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On Harper’s blasts, Fister’s start, new bullpen and the Mets

Jul 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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Some thoughts about the Nationals’ 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Miami while watching the Mets-Brewers non-trade saga take one bizarre turn after another…

— If you were worried Bryce Harper was in a funk at the plate, don’t be. No, he hadn’t homered since July 18 off Kenley Jansen, but it’s not like he had been completely stymied, either. In fact, Harper entered play Wednesday riding a 6-game hitting streak, having successfully reached base in 24 consecutive games.

All Harper really needed to get himself all the way back on track was a date with Tom Koehler, his favorite opposing pitcher in the world. Even before the two met Wednesday at Marlins Park, Harper already was 3-for-5 in his career against Koehler, with all three hits being home runs launched earlier this season at Nationals Park.

So, naturally, Harper did to Koehler yet again. His new, updated career stats against the right-hander: 5-for-8 with four homers. And that’s before he got to face Sam Dyson later in the game and launch his second homer of the evening, this one a moonshot way into the second deck down the right-field line.

Just like that, Harper’s power stroke has returned. He now has 29 homers in 93 games played (99 games for the club as a whole). If he can just get a few more at-bats against Koehler…

— He wasn’t perfect, but Doug Fister was the best we’ve seen him in more than three weeks, holding the Marlins to to runs and four hits in six innings. Fister still gave up some hard-hit balls early on, with a bunch of outs recorded in the air and not on the ground. But as the night progressed, his sinker began to sink a bit more, leading to more groundball outs. He also struck out four batters in six innings, which is a good number by his typical standards.

Fister still has a ways to go to recapture his form from 2014. But this was an encouraging step in that direction…

Jonathan Papelbon joined his new club, though he wasn’t needed to take the mound because of the 5-run victory. Still, we got a taste of what the reconfigured Nationals bullpen might look like when it matters most. And it’s hard not to like what you saw.

Casey Janssen tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning. That’s seven consecutive scoreless appearances for the veteran right-hander, with a grand total of two runners reaching base against him along the way. Drew Storen then made a nice statement about how he intends to deal with his bumping from closer to setup man by retiring the side in the eighth, striking out two.

Let’s see how this all plays out, but it certainly could wind up with Janssen becoming the go-to guy in the seventh, Storen in the eighth and Papelbon in the ninth. And that’s not a bad thing. Collectively, those three experienced relievers have 527 major-league saves to their record.

If everyone is willing to embrace his role, this might just have a chance of working out quite well…

— What in the world is going on with the Mets right now? By all accounts, they made a major trade for Carlos Gomez on Wednesday evening, sending injured right-hander Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores to Milwaukee in return. Gomez was informed of the deal on the Brewers’ team charter and took a selfie with teammates who expressed their admiration for the now-departing center fielder. Flores heard during the Mets’ game against the Padres that he was being traded but was left to keep taking the field and stepping up to bat despite moments of genuine crying while at his shortstop position.

And then the whole thing fell apart. Depending on who you believe, either the Brewers nixed the trade because of concerns about Wheeler’s rehabbing elbow, or the Mets called it off after reviewing medical info on Gomez’s hip.

Whatever the case, the trade never happened. And it doesn’t appear it will happen before Friday afternoon’s deadline. Just another day in the long, bizarre history of the New York Metropolitans.

  1. natsjackinfl - Jul 30, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Thanks Doug. You did much better than I had expected. Now Max, you need to get back on track.

    And I’ll be sitting down front behind 1st base today rooting on the Nats.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:01 AM

      Will look for you on the TV . As empty as it will be you should take those seats that look into the Nats dugout.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:06 AM

      And do let us know if the Fish manage to fall even lower with their pre-game “music” than yesterday (I assume no batting practice, given the game time). I mean, slow jams is one thing, but fart noises? Really? Maybe we could play whale songs next time they come to town.

      Speaking of music, does anyone know why Charlie and Dave stopped playing Journey after a win?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:13 AM

        Fart noises? Is that a joke as in bad music?

      • ArVAFan - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:27 AM

        Unfortunately, no. I am not making this up. “Fart noises” as in organ music.

        Follow the link on the right under “More News from CSNWashington.com, sixth item down.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:17 AM

        What could possibly be up for today’s BP? How about….SBD!

  2. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Foster looked pretty good, but he did benefit from that huge park on a couple of fly balls. I also thought Werth looked real comfortable in the OF last night.Have fun today!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 6:44 AM

      Damn auto correct… or was it my typing? Anyway, no, we didn’t get a new guy named Foster.

      • Candide - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:06 AM

        My tablet doors the save thing.

        DOES the SAME thing… oh, hell…

  3. knoxvillenat - Jul 30, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    There’s no crying in baseball!

  4. laddieblahblah - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Been gone for a while, fighting an impertinent kidney infection which insisted on taking all my time and attention for the last 7-8 days. I hope that if you are ever similarly engaged you have the support of the incredibly gifted staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where I was treated by the best team of individuals whom I have ever been privileged to have known in my entire life.

    Got out in time to watch Bryce’s great game from my sickbed at home last night, and to learn that Rizzo had stolen another star from another clueless rival. Why should Mike do trades when he can get away with grand larceny any time he feels like it.

    Missed this blog and its many savvy commentators. But I think it likely that I will be sticking around for awhile, so I’ll be seeing you.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:08 AM

      And a big “Get Well Soon” from all of us! Welcome back.

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:13 AM

        Thanks. It may take a while.

    • Candide - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:12 AM

      Why should Mike do trades when he can get away with grand larceny any time he feels like it.

      Mike Rizzo can steal more with a phone and a pen than a mob of gangsters with machine guns. 👍👌👏

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:17 AM

        The real crooks don’t need no stinkin’ machine guns, just a good appreciation of the stupidity of his rivals, or better yet, a good lobbying gig on K St. Those K St. guys make Mike look like a purse snatcher.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:15 AM

      Been wondering where you were. No calls, no letters (emails), no wonder. At our ages when we disappear for a while it’s not a good thing.

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:19 AM

        I suspect you’ve been doing just fine without me, Ghost. Actually, I’m very sure of it. After I get my bearings, will probably have some questions for you, as I am waaay behind the goings-on here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:29 AM

        It’s been crazy in NatsTown. Better than those years when the Nats were sellers and you held your breath on who would be leaving. Rizzo got so creative that he keeps growing as a GM. He was focused on Chapman for almost months and then widened his search to Kimbrel and Papelbon. Kimbrel was a non-starter and Papelbon just appeared to be a tactic to push Jocketty.

        That tactic ended up pushing Amaro as it seems that the Phillies had to get rid of Papelbon because he was forcing their hand. Amaro wanted more in return and Rizzo treated it like a salary dump and was offering next to nothing and they settled on Pivetta for Paps and cash.

        Are you kidding me? If NatsTown wasn’t so butt-hurt about Storen’s feelings they would be applauding this as grand larceny. As we found out, there was more to this story like Paps actually called Storen prior to OK’ing the deal. Took a while before that became public!

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:53 AM

        “As we found out, there was more to this story like Paps actually called Storen prior to OK’ing the deal. Took a while before that became public!”

        Cool. Interesting back story there. The camera guys caught the 2 of them together in the pen. Papelbon looks to be doing everything he can to make it work. And Drew seldom looked better than his 8th inning stint. Totally dominant.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

        Papelbon will mentor these guys like he did with Giles. Hopefully Aaron Barrett listens and when Treinen is back in September, same with him.

        I’ve heard Janssen is also a good teammate and he thought he was coming to the Nats as the 8th inning guy who would get some 9th innings. Things change quickly.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:18 AM

      “Why should Mike do trades when he can get away with grand larceny any time he feels like it.”

      Papelbon trade feels that way and they are paying the rest of his 2015 salary.

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:26 AM

        “Papelbon trade feels that way and they are paying the rest of his 2015 salary.”

        Heck, why should Mike have to pay it? If the Phils had any decent prospects, he could probably have talked them into throwing that guy in, as well – you know, just to take him off their hands, as a personal favor kind of thing.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:31 AM

        True and it looks like Amaro finally got his deal on Hamels and it looks rich in prospects. They didn’t get Gallo or Chi Chi but they got everyone else.

      • rayvil01 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM

        I don’t get all the angst in Nats Land over this deal. Some gal tweeted that “Nats fans would run a business into the ground worrying about not hurting anyone’s feelings.” Some of them surely would.

        Ken Rosenthal took a swipe at Rizzo for the trade. His Baltimore roots run deep. IMO he takes his fair share of swipes at the Nats.

        Quick Quiz: Right now, today, who is better as an 8th inning man than Storen? So Rizzo took a hole, made it a plus-plus, at the same time the 9th inning remains plus-plus, and it cost very little. If that isn’t brilliant management I don’t know what is.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:17 AM

        Yep, Ken was very one sided and didn’t have many facts. Svruluga wrote a good article but I think he didn’t have all the facts.

        Rizzo is not a PR guy and didnt sell it well from the personal level so you had to wait for all the facts to come out. Sure Drew will be disappointed. He should be working on a contract extension!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:19 AM

        When Bentances is in the 8th or Miller and Wade Davis look to be the only ones better than Storen in the 8th.

      • rayvil01 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM

        Exactly! Wade or Betances. So if Storen grades out to 3rd-best for an 8th-inning man, then that’s top-ten percent among 30 teams. Can’t ask for much better. Suddenly the back end of the bullpen is very good.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:57 AM

        I’d say so. Shortens the game.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:18 AM

      Sorry to hear that you’ve been ill, and wishing you full recovery and good health!

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:22 AM

        Thank you 1A, the classiest member of this board. You know what, when I saw the Hannah and her horse Geico commercial last night, I couldn’t help think of your take on the goat. Cracked me up all over again.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:59 AM

      Glad to see you back! Hope your recovery goes smoothly.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

      Glad you and your wit and insights are back…some good news to start the day

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:06 AM

      Glad to see ya Laddie… Keep you in my thoughts. Get well soon.

      I thought maybe you and David Proctor started going to all the Nats games or something… 🙂 Cuz I haven’t seen him in a while either.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:17 AM

      Good to have you back and hope you are on the mend

    • zmunchkin - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM

      Glad to see you back and hope you continue to feel better.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:56 AM

      Sorry to hear about the kidney–it chose to act up at an exciting time!

      Hope you are on the mend.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:12 AM

      Welcome back, Laddie! Rest up, heal up in time for the stretch run – it should be a lot of fun.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:13 AM

      Best wishes for a continued successful recovery — and to hear more analysis from you!

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:33 AM

      Hope you are feeling better and are on the way to full recovery. Yes, great hospital … good friend is going through a stroke/heart valve issue there … great Doctors and staff.

      Be well

    • realdealnats - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM

      Good to have you back Laddie. I don’t weigh in much, but always like reading your posts. And when I’m skimming posters b/c I’m on short time, you’re always one of the few I always stop to read.

    • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:12 AM

      Feel better. Sounds painful. Always look foward to your early morning posts and insight. Desi took the time to get back on track.

      • NatsLady - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:22 AM

        As above==best wishes for your recovery. Good to “see” you on here.

    • sec112 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      Rest up and feel better! We need you for the stretch run ( and the post season!)

  5. saintpaddy - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    I was a little worried when Tanner, “the shark” Roarke came in and made it look difficult to get outs. Especially after Jansen and storen made it look easy. I thought the marlins were going to punch him in the nose like Mick fanning but after arriving at home and sitting in the driveway listening to charlie and Dave on the radio for ten minutes describe the final out I could relax and listen to some journ heeeeey where did the journey go?

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Uh oh, it’s early morning and WordPress is already out of whack.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Rizzo is in such a difficult situation now with making more trades. There’s some that want him to make trades for the sake of making trades and that won’t happen. If Werth and RZim are healthy and productive, there’s not much he can do with position players or even the bench. Even Adam Lind would be overkill as he’d sit on the bench if RZim is healthy and productive.

    I still think Rizzo could trade Fister to the Yankees or Blue Jays if he got 2 prospects back that are better than what he could get as a QO.

    Otherwise Rizzo could get another bullpen arm if there’s another player he could steal.

    • virginiascopist - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:58 AM

      I suspect whether or not Rizzo deals for another bullpen arm is dependent on Carpenter’s status, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he picks someone up in August, like he did last year with Thornton. Struck gold there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:01 AM

        Yes, and more players become available as teams bow out of contention.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Not a good fielding day for Asdrubel Cabrera. Botched a doubleplay then a soft liner. 2 runs score and both were unearned for Archer and the Rays lost 2-1.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      Ouch!!

  9. Jfmii - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    This team most assuredly looks like a very strong contender. Let’s play the next 63 and see what happens

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    On position changes, the Cubs put their catcher Kyle Schwarber in LF. Schwarber hasn’t played in the OF even in the minors this year. He played a little bit there last year in the Minors.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:02 AM

      I was driving back from NC in early June listening to MLB radio. Jim Bowden was going OFF on how the Cubs needed to bring Schwarber up NOW. “He can hit at this level and they need that bat. Stick him in Left Field.” Bowden is often wrong. But, he was on that call. Listen, he can’t possibly be as adventuresome out there as CRob was. =)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:14 AM

        Schwarber runs with his glove up which tells you how new he is out there. In the 8th on a routine shallow fly and a runner on 2nd the fans at Wrigley went silent until he gloved it. He’s not much of a catcher and Anthony Rizzo has 1st.

        Can his offense make up for his defense? Looks like it can.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:19 AM

        In 7 games started behind the plate Kyle had 2 errors, 1 passed ball, and was 1-5 throwing out runners in SB attempts. But he can knock the snot out of the ball. He only played in 108 games in the minors and 36 of them were in the OF where he actually had pretty good defensive stats. I’ve never seen him play, so I’m just looking at his stats, but when you can hit like that they will try to find a place to play you.David Ross behind the plate isn’t all that great, either.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:06 AM

        At this point in his career, Bowden is a leading indicator of idiocy.

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:10 AM

        August 1st is 2 days a way and Trea Turner is according to Jim Bowden the starting SS of the Washington Nationals.

        We will see.

  11. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Went to bed with Carlos Gomez as the newest Met, but wake up to find he’s still a Brewer? Not displeased, just a bit perplexed. Should be a fun series in New York this weekend.

  12. edshelton2013 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    When is a diagnosis expected on Span’s injury? He’s been out about a month and Wagner says he won’t be back for “a few weeks”. .All I’ve ever heard is back spasms. What’s up with that??

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    From Ken Rosenthal: ” Also, source confirms: Hamels told #Phillies he would not accept trade to #Astros. First reported: @BNightengale.”

    I reported the same last night

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:32 AM

      I wonder why he didn’t want to go to the Astros…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:58 AM

        He’s Hamels. Probably didn’t like all the Rookies 😉

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM

        Yes, throwing at your own teammates–because someone has to–would be awkward, even for old school Hamels.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:34 AM

      That’s curious. He’d have made them a stronger contender.

      I guess Amaro is rubbing a lamp and hoping someone will take Ryan Howard off his hands.

  14. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Happy to see Laddie’s return.

    I’m a big Storen fan yet he has often made me nervous in the ninth inning. I haven’t obsessed about his playoffs problems — because those games are more hotly contested I think there are probably more blown saves in the playoffs (as a percentage) than in the regular season and, on the whole, Storen in the post-season has been on the plus side. What has concerned me most has been his trouble w/ LH hitters, who were hitting (approx.) .300 against him going into last night. With that hanging over him, any baserunner beyond the first is good cause to fret — and then, last night, he strikes out two decent LH hitters in the eighth. (Although the called strike on Ichiro was close, you could tell from the expression on his face he knew he had guessed wrong.) I agree with those people who say the Nats have turned it into a six-inning game — which is exactly what the doctor ordered for a rotation that includes Fister and Gonzalez, who seem to have six-inning maxima.

    And in the off-season I expect Rizzo to parlay Storen into a young, athletic catcher.

    (And in the playoffs this season I expect Lobaton will start more than every fifth day. His winning percentage is undeniable.)

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM

      If he has indeed been successful in creating a lockdown 7th-8th-9th in Janssen-Storen-Papelbon, why on earth would Rizzo then destroy it by trading Storen in the offseason instead of riding it out for 2016? Especially since he learned his lesson on expecting young relievers to step in and fill the gap with the Clippard trade. There are many ways to strengthen the catching spot that don’t require destroying your lockdown bullpen.

  15. natsfan1a - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    On another note, yeah, it’s a business, and I’m probably just a big softy, but that’s just [messed] up. imho.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/mets-wilmer-flores-cries-field-learning-trade-article-1.2308801

  16. rayvil01 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    On a different front, this is from the Atlanta Journal Constitution this morning: “The Braves could trade starting pitcher Alex Wood and reliever Jim Johnson to the Dodgers in exchange for prospects while also receiving veteran first baseman Mike Morse and a compensatory draft pick from the Marlins,”

    From the Atlanta standpoint this doesn’t make much sense. Wood is pretty good and very young. He’s under team control for a while. Mike Morse is the proverbial “box of bats” at this point. Not getting this.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      I don’t think Morse goes to ATL – at least, that doesn’t seem to be what mlbtraderumors is reporting.

      They have no need for him (tho who does, exactly?) and they don’t have LA’s ability to eat his salary.

  17. natsdial8 - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    So poster Laddie welcome back from the DL😀 Yes N Va area fortunate to have outstanding medical personnel and facilities .
    Mike continues to amaze.

  18. TimDz - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Off Topic, but interesting:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/07/cardinals-tv-contract-billion.html

    With each passing regional broadcasting agreement, Angelos’ position is getting weaker and weaker. I think it will be a matter of time before the MASN house of “Cards” falls….

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:13 AM

      A matter of time, yes–but a long time, I suspect.

      MLB is slow to act, and Angelos will tie it up in court as long as he can, until he gets as much as he can.

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:24 AM

        It had better be wrapped up before Harper turns into a free agent (2019)

        And, no, it’s not something I’d bet on. In fact, your statement of “MLB is slow to act, and Angelos will tie it up in court as long as he can” is a polite understatement, imho . . . .

    • therealjohnc - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:16 AM

      I saw that report, too, and had the same reaction. According to the article the deal is a 15 year deal for a cool $1 billion. Not bad for the 21st largest market in the country – although it doesn’t compare to the $1.5 billion deal inked by that storied franchise the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks play in the 12th largest media market in the country.

      The Nats? The 9th largest media market.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:43 AM

        Good point.

        By comparison, MLB arbitrators awarded Nats $60M AAV for this last reset period (2012-16).

        Cards will get $55M in first year of their new contract (which doesn’t start for a few years), and an AAV over its term of $67M per. Dbacks get more like $75M average per year (theirs is a 20 year contract).

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:59 AM

        Demographically poor and 21st largest. Its not affluent.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:13 AM

        Good point about the demography. Cards have a smaller market but get a greater share of it from their rabid following, and thus have a lot more households actually watching their broadcasts right now:

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2015/07/17/prime-time-tv-ratings-for-all-29-u-s-mlb-teams-shows-baseball-ruling-summer-programming/2/

        According to those TV ratings, there are more people watching Dbacks games than Nats watching games, which surprised me.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:14 AM

        erm, * watching Nats games.

        The # of Nats watching games is pretty small.

    • tcostant - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:23 AM

      In two years, the Nats get another market reset too…

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM

        I’ll believe that when I see it.

        You should rephrase as “the Nats are _scheduled_ to get another market reset.”

        Heck, just because the contract mandates it apparently doesn’t mean @#$# in the eyes of MLB or Angelos.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:56 AM

        Yeah, it’s not inconceivable that the first reset will still be tied up in court in 2017, the first year after the next reset.

        The Nats will get paid at some point for those “lost” years–probably not at truly fair market value, but the cost of those back payments should still be enough to break MASN’s back.

  19. bowdenball - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    As Mark says, it’s nice to see the fruits of the Papelbon trade, which is more about the 6th, 7th and 8th innings than the 9th inning. But I hope Williams doesn’t fall into the trap of strict roles for his bullpen guys. It looks like we have two reliable lefties now in Thornton and Rivero. I’d much rather see them in the 7th inning of, say, a one run game with the Mets with Granderson and Duda due up.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM

      It looks like we have two reliable lefties now in Thornton and Rivero

      Agreed. I think MW will mix-and-match a combination of Janssen, Thornton, Rivero (and Carpenter if healthy) for the 7th.

      Yowza — if we have all of that for the 7th — followed by Drew and Paps — just wow.

  20. nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Speaking of LF, Clint Robinson is back there again. I like resting Werth a day game after a night game and without den Dekker the choices for backup outfielder is slim.

    • NatsLady - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:28 AM

      Yep. Unless you want Danny out there, it’s Clint or Tyler.

  21. adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Harper leads NL in runs scored and HR
    Harper leads MLB in SLG, OPS, OPS+

    Since May 6 — 65 games — Harper’s been slashing .374/.489/.788/1.277

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