I think the team brain-trust has been very concerned recently about the bull-pen. In my opinion. THAT is the Nat’s weakest link right now, and is the main reason for the decision to put Detwiler in that key group. He has what is needed for that role, experience and high heat. He also brings the pen a second lefty as well as the ability to play a variety of roles from long-relief as well as possibly closing a game or two.
The way I see it right now, six of the seven bull-pen spots are set. Here are my picks for those six: Soriano, Storen, Clippard (photo above), Detwiler, Blevins and Stammen. Unfortunately only two of this group have put up good numbers in spring training thus far: Blevins and Clippard. Soriano, the nominal “closer,” has looked like anything but that! The same goes for Drew Storen, the very effective closer a couple of years ago. So the chances are good that we may see Clippard closing games soon.
So, are you wondering who has the inside track on the remaining bull-pen slot? Glad you asked:) Aaron Barrett. Aaron was the closer last year for the Harrisburg Senators, the Nats’ AA team. He had a great season in that role. He also played in the Arizona Fall league for the team Matt Williams managed! A look at the outstanding numbers Aaron has put up this Spring, and I expect to see him throw an inning in today’s game; it will be televised:) The team brain-trust is talking a lot among themselves about this guy, trust me!
p.s. Click here to read about Clippard and the bobblehead campaign.