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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MASN: Davey Johnson: “It’s time to get mad”

Why…even Face Palm Santangelo is getting testy!

After tonight’s 2-0 loss to the Cardinals, the Nats have now lost eight of their last 11 games, and Johnson is starting to get fed up with what he’s seeing.

“I’m usually pretty patient, but I’m getting to my rope’s end,” Johnson said. “The effort’s there, but we’re just not getting it done. We’ve got the players who can get it done, we’re just not getting it done. It’s time to get a little mad.

“I mean, you’ve got to tip your hat to (Adam) Wainwright, he pitched a heck of a ballgame, but we’re not centering up, we’re not giving as good of at-bats as we’re capable of. What’s it been, about a week. We’ve been real quiet offensively.”

...Expect Steve Lombardozzi to find his way into the lineup in the series finale against the Cardinals. With a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning tonight, Lombardozzi improved his average to .357 (10-for-28) this season and he’s now 3-for-5 in pinch-hit opportunities.

Adam LaRoche is one of the Nats struggling most right now. Mired in an 0-for-10 slump that includes seven strikeouts (four of which came tonight, giving LaRoche the dreaded “Golden Sombrero”), LaRoche is hitting .172 on the season. Second baseman Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 tonight, dropping his average to .167.

“When it rains, it pours,” Johnson said. “When you sometimes go into a little funk, it’s magnified. And the way I read this ballclub, it’s probably more everybody’s trying to do something, trying to do maybe a little too much instead of just doing what’s there. Hitting the ball hard somewhere. Get on base. Get some momentum going. But it’s frustrating.”

Repoz Posted: April 24, 2013 at 04:57 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Belfry Bob Posted: April 24, 2013 at 07:34 AM (#4424180)
Lombardozzi will fix things.
   2. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: April 24, 2013 at 07:49 AM (#4424184)
You know who's not struggling? Bryce Harper. Holy Moly is he great!
   3. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:07 AM (#4424192)
Harper has been amazing. It shire would e nice to did any other source of offense though.
   4. Lassus Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:07 AM (#4424193)
Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
   5. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:10 AM (#4424196)
“When it rains, it pours,” Johnson said. “When you sometimes go into a little funk, it’s magnified."


What a weird wuss.
   6. DA Baracus Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:11 AM (#4424197)
How was this not tagged with "Natitude."
   7. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:17 AM (#4424203)
Would cloning Bryce Harper 8 times be considered a form a P.E.D. use?
   8. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:36 AM (#4424251)
We all go a little mad sometimes.
   9. The Good Face Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:45 AM (#4424263)
You know who's not struggling? Bryce Harper. Holy Moly is he great!


I have no interest in or connection to the Nationals, but I check their box score every night just to see what Harper is doing. I know at some point he's going to cool off, but what a talent he is. I hope he goes to FA following his age 24 season just to see what kind of contract he'd wind up with. 12/$360M? More?
   10. Dan Evensen Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:51 AM (#4424268)
I like Lombardozzi, and would be happy to see him enter the starting lineup.

Harper is amazing, and looks even better given the teams the Nats have faced so far and the park factor.

I wonder if Tyler Moore will start at 1B tonight (tomorrow morning for me). Of course, his unimpressive .158/.158/.263 with 9 Ks in 19 PAs this season doesn't look much better than LaRoche has.
   11. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:52 AM (#4424269)
I have no interest in or connection to the Nationals, but I check their box score every night just to see what Harper is doing


Falling five games back in the division. HTH!
   12. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:58 AM (#4424274)
I like Lombardozzi, and would be happy to see him enter the starting lineup.

Same here. Unlike Danny Espinosa, he doesn't harbor delusions that he's Babe Ruth, taking wild home run swings on every two strike count and missing by a mile.

I also think Espinosa's defense is overstated by a lot of Nats fans. If he's such a great defensive player, how come he's not at shortstop instead of Desmond?
   13. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM (#4424278)
Falling five games back in the division. HTH!


Hail To Harper?
   14. JJ1986 Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM (#4424280)
If he's such a great defensive player, how come he's not at shortstop instead of Desmond?


Desmond is much taller. Guys his height almost never play 2B.
   15. Brian Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM (#4424334)
I agree with JJ1986. I heard an interview with Mike Russo a few years ago where he basically said this. They loved Espinosa's defense at both spots but Desmond kind of fit the mold and reminded him of Jeter. He just looked the part. Espinosa certainly looked good at shortstop last year filling in when Desmond was injured.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM (#4424340)
Does this mean "Past a diving Desmond" is the new "Past a diving Jeter"?

Only four mentions so far.

May 4, 2010
March 30, 2012
May 15, 2012
September 11, 2012
   17. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4424413)
“I’m usually pretty patient, but I’m getting to my rope’s end,” Johnson said. “The effort’s there, but we’re just not getting it done. We’ve got the players who can get it done, we’re just not getting it done. It’s time to get a little mad."


This quote could be a direct lift from 1987, '89 or '90.
   18. zachtoma Posted: April 24, 2013 at 01:07 PM (#4424530)
Don't worry, Nats! Remember what you said last fall, this team is guaranteed to make the playoffs for years and years to come! They don't start until October, so that's plenty of time to shake off the rust.
   19. Steve Treder Posted: April 24, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4424542)
I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us ... very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad.
   20. Natty Fan Posted: April 24, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4424568)
#18 - We used to hear how crappy the Nats org was. Now we see active schadenfreude from fans of other teams. Frankly, I'm enjoying it.
   21. GuyM Posted: April 24, 2013 at 05:34 PM (#4425025)
Desmond is much taller. Guys his height almost never play 2B.

Interesting observation. I wouldn't have guessed there was much difference in height between the positions. But since WWII, 33% of SS have been over 6' (6-1 or more) compared to just 18% of 2B. And there have been 10 SS who were 6-3 or taller, compared to just 1 2B. (min 2000 PA for all)
   22. Steve Treder Posted: April 24, 2013 at 05:59 PM (#4425047)
Interesting observation. I wouldn't have guessed there was much difference in height between the positions. But since WWII, 33% of SS have been over 6' (6-1 or more) compared to just 18% of 2B. And there have been 10 SS who were 6-3 or taller, compared to just 1 2B. (min 2000 PA for all)

I think the logic has been that the 2B has to be able to turn to DP pivot with his back to the baserunner and then get the hell out of the way, and it's a lot easier to be agile enough to do that when you aren't a real tall guy.

The strangest case ever was the 1953 Pirates, deploying 6-foot-6-inch, 200-pound Dick Hall (yes, the one who would later become a star relief pitcher) as their regular second baseman for the final week of the season. That must have been extremely interesting to watch.
   23. AROM Posted: April 24, 2013 at 06:03 PM (#4425058)
"Desmond kind of fit the mold and reminded him of Jeter."

This is supposed to be a good thing?
   24. Brian Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:35 PM (#4425183)
Hey, don't knock picking your players by who has The Good Face. I think the Nat's are pretty happy so far.
   25. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM (#4425271)
“I mean, you’ve got to tip your hat to (Adam) Wainwright, he pitched a heck of a ballgame, but we’re not centering up,...


What could this possibly mean?
   26. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM (#4425314)
We're not getting the center of our bats on the ball. We being the Nats, not BTF readers, of course.
   27. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM (#4425343)
Ah. I am enlightened. Thank you.
   28. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: April 25, 2013 at 03:35 AM (#4425368)
Interesting observation. I wouldn't have guessed there was much difference in height between the positions. But since WWII, 33% of SS have been over 6' (6-1 or more) compared to just 18% of 2B. And there have been 10 SS who were 6-3 or taller, compared to just 1 2B. (min 2000 PA for all)


The biggest argument against Matt Carpenter (6'3") as a second baseman, for years, was "he's too tall to be a 2B". He was drafted as a SS, but was pretty much exclusively seen as a 3B/OF in the minors. This is one of the reasons that the experiment is so fascinating.
   29. Lassus Posted: April 25, 2013 at 08:51 AM (#4425397)
When you're behind the Mets in the standings, "mad" hardly seems sufficient.

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