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The Baseball Show: Scherzer’s dominance, Zim’s struggles

Jun 16, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT

Jun 14, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches in the sixth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

On the latest episode of ‘The Baseball Show,’ there was lots of talk about Max Scherzer after his brilliant start on Sunday and some about Ryan Zimmerman’s recent landing on the disabled list.

In this first segment, Mark looks back at the contract Scherzer signed this offseason and evaluates the deal through 13 starts. In the second clip, Mark puts Scherzer’s performance on Sunday into perspective. And in the third, Mark talks about Zimmerman’s struggles this season.

Is the Scherzer contract already paying off?

Analyzing Ryan Zimmerman’s struggles:

Putting Scherzer’s Sunday start into perspective:

  1. laddieblahblah - Jun 16, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    OT – Those naughty, naughty Cardinals:

    Under FBI investigation! No wonder they don’t have time for Lois Lerner.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 16, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      Whole new meaning to “The Cardinal Way”!

      • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 2:53 PM

        Could lead to them as being considered the Patriots of the MLB. Next thing you know we will find out they do have spies in the stands stealing signs.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      Here’s my favorite part (emphasis added):

      Investigators have uncovered evidence that the database, which was created by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who used to work with the Cardinals and ran a similar database in St. Louis, has been hacked. It also appears that Luhnow used the same passwords in both places, making it easier to be hacked.

      • TimDz - Jun 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM

        Here’s your sign, Jeff….

    • dhamm6500 - Jun 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM

      And people go bananas over an under-inflated football…

      • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM

        Like I said above you have to wonder if they are stealing signs with spies in the stands.

  2. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 16, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Is Scherzer paying off? Certainly. At the moment, he’s the only reason I look forward to watching the Nats with enthusiasm. I.e., once every five days. As to any other pitcher — leaving aside the curiosity factor with Ross, and he has been great — I go through the channel lineup before the game to decide where I’m going to tune if/ when the game becomes unwatchable. Defense and offense have something to do with it, too, but mostly it’s the inconsistent (across the range from serviceable — not great — to poor) starting pitching. Hard to watch games from behind. When Scherzer pitches, the wimpy bats have a good chance of outscoring the opposition.

    • Eric - Jun 16, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      I’m enthusiastic about watching the Nats just about everyday because of Bryce Harper. Every 5th day is like a national holiday 😉

      • adcwonk - Jun 16, 2015 at 2:49 PM

        Ditto. Especially for those who were Nats fans during those 100+ loss seasons.

        Those teams were hopeless. This team has some great players, and even the inconsistent pitchers aren’t bad — they’re just inconsistent. As Mark noted, Gio’s thrown six games (of 13) where he’s gone 6+ innings allowing 2 runs or less; Fister, in 7 starts, threw 6.1 innings of shutout ball twice; JZim threw 6 straight quality starts before his last two games . . . . Esco’s gotten two 5-hits games, Espi continues to surprise, Rendon’s showing signs of rust coming off, Span is almost back to full strength . . .

      • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        Every time Bryce steps to the plate it reminds of how great this game is as you don’t know what Bryce will do. Anthony Rendon is almost at game speed and I just hope these guys can click together.

        When Scherzer, JZ, and Joe Ross pitch Im just as excited.

    • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      • The Senators enter this series with Richmond riding a season-high five-game winning streak. During the run, Matt Skole has driven in 11 runs and slugged two home runs while Brian Goodwin is hitting a team-leading .417.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        Whoa! We can use bullet points here?! Cool!

      • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        I copied it and it came with a silver bullet

      • Eric - Jun 16, 2015 at 5:46 PM


      • Eric - Jun 16, 2015 at 5:47 PM

        Nope, it ate my ul li tags.

      • nats128 - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:48 AM

        thanks for trying

  3. nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Here’s the actual quote from Jim Bowden, via MLB Network Radio: “Trea Turner — and I’m going to make this bold prediction; you know I’ve done it before — will be the everyday shortstop for the Nationals by August 1. Okay? I’m going out there to say it. This kid’s got range to both sides. He’s got speed. He’s hitting .341 in the minors with like a 41 [percent] on-base. He is the guy to definitely watch.”

    • TimDz - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Someone is trying to increase his twitter traffic….

      • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        Click baiter!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2015 at 4:09 PM

        He’s a master at that!


    • tcostant - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      Wow that’s bold. Of course it won’t happen unless Desi gets hurt.

      • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:43 PM

        The speculation goes on that Desi will get traded by July 31st.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:50 PM

        It’s amazing how the same fans who are convinced that Desi is absolutely worthless also think the Nats can easily trade him away.

      • nattyboh1 - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

        It’s hard to imagine selling any lower. A questionable fielder in a terrible season-long slump with 3 months of contract left. What do you get for that? I like ham sandwiches as much as the next guy, but dang.

      • langleyclub - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        If Desi is hitting .220 and striking out every other at bat in August, the Nats will take him out of the lineup without hesitation.

        The Nats have been patient, but Desi has now been benched and slotted in the 9th spot over the last two weeks. If Desi continues to be an anchor on the offense and Turner is lighting it up in AA and/or AAA, the Nats would make the move to bring in Turner. The Nats are all-in for this year, and they are committed to Desi as long as he is helping, but if he continues to be a drag on the lineup for another month+, the Nats will not and cannot keep him the lineup because of his production in past years.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        They’ll DL Desmond before they do that.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    #Nats at #Rays RHP Colome: Span CF, Rendon 3B, Escobar DH, Harper RF, Ramos C, Robinson 1B, Espinosa 2B, Taylor LF, Desmond SS (Roark P)

    Harper back in RF and Rendon at 3rd and Espi at 2nd. Desi batting 9th again.

    • therealjohnc - Jun 16, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      That’s a much better defensive alignment than last night. Interesting that Clint Robinson has apparently taken over the 1b job in Zim’s absence – when Espi isn’t playing there anyway. While one feels bad for Tyler Moore, Clint has been hitting reasonably well (relatively speaking).

      There were a few hits past Escobar last night at third that I had to wonder whether Rendon or Espinosa would have made the play.

      Sidebar: Espinosa may have been the shortest person that I’ve seen playing 1b since Pete Rose.

      • Bruxtun - Jun 16, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        Escobar definitely plays more shallow than Rendon and I think Espinosa. He has to dive a lot and the ball often goes through. Not sure how many times I want to see Rendon dive though.

      • nats128 - Jun 16, 2015 at 4:14 PM

        They were peppering everything last night passed a “diving Escobar”

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2015 at 4:55 PM

        One of my favorite Nats blog names … “Past a diving Vidro”!





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