Nationals Baseball: There's Zimmermann! and Oh no!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

There's Zimmermann! and Oh no!

"Oh no!" first. Nationals Farm Authority is shutting down. All so he can teach brats that x equals 2! In all seriousness, NFA was a fantastic site and it will be missed. Go say so.

As for ZNN - it looks like I'll probably be wrong about doubting how fast this guy can come back. That's the kind of wrong I can get behind, though. I watched the highlight of the Morgan play and other than the lack of slide, it was less confusing than I thought it would be. Morgan was waved in because the 3rd base coach saw 4-6-3 and figured there was no harm in doing it. Ramirez didn't go to first because of the slowness of the hit and maybe a slight trouble getting the ball out of his glove. Morgan didn't slide because there was noone infront of him telling him to get down (the bench looks suspiciously quiet on the replay) and because he figured the ball would beat him home easily (it did) and only a high but catchable throw would make a slide worthwhile. Of course that's exactly what happened.


TheYellowSlant said...

I think I knew ZNN was going to be back by his third rehab start. Most of these guys come back and they give up some hits, runs and they say, "Oh I'm just working on my mechanics, not worried about the hits, etc." Yet ZNN did that AND was able to mow down inferior competition.

As for Morgan, sure you can say the contact was clean and that he wasn't at fault, and if this was an isolated event we could overlook it. The fact is we can't though because it is just the latest in the string of events.

We applauded when he played with emotion when it helped his game: getting good jumps off of first, getting that extra burst on the bases and in the outfield.

Now, management has to take a good look at whether his positives can outweigh what clearly looks to be a lack of baseball intuition and knowledge at an age where it's hard to teach those things.

Harper said...

I've heard a bunch recently about how amazingly complete ZNN's comeback was (in part to say "Don't expect it from Strasburg") Looks like it was true. Like I said, I'd be happily wrong if he can keep doing this the next month.

The biggest argument in the Nyjer's mindset discussion is as follows :

.257 / .317 /.319

You hit like that and it doesn't matter if you are Patton in the clubhouse and an angel in the outfield. I think all this other stuff just makes the decision that much easier.

Brian said...

Harper - I appreciate it. You are one of the trailblazers in Nats blogging.

Harper said...


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