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Rob Dibble Has Had Enough

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For whatever you want to say about the Nats, Rob Dibble at least keeps me glued to MASN. I managed to delete most of my transcript from last night, when he and Bob Carpenter somehow began discussing Frank Sinatra. Dibble pointed out that the "famous director" with the "big eyebrows" was getting ready to direct a Sinatra bio-pic. Then he noted that his wedding song was by Sinatra, because he didn't think his guests would have appreciated a Slipknot tune. Carpenter....well, he didn't say too much.

This had followed up several moments of Dibbledian dismay concerning the bullpen, including:

"Are you sure we're not like in the movie 'Major League'?"

"It's not funny, but I'm laughing, because I'll cry if i don't laugh."

"It's like getting a gut punch."

"When is it darkest, right before the dawn?"

"It's been a long night, brother," Carpenter responded.

"Hey, I've only been here seven weeks," Dibble replied. "What have you been here, three years?"

"Mmmm hmmm," Carpenter said. "Well everybody was full of hope after that 73-win season in '07, nobody ever dreamed the Nats would only win 59 last year. And the thing that's a little scary about this, I'm not sure that they're even on a 59-win pace now."

They're not. They're on something like a 48-win pace. Still, my personal favorite came after Carpenter read the "this broadcast may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form, and the accounts and descriptions of this game may not be disseminated without the expressed written consent" portion of the script.

"Is it possible to disseminate our bullpen?" Dibble asked. "Or should that be dismember?"

And today there is great sport in dissecting the dismemberment. There was this comment from NJ about yesterday's lead: "Haven't seen anything coughed up that fast since my kid tried to eat dirt." There was Sheinin's entry this morning, showing that the Nats may have the worst bullpen in history.

But here's something weird: The Nats are 4-9 in their current skid. Over those 13 games, they've been outscored 31-19 in the first three innings. They've been outscored 40-23 in the next three innings. And they've outscored their opponents 36-27 in the final three innings. Sure, that's tilted because their opponents haven't needed to bat in the ninth three times, but even if you factor that in, they've been most competitive in the final three frames, with their staff having allowed about as many runs per-inning then as in the first three. The death inning has been the sixth, which they've lost, 21-7. Either way, I'd say there are many, many candidates for dismemberment.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2009; 11:08 AM ET
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The sixth inning just happens to be the inning that our bullpen typically comes into the game. If our starters could last more than six innings (which has happened only five or six times this season so far), things might be better. Oh, whatever, it would just push the misery back to the seventh inning! Go Joe Beimel.

Posted by: Incredulous2 | May 19, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Have to admit, I LOL'd at the disseminate line.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 19, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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