Where Are They Now, May edition (Now with lineups -- going fast!)
This LINEUPS ADDED EDITION posted at 3:04 p.m.
Furcal -- 6
Pierre -- 8 (Grady Little flip-flops these guys for now at the top of the order)
Garciaparra -- 3
Kent -- 4
Gonzalez -- 7
Martin -- 2
Ethier -- 9
Abreu -- 5
Lowe -- 1
Lopez -- 4
Guzman -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3 (Not only back in the lineup, but hitting cleanup)
Kearns -- 9
Church -- 7
Schneider -- 2
Logan -- 8
Bacsik -- 1
Because there's almost nothing worth discussing about last night's game (although I'll give you the gamer, and some non-news about Nick Johnson and some actual news about Luis Ayala in the notebook), I figured, with May about to come to an end, it might be time to check in on those non-Nationals - the guys who used to play for this team that don't any more.
(More housekeeping: I have a chat at 1 p.m., so please come over. And I arrived at the ballpark last night with dead batteries in my fancy digital recording device, so for the first time all year, there is no podcast. I apologize to the two of you who are faithful listeners to that thing (and yes, that includes you, Mom).)
We did this just over a month ago. At that point, on April 24, the notables were Claudio Vargas - who was 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 24 strikeouts with three walks in 17 innings for the Brewers - and Ramon Ortiz - who was 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA for the Twins.
When I asked last time, I wondered which of these guys you missed the most, which move you regretted, etc. But since we know that this year is really about building for the future, I ask a slightly different question this time around:
Would any of these guys be pieces of a contending team in, say, 2009?
2005 (Or the "Thanks for the Memories Guys"):
Brad Wilkerson, OF, Texas - .250, 6 HR, 20 RBI, more strikeouts (24) than hits (22), on the disabled list since May 16 with a pulled right hamstring
Jamey Carroll, INF, Colorado - .177, .307 OBP, 15 runs scored, has appeared at second, third, shortstop and center field
Tomo Ohka, RHP, Toronto - 2-4, 5.30 ERA, 21 walks, 18 strikeouts in 52-2/3 innings over nine starts
Gary Bennett, C, St. Louis - .227 in 17 games backing up Yadier Molina, no extra-base hits, 1 walk (still has World Series ring)
Preston Wilson, OF, St. Louis - .219, 1 HR, 5 RBI, more strikeouts (17) than hits (14) in 64 at-bats, on the disabled list since May 6 with right knee inflamation
Claudio Vargas, RHP, Milwaukee - 3-1, 4.01 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 20 walks in 49-1/3 innings
Jose Vidro, DH, Seattle -- .307, .361 OBP, .377 SLG, 3 HR, 17 RBI, five of 61 hits are for extra-bases, moved from third to second in the lineup recently
Jose Guillen, OF, Seattle - .262, 6 HR, 28 RBI, .330 OBP, .433 SLG, 10 doubles, more strikeouts (29) than RBI
Mike Stanton, LHP, Cincinnati - 1-2, 5.40 ERA in 18-1/3 innings over 25 appearances, left-handed hitters hitting .343 off of him
Livan Hernandez, RHP, Arizona - 5-2, 3.58 ERA, 73 innings over 11 starts, 36 strikeouts, 34 walks, four homers, opponents have a .344 on-base percentage (yet you can imagine, from here, Livo working out of all those jams he creates)
Esteban Loaiza, RHP, Oakland - 0-1, 6.75 ERA for Sacramento River Cats while on rehabilitation assignment. Hasn't pitched in the majors this year.
Terrmel Sledge, OF, San Diego - .208, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .319 OBP, .365 SLG in 40 games
Tony Armas Jr., RHP, Pittsburgh - 0-3, 8.19 ERA, demoted to bullpen after posting 8.46 ERA in seven starts, has appeared only in mop-up role
Hector Carrasco, RHP, Los Angeles Angels - 0-1, 5.86 ERA in 19 appearances (including one start), 20 walks in 27-2/3 innings
Endy Chavez, OF, New York Mets - .318, .365 OBP, .455 SLG, five doubles, two triples, 1 HR, 12 RBI
Brendan Harris, INF, Tampa Bay - .303, .357 OBP, .393 SLG, 2 HR, 13 RBI, starting shortstop, hitting .139 in last 10 games
Gary Majewski, RHP, Cincinnati - 0-0, 10.80 ERA in two appearances since being recalled from Class AAA Louisville last week, one grievance filed over condition of shoulder
Marlon Byrd, OF, Texas - .400, 3 RBI, no walks, no extra-base hits in four games for Rangers since being recalled from minors
Junior Spivey, INF - signed April 19 with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League
Zach Day, RHP, Class AAA Omaha (Kansas City) - 1-0, a 4.04 ERA in nine starts
Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs - .296, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 42 strikeouts in 228 plate appearances, .348 OBP, .468 SLG, 8 SB, 16 doubles (Replacement Ryan Church: .257, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 17 doubles)
Ramon Ortiz, RHP, Minnesota -- 3-4, 5.65 ERA, nine homers in 57-1/3 innings, 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in April, 0-3 with a 10.48 ERA in May, moved out of the Twins' rotation and to the bullpen and made first relief appearance last night (one scoreless inning)
Royce Clayton, SS, Toronto - .243, 1 HR, 9 RBI, .294 OBP
Marlon Anderson, INF/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers -- .222 in 18 at-bats, placed on disabled list May 6 with right elbow surgery, out two-three months
Daryle Ward, PH, Chicago Cubs - .286, 0 HR, 5 RBI, four doubles in 45 plate appearances
Bill Bray, LHP, Cincinnati Reds - on disabled list with broken left index finger, hasn't pitched this season, on rehab assignment
Matthew LeCroy, C/1B, Class AAA Rochester (Minnesota) - .198, 2 HR, 12 RBI in 40 games
Damian Jackson, INF - released by Los Angeles Dodgers in spring training, hasn't been picked up, appeared when Nats played at San Diego to visit old pal Robert Fick
Brandon Watson, OF - Back with Class AAA Columbus and the Nationals after being released by Detroit earlier this month, and now has 26-game hitting streak
Seriously, who do you want back?
And that leads to a discussion we had in the press box in St. Louis when there was a &%$#!@ rain delay with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday night: Who gets your vote as the Worst National Ever? I might dive into this discussion later. I bet I can dig up some names that you'd long ago forgotten.
That's it for now. I'll get you lineups from the ballpark, and please join me for my chat.
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