Washington Nationals Statistics Overview
The Washington Nationals were established in 1969 and now play their home games at Nationals Park. They are a member of the National League East Division. The Nationals have never won the World Series or the National League Pennant. The franchise has appeared in the MLB playoffs twice and has an overall record of 3345-3657. The Nationals biggest rivals are the Baltimore Orioles.
Last Four MLB Seasons
2013 Washington Nationals Betting Odds
To Win the World Series: +650
To Win the National League: +350
Washington Nationals 2012 Betting Statistics
Straight Up: 98-64
Against the line: 83-78
Over vs Under: 79-72-11
Washington Nationals Betting History
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2013 Washington Nationals Schedule
The Washington Nationals will play 162 games during the 2013 MLB schedule. The Nationals face a tough schedule in 2013 which is highlighted by nineteen clashes with their main divisional rivals the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. Washing Nationals tickets sales improved dramatically in 2012 thanks to the teams improved performances.
Washington Nationals Franchise History:
The Montreal Expos joined the National League in 1969 and were the first MLB franchise to be based in Canada. The Expos didn’t have a winning season in the first decade of their existence but after three straight winning seasons made their MLB playoffs debut. The team made it all the way to the National League Championship Series before losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Expos could never reach these heights again and after attendances dipped in the late 1990s and early 2000s the franchise was relocated to Washington and changed their name to the Nationals. Initially, the move didn’t change the fortunes of the team but in 2012 the franchise won ninety-eight games to claim the National League East Division Title. After a disappointing loss in the 2012 playoffs the franchise is aiming to go all the way in 2013.
Washington Nationals Offensive Star: Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond was selected in the third round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Montreal Expos. Desmond generally impressed in the minor leagues, especially with his fielding ability, and received a fulltime to the majors in 2010 as the Nationals starting shortstop. Desmond had a strong rookie season but his form dipped slightly in 2011. In 2012, Desmond bounced back in impressive fashion and finished the season as the leading shortstop in Major League Baseball. Desmond was named for the MLB All-Star Game and received the Silver Slugger Award. The twenty-seven-year-old will be aiming to build on this stellar year in 2013.
Washington Nationals Defensive Star: Stephen Strasburg
Stephen Strasburg was selected with the first overall pick of the 2009 MLB draft by the Washington Nationals after being labeled one of the most exciting prospects in the history of Baseball. Strasburg spent only a season in the minor leagues before be added to the Nationals starting pitching rotation in 2010. Strasburg started his rookie season with a bang but halfway through the year suffered a season ending injury that required Tommy John Surgery. After missing virtually the entire 2011 season Strasburg returned to the Nationals bullpen in 2012 but controversially had his innings limited for the season. Despite this Strasburg was still able to impress and was awarded with selection for the MLB All-Star Game and a Silver Slugger Award. When healthy Strasburg is one of the most productive pitchers in Major League Baseball and at only twenty-four has the potential to become a multiple time Cy Young Award winner.
Washington Nationals Manager: Davey Johnson
Davey Johnson is the most experienced manager in all of Major League Baseball. He became his managerial career in 1984 with the New York Mets and led the franchise to the 1986 World Series Title. In 1990 he was fired midseason by the Mets and returned to coaching with the Cincinnati Reds in 1993. Johnson led the Reds to back to back division titles before joining the Baltimore Orioles in 1996. Johnson took the Orioles to back to back American League Championship Series appearances but after a dispute with owner Peter Angelos offered his resignation. After a season off Johnson became manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers but failed to have his contract renewed after only two seasons in charge. Johnson joined the Nationals in 2006 and was named as full-time manager in 2012. Johnson led the franchise to their first division title since 1981 and was named National League Manager of the Year. With one of the most talented rosters in MLB at his disposal Johnson has one last chance to win his second World Series Championship.
Washington Nationals - MLB Team StatisticsLeague: National
Ballpark: Nationals Park
World Series Titles: 0
League Pennants: 0
Division Titles: 2 (1981, 2012)
Playoff Appearances: 2 (1981, 2012)
Overall Record: 3345-3647
Biggest Rivals: Baltimore Orioles
Manager: Davey Johnson
General Manager: Mike Rizzo
Legenday Players: Gary Carter, Vladimir Gurrerro, Tim Raines
Washington Nationals Schedule - MLB 2013