Most of you likely saw this in today’s Post already, but any mention of Tyler Clippard returning to the Nats “pen” calls for at least a brief comment:) After the bull-pen melt-down in Cincy, which included the first bad outing by Clip’s replacement Casey Janssen, most Nats fans are concerned, to say the least. Some shuffling of the “deck” has already occurrred. The article pointed out that if Oakland doesn’t start winning more games soon, they may be “sellers” at the July 31 trade deadline. And given that the Athletics have a history of many trades with Washington, it would not surprise many if Clippard returns to the Nats come July 31.
I heard talk of the following on MLB talk radio this morning: Wilson Ramos mentioned in an interview with 106.7 “The fan” radio that before the last game in Cincy (in which Joey Votto was hit by a pitch from Tanner Roark) the Nats had discussed exacting some retribution for the Reds pitchers hitting Gio twice and Bryce once in the previous two games. I hope this doesn’t result in a suspension or fine for the Nationals.