Patterson, Nook, and some random thoughts
So John Patterson is on the mound today. His first batter: three pitches to Neifi Perez, three strikes, have a seat flailing at the third. Struck out the next man, Timo Perez, looking at a curveball. Impressive start.
We're through three innings now, and Patterson has given up two hits and allowed a walk but no runs. I'll be interested to hear what he has to say afterward, because I think the command of his breaking stuff has been a little suspect. There is a little life on the fastball, but not a ton of swings-and-misses, so I'll also be interested in a radar gun reading or two.
The results, though, are fine. Forty-two pitches, 26 strikes. He's coming out for a fourth inning right now.
Nook Logan: Started in center field today. Must've been drooling over two prospects: facing the team that got rid of him, the Tigers, and facing a left-handed pitcher. So in his first at-bat, hitting right-handed, he drilled a ball to the right-center field gap. And in the next maybe five-six seconds, you learn why they still have interest in this guy. Robert Fick was running from first, and Logan almost caught him at third base. The ball went for an RBI triple, and the crowd buzzed about Logan's speed.
Which brings me back to something I've raised before: Is it possible that Logan would be a very useful platoon guy (starting against lefties) and late-inning defensive replacement/pinch runner/drag bunter?
Hmmm. Something to think about.
Through three: Nationals 2, Tigers 0
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