2011 Washington Nationals season

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2011 Washington Nationals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record80–81 (.497)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Lerner Enterprises
General manager(s)Mike Rizzo
Manager(s)Jim Riggleman, John McLaren, Davey Johnson
Local televisionMASN
WDCW (CW 50)
(Bob Carpenter, FP Santangelo, Ray Knight, Johnny Holliday, Dave Jageler)
Local radioWJFK 106.7 FM
(Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler)
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The Washington Nationals' 2011 season was the seventh season for the American baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia and the 43rd since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It involved the Nationals attempting to win the National League East Division after a 69-93 season the year before.

On June 23, 2011, manager Jim Riggleman resigned after contract disputes with general manager Mike Rizzo. Riggleman resigned following a 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners which put the Nationals over .500 at the latest point in a season since 2005 and gave them their 11th win in 12 games. Riggleman compiled a 140-172 record with the Nationals after he replaced Manny Acta after the all-star break in 2009. On June 24, Davey Johnson was named the new manager. Previously, he was a senior advisor to Mike Rizzo. He began managing on June 27. Bench coach John McLaren managed the club for three games following Riggleman's resignation before Johnson was decided upon as interim manager.

The Nationals finished the 2011 season in third place in the NL East with an 80-81 record, playing only 161 games because one game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was canceled due to rain. Their third-place finish was their best finish in the standings and second-best win-loss record since they moved to Washington.

Offseason[edit]

The Nationals formed a new minor league affiliation with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York–Penn League during the winter. The player development contract was officially announced December 14, 2010.[1]

On December 16, 2010, the Nationals traded Josh Willingham to the Oakland Athletics for Corey Brown and Henry Rodríguez.[2] On January 19, 2011, they traded minor-leaguers Michael Burgess, Graham Hicks, and A. J. Morris to the Chicago Cubs for Tom Gorzelanny.[3] On February 2, 2011, they traded Justin Maxwell to the New York Yankees for minor-leaguer for Adam Olbrychowski.[4] On March 27, 2011, they traded Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-leaguer Cutter Dykstra and cash,[5] and the following day they traded Alberto González to the San Diego Padres for Erik Davis.[6]

Advertising and marketing[edit]

The Nationals′ marketing slogan for 2011 was "Expect It." According to a letter to season ticket holders signed by Nationals Chief Operating Officer Andrew Feffer explained that the slogan let Nationals fans know that the team′s rebuilding strategy "is beginning to show returns," and that "we are determined to continue to do what it takes to elevate the franchise to the next level." The letter added that "in 2010, we had a productive stable of veterans and stars in the lineup," that "we now have a solid and exciting pipeline of pitchers," and that the franchise′s "improved Minor League system is now regularly producing a steady stream of Major League talent."[7]

Spring training[edit]

The Nationals held their 2011 spring training in Viera, Florida, with home games played at Space Coast Stadium.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League East[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 102 60 0.630 52–29 50–31
Atlanta Braves 89 73 0.549 13 47–34 42–39
Washington Nationals 80 81 0.497 21½ 44–36 36–45
New York Mets 77 85 0.475 25 34–47 43–38
Florida Marlins 72 90 0.444 30 31–47 41–43


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2011 National League Records

Source: [8]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 2–3 3–4 4–2 13–5 5–2 6–1 10–8 4–3 3–3 3–3 3–3 11–7 9–9 3–4 5–3 10–8
Atlanta 3–2 4–3 3–3 6–2 12–6 5–1 2–5 5–3 9–9 6–12 4–2 4–5 6–1 1–5 9–9 10–5
Chicago 4–3 3–4 7–11 2–4 3–3 8–7 3–3 6–10 4–2 2–5 8–8 3–3 5–4 5–10 3–4 5–10
Cincinnati 2–4 3–3 11–7 3–4 3–3 9–6 4–2 8–8 2–5 1–7 5–10 4–2 5–2 9–6 4–2 6–12
Colorado 5–13 2–6 4–2 4–3 3–3 5–2 9–9 3–6 5–2 1–4 4–3 9–9 5–13 2–4 4–3 8–7
Florida 2–5 6–12 3–3 3–3 3–3 6–1 3–3 0–7 9–9 6–12 6–0 0–7 4–2 2–6 11–7 8–10
Houston 1–6 1–5 7–8 6–9 2–5 1–6 4–5 3–12 3–3 2–4 7–11 3–5 4–3 5–10 3–3 4–11
Los Angeles 8–10 5–2 3–3 2–4 9–9 3–3 5–4 2–4 2–5 1–5 6–2 13–5 9–9 4–3 4–2 6–9
Milwaukee 3–4 3–5 10–6 8–8 6–3 7–0 12–3 4–2 4–2 3–4 12–3 3–2 3–3 9–9 3–3 6–9
New York 3–3 9–9 2–4 5–2 2–5 9–9 3–3 5–2 2–4 7–11 4–4 4–3 2–4 3–3 8–10 9–9
Philadelphia 3–3 12–6 5–2 7–1 4–1 12–6 4–2 5–1 4–3 11–7 4–2 7–1 4–3 3–6 8–10 9–6
Pittsburgh 3–3 2–4 8–8 10–5 3–4 0–6 11–7 2–6 3–12 4–4 2–4 2–4 3–3 7–9 4–4 8–7
San Diego 7–11 5–4 3–3 2–4 9–9 7–0 5–3 5–13 2–3 3–4 1–7 4–2 6–12 3–3 3–4 6–9
San Francisco 9–9 1–6 4–5 2–5 13–5 2–4 3–4 9–9 3–3 4–2 3–4 3–3 12–6 5–2 3–4 10–5
St. Louis 4–3 5–1 10–5 6–9 4–2 6–2 10–5 3–4 9–9 3–3 6–3 9–7 3–3 2–5 2–4 8–7
Washington 3–5 9–9 4–3 2–4 3–4 7–11 3–3 2–4 3–3 10–8 10–8 4–4 4–3 4–3 4–2 8–7

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Ian Desmond Shortstop
Jayson Werth Right fielder
Ryan Zimmerman Third baseman
Adam LaRoche First baseman
Michael Morse Left fielder
Rick Ankiel Center fielder
Danny Espinosa Second baseman
Iván Rodríguez Catcher
Liván Hernández Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Draft[edit]

The 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place from June 6 to June 8. With their first pick – the sixth pick overall – the Nationals selected third baseman Anthony Rendon. Other notable players the Nationals selected were pitcher Alex Meyer (first round compensation pick, 23rd pick overall), pitcher Taylor Hill (sixth round, 187th overall), and outfielder Billy Burns (32nd round, 967th overall).[13]

Roster[edit]

2011 Washington Nationals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Attendance[edit]

The Nationals drew 1,940,478 fans at Nationals Park in 2011, improving over the previous season for the second straight year. It placed them 14th in attendance for the season among the 16 National League teams, also for the second consecutive year.[14] Their highest attendance at a home game was on August 20, when they drew 44,685 for a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, while their lowest was 13,413 for a game against the Phillies on April 12. Their average home attendance was 24,256 per game, fifth-highest of their seven seasons in Washington but an increase from their previous season.[15]

Game log[edit]

Legend
  Nationals win
  Nationals loss
  Postponement
Bold Nationals team member
2011 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Table is sortable.

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Complete offensive statistics are available here.

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
C Wilson Ramos 113 389 48 104 22 1 15 52 .267 0
1B Michael Morse 146 522 73 158 36 0 31 95 .303 2
2B Danny Espinosa 158 573 72 135 29 5 21 66 .236 17
SS Ian Desmond 154 584 65 148 27 5 8 49 .253 25
3B Ryan Zimmerman 101 395 52 114 21 2 12 49 .289 1
LF Laynce Nix 124 324 38 81 15 1 16 44 .250 2
CF Rick Ankiel 122 380 46 91 20 0 9 37 .239 10
RF Jayson Werth 150 561 69 130 26 1 20 58 .232 19
OF Roger Bernadina 91 309 40 75 12 2 7 27 .243 17
3B Jerry Hairston 75 213 25 57 11 1 4 24 .268 2
1B Adam LaRoche 43 151 15 26 4 0 3 15 .172 1
IF Alex Cora 91 156 12 35 6 1 0 6 .224 2
C Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez 44 124 14 27 7 0 2 19 .218 0
1B Chris Marrero 31 109 6 27 5 0 0 10 .248 0
LF Jonny Gomes 43 93 11 19 4 1 3 12 .204 2
UT Brian Bixler 79 83 9 17 1 2 0 2 .205 4
C Jesús Flores 30 86 5 18 6 0 1 2 .253 0
UT Matt Stairs 56 65 4 10 1 0 0 2 .154 0
IF Steve Lombardozzi, Jr. 13 31 3 6 1 0 0 1 .194 0
PH Corey Brown 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P John Lannan 33 57 3 5 0 0 1 5 .088 0
P Liván Hernández 31 46 3 10 1 0 0 7 .217 0
P Jordan Zimmermann 29 43 1 9 1 0 0 3 .209 0
P Jason Marquis 25 42 3 8 1 0 0 3 .190 0
P Tom Gorzelanny 30 28 2 3 0 0 0 1 .107 0
P Ross Detwiler 15 19 0 2 0 0 0 1 .105 0
P Chien-Ming Wang 11 19 0 1 0 0 0 1 .053 0
P Tommy Milone 5 6 1 1 0 0 1 3 .167 0
P Yunesky Maya 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Stephen Strasburg 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Collin Balester 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Brad Peacock 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Tyler Clippard 72 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Cole Kimball 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Sean Burnett 69 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 0
P Henry Rodríguez 59 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Craig Stammen 7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .500 0
P Atahualpa Severino 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Todd Coffey 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Doug Slaten 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Drew Storen 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Ryan Mattheus 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Chad Gaudin 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Brian Broderick 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 161 5441 624 1319 257 22 154 594 .242 38

Pitching[edit]

Table is sortable.

Note: Pos = Position; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Complete pitching statistics are available here.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
SP John Lannan 10 13 3.70 33 33 0 184.2 90 76 76 106
SP Liván Hernández 8 13 4.47 29 29 0 175.1 98 87 46 99
SP Jordan Zimmermann 8 11 3.18 26 26 0 161.1 62 57 31 124
SP Jason Marquis 8 5 3.95 20 20 0 120.2 58 53 39 71
SP Chien-Ming Wang 4 3 4.04 11 11 0 62.1 35 28 13 25
CL Drew Storen 6 3 2.75 73 0 43 75.1 24 23 20 74
RP Tyler Clippard 3 0 1.83 72 0 26 88.1 18 18 26 104
RP Henry Rodríguez 3 3 3.56 59 0 2 65.2 30 26 45 70
RP Todd Coffey 5 1 3.62 69 0 0 59.2 25 24 20 46
RP Sean Burnett 5 5 3.81 69 0 4 56.2 24 24 21 33
Tom Gorzelanny 4 6 4.03 30 15 0 105.0 50 47 33 95
Ross Detwiler 4 5 3.00 15 10 0 66.0 26 22 20 41
Collin Balester 1 4 4.54 23 0 0 35.2 21 18 14 34
Yunesky Maya 1 1 5.23 10 5 0 32.2 19 19 10 15
Ryan Mattheus 2 2 2.81 35 0 0 32.0 11 10 15 12
SP Tommy Milone 1 0 3.81 5 5 0 26.0 11 11 4 15
SP Stephen Strasburg 1 1 1.50 5 5 0 24.0 5 4 2 24
Doug Slaten 0 2 4.41 31 0 0 16.1 10 18 9 13
Cole Kimball 1 0 1.93 12 0 0 14.0 3 3 11 11
Brian Broderick 0 1 6.57 11 0 0 12.1 9 9 3 4
Brad Peacock 2 0 0.75 3 2 0 12.0 1 1 6 4
Craig Stammen 1 1 0.87 7 0 0 10.1 1 1 4 12
Chad Gaudin 1 1 6.48 10 0 0 8.1 10 6 8 10
Atahualpa Severino 1 0 3.86 6 0 0 4.2 2 2 1 7
Totals 80 81 3.58 161 161 49 1449.1 643 577 477 1049

Team leaders[edit]

Qualifying players only.

Batting[edit]

Stat Player Total
Avg. Michael Morse .303
HR Michael Morse 31
RBI Michael Morse 95
R Michael Morse 73
H Michael Morse 158
SB Ian Desmond 25

Pitching[edit]

Stat Player Total
W John Lannan 10
L Liván Hernández
John Lannan
13
13
ERA John Lannan 3.70
SO Jordan Zimmermann 124
SV Drew Storen 43
IP John Lannan 184.2

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Clippard threw three pitches in the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and was its winning pitcher.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Randy Knorr
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Tony Beasley
A Potomac Nationals Carolina League Matthew LeCroy
A Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League Brian Daubach
A-Short Season Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League Gary Cathcart
Rookie GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League Bobby Williams

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The two games on April 17 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.
  2. ^ The two games on July 2 were played as a single-admission doubleheader with attendance counted only for the two games combined.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kowaleski-Wolford, Kristin (December 15, 2010). "D-days officially announce affiliation with Nationals". The Citizen. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Oakland Athletics
  3. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Chicago Cubs
  4. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & New York Yankees
  5. ^ a b baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Milwaukee Brewers
  6. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & San Diego Padres
  7. ^ Steinberg, Dan, "Nats to Fans: 'Expect It'," washingtonpost.com, November 8, 2010, 10:34 a.m., EST.
  8. ^ baseball-reference.com Head-to-Head Records
  9. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Kansas City Royals
  10. ^ a b baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Pittsburgh Pirates
  11. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Cincinnati Reds
  12. ^ baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Arizona Diamondbacks
  13. ^ baseball-reference.com 2011 Washington Nationals Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  14. ^ baseball-reference.com 2011 Washington Nationals
  15. ^ baseball-almanac.com Washington Nationals Attendance Data

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