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The Baseball Show: On Roark, Harper and Jordan

May 2, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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We touched on a bunch of Nats-related subjects on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show. Rob Carlin, Joe Orsulak and I looked at just how good Tanner Roark has been since debuting late last summer, comparing his stats to a fellow rotation mate who arrived with just a bit more hype than he did.

We also discussed Bryce Harper’s torn thumb ligament and how long it might be before the 21-year-old outfielder is back in the lineup.

And Chase Hughes joined Rob to discuss Taylor Jordan’s early season struggles, his demotion to Class AAA Syracuse and what the future holds for the young right-hander.

Enjoy the clips, and be sure to tune in to Comcast SportsNet every Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT for our weekly look at baseball on the local and national levels. If you miss the live show, it re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. …

  1. tcostant - May 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Head up to Philly tonight, half of Philly’s dime.. Take over the park!

    http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=phi

    Enter “PHRIDAY” under promo code.

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  2. tcostant - May 2, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    One thing the Braves do well, is lock up there young players. Here is another:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/02/braves-announce-contract-extension-with-chris-johnson/

    • Faraz Shaikh - May 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      he is hardly theirs and hardly young.

      • David Proctor - May 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        And hardly good. Last year was an aberration for him. He was the throw-in of the Chris Johnson deal for a reason.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        David, he was the throw-in on the Justin Upton deal but I think he has done well for them.

        Arizona got the bad end of that deal.

    • tcostant - May 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      He played well last year, I agree he was a throw in. But to get him past free agency is at a light cost is smart. If he repeats just what he did in 2013, he’ll be more than a bargin.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        When you breakdown the deal Johnson had 2 years of arb eligibility remaining so they bought out those 2 years plus 1 year of free agency + an option.

        The question is whether they were premature to the cash register given his history. Always a high BABIP guy with a history of about 1 K per game.

      • therealjohnc - May 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        He is a high BABIP guy, but he’s consistently been that and his batted ball profile (high line drive %) suggests it’s not all luck. I’ve come around on him, he’s a solid player.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I’m still laughing about Braves accusations on spying. Harang was torched because Harang isn’t the 0.85 ERA guy he was for 5 starts with lucky BABIP to what they thought they were getting which is a high 3’s ERA guy who will pitch the occasional gem.

    Harang celebrates his 36th birthday next Friday. Most pitchers are retired at that age.

Archives

FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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