Monday, April 18, 2005

Lost In Translation

Who knew that Tomo Ohka was Japanese for Ball Four?

In a brutally pitched 5+ innings, Sensei Ohka, who if he keep pitching like this will be declared a gaijin, lobbed up 5 walks after lobbing up 6 in his previous start. Somewhere, Bob Tewksbury weeps.

Eh... I'm tired. He stunk. Joe Horgan stunk. Frank Robinson stunk for several reasons, but I'll get into all that in the morning.

Tomo Ohka, you're the Lame Duck!


  • Really? Tomo and not Gary "Two Errors, a Passed Ball and a Wild Pitch That Shoulda Been a Passed Ball" Bennett?

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 12:04 AM  

  • Yeah, I agree. Ohka is third on my "Worst" list - after Bennett and F-Robby! (Putting Guzman in the place in the lineup where he can do the most damage - and leaving Horgan in too long.

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 4/19/2005 12:17 AM  

  • The Slumlord! As bad as Tomo-san was, Frobby's the real goat tonight.

    By Blogger Trapper John, at 4/19/2005 12:21 AM  

  • If I see JJ Davis misplay one more single into a double, I'm going to scream. His angles to balls are horrendous.

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 8:07 AM  

  • Bennett certainly stunk. But, you do have to sorta give him credit for the 3 outs he recorded. Without him (even if they were a combo of his and Ohka's misplays) that game gets ugly early.

    And I noticed Robby. That was, BY FAR, his worst game... I'm typing up my vitriol as we speak!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 8:24 AM  

  • And besides, the poor bastard's the backup catcher! What else do you want for $750K? It doesn't buy what it used to! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 8:24 AM  

  • Brian - damn right. Davis is, at best, an unpolished outfielder. He will end up costing us games this year if he keeps this up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2005 8:38 AM  

  • And has the bastard had a hit yet?? At this point, I'd rather have Sledge in there against lefties!

    The more I think about last night's game, the more angry I get :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 8:39 AM  

  • That's it! GIVE US RAUCH!

    By Blogger Angry Sam, at 4/19/2005 8:41 AM  

  • Be nice to Horgan. He was just trying to replace the 'production' of Osuna.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 8:42 AM  

  • I dunno. Every time Bennett misplayed something, I said "this guy is worth more than twice the league minimum? We couldn't get this 'production' with an NRI?"

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 8:43 AM  

  • Bennett did have three CS, but one was when the runner ran because of a ball his misplayed.

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 4/19/2005 8:43 AM  

  • After about the third time, I was beginning to think that the ball in the dirt and the pitch behind the batter were intentionally called to lull the runners!

    And yeah, we could probably get similar production from Carlos Baerga!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 8:48 AM  

  • Horgan has been horrendous but we're stuck with him for a while. Given the way Frobby uses the pen, if we don't have a second lefty, Eischen's arm is going to fall off by the end of May.

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 8:51 AM  

  • Hey now, be fair. Joe Horgan is probably one of the best 500 or so left-handed pitchers in the world.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 9:01 AM  

  • And I'm one of the best 500 bloggers currently writing about the Nationals.

    That doesn't mean that either of us are particularly good! :)

    Horgan's numbers looked solid last year, but the underlying ones were pretty scary. He's a walking machine.

    And apparently a whole doubles factory unto himself!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 9:03 AM  

  • It appears the only active LHPs at AAA are Matt White (not the D-Rays one) and Ed Yarnall. Micah Bowie is on the DL.

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 9:06 AM  

  • As a reformed Yankees fan -- STAY AWAY from Ed Yarnall.

    Bring up Rauch, dump Ohka to long relief (til he can throw Ks consistently) and then maybe Frank won't feel he needs to carry a second lefty.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 9:07 AM  

  • Wait... Rauch is a righty. Ne'ermind.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 9:08 AM  

  • White's numbers at New Orleans (as a RP): 3G-5IP-5H-2R-1HR-2BB-7K

    Yarnall's numbers at New Orleans (as a SP): 2G- 9 2/3IP-9H-5R-0HR-4BB-5K

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 9:09 AM  

  • The problem you run into there is the 40-man. I've lost track, but I think we're at 40 now. (?) You'd have to dump someone.

    (Can someone check that -- the link's on the right column. The work internet filter prevents me from checking!)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 9:10 AM  

  • They are at 40. However, there are a couple of names that could be moved off the 40 man with little impact:

    Travis Hughes
    Henry Mateo (on 15 day DL)

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 9:19 AM  

  • Yarnall managed to put up a decent ERA at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year, but he was walkalicious doing it, so I don't expect a repeat this season.

    And yeah, that Travis Hughes guy we got off waivers from Texas is no prize.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 9:21 AM  

  • A larger 40-man question is this ... why do the Nats only have 3 LHP (Eischen-Horgan-Hinckley) out of 21 total pitchers on the 40 man, that seems like poor planning.

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 9:24 AM  

  • Looking at the AA roster, Stevenson and Rundle might have a future, but neither one is going to knock your socks off unless they can improve their strikeout rate (or cut their walk rate) -- they're both at about 2:1 K:BB right now -- not quite good enough.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 9:26 AM  

  • (and to answer your question, based on the stats I was just looking at, because the other six left-handed pitchers at or above AA are all duds)

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 9:27 AM  

  • all six are worse than Travis Hughes?

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 9:29 AM  

  • Well, it's not worth starting the arbitration/option years clock on any of them, that's for sure.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 9:30 AM  

  • Then, is it time for the bane of SportsTalk radio, theoretical trade proposals?

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 9:31 AM  

  • I'd rather have one more decent righty than one moderately succesful lefty.

    When Ayala and Osuna are going, they both get lefties out decently.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 9:32 AM  

  • Hopefully you won't be giving up anything of value for a second lefty!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/19/2005 9:32 AM  

  • I can't imagine anybody better than Horgan is available at the moment.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/19/2005 9:38 AM  

  • I can't imagine anybody better than Horgan is available at the moment. shudder

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/19/2005 9:39 AM  

  • Some ideas that I hope have floated during F-Robby's head during his 14 hours of sleep:

    1) Move Guzman back to 8. Or start Carroll. (!) Seriously -- it makes about as much sense as moving Guzzie to 2 when we'd been doing great with him at 8. There is no good reason to tamper with the lineup that won 4 in a row.

    2) JJ Davis should not be starting now, regardless of whether we're facing an LHP. He's a real defensive liability, and isn't hitting as well as Sledge. Church takes more walks, and is a much better defensive option.

    3) Pull pitchers when they're getting lit up.

    4) Start Brian Schneider as often as he wants to be started.

    That's a start . . .

    By Blogger Trapper John, at 4/19/2005 10:36 AM  

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