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Nats combine for no-hitter!

Uh, well, not quite. However, Tim Redding just finished off his fourth inning against the Marlins -- and please, listen to Charlie Slowes and Dave Florida on 3WT if you can. The Nationals haven't scored, but Redding has been impressive. He walked Jeremy Hermida, the third man he faced, but has retired the other 12 men. That's right, no hits through four.

I bring this up because yesterday in Vero Beach, Mike O'Connor fired five innings of no-hit ball against the Dodgers. (I asked Jim Bowden what he thought of O'Connor. He said, "What do you think I think of him? He's back to 88 with a really nice curveball.)

So add 'em up. That's nine straight innings of no-hit ball from the Nats last two starters. A bit of history.

Dmitri Young also singled sharply to left (while batting right-handed) off Marlins lefty Mark Hendrickson in his first major league at-bat of the spring. That's the Nats' only hit.

Also, before the game, I met Pat Sajak. And I wondered: Who has, upon introduction, heard the following line more -- "Hey, wanna buy a vowel? -- Me or him?

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 13, 2008; 7:51 PM ET
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Hey, Victory Song for Redding. The Washington Post March by Sousa.

Posted by: 6th and D | March 13, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

hope starters are this sharp come march 30.

Posted by: natsscribe | March 13, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Trying to listen to the game through MLB game day audio (or whatever it's called) but all MLB websites (including aren't working. anyone else have the same problem?

Posted by: mrlogical | March 13, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

No problems with me.

Posted by: to mrlogical | March 13, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Diving Catcher | March 13, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

On King's value-

Career - Left handed batters OPS vs. King - .598 - Thats pretty solid for a LOOGY. Manny is a stats guy and will play the percentages, for which King offers solid #'s versus left handed batters. He allowed an earned run in 16 of 67 appearances in 2007 with a couple doozies that really bloated his ERA.

Maybe he'll play the part of Mike Stanton and sign a 1 yr deal, get traded at the deadline, sign a 1 yr deal the following year and get traded again at the deadline. King still has value (he was a tradeable commodity in 2007), but how much (he signed a minor league deal in 2008, so there wasnt major league roster demand for him)?

He obviously doesnt fit into the long term plans and it would be silly for a guy like Hanrahan or Whitney to lose a spot on the 25 man/be forced through waivers to hold the last spot for King.

Is having a LOOGY on a rebuilding team roster a luxury? Sure is, same with a closer as productive as Cordero or having league average depth to fill out the last couple roster spots (Lopez, Harris, Boone, Mackowiak).

You just gotta hope Bowden maximizes the value of the marginal players on the roster bubble through trade. Hopefully we wont see Mackowiak, Harris, Hanrahan & Boone given unconditional releases/refuse minor league assignments or Whitney & G Guzman sent back to the Indians and Twins.

Short term, relatively low risk investments have been made on many of the players in the roster crunch. It would be good to see a return on those investments.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | March 13, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Meat Hook: 2 for 3, with a walk

Maybe we will have a first base controversy after all. God, wouldn't it be nice to have a controversy because of goodness?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 13, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

That's pretty funny.
Who has, upon introduction, heard the following line more -- "Hey, wanna buy a vowel? -- Me or him?

Posted by: NatsNut | March 13, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey. Where is everyone? Only 8 posts in 3 hours? (Well. 9 posts after this one).

Our CPP rate is gonna take a hit.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 13, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I am a huge bust. My defense sucks and I can't hit worth a crap. I wish they'd trade me for a bag of peanuts.

Posted by: Kory Casto | March 13, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Dave Florida? Where's Jaegeler?

Posted by: Juan-John | March 13, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

What about Felipe for Daniel Cabrera?

Both underacheive & have potential. Both would probably welcome a change of scenery. Lopez makes just over $1 mil more than Cabrera this year. Both are currently on 1 year deals, so neither team has a long term commitment. Lopez is slightly older and has a little bit more service time, but both still have yet to reach their prime years.

Stupid Orioles get an option for SS (over Hernandez) or 2B (if Roberts is traded). A Roberts trade could offset the SP loss of Cabrera by adding someone like Gallagher or Marshall.

Lots of hurdles to overcome a potential trade between the Nats & stupid Orioles. Theres probably an underlying hatred between the two team owners. Loewens recent injury concerns further deplete an already poor pitching staff. Last thing the Nats need is another inconsistent pitcher added to the roster crunch mix. And I know Cabrera has incredible issues with his command.

Maybe Randy can coachem up.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | March 13, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Pat Sajak owns WNAV in Annapolis. Any chance he is trying to arrange an affiliate deal to broadcast the NATS?

Posted by: Annapolis | March 14, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't think anything would stop JimBo from making a deal, not even hatred. It might stop another GM, though.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | March 14, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

"What about Felipe for Daniel Cabrera?"

That deal would make no sense at all. Middle infield and starting pitching are the two weakest areas of the team. Why remove an asset, albeit a limited one, from the already thin middle infield just to make a dubious upgrade to the rotation? Remember, Lopez is the only real backup option the team has at shortstop. In order to deal him, there would need to be another trade made to shore up the middle infield. I don't follow the Orioles enough to know whether Lopez could help them or not, but a Lopez-Cabrera trade would be a net loser of a deal for the Nats.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | March 14, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I beat this drum last summer to no avail, but I'll try again. Zimmerman, Pena, Young. How many players will go down with silly muscle injuries before we begin to question the Nats' training and medical practices? I've begged for a comparative with other major league teams on the pre and post game training regimens. I am officially starting again. Please Barry can you look into this? Given its lack of depth, this team needs to be at the forefront of MLB on keeping their players healthy. My sense is that they are not.

Posted by: #4 | March 14, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Barry's replacement will be of Hawaiian descent, with rolling combinations of almost only vowels in his or her last name.

I hope WMP is not injured for a long time, but I am alos excited to see what Dukes can do if he plays every day.

Bill Ladson said that the Dodgers might have interest in Willie Harris. This would be good, but the fact that he might not make the roster anyway because of a numbers game probably keeps the possible return pretty low.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | March 14, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Whether the Nats have a good conditioning program is a question worth considering, but I take exception to one premise in the statement - "lack of depth". The Nats are not a team with lack of depth anymore. (For lack of depth issues loook under O, Orioles). The Nats have 3 deep depth at virtually every spot except possibly shortstop and that is a league wide problem.

1B Johnson, Young, Whitney, Whitsell, Boone
2B Belliard, Boone, Boone, Lopez, Harris
3B Zimmerman, Belliard, Boone, Casto,
SS Guzman, Lopez, ... Desmond
LF Pena, Dukes, Machoviak, Harris
CF Milledge, Dukes, Maxwell, Harris
RF Kearns, Dukes, Machoviak, Maxwell
C LoDucca, Estrada, Flres, Nieves, Cota
Starters - Hill, Patterson, Redding, Perez, Lannan, Chico, Bergmann, Shell
Relievers - Cordero, Rauch, Ayala, King, Rivera, Shroeder, Hanrahan, Colome

Just saying, this is not your 2005-2007 Nationals roster. The team has depth.

I am not sure that an investigation would show that the Nats have poor conditioning and medical programs, but it is worth looking at. The Nats are not the only team with oblique, knee, and arm problems. The Yankees, Red Sox, Braves, etc.... are all facing the exact same issues. The Mets are leading the league in injurries this spring by a sizeable margin.

Posted by: NatBisquit | March 14, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Who in the bloody hell is the trainer on this team? Maybe these are not real injuries and guys want a few days off to play golf.

Posted by: #4 - I'm with you | March 14, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

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