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Pick the number. How much time left does Charlie Manning have before he returns to Columbus? (State answer in weeks, days or hours.)

The guy was just brought on in a 2-2 game where the Nats had done everything possible (steals, sacrifices, bunt hits, robbed home runs) just to stay close. One swing by Jody Gerut -- on a 1-2 pitch -- obliterated all of that.

Now it's 5-2.

And Petco's speakers are blaring the AC/DC Hoffman intro music.

I like Hanrahan's Brooks & Dunn intro and all, but this is the kind of music every reliever should have. It's the sound of a game about to end.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 29, 2008; 6:04 PM ET
 
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I say it's less than 24 hours. I have not been impressed with him at all.

Posted by: BSG | May 29, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't think he gets on the plane to Phoenix

Posted by: lowcountry | May 29, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

he's going to start walking back to columbus after he showers.

Posted by: natsscribe | May 29, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure JimBow is on the phone now making travel arrangements for Ohio for Manning.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

bus ticket outta here

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 29, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

yup, he can't last until tomorrow's game. his ERA is now up to 9 and climbing (and he helped torch rivera's a bit more, too).

Posted by: 231 | May 29, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

How long does it take to get someone from Columbus (or Harrisburg?) to Phoenix? Welcome back, Mike Bacsic!

Posted by: flynnie | May 29, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I say he goes to Phoenix. Don't think Rob McDonald has time to get him on a different plane tonight. That makes my estimate 18 hours.

Posted by: Dick | May 29, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

He can be out of there by 10:20 pm PDT. Here is his schedule. Book it! Bye-bye Mr. Manning.

Thu, May 29 Delta Air Lines 1696
Depart: 10:30pm San Diego, CA
Arrive: 5:33am Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Delta Air Lines 4451
operated by Atlantic Southeast
Depart: 8:10am Atlanta, CA
Arrive: 9:44am Columbus, OH (CMH)

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | May 29, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

his towel should still be wet when he boards the plane back to columbus.

Posted by: natsscribe | May 29, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for making my flight reservations. I really loved my time in DC but realize that I really belong in Columbus. If I see Chris Schroder at the airport I will tell him that you are waiting for him at the arrivals. Good bye and God bless.

Charlie Manning

Posted by: l white | May 29, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Trevor Hoffman comes onto the mound to "Hell's Bells" from AC/DC's "Back in Black." Charlie Slowes says it's the best intro music in baseball:

I'm a rolling thunder, a pouring rain
I'm comin' on like a hurricane
My lightning's flashing across the sky
You're only young but you're gonna die

I won't take no prisoners, won't spare no lives
Nobody's putting up a fight
I got my bell, I'm gonna take you to hell
I'm gonna get you, Satan get you

Posted by: flynnie | May 29, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Out:
Charlie Manning
Wily Mo Pena
Brian Sanches
Saul Rivera

In:
Chris Schroder
Alex Escobar (or Kory Casto)

and you know I would rather have Mike Hinckley/Mike O'Connor/Matt Chico over Sanches/Rivera/Manning.

Posted by: ouch | May 29, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

He's lucky the Lerners sent FRobbie packing and hired Manny. Frank would have opened the door as the charter passes over Columbus and pushed the poor kid out.

Posted by: icefandc | May 29, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Chico, Trevor Hoffman's entry--with Hell's Bells blaring and the accompanying scoreboard video display--is awesome. Especially when they have a good crowd to go nuts.

I kind of like the friar bell thing too, although it probably doesn't have the same effect when the crowd is sparse like it was for this series.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | May 29, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

icefandc,

Then he probably wouldve cried about it at the press conference...

He's lucky the Lerners sent FRobbie packing and hired Manny. Frank would have opened the door as the charter passes over Columbus and pushed the poor kid out.

Posted by: icefandc | May 29, 2008 7:03 PM

Posted by: natsinthevalley | May 29, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Either "ouch" is new, or he's smokin' something KIND, 'cause Saul isn't going anywhere - neither is Wiley Mo Coyote, even if he has options left (which I don't think he does).
Saul is about as good a 7th inning guy as we have in the organization the last 4 years - it's too bad he (and mainly Manning) combined to blow it today.

Posted by: The Borg | May 29, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

If Al Hrabosky had had intro music, wonder what it would've sounded like. I'm thinking something angry and demonic, with a mixed-in vocal overlay of "Exorcist"-era Linda Blair twisting her head around 360 degrees and projectile vomiting.

Posted by: Gazizza Dilsnoofus | May 29, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, Manning is a LOOGY. And he's not doing his job. Next time, Manny should just leave Rivera in to sink or swim on his own.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 29, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

4.64 ERA (4 runs in last 3 appearances)
16 BB/20 K (pathetic)
0-for-3 save opportunites (nice work Saul)

0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in last 10 games and how many inherited runs has he allowed to score?

Posted by: Saul Stinks | May 29, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Saul Stinks? Gimme a break. The guy's been a horse. He's been probably one of the top 5-6 most valuable players we've had the last 2 years.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 29, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

listen im no genius but even a blind man could tell you if a team is getting 2-hit all the time by a bunch of no names and has a collective batting average of say .225, maybe its time to find a new hittin coach!! ya think????

Posted by: dk | May 29, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Manning's struggled, for sure. But I gotta say if Bowden believed that Manning was ready, then he should be willing to give him more of a chance. If he's going to demote him after facing 13 batters, that just shows that Bowden has no plan--like with O'Connor, Bergmann, Schroder.... he's just making random guesses, lurching from one blind stab in the dark to another, like me in my fantasy league. (But he's supposed to be better at this than I am.)

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 29, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

No matter how shoddy the relief pitching is, a team that can't get more than four hits doesn't deserve to win. Koufax and Drysdale couldn't with these hitless wonders.

Posted by: mike hunt | May 29, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Steven, Manning is no young stud. He's a journeyman who we signed as a minor-league free agent. Different rules.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 29, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Geez, guys, I know that you guy aren't patient enough to wait out a low hitting outfield, but really, this is TWO appearances! At least let the man settle down a bit before pulling the plug. Not everyone is lights out the first minute he steps in the stadium.

Posted by: SF Fan | May 29, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

losing sucks. the offense sucks. i'm thinking of going fully longterm with longterm. i'm even going to type in all lower case letters until i feel better. which will probably be after our next win, because i'm an idiot and single wins and losses actually affect my outlook.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 29, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Exactly right, SoCH. JimBo sure is keeping the notion of the "Columbus Shuttle" alive and well with his panic moves. Maybe soon we will hear from Chico that JimBo said Manning "spit the bit" and looked "scared stiff" out there on the mound.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | May 29, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, that's cruel Chico. Manning probably wasn't the best possible callup, but it seems that Bowden/Acta wanted a LOOGY at that particular point. Whatta going to do? BTW- I'm sorry for the initial gloat over the callup of Sanches; It seems he wasn't the answer I thought he'd be. The league's hitters have seemed to pick up on him pretty quickly. My bad.

Posted by: BIM | May 29, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

@Gazilla: If Hrabosky would have had intro music, imagine the opening theme from Halloween... "dadada-da-da-da, dadada-da-da-da, DAH-DAH-DAH..." at about 90+Db.

Posted by: BIM | May 29, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

We have had some tough losses this week . . . some nice wins as well . . . but some tough losses. Onto Arizona - Go Nats.

Posted by: lowcountry | May 29, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody have Mike Stanton's cell phone number handy?

Posted by: Friend of STAN | May 29, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

@Bob L.,

Sometimes it's HOW the losing occurs that's most painful. Tuesday night's game and this afternoon's game were like double shots to the solar plexus. Right now, this team's margin for error is razor-thin.

On another subject, if you haven't read ESPN's Jayson Stark's weekly column, he quotes Stan The Plan Man about attendance factors at Nats Park....

The lobby is closed: For all those people wondering why attendance hasn't been higher in Washington in the debut season for Nationals Park, here's a factor almost no one ever talks about:

Congress' tightening of the lobbying rules.

D.C. political figures are no longer allowed to accept gifts or services of $50 or more per year from lobbyists. So the kind of entertaining some people envisioned when the new ballpark was still on the drawing board is no longer an option.

"Tickets can't be used now for congressional lobbying, and you can't imagine how far-reaching [the effect] is," Nationals president Stan Kasten told Rumblings. "But it's not the difference between success and failure."

The Nationals are only 10th in the league in attendance. But they've had awful weather. Their season-ticket base is in the upper tier of the sport. And they're expecting a major attendance upsurge in June, Kasten said.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 29, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

So, I was just watching the replay highlights of the game on MLB.com. First, Langerhans catch was incredible - tremendous timing. But nearly as incredible was the fact that LoDuca talked about the visiting the security guard all through Duke's SF fly that brought Milledge home. Milledge was almost in the dug-out before they acknowledged the play. I know that we are paying this guy a lot of money and we do not need (or want) him to catch but does he really need to be commentating (which he seesm to do about as well as throw out runners at 2d)? Couldn't we assign him to the grounds crew or something?

Posted by: lowcountry | May 29, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

True story: Drysdale was flying back home to get a headstart on pitching the first game of a homestand while the Dodgers were finishing a road trip. LA reporters met him at the airport with the news Koufax had thrown a no-hitter. Drysdale, right on the beat, asked, "Yeah? Who won?"

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No matter how shoddy the relief pitching is, a team that can't get more than four hits doesn't deserve to win. Koufax and Drysdale couldn't with these hitless wonders.

Posted by: mike hunt | May 29,2008 7:49 PM

Posted by: CE | May 29, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Fire me please. We're last in the league in hitting and we're now the butt of jokes by local sportscasters. Let's end the pain and bring in someone who knows how to do this job.

Posted by: the hitting coach | May 29, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

got any string?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 29, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse


"I coached good but boy did they play bad!"

Posted by: The Ol' Perfessor | May 29, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, the Astros signed Ray King to a minor league contract...

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=2797

Posted by: LA Nats | May 29, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Not Liszt?
http://tinyurl.com/4ay24f
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@Gazilla: If Hrabosky would have had intro music, imagine the opening theme from Halloween... "dadada-da-da-da, dadada-da-da-da, DAH-DAH-DAH..." at about 90+Db.

Posted by: BIM | May 29, 2008 8:34 PM

Posted by: Section 3, my couch | May 29, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

leetee, agreed, if we could win 8-2 once in a blue moon it would make it easier to take some of the tighter contests. my favorite games by far are the classic pitchers duels, the 3-2 games that are decided in the late innings by smallball, but those games require a degree of confidence and competence that we don't have at the moment. i'll be better in the morning but for the moment, ugh.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 29, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@Bob L.,

The only thing that would be worse is if Owings takes Redding deep tomorrow night to drive in the winning runs.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

stan must have sold snake oil in his previous incarnation.

Posted by: natsscribe | May 29, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm just getting home and I left the game when it was 2-2.

I don't blame our bullpen at all. Not even a little bit. I blame our hitting. I think it's a lot to ask both starting pitching AND the bullpen to win on just a couple runs almost every night.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 29, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for forgetting to taunt Gerut today. It would have thrown off his concentration. It's not Manning's fault.

Baseball Prospectus boasts that it has reviews and projections for over 1600 major and minor league players. That way, anyone who has any shot ever of being a major leaguer has some info on them. Charlie Manning was not one of the 1600+ (Sanches is in the book, as is Mike Daniel and Bernardina).

Brandon Watson - He's with the IronPigs.

Posted by: PTBNL | May 29, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

On a bright note...Langerhans had a good day with a hit, rbi and an outstanding catch. A shame to blow that effort, but, hey....tomorrow is another day.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 29, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

A few years ago, I flew round trip from DC to Columbus on the now-defunct Independence Air (flyi.com) for about $40.

Think the Lerners wouldn't love to have that airline still flying?

Posted by: Suicide Squeeze | May 29, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Shaky strength?

The bullpen (except Rauch) is really looking bad now. Saul Rivera is good for one inning only. Manny leaves him for two and he just gets clobbered. Manning is going back to riding buses to away games. I realize that Acta does not have too many ways to play the bullpen now, and no one to get more than 3 outs. We got to hope that the starting pitchers will make it through the eighth inning in order to win.

Posted by: Dale | May 29, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Mad. Definitely, mad chops.

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Not Liszt?
http://tinyurl.com/4ay24f

Posted by: Section 3, my couch | May 29, 2008 9:38 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Manning takes the plane to Phoenix, but leaves from there for Columbus when the series is over. Barring a miraculous turnaround (like matching Snaches' striking out the side), he doesn't make it back to Nationals Park.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 30, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Chico's Gamer is #3 most viewed in Sports, even though the game was done by 6 pm yesterday. If they had that fabulous photo of Langerhans' Robbery on the front page, the gamer would be the most viewed article in the Post. Here's to Manning striking out the side in Phoenix.

Posted by: flynnie | May 30, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I hesitate to voice my opinion among such knowledgeable and talented scribes, nevertheless . . .

Who replaces Manning if he's sent down? Bowden's moving available players around like chess pieces. They are all interchangeable, mediocre and, by and large, inexpensive.

Mediocrity at low cost obviously was the (short-term?) goal of "The Plan," and it's working very well. Did Papa Lerner ever say he wanted to bring a championship to D.C.? I don't think so.

Even if he did, look at poor Abe Pollin, who wants a championship badly and yet . . .

In the meantime, the Nats are quickly building a reputation around baseball as a mediocre franchise, a reputation that will be hard to overcome should Bowden be authorized at some point to sign some free agents. What talented player would want to join this mediocre band of brothers? (This ignores the overriding question of whether Bowden can identify real talent if given the opportunity to do so.)

Posted by: JohnR(VA) | May 30, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

No more headfirst slides by Nats, please. I don't see the relevance of the headfirst slide. It appears to only slow the runner down. What fielder is afraid of a runner coming into a base hands first? Most are a little wary of a spikes first slide. It is far less likely that you'll hurt your shoulder coming in spikes first. Sliding into first base head first makes no sense. Run through the base and you'll get there faster. Why can't big leaguers learn this? Teams should fine any player who slides into first headfirst. That would stop that insane baserunning style.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 30, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Keep a good thought, flynnie ...

Posted by: CE | May 30, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Rickey slid headfirst most of the time, but then Rickey could slide sideways and beat most of the throws. None of these guys can could carry Rickey's jock.

Posted by: Rickey | May 30, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

lannan: the song remains the same.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 30, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Steve and NatsNut I agree with you!

JimBo says he is "shaking up things" by moving Schroder & Chico to Columbus when the real problem is in the outfield. He hides behind the "they have options" mantra. He's afraid to send still developing field players back to the minors where they belong. He might offend them or worse yet destroy their confidence.
Then we get a rookie writer rip a reliever and start a count down to when he is going to be sent down. This blog is more what I would expect from a true blogger not a professional writer. By the way let's start a count down on when Chico is sent to the high school beat. I guess the WaPo is turning itself into the NY Post.

Posted by: Povich | May 30, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

this from jayson stark's column:

• Don't sell him short: It's hard to think of a contender he'd be the right fit for. But if there are clubs out there shopping for a shortstop in July, they could do worse than Washington's back-from-oblivion Cristian Guzman.

"He's really playing well," said one scout. "Of course, it's in a contract year. But he's hitting well, and he's running well. He's the best player on that team."

aye, there's the rub.

Posted by: bob l. head | May 30, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Chico, I'm liking your beat reporting very much. You call things as you see them, and you obviously know The Game very well.

Can't anyone on this team hit? Johnson and Kearns go on the DL and their replacements are Even Worse offensively, which is pretty unbelievable. I'm tired of hearing these "it's early in the season, and the hitting will come around" excuses. It's NOT early! They've got to do something... if it wasn't for Guzman and Flores/Nieves we wouldn't score any runs, at all.

Jimbo can keep shuttling middle inning relievers all he wants, and it's not going to get this team to score runs.

Posted by: Bzl | May 30, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

and Boone.... but that's about it.

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if it wasn't for Guzman and Flores/Nieves we wouldn't score any runs, at all.

Posted by: Bzl | May 30, 2008 9:22 AM

Posted by: NatsNut | May 30, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

There seems to be an unhealthy dose of vehemence around here this morning. It is, after all, only a ballgame.

Posted by: lowcountry | May 30, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

So if Manning gets sent down, who do you bring up? If Schroder, then the bullpen is full of nothing but righties.

Whether used as a LOOGY or not, it does help to have at least one lefty in the bullpen. The only other lefty bullpen arm available from Columbus is Mike Bacsik. And he's served up 8 homers in 32 innings. In AAA. No thanks. I'd rather give Manning another chance. He can't be any worse than Bacsik (unless the Nats want to bring him up and sit him in the booth for Sutton).

Posted by: e | May 30, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Am I correct that Manning would have to pass through waivers?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 30, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"The guy was just brought on in a 2-2 game where the Nats had done everything possible (steals, sacrifices, bunt hits, robbed home runs) just to stay close. One swing by Jody Gerut -- on a 1-2 pitch -- obliterated all of that."

So what! The guy gave up a jack! He's the only lefty in the pen right now. What would Bowden do? Bring up Chico as the left specialist? I can throw harder than him!

One of the main problems with the team (outside the starting pitching), is that we don't have enough lefty bats and lefty relief pitchers. ((Such issues arise when you trade two left bats for a righty bat)). The Nats do not have a professional lineup, plain and simple. I'm done criticizing guys like Manning. So he made a mistake, what else do you expect from a guy with 3 innings of MBL experience??? He's a million times better than the other options we have...like that loser Bacsik who TRIES to give up homeruns!!!!

Posted by: whah whah! | May 30, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"So what! The guy gave up a jack!"

Well, technically he gave up TWO jacks. Two game-losing jacks. All in the space of five pitches, albeit spread out over a couple of days. That's bad. Even beyond Bacsik-level bad. So what? That's what.

Not that any of this should be used as justification for bring Bacsik back, mind you.

Posted by: An Briosca Mor | May 30, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

It happens guy! That's part of baseball. May I mention that the team continually puts out OFs who have done little to nothing!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Bacsik tries to give up home runs?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 30, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

i think that was a reference to the bonds homer.

Posted by: bob l. head | May 30, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"I'm sorry, Bacsik tries to give up home runs?"

Common bro, all the press leading up to Bonds was about how Bacsik wouldn't mind if he was the one to give up the bomb, then all of the sudden, he throws a batting practice pitch right down the middle of the place. Coincidence? No. Spineless? Yes. Career minor leaguer? Yes.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday. As much as I love the old pitchers duels, this team needs a few blowouts. Just think about how much of an impact on the pitching staff a little more offense could make.

Starters pitching with a lead face less stressful situations. They may go deeper into a game, as it is less necessary to replace them with a pinch hitter in the fifth or sixth inning. Thus, the bullpen gets a little relief, and the closer can take the day off.

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my favorite games by far are the classic pitchers duels, the 3-2 games that are decided in the late innings by smallball, but those games require a degree of confidence and competence that we don't have at the moment. i'll

Posted by: John in Mpls | May 30, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

hey [ ], 506 is an exceedingly uncommon bro!

Posted by: bob l. head | May 30, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I got the reference. It was the written version of shaking my head in disbelief.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 30, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Any chance of Zimm starting tonight?

Posted by: C-way | May 30, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

over on nationalspride.com, hendo said what i've been thinking this morning:

"It's become apparent that the team is committed to letting the prospects mature for as long as they feel it's going to take, which for most will be to at least the end of the 2008 season. So you can expect to see more triple-A "organizational" players like Charlie Manning before double-A guys like Zech Zinicola are brought up to the MLB level."

Posted by: bob l. head | May 30, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

shaking head in disbelief = "shid"

Posted by: bob l. head | May 30, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

shid -- that's what i was doing (and saying) after manning gave up the dinger, to a triple-a journeyman in a pitcher's park.

Posted by: bob l. (shaking) head | May 30, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

A quality start is six or more innings allowing three or fewer runs. The Nationals have scored 210 runs (14th in the NL) over 55 games, or 3.82 runs per game.

That's a .82-run cushion for a quality start. Meanwhile, no active reliever other than Rauch has a sub-3.0 ERA (indicating the strong likelihood that one or more runs will be scored in the later innings, thus wiping out said cushion).

Posted by: John in Mpls | May 30, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Carrying this further a bit, the current rotation (Redding, Perez, Lannan, Bergmann, Hill), have allowed 115 total earned runs over 266.3 innings over 47 starts.

That means they are averaging 5 2/3 innings per game and 2.44 earned runs per start. They have a staff ERA of 3.87.

Once more, the Nationals offense is averaging 3.82 runs per game.

(Also, I noticed that Perez's .250 average is actually bringing the team average up. Amazing.)

Posted by: John in Mpls | May 30, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Chico,

You are a decent writer, but be careful how you cover the players on the team. You may need a quote or two from some of the players some day and if you start placing bets on their MLB lifespan it might not just be the player that gets sent down that gets mad. Reporting good. Snark good. Getting personal bad. Mannnig does need to get sent back down, but making it into a humiliation headline. Tease, yes; trash no.

Posted by: One Man's Opinion | May 30, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

(Also, I noticed that Perez's .250 average is actually bringing the team average up. Amazing.)

Posted by: John in Mpls | May 30, 2008 11:17 AM
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Yep, batting .250, even after an 0-3 outing in SD...

Posted by: CN | May 30, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

SHID - With our desperate need for an effective LOOGY, I can't believe that we are going to draft "Peanut Johnson" - geesh, what was Bowden thinking?

Posted by: lowcountry | May 30, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

... and then we could change our name to the clowns, which, come to think of it ... nah.

Posted by: bob l. head | May 30, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Clowns:

I'm going to try to make time soon to check out the exhibit called "Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in DC" that's here for the summer. It chronicles the history of one of the city's greatest traditions. While the Senators muddled in mediocrity, the Grays and a handful of semi-professional teams established a winning tradition here. The enthusiasm, talent, and rabid fan base made the District an unequaled baseball town. Since it's this tradition we want to resurrect here in DC, I think it wouldn't hurt to go check it out.

http://app.calendar.rrc.dc.gov/eventDetail.aspx?thisDate=6.4.2008&eventId=9151&eo=16215

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 30, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

must be something in the air today, because i just came across this story on josh gibson, which is a good read:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=neyer_rob&id=3403111

Posted by: bob l. head | May 30, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

same as the old post

Posted by: gnupe ost | May 30, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

More about that exhibit, and the associated traveling exhibit from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum:

http://www.historydc.org/location/exhibits.asp

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 30, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

isn't it rich?

Posted by: Don't bother, they're here | May 30, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Kid gives up a homerun -- and a homerun that took only one swing -- 6 days after his major league debut. Why stop at sending him down? Cut him right now. Never heard of such a thing. Can we pick minutes? The only way to build successful young pitchers is to punish them as soon as they fail.

Posted by: Arkymark | May 30, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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