I expect Matt Williams and Jonathan Papelbon to be gone very soon after the season ends. One pretty good un-employed manager out there now is Bud Black (recently let go by the Padres), but I don’t know him well enough to say the Nats should go get him.
I considered not doing this blog any longer when Mike Rizzo acquired Pap, because it showed me he no longer had any clue what the Nats needed and had really lost his way. He has not put together anything near an effective bullpen. For that alone I think the Nats also need a new GM. Not keeping RZimm or Span are 2 more bad decisions.
If the Nats can afford Scherzer then they can afford RZimm too. They should also make Span an offer for a 1 or 2 year contract. RZim’s health is a big concern but they won’t part with him, he’s just too good when healthy!
The Nats offense is just too inconsistent to keep hitting coach Schu. Have the new manager bring a replacement.
Behind the plate both catchers are pretty good and I don’t see any better ones becoming available. But if a better one does appear on the market the Nats should try to get him.
Readers already know I thought the Papelbon trade would turn out badly (see several previous posts). His ridiculous beaning of Machado in the recent Orioles game and now attacking Bryce Harper in the dugout today will hopefully bring Mike Rizzo to his senses. It is time to end the “Pap-smear.” He has shown repeatedly over the years that he is an “it’s all about ME” player who doesn’t belong in the Nats clubhouse.
Acquiring “Pap” was a bad mistake from the get-go. They needed a set-up pitcher, not another closer.
The Lerners need to step up to the plate and get rid of Rizzo, Matt Williams, and Papelbon the day after the end of the season.
Craig Stammen says “every year there are one or two games that make me cry all night.” Craig (one of the stalwarts of the Nats bull-pen over the years) has been out all year due to injury. He (and Tyler Clippard) have been much-missed all this long season!
I’ve got to say,……….the Mets are a very good team, and are fun to watch. They fight til the “Fat lady sings.” When a team can come back from a late-inning deficit night after night one knows that he/she is watching a team that ought to be playing in October.
Jonathan Papellbon came through last night (as did Mikey Taylor)! After the game he gently chided Nats fans who had not been standing up as he and his teammates pulling victory from ______________you-know-what:)
It would be tempting (after kicking the Braves’ butts last night) to imagine the 2015 Nats are rounding the final turn into the home-stretch of this season about the grab the division title away from the NY Mets. But after handing the Cardinals 2 out of the last 3 games (when they could have easily won both) most of the Nats fans would probably still bet on the Mets:)
The Nats bats are most likely still smoldering and smoking this morning after exploding last night. Ryan Zimmerman now has 71 RBIs in the approximately 95 games he has played this year (which projects out to about 121 for a full season). He is one of the hottest batters in baseball right now.
Bryce Harper, batting just before RZimm, wisely didn’t swing at any bad pitches and managed to walk every time he came to bat! He scored all 4 times. Bryce is only the 4th player SINCE 1914 (!) to score 4 runs with NO OFFICIAL AT-BATS in a game. Put that in your pipe and smoke it:) He saw 20 pitches and did not swing at a single one!
The rest of the team brought their A-game also. Rookie Trea Turner even got his first major-league hit! Pretty good after flying home from St. Louis in the middle of the night and getting to bed around 6am before the game.
Tom Boswell has produced another masterpiece in today’s Washington Post. No way will I try to compete with his portrayal of the situation the Nationals are in. And he did leave Nats fans with a glimmer of hope in which Jason Werth reveals how the Phillies were in dire straights in 2007-8. Check it out for yourself:)
Can the Mets still choke? Sure, but they are gaining on the third best team in the National League right now.
Though the Nats won last night (August 22) their mathematical odds of making the playoffs got worse. That may seem counter-intuitive, but it is due to the Mets also winning and the number of remaining games decreasing by one.
Both teams have easy schedules for the remainder of the season. That’s a non-mathematical reason working against the Nats making the playoffs:)
Anthony Rendon is starting to get the timing and flow of hitting back! Today and yesterday he had great at-bats, he was grinding them out, seeing a lot of pitches! He did the same today, patiently looking for a good pitch to hit and not swinging at bad ones.
Jason Werth and Willy Ramos are getting more good at bats now too. The homer Ramos hit today was mammoth!
I’m puzzled however over why the team called up Trea Turner and they haven’t put him in the starting lineup at least once! That is not good managing; the kid has been starting in the minors for most of the year and now he is in the Nats dugout, but only getting an at-bat here or there. If that is all there are going to let him do, they should send him back to Syracuse where he can play every day and stay sharp. Matt Williams ought to know better.
I hope Rendon stays at 3B. He is way better there than Escobar. Put him at 2B.
A couple of nights ago, I happened to be watching as an unknown Oriole hit his walk-off home-run to beat the NY Mets. Then I switched back to the Nats-Rockies game in time to catch the Nats late rally to win their second in a row. Thus the Nats gained a game on the Mets.
Today the Nats are 4 games behind. They start a home-stand against some weaker teams and time is fast running out for the curly Ws. Denard Span might return soon. “Tony Two-bags” might start hitting.
And Scherzer might start pitching.
Who knows, MW might even be manazging next year.
Every reliever has a bad night once in a while, and it has been a very long time since something like last night happened to Drew Storen. When the “slammer” was hit in the 8th inning, the Nats had 2 innings left for their offense to just score a run or two. The Mets came back from deficits three times last night, but the Nats hitters could not muster even one comeback. A rookie struck out Bryce Harper to end the game.
The Nats chances of making the playoffs have taken a BIG hit in the past 8 games!