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Comprehensive detailed historical data that were formerly displayed on this page are now presented year-by-year on the interactive Washington Nationals Annual History page. Remarkable comebacks, grand slams, no-hitters, etc. of past years are now presented on the Washington Nationals BIG moments page. Also see the (u.c.) camera Washington Nationals players photo gallery page.



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 1-year $350-million contract offer made last fall, raising the possibility that he could be traded or become a free agent after the 2022 season. 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 overall the team has not had such low expectations since at least 2009. After the season started one week late (on April 7), the Nationals got off to a poor start, and for the first three months struggled to stay above a .333 win-loss record. To paraphrase Meatloaf, "One out of three ain't good!"

Starting positions, 2022
CF: Victor Robles .203
Lane Thomas*
LF: Yadiel Hernandez .273
Victor Robles RF: Juan Soto .313
Yadiel Hernandez Juan Soto
SS: Luis Garcia .288
Alcides Escobar *
2B: Cesar Hernandez *.
Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia Cesar Hernandez
3B: Maikel Franco * .207
Carter Kieboom
1B: Josh Bell .261
Maikel Franco Patrick Corbin Josh Bell
  C: Keibert Ruiz *.222
Riley Adams
  DH:
Nelson Cruz *.
 
  2021 batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
* (asterisk) = new player
Underlines 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
Aug. 2022
Sept. 2022
2022

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


Annual summaries and rosters


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
TOTAL
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
TOTAL
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
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)
15 - 1 = 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)
12 - 0 = 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)
14 - 2 = 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)
11 - 1 = 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)
11 - 1 = 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)
9 - 0 = 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)
15 - 0 = 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)
11 - 2 = 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
(thrice)
2,619,843 32,344
2016
TOTAL
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
TOTAL
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
TOTAL
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
TOTAL
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
TOTAL
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
TOTAL
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)
8
(twice)
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).


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

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 July 2021.



Washington Nationals: best annual batting and pitching 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
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 Patrick Corbin 5.82 Patrick Corbin 9 Max Scherzer * 147 *

Yellow background denotes best record in the National League for this category.
* : Played part of the season for another team; these data pertain just to games played with the Nationals.



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
TOTAL1287130349.7%2590

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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