Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I'm Over There

The good folks at The Hardball Times (despite their better judgment) invited me to chip in a Nats preview as part of their 5 Questions feature.

So if you're just itching to read 2,300 words on the Nats, check it out!


  • chris- great post on hardball times, as expected!

    By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 3/19/2008 12:03 PM  

  • Great stuff, Chris. I have said the same about Lopez under a different moniker on the Nats Journal site and elsewhere. I don't see how you start Belliard over someone who really should outperform him. You can always sit Lopez after a month or so if you lose faith.

    By Blogger Positively Half St., at 3/19/2008 12:05 PM  

  • in today's live blog, zuckerman agrees with both of you:

    From Barry Prophet in Reston:
    Mark: According to your blog, Felipe Lopez appeared pretty torqued on Tuesday about sitting on the bench. Since I think he has ZERO trade value, how will Manny handle a discontent in Lopez if in fact he and his light bat start the season on the bench?
    Mark Zuckerman:
    This is going to be a MAJOR issue to watch over the next 10 days. Lopez indeed made it clear he doesn't want to come off the bench, though based on performance, it would seem obvious he should be there and Ronnie Belliard should be starting. That said, Manny Acta is an expert at handling different players, and that's why I would not be surprised if Lopez starts the season as the regular second baseman, with Belliard (who will do whatever's asked of him) on the bench. Lopez doesn't give you much off the bench, especially if he's pouting, so maybe they give him one more shot to start. Manny could always make a switch a couple weeks in if Felipe still isn't performing.

    By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 3/19/2008 1:19 PM  

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