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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Washington Post: Tom Boswell: Nationals, Mets Take Far Different Approaches In Care Of Young Arms

Boz examines pitching philosophies:

The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?

Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WaPo: Could Daniel Murphy Hit .400?

Realistically, the answer is “no, of course not.” But my God what an unexpectedly great signing for the Nationals. 2.5 WAR already and the season is only 1/3rd over.

PHILADELPHIA — Read the headline. Shake your head. Dismiss the notion. Could Daniel Murphy hit .400? Of course not, silly. What a preposterous notion. As crazy as, for example, as the third second baseman the Washington Nationals pursued this offseason turning into the one of the 10 best players in the National League by Wins Above Replacement? No, not quite that crazy. But would you have believed Murphy would be doing this, either?

Murphy will wake up the day after Memorial Day hitting .395 — 40 points higher than the next closest big leaguer. He has hit safely twice in more than half the games he has played. Assuming a few days off over the rest of the season, he is on pace for more than 230 hits. A player has finished a major league season with 230 hits or more 36 times. Those players include Ichiro Suzuki, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby and a few other no-names like that.

Esoteric Posted: May 31, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 43 comment(s)
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