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Highlights from today’s live BP session

Feb 27, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

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Bryce Harper faced Drew Storen in live BP this afternoon.

VIERA, Fla. — Oh yeah, today's workout. Despite all the attention lavished upon Ryan Zimmerman and his new contract, there were 51 other players whose highlight of the day was not a formal news conference but a three-hour workout on the back fields behind Space Coast Stadium.

Today marked the first sessions of live batting practice this spring. For the uninitiated, these feature members of the pitching staff throwing what would normally be their bullpen sessions on the actual mound, with a batter at the plate free to swing away.

It's not exactly like a real game situation — there's an "L" screen in front of the mound to protect pitchers from comebackers, and the large cage surrounding the batter's box — but it does provide the closest thing to real one-on-one competition as these guys have seen since last fall.

There was major anticipation heading into today's workout because of the possibility of Stephen Strasburg facing Bryce Harper in the live BP session to end all live BP sessions. Sadly, Harper wound up in the wrongRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    If Morse produces 40 plus homers 120 walks 120 RBI and 100 runs and a .300+ average and a bRAA between 40-50 or higher he becomes a very valuable commodity. Morse looks like he is ready to start where he left off …

  2. SCNatsFan - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    The good news is it sounds like more of the same from Morse… bad news is more of the same from Burnett. We need his LH to be strong in the pen.

  3. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    We need his LH to be strong in the pen.The "undiscovered country" a definite hole (one that JayB hasn't noticed) in that bullpen. Albeit covered by Gorzelanny and to a less extent Detwiler but both are starters/long men not short relief? Lannan would be worthless in that role. Severino? Hall? I find it very odd that is wasn't something Johnson didn't address with Rizzo this offseason since that is one of Davey's forte's according to both Bowden and Rizzo? They must really like Severino? Smoker? Hall?MORE likely, another trade is about to be completed involving Lannan and perhaps Bernadina, right handed relief to acquire a young potential closer that is left-handed. Too many starters/long men, not enough left-handed short relief.

  4. Gonat - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    With a year left on Burnett, how much rope will they give this guy. I also say the same about Henry Rodriguez. Still early though. I remember guys ragging on Drew Storen in Spring Training last year.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Seriously? Burnett gives up a HR to Morse and you're all turning on him? It was intra-team BP! They could not both win! Did you read the story? They were announcing the pitches? If Morse had not hit one out would you be declaring his last year a fluke?I guess since we didn't hear that Zimmerman hit one out today that it must mean that's $100 million down the drain too.

  6. joemktg - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    MZ: have you seen Rendon's MI training/instruction, or has that not yet started?

  7. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Seriously? Burnett gives up a HR to Morse and you're all turning on him?Anon 8:08 PM Dude, chill. There were two LOOGY's last year. One was had the worst stats of every pitcher short of Balest, His name is Sean Burnett. You know who the 2nd was? Doug Slaten.The ONLY effective left-handed reliever was Tom Gorzelanny the guy everyone wanted to cut lose and non-tender. You may be one of those fools.In any case the point is relying solely on Burnett seems like a tactical mistake where this season is concerned. Having NO BACKUP that is a southpaw seems uncharacteristic of this team's FO. Don't you agree?Having NOTHING to do with live BP in ST. Burnett is a free agent after this year as well.Sheesh! Needless to say Balester and Slaten are gone. But Burnett?Adjusted to be park and defense neutral.Tom Gorzelanny 21.7 xIP, 3.05 tRA, 2.1 pRAASean Burnett: 55.8 xIP, 4.70 tRA, -4.8 pRAADoug Slaten: 18.6 xIP, 5,75 tRA, -3.8 pRAA

  8. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Whole-season stats for Burnett are misleading. He had a mechanical flaw, he fixed it, he got better. And it is batting practice, i.e., not a game. I'm with 8:08 here.

  9. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I find it very odd that is wasn't something Johnson didn't address with Rizzo this offseason since that is one of Davey's forte's according to both Bowden and Rizzo? I'd be interested in knowing how you know he didn't address it with Rizzo. Maybe they discussed it extensively, and didn't like the alternatives. Maybe Davey sees something in Burnett that he likes.

  10. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    although I do feel like I should add, re Gonat's comment, that it is a good question, and I'm assuming a BP dinger in the first week (when they were explicitly told to take it easy) wasn't really what prompted it.

  11. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    If EJax produces 20 plus wins 180 K's 210 Innings Pitched and 20 quality starts and a 3.16- ERA and a Blah between 40-50 or higher he becomes a very valuable commodity.

  12. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    If Lannan can get his Blah up to 60 or more, give up fever than 15 IDGAFs and keep his Meh under 4.13 he'll probably become whatever…

  13. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Love the pic Sec 3. Unfortunately my relatives were on the other side of the fence.

  14. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    and I'm assuming a BP dinger in the first week (when they were explicitly told to take it easy) wasn't really what prompted it.No, because I've been asking it all along. Is Severino going north with the 25 as Burnett's backup? Burnett as a single lefty doesn't make sense. But you may be right about the discussion. Good young lefties are rare and getting rarer which is why there was such an outcry over the trade of Manno for Gomes.

  15. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    If Lannan can get his Blah up to 60 or more, give up fever than 15 IDGAFs and keep his Meh under 4.13 he'll probably become whatever…I expect he'll be gone soon enough dude. He had the absolute worst adjusted stats of every pitcher last year. And most of those just beneath him are already gone.

  16. Cwj - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Burnett says: "here's a slider down the middle."Morse says "ok", then drills the pitch.Good pitch location by Burnett, good hitting by Morse.It's called Spring Training :-)

  17. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Perhaps I could have been clearer: I was addressing that to Gonat. Just FYI.

  18. DaveB - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Burnett had the best ERA on the entire pitching staff, starters and relievers, from the start of Aug. through the end of the season, 19 appearances and 1.02 ERA (Stammen did have a 0.00 ERA, but he only had 5 appearances, all in Sept.). Those bashing Burnett really aren't paying attention, and they might want to remember the a line in one of the very first Geico Caveman commercials, when the Geico rep. was taking the two cavemen out to an expensive restaurant to make it up to them and said ,"We didn't know any of you guys were still around" and the one caveman said: "Yeah, next time do a little research, uh?"

  19. Whatsanattau - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    I love Morse, but he walked 35 times last year. Love him for what he is but if you're looking for high walk totals you're looking in the wrong place.

  20. lesatcsc - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    I'm surprised that Rizzo didn't address the left-handed backside wiper problem in the Nats bullpen. Sure they Nats have lots of guys adept at wiping their backsides with their right hand, but what are you going to do when you have a left-side bowel movement on the way. Fire Rizzo now! We have no decent left-handed backside wiper. Really. Get serious. Burke gave up a HR to a batter that knew what was being thrown in BP. OMG, get over yourself!!!!!!!

  21. natsfan1a - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I believe that would be the left-handed cup adjuster, but carry on. :-)

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