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Who made the Nats' all-time leaderboard?

This has become one of my favorite annual blog posts: the revised Nationals all-time statistical leaderboard. It's both a fun trip down memory lane and (these days) a reminder of how far the organization has come from its humble past.

Some of the categories are stats of longevity (games played, home runs, wins, saves). Some of them are stats of performance over a minimum number of plate appearances or innings pitched (batting average, OPS, ERA, WHIP). And new this year is the all-encompassing WAR stat, which attempts to show exactly how many wins (above the mythical replacement player) one person has been responsible for over their Nationals careers (you'll notice I also included the two players in Nationals history with the lowest WAR figures.)

With each passing season, new players join the top-10 leaderboards while others get lopped off the bottom. As always, I offer the advance warning that reading these names may cause such extreme emotional reactions as laughter, sobbing and possibly spontaneous combustion.

So with that, here are the Nationals' updated all-time stat leaderboards...



BATTING
 GAMES PLAYED
  1. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12       990
  2. Cristian Guzman    2005-10       550
  3. Ian Desmond        2009-12       459
  4. Nick Johnson       2005-09       414
  5. Willie Harris      2008-10       409
  6. Austin Kearns      2006-09       390
  7. Roger Bernadina    2008-12       383
  8. Michael Morse      2009-12       378
  9. Brian Schneider    2005-07       369
 10. Danny Espinosa     2010-12       346

 HOME RUNS            
  1. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12       153
  2. Adam Dunn          2009-10        76
  3. Michael Morse      2009-12        67
  4. Nick Johnson       2005-09        49
  5. Ian Desmond        2009-12        47
  6. Alfonso Soriano    2006           46
  7. Danny Espinosa     2010-12        44
  8. Josh Willingham    2009-10        40
  9. Adam LaRoche       2011-12        36
 10. Austin Kearns      2006-09        34
     Ryan Church        2005-07        34

 RBI                  
  1. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12       593
  2. Nick Johnson       2005-09       215
  3. Michael Morse      2009-12       208
     Adam Dunn          2009-10       208
  5. Ian Desmond        2009-12       199
  6. Cristian Guzman    2005-10       177
  7. Austin Kearns      2006-09       159
  8. Brian Schneider    2005-07       153
  9. Ryan Church        2005-07       147
 10. Danny Espinosa     2010-12       137

 HITS                 
  1. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12     1,110
  2. Cristian Guzman    2005-09       581
  3. Ian Desmond        2009-12       462
  4. Nick Johnson       2005-09       404
  5. Michael Morse      2009-12       366
  6. Austin Kearns      2006-09       311
  7. Danny Espinosa     2010-12       304
  8. Felipe Lopez       2006-08       301
  9. Brian Schneider    2005-07       300
 10. Adam Dunn          2009-10       291

 STOLEN BASES
  1. Ian Desmond        2009-12        64
  2. Nyjer Morgan       2009-10        58
  3. Roger Bernadina    2008-12        53
  4. Felipe Lopez       2006-08        49
  5. Alfonso Soriano    2006           41
  6. Danny Espinosa     2010-12        37
  7. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12        30
  8. Willie Harris      2008-10        29
  9. Jayson Werth       2011-12        27
 10. Lastings Milledge  2008-09        25
     Nook Logan         2006-07        25

 BATTING AVERAGE (min. 500 PA)
  1. Dmitri Young       2007-08      .310
  2. Michael Morse      2009-12      .294
  3. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12      .287
  4. Nick Johnson       2005-09      .286
  5. Jose Vidro         2005-06      .284
  6. Cristian Guzman    2005-10      .282
  7. Ronnie Belliard    2007-09      .281
  8. Nyjer Morgan       2009-10      .280
  9. Ryan Church        2005-07      .277
     Alfonso Soriano    2006         .277
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 33. Willie Harris      2008-10      .229

 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE (min. 500 PA)
  1. Nick Johnson       2005-09      .416
  2. Dmitri Young       2007-08      .382
  3. Adam Dunn          2009-10      .378
  4. Josh Willingham    2009-10      .377
  5. Elijah Dukes       2008-09      .359
  6. Ryan Church        2005-07      .354
  7. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12      .353
  8. Alfonso Soriano    2006         .351
     Brad Wilkerson     2005         .351
 10. Jayson Werth       2011-12      .349
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 33. Jesus Flores       2007-12      .289

 SLUGGING PERCENTAGE (min. 500 PA)
  1. Alfonso Soriano    2006         .560
  2. Adam Dunn          2009-10      .533
  3. Michael Morse      2009-12      .514
  4. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12      .479
     Josh Willingham    2009-10      .479
  6. Ryan Church        2005-07      .478
  7. Bryce Harper       2012         .477
  8. Nick Johnson       2005-09      .471
  8. Dmitri Young       2007-08      .469
 10. Adam LaRoche       2011-12      .457
     ------------------------------------
 33. Wil Nieves         2008-10      .315

 OPS (min. 500 PA)
  1. Alfonso Soriano    2006         .911
  2. Adam Dunn          2009-10      .910
  3. Nick Johnson       2005-09      .886
  4. Michael Morse      2009-12      .857
  5. Josh Willingham    2009-10      .856
  6. Dmitri Young       2007-08      .851
  7. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12      .832
  8. Ryan Church        2005-07      .831
  9. Bryce Harper       2012         .817
 10. Adam LaRoche       2011-12      .788
     Elijah Dukes       2008-09      .788
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 33. Wil Nieves         2008-10      .608

PITCHING
 WINS
  1. Livan Hernandez    05-06, 09-11   44
  2. John Lannan        2007-12        42
  3. Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12        24
  4. Tyler Clippard     2008-12        21
     Stephen Strasburg  2010-12        21
     Gio Gonzalez       2012           21
  7. Jon Rauch          2005-08        18
  8. Tony Armas         2005-06        16
     Ross Detwiler      2007, 2009-12  16
 10. Craig Stammen      2009-12        15

 LOSSES
  1. John Lannan        2007-12        52
  2. Livan Hernandez    05-06, 09-11   47
  3. Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12        26
  4. Jason Bergmann     2005-10        24
  5. Ross Detwiler      2007, 2009-12  22
  6. Tony Armas         2005-06        19
  7. Luis Ayala         2005-08        17
     Tim Redding        2007-08        17
     Tyler Clippard     2008-12        17
 10. Collin Balester    2008-11        16
     Ramon Ortiz        2006           16

 INNINGS PITCHED
  1. Livan Hernandez    05-06, 09-11  828.2
  2. John Lannan        2005-12       783.2
  3. Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12       479.1
  4. Jason Bergmann     2005-10       389.2
  5. Ross Detwiler      2007, 2009-12 336.2
  6. Craig Stammen      2009-12       332.1
  7. Tyler Clippard     2008-12       322.2
  8. Saul Rivera        2006-09       275.2
  9. John Patterson     2005-07       270.1
 10. Tim Redding        2007-08       266.0

 APPEARANCES
  1. Tyler Clippard     2008-12       267
  2. Saul Rivera        2006-09       245
     Sean Burnett       2009-12       245
  4. Jon Rauch          2005-08       236
  5. Chad Cordero       2005-08       224
  6. Luis Ayala         2005-08       174
  7. Drew Storen        2010-12       164
  8. Jason Bergmann     2005-10       155
  9. Jesus Colome       2007-09       138
 10. John Lannan        2007-12       134

 GAMES STARTED
  1. John Lannan        2007-12       134
  2. Livan Hernandez    05-06, 09-11  129
  3. Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12        81
  4. Ross Detwiler      2007, 2009-12  56
  5. Jason Bergmann     2005-10        50
  6. Tony Armas         2005-06        49
  7. Tim Redding        2007-08        48
  8. John Patterson     2005-07        46
  9. Stephen Strasburg  2010-12        45
 10. Matt Chico         2007-10        40

 STRIKEOUTS
  1. Livan Hernandez    05-06, 09-11  476
  2. John Lannan        2007-12       410
  3. Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12       396
  4. Tyler Clippard     2008-12       375
  5. Stephen Strasburg  2010-12       313
  6. Jason Bergmann     2005-10       299
  7. John Patterson     2005-07       242
  8. Craig Stammen      2009-12       232
  9. Jon Rauch          2005-08       224
 10. Ross Detwiler      2007, 2009-12 207
     Gio Gonzalez       2012          207

 WALKS
  1. John Lannan        2007-12       296
  2. Livan Hernandez    05-06,09-11   262
  3. Jason Bergmann     2005-10       153
  4. Tyler Clippard     2008-12       135
  5. Saul Rivera        2006-09       123
  6. Ross Detwiler      2007, 2009-12 119
  7. Tony Armas         2005-06       118
  8. Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12       113
  9. Craig Stammen      2009-12       105
 10. Tim Redding        2007-08       103

 SAVES
  1. Chad Cordero       2005-08       113
  2. Drew Storen        2010-12        52
  3. Tyler Clippard     2008-12        33
  4. Matt Capps         2010           26
  5. Jon Rauch          2005-08        23
  6. Mike MacDougal     2009           20
  7. Joel Hanrahan      2007-09        14
  8. Henry Rodriguez    2011-12        11
  9. Sean Burnett       2009-12         9
 10. Saul Rivera        2006-09         4

 ERA (min. 75 IP)
  1. Hector Carrasco    2005         2.04
  2. Chad Cordero       2005-08      2.78
  3. Sean Burnett       2009-12      2.81
  4. Ryan Mattheus      2011-12      2.84
  5. Tyler Clippard     2008-12      2.85
  6. Gio Gonzalez       2012         2.89
  7. Stephen Strasburg  2010-12      2.94
  8. Drew Storen        2010-12      2.96
  9. Gary Majewski      2005-06      3.18
 10. Jon Rauch          2005-08      3.40
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 46. Pedro Astacio      2006         5.98

 WHIP (min. 75 IP)
  1. Stephen Strasburg  2010-12     1.090
  2. Hector Carrasco    2005        1.098
  3. Drew Storen        2010-12     1.099
  4. Tyler Clippard     2008-12     1.110
  5. Gio Gonzalez       2012        1.129
  6. Jon Rauch          2005-08     1.144
  7. Chad Cordero       2005-08     1.172
  8. Ryan Mattheus      2011-12     1.190
  9. Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12     1.208
 10. Sean Burnett       2009-11     1.210
     ------------------------------------
 46. Garrett Mock       2008-10     1.673

 WAR
  1. Ryan Zimmerman     2005-12      34.6
  2. Nick Johnson       2005-09      12.3
  3. Livan Hernandez    05-06, 09-11  8.8
  4. Ian Desmond        2009-12       8.5
     Jordan Zimmermann  2009-12       8.5
  6. Stephen Strasburg  2010-12       8.0
  7. Danny Espinosa     2010-12       7.8
  8. Ryan Church        2005-07       7.2
  9. Austin Kearns      2006-09       6.8
 10. John Lannan        2007-12       5.7
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223. Mike Bacsik        2007         -1.1
224. Kory Casto         2007-08      -1.2

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Scherzer dominant as Nationals edge Phillies 3-2

Scherzer dominant as Nationals edge Phillies 3-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Max Scherzer didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and he was dominant through eight as the Washington Nationals continued their mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

Scherzer (15-7) allowed three hits and struck out 11 while walking one. He was perfect through the first four innings, striking out five consecutive batters -- all swinging -- between the second and third innings.

Ryan Howard, who got the start despite being 1 for 18 with 11 strikeouts against Scherzer coming in, hit an opposite-field two-run home run in the seventh inning to break up the shutout and pull the Phillies within 3-2.

But Scherzer closed the door from there, striking out three more in the seventh and eighth en route to his 15th win of the season.

Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save, getting a strikeout and inducing a game-ending double play after issuing a leadoff walk.

Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera collected the only other hits for the Phillies, who have lost six of eight to fall 12 games below .500. They have dropped their last eight games to Washington, which matches the team record for consecutive losses vs. the Nationals/Expos franchise.

Scherzer, who pitched two no-hitters last season, didn't allow a runner to reach base until Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp walked with one out in the fifth. Galvis ripped a double to right-field to lead off the sixth to break up Scherzer's no-hit bid, but was picked off second base by Scherzer to end the scoring threat.

Scherzer has allowed just five hits in his last two starts after pitching a two-hit, eight-inning gem vs. Baltimore on Thursday. He's taken a no-hitter into the sixth in nine of his 61 all-time starts with the Nationals.

The Washington ace also had a sacrifice-bunt RBI in the fourth after Ryan Zimmerman walked and Danny Espinosa ripped a single. The inning ended when Espinoza was thrown out at the plate on a dart from Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr with Espinoza colliding with Rupp on the play.

The Nationals staked Scherzer to an early lead in the first inning. With two outs and nobody on, Daniel Murphy doubled before scoring on a double by Bryce Harper, his 19th RBI in the last 19 games. Wilson Ramos brought Harper home with an RBI single to put the Nats ahead 2-0.

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (9-13), who walked just six batters in his last eight starts coming in, issued three walks and allowed five hits and three earned runs through six innings.

Scherzer's double-digit strikeout game was the 12th of the season, setting a Nationals record. He improved his career record to 7-1 against the Phillies, including a 6-0 mark since he joined the Nats in 2015.

The Nationals, who opened their six-game road trip with a 4-0 victory over the Phillies on Monday, are 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Peter Bourjois missed his second straight game after getting hit in the left wrist by a pitch Sunday.

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The Phillies and Nationals wrap up their three-game series Wednesday night with Philadelphia LHP Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50) opposing LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25).

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Scherzer starts as Nats look to keep rolling at Phillies

Scherzer starts as Nats look to keep rolling at Phillies

Nats (76-55) at Phillies (60-71) at Citizens Bank Park

After bouncing back with a 4-0 victory in the series opener, the Nats look to keep it going in Philly on Tuesday night with ace Max Scherzer on the mound.

Scherzer, who is 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA, tossed eight shutout innings against the Orioles his last time out. He last saw the Phillies on June 1 at CBP and gave up two runs in eight innings of work.

Ryan Zimmerman is back in there at first base after taking Monday off. The rest of the Nats lineup is the same.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: CBS-9, MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Phillies - Jerad Eickhoff

NATS

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Max Scherzer

PHILLIES

TBA
RHP Jerad Eickhoff

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NL East: Cespedes' heroics keeping Mets alive in wild card race

NL East: Cespedes' heroics keeping Mets alive in wild card race

Don't count out the New York Mets just yet. 

The Nationals may be up nine games in the National League East, but their rivals from the Big Apple have slowly crawled their way back into the wild card picture.

The biggest reason why? The return of a healthy Yoenis Cespedes, who missed most of August with a quad injury. In the nine games since he’s been back, the 30-year-old outfielder has slashed .389/.450/.861 with five home runs, including Monday night’s extra-inning walk-off shot against fellow-wild card hopeful Miami Marlins.

"He's that kind of player," manager Terry Collins said via NJ.com. "You expect big things each and every time he goes up. He's one of those guys people pay to see him play. They see him come up to bat, and they know he can do something dangerous each and every time up."

After it seemed like the Mets were down and out, the Cespedes’ bat has resuscitated their playoff push. New York is 7-2 with Cespedes in the lineup since August 19, and its offense has averaged nearly six runs a game during that span. So just like 2015 postseason run, it's on Cespedes to lead the way. 

“Every time I see Cespedes at home plate, I feel like he's going to hit a homer," third baseman Jose Reyes said. "That's the way I feel in the dugout. I'm sure the other guys feel the same way. They had the opportunity to see him get hot last year, and for me, seeing him this year, it's unbelievable what he can do on the baseball field. Basically he can do whatever he wants to.”

New York's mini-surge has happened at the right time, with the club just 2 1/2 games out of a wild card spot and nearly a month left in the season. 

“We're going into September," Reyes said. "That's the way we want to play right now. That's a huge win against a Miami team that was in front of us....now we're in a better position."