I'm sure he is frustrated by Washington's lack of playoff success. But he also knows that his poor first half hurt the Nationals' chances of getting in this year. He also knows the Nats still have the best starting pitcher in the game in Scherzer. There are reasons to stay.
I don't see anything wrong with a bunt single once in a while. Or several in an inning to make a defense think a bit about overshifting. The glut of different pitches (and pitchers) certainly is a factor but you often see just as many strikeouts early in the game as you do late.
Poncedeleon, maybe even Gomber. Hudson will stay there.
It doesn't seem that hard, does it, especially when not all the pitchers are able to throw the ball to where the defense is aligned?.
The extra off days favor the team with less starting pitching depth, just the opposite of how they got there in the first place. I understand a West Coast team playing an East Cost team in the playoffs creates some travel issues, but TV has a hand in this, too.
Point taken. But he was hitting .248 and not playing all that great in center field either. He's in a better place now.
Both of those philosophies have merit. The Cardinals were willing to trade four players for either Stanton or Ozuna. The latter might have been a crackerjack move except for Ozuna's shoulder, which limited him to having just a "good" year rather than the monster year the Cardinals were seeking. Now, you have a way to do it the other way and have Ozuna, too.
I'm not sure we're talking about defensive fundamentals here as much as we're talking about baserunning and moving runners along. However, the playing fields are in much better shape than they were many years ago and there are fewer bad hops for fielders to endure.
You would have to have them on artificial turf, though, before they could run away with it.
That outfield does not thrill me unless there is a big upgrade offensively at some infield position.
Teams aren't hiring that "old school" type of GM anymore. More likely Ivy League guys or fellows with statistical backgrounds. .
Hadn't considered that Harvey situation but food for thought. TLR didn't have much choice, though. The only starter he trusted was Carpenter.
Always a chance, but he hasn't pitched in 15 years and he's 39 years old.
You could do that but on a team that has little lefthanded power, you would have none if he was dealt. Eighty-one RBIs is quite a feat for a leadoff man, by the way. Lorenzo Cain had 38 during the regular season, as an example.
That would be quite a coup but the Cubs might beat them to the punch by picking up his $20 million or so option.
No "openers" here. But who's the closer?
Good outfielder with power. Undisciplined hitter who strikes out too much. But he still can be a player. Needs another year at Triple-A, though. Not sure why they wasted his time having him here when he never played.
Stations are apparently cutting back on their freelance talent. Using the term "talent," in its loosest sense, in my case.
Absolutely no need for another righthanded-hitting outfielder.