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Anyone notice the players o' the week?

The American League player of the week was Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen, who hit .458 (11 for 24) with five doubles, two homers and 13 RBI.

The National League player of the week was Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who hit .516 (16 for 31) with seven home runs, 14 RBI and a 1.258 slugging percentage.

The entire Nationals outfield has six home runs. For the season.

Why can't Washington get players like this?

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 19, 2008; 8:43 PM ET
 
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Barry, now if you're gonna start talking sense then we're gonna have to send you to China and bring in some rookie....oh wait.

Posted by: Corey | May 19, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Barry, you are a cruel, cruel man.

Posted by: SF Fan | May 19, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Jon Lester has a no-hitter for Boston through 7.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | May 19, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Yea, that's not funny, man. We're rebuilding...

Posted by: Cajund | May 19, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Lester has no-no through 8, if anyone wants to get their XM ready to hear the 8th.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | May 19, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is covering the 9th.

Posted by: Cajund | May 19, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm just fine watching LUIS! make another appearance.

Posted by: Section 138 | May 19, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

And he does it, Lester throws a no-hitter...

Posted by: SF Fan | May 19, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Ayala's back up to a 99-game pace.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Another shutout of the Phillies by Redding?? Jeez. Wow.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I still don't know whether it's # of appearances, or # of pitches thrown in a year.

Ayala pitched just 12 pitches, which is relatively efficient.

Posted by: SF Fan | May 19, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the number of pitches matters, but in all major league history only 1 pitcher has gone more than 100 innings. So even if he's a plug-in hybrid out there he's pitching too much.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals lead the NL in shutouts. Who knew?
(Charlie did.)

Posted by: uggling | May 19, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Come again?
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in all major league history only 1 pitcher has gone more than 100 innings...
Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 9:49 PM

Posted by: ruggles | May 19, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Tim Redding is a machine!

BTW, who signed him for the Nats?

Posted by: estuartj | May 19, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals lead the NL in shutouts.
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Which way?

Posted by: SF Fan | May 19, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I think he must've meant "in relief" there.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

by not giving up runs in the game?
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The Nationals lead the NL in shutouts.
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Which way?

Posted by: SF Fan | May 19, 2008 9:53 PM

Posted by: let it rut | May 19, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought he meant 100 appearances.

Posted by: estuartj | May 19, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

So much for player of the week... 0 fer 3, with 1 SO in the process of getting no-hit.

Posted by: SF Fan | May 19, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I wasn't clear, meant most shutouts given, or most shutouts endured?

Posted by: SF Fan | May 19, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

100 APPEARANCES? Who would that have been, Iron Man McGinty?
Double-Duty Radcliffe?

Posted by: ruggles nation | May 19, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

100 innings in relief doesn't sound that amazing

100 appearances in relief seems ridiculous!

Posted by: estuartj | May 19, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Ooops yeah 100 appearances.

Mike Marshall.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/pitching/pigamp3.shtml

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Most shutouts thrown, delivered, on defense, by the pitchers, allowing no runs by the other team, keeping the plate inviolate, serving goose eggs for dinner, putting up round numbers for the opposition, bending but not breaking, winning something-to-zero, zip, nada, Das Nichts, the Great Void.

Posted by: ggggggling | May 19, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Washington get players like this?

Posted by: Ow! Cut it out! | May 19, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Follow that link and you will see that of the top 75 all-time single-season leaders for most games pitched, there are no less than 4 Nationals in the last 2 years.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Take a number (figuratively speaking).

Posted by: more ggggling | May 19, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

The next question of course is what did we get in return for Soriano and Guillen?

Also, what did we gove up to get either of them?

This of course leaves off the question of how much did we pay them for what they did for us (since no one ever cares about that is hindsight - unless you win a WS).

Posted by: estuartj | May 19, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

it's a pace, not a contract. it's not like he's actually going to pitch in 99 games.
They can always trade him to Cincinnati in July for Adam Dunn.

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Ayala's back up to a 99-game pace.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 9:41 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

something tells me Patterson isn't one of them...

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Follow that link and you will see that of the top 75 all-time single-season leaders for most games pitched, there are no less than 4 Nationals in the last 2 years.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 10:04 PM

Posted by: St. Ruggling | May 19, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Slowes just reported Belliard is going on 15 day DL with left calf strain. They are recalling Schroeder.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 19, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, not exactly. Rauch is there twice for '06 and '07 (tied for 25th and 15th, respectively), Saul Rivera for last year. Mike Stanton split 2006 between DC and SF.

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Follow that link and you will see that of the top 75 all-time single-season leaders for most games pitched, there are no less than 4 Nationals in the last 2 years.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 10:04 PM

Posted by: the truggle with triggles | May 19, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Just getting in. Wow, Redding! You're awesome!

Great quote, Barry.
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"...'What am I going to do? Pinch hit one guy who's struggling for another guy who's struggling?"

Posted by: NatsNut | May 19, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

And none of the three is considered especially fragile, so the argument they were overused lacks a little je ne sais quoi, but I don't know what it is.

Posted by: rugless | May 19, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of (s)truggling, the bullpen doesn't seem to be doing that so much lately.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Dmitri bought them dinner?
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Speaking of (s)truggling, the bullpen doesn't seem to be doing that so much lately.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 10:21 PM

Posted by: Don Ruggles | May 19, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

No they won't be considered fragile until they break down. For now, they'll be considered historically durable. But sooner or later the rubber band snaps.

But maybe you're right. Maybe these guys are freaks of nature who will defy everything we know about how much an arm can endure. But why risk it on a team going nowhere?

Posted by: @rugless | May 19, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I'm getting to like shutouts, as long as it is from my team's pitchers (a twofer tonight).

Going into this year, how many of us were saying, "gee, if Perez and Redding work out, maybe we can flip them for prospects to a contender?" I'm beginning to like Redding a lot. not in a Barry, shawn's sinker sort of way, but he's 30 and healthy. Always had an arm. Please Jim Bo, can we keep him?

Posted by: PTBNL | May 19, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

OMG, Barry. You crack me UP.
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"Put another way: Redding now has as many wins as Nationals outfielders have home runs."

Posted by: NatsNut | May 19, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

...and again
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"...Kearns out for the second straight game with a swollen right elbow -- sparing the 25,394 in attendance a view of Kearns's unsightly .187 average."

Posted by: NatsNut | May 19, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know Bowden's current contract situation? Was his deal multiyear?

Interesting interview of Bob Klapisch by Charlie Steiner on MLB radio today. Klapisch believes, barring an increidible comeback, that Cashman & the Yanks will part ways this offseason.

Figuring Bavasi in SEA, Ricciardi in TOR and possible Sabean in SF & Minaya in NYM are on the hot seat (plus Gillick is moving on in PHI), would the Nats job be appealling enough for Cashman if it was available?

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | May 19, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Redskins fans will appreciate the snark and extra effort Barry brings to his work. Can we get him recalled to this blog and this beat?

Posted by: samantha7 | May 19, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

There has to be some kind of reserve activation clause or stop loss policy that could be invoked to force Barry to stay.

Posted by: Svrlugamania | May 19, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Chico's not going to be able to make the start on Wednesday. His pal from Philly's getting married.

Posted by: The Wedding Planner | May 19, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Is the Belliard-to-DL/Schroeder to DC thing for sure?

If so, this is another instance of the completely bizarre roster management Bowden has had all this year. There has rarely been an instance where the guy DL'd and the call-up have played the same position. So now who's the backup middle infielder? Willie Harris I guess. Super.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | May 19, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Great time at the park tonight! Great win! Here's my six words, though:

Bloop double? What the Aaron Boone?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 19, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Not only did Redding pitch a great game, but he slid HARD into Jimmy Rollins and broke up a double play in the 6th inning. Gotta love the National League pitchers that have to hit, draw walks and do all the extra little things to help protect themselves out. Tim, it doesn't go unnoticed.

Posted by: Section 221 | May 20, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Barry summarizes the season (and no, this is not a misprint):

"Nationals outfielders -- and this includes production only when they were playing in the outfield, not as pinch hitters -- were, let's just say, below average. Their .202 batting average was last in the majors, as was their .291 on-base percentage. And their .279 slugging percentage -- and no, that is not a misprint -- was not only last in baseball, not only .150 points lower than an average NL outfielder, but was 77 points lower than the 29th-best outfield in the majors."

Posted by: flynnie | May 20, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

"Why can't Washington get players like this?"

Posted by: Ow! I said cut it out! | May 20, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

I loved watching Soriano play while he was here, but it did not make sense to spend $$$$ on one player while rebuilding. And, c'mon, doesn't anyone remember what a pain Guillen was - glad he is having a shining moment, but that came through a lot of trouble.

Posted by: Traveler | May 20, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Chico can you be the best man at my wedding? This weekend in Myanmar? (Sorry, the wife's family insists, and when General Than Shwe invites you to a wedding, you go!)

Posted by: SBF's Wedding | May 20, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

You mean this wedding?

http://tinyurl.com/6n4lu4

Swipe me some of those rocks! It's like the entire national debt of Burma went into buying her ice! Banger!

I noticed the Redding slide, too, and stood up and cheered for the guy. What a baseball player. Did you also spot Milledge's great play in center? He had a long way to go and not only got a good jump on the ball, but he played it perfectly to rob the Phils of a double.

And all those hits! I would have liked more runs, of course, but you have to hit before you can score a run, and - as Barry points out in a giant hunk of bleeding red meat to the haters - that's been sorely lacking.

Finally, my favorite moment of the game: defensive replacement Elijah Dukes taking over right.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 20, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

PTBNL, I read that your mom's fave player had a nice scoop to help preserve the no-hitter yesterday. hmmmm...

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 20, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Yes he did. Ellsbury had web gem #1, Zimmerman #3. Oh, and when Lester was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma, I sent him a note about the Youk fan's then-8 years survival. She's happy (sorry if this is TMI).

Posted by: PTBNL | May 20, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Not at all, PTBNL, that's great!

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 20, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey Barry, did we watch the same game? Where are the six doubles, tied for the most in a season by the Nationals? Where is this stellar defense and offense by Zimm that the teaser promises me. Heck, where is Zimmerman at all? Where is Jesus Flores stepping in at catcher more major league ready than the major league catchers? Where is Saul Rivera coming on in a situation when the Phillies were on a come back, but shutting them down?

Coverage is indeed lacking. All we get is how the outfield batting averages suck. One of the best game of the season and you come back and hit us with this garbage. These are narratives that can't be found in the box score. I don't know what Stan did to you Barry, but this is shameful.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 20, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I was stunned when I saw the headline...Chico returns, refreshed...then I realized, it was about the pitcher, not the writer.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 20, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the writer has also returned (new post).

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 20, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

There is no justification for letting Soriano go. The Nats could have had him at a bargain price, if they'd gotten past that silliness about not negotiating in mid-season. Getting him in the first place could have been one of the all-time greatest steals. Letting him go was just short-sighted.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 20, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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