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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Madden: It’s panic in the owner’s box season in baseball - NY Daily News

Andrew Friedman is not going anywhere.

And what if the Dodgers, with their $300 million payroll, somehow miss the postseason — or if they somehow don’t make it out of the first round despite having Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke pitching Games 1 & 2? If either happens, Don Mattingly will most surely be fired as manager, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will also have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Like why, with all his money and prospect resources, didn’t he adequately address the Dodgers’ biggest needs at the deadline — a frontline starting pitcher a la Price or Hamels, and bullpen help for closer Kenley Jansen, instead settling for mediocrities in Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Jim Johnson? And why didn’t he send struggling rookie Joc Pederson back to Triple-A to work on making hitting adjustments and regaining his confidence instead of continuing to force-feed him, hopelessly overmatched, in the majors? And lastly, what was he thinking giving oft-injured Brandon McCarthy four years and $48 million last winter, and why is $87.5 million of that $300M payroll being paid to guys who no longer play for the Dodgers?


Friday, August 28, 2015

Each season has an autopsy. Here’s an early version for the Nationals. - The Washington Post

Thomas Boswell article reads more like an obituary.

“We do an autopsy on every season after it’s over and also every month. Sometimes I feel like I do it every night,” said General Manager Mike Rizzo, whose Nats still trailed the Mets by 6 1/2 games after Thursday’s win over San Diego. “I always say, ‘In the end, you are your record.’ This August has been my worst month ever” as a general manager.

The Nats’ “end” hasn’t arrived yet. Last year the team got healthy at approximately this juncture in the season and ended on a 33-13 streak. Then, they did it with decreasing September pressure as they pulled away. This year they need a repeat but with increasing pressure each day they don’t gain ground. A different test.
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“We have [star] players who had a combined WAR of 28.5 last year, and this year they are negative . That’s a swing of 29 wins,” said Rizzo, naming nobody but working from some combination of Rendon, Werth, Desmond, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Span, Fister and Strasburg, all down, Rendon by 6.9 wins, Werth by 6.0 (to -1.9) and Fister by 4.6.

“It’s injuries. It’s coming back without your timing and not hitting for a while. It is bad years [for good players]. It’s everything,” Rizzo said. “Twenty-nine lost wins [in player production] — and that’s on the manager ?”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Struggling Nationals Call on Trea Turner | FanGraphs

lthough he was one of the better hitters at both of his minor-league stops this season, it seems as though his bat still has some developing left to do. ZiPS and Steamer forecast him for roughly an 80 wRC+ from here on out. This is more or less what Desmond’s done this year, and falls short of even the most pessimistic rest-of-season projection for Desmond. More than likely, Turner’s not a better player than Desmond is right now. The Nationals are aware of this, which is why Turner’s only received three plate appearances since Friday’s call up. Turner will almost certainly steal a few starts in the coming weeks, but it’s doubtful he’ll usurp Desmond as the team’s primary shortstop.

Still, that’s not to say Turner can’t help the Nationals down the stretch in a part-time role. A plus defensive shortstop with 70 speed doesn’t need to hit all that much to be a successful big leaguer. Look no further than Alcides Escobar, Turner’s top Mahalanobis comp, who’s accumulated a respectable 12 career WAR to date despite his 76 wRC+. Furthermore, Turner’s excellent speed makes him an ideal pinch-running option late in games.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 11:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

With Denard Span back, what do the Nationals do with Michael Taylor? | Nats Insider

I don’t think this will be a problem.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, michael taylor, nationals

Monday, August 24, 2015

MiLB pitcher Josh Wilkie AMA on Reddit

Did you ever pitch high on cannabis? And if so, do you think it made you performance better or worse?

You won’t believe his answer to this question!

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: August 24, 2015 at 03:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marijuana, minor leaguers, nationals, pitching

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Nationals Disaster: Remember When Washington Was Supposed to Be the Best Team in Baseball? «

Ultimately, the story of the 2015 Nats is one of a team that’s had way more things go wrong than go right. Today, every major DL’d player is back and playing except Span, and that means the opportunity is still there for the stars of 2014 to come storming back. The season might look close to doomed, but if there’s any silver lining, maybe it’s this: We were so wrong about them to start the year, why couldn’t we be wrong again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cal Ripken Jr. says he had ‘serious discussions’ about becoming Nats manager - The Washington Post

“Certainly there was an exploration and some conversation about it very early,” Ripken said then. “I came down to a couple Nationals games for different reasons, and the conversation between me and Mike Rizzo, he jokingly said he’s got to replace a manager. So I said, who’s your candidates? And he said, well how about you? And so we kind of explored it on a surface level, but it never got to a serious consideration.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr, managers, nationals

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Harper: Nationals could mess up Mets with Wally Backman hire - NY Daily News

It would certainly shake things up. Whether it would be an improvement is an entirely different question.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, wally backman

Dave Dombrowski in Boston: ‘Things sure changed in a hurry’

The Nationals? That’s very surprising.

Dombrowski, who interviewed three hours last Thursday at the MLB owners’ quarterly meetings with the Red Sox, told USA TODAY Sports that he also had a formal interview with another club, and spoke with a third club. One of the clubs, according to a person familiar with the talks, was the Washington Nationals.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, nationals, red sox

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WTOP.com | 500 days of the boys of summer, or why the Nats need to fire Matt Williams

On Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals will square off in a rubber match with the Los Angeles Dodgers inexplicably sitting in second place in the worst division in baseball, a division they should be winning by 10 games. The day marks the 500th since manager Matt Williams took the reins for his first game, which is a large enough sample to acknowledge what has become painfully obvious: He’s not equipped to manage a team with championship aspirations.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 12, 2015 at 11:33 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dumbass, nationals

Casella: Best MLB Rotations of Past 30 Years

Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL?  Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:13 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, nationals, phillies, roy halladay

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Strasburg reminds everyone what a difference he can make | Nats Insider

The Nationals need more of this Stephen Strasburg.

Nights like this, when Stephen Strasburg takes complete ownership of a baseball game and renders any opposing lineup (no matter the talent within it) helpless, can leave you with mixed emotions.

Yes, this kind of performance — 12 strikeouts, zero walks, one run allowed over seven innings — causes a crowd of 37,115 to rise as one and cheer every third strike and salute the right-hander with a lengthy ovation when he departs the mound for good. But it also causes those same people to turns wistful, to have those “what-if?” feeling crop up and lament what might’ve been had Strasburg been able to do this on a more-regular basis.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen strasburg

Friday, August 07, 2015

Stephen Strasburg will start on Saturday | MLB.com

This isn’t going to help Fister’s free agent value.

Ross has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his each of his first seven starts. On Thursday, Ross pitched six solid innings in an 8-3 victory over the D-Backs.

“He understands if he makes pitches, he has a chance to get them out,” Williams said about Ross. “We’ve seen so far that he doesn’t walk a whole lot of guys and makes you put the ball in play and that’s important. His ball has good late movement … and a good slider to go along with it for strikes when he needs it and out of the zone to get a swing and miss, too.”

Fister, who led the led the Nationals with 16 victories last year, has had it rough in 2015, going 4-7 with 4.60 ERA in 15 starts. He last pitched on Monday against the D-Backs, throwing six innings and allowing five runs and three home runs. A finesse pitcher, Fister had problems keeping the ball down.

“[Fister] wants to pitch,” Williams said. “He’s willing to do whatever he can to help us win. So he was out [in the bullpen] today and he’ll continue to be out there and get innings where we can get him innings. He’s a team guy. He’s ready to pitch at any moment to do whatever he can.

“It’s a difficult task when you’ve been a starter for so long. The opportunities for him will be long. That’s kind of where we see it. It’s never easy but he’s willing to go out there and do what he can to help us win a ballgame.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, nationals, stephen strasburg

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

WaPo: Svrluga - No Relief from Matt Williams Bullpen Handling

Barry Svrluga was the first beat writer covering the Nationals for the Washington Post wayyyyy back in 2005.

But what we learned over the weekend is that the Nats fan base hasn’t flushed October, and if another October rolls around, the manager will be watched — and closely. Maybe it’s part of Washington becoming a baseball town again, because it clearly isn’t enough to be in first place and just turn your attention to Redskins training camp when the baseball team goes awry. And maybe it’s an issue that, with Storen set for the eighth and Papelbon for the ninth, will take care of itself once this team carries leads into the late innings.

Right now, though, that’s not happening. What we remember is what we have seen most recently. And what we have seen most recently brings more questions than answers.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: August 04, 2015 at 07:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usage, nationals, tailspin

Monday, August 03, 2015


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WHAT NATS’ TRADE FOR PAPELBON SAYS ABOUT THEIR FAITH IN STOREN

Of course, they know him best.

If the Nats truly were confident in Storen, they would show it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, nationals

Nationals trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon | MLB.com

Storen reacts like expected. Storen and Papelbon have one thing other thing in common, neither of them are team first players.

Storen didn’t sound like a guy who was happy about the change.

“All I’m going to say is, I’m aware of the move and I’ve talked to Mike about it. I’ve talked to my agent about it,” Storen said. “We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I’ll keep you guys posted.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, jonathan papelbon, nationals

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Thursday, July 23, 2015

WaPo on NYDN on Mets WORST! LOSS! EVER!

A measured response from the New York Daily News.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: July 23, 2015 at 02:19 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: media, mets, nationals, newspapers

Monday, July 13, 2015

The nerd who throws 98: Meet the top prospect who stays true to his gamer roots - Yahoo Sports

Giolito has an interesting background.

From the time he turned 11, Giolito’s life was baseball. Even though he was surrounded by Hollywood – Rick is a golfing buddy with Samuel L. Jackson, and Giolito has a signed Mace Windu purple light saber in his room at home – Giolito gravitated toward pitching. Granted, he had no clue where the ball was going, his freshman and sophomore years in high school peppered with 90-plus-mph radar gun readings and balls bouncing in the dirt. After working with his high school pitching coach, Ethan Katz – now a coach in the Angels organization – Giolito learned how to throw strikes and quickly became the most highly regarded high school pitching prospect in years.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects

Monday, July 06, 2015

Nationals, Astros WPB Spring Training Site Approved

Monday morning, Scott made the change officially official with a bill-signing ceremony held with Nationals and Astros representatives on hand, an acknowledgement of the return of Spring Training baseball to West Palm Beach for the first time since the Braves and Expos left decades ago. That the Astros and Nationals will move to Palm Beach County — if all stays on schedule — means there will be five teams within a 30-minute drive of one another on the east coast of Florida, a good sign for the health of the Grapefruit League, which requires more travel than the Cactus League in Arizona


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Nats to introduce Calvin Coolidge as latest Racing President - The Washington Post

I hope the fans don’t get out of control.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Max effort: Scherzer dominates in 100th win | MLB.com

Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters.

“It’s so hard. It takes luck. You have to be on point. You make mistakes, they have to mishit it,” Scherzer said. “I made a few mistakes early. They hit some balls hard. Fortunately, they were right at people.”

With one out in the sixth inning, however, Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis then broke up the no-hit bid with a double down the right-field line.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays’ Steven Souza hits ‘Little League home run’

Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.

Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”

Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, little league, nationals, rays

Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh, so close: Scherzer inches away from historic performance | MLB.com

He’s even better when not covered in chocolate sauce.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

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