Nationals Baseball: Monday Ultra Quickie

Monday, June 08, 2015

Monday Ultra Quickie

Hey we stink! Go!

14 comments:

Bjd1207 said...

NO!

We were promised a CHuBOUV's explanation. Freak the thread, freak the team, just tell us wth that means!

Anthony Rendon said...

So what does CHuBOUV mean. Contract Hurt By Of United Visas?

We don't stink. Our offense is streaky and we are in a bad streak right now. As Bryce and Storen are the only consistent things we have right now. (and I guess Max)

Chaz R said...

That's not a soulless automaton post. I think Harper ' s kid took over the blog.

JE34 said...

Harper got a little too comfortable having us write for him, I see. Where is my free soulless analysis with pithy commentary?

I also must know what CHuBOUVs are. Tell you what: tell us what CHuBOUVs are and maybe your devoted readers will write the column for you.

I also want to see Espinosa hose someone at the plate on the fly from deep left field.

I also want to see Nats hitters work the counts. I have no idea if fancy stats back me up, but IMO, streaky hitters tend to be impatient hitters... seeing it big and jumping on it early in the count, which is something that can't be done all year long. Truly GOOD hitters work the pitchers until they give em something good to hit. Bryce, Tony Two Bags, Werth, and Zim are historically good hitters in this fashion, yes? I generally consider them 'tough outs,' guys that make it tough on opposing pitchers. Desi, Ramos, Yunel -- they swing at bad pitches, and don't typically work the counts. They are much easier outs. I fully expect Yunel to be hitting .250 by year end because of all the bad pitches he goes after.

Gr8day4Bsbll said...

Critical Human Being Over-Under Values. CHuBOUVs.

Or something like that. After all, it was the CHuBOUVs associated with Jason Werth that started this whole distraction from a team that can't hit, can't field, can't run the bases, and can't play solid ball in any month that doesn't start with the letter "M"...

Can't wait for Moctober...

Bjd1207 said...

@JE34 -

1. Unfortunately I don't think we'll see Espi out there, although I'd love it too. He's still better at the plate than Moore/Taylor and brings a much needed lefty presence.

2. I'm unsure of the connection between low pitch-count PA's and "streaky" offenses. I think first we'd probably have to set a baseline definition of what counts as a "streaky" offense. I know in general terms we mean what we've seen this season with multiple games of 10+ runs and then long stretches of games where we don't get above 3 runs. But we'd need firmer qualifications before we can start trying to draw a correlation to pitch count numbers.

3. In general you're correct about the approach of those hitters, save for Rendon. I thought the same thing last year just from watching him but Harper corrected me on one of the threads. His K totals are a little low which I think is why my eyes deceive me, but his walkrate is very low and his P/PA is also below average compared league-wide. Bryce, Werth, and Span all work the count very well historically; Desi, Ramos, and Escobar all swing at everything that moves historically.

Zim is an interesting case because I SWEAR in year's past his approach has been drastically different than what we've seen this year, but the numbers in pitch count don't exactly bear it out. It used to be that he'd take the first pitch almost every single at bat, so much so that my Dad and I used to argue over whether he took it TOO regularly. The only time he'd deviate is if the guy just walked the bases loaded, or he was a fastball only reliever, or stuff like that. THIS YEAR it seems like he's starting every AB 0-1, either flailing at first pitch breaker or fouling off a fastball

Anonymous said...

Contract Hurt By Other Unpredictable Variables

Robot said...

1) ARGH!!! Tell us what CHuBOUVs means!!!!!

2) Stop playing Rendon at 2B! The team picked up Yuni to play 2B! I don't care if he prefers third all of a sudden, he's 32 years old and NOT THE FUTURE OF THE FRANCHISE!!!

3) I agree about the overeager hitters. I feel like Desi always swings at the first pitch. Bryce, Span, and Werth know how to work the count.

4) I missed yesterday's game, but the base-running in the other three was atrocious. What's going on here?



Finally, "Select all food" - a glass with a lemon in it. Food or not food?

John C. said...

Has anyone else noticed that the Nats hit the wall pretty much the instant that Harper called the NL East? I'm not insisting that correlation = causation, mind you. Just ... pointing it out. (DOOM)

Froggy said...

@John C - yes I noticed and called our esteemed Blogger out on it on May 26th!

It is all your fault Harper!!

Zimmerman11 said...

CHuBOUV is a typo... it's "Chub Luv" and refers to the irrational exuberance for players with a little extra weight. Kirby Puckett, Mo Vaughn, Kruk, The Prince, The Panda, etc.



G Cracka X said...

Happy Strasmas 5th anniversary!

Harper said...

John C - well that is also pretty much when Werth gave up the ghost on playing and Stras went down so there's that. But it also could be me. I'm quite powerful

BxJaycobb said...

I have a question nobody has been able to adequately answer. If the nats give multiple QOs to free agents (let's say jordan, fister, Desmond, and span) that are are rejected, will nats literally end up with 4 sandwich round picks in the 2016 draft?! Or is it just one compensatory pick per team only, no matter how many FAs leave?