Round One of Spring Training Goes to Austin Voth and Joe Ross

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Joe Ross looked to strengthen his case for the Nationals’ fifth starter job in his Wednesday outing against the Yankees. (Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Before the start of Spring Training, I touched on the key roster battles the Nationals were faced with. Most of those don’t have significant clarity yet, but one appears to have taken center stage: the fifth starter role.

Aside from Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin who will make their debuts over the next two days and Max Scherzer who just made his second appearance last night — every starter has thrown one time. With that in mind, here’s a look at how round one went for the men whose jobs are most in limbo and how they project going forward. Continue reading “Round One of Spring Training Goes to Austin Voth and Joe Ross”

Washington Nationals Enter Spring Training 2020 With Voids to Fill

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The Nationals enter life post-Anthony Rendon, which means reconfiguring the infield and top of the lineup. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Well that was fast! The Washington Nationals are back, and it’s time for them to begin their title defense. With that said, here’s a look at what’s changed since they last took the field and the questions they’ll need to answer. Continue reading “Washington Nationals Enter Spring Training 2020 With Voids to Fill”

Wizards Progress Report: Small Forwards

Whereas point guard and shooting guard are crowded positions in some regard although not as much anymore, with Justin Robinson waived, Chris Chiozza in Brooklyn on a two-way deal, and Garrison Mathews banged up small forward has been the position where you ask yourself, “Do they really have to play someone?” For a variety of reasons, this group hasn’t lived up to its billing. However, there should be hope moving forward. Continue reading “Wizards Progress Report: Small Forwards”

Wizards Progress Report: Shooting Guards

Whereas the point guard position is in a state of flux from top to bottom, there is some certainty at shooting guard. The starter isn’t a mystery, and the pecking order behind him is also relatively clear.

With that said, the Wizards need more from this group (from multiple perspectives) if they want to separate from the other teams near the bottom of the league standings which no one outside the organization can definitively say they do want. That process starts at the top in terms of both players and staff. Continue reading “Wizards Progress Report: Shooting Guards”

Ron Rivera hire has a chance to change team culture for the better

Ron Rivera gets introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s been a rough season all around for the Washington Redskins. The team’s dealt with front office ineptitude, a star player that refused to ever play in a Redskins uniform ever again and, of course, just plain bad on-field performances. 

It’s arguable this was the worst season in franchise history, yet this offseason doesn’t feel quite so hopeless. 

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Wizards Progress Report: Point Guards

In many respects, point guard was the Wizards’ most uncertain position entering the season. Aside from John Wall who might not even play this year, due to his Achilles injury Washington didn’t retain a single player at the position who ended last season on its roster.

Rather than making a splash, Tommy Sheppard opted to sign a former All-Star to a one-year “buy low” deal, a lifelong backup for two years, an undrafted rookie to a semi-guaranteed deal, and another youngster who has split time between the NBA and the G-League to a two-way contract. Continue reading “Wizards Progress Report: Point Guards”

The definitive ranking of Redskins Dysfunction

With 2019 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what made this a truly mediocre decade of Washington Redskins football. 

Sure, there were good times in the last 10 years, the two division titles stand out the most, but the majority of Redskins fans would agree that the bad times outweigh any positive moments enormously. 

And that’s why we are here today, to reflect on the moments both on and off the field that were truly a part of this organization’s unique brand of dysfunction. While I tried to keep it down to just 10 moments, I’m sure there are plenty that I also missed which just goes to show exactly how bad this organization has been this decade. 

So, let’s kick off this list in style, and look towards the next decade as a means for hope, and a chance for better days. 

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