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Rizzo And Boras Share Some QT

Depending on how Stephen Strasburg negotiations go this summer, Nats acting general manager Mike Rizzo and Strasburg's advisor/agent Scott Boras figure to spend a lot of quality time together. Well, tonight they're already getting a head-start. Guess the pair sitting next to one another tonight at Dodger Stadium in Section 3, Row 1? Yup, Rizzo and Boras.

The superagent -- who represents the Strasburg, perhaps the most-hyped college pitcher in history -- has front-row seats at Dodger Stadium. Rizzo has been sitting there as his guest for at least three innings. Granted, I'm far away (up here in the press box), but I'd describe the body language as friendly, quite relaxed. About once an inning, a stadium food vendor comes down to check on them. So far, no orders. How many hot dogs can you get for Stephen Strasburg?

By Chico Harlan  |  May 6, 2009; 11:29 PM ET
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Wow. Kershaw bats for himself, with a man on and sitting on 100 pitches? Has Manny done that once?

Posted by: natinbeantown | May 6, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Much better than Leatherpants and his bimbo fiancee making a spectacle of themselves as in years past.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 6, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, they did pull Kershaw after 5. Manny certainly does that. This is what plate discipline does for you - get into that pen early, even when you're not hitting. It adds up over games, series and seasons.

About Cabrera. He sure as hell is frustratng to watch (or in my case listen to on XM) and he does always seem perched on the precipice of the huge inning, but as I write his ERA is under 4 and he's keeping us in games. I'll take that.

Posted by: MoMonroe | May 7, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Ugh. Knew I'd regret hitting send on that last post.

Posted by: MoMonroe | May 7, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Heck of a ball four there, Hinckley. Well, stick a fork in it because this game is DONE. Good night...

Posted by: BGinVA | May 7, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

What the H-E-Double-TOOTHPICKS was that??!?
And right on cue, it starts pouring outside...

Posted by: HotNats | May 7, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

12:16 am and they're still trying to get the Twins-Orioles game in at Camden Yards. Sheesh. Oh, and our game is definitely over now. Nothing more to see here, folks.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 7, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Bob Carpenter just said the Dodgers have a chance to put this game away right here in the sixth inning. Gee, Bob, you think they haven't done just that already????

Posted by: BGinVA | May 7, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

That was one of the worst pitches in history -- straight out of "Bull Durham".

Posted by: fischy | May 7, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: BGinVA | May 7, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Some day, it would be nice to see Carpenter announce the game that is actually being played on the field. Instead of the one that is being played inside his head. I think Bob might still be waiting for Wily Mo to get hold of one.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 7, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

You know, I don't know if anybody's noticed this yet, but our bullpen stinks.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 7, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

how do calculate a guys ERA when he gives up 2 runs in 0.0 innings pitched?

Does Mike Hinckley have an ERA of infinity?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 7, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

"That was one of the worst pitches in history -- straight out of "Bull Durham""

Charlie Steiner agrees with you, fischy. He described that pitch as a cross between Rick Ankiel of a few years ago and Nuke LaLoosh.

(I guess Scully only does the first three innings on radio -- rats).

Posted by: joebleux | May 7, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

8-run comeback, *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*

Posted by: HotNats | May 7, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: HotNats | May 7, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey -- at least, the Nats were part of baseball history tonight. Somewhere, Mike Bacsik is smiling.

Posted by: fischy | May 7, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure glad we made the trade for Kensing! Wow, he's so much better than Bergman. (A touch of saracasm there.) Really, it's hard to believe our bullpen can be so awful. It doesn't seem to matter who they trot out there, a disaster is sure to follow. One has to think another shake up is due. Rizzo might have to send down two or three just to see if he cannot get lucky.

As for Cabrera he walked 5 again tonight so I don't see much progress there either.

I have a feeling Bergman might get another shot and I suspect Colombe, Stammen and Balestar might be up soon too.

It's like a bad dream. It really cannot be this bad, only it is.

Posted by: grforbes | May 7, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Bergmann will get a shot -- presumably in the 'pen, tho' I wouldn't rule out a start or two to see if he's up to the 5th spot. If Colome keeps his walks down, he will be back up, too. If Bergmann doesn't get a shot at the 5th starter, it could be Clippard, Balester or Stammen. No way to predict. Unless Rizzo decides to keep trotting out Cabrera -- he could be to the Nats what Roger Craig was to the '63 Mets. 18 losses in a season. Does Cabrera have the stamina to beat that record?

Posted by: fischy | May 7, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Then, the Nats could bring back Cabrera next year -- to see if he can top Anthony Young's streak of 27 straight losses over 2 seasons. You have to be a pretty good pitcher to lose that many in a row.

Posted by: fischy | May 7, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

In case anyone is wondering, Cabrera has lost his last 7 decisions. He needs 21 more to break A-Y's record.

Posted by: fischy | May 7, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Correction -- 6 loss decisions in a row, for Cabrera. However, his team has lost his last 10 starts.

Posted by: fischy | May 7, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

I can't sleep.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 7, 2009 4:02 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: bhyman1 | May 7, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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