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Depth Chart

 
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M. Taylor
T. Moore
R. Zimmerman
D. Span
M. Taylor
B. Harper
M. Taylor
Y. Escobar
D. Espinosa
I. Desmond
D. Espinosa
W. Difo
Rotation
1. M. Scherzer
2. S. Strasburg
3. J. Zimmermann
4. G. Gonzalez
5. T. Roark
D. Espinosa
D. Uggla
Y. Escobar
W. Difo
R. Zimmerman
T. Moore
C. Robinson

DL
A. Rendon
R. Johnson
J. Werth
N. McLouth
R. Johnson
R. Johnson
D. Fister
S. Solis
C. Stammen
W. Ramos
J. Lobaton
  Bullpen
D. Storen (CL)
A. Barrett
M. Thornton
C. Janssen
M. Grace
B. Treinen
A. Cole
Last Updated: 05/22/2015
 
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Last Five Games
5/19 vs. NYY
D. SpanCF
I. DesmondSS
Y. Escobar3B
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
W. RamosC
D. Espinosa2B
M. TaylorLF
G. GonzalezP
 
5/17 vs. SD
M. TaylorCF
I. DesmondSS
Y. Escobar3B
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
T. MooreLF
J. LobatonC
D. Espinosa2B
S. StrasburgP
 
5/16 vs. SD
D. SpanCF
I. DesmondSS
Y. Escobar3B
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
W. RamosC
D. Espinosa2B
M. TaylorLF
M. ScherzerP
 
5/15 vs. SD
D. SpanCF
Y. Escobar3B
J. WerthLF
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
W. RamosC
I. DesmondSS
D. Espinosa2B
J. ZimmermannP
 
5/14 vs. SD
D. SpanCF
Y. Escobar3B
J. WerthLF
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
W. RamosC
I. DesmondSS
D. Espinosa2B
D. FisterP

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
D. SpanCF.333313
Y. Escobar3B.326214
J. WerthLF.208212
B. HarperRF.3331538
R. Zimmerman1B.239531
W. RamosC.302220
I. DesmondSS.244412
D. Espinosa2B.269513
 
Notes
  • 24 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 5 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
3 Game(s)
Y. Escobar3B
I. DesmondSS
J. WerthLF
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
W. RamosC
D. Espinosa2B
M. TaylorCF
3 Game(s)
M. TaylorCF
Y. Escobar3B
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
W. RamosC
I. DesmondSS
D. Uggla2B
T. MooreLF
3 Game(s)
D. SpanCF
I. DesmondSS
Y. Escobar3B
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
W. RamosC
D. Espinosa2B
M. TaylorLF
2 Game(s)
D. SpanCF
I. DesmondSS
J. WerthLF
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
Y. Escobar3B
W. RamosC
D. Espinosa2B
1 Game(s)
Y. Escobar3B
J. WerthLF
B. HarperRF
R. Zimmerman1B
C. RobinsonDH
W. RamosC
I. DesmondSS
D. Espinosa2B
M. TaylorCF

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yunel Escobar, #5
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
38.324242140
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 38
News
Yunel Escobar continues to be an offensive force for the Nationals. On Tuesday, Escobar went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored as the Nationals walked off on the Yankees 8-6. Escobar actually scored the game-winning run on Ryan Zimmerman's two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Escobar is on fire at the plate. Over his last 10 games, he's hitting .405 (17 for 42) with a double and five RBI, and he's riding a modest four-game hitting streak.

With just two home runs on the season, Escobar hasn't provided the type of power usually seen from a third baseman. Regardless, he's been a bit of a revelation in the Nation's Capital, and is entrenched at the hot corner for manager Matt Williams. 

"I just like the way we're going about it," Williams said, per MLB.com. "Their energy, they are playing well, they feel like they are in the game, they battle back. So, I like that."

Denard Span, #2
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
25.321193133
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 25
News
Nationals center fielder Denard Span is off and running to start the 2015 season. Span, who started the year on the disabled list is hitting .327 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 23 games this year. It's something Span wasn't expecting, according to MASN Sports.

"I am pleased. Definitely didn't expect to start off as good as I have started off," Span said. "Just a testament of hard work, commitment and just taking my job serious. Even when I was hurt, I was still watching games, paying attention to just small details type stuff and just happy to be back on the field helping my teammates."

Manager Matt Williams has given Span scheduled days off to keep pressure off of his injury.

"The good part about Denard's injury, if there is a good part, was that he was able to swing," Williams said. "The problem was running. Remember back to spring training, he just couldn't explode, he couldn't get to where he wanted to get to defensively. But he never had an issue with swinging because it was a side-to-side movement.

"With that being said, he got reps. He was able to take soft toss. He was able to do some things with his swing. It's a simple swing. That helps, too. So there's not a whole lot of movement. He's not looking to drive baseballs. The power element comes, but it's not what he's looking to do. So, that shortens that time a little bit. And allows him to get back in the flow quicker. I think he's played really well."

Jose Lobaton, #59
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
9.2335260
 
Position Breakdown
C - 9
Casey Janssen, #44
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
000.00.0000
 
News
Nationals pitcher Casey Janssen made his season debut on Saturday, tossing one scoreless inning with no hits allowed in Washington's 8-1 loss to the Phillies.

Janssen missed the first 41 games of the season with a right shoulder injury, but felt good after his first appearance, according to MASN Sports.

"Obviously, I wish as a whole we had played a little better," Janssen said. "But, it was good to get an inning in there and get my feet wet and be a part of this thing."

Manager Matt Williams was impressed with his poise on the mound.

"Good command of the strike zone, got the second baseman on a cutter," Williams said. "Threw (Ryan) Howard a couple of curveballs for strikes, which is good, commanded the zone. He works fast, and when he's throwing strikes like that, he can do it to both sides of the plate. I think he felt good coming out of it, no issues, that's a good sign for us."

Danny Espinosa, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
34.261235130
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 29, SS - 1, 3B - 8
News
Nationals 2B Dan Uggla has been solid against left-handed pitchers this year, something his team wants him to continue on Saturday against the Phillies' Cole Hamels.

Uggla, who is hitting .273/.385/.545 in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, will get the start over Danny Espinosa.

In 62 career at-bats against Hamels, Uggla is only hitting .145/.239/.323 with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI.

Ian Desmond, #20
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
42.246244131
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 42
News
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1 for 4 at the plate in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Desmond did his damage in the first inning when he blasted a solo home run off of Adam Warren to center field, his fourth of the season. Desmond, who also struck out twice, is now hitting .244 with 12 RBI in 164 at-bats this season.

Aaron Barrett, #30
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3015.24.02022
 
Nate McLouth, #15
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
000000
 
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. Out until at least early June (Updated - 5/8/15)
News
Veteran Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is still sidelined from a shoulder injury and resulting surgery. He has not played all season, but Matt Williams believes he could be closing in on a return, per the Washington Post.

McLouth has been throwing and taking live batting practice. There is no timetable for him to come back yet. His last major league at-bat was Aug. 1.

Stephen Strasburg, #37
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
3440.25.981242
 
News
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg's struggles continued in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Phillies. Strasburg could not get out of the fourth inning, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three, as his ERA rose to 6.50.

Strasburg allowed a two-run home run to Maikel Franco as part of a four-run third inning. Strasburg's defense didn't do him any favors, committing four errors on the afternoon. 

This makes five consecutive starts in which Strasburg was unable to pitch at least six innings. He'll look to turn the tides in his next start, currently scheduled for Friday in Cincinnati.

Manager Matt Williams envoked confidence in the young right hander after the game. 

"We're not concerned. He's one of our guys. He's been one of our guys, he'll continue to be one of our guys," Williams told the Washington Times.

Ryan Zimmerman, #11
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
42.241205311
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 42
Max Scherzer, #31
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
5364.21.67972
 
News
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer allowed one run on four hits over eight innings of work to earn his fifth win of the season during Friday's 2-1 win over the Phillies.

By going eight innings, Scherzer became the first Nationals pitcher since Livan Hernandez in 2005 to pitch at least seven innings in seven-straight starts.

"He's got all four pitches that he's able to throw for strikes," said Nationals manager Matt Williams, per MLB.com. "That's key for any pitcher, I think. If you have four pitches you can throw for a strike at any time, as a hitter I would know that I just couldn't sit on something, or I'd find myself behind in the count."

Scherzer (5-3) struck out six batters and walked one during Friday's start. He was able to lower his ERA from 1.75 to 1.67. The one run Scherzer allowed during the game came in the second inning when Odubel Herrera doubled in Maikel Franco.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at the Chicago Cubs.

Michael Taylor, #3
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
29.23063134
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 26
News
Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor will start in left field against the Phillies on Saturday.

Taylor will face off against left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels. Taylor is a career .261/.320/.478 hitter against left-handed pitchers, and has homered against Hamels once in 5 at-bats.

Doug Fister, #58
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
2239.24.311018
 
Injuries
Forearm - 15-day DL. Out until at least late May (Updated - 5/15/15)
Reed Johnson, #4
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
12.2220020
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 4
Injuries
Foot - 15-day DL. May be out for season (Updated - 5/4/15)
Wilmer Difo, #1
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
11.0000000
 
Matt Grace, #60
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2010.22.5309
 
Tanner Roark, #57
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
0220.12.6657
 
News
Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Roark faced live hitters prior to Friday's game against the Phillies at Nationals Park. Roark, who has not pitched in five days, appears on track to start Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, manager Matt Williams said, per MASN Sports. He's expected to go 70 pitches, Williams added.

Roark owns a 2.66 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP with a 7:5 K:BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings.

Bryce Harper, #34
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
42.3363816392
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 42
News
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper smacked his 16th home run of the season during Friday's 2-1 win over the Phillies.

"See it and hit," Harper said, per MLB.com. "Plain and simple. Just trying to see and hit the ball, and I wasn't really thinking too much. He'd get 1-2 and throw a heater over. He was a little sneaky in the first three at-bats for those three guys. I was just guessing heater, and I guessed right and connected."

The solo home run came in the second inning off pitcher Sean O'Sullivan. The home run was Harper's lone hit in two at-bats during the game. He walked and struck out once during the contest.

Over his last 14 games, Harper is 24 for 46 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. During that time, he has raised his average from .265 to .336.

Jordan Zimmermann, #27
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
4253.23.521136
 
News
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced his rotation plans for early next week on Saturday, as Tanner Roark will start Monday against the Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann will go Tuesday.

Roark, who has been pitching out of the bullpen, feels he can go 100 pitches. However, Williams suggested Roark will probably throw around 70 pitches.

Sammy Solis, #36
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
109.05.0004
 
Injuries
Shoulder - 15-day DL. Out until at least early June (Updated - 5/22/15)
News
The Nationals activated pitcher Casey Janssen from the 15-day disabled list, per Nationals.com

Janssen has been out all season with shoulder inflammation. He made six minor league rehab appearances in Class A and Double-A. 

The team also placed LHP Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 18. Solis is suffering from shoulder inflammation. He is 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA this season. 

Dan Uggla, #26
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
23.21171110
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 18
News
Nationals 2B Dan Uggla has been solid against left-handed pitchers this year, something his team wants him to continue on Saturday against the Phillies' Cole Hamels.

Uggla, who is hitting .273/.385/.545 in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, will get the start over Danny Espinosa.

In 62 career at-bats against Hamels, Uggla is only hitting .145/.239/.323 with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI.

Gio Gonzalez, #47
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
3247.14.941843
 
Wilson Ramos, #40
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
34.295122200
 
Position Breakdown
C - 34
News
The streak is over. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos' hitting streak was stopped on Wednesday, ending at 19 games. Ramos went 0 for 4, the first time he did not record a hit since April 22. During the streak, Ramos went 27 for 74, watching his season average go from .231 to .311.

Ramos' streak was the longest in the majors this season. 

A.J. Cole, #69
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
005.07.2012
 
News
Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief on Saturday in Washington's 8-1 loss to the Phillies.

Cole added seven strikeouts with no walks after starter Stephen Strasburg struggled. It was something the team needed from the rookie, manager Matt Williams said per MASN Sports.

"He stretched our bullpen," Williams said. "Unfortunately, those are the positions that he's been in. He saved extra work for the bullpen today. He's able to get out there and go to 100 (pitches) if we had to. He threw some good changeups. He gave up a couple of runs, but all in all threw the ball well, threw strikes and worked through the innings we needed him to work through."

Cole now has a 5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 innings of work with nine strikeouts and one walk.

Anthony Rendon, #6
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
000000
 
Injuries
Knee, oblique - 15-day DL. Out until at least late May (Updated - 5/4/15)
News
Shelved Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who has been sidelined all season with knee and oblique injuries, took batting practice Saturday for the first time since going down, per CSNWashington.com.

Rendon is still quite far away from returning to the team, however. He still must participate in similated games starting early next week before heading out on a rehab assignment. There remains no timetable for him to rejoin the Nationals.

Drew Storen, #22
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1018.10.981323
 
News
Nationals pitcher Drew Storen entered in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and he was able to shut the door on the Phillies for his 13th save of the season during Friday's 2-1 win.

Storen allowed two hits during the relief appearance, but he was able to record the final three outs to earn the save. He also struck out two batters during the appearance. Storen has saved 13 out of 14 save opportunities this season.

Jayson Werth, #28
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
27.208172120
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 26, DH - 1
Injuries
Wrist - 15-day DL. Out until at least early June (Updated - 5/19/15)
News
The good news for Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is that he has plenty of time to recover from a wrist injury. After all, he was placed on the disabled list only four days ago.

The bad news is that it still has swelling, according to the Washington Post. That makes it difficult to rotate and swing despite aggressive treatment.

Werth has been sidelined since May 15, when he took a fastball off the wrist. It remains to be seen if his stint on the DL lasts more than 15 days.

Blake Treinen, #64
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
1222.03.68023
 
News
Nationals reliever Blake Treinen appears to be putting his early season struggles behind him. After opening the season with a 6.00 ERA in his first 11 outings, Treinen has allowed just one run in his last five outings, lowering his ERA to 3.68.

Treinen also has 11 strikeouts in his last 10 innings, including a six-strikeout performance during a four-inning outing May 14 at San Diego.

"It's just being able to put the pitch where I want to, simplifying, not trying to make the best pitch, but make the pitch that's called and just execute location on it," Treinen said, per MASNsports.com. "The last couple of outings for me have been good evidence that it's working."

Tyler Moore, #12
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
27.2144380
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 3, OF - 7
News
Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore went 1 for 3 at the plate in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Moore did his damage in the fourth inning when he belted a solo home run off of Adam Warren, his third of the season. Moore is now hitting .220 with eight RBI in 41 at-bats this season.

Craig Stammen, #35
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
004.00.0003
 
Injuries
Forearm - 15-day DL. Out for season (Updated - 4/20/15)
Clint Robinson, #25
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
1.2275030
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 6, DH - 2
News
Nationals left fielder Clint Robinson is making his first start since April 23. Robinson is in the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies, batting seventh.

With regular left fielder Jayson Werth on the disabled list, Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore have been splitting most of the time in the outfield. But they will be on the bench as Robinson will draw the start Friday. He's had just nine at-bats this month, with his only hit going for an RBI double which came in his last appearance as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.

Matt Thornton, #46
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0010.12.6107