Didn't Make the Paper: Playing Out the String Edition
Some leftovers from last night's game (for those who may not have seen it because of a certain football game) as well as from some other games:
Â· Nook Logan: You think he should bunt more? That was a sacrifice he laid down last night, just trying to get the runners over. But with his speed, he can cause havoc any time he gets it down. "Any time I put a bunt down," Logan said afterward, "that's the way I'm going to first." Which is to say: With a base hit in mind. Caused a rushed throw, two runs scored, Logan ended up on third, and the Nationals had a four-run inning with just one hit. Logan is now hitting .269, higher than all but two Washington regulars - Dmitri Young and Ronnie Belliard.
Â· Shawn Hill gave up a home run to Kelly Johnson on Sunday against Atlanta on an 0-2 pitch. It was the first homer Hill had given up on an 0-2 count in a major league game.
Â· Mike Rizzo: As I mentioned in the notebook, Rizzo may indeed end up as a candidate for the Pittsburgh GM job, but the Pirates have not contacted the Nationals yet. He would certainly be interested. He has no desire to leave the Nationals except for a GM's job. There's only 30 of those. I'll monitor this as it develops.
Â· Radio: Bill Ladson mentioned it in his notebook at mlb.com this morning - Slowes and Jageler expected to be back. I had mentioned that a couple weeks ago, and I was told last night that the announcement of a new radio deal with Bonneville Corp. - which would keep the team on 1500 AM/107.7 FM - could come at any point. The paperwork is being filled out.
Â· Bob Carpenter: His future's not as solid. He doesn't have a new deal. There are not a lot of marquee free agents on the TV market this winter. We'll have to see what happens there.
Â· Tim Redding, as reporters discussed his (shaky) outing with him last night: "Any report that's being sent out tonight shouldn't have anything to do with me. You look around this clubhouse, and there were 10, 11 12 hitters - starters and bench players - put 12 runs on the board. That's after being down 4-0. Bullpen comes in throws five innings of shutout baseball. Against that lineup, it just speaks volumes about what this team's capable of going. My hat's off and my hands are patting everybody on this clubhouse on the back."
Â· RFK: The final week at the old yard certainly isn't drawing folks out. It'll be interesting to see what happens tonight - when they're not up against the Redskins - but the 18,000 and change that made up the crowd last night had to be the fewest for a Mets game at RFK since baseball returned in 2005.
Â· Since Aug. 18, the day Wily Mo Pena arrived (exactly one month ago today), Ryan Church has only 51 at-bats. His numbers in that time: .275/.339/.569 with four homers and 14 RBI. Could this be an indication that he could handle a part-time role next year? (He prefers starting, obviously.)
Â· You might want to read a bit about the Nationals' initial forays into Asia here. I'm sure I'll be writing more about this stuff in the near future.
Â· The Mets: My goodness, they looked horrendous. Wright and Reyes both had errors. No Delgado. Brian Lawrence in a pennant race? A beat-up bullpen. Randolph obviously was saving the front-line guys - Heilman, Mota, et al - for a game they might win, but still, that was terrible.
Â· Talked to Mets beat writer Adam Rubin of the NY Daily News yesterday, who said the Mets are even more upset now to have lost Jesus Flores in the Rule 5 draft. Both Paul Lo Duca and Ramon Castro are free agents (anyone notice the Mets are carrying four catchers right now?) and they have no prospects at top of their system.
Â· The Marlins lost last night to the Braves, so the lead in the "other pennant race" is two games (that being the Nationals' advantage over Florida for fourth place).
Â· D'Angelo Jimenez had a hit for the 13th straight time that he's started. Felipe Lopez came off the bench and hit a double. Lopez seems cheerier the last several days. Maybe he likes a reserve role?
Â· Joel Hanrahan vs. John Maine tonight? Mets might make up one in the standings.
I'll talk to you from the park.
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