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The Baseball Show: How will Cabrera impact the Nats?

Aug 2, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ was filmed right after the 2014 MLB trade deadline on Thursday, giving Mark a chance to analyze the Nats’ trade for Asdrubal Cabrera, along with other deals made around the league.

In this first clip he looks at the potential impact of Cabrera in the Nats’ lineup while Ryan Zimmerman is sidelined with a hamstring strain. The Nats are 3-6 since Zim went down, can Cabrera help carry the load on offense?

Check it out here:

In this second clip, I talk about the waiver trade deadline coming up at the end of August and Troy Tulowitzki attending a Yankees-Blue Jays game:

  1. lphboston - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Off topic, but thought Nats Nation might be interested in this:

    Took in the Syrcuse game last night at Pawtucket, and there is some good news:

    1. Emmanuel Burris can flat out hit. Kid hit the first pitch of the game about 360 for a home run, tripled down the RF line his second time up, walked and (batting right) late in the game hit a shot to 3b. He runs the bases like he’s been doing it his whole life. Don’t know if he can play 2B, but maybe .. . .
    2. Souza could be the best player in the International League. He saved 3, maybe 4, runs with great catches — one in the RC gap going back and another in short center coming in. Gets great jumps. Hit the ball hard but at people.
    3. Will Rhymes can hit. He’s probably better than anyone on the Nats bench right now. Should get a long look in spring training in 2015.
    All three should get called up on Sept. 1.

    Bad news dept. Solano, Leon and Moore look like they need a fresh start somewhere else. Small sample, but they appear to have maxed out.

    Mitch Lively might help somewhere down the road. Righthander who threw hard for 5 innings, then went off speed in the 6th and lost it. Maybe short relief

    • ArVAFan - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Thank you. Nothing like first hand observations.

      Do you think it’s a stamina question for Solano, Leon & Moore at this part of their season, or are they just AAAA players at best who might (or might not) improve with a change of scenery?

      • lphboston - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        I’ve seen them for years. They look like they had tired bats. Pawtucket pitching was only so-so, and they couldn’t hit any ball hard…Moore struck out twice in a row on the same pitch — slider away

    • senators69 - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Back to the question: How will Cabrera impact the Nats?
      My gut answer: A little positively, but not as much as hoped.
      Sigh…

  2. #4 - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I hope you’re right about Manny. Absolutely love the guy. Coached him in summer ball. The guy can absolutely fly and had some of the best base running instincts I’ve ever seen for a HS kid. Watching him terrorize HS age pitchers/catchers/infielders with his speed and decison making was a delight. It is interesting to see that he has developed a little bit of pop. His SLG this year is the highest he’s ever posted. I’m rooting hard for him but…. I’m concerned he’ll always be a AAAA player.

    • lphboston - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Great baserunning instincts. Last night on second with no outs, batter hits liner to third baseman — Burriss got back to 2b with no throw.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Here’s the problem, Burris is not on the 40 man roster. Someone would have to come off to give him a chance.

        In September he would be a pinch-runner and probably nothing else. Nats have both Eury Perez and Michael Taylor on the 40 man to pinch-run if they add him in September.

  3. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Even to come up in September one must be on the 40-man roster, n’est pas? So I don’t think Burris is coming up. Period. He is the sort of player that used to populate the Phillies roster (e.g., Michael Martinez) so maybe this season gets him a ST invite from somebody. But I can’t envision him ever hitting at the ML level.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      “Ghost of Steve M. – Aug 2, 2014 at 2:33 PM
      Here’s the problem, Burris is not on the 40 man roster. Someone would have to come off to give him a chance.

      In September he would be a pinch-runner and probably nothing else. Nats have both Eury Perez and Michael Taylor on the 40 man to pinch-run if they add him in September.”

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