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Werth hopes big night gets him going again

Jul 2, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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Jayson Werth hasn’t been himself lately at the plate, and he knows it.

“Just been dealing with a little leak there for … god, feels like a couple months,” he said. “I’ve been battling. I’ve been grinding.”

Werth’s slump hasn’t been quite as long as that, but over a 3-week stretch from June 11 until last night, he was hitting a paltry .145 with and even more-abysmal .177 slugging percentage. And then the veteran fouled off an inside fastball from Colorado’s Christian Friedrich in the bottom of the first inning, drilling it down the left-field line, and suddenly everything felt right again.

Wait, a foul ball might be the key to snapping out of a slump?

“It really can, yeah,” Werth said. “I think that was that pitch, that swing tonight, that foul ball I hit. Hopefully that will be the one to get me going.”

Werth did get going over the course of last night’s game. He wound up 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and two walks, his biggest game in weeks.

“The pitch was probably in off the plate, but I hit it hard,” he said. “The ball found the sweet spot. That’s what you want. I felt like I had made the adjustment I wanted to make. It just kind of gives you some confidence and lets you settle in a little bit up there. The whole night, spitting on pitches that I’ve probably been swinging at — or wailing at — lately. It was good. I’ve been working hard, and I’m glad I came through tonight.”

There was a mechanical adjustment, as well. Working with hitting coach Rick Schu, Werth stood more upright than he had in the past, a seemingly small move that paid big dividends.

“He’s a big guy, so if he tends to get crouched, he tends to get too long with his stride,” manager Matt Williams said. “It’s a minor adjustment, but he stood a little taller at the plate. Gets him on top of the baseball a little bit more, and he was comfortable with that tonight.”

Werth still has a ways to go to get himself completely back on track. His batting average still sits at .269, his slugging percentage at .380, down 152 points from last season.

If he does go on a sustained tear at the plate, he just might be able to credit one well-struck foul ball last night for helping him turn the corner at last.

“I don’t remember the last time I did that,” Werth said. “I felt pretty confident after that and put together a pretty good game. Hopefully I can build on that, and that’s the ticket going forward.”

  1. Section 222 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I seem to remember a whole lot of people saying Werth was headed for a DL stint. What the injury was, I don’t know. Just needs some time with Dr. Schu.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Exactly. “Tired” doesn’t require a DL stint.

  2. Brookstoor - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    When Werth hit that foul ball I knew he was going to do some damage. He made that rookie look out his league.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      It was nice to see him also find open grass and the elusive scoreboard oppo poke. He’s been unlucky a lot with grounders hit right at fielders.

  3. laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I don’t know what they are paying Rick Schu, but it’s not enough. Werth, Zim and Desi are all showing signs of breaking out, just in the past 2 days. Of course, the Rockies pitching staff may merit an assist in helping things along.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      It helps to have a real lineup. Can only pitch around the #8 hitter. That should help.

      Jayson tried to carry the team in his back in most of May and it put him in a June slump. He was expanding his strike zone and pulling off pitches which is exactly what Desi does. The difference between the 2 is that Desi still had his clutch moments in RBI spots while Jayson wasn’t coming through.

      Good to see this Ferrari getting prrrrrrrrr’d up.

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        “It helps to have a real lineup.”

        That is one heck of a crew. Just stay healthy. I’m sure you’re right about Jayson trying to do too much, and I think Desi tried too much, as well. Anyone in that lineup can do the job, now. No more need to press.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Werth, Zim and Desi are all showing signs of breaking out

      Hope so. I feel more confident about Werth and Zim than Desi.

  4. Kyle - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Eventually Harper will be moved up in the lineup to take more pressure off of Werth. Nonetheless, I’m not worried about Werth.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      I think he will and moreso so force JDub to take rest.

  5. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Let’s hope Mr. Werth keeps it up because the Nats need to keep winning. Looking ahead, the Nats and the Braves both have fairly easy (knock on wood) schedules between now and the All Star Break. They both have 11 games, of which the Nats play the Rockies once (today), the Cubs and the Phillies three times each, and those pesky O’s four times. The Braves face the Mets five times, and Arizona and the Cubs three times each. I don’t see either the Nats or the Braves losing a lot of those games, but whoever avoids the silly losses (i.e., giving a game away) will be on top of the division at the break, but probably only by a game or two. And then the fun begins.

    • David Proctor - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      The Cubs are no easy match. We face Jake Arrieta who has taken a no-hitter deep each of his last two games. Then Jason Hammel who we can never beat. And then Samardzidja.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Good point. ‘Easy’ was probably the wrong word. Plus the Nats play the O’s, a better team than any the Braves faces.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    What does Jayson mean by “leak”? I checked MASN Blog and they had the same quote as I was thinking “tweak” but looks like “leak” is the word.

    “Just been dealing with a little leak there for … god, feels like a couple months,” he said. “I’ve been battling. I’ve been grinding.”

    • Brookstoor - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Probably a hole in his swing, or swinging at pitches down and away.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        Thanks. That makes sense. Definitely the away pitches were killing him with swing & miss.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        That. It’s been a term for a couple of years that I know of.

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Could be the groin he “tweaked” (Matt’s term) a couple of months ago, and Kolko just misunderstood what he said. Matt took Jayson out of that game, as I recall, but had him back in the next day, or maybe it was the day after. Groin injuries can linger, and Jayson has looked like he has lost a step for most of the season in RF.

      He hasn’t been missing pitches for “a couple months,” just the past few weeks, but “a couple months” ago is when he first “tweaked” that groin.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Werth has used that language of a “leak” for a decade, according to the googel. For example:

      http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/18/sports/sp-dodrep18

      http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/print.jsp?ymd=20110518&content_id=19230252&vkey=news_was&c_id=was

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Hah! Seeing is believing. I guess he is using ” leak” in his swing the way most use “hole” in their swings. I guess to Jayson it really isn’t a hole, in his case, just a leak.

  7. Kyle - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Everyone is talking about letting LaRoche walk after this year but if he keeps this up they really can’t. I would rather let Span walk. Harper can bat Leadoff and besides, Leadoff hitters don’t really matter unless you are billy Hamilton.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Too early to decide. ALR is looking good, no doubt–on track for a career year.in some respects.

      OTOH – we saw this movie before, in 2012, and know how 2013 turned out. And as a general matter, expecting any player to repeat a career year at age 35 is probably not a smart bet.

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        With Zim’s history of injury, he’s not exactly a sale bet at 1b, either. Zim’s shoulder is chronically bad, it is never going to get better than it is right now, and could get worse. When he showed up for ST this year, he could not even throw a baseball, remember? That was after having shoulder surgery in the off-season to “clean out” the shoulder.

        I fear it is 50-50 that Zim is even able to finish playing out his contract.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Agree – there are no sure things. Who knows about playing out the contract, but I expect Zim to remain productive on offense in the near term.

        The Nats are saddled with that contract one way or the other (which is not the case with ALR), and they are going to try their hardest to get as much value out of him as they can.

        The Zim in LF experiment hasn’t been a disaster, but he also doesn’t look like a guy who has found his new home out there.

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      I think La Roche stays. He has been rock solid all season long, even when he was hobbling around with that quad strain before going on the DL. Given his performance this year, it is not unreasonable to expect Adam to perform at a similar level next year. He may be in process of having his best year, ever, at the plate, right now. He has learned to go to LF with that outside pitch, and that has made a big difference.

      Span will be 31 next year, and his greatest asset, his speed, will start to leave him. Maybe they let him go, or sign and trade him. Harp can play CF, and Zim has said he likes LF. If Rizzo can find a 2nd baseman who can both play D and lead off at least as well as Span has, or better, that would be the perfect offensive scenario.

      I was just looking at the minor league 2nd basemen, and they really do not have anyone who fills the bill, at present, but Mike has plenty of assets he can use in trade. If he lets Span go, and Soriano for a new closer (maybe Barrett, maybe Storen) he will also have some leeway for free agents. He doesn’t need Robinson Cano or Jose Altuve, just someone who can catch and throw, make the turn, and get on base at a .330 clip, or better – a competent journeyman. The rest of that lineup is plenty of offense.

      They also seem to be giving Kevin Frandsen an audition over there, but he is not leadoff guy material. Maybe they are thinking of slotting him in the 8-hole and giving the leadoff gig to Rendon, instead of bringing in a new guy. Rendon gets on base, can run, and gives them a poser bat in the leadoff position.

      Rizzo has options, including keeping Span, but it is more important to the organization and the team to keep Bryce happy, so I think Span is the odd man out.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Of course, it’s not either/or – Nats can let both ALR and Span walk.

      • water47 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        And Soriano is almost on track to have his option become guaranteed. That will make things interesting during the stretch run. Money or winning? I think that Rizzo & Co. will go for the wins.

      • David Proctor - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        “And Soriano is almost on track to have his option become guaranteed.”

        No he’s not. Not even close

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        And Soriano is almost on track to have his option become guaranteed.

        Huh? He’s finished 27 in 83 games, which puts him on a pace to finish about 53 on the season. He needs 62 to trigger the option.

    • 6ID20 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Part of the reason for Zim rotating between third, first and left now is to determine where he’ll play next year. Once that’s decided, that will drive the decision to keep Span or ALR and/or find a replacement for Espinosa.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        I honestly think the rotating this year is just to keep RZim in the lineup. I think next year he will be the starting 1st baseman and Skole will be his bench backup or a new lefty pickup.

        I think Rizzo has seen the every other year thing from ALR and won’t be a buyer for the option or an extension plus it’s an opportunity for Rizzo to clear some payroll.

    • natsbro - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I love Adam and yes he’s having a career year and if he keeps it up it’ll be hard to let him go. But he’ll be 35 next year and may be looking for somewhat of a multiyear deal to finish out his career after a great season..not taking the mutual option that would only guarantee him one more year. I’m not sure the Nationals would be willing to give him another multiyear deal given his age. I think he walks, Zim goes to 1st.

      • natsbro - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        That should say “taking the mutual option guarentees him just 1 year”

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        That could be, but Adam had no takers in free agency when he was 3 years younger, and one of the best first barman available in that off-season. I don’t see him getting a big contract at his age. Those days are over for Adam to get a multi-hear deal, certainly not from the Nats. It was Davey who really wanted him back, and I suspect Matt will have a lot to say about who he wants to stay this time around, and who can go.

        Skole is having a good comeback year, and he may be ready next spring. I wouldn’t rule that out, either. Skole will probably be headed back to the AFL this autumn. Other than Skole and Zim, there are no other in-house options to La Roche, and if Zim cannot handle 1b, they will have created a problem to which they already have the solution.

        Let’s see how Zim handles 1b. He may surprise me. La Roche had throwing shoulder problems, himself, a couple of years ago, remember? He tried to play with it but couldn’t, and he had been a lifelong first baseman, while Zim will be a 31-year-old rookie first baseman with a bad wing over there, next year.

        I would put him in left until I was certain he could handle the job at 1b. Suppose they let ALR walk, and Zim needs another operation in this upcoming off-season to, once again, “clean out” that shoulder?

        Maybe I am overthinking it, but Zim at 1b seems like an unnecessary gamble to me.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        If the shoulder blows up, it blows up (knock wood!) and leaves the Nats with a hole wherever Zim plays, whether it is 1B or LF.

        Skole and TyMo would be internal options at 1B. On the FA market, 1B types are not the hardest thing to find (which is why ALR had so much trouble a coupla years ago).

        I like ALR, a lot. But I can’t forget what happened last year, nor can I forget that he will be 35 next year. Picking up his option wouldn’t give the Nats a sure thing at 1B either.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    It would be a good night to move RZim to 1st and insert Espi to bat righty with Fister on the mound.

    Day off tomorrow so that would give ALR 2 days off.

    • David Proctor - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      ALR is hitting over .300 against lefties. Give Span the day off. Or Desi.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        ALR is hitting everyone well. Have to go best defensive infield so maybe you go Bryce in center tonight and give Span the night off.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Tomorrow is an off-day. At some point you want ALR to get 2 days off and also Werth. Since Werth just felt like he got his “leak” fixed I guess you have to play him.

        I think you have to put Rendon at 3rd with Desi at SS and Espi at 2nd to give you the best defensive infield with sinkerballer Fister serving up a heavy dose of 2 seamers.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        No power against lefthanders, however.

  9. Section 222 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Given that Zim played some first last night, I expect to see him at 1B today. MW made it clear in the postgame that Espi will get a start.

    I get all the arguments for keeping ALR laddie, but do you really think the Nats will want Zim to be the everyday 3B or LF next year? Seems highly unlikely to me.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      I’m with you on all thoughts there 222. I also posted above that tonight could be a good opportunity to get ALR a 2 day rest.

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      “(D)o you really think the Nats will want Zim to be the everyday 3B or LF next year? Seems highly unlikely to me.”

      Left field is where they put him when he first came back, and it worked out better than expected, i.e. that was their first option. His weak arm really did not cost them much, if anything, while he was out there, and the guy was happy. He is only back at 3rd because Harper returned from the DL, so, yes, I do think they are thinking of him as their LFer next year, with Harper moving to CF, keeping both of them happy.

      I really do not see him as their regular 3rd baseman, next year, though. His arm problem is chronic, and 3rd base is where a bad throw can cause the most damage. Injuries like that tend to get worse, over time, not better.

      I can see Zim filling in for La Roche at 1b, but I have yet to see him start a 3-6-3, or handle a relay throw from RF to home plate, or to take a throw from Werth and try and get a runner heading into 3rd, or 2nd, or fielding a bunt and throwing out a runner (pick a base), or making tosses in a rundown. I am sure he can handle just about everything else.

      Yes, he was great on bunts down the 3b line, but he will have to make a pivot to his right before making a throw, and who knows how his throwing mechanics will play out in that situation. If he goes into the hole and has to turn to make a throw to the pitcher covering 1b, who knows how that will turn out?

      They will put him there to find out the answers to as many of those questions as possible. They already have a good sample of what he can do in LF, and that resume looks pretty good.

      • Section 222 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        laddie, you make a good case for your position, but I see it much differently. I do agree that Zim won’t be the regular 3B next year. But I disagree that LF is where he’s headed. First, Zim has escaped without major mishap in left so far, but his poor throwing arm was clear for all to see. There were already a few cases where it was a clear that Harper or another outfielder would prevent a runner from advancing and as teams see more of him, they will take more advantage. You can’t really “take advantage” of a 3B or 1B without an arm. LF is another story.

        Second, 1B is just not as difficult a position to play, even with a bum arm. There’s no reason at all that he has to handle relay throws, how many times have you seen ALR throw a relay from the outfield. He’s the cutoff man on throws to home, but that’s different. Also, a 3-6-3 throw for a righty can easily be a sidearm throw, as can most plays off of bunts. None of them demand the power or distance that throws from the outfield, or even 3B do. With some practice, I’ll bet he can make almost any throw from the 1B position adequately. You simply cannot say that about LF.

        Finally, you and many others seem to assume that Rizzo is fine with Bryce becoming our longterm CF. I don’t buy that for a minute. He was drafted as a corner outfielder. That’s where Rizzo thinks he should play to maximize his longevity, and there’s just no evidence that he’s changed his view on that. That’s why he traded for Span after Harper’s very successful 2012 in which he mostly played CF. In this unusual year, of course he’ll play some center, but I don’t see a regular corner outfield spot in our lineup open for Zim until Werth is ready to move on. By then, Zim will be playing a gold glove 1B and we’ll all be wondering what the big debate is.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      222, don’t buy off 100% what MW says as things change. On Friday he said Desi would not play one of the games of the doubleheader, and you saw Desi started both games on Saturday.

      I do think it’s the perfect confluence here where you get Espi in vs a LHP and shore up the infield for your sinkerballer.

      • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        I do think it’s the perfect confluence here where you get Espi in vs a LHP and shore up the infield for your sinkerballer.

        I agree. But we’ve also seen that sometimes, when the Nats explode for runs, he likes to keep the lineup the same (“if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”)

        I.e., it’s not obvious what he’s going to do! ;-)

      • Section 222 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Ka-ching. Right you were.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Yah, this is becoming MW with a change from his presser. Very surprising because it made perfect sense but hard to knock the offense generated with the day off tomorrow.

  10. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Well, he’s a werewolf, so he would wail, even when he’s whaling away.

    • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      OTOH, we’re nowhere near a full moon at this point . . .

  11. Kyle - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The nationals could see a big turnover in their lineup next year. Span and LaRoche are free agents. Zimmerman is a big health risk. Nonetheless we still have a solid core with Harper Rendon Werth Desmond and Ramos.

  12. laddieblahblah - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    “The nationals could see a big turnover in their lineup next year.”

    Yes, they could. Don’t forget Soriano, too.

    Rizzo is always thinking ahead, and is always looking to build for the future. Even if they win it all, this year, he is not the kind of GM to just stand pat. He has said that his roster includes more than the 40 names currently on it, but also includes several hundred more that he and his scouts have on their radar screens. Look at the way he jumped all over the opportunity to sign Kevin Frandsen and Greg Dobbs.

    • coop202 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Big turnover might be a relative…. I imagine the only real change is that espi goes back to being an everyday guy or we trade a minor leaguer for an Aaron hill type. Span and laroche probably walk and one of the milb bats comes up (Souza or Moore ?) no more turnover than a normal club

  13. adcwonk - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    If I understand correctly, the Nats hold an option for ALR for next year, no?

    If ALR continues the way he’s been — over .300 BA against both righties and lefties, and leading the team in OBP and SLG — might he be playing himself into an option year?

    • jd - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Wonk,

      It’s a mutual $15 mil option with a $2 mil buyout. I don’t know if they want to go there.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        And if he keeps up this level of production (unlikely, bot possible), even if the Nats decided to bite the bullet and pay him $15M for 2015 (ouch!) LaRoche might decline the offer and try to get a two or three year deal that would have a smaller average annual value but more overall guaranteed money.

  14. jd - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Coop202,

    Aaron Hill is the only 2b in the NL having a worse year than Danny Espinosa. (-0.2 WAR).

    Just saying.

    • coop202 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Guess I only watched the series where he owned us but the comment was more of the type of aging regular with decent range we can get short term and cheaper

      • coop202 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        But ya my money is on zim at 1b espi at 2b, rookie/FA type in right with werth in left and Harper in center

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      One second baseman that I haven’t heard mentioned as a possible addition to the Nats roster is the White Sox Gordon Beckham. I know at one time Rizzo was thought to be trying to get him away from the Chisox so I wonder, would Riz still be interested in him? What would we have to give up to get him? Is he somebody we really want? I’m not that familiar with Beckham as I don’t watch many AL games in general and certainly not any White Sox games.

  15. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    There are two issues w/ respect to LaRoche: (1) How do you get him to sign a one-year contract? Do you make a “qualifying” offer? If you do, how do you justify a $4-5MM raise? Do you really think any other team would match that? I don’t. So there is a chance he would sign it. There is also a chance he would spurn it in search of a two-year $20MM deal. And who would do that? Most teams in the NL have a young, promising 1B, with the possible exceptions of Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and NYM — and we know LaRoche ain’t goin’ back to Pittsburgh; (2) Because of his LH bat the Nats really need LaRoche, to avoid being RH top-heavy (more than they are), for at least one season. Nothing Skole has done this year in AA suggests he’s ready to anchor 1B for a contending team. So if you want to let LaRoche walk you have to trade for a 25 Hr, LH first baseman at a high cost, or sign one as a FA. And how many of those will there be on the market? Who do you want, Adam Dunn?

    I won’t be at all surprised if the Nats exercise their end of the mutual option. My main question is whether LaRoche will exercise his end. It’s a one year patch and the Brain Trust could very rationally conclude that having too many good players is better than not having enough.

    • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      There are two issues w/ respect to LaRoche: (1) How do you get him to sign a one-year contract?

      Don’t we already have a one-year option on him? (One year for $15M or a $2M buy-out).

      • realdealnats - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Maybe he means how do we get ALR to agree to his end of the mutual option.

  16. jd - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    The Nats have $80 million committed to 7 players for 2015. In addition they have 12 players eligible for arbitration including players who will get big time raises like: Strasburg, Storen,Clippard,Fister,Ramos and Stammen.

  17. NatsLady - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Heard an interesting comment this morning from Kilgore. Referreing to the trade deadline, he said, the Nats are set at the major-league level but they have “excess” at Triple-A. I feel that, too. We have guys there that are close and no place to put them. I could see Rizzo dealing from the excess, perhaps to supplement the lower minors, but also with a mind towards next year and the following year, when you figure one or both of Desi/JZimm will not sign extensions.

    • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Good points. We’ve had “excess” before, and it landed us Gio.

      I’m sure Rizzo would be looking to do something like that again.

      If there are any Rizzo haters still out there — please note that the DC Farm system was rated about the worst in baseball in 2005, thanks to MLB neglect and penny pinching. We’ve come a looooong way.

  18. Joe Seamhead - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Just an observation regarding Matt Skole. I went up to Harrisburg, mainly to see Michael Taylor, but came away very surprised how slow Skole was running the bases, and how
    “not quick” he was at 1B. It was only one game, maybe it was a bad day, but I was underwhelmed by what I saw that day.

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