Odd. Looked down at the books and there were the same amount of Curly W's in it as the day before.
The Nats face an interesting weekend. While they try to knock the Marlins around, the rest of the NL East faces the non Dodger part of the NL West. The Phillies keep playing a Padres team that has problem scoring runs against bad pitching let alone Hamels and Halladay. The Mets take on the fairly punchless Giants. And the Braves, who have scored 7, 9, 14, and 10 runs in 4 of their last 5 games, take on the D-backs. Honestly I expect one of those teams to sweep the weekend so the Nats really do need to take 2 of 3 at least, to keep their little lead.
Since no one wants to talk about a dumb loss how about a look around the league at some former and could have been Nats?
Prince Fielder : .354 / .418 / .521 Yep he's that good. Still going to be death at the end of that contract though.
The Gio Deal
Tom Milone : 2-1, 2.84 ERA
Brad Peacock : 1-1 1.42 ERA in AAA
AJ Cole : 0-2 4.80 ERA in High A
Derek Norris: .306 / .302 / .612 in AAA
I wouldn't take the deal back, because Gio gives the Nats the NOW stats they need, but the 2013 A's likely will owe 2/5ths of their rotation and their starting catcher to dealing Gonzalez. Glad to see a deal work out for everyone.
The Centerfield Mess
The "settle for these guys" the Nats didn't settle for
Marlon Byrd : .075 / .159 / .075. Just noting.
Kosuke Fukudome : .143 / .200 /.143. Yep done.
The foreign gambles passed on
Norichika Aoki : .300 / .417 / .300 Numbers look good but he's been strictly a PH so far. 13 PAs.
Yoenis Cespendes : .222 / .340 / .533. May have made a mistake here because that power is for real.
The "trade for these guys" not really on the table, but felt available if the Nats would pay through the nose
Dexter Fowler : .216 / .326 / .459. Don't buy the power. 15 homers over last 3 years.
Peter Bourjos : .206 /.229 /.324. Not this bad, but not as good as you might have thought.
BJ Upton : Should play first game today.
The "trade for these guys" not available
Adam Jones : .321 / .357 / .679 Hey look Luis Ayala is on the O's and doing ok!
Denard Span : .327 / .364 / .442. Off the market once they got rid of Delmon last year. There's a reason these guys weren't available.
Old Friends and such
Adam Dunn : .222 / .340 / .400. A slow start for Adam in a season where he needed a fast one. He's still a couple of 0-fer games from being terrible and he hasn't hit a home since Opening Day. I'm not ready to call this 2011 redux just yet but he needs to get a streak going or something.
Livan Hernandez : 4.70 ERA. Unimpressively eating up unimportant innings for the Braves.
Laynce Nix : .188 / .278 / .313. Just one small part of the Phillies offense problem.
Erik Komatsu : .273 / .385 /.273 The Rule V grab is so far hanging on as the last OF on the bench for Cardinals.
Nyjer Morgan : .139 / .139 / .139 Is the honeymoon over? Probably, but at least the Brewers can feel good they didn't get suckered into a long term deal after last season.
Josh Willingham : .340 / .411 / .700 No he won't keep
hitting like this but he's still a good deal at 7 million. And the
3-year deal means he won't get traded this year. Enjoy your calm
Justin Maxwell : .250 / .308 / .500. See Aoki, though he's getting some starts now. Good for him.