Even with Cy Young showing, 2017 was a grind for Scherzer

It’s easily forgotten now, because so much has transpired since, but Max Scherzer had a serious problem in spring training. He couldn’t throw a fastball with his normal grip, the pressure of the side of the ball on the previously fractured knuckle on his right ring finger too painful. Things got so bad that Scherzer, who had to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic due ... read more

Max Scherzer wins third career Cy Young Award (updated)

Max Scherzer just joined an awfully exclusive club featuring some of the greatest pitchers in baseball history: three-time Cy Young Award winner. And he’s not exactly sure how to process it all just yet. “That’s why I’m drinking a lot of champagne tonight,” the right-hander said with a laugh, some 90 minutes after learning of his victory. “Look, anytime you win a Cy Young Award, ... read more

Nats’ new staff complete with hiring of Blanco as bullpen coach

The Nationals announced the hiring of Henry Blanco as bullpen coach this morning, officially filling the final position on new manager Dave Martinez’s staff. Blanco is no stranger to Martinez, having served as the Cubs quality assurance coach the last three seasons while the latter was bench coach. He previously was an assistant coach and bullpen catcher for the Diamondbacks. The 46-year-old former catcher has ... read more

What a Cy Young Award would mean for Scherzer or Strasburg

The results of this year’s National League Cy Young Award vote, which will be announced at approximately 6:45 p.m. Eastern time, won’t change Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg’s career stats. No matter what happens tonight, Scherzer still owns a 141-75 record, 3.30 ERA and 2,149 strikeouts during an awfully impressive career. And regardless of tonight’s winner, Strasburg remains 84-45 with a 3.07 ERA and 1,288 ... read more

Where the Nationals payroll stands heading into the winter

The annual GM meetings are taking place this week in Orlando. It’s the kind of event where a lot of stuff is discussed but very little is actually done. Most clubs and most players prefer to wait until the Winter Meetings in December to start getting serious about contract negotiations or blockbuster trades. But this is the unofficial beginning of the Hot Stove League, with ... read more

Previewing BBWAA awards week

It’s awards week in baseball, with the big four - MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year - set to be handed out over the next four nights by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Despite their success and deep roster of players who enjoyed impressive seasons, the Nationals have an opportunity to emerge with only one of these four awards. ... read more

Erratic this season, Solís is hardly a sure thing for Nats

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Sammy Solís, who labored through an erratic season. PLAYER REVIEW: SAMMY SOLIS Age on opening day 2018: 29 How acquired: Second round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 84 days 2017 salary: $545,700 Contract status: Under team control in 2018, arbitration-eligible in 2019, ... read more

After surprising season, will Albers fit into Nats’ 2018 plans?

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Matt Albers, perhaps the biggest pleasant surprise of the season. PLAYER REVIEW: MATT ALBERS Age on opening day 2018: 35 How acquired: Signed as minor league free agent, January 2017 MLB service time: 10 years, 141 days 2017 salary: $1.15 million Contract status: Free agent ... read more