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Today in Nationals’ History: Ryan Zimmerman hits another walk-off home run & Nationals acquire Tanner Roark

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July 31, 2010 – INF Ryan Zimmerman’s seventh career game-winning home run — the most in MLB since his 9/1/05 big league debut — came at Brad Lidge’s expense and lifted the Nationals past the Phillies, 7-5. His 3-run shot was also the 12th time in Zimmerman’s young career that he sent the Nationals home with a win with a game-ending “event” (hit, sac fly, walk, etc.). LHP Ross Detwiler left in line for the win after allowing just one run in 5.1 innings and striking out three.

July 31, 2010 – In a deadline deal that would prove to be a steal three seasons later, the Nationals acquired little-known RHP Tanner Roark (and minor league RHP Ryan Tatusko) from the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Christian Guzman.

Nationals Game Notes: July 29 at San Francisco Giants

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Washington Nationals (60-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-43)

RHP Max Scherzer [10-6, 2.92] | RHP Jeff Samardzija [9-6, 4.22]

Friday, July 29 l Game #103 / Road #52 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 7:15 P.M.

Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

The Nationals recorded eight two-out hits and four two-out RBI to pull away from the Giants in the first game of this four-game weekend set, topping San Francisco, 4-2… The eight two-out hits matched a season-high, according to STATS, LLC (also: April 15 at Philadelphia).

  • Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (60-42, .588) and San Francisco (59-42, .584) boast two of the top three records in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (61-40, .604).
  • Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +113 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+155).

ROARK JOINS THE 10-WIN CLUB

RHP Tanner Roark allowed one earned run on four hits in 7.0 innings of work to earn his 10th win of the season…With the win, Washington (RHP Stephen Strasburg-14, RHP Tanner Roark-10, RHP Max Scherzer-10) joins the Chicago Cubs (RHP Jake Arrieta-12, RHP Jason Hammel-10, LHP Jon Lester-10) as the only clubs in Major League Baseball to have three 10-game winners.

  • With his effort last night, Roark has allowed one earned run or fewer while pitching 7.0 innings eight times this season…Those eight outings are tied for the second-most in MLB this season…CHI LHP Jon Lester has done it nine times.

ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE

With a single in the fifth inning on Thursday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his onbase streak to a career-high 31 games…It is tied for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and is tied for the fifth-longest on-base streak in MLB this season (BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, 6/21-pres)…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).

  • During this stretch, Werth has collected 25 hits (10 2B, 2 HR), 25 walks and has posted a .376 on-base percentage along the way.

Nationals Game Notes: July 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates (46-45) vs. Washington Nationals (56-36)
RHP Chad Kuhl [1-0, 6.08] | RHP Max Scherzer [10-6, 3.03]
Sunday, July 17 l Game #93 / Home #45 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

GOING STREAKING
The Washington Nationals shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night, 6-0, to run their current winning streak to five games and move 20 games over .500 for the season…Since snapping their season-long seven-game losing streak on June 26 at Milwaukee, the Nationals are 13-4 (.765) — the best record in the Major Leagues in that 17-game stretch — and are outscoring opponents 94-48…The Nationals’ current seven-game lead in the National League East is the second-largest lead of any first-place team in baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs, who hold an eight-game advantage over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

  • The Nationals have picked up right where they left off before last week’s All-Star festivities, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history before the Midsummer Classic.
  • With win No. 2 of the second half secured, the Nationals’ 56-36 (.609) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (55-35, .611) and San Francisco Giants (57-35, .620).

NO TACKLING TANNER
Shining in the Nationals’ seventh shutout victory of the season on Saturday night was RHP Tanner Roark, who tossed 8.0 innings and allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out five…Roark, who improved to 9-5 with a 2.82 ERA in the win, owns the 11th-lowest ERA in the National League.

  • Saturday’s outing was the 12th time (in 19 starts this season) that Roark has pitched at least 7.0 innings…Only LAD LHP Clayton Kershaw (14), CWS LHP Chris Sale (13), and SFG RHP Johnny Cueto (13) (all of whom were NL All-Stars) have pitched at least 7.0 innings more than Roark this season.
  • No one has thrown 7.0 (or more) shutout innings more often than Roark, who has done it six times this season…Second on that list is CHI RHP Jake Arrieta (5).

BUMP FROM THE BENCH
Nationals 2B Stephen Drew continued to show the strength of Washington’s bench as he stepped into the starting lineup on Saturday and clubbed a single-game career-high three doubles…Drew’s extra-base bonanza came one day after 1B Clint Robinson joined the starting lineup on Friday and went 2-for-4, including the game-tying RBI, and CF Michael A. Taylor added a two-run home run when he got the start in the outfield on Friday as well.

  • For Robinson, the RBI-single marked the seventh time in his last 10 starts that he has contributed an RBI, and in 21 starts this season he has collected 17 RBI.
  • Taylor has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 starting assignments, going 28-for-99 (.283) in that stretch with eight doubles, four homers, nine RBI, six walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs.
  • With the three doubles on Saturday, 15 of Drew’s 25 hits this season have gone for extra bases (eight doubles, seven home runs).

Nationals Game Notes: June 17 at San Diego Padres

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 Washington Nationals (42-25) at San Diego Padres (27-41) 

RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 3.01] | LHP Christian Friedrich [3-1, 2.12]

Friday, June 17 l Game #68 / Road #36 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:40 P.M.

Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

ROAD WARRIORS

The Nationals opened their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day road trip with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night…RHP Tanner Roark picked up his sixth win of the season while LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos registered multi-hit games…Harper, Ramos and 3B Anthony Rendon all homered in the contest…RHP Shawn Kelley picked up his second save in as many chances this season.

  • Washington has now won six of its last seven, nine of its last 11, and 13 of its last 17 games, playing at a .765 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.2 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 105-6.
  • At 42-25 (.627), the Nationals have posted their best record through 67 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (44-20, .688)…Washington’s 42-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

BACK-TO-BACK BONANZA

Nationals RF Bryce Harper sent his 14th home run careening off the facade of Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field in the third inning on Thursday night…C Wilson Ramos followed with a missile of his own to right field, his 11th of 2016 and the Nationals’ ninth set of back-to-back blasts this season — second most in MLB this year (Baltimore, 10).

  • According to STATS, LLC., the nine sets of back-to-back home runs are tied with the 2012 Nationals for the most in a single season in team history (2005-present)…It is the third time in franchise history a Nationals or Expos team has hit nine or more back-to-back homers in a season with the 2016 & 2012 Nationals joining the 1999 Expos, who did it 10 times.
  • For a full list of the Nationals’ 2016 back-to-back home runs, visit the Home Run Log on page 3 of the game notes.

GET OUT AND VOTE

The next round of National League All-Star balloting updates aren’t expected until Wednesday, but Washington boasts several position players building strong cases for consideration:

  • 2B Daniel Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.359)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 28), OPS (2nd, .994), and hits (3rd, 88) while his .402 on-base percentage is 10th in MLB and sixth in the National League.
  • C Wilson Ramos clubbed his 11th home run of the season on Thursday night…Ramos has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games, posting a .392(18-for-46) average with two doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 13 runs scored during that span….Finally qualifying for MLB league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos is curently fifth in MLB in batting average (.339) and leads all Major League catchers average (.339), on-base percentage (.388), slugging percentage (.568) and fewest strikeouts (26)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are tied for first with KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • RF Bryce Harper was second among all NL outfielders in voting as of the most recent update (June 15) with 1,451,270 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (56) and also ranks in NL in on-base percentage (5th, .409) and OPS (10th, .911)…His 12 go-ahead RBI rank tied for third in MLB.

Nationals 2016 Dream Gala netted more than $400,000 for Dream Foundation

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On Saturday evening, Nationals players, coaches and guests from around the region celebrated the “Power of Baseball” at the 11th annual Dream Gala, held at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. As the primary fundraiser for the Nationals Dream Foundation, the 2016 Dream Gala netted more than $400,000 for the Foundation’s initiatives focused on academics, the arts, nutrition and sports for children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region.

The event featured a cocktail reception and silent auction, as well as a dinner program and a live auction hosted by Nationals radio broadcaster Charlie Slowes. Live auction items included memorabilia from Max Scherzer’s two no-hitters in 2015, and an autographed watercolor painting of 2015 National League MVP, Bryce Harper. Experiences included a trip to Hawaii, spending the day with the Nationals Baseball Operations team and General Manager Mike Rizzo, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime experience to travel with the team to Citi Field in July when they face the New York Mets.

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region through community partnerships. Enjoy the above photos, and to find out more information on the Dream Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.nationals.com/dream.

Nationals Game Notes: May 23 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (25-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-17)
RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75) | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-1, 1.86]
Monday, May 23 l Game #45 / Home # 20 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WELCOME HOME
The Nationals open a seven-game homestand tonight that will feature visits from the New York Mets (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games).

  • At 27-17 (.614), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-13; .690) and are tied for the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
  • Washington’s 27-17 record is the best in team history (2005-pres.) through 44 games, topping the 2015 Nationals (26-18) and the 2012 Nationals (26-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, second-best in the National League (CHI: +110) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66).

HEATING UP
In 12 games dating to May 10, 3B Anthony Rendon is 17-for-42 (.405) with five doubles, one triple, eight RBI, 10 walks, two stolen bases and eight runs scored…He has posted seven multi-hit efforts over that stretch, including four in his last five games…During that five-game stretch, Rendon is 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, one triple, seven RBI, five walks and four runs scored.

SETTING THE PACE
The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 412 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.79 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (2nd, .344), opp. OPS (2nd, .637), WHIP (2nd, 1.14), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.46), opp. average (3rd, .226), and opp. OBP (3rd, .292).

  • The Nationals boast four starting pitchers in the top 18 in ERA in the National League: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3rd, 1.86), RHP Joe Ross (T11th, 2.70), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15th, 2.80) and RHP Tanner Roark (18th, 2.89)…No other team has more than three.

Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

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This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the next week, we will introduce these players in their position groups, beginning today with starting pitchers.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders

A.J. COLE

2015 Season Totals: 5.79 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 8.68 K/9, 0.96 BB/9, .394 BABIP, 0.1 fWAR

A highly-regarded right-handed pitching prospect, Cole saw his first Major League action in 2015. He opened the season with Triple-A Syracuse before being recalled to Washington on April 28 to make his MLB debut that night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Cole later rejoined the Nationals in mid-May and made two relief appearances, converting his first save May 15 at San Diego. The Winter Springs, Fla. native went 5-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) for Syracuse.

GIO GONZALEZ

2015 Season Totals: 3.79 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 8.66 K/9, 3.54 BB/9, .341 BABIP, 3.7 fWAR

Entering his fifth season in Washington, Gonzalez will look to improve upon his stellar 53-34 record as a member of the Nationals’ organization. The affable southpaw induced a career-high 53.8 percent ground ball rate in 2015, but was also stung by a .341 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). A correction to previous levels could be a key indicator for Gonzalez’s success in 2016, as his previous Nationals high was just .294 prior to last season.

TAYLOR JORDAN

2015 Season Totals: 5.29 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 5.82 K/9, 3.18 BB/9, .333 BABIP, 0.3 fWAR

Jordan, a local product out of Merritt Island High School and Brevard County Community College, enters the 2016 season looking to catch the eye of new manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Mike Maddux. The 6-foot-5 sinkerball specialist appeared in nine games (six starts) for the Nationals over the past two seasons, after earning nine starts and posting a 3.66 ERA over 51.2 innings in 2013. Jordan put together 19 solid outings at the Triple-A level a season ago, contributing a 2.95 ERA.

TANNER ROARK

2015 Season Totals: 4.38 ERA, 4.70 FIP, 5.68 K/9, 2.11 BB/9, .292 BABIP, -0.2 fWAR

One of the game’s biggest success stories in 2013 and 2014 when he compiled a 22-11 record with a 2.57 ERA, Roark will battle in Spring Training to return to the Nationals’ starting rotation on a full-time basis. The 29-year-old appeared in 40 games in 2015 (12 starts), picking up his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning on May 4 against the Miami Marlins. Roark had his best stretch of the season from July 25 to August 11, holding his opponents scoreless with a .103 batting average over six games.

JOE ROSS

2015 Season Totals: 3.64 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 8.10 K/9, 2.47 BB/9, .265 BABIP, 1.4 fWAR

Ross burst onto the scene for the Nationals in early June, making the leap from Double-A Harrisburg to the big leagues and holding his own at the highest level. Still just 22 years of age, the big right-hander posted historic numbers in his first seven starts, recording 47 strikeouts against just four walks in 45 innings pitched. Ross finished his rookie campaign with a 5-5 record and a 3.64 ERA over 16 games in Washington (13 starts), plus 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in Double-A and 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in Triple-A.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALSMAX SCHERZER

2015 Season Totals: 2.79 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 10.86 K/9, 1.34 BB/9, .268 BABIP, 6.4 fWAR

No hurler had ever authored two no-hit performances as dominant as the pair Scherzer turned in this past season, as the right-hander etched his name in the history books. Between his performances on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and October 3 against the New York Mets, Scherzer fired 18 no-hit innings, walked no opposing hitters and struck out 27. For the year, the first-year National compiled an 8.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the fifth-best mark in MLB history for a pitcher with 200 strikeouts.

STEPHEN STRASBURG

2015 Season Totals: 3.46 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 10.96 K/9, 1.84 BB/9, .311 BABIP, 3.4 fWAR

Strasburg recovered from early ankle and back ailments to deliver one of baseball’s best second-half performances, building momentum toward the 2016 campaign. Over his last 13 starts, Strasburg compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.76 ERA, held opponents to a .175 batting average and recorded a 112-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 82 innings. He enters the season just two strikeouts shy of Jordan Zimmermann’s team record and just 99 punchouts from the 1,000 mark for his career.

 

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

BRONSON ARROYO… 39-year-old veteran right-hander has 145 victories and a World Series ring.

PAULO ESPINO… Panamanian righty posted a 3.21 ERA in 117.2 IP for Triple-A Syracuse in 2015.

LUCAS GIOLITO… Nats’ consensus top prospect split time between Single-A and Double-A last season.

TAYLOR HILL… Made 22 starts for Triple-A Syracuse and added six relief appearances in Washington.

AARON LAFFEY… Southpaw has pitched in the Major Leagues for CLE, SEA, NYY, TOR, NYM and COL.

AUSTIN VOTH… 23-year-old righty with a 2.70 career ERA in three Minor League seasons.

 

Daily Wrap: Max Scherzer tabbed for Grapefruit League opener, Tony Gwynn Jr. signs & more

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by Amanda Comak

With the Grapefruit League opener now just two days away, the Washington Nationals went through a light workout day with everything wrapping up by noon on Tuesday. Wednesday will have a similar feel as the team prepares for the New York Mets to visit Space Coast Stadium on Thursday evening at 5:05 p.m. Baseball games are coming. Soon.

And that brings us to today’s news of the day…

News of the Day: Max Scherzer will start the Grapefruit League opener

Nationals Manager Matt Williams announced on Tuesday that it would indeed be the newest member of the Nationals’ rotation, Max Scherzer, who would get the ball in the first game of the Spring. He will be followed to the mound, after about two innings of work, by right-hander Tanner Roark.

But, Williams cautioned, there shouldn’t be too much read into that decision.

“There’s nothing to read into it other than [Scherzer’s] going to get the ball on Thursday and five days later, he’ll get it again,” Williams said.

“I would liken it to the leadoff hitter,” Williams added, of the distinction of being a “No. 1 starter.” “Once you get past the first inning, you have multiple leadoff hitters during the game. It’s important for those guys to get on base, too. All of our guys have the ability to go out there and compete and win games on any given day. That’s what we feel good about.”

— Additionally, the Nationals agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training with outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. The team expects Gwynn to be in camp on Wednesday.

Social Media of the Day

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Quote of the Day:

For me, I’m a resource and a confidant for these guys. Anything they think I can help with. If they want to talk about stuff on the field, or something off the field, whatever it may be. I’m just here for them to lean on and pass along some of the things I learned along the way.” — Nationals Life Skills Coordinator Rick Ankiel

Daily Wrap: Matt Williams’ option is picked up, the first workout is in the books & more

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by Amanda Comak

Welcome back to the Daily Wrap, a Spring Training feature that debuted last season.

We’re kicking things off early this year, jumping right into the thick of it with the first Pitchers and Catchers workout of the year. It was a busy day in Nationals land, even if it was just the first workout. So let’s jump right in.

News of the Day: Nationals exercise 2016 club option on Manager Matt Williams

The Nationals were happy to announce they’d picked up the 2016 club option on Manager Matt Williams’ contract Saturday morning, solidifying his spot in the dugout through this upcoming season and the next. Williams shared the organizational enthusiasm.

“I’m excited,” Williams told reporters in his first media session of the season. “I’m excited to be a part of the organization and the fact that (my option) got picked up. I’m honored to have that done. The organization is fantastic. They’ve supported all of us since the day I arrived here and I’m just very pleased and excited for the spring.

“I’m happy that I’ll be here through this year and next year. I look forward to the challenge every single day.”

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo said he felt it was important for the team to pick up Matt’s option in advance of the start of Spring Training.

“It’s always good to know the manager’s going to be around for a while,” Rizzo said. “I think the players respect him greatly.”

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Friendly game of catch between #aces this morning! #Nats

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Quote of the Day: 

“He’s phenomenal. He doesn’t change — whether it’s starting or relieving, where he pitches in the rotation. Whenever we give him the ball, it’s his day to pitch and he’s excited and ready to pitch.” — Nationals Manager Matt Williams on do-it-all right-hander Tanner Roark.

Spring Training Preview, Part III: Starting Pitchers

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by Kyle Mann

Coming off a Major League Baseball-best 3.03 starters ERA, the Washington Nationals added 2013 American League Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer to a starting staff that is now projected to feature five members with Top-10 Cy Young Award finishes since 2012.

We’ve already previewed the Nationals starting catchers and relievers; now let’s dig into what could be a historically good starting staff.

*Note, 2014 totals reflect only Major League stats.

MAX SCHERZER

2014 Season Totals: 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 10.29 K/9, 2.57 BB/9, 5.6 fWAR in 220.1 IP
2015 Steamer Projection: 14-8, 2.91 ERA, 2.96 FIP, 10.46 K/9, 2.43 BB/9, 3.9 fWAR in 192.0 IP

Even in a rotation full of aces, Scherzer stands out due to his impressive resume that includes the 2013 American League Cy Young Award and a fifth-place Cy Young finish in 2014. Scherzer, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-hander, also has two straight All-Star appearances, earning the starting nod in 2013 and winning the game out of the bullpen last season.

Now back in the National League, where he started his career as a first round pick of then-Diamondbacks Vice President of Scouting Operations (and current Nationals President of Baseball Operations and GM) Mike Rizzo, Scherzer is poised to continue his success in 2015 and beyond. Scherzer, baseball’s active leader (and fourth all-time) in strikeouts per nine innings pitched, also led the AL in wins each of the last two seasons (tied in 2014) and was a top three finisher in in strikeouts each of the past three years.

the Washington Nationals Nationals play the San Francisco Giants in the 2nd playoff gameJORDAN ZIMMERMANN

2014 Season Totals: 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 8.20 K/9, 1.31 BB/9, 5.2 fWAR in 199.2 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 13-9, 3.39 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 7.65 K/9, 1.72 BB/9, 2.9 fWAR in 182.0 IP

A model of consistency, Jordan Zimmermann has established himself as one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues the past four seasons. After tying for the NL lead in wins and finishing seventh in the Cy Young Award voting in 2013, Zimmermann followed up his first All-Star season with an even better 2014.

Zimmermann’s no-hitter to end the regular season was certainly the highlight, but Zimmermann was dominant all year. Zimmermann twice won NL Player of the Week honors and allowed the fewest walks per nine innings in the league, en route to a fifth-place finish in NL Cy Young voting. Known for being a bulldog on the mound, Zimmermann finished second in the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio and fourth in WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) and finished behind only National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in fielding independent pitching (FIP) —a key indicator of future performance.

STEPHEN STRASBURG

2014 Season Totals: 14-11, 3.14 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 10.13 K/9, 1.80 BB/9, 4.3 fWAR in 215.0 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 13-8, 3.03 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 9.78 K/9, 2.27 BB/9, 3.8 fWAR in 182.0 IP

Since being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of San Diego State University, Stephen Strasburg has established himself as one of the game’s most talented pitchers. Last season, Strasburg led the National League in strikeouts and games started behind a dominating fastball that averaged 94.8 mph and a change-up that averaged 88.2 miles per hour.

Strasburg struck out 10.13 batters per nine innings, good for second in the NL, on his way to a ninth-place finish in the Cy Young Award balloting. Thanks to a reduction in walk rate, Strasburg improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio from 3.41 in 2013 to 5.63 last season, good for second in the National League.  Strasburg has been the Nationals’ Opening Day starter each of the past three seasons and served as the Game 1 starter in the 2014 playoffs — and at just 26, is still improving — but it remains to be seen where he’ll slot in this rotation at the start of the 2015 campaign.

MLB-Miami Marlins at Washington NationalsDOUG FISTER

2014 Season Totals: 16-6, 2.41 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 5.38 K/9, 1.32 BB/9, 1.3 fWAR in 164.0 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 12-10, 3.78 ERA, 3.68 FIP, 6.20 K/9, 1.82 BB/9, 2.1 fWAR in 182.0 IP

In his inaugural season in Washington, Doug Fister had the best ERA among all Nationals starters, and his 2.41 ERA was good for fourth best in the National League. Considering he may head into 2015 as a possible fourth starter in the rotation, D.C. has plenty of reasons to be excited about the team’s chances during the 2015 season. With a quick tempo and a four-pitch mix that perplexed hitters all season long, Fister improved his ERA every month of the season on his way to an eighth-place finish in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Finishing behind only teammate Jordan Zimmermann in the NL in walks per nine innings, Fister’s control is the key to his success. After flourishing in his first season in the nation’s capital, Fister is poised for another great season for the Nationals in 2015.

GIO GONZALEZ

2014 Season Totals: 10-10, 3.57 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 9.19 K/9, 3.18 BB/9, 3.1 fWAR in 158.2 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 11-9, 3.70 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 8.68 K/9, 3.32 BB/9, 2.0 fWAR in 163.0 IP

The lone southpaw in the Nationals’ batch of starters, Gio Gonzalez enters 2015 coming off a strong September where he posted a 2.48 ERA and had 31 strikeouts and only five walks. Overall, his effectiveness in 2014 was masked by an ERA more than a half run higher than his FIP, which could indicate a return to some of the numbers the Hialeah, Fla. native posted during his 21-win 2012 campaign. The two-time All-Star is sixth among active pitchers in strikeouts per nine innings and sixth among active MLB lefties in career ERA, with an uptick in numbers since joining the Nationals three seasons ago. Gonzalez could be in line for a strong 2015, particularly if he continues to develop his change-up, a pitch he threw with more regularity in the second half of the season.

TANNER ROARK

2014 Season Totals: 15-10, 2.85 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 6.25 K/9, 1.77 BB/9, 3.0 fWAR in 198.2 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 2-2, 4.10 ERA, 4.13 FIP, 6.44 K/9, 2.26 BB/9, 0.3 fWAR in 38.0 IP

Part of the package the Nationals received for Cristian Guzman in a 2010 trade, Tanner Roark finished the 2014 season with 15 wins and a 2.85 ERA, proving his strong rookie season was no fluke. While Roark’s 2015 role isn’t yet clear, he’s shown he can be very successful as a starter, or coming out of the bullpen, including 22.2 innings in 2013 in which he posted a 1.19 ERA. After finishing last season in the Top 10 in the National League in wins, WHIP, walks per inning pitched and pitching WAR, Roark provides great rotation depth for the Nationals and should easily beat his Steamer projections if he gets regular work. As the old saying goes, you can never have too much pitching, and Roark has shown he will provide value no matter how he is used in 2015.

New York Mets v Washington Nationals - Game OneBLAKE TREINEN

2014 Season Totals: 2-3, 2.49 ERA, 3.09 FIP, 5.33 K/9, 2.31 BB/9, 0.6 fWAR in 50.2 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 2-2, 3.55 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 6.83 K/9, 2.17 BB/9, 0.2 fWAR in 45.0 IP 

A key part of the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to Seattle before the 2013 season — a deal that also netted the Nationals A.J. Cole and Ian Krol (later an integral part of the trade for Doug Fister) — Blake Treinen’s blazing fastball generated a lot of buzz in D.C. during his first taste of the Major Leagues. After posting an outstanding 2.49 ERA in 15 appearances (seven starts) with the Nationals in 2014, Treinen is an option to provide rotation depth, or be utilized out of the Nationals bullpen. A former college walk-on, Treinen threw his hard, sinking fastball nearly 80 percent of the time last season with an average speed of 94.8 miles per hour. Regardless of role, Treinen should be a solid contributor for the Nationals in 2015.

TAYLOR JORDAN

2014 Season Totals: 0-3, 5.61 ERA, 4.50 FIP, 5.96 K/9, 2.81 BB/9, 0.1 fWAR in 25.2 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 1-1, 3.79 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 6.45 K/9, 2.14 BB/9, 0.1 fWAR in 20.0 IP

After a successful rookie season in 2013, Taylor Jordan began the year in the Nationals rotation before returning to Triple-A Syracuse in early May. The young right-hander underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow in September, and began the process of working toward this spring. A groundball pitcher, the Merritt Island, Fla. native has induced a 56 percent groundball rate during his time in the Majors, peaking at 57.5 percent during his 2013 campaign, in which he posted a 3.66 ERA. Provided he’s healthy to start the season, Jordan should be ready to contribute in the role and the level the Nationals feel will be his best fit.

TAYLOR HILL

2014 Season Totals: 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 5.00 K/9, 3.00 BB/9, 0.1 fWAR in 9.0 IP
2015 Steamer Proj.: 1-1, 3.88 ERA, 3.96 FIP, 5.69 K/9, 1.65 BB/9, 0.0 fWAR in 30.0 IP

A sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Vanderbilt University, Taylor Hill made his Major League debut for the Nationals in June and earned his first big league start in September of last season. While Hill ran into some tough luck during his brief MLB stint, he produced an outstanding 2.81 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse in 144 innings. Hill provides great starting rotation depth for the Nationals.

A.J. COLE

2014 Season Totals: N/A
2015 Steamer Proj.: 0-0, 4.14 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 6.99 K/9, 2.73 BB/9, 0.0 fWAR in 1.0 IP

Ranked as the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, A.J. Cole features a fastball that sits in the mid-90s as well as a solid changeup and curveball. After being selected as a fourth-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Cole was included in the haul to acquire All-Star Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics in December 2011. But the Nationals have always been high on Cole, who was reacquired by the Nationals in January 2013 as the centerpiece of the Michael Morse trade. After a successful 2014 season between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, in which he combined for a 3.16 ERA and 111 strikeouts over 134 innings, Cole enters Spring Training with a chance to contribute to the Nationals at some point during the 2015 season.

FELIPE RIVERO

2014 Season Totals: N/A
2015 Steamer Proj.: 0-0, 4.48 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 6.86 K/9, 3.96 BB/9, 0.0 fWAR in 1.0 IP

Acquired with Jose Lobaton and Drew Vettleson last spring for Nathan Karns, Felipe Rivero is a hard throwing southpaw who can hit 97 mph with his fastball. He complements that offering with a curveball and a change-up, both which show promise. The native of Venezuela struck out 8.4 batters per nine innings across three levels in 2014, ending his season with a stint in the Arizona Fall League. If Rivero improves his command, the 23-year-old projects as left-handed starter in the majors, but also has potential as a left-handed stopper in the bullpen.

SAMMY SOLIS

2014 Season Totals: N/A
2015 Steamer Proj.: 0-0, 4.06 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 7.16 K/9, 3.07 BB/9, 0.0 fWAR in 1.0 IP

A 6-foot-5 left-hander, Sammy Solis has pitched well when healthy. Solis has an impressive 3.33 ERA over the course of his Minor League career with 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings, and features a fastball that can touch 95 miles per hour to go with a solid change-up. A former second-round draft pick out of the University of San Diego, Solis has the chance to move through the Nationals’ system quickly.