Friday, April 25, 2014

Our Hero

I don't care if this is true or not, but I'm glad he is staying topical.  I'll be looking to match up with him next month.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Soriano's best inning as a Nat... Great work from Storen an Clippard...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Errors

The Nats should easily have 5 through the first four innings of this game!  It looks like lack of concentration.  If Zimmerman wasn't down, you could easily see giving Desmond a series off to clear his head.  He's become a mess out there.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Testing the Transfer Rule

So Saturday night, Nate McLouth became the first Nats victim of the transfer rule. I could not find video of the play, but to cue the scene, Braves have runners on first and second with one out when Andrelton Simmons hits a loopy fly ball to right. McLouth senses the runner on second may tag so he positions himself to throw and catches the ball. As he swings his glove back to his cocked throwing hand, the ball slips out and falls to the ground. The runners move up and everyone is ruled safe. The Nats, having already used their challenge, had no recourse, and with Angel Hernandez involved, no real hope.

As Dave Cameron at Fangraphs wrote, Nate is not the first foiled by the new rule intended to improve the judgment mechanics on double play attempts. He certainly will not be the last, nor will the Nats be the team most grotesquely screwed over by the rule change. Watching the McLouth play a half dozen times, it is understandable how MLB could feel the transfer rule applies fairly to both infield and outfield scenarios. However, let me repaint the picture:

Braves have runners on first and second with one out when Andrelton Simmons hits a loopy fly ball to left. Harper charges and secures the ball in his glove. He takes a step or two towards the infield and sees an opportunity to end the inning. As he begins the motion to transfer the ball to his throwing hands- "OOPS! I dropped it!" Harper quickly regathers and fires a seed into Rendon at third to nail the lead runner. Evan Gattis, struggling from a rough hangover from the evening before, can't figure out why Doug Descenzo is flailing his arms on third base, Rendon flips the ball to second and the rally is wiped out.

The samples collected by Fangraphs show the a slew of the bizarre effects the rule can have, and the umpires are not too keen on change and replay, so we certainly have not seen the end of this.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Return of the Don

After 3 years on the sideline watching Nationals Baseball, something that I had likened many things, none of which had positive connotations, I feel that it is time to get back in the game.  Work looks to be more flexible and I have few toys at my disposal.

So much has changed since I last fired up the blogger machine.  Hell, Blogger got bought out by gmail.  One thing is for certain, though... I will no longer have the crutch of mocking the tragic failings of a woebegone franchise.  Things run like a German train system now.  Informed decisions pan out.  In order to put together an informative blog worth reading, research will have to be conducted, regular articles written.

Now that the expectations are higher and more local and national coverage is being dedicated to the Nats, it may take a few weeks to find a niche.  In the meantime, I'll throw up some general sports stuff to tie in and hone the writing craft.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Technology... evolution

Four people have viewed this page this month with their Nintendo Wii. I find this information quite relevant.

The Nats start their annual trivial Parkway crapfest with the Orioles this weekend. This will allow the Mid-Atlantic region, via the power of MASN-HD extended coverage of Matt Stairs, likely serving as the designated hitter. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Juiced Guns

Last night I caught Drew Storen's 9th inning. Very solid. What surprised me most though were the velocities the radar was throwing out. 97, 98, 97, 100! I was curious and went to Pitch f/x to consult.

Storen has been throwing rockets, but last night he topped out at 97, mostly sitting around 95. I guess we can add Turner field to the long list of juiced radar guns (see, Great American Ballpark). I like that he can reach back and find that extra juice (even though it got hit 390 feet), but Storen isn't the second coming of Billy Wagner... yet.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gaudin and Gorzelanny...

So different, yet so much alike. Both can show you the stuff to get out of any situation with electric stuff, and both can walk the bases loaded on twelve straight pitches. Interesting that Rizzo added these two in the same offseason. The odd thing is that I have always thought both of these guys were on the cusp of becoming good, regular pitchers. Now the expectations for Tom Gorzelanny is to be better than Daniel Cabrera, and while Chad Gaudin could be this year's Clay Hensley, he could also be Brian Bruney. But at least we know they won't be putting pressure on the young middle of the infield.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tough Way to Start the Season

In years past, the Nats' pitching has always done them in. Losing 8-5 (or 14-2, like last season's opening series against Philly) was more the rule than the exception. While watching Derek Lowe channel his inner Roy Halladay wasn't particularly encouraging, it's nice to see that Livan has yet to turn into a pumpkin.

Desmond probably will not last in the leadoff spot. Not sure who's job that should be at this point, but putting a fast runner at the top of the lineup should not be required. The moneyball A's ran Jeremy Giambi, quite possibly the slowest player in the league at the time, out of the top slot and the world continued to rotate and the A's won 100 games. Johnny Damon didn't handle the Coliseum, and Desmond still doesn't have the pitch IQ. If Ramos can get on base, slot him one. If Morse has the hot bat, let him lead off. Maybe the job is Espinosa's in the long run, but his 100 at bat resume leaves much to be desired. Hitting Werth second is a great adjustment; don't feel everything else has to be conventional.