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2007 Washington Nationals
Major league affiliations
Location
2007 information
Owner(s) Ted Lerner
Manager(s) Manny Acta
Local television MASN
WDCA (My 20)
Local radio WTWP/WWWT

The Washington Nationals' 2007 season began with the team trying to win its first NL East title since moving to Washington. During the offseason, the team replaced manager Frank Robinson with former Montreal Expos coach Manny Acta. They lost several players through free agency and trades. The most notable of those are José Guillén, Ramón Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano, and José Vidro. The Nationals signed few major league free agents. Their most experienced free agent signing was Dmitri Young. Luis Ayala, Alex Escobar, Cristian Guzmán, Nick Johnson, Michael O'Connor and John Patterson are expected to return from season-ending injuries.

After losing four starters (Liván Hernández, Tony Armas, Ramon Ortiz and Pedro Astacio) from the prior year, the Nationals invited an extraordinary 36 pitchers to spring training.[1][2] By year's end, the team would become the first team in modern baseball (except for strike-shortened seasons) with no pitcher in double figures with wins or losses.[3]

The season was notable for it being the Nationals final year at RFK Stadium and for Dmitri Young winning Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award, marking the team's first annual award since moving to D.C.

Contents

Regular season

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April

On Opening Day, the Nationals lost their starting shortstop (Cristian Guzman, hamstring) and center fielder (Nook Logan) for five weeks. At the end of April, one of their starters, Jerome Williams hurt his ankle while batting and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

May

In the space of just 10 days in May, Shawn Hill, John Patterson, and Jason Bergmann went on the disabled list. Jerome Williams returned, pitched one game, and went back on the DL with a shoulder injury. The Washington Post wrote: "Almost everything that could sink a team's attitude has befallen the Nats. They started the year 1-8, then they lost eight in a row to drop to 9-25."[4]

They pressed journeymen Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie (a relief pitcher) and Jason Simontacchi, along with rookie reliever Levale Speigner into the starting rotation, amidst predictions that the 2007 Nationals might equal the 1962 Mets' record of futility, 120 losses in one season.[5].

After the team lost 8 straight games to sink to 9-25, the Nats won 11 of 15, mostly with patchwork starting pitching and timely hitting. and the return of Cristian Guzmán, who was hitting .343 by the end of May.

June

In June, the Nationals have been led by key hits by Dmitri Young, Cristian Guzmán and the power hitting of Ryan Zimmerman. But towards the end of the month, Guzman, hitting .329, was injured and lost for the season, and, following the injury, the Nationals lost 9 of their next 11 games.

July

Dmitri Young, hitting .339 (third in the league) and slugging .512, was selected as the lone Nationals' representative in the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Despite rumors that the Nationals were seeking to trade Ronnie Belliard, Chad Cordero, Jon Rauch and Young, the Nationals did not make any major trades before the non-waiver trade deadline[6][7].

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Phillies 89 73 .549 --
New York Mets 88 74 .543 1
Atlanta Braves 84 78 .519 5
Washington Nationals 73 89 .451 16
Florida Marlins 71 91 .438 18

Roster

2007 Washington Nationals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Game log

2007 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Dmitri Young 136 460 147 .320 13 74
3B Ryan Zimmerman 162 653 174 .266 24 91
SS Felipe López 154 603 148 .308 9 50
LF Ryan Church 144 470 128 .272 15 70

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Matt Chico 31 167 7 9 4.63 94
Jason Simontacchi 13 70.2 6 7 6.37 42

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Chad Cordero 76 3 3 37 3.36 62
Jon Rauch 88 8 4 4 3.61 71

Records and firsts

The 2007 Nationals became the first team in modern baseball (1901 - present) to trail 4-0 in each of their first six games.[8] as well as the first to not score during the first three innings of each of their first ten games.[9]

The 2007 Nationals also set the National League record for not scoring a run in the first inning of their first 22 games.[10]

References

  • Game Logs:
1st Half: Washington Nationals Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Washington Nationals Game Log on ESPN.com
  1. ^ Thomas Boswell (2007-03-07). "Nats' Starting Pitching Could Be a Real Problem". p. E03. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/06/AR2007030602143_pf.html.  
  2. ^ Barry Svrluga (2007-02-26). "Nats' St. Claire Knows the Task at Hand". Washington Post. p. E01. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/25/AR2007022501373.html.  
  3. ^ Campbell, Rich (October 1, 2007). "Down Bergmann up in team plans". The Free Lance-Star, p. B7.
  4. ^ Thomas Boswell (2007-06-04). "Nationals Are Managing Just Fine With Acta". p. E01. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/03/AR2007060301428.html.  
  5. ^ Linton Weeks (2007-05-08). "Baseball Most Foul: The Nats Reinvent Bad". Washington Post. p. C01. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/07/AR2007050701636.html.  
  6. ^ Ladson, Bill (July 31, 2007). "Nats let deadline pass without a deal". http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070731&content_id=2119869&vkey=news_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was. Retrieved 2007-07-31.  
  7. ^ Ladson, Bill (July 19, 2007). "Cordero, Rauch focus of trade rumors". http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070719&content_id=2097239&vkey=news_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was. Retrieved 2007-07-31.  
  8. ^ Jacobson, Todd (April 8, 2007). "D-backs tee off on Patterson". The Free Lance-Star, p. B7.
  9. ^ Blum, Ronald (April 14, 2007). "Nats flirt with two in a row". The Free Lance-Star, p. B10
  10. ^ Jacobson, Todd (April 30, 2007). "Finally, Nationals get started early". The Free Lance-Star, p. C1.

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