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Wang’s no-hit bid

After a couple of shaky starts that both resulted in losses, Chien-Ming Wang looked like the pitcher he was with the Yankees last night. After throwing just 81 pitches, he was done for the night in the seventh inning. The bullpen took over and locked it down in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Wang’s outing was highlighted by the fact that he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, where pinch hitter Tony Campana led off with an infield single. But the fact that the righty got that far into a game without allowing a hit was certainly thrilling for Nationals fans, who have yet to see a no-hitter since the Montreal Expos moved to DC.

The franchise had four no-no’s during its time in Canada, the most recent being a perfect game by Dennis Martinez on July 28, 1991. Worth noting about that game is that the catcher that day, Ron Hassey, had previously caught a perfect game for Len Barker of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1981. Hassey is the only catcher in MLB history to have caught two perfect games.

But the city of Washington hasn’t seen a no-hitter in a lifetime. The last person to throw one for a Washington Ballclub was Bobby Burke, who threw his on August 8, 1931. Burke, a lefty, spent most of his career with the original Senators before going to play for the Phillies. He was with the Senators for their 1933 pennant victory.

Prior to that, you had the great Walter Johnson. His no-hitter on July 1, 1920 was the first in the history of that franchise and came on a narrow victory—1-0 over the Boston Red Sox. Johnson’s only base runner came on an error by Hall-of-Fame second baseman Bucky Harris in the seventh inning; Johnson did not allow any walks during that game.

After Johnson and Burke, there have not been any no-no’s in the Capital, as the expansion Senators did not throw one until they moved to Texas. However, within recent years, you’ve had a few pitchers flirt with making history.

In April of this year, Jordan Zimmermann took a perfect game into the sixth inning before Carlos Ruiz spoiled his chances with a home run. In 2010, Nats fans got the closest they’ve come to a no-hit victory when Scott Olsen took one into the eighth inning in a game against the Braves. Atlanta catcher David Ross hit a single past Ian Desmond to put the first hit on the board for the Braves. The only base runner prior to that was a walk to Melky Cabrera in the third.

Jason Bergmann got the closest to a no-hitter back when the Nationals were still playing at RFK Stadium. In 2007 he, like Olsen, took his bid against the Braves into the eighth inning before allowing a hit. He struck out 10 batters and allowed just one walk and two hits in his eight-plus innings pitched. The Nats won that game 2-1.

With Wang shaking the rust off of his pitching arm, as well as the much-anticipated return of Stephen Strasburg looming on the horizon, it’s quite possible that Nationals fans could see their squad get off the no-hitter schneid.

The Nats make a few roster moves

It was a busy day for the Nats. They recalled left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen and outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Triple-A Syracuse Chief and designated right-handed pitcher Jason Bergmann for assignment.


It was inevitable when the season started with eight pitchers in the bullpen that the Nats would eventually have to drop down to seven pitchers in the bullpen. Today was that day. Bergmann wasn’t the likely candidate on Opening Day but he pitched himself into that position with a 15.43 ERA (4 ER/ 2.1 IP) in four games.


Olsen, 26, started this afternoon’s series finale at Philadelphia. Olsen made one start for Syracuse, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings during Friday’s no-decision vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies). He started just 11 games last season and his last start was on July 10 before he had left shoulder surgery. He wasn’t quite 100 percent at the end of Spring Training but his fastball is back in the low 90’s and he could become a valuable southpaw in the Nats rotation.


Maxwell, 26, struggled this spring but was 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles, two RBI, five runs scored, five walks and two stolen bases in four games with Syracuse prior to the promotion.


The Nats also voided the April 11 option of right-handed pitcher Garrett Mock to Syracuse, and instead, placed Mock on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to April 11, with a right cervical spine disc injury. Mock, 26, received a no-decision on Friday at New York (NL) in his 2010 debut. He worked 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks.

Willingham and Flores agree to 2010 contracts

josh willingham.JPG–The Nationals had six players that filed for salary arbitration and today was the day when eligible players exchanged figures or agreed to a contract with the club: Jason Bergmann, Brian Bruney, Sean Burnett, Jesus Flores (Super Two), Wil Nieves and Josh Willingham. The Nationals agreed to 2010 contracts with Bergmann, Flores, Nieves and Willingham, thus avoiding salary arbitration. That leaves Bruney and Burnett left for salary arbitration and the hearings begin February 1 and end the on 21. There is a good chance the two will never reach the arbitrators. Last year 111 players filed for salary arbitration, of those, 46 exchanged figures with their respective club and only three had their case heard by arbitrators: Dan Uggla (Marlins), Shawn Hill (Nationals) and Dioner Navarro (Rays). Uggla and Hill both won.


Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum who qualified for arbitration as a super two will likely walk away the biggest winner much like in 2008 when Ryan Howard qualified as a Super Two and won his arbitration hearing… his salary jumped from $900,000 to $10,000,000… just a 1,011 percent raise. (To qualify as a Super Two a player must have at least two years of service, but less than three, have accumulated at least 86 days of service in the previous year, and rank in the top 17% of all 2-year players in service time. The cutoff point generally falls between 2 years, 128 days of service and 2 years, 140 days.)


–The Caravan will get the wheels turning next Wednesday, Jan. 27th with the first stop at the Unity Health Care’s Southwest Health Center in Washington, DC. Notes from NatsTown will be on board providing you with behind the scene shots, player comments and fan reactions. Be sure to follow us.


–If you are a Nationals Insider you can purchase Nationals 2010 Spring Training single game tickets before they go on sale to the general public with a special online presale Wednesday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m.


–In the News:

Bill Ladson reports that the Nats may have some interest in former Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer breaks down the 2009 Nats and looks ahead to 2010 with the projected starters and rotation.

MASN’s Ben Goessling talked with Manager Jim Riggleman.

30 Players in 30 Days: Jason Bergmann

Jason Bergmann

j bergmann c.jpgIn his five seasons with the Nationals, Jason Bergmann has learned to adapt. This righty spent time as a reliever and a starter before being converted back to a fulltime reliever in 2009. Bergmann started this year on the Opening Day roster but went back and forth between the Big Leagues and Minor Leagues, eventually making it to Washington for good on July 4.

Bergmann pitched well for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. In 19 relief appearances he went 1-1 with two saves, four holds and a 1.16 ERA, while posting a .212 batting average against. He appeared in a career-high 56 games for the Nationals in 2009. Overall, he went 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA and ten holds with the Nats.

This year, Bergmann raised his K/9 ratio to 7.5, up from 6.2 last season meaning he struck out more batters relative to the innings he pitched. On the flip side, his BB/9 ratio also went up from 3.0 last year to 4.7 this season, something Bergmann can definitely bring down for next year. His BABip, or batting average on balls hit into play, was .311 compared to his opponents’ batting average of .270. This shows that, when batters hit the ball off of Bergmann, they hit it well, so he needs to work on reducing contact on his pitches.

“I’m not worried about throwing a perfect strike,” Bergmann said. “I’m throwing a good pitch with conviction and knowing it’s going to be a quality pitch.”

No matter what role he finds himself in, Bergmann has always worked to improve and succeed. For instance, this year he worked on mixing his pitches better. This allowed the Nats to use him in more pressure situations, where Bergmann thrived. He finished 2009 with 10 holds and only allowed 14% (7/50) of inherited runners to score, which is below the league average of 30%. Look for Bergmann to continue to grow as a Big League ballplayer in 2010.


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Under the Mistletoe

The Center Field gate at Nationals Park was transformed into a winter wonderland before today’s game. In conjunction with the Christmas in July Toy Drive, going on this weekend at the Park, Nationals’ fans arrived to the game and were given a real treat. Screech, dressed as Santa, carried around mistletoe hanging from a baseball bat and tried to get fans to kiss. Also, Nationals pitchers Tyler Clippard, Garrett Mock, and Jason Bergmann met with the fans, signing autographs and handing out Nationals tattoos.


IMG_0972.jpgDavid Gough, 12, came to the game with his mom, Jennifer. His little league team, the Cubs, recently beat the Nationals for the championship. He’s hoping for a different result tonight.


“I just met Tyler Clippard,” David said. “He was really nice and signed my program for me.”


Olivia Wortman, 6, received a Nationals tattoo from Clippard when she arrived at the park too. This season ticket holder plays for the Nationals in her “coaches-pitch” league and was excited to meet the players who share her same uniform.


“It was really cool to meet the players,” Olivia said. “Now I have to go get my favorite game food: pizza and Gifford’s Cookies and Cream ice cream!”


Jason Bergmann handed out temporary Curly “W” tattoos to fans as they walked through the Center Field gate.


“I love interacting with the fans,” Bergmann said. “I try to do this as often as I can.”


IMG_0964.jpgCatch some of your favorite players, and the mischievous Screech, at the Center Field gate all weekend long. Don’t forget to bring your new, unwrapped gifts to the game to donate to Toys for Tots during the fourth annual Christmas in July Toy Drive with the Washington Nationals.



Name the CAPS: The future stars of the Capitals took time off from the Capital Development Camp to watch the Nats.


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All is Well

Right-handed pitcher Kip Wells is
off the DL. The Nats reinstated Wells from the 15-day disabled list and
optioned right-handed pitcher Jason Bergmann to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.


Wells missed the last 12 games
after he was placed on the DL with a right adductor strain on June 2
(retroactive to May 31). In four rehab appearances with the Single-A
Potomac Nationals, he posted a 1.80 ERA (1 ER/5.0 IP). Wells is 0-2 with a 6.26
ERA with the Nationals in 2009. In 19 appearances, he has tallied four holds
and has converted both save opportunities.


Bergmann, 27, went 0-1 with a 6.91
ERA in 14 appearances with the Nationals.