2008 Washington Nationals season

2008 Washington Nationals season

The Washington Nationals' 2008 season was the fourth season for the franchise in the District of Columbia, and the 40th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, in 1969. It also marked the first season the Nationals played at Nationals Park.

Regular season

March


The Nationals opened the 2008 MLB season by hosting the Atlanta Braves in a nationally-televised night game on March 30, 2008. It was the first professional regular-season game to be played at the Nationals' new facility Nationals Park. President George W. Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch to Nationals' manager Manny Acta, and Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to mark an exciting beginning to the 2008 season. The Nationals also blew out the Phillies 11-6.

April

The Nationals clinched the series against the Phillies, winning 1-0. However, the Nationals struggled after a promising 3-0 start, losing 16 of their next 19 games to start off 6-16. They improved for the rest of the month, earning splits at Atlanta and at home against the Mets, and winning series against the Braves and the Pirates. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at Nationals Park in front of 47,000 people on April 17.

May

The Nats started May winning 3 of the first 4 games of the month, earning them a 14-18 record, but lost 2 of 3 at Houston and were swept by the Florida Marlins at home. Then they took 3 of 4 against the struggling Mets at Shea Stadium, but in the first Beltway Series of 2008 they were nipped by the Orioles at Baltimore and lost two of three against the high-powered Phillies' offense. They split a series two games apiece against the Brewers and lost a series to the Padres. The Nats then beat up on the Diamondbacks in the first game of a series.

June

July

August

September

The team finished 59-102, the worst record in Major League Baseball. Six of the team's coaches were dismissed the day before the final game (a loss to the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies); only manager Manny Acta and pitching coach Randy St. Clair were retained.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 92 70 .568 48–33 44–37
New York Mets 89 73 .549 3 48–33 41–40
Florida Marlins 84 77 .522 45–36 39–41
Atlanta Braves 72 90 .444 20 43–38 29–52
Washington Nationals 59 102 .366 32½ 34–46 25–56

Record vs. opponents

Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WAS AL
Diamondbacks 3-5 2-4 2-4 15-3 2-7 4-2 8-10 2-5 3-3 3-4 4-3 10-8 11-7 3-4 4-2 6-9
Braves 5-3 0-6 3-3 4-3 10-8 3-3 4-2 3-6 11-7 4-14 2-5 5-1 2-5 2-5 6-12 8-7
Cubs 4-2 6-0 8-7 5-1 4-3 8-9 5-2 9-7 4-2 3-4 14-4 5-2 4-3 9-6 3-3 6-9
Reds 4-2 3-3 7-8 1-5 6-2 3-12 1-7 10-8 3-4 3-5 6-9 4-3 5-1 5-10 4-3 9-6
Rockies 3-15 3-4 1-5 5-1 5-3 3-3 8-10 4-3 3-6 0-5 5-2 9-9 11-7 3-4 4-3 7-8
Marlins 7-2 8-10 3-4 2-6 3-5 4-2 3-4 5-1 8-10 10-8 3-2 4-2 3-3 2-5 14-3 5-10
Astros 2-4 3-3 9-8 12-3 3-3 2-4 4-3 7-8 5-2 3-4 8-8 3-3 7-1 7-8 4-2 7-11
Dodgers 10-8 2-4 2-5 7-1 10-8 4-3 3-4 4-2 3-4 4-4 5-2 11-7 9-9 2-4 3-3 5-10
Brewers 5-2 6-3 7-9 8-10 3-4 1-5 8-7 2-4 2-4 1-5 14-1 4-3 6-0 10-5 6-2 7-8
Mets 3-3 7-11 2-4 4-3 6-3 10-8 2-5 4-3 4-2 11-7 4-3 2-5 5-1 4-3 12-6 9-6
Phillies 4-3 14-4 4-3 5-3 5-0 8-10 4-3 4-4 5-1 7-11 4-2 4-2 3-3 5-4 12-6 4-11
Pirates 3-4 5-2 4-14 9-6 2-5 2-3 8-8 2-5 1-14 3-4 2-4 3-4 4-2 10-7 3-4 6-9
Padres 8-10 1-5 2-5 3-4 9-9 2-4 3-3 7-11 3-4 5-2 2-4 4-3 5-13 1-6 5-1 3-15
Giants 7-11 5-2 3-4 1-5 7-11 3-3 1-7 9-9 0-6 1-5 3-3 2-4 13-5 4-3 7-0 6-12
Cardinals 4-3 5-2 6-9 10-5 4-3 5-2 8-7 4-2 5-10 3-4 4-5 7-10 6-1 3-4 5-1 7-8
Nationals 2-4 12-6 3-3 3-4 3-4 3-14 2-4 3-3 2-6 6-12 6-12 4-3 1-5 0-7 1-5 8-10
AL 9-6 7-8 9-6 6-9 8-7 10-5 11-7 10-5 8-7 6-9 11-4 9-6 15-3 12-6 8-7 10-8

As of September 28, 2008.


Roster

2008 Washington Nationals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Game log

2008 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Note: 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

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Harris, WillieWillie Harris 140 367 28 92 14 4 13 43 .251 13
Milledge, LastingsLastings Milledge 138 523 65 140 24 2 14 61 .268 24
Guzman, ChristianChristian Guzman 138 579 77 183 35 5 9 55 .316 6
Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman 106 428 51 121 24 1 14 51 .283 1
Boone, AaronAaron Boone 104 232 23 56 13 1 6 28 .241 0
López, FelipeFelipe López 100 325 34 76 20 0 2 25 .234 4
Belliard, RonnieRonnie Belliard 96 296 37 85 22 0 11 46 .287 3
Flores, JesusJesus Flores 90 301 23 77 18 1 8 59 .256 0
Kearns, AustinAustin Kearns 86 313 40 68 10 0 7 32 .217 2
Dukes, ElijahElijah Dukes 81 276 48 73 16 2 13 44 .264 13
Langerhans, RyanRyan Langerhans 73 111 17 26 5 2 3 12 .234 2
Rivera, SaulSaul Rivera 72 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Nieves, WilWil Nieves 68 176 15 46 9 1 1 20 .261 0
Casto, KoryKory Casto 66 163 15 35 10 0 2 16 .215 1
Hanrahan, JoelJoel Hanrahan 65 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Mo Pena, WilyWily Mo Pena 64 195 10 40 6 0 2 10 .205 0
Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala 60 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Colome, JesusJesus Colome 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Manning, CharlieCharlie Manning 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Young, DmitriDmitri Young 50 150 15 42 6 0 4 10 .280 0
Orr, PetePete Orr 49 75 10 19 2 1 0 7 .253 1
Lo Duca, PaulPaul Lo Duca 46 139 13 32 7 0 0 12 .230 1
Rauch, JonJon Rauch 44 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Bonifacio, EmilioEmilio Bonifacio 41 157 26 39 5 5 0 12 .248 6
Shell, StevenSteven Shell 39 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Johnson, NickNick Johnson 38 109 15 24 8 0 5 20 .220 0
Mackowiak, RobRob Mackowiak 38 53 7 7 1 0 1 4 .132 0
Redding, TimTim Redding 34 47 2 8 1 0 0 3 .170 0
Perez, OdalisOdalis Perez 30 53 4 8 2 0 0 2 .151 0
Lannan, JohnJohn Lannan 29 45 0 1 0 0 0 0 .022 0
Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann 29 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Hernandez, AndersonAnderson Hernandez 28 81 11 27 4 0 0 17 .333 0
Mock, GarrettGarrett Mock 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Bernadina, RogerRoger Bernadina 26 76 10 16 1 1 0 2 .211 4
Estrada, JohnnyJohnny Estrada 23 53 0 9 0 0 0 4 .170 0
González, AlbertoAlberto González 17 49 9 17 6 0 1 9 .347 0
Balester, CollinCollin Balester 15 15 1 3 0 0 0 1 .200 0
Hinckley, MikeMike Hinckley 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
King, RayRay King 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Estrada, MarcoMarco Estrada 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Chico, MattMatt Chico 10 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 .154 0
Montz, LukeLuke Montz 10 21 2 3 0 0 1 3 .143 0
Sanches, BrianBrian Sanches 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Hill, ShawnShawn Hill 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Speigner, LevaleLevale Speigner 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Cordero, ChadChad Cordero 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Martis, ShaironShairon Martis 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
O'Connor, MikeMike O'Connor 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Schroder, ChrisChris Schroder 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 0
Totals 161 5491 641 1376 269 26 117 608 .251 81

Pitching

Note: 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

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Redding, TimTim Redding 10 11 4.95 33 33 0 182.0 110 100 65 120
Lannan, JohnJohn Lannan 9 15 3.91 31 31 0 182.0 89 79 72 117
Perez, OdalisOdalis Perez 7 12 4.34 30 30 0 159.2 87 77 55 119
Hanrahan, JoelJoel Hanrahan 6 3 3.95 69 0 9 84.1 40 37 42 93
Rivera, SaulSaul Rivera 5 6 3.96 76 0 0 84.0 41 37 35 65
Rauch, JonJon Rauch 4 2 2.98 48 0 17 48.1 18 16 7 44
Balester, CollinCollin Balester 3 7 5.51 15 15 0 80.0 53 49 28 50
Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann 2 11 5.09 30 22 0 139.2 94 79 47 96
Shell, StevenSteven Shell 2 2 2.16 39 0 2 50.0 14 12 20 41
Sanches, BrianBrian Sanches 2 0 7.36 12 0 0 11.1 10 9 5 10
Colome, JesusJesus Colome 2 2 4.31 61 0 0 71.0 38 34 39 55
Clippard, TylerTyler Clippard 1 1 4.35 2 2 0 10.1 5 5 7 8
Manning, CharlieCharlie Manning 1 3 5.14 57 0 0 42.0 25 24 31 37
Mock, GarrettGarrett Mock 1 3 4.17 26 3 0 41.0 20 19 23 46
Martis, ShaironShairon Martis 1 3 5.66 5 4 0 20.2 14 13 12 23
O'Connor, MikeMike O'Connor 1 1 13.00 5 1 0 9.0 13 13 11 4
Hill, ShawnShawn Hill 1 5 5.83 12 12 0 63.1 47 41 23 39
Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala 1 8 5.77 62 0 0 57.2 41 37 22 36
Estrada, MarcoMarco Estrada 0 0 7.82 11 0 0 12.2 13 11 5 10
King, RayRay King 0 0 5.68 12 0 0 6.1 4 4 4 1
Speigner, LevaleLevale Speigner 0 1 11.25 7 0 0 8.0 10 10 6 1
Schroder, ChrisChris Schroder 0 0 5.4 4 0 0 5.0 3 3 6 3
Chico, MattMatt Chico 0 6 6.19 11 8 0 48.0 34 34 17 31
Cordero, ChadChad Cordero 0 0 2.08 6 0 0 4.1 1 1 3 5
Hinckley, MikeMike Hinckley 0 0 0.00 14 0 0 13.2 1 0 3 9
Totals 59 102 4.66 161 161 28 1434.0 825 742 588 1063

Washington's Top 20 Prospects

1. Chris Marrero, 1B/OF
2. Ross Detwiler, LHP
3. Collin Balester, RHP
4. Michael Burgess, OF
5. Jack McGeary, LHP
6. Josh Smoker, LHP
7. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
8. Justin Maxwell, OF
9. Colton Willems, RHP
10. John Lannan, LHP (not really a prospect since he's with the major league club now)
11. Jake Smolinski, OF
12. Tyler Clippard, RHP
13. Adam Carr, RHP
14. Ian Desmond, SS
15. Garrett Mock, RHP
16. Stephen King, SS
17. Esmailyn Gonzalez, SS
18. Shairon Martis, RHP
19. Brad Peacock, RHP
20. Kory Casto, OF/3B


Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Tim Foli
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League John Stearns
A Potomac Nationals Carolina League Randy Knorr
A Hagerstown Suns South Atlantic League Darnell Coles
Short-Season A Vermont Lake Monsters New York–Penn League Ramón Avilés
Rookie GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League Bob Henley

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Potomac

References

  • 2008 Washington Nationals season at Baseball Reference