Monday, August 07, 2006

Fouled-Off Bunts: Just A Few More Things Edition

You probably know this by now, but MASN and Comcast have finally reached a settlement, which will allow DC and Baltimore-area Nats fans to see the team starting in September -- just in time for the pennant race!1!1111!!! If there's justice in this world, Tom Boswell's Severn River Estate goes without.

  • Nick Johnson's fielding has noticeably slipped a bit this year, as Barry notes.

  • Billy Traber gets the callup as Roy Corcoran gets sent to New Orleans. Traber will fill in in the bullpen, but get a start this weekend. Frank, as always, displays his winning way with pitcher motivation:
    "It's not coming down to who is pitching good. It comes down to what you have down there. There isn't much left. If he was burning it up, he would have been up here," Robinson said. "I'm not knocking Traber. It's no big secret going into it or big formula to figure out who's coming."

  • Matt LeCroy signed a minor-league deal with the Nats. He'll be playing in New Orleans. Presumably, every AL team passed on him. There's a chance that he could come up in September, but, really, what's the point?

  • notes that "The Nationals have used 10 starters this season, and only Livan Hernandez and Ramon Ortiz have a chance to reach 200 innings."

    Last year, only two starters reached 200 IP (Livan and Loaiza -- Patterson fell just short.) And the team used 15 starters.

  • ESPN had a story which has now disappeared from their site, saying that Livan had been claimed on waivers and pulled off -- basically guaranteeing that he's going to return next year. With the way he's pitched over the last month and a half, that's a good thing.

  • Zuckerman says that Soriano should be an MVP candidate. Somewhere, Tom Boswell is smiling, readying his NATS #1! Foam Finger.

  • Hot Blogger Action!!
    --Federal Baseball sees some strange parallels with last season's San Diego series and looks back at happier times.
    --Nats Blog graphically displays how putrid the pitching has been relative to last year.
    --The NTP guys have a back-and-forth on the merits of Bowden and the Soriano trade. It's an interesting discussion.
    --Beltway Boys discusses the effects of having a mediocre bullpen has on Frank's decisions.
    --Dude, don't call that guy out, even if he's one of your colleagues. Bad things, man!


    • You know, I got an email about it as soon as the news came down. But I haven't reported on it, mainly because it doesn't effect me out here Idaho. I watch every game but one each week on, sometimes all of them if the Saturday game is a night contest. I can't speak of the problem you folks have had because I haven't lived through it. Everyone else has done a tremendous job with it, blending in their own experienes and frustrations. Me? I think I haven't seen seven games this year.

      Anything I say would be "off the mark" on this suject.

      P.S. You should post more on weekends -- why should I be the only one of us with absolutely nothing to do but play on the internet. I mean, how many times can a guy go to Yellowstone Park, or Las Vegas, or Flathead Lake in Montana :)

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/07/2006 11:21 AM  

    • The link about Livan and waivers is working now.

      The guy throwing BP earlier this year wasn't worth much, but the Livan of the past two starts is easily worth $7M next year.

      By Blogger Scott M. Collins, at 8/07/2006 11:59 AM  

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