13 291,959 22,458
June 2007 10 16 5th 12 295,414 24,618
July 2007 14 12 5th 15 373,953 24,930
Aug. 2007 12 17 4th 12 338,973 28,248
Sept.* 2007 15 12 4th 15 362,373 24,158
2007 TOTAL 73 89 4th 81 1,961,739 24,219

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.
* Asterisks indicate the data include March (for April) or October (for September).


2008: "Welcome home" to the new stadium

Nationals Park had a storybook Opening Day on March 31, when Ryan Zimmerman hit a memorable walk-off home run. The Nats soon fell into a nine-game losing streak, however. Even though infielders Nick Johnson and Cristian Guzman returned to the lineup, the team roster was depleted by further injuries in April and May. Dmitri Young had diabetes-related weight problems, and did not play much. Things went from bad to worse in July, when the Nats only won five games, setting a team record. After a brief upsurge in early August, the Nationals endured their longest losing streak yet, 12 games. Later in the month they rebounded again, but lost nine of their last ten games. Not a good way to begin the new era in Nationals Park.

Usual starting positions, 2008
CF: Lastings Milledge * .268
LF: Willie Harris * .251
Wily Mo Peña *
RF: Austin Kearns .217
Elijah Dukes *
SS: Cristian Guzman .316 2B: Felipe Lopez .234
3B: Ryan Zimmerman .283
1B: Aaron Boone * .241
Nick Johnson
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Manny Acta
C: Jesus Flores * .256
Wil Nieves *
* (asterisk): new player  
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2008
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI24
ATL126
BAL33
BOS00
CHC33
CHW00
CIN34
CLE00
COL34
DET00
HOU24
KC00
LAA12
LAD33
FLA314
MIL26
MIN03
NYM612
NYY00
OAK00
PHI612
PIT43
SD15
SEA30
SF07
STL15
TB00
TEX12
TOR00
Total59102

Nationals, 2008: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2008 11 17 5th 14 418,834 29,917
May 2008 13 16 5th 14 397,058 28,361
June 2008 9 17 5th 16 493,251 30,828
July 2008 5 19 5th 9 273,305 30,367
Aug. 2008 14 15 5th 15 436,388 29,093
Sept.* 2008 7 17 5th 12 301,504 25,125
2008 59 102 5th 80 2,320,340 29,004

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.
* Asterisks indicate the data include March (for April) or October (for September).


2009: Desperately seeking success

The Nats played most of their April games on the road, going 5-16 for the month. New arrival Adam Dunn provided lots of slugging firepower, and Ryan Zimmerman had a 30-game hitting streak that ended on May 13. The weak spot throughout 2009 was the pitching staff, especially the bullpen. At the All-Star break, the Nats were only 26-61 (.299), and manager Manny Acta was replaced by Jim Riggleman. The team had an eight-game winning streak as well as an eight-game losing streak in August and September. Boosted by rookies Ian Desmond and Justin Maxwell, the Nats swept both the Mets and the Braves to end the season, becoming the first MLB team ever to lose their first seven games and then win the final seven games in a season.

Usual starting positions, 2009
CF: Willie Harris .235
Nyjer Morgan *
LF: Josh Willingham * .260
Adam Dunn *
RF: Elijah Dukes .250
Austin Kearns
SS: Cristian Guzman .284 2B: Anderson Hernandez * .251
Alberto Gonzalez *
3B: Ryan Zimmerman .292
1B: Adam Dunn * .267
Nick Johnson
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Manny Acta / Jim Riggleman
C: Josh Bard * .230
Wil Nieves
* (asterisk): new player;  
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2009
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI51
ATL810
BAL24
BOS12
CHC25
CHW00
CIN43
CLE00
COL06
DET00
HOU33
KC00
LAA00
LAD23
FLA612
MIL35
MIN00
NYM810
NYY21
OAK00
PHI315
PIT35
SD24
SEA00
SF24
STL16
TB03
TEX00
TOR21
Total59103

Nationals, 2009: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2009 5 16 5th 9 178,230 19,803
# May 2009 9 20 5th 15 324,970 21,665
June 2009 9 17 5th 15 368,179 26,299
July 2009 9 18 5th 14 364,128 26,009
Aug. 2009 14 15 5th 13 266,379 20,491
Sept.* 2009 13 17 5th 15 316,394 21,093
2009 59 103 5th 81 1,818,280 22,531

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.
* Asterisks indicate the data include March (for April) or October (for September).
# May data include the rain-suspended May 5 home game, which was finished on July 9 in Houston.


2010: Will Strasburg be the Nats' "savior"?

The high expectations (Jesus!) raised by Stephen Strasburg boosted attendance once he arrived in Washington in mid-May, but the Nats quickly encountered a "reality check." The addition of veteran catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez to the lineup was a huge benefit, offensively and defensively, but the injury to newly acquired pitcher Jason Marquis was a big setback. The middle of the Nats' lineup -- Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, and Josh Willingham -- is about as strong as any team in baseball, but too often the team failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Strasburg injured his elbow in July, going on the disabled list, and it only got worse after he returned in September, requiring Tommy John surgery.

Usual starting positions, 2010
CF: Nyjer Morgan .253
LF: Josh Willingham .268 RF: Michael Morse * .289
Roger Bernadina *
SS: Ian Desmond * .269 2B: Adam Kennedy * .249
Cristian Guzman
3B: Ryan Zimmerman .307
1B: Adam Dunn .260
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Managers: Jim Riggleman
C: Ivan Rodriguez * .266 * (asterisk): new player;  
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2010
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI43
ATL108
BAL24
BOS00
CHC24
CHW03
CIN34
CLE12
COL35
DET03
HOU44
KC21
LAA00
LAD33
FLA513
MIL24
MIN00
NYM99
NYY00
OAK00
PHI612
PIT51
SD33
SEA00
SF24
STL33
TB00
TEX00
TOR00
Total6993

Nationals, 2010: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2010 13 10 2nd 13 257,105 19,777
May 2010 13 16 T 3rd 11 241,137 21,922
June 2010 8 19 5th 12 340,078 28,340
July 2010 12 13 5th 15 404,461 26,964
Aug. 2010 11 18 5th 14 312,120 22,294
Sept.* 2010 12 17 5th 16 272,854 17,053
2010 69 93 5th 81 1,827,755 22,565

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


2011: Werth arrives, Strasburg heals, Harper prepares

The acquisition of Jayson Werth was a clear signal that the Lerner family was serious about fielding a competitive baseball team. Werth had a poor year, but it didn't matter. Aside from slumps in July and late August, the Nats remained close to .500 for most of the year. The team's pitching, batting, and fielding were all consistently solid for a change. A key factor was Michael Morse, who hit 31 home runs, with a .303 average. Meanwhile, a hot slugging prospect named Bryce Harper began playing in the Nationals' farm system. Late in the season, Stephen Strasburg returned to the mound after recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Nats won 14 of their last 18 games of the season, finishing in third place, amid soaring hopes for next year.

Usual starting positions, 2011
CF: Rick Ankiel * .239
Roger Bernadina
LF: Laynce Nix * .250
Michael Morse
RF: Jayson Werth * .232
SS: Ian Desmond .253 2B: Danny Espinosa * .236
3B: Ryan Zimmerman .289
1B: Michael Morse .303
Adam LaRoche *
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Managers: Jim Riggleman / Davey Johnson
C: Wilson Ramos * .267 * (asterisk): new player;  
Nationals, 2011: best batting and pitching records
Batting average Home runs RBIs ERA Wins Strikeouts
Michael Morse .303 Michael Morse 31 Michael Morse 95 J. Zimmermann 3.18 John Lannan 10 J. Zimmermann 124

Only qualifying players are included in this table.

Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2011
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI35
ATL99
BAL33
BOS00
CHC43
CHW21
CIN24
CLE00
COL34
DET00
HOU33
KC00
LAA03
LAD24
FLA711
MIL33
MIN00
NYM108
NYY00
OAK00
PHI108
PIT44
SD43
SEA30
SF43
STL42
TB00
TEX00
TOR00
Total8081

Nationals, 2011: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2011 12 14 T 3rd 14 272,151 19,439
May 2011 11 17 5th 11 238,427 21,675
June 2011 17 10 4th 10 269,671 26,967
July 2011 11 15 5th 17 410,610 24,154
Aug. 2011 12 15 4th 13 324,285 24,945
Sept.* 2011 17 10 3rd 15 425,336 28,356
2011 80 81 3rd 80 1,940,480 24,256

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


2012: "Natitude!": Harper sparks drive to NL East title

Everything finally came together for the Nationals in 2012. In spite of injuries to several key players, they finished April in first place, and kept that position for virtually the entire season. Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann were joined by another All-Star caliber pitcher, Gio Gonzalez, who finished the season with a league-best 21-8 record. After rookie slugger Bryce Harper and Michael Morse joined the lineup, the Nationals became an offensive powerhouse as well. By August they had the best win-loss record in the majors, and that's how they finished the season, at 98-64. The first baseball postseason in Washington since 1933 had some thrilling moments, and the Nats came within one strike of winning Game 5 of the divisional series, but the defending World Champion Cardinals mounted an improbable comeback to win. "Wait till next year!"

Usual starting positions, 2012
CF: Bryce Harper * .270
Rick Ankiel
LF: Michael Morse # .291
Steve Lombardozzi *
RF: Jayson Werth # .300
Bryce Harper
SS: Ian Desmond #.292
Danny Espinosa
2B: Danny Espinosa .247
Steve Lombardozzi
3B: Ryan Zimmerman .282
1B: Adam LaRoche .271
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Davey Johnson
C: Jesus Flores .213
Kurt Suzuki
* (asterisk): new player;  
# : month+ off due to injury    
Nationals, 2012: best batting and pitching records
Batting average Home runs RBIs ERA Wins Strikeouts
Ian Desmond .292 Adam LaRoche 33 Adam LaRoche 100 Gio Gonzalez 2.89 Gio Gonzalez 21 Gio Gonzalez 207

Only qualifying players are included in this table.

Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2012
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI42
ATL108
BAL24
BOS30
CHC61
CHW00
CIN52
CLE00
COL34
DET00
HOU71
KCR00
LAA00
LAD24
MIA99
MIL53
MIN00
NYM144
NYY03
OAK00
PHI99
PIT23
SDP32
SFG51
STL43
SEA00
TBR21
TEX00
TOR30
Total9864

(Regular season games only.)

Nationals, 2012: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2012 14 8 1st 10 247,115 24,712
May 2012 15 13 1st 13 381,500 29,346
June 2012 15 11 1st 11 373,781 33,980
July 2012 17 9 1st 14 447,113 31,937
Aug. 2012 19 10 1st 14 397,157 28,368
Sept. 2012 * 17 13 1st 19 523,630 27,559
2012 98 64 1st 81 2,370,294 30,004 ^
Oct. 2012 ** 2 3 (NLDS) 3 135,375 45,125
2012 + 100 67 - 84 2,505,669 30,557 ^

* (Including regular season games in October.) ** (Postseason games only.)
^ (excluding two rain-postponed double-headers)
SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.


2013: The quest for another postseason berth

After their breakout season in 2012, the Nationals began the 2013 season confident in their ability to retain the division title. This time they are aiming even higher, hoping to give their manager Davey Johnson another World Series trophy before he retires at the end of the season. During the off-season, the Nationals acquired outfielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins, and pitcher Dan Haren from the L.A. Angels. They also signed Rafael Soriano (formerly of the Yankees) as their new closer. With a crowded outfield, they had little choice but to trade Michael "The Beast" Morse, but they still have one of the strongest lineups, pitching rotations, and bullpens in all the majors. They had a good start, winning seven of their first nine games, but faltered after that, struggling just to stay above .500. Whether they can get back on track and live up to their lofty expectations remains to be seen...

Starting positions, 2013
CF: Denard Span * .279
LF: Bryce Harper .274
Steve Lombardozzi
Denard Span RF: Jayson Werth .318
Bryce Harper Jayson Werth
SS: Ian Desmond .280 2B: Anthony Rendon * .265
Danny Espinosa
Ian Desmond Anthony Rendon
3B: Ryan Zimmerman .275
1B: Adam LaRoche .237
Ryan Zimmerman Gio Gonzalez Adam LaRoche
  C: Wilson Ramos .272
Kurt Suzuki
 
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Davey Johnson
Wilson Ramos * (asterisk): new player;  
Nationals, 2013: best batting and pitching records
Batting average Home runs RBIs ERA Wins Strikeouts
Jayson Werth .318 Ryan Zimmerman 26 Jayson Werth 82 Stephen Strasburg 3.00 Jordan Zimmermann 19 Gio Gonzalez 192

Only qualifying players are included in this table.

Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2013
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI42
ATL613
BAL13
BOS00
CHC43
CHW30
CIN43
CLE12
COL43
DET22
HOU00
KC21
LAA00
LAD15
MIA145
MIL43
MIN21
NYM127
NYY00
OAK00
PHI118
PIT34
SD52
SEA00
SF33
STL06
TB00
TEX00
TOR00
Total8676
Nationals, 2013: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2013 13 14 2 16 509,276 31,830
May 2013 15 13 2 10 359,679 35,968
June 2013 13 13 2 12 412,025 34,335
July 2013 11 16 2 18 602,575 33,476
Aug. 2013 16 11 2 14 426,406 30,458
Sept. 2013 18 9 2 11 342,931 31,176
2013 86 76 2 81 2,652,892 32,752

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


2014: Same lineup, new manager, high hopes for October

After a disappointing year in 2013, the selection of Matt Williams as the Nationals' new manager was received very well, and the team began the season with high hopes for making it to the postseason. Former Tiger pitcher Doug Fister was signed during the off-season, but he was hurt during spring training and will not play until May. Catcher Wilson Ramos hurt himself in Game 1, and will likewise be out for several weeks. Next, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper both injured a thumb sliding into a base, and both will miss several weeks of play. Even though the Nats started the season off with a bang, including grand slams by Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond, the depleted team fell out of first place during mid-April.

Starting positions, 2014
CF: Denard Span * .
LF: Kevin Frandsen .
Bryce Harper
Denard Span RF: Jayson Werth .
Bryce Harper Jayson Werth
SS: Ian Desmond . 2B: Danny Espinosa .
Anthony Rendon
Ian Desmond Anthony Rendon
3B: Anthony Rendon .
Ryan Zimmerman
1B: Adam LaRoche .
Ryan Zimmerman Gio Gonzalez Adam LaRoche
  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, 2014
OpponentWinsLosses
Total00
Nationals, 2014: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2014 16 12 2 (T) 17 491,404 28,906
May 2014 11 15 3 13 411,783 31,676
June 2014
July 2014
Aug. 2014
Sept. 2014
2014

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
(Sept. 7 - 13)
6
(July 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

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 Stephen Strasburg Jose Lobaton * Adam LaRoche Anthony Rendon Ryan Zimmerman Ian Desmond Bryce Harper Denard Span Jayson Werth

* -- 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). Capps and Clippard were credited with the wins in those 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 2013, Jordan Zimmermann was chosen but decided not to play because of a strained neck.



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
Opponents'
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.

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
  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; WSH 9, ARI 5 (11) @
  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 (11) @
  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

Nationals' win-loss record when hitting a grand slam: 25 - 3.
* = 9th inning
@ = away game


Player totals
(while with Nationals)

Nationals' walk-off home runs


  1. Ryan Zimmerman : 9
  2. Nick Johnson : 1
  3. Wil Nieves : 1
  4. Elijah Dukes : 1
  5. Ronnie Belliard : 1
  6. Willie Harris : 1
  7. Justin Maxwell : 1
  8. Adam Dunn : 1
  9. Michael Morse : 1
  10. Wilson Ramos : 1
  11. Ian Desmond : 1
  12. Jayson Werth : 1
  13. Bryce Harper : 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)

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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