Washington Nationals 2014 News and Updates
3/7/14 - Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had a strong and encouraging debut appearance earlier in the week, tossing a pair of scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves. Strasburg has added another weapon to his repertoire of pitches, unveiling a slider against the Braves to go along with his curveball, his main breaking pitch against lefthanded hitters. Despite the strong outing by Strasburg, the Nats were unable to hold on, as the Braves’ Phil Gosselin smacked a bases loaded triple to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to send Atlanta to an 8-4 win.
2/28/14 - Bryan Harper says, “I feel very good” going into his third season. Stephen Strasburg is “ready to rock.” Free agent acquisition Doug Fister has already been profiled in the Washington Post. All this, plus powerful starting pitching in the form of Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmemann has to have rookie manager Matt Williams feeling very good going into 2014. The Nats fell well short of their 2013 goals, experiencing what Post columnist Thomas Boswell referred to frequently as “regression to the mean” – but Nats fans have plenty to be optimistic about this season as well, with 20-plus homer power returning in the form of Ryan Zimmerman (26 HR), Jayson Werth (25 HR, .318 BA/.398 OBP/.532 SLG), Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond (20 HR each).
2/18/14 - All players for the Washington Nationals have reported for Spring Training and are raring to go, but perhaps none so much as the pitchers in contention for the starting rotation. After launching an "attack" on their "bullpen shortage" in winter, Washington now boasts tons of top-tier arms that will duke it out for the coveted final two spots: will Xavier Cedeno join Jerry Blevins or will Sammy Solis or Christian Garcia have a shot? Get Washington Nationals tickets to find out! Prices for the Nats' first Spring Training game against the Atlanta Braves (3/1) have dropped from $20 to just $14 to get-in on the action.
2/12/14 - Spring Training begins tomorrow! Pitchers and catchers on the Washington Nationals report in the morning, with the full roster coming in by 2/20 for the first team workout. After coming close these last couple years, expectations have never been higher in Washington, though yesterday, news broke that Taylor Jordan, one of the pitchers battling for the fifth spot in the rotation, broke his ankle in the offseason, which makes Ross Detweiler the favorite for the final spot. The Nats take on their first spring opponents, the New York Mets, on 2/28. Washington Nationals tickets are at their lowest during spring, their inaugural game starts at $20 to see all the action closer than ever!
1/30/14 - The Washington Nationals efficiently enhanced their roster this year without breaking the bank. The Nats’ biggest move of winter was landing Doug Fister, formerly of the Detroit Tigers, who is confident the new starting rotation he joins in Washington rivals his former team’s league-best lineup. Washington Nationals tickets are $34 for Spring Training, see if Fister knows what he’s talking about and buy some today!
7/26/13 - After flying high last year, bringing the first baseball postseason action to the nation’s capital since 1933, this year’s edition of the Nationals are struggling mightily under the heavy weight of increased expectations. While outfielder Bryce Harper and starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann have carried their parts of the load, other expected contributions from players such as Adam LaRoche, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg have been yet to arrive. Despite struggling to maintain a .500 record, Nats fans continue to have some optimism that their team is just one big win streak away.
4/4/13 – The Washington Nationals opened their season with the hanging of their NL East Championship banner and a three-game series sweep over the Miami Marlins, all in front of a reenergized sea of red. Nats fans have a reason to be excited and full of hope after watching Stephen Strasburg pitch an immaculate game on Opening Day and Bryce Harper hit two solo home runs. Then, RHP Jordan Zimmermann put together a strong starting effort in the final game. The Nationals gave up just 1 run in 3 games, who wouldn’t have a #Natitude? Nationals’ fans anticipation might reach an all-time high while their team hits the road to play the Cincinnati Reds. Not to fret – the team will be back at Nationals Park to play the Chicago White Sox in five days. Subsequently, they’ll play the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals (who knocked them out of the World Series race last year), and Cincinnati Reds in April. Washington Nationals tickets are the seventh cheapest in MLB this month averaging $41.
Washington Nationals 2014 Season
The Washington Nationals pulled off their second-best season in franchise history with last year’s run, which put them in second place, behind the Atlanta Braves
in the NL East. Still, Washington is eager to repeat 2012 and make a playoff appearance this time around. Last winter, the Nats spent a ton of money on three players from the free-agent market ($65 million), whereas this offseason they’ve tightened their belts ($10.75 million) by bagging some strong bench players and one big pitcher within their budget.
There is much optimism surrounding Washington's team coming into 2014, as the Nats are even giving the Detroit Tigers
a run for their money when it comes to the best bullpen in the majors. Much of the hype is coming from former Tiger, right-hander Doug Fister (acquired this winter), who joins Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann in the starting rotation. Additionally, Bryce Harper will soon be back in action after undergoing surgery last October on his knee. Will he make his highly anticipated comeback and take the field during Spring Training
? Score some Washington Nationals tickets and see for yourself!
It's been a heck of a ride in the nation’s capital since Major League Baseball decamped from Montreal for Washington in 2005 — last year's Nationals, expected to contend for one of the two National League wild card slots in the newly expanded playoffs, instead got hot early in the season and took charge of the East Division to land the city's first postseason games since (would you believe?) 1933. However, while the Nats were widely expected to take care of business against the wild-card Cardinals, instead the tables were turned and the playoff vets from St. Louis prevailed in a five-game Division Series. This year the Nats will have to contend with raised expectations from their fan base, but the two franchise cornerstones — outfielder and 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper; and ace righthander Stephen Strasburg, who will not have the distraction of having to deal with a late-season shutdown this year — are firmly in place, surrounded by one of the strongest starting pitching rotations in all of MLB — Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and off-season addition Dan Haren — and position players Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam LaRoche. Between the Nats and the resurgent Redskins, 2013 looks to be a promising year sports-wise for fans in the Nation's Capital.
Washington Nationals tickets at Nationals Park in DC average $107, the 2nd most expensive MLB tickets this season (behind the Chicago Cubs). Nats fans not wanting to spend $100 on tickets will find cheap Nationals tickets from $10 at most 2013 home games. On the road, Washington's not as big of a draw, with away game tickets averaging $72.