With Spring Training ramping up the Citizens are back to discuss the Nats offseason including the Eaton acquisition, other minor moves, swings and misses, Matt Wieters, the bullpe, the Nats glut of catchers, and answer questions from listeners! Somehow we manage to stay on topic the entire time!
The Nationals have a bullpen problem, but likely not the one you've been reading about for the past three months. No, they have a pretty good internal option for closer, the problem is they have few reliable relievers beyond that and time's running out to acquire some.
The closer? Shawn Kelley of course, who put up another sneaky great season and can count himself among the better relievers in baseball.
When I rate relief pitchers the two main stats I look at are strikeout rate and walk rate, big indicators that can stabilize over a smaller sample size. They're also the two main objectives for a reliever, get guys out without giving up run opportunities and keep guys off the bases. I consider the ERA and FIP secondary for relief pitchers since they can often get lucky in limited appearances. Finally, I check three more stats to see how fluky the numbers are: swinging strike rate and contact rate to see how well they can miss opposing bats and average leverage index to get an idea of the pressure they pitched under.Read More
On the 150th episode of the podcast the Citizens return to discus game 5 of the NLDS, the end of the Nats season, upcoming arbitration and non-tender decisions, the coaching staff, roster holes, free agent targets, and more!
Saturday November 5th is Extra Life 2016! We'll be streaming video games for 24hrs to raise money for Children's National, right here in DC. We've already raised $1000 and we'd love to raise as much as possible. For more information and to donate go here. Thank you for your support!
The Citizens are back to recap the first four games of the NLDS, talk the probability of certain scenarios in Game 5, lament a certain roster decision, take a brief look at the NLCS (No we're not getting ahead of ourselves, if we have a podcast next week we'll be over halfway through the CS), and more!
tl;dr: Help us help sick kids at Children’s National Medical Center in DC. Donate here.
It’s that time again: summer is quickly fading to fall, the Nats are gunning for home field advantage in the NLDS, and our yearly Extra Life marathon benefitting the Children's National Medical Center located in Washington, DC is just around the corner.
If you’re a new reader to the site this season, or just haven’t seen our previous Extra Life endeavors; Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We specifically chose all proceeds donated to our campaign to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC.Read More
In a two-man show O'Hara and TJ discuss the litany of Nats injuries over the last month, the meaning of losing Wilson Ramos, the NLDS rotation/bullpen/bench options, Jose Fernandez, and a few other random topics.
Our Extra Life 2016 campaign has kicked off, please be sure to read about our efforts to raise money for Children's National and donate here!
The Citizens are back to talk the happenings in Natstown, injuries, Trea Turner, ways to improve the bullpen, and eventually make our way to talking about the new Harry Potter "book".
Taking a break from Nats talk, David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice share their thoughts on who holds the title, "Greatest Athlete of All-Time."Read More
With 51 games left to play (and 32 NL East rivalry games remaining), the Washington Nationals stand seven games ahead of the second-place Miami Marlins.
Even though the Nats have some breathing room in the East - and the Nats currently hold winning records against all their division opponents - David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice agree that the team can't afford to lose its focus over the next two months. But, is it possible that Washington's schedule presents disadvantages for an October-bound team that likely won't play a "must-win" game again this season?Read More
The Citizens return to talk the happenings in Natstown before ultimately getting sidetracked by a conversation about Suicide Squad.
The Washington Nationals traded left-handers Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn in exchange for closer Mark Melancon. While the deal, no doubt, provides the Nats with more stability in the bullpen, is it the kind of deal that will make the team a sure-fire bet for October?Read More
It's official: the Washington Nationals won't acquire Aroldis Chapman. Whether or not Nationals fans see the Yankees-to-Cubs trade as a missed opportunity, David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice try to face another question: is the Nationals farm system almost too good to make big-time trades happen?Read More
After nearly a month off the Citizens are back to discuss recent Nats happenings, the All-Star break, prospect debuts, the upcoming trade deadline, and our thoughts on changes to baseball being kicked around during CBA negotiations.
David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice take time to discuss the elephant in the room: are the Washington Nationals a boring team?Read More
Based solely on first-half stats, Sean chose the all-time Nats All-Star team.Read More
With the MLB trade deadline around the corner, David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice discuss whether or not the Washington Nationals will land a big name. Also, should Nats fans brace themselves for disappointment?Read More
Hope you had a good 4th of July. Mine was pretty good until the illegal fireworks started getting set off and my dogs freaked out. There really isn’t much big Nats news from over the weekend. The Nats had a winning streak but that ended. They signed a bunch of teenagers to large contracts. It’s really hard to get excited about international signings. It’s the most the Nats have ever spent and they got some top ranked guys but they’re 16 and so far away from the majors.
Did you realize that 16 year olds were born in the year 2000? We’re a couple seasons away from having a major league baseball player that was born in the year 2000 and that is scary. Back to the international signing period and it’s lack of ability to excite people. The draft is somewhat exciting when you’re favorite team has the top pick and it’s a year that Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper are available. Those guys were hyped up and publicized long before the draft. I don’t even know who the first overall pick was this year and if the Nats pick weren’t related to a prospect already in their system I wouldn’t have remembered him either.
Now amplify how unknown the players are in the draft times a thousand and that is the international signing period. The players drafted at least have college or high school stats and accomplishments to list. The players signed as international free agents are just kids and a lot of them aren’t even playing with regulation baseball equipment. It makes a great story when they make it to the majors but for me, the common fan, to get excited about them at this stage is impossible.
Look at Victor Robles. He is on the fast track to the majors having just been promoted to Potomac and if he makes a two level jump again next season he has a chance to be a September call-up in 2017, and even that feels like too far away to get excited about. Part of it has to do with the Nats being good. The farm system was much more exciting when it was something that was going to save the team. Take Turner and Giolito for example. Giolito is the top prospect in all of baseball. The same as Strasburg and Harper and yet his debut and arrival to the majors was met with a hundredth of the excitement, and for Turner there is a segment of fans that don’t even want him in the majors.
Waiting for players like Robles, Turner, and Giolito is how Nats fans used to get their jollies. Now it’s turned to almost an extreme of some thinking call-ups will ruin team chemistry and send the Nats spiraling out of control. I think we can find a balance of being excited for the arrival of hot prospects and watching the team have success at the top level because they’re so interconnected, and in order to sustain success the Nats are going to have to keep increasing the power of the farm system.
Also before I close this out Zack Hample is an asshole.
After the Washington Nationals capped off their losing streak at seven games, David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice ask what is the bigger issue - the Nats' bullpen, or their offense?Read More
With a full crew in studio the Citizens discuss the last few weeks in Nats news, start looking towards what upgrades could be made via trade, and somehow end up discussing The Purge and income taxes.
With Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain, the Washington Nationals have an even greater impetus to pad their bullpen. Citizens of Natstown's David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice offer their takes on what the Nats should do to regain late-innings strength: namely, should the Nats take a shot at landing Aroldis Chapman?Read More