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Lineups and Personnel Dept. Matters

First of all, we've got an early-issued release of today's lineups. Special thanks to Nats PR man Bill Gluvna for passing them along.

New York

Pagan - 8
Castillo - 4
Murphy - 3
Wright - 5
Francoeur - 9
Reed - 7
Cora - 6
Schneider - 2
Hernandez - 1

Washington

Morgan - 8
Belliard - 4
Johnson - 3
Dunn - 7
Guzman - 6
Kearns - 9
Harris - 5
Bard - 2
Martin - 1

Now, a few FAQs.

Q: Why is Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup today?

Not sure, but once the clubhouse opens to the media, I'll know more. Every time the FoF is out of the lineup, it raises some eyebrows; if it's something unusual, you'll get the news here soon. But Zim is just 2-for-15 since the break, so this could just be a day off. Right now, Willie Harris is out by the third base bag, taking some early afternoon infield with Pat Listach.

Q: What's up with Anderson Hernandez?

Hernandez has clearly lost any designation as Washington's starting second baseman. When you consider that the Nats are using 2B right now as a stage to evaluate Alberto Gonzalez or to audition Ronnie Belliard (any takers!?), Hernandez isn't finding much playing time. Of course Hernandez wouldn't be in this position if ever he looked worthy of such PT during the first half. Hernandez has started just once at 2B since July 9, and on Sunday, he was inserted for the final innings in left field. Never before had he played outfield before, but Jim Riggleman wanted to experiment with the game already in blowout mode. "He really has not played the outfield, but his skills would tell you there's no reason he can't catch a flyball and throw," Riggleman said. "So, we worked with him a little bit before the game; I had no intention of getting him in that ballgame in the outfield, but the way the score was, we felt like it wouldn't be a bad idea to let him watch a couple balls off the bat from up there and just eventually get acclimated to it."

Q: And Austin Kearns? Any chance he joins Tavarez on the DFA line?

Probably not. Every indication I get from the organization suggests that Kearns has a chance to stick around -- even though his bat contributes almost nothing. Last year, right after the trading deadline passed, the Nats immediately cut ties with two overpaid veterans, Felipe Lopez and Paul Lo Duca. But on Sunday, when acting GM Mike Rizzo was asked about Kearns (and bluntly, why on Earth the team would consider keeping him), Rizzo said there was a "180-degree difference" between Lopez/Lo Duca and Kearns. Rizzo's defense of Kearns was fairly passionate, and I've learned in dealing with him this year that he doesn't fake that kind of stuff. Anyway, here's what he said: "Austin Kearns gives you above-average right field, one of the feared throwing arms in baseball, and he's a hell of a guy in the clubhouse. He makes a number of players better, he's an upbeat guy. And yeah, he's struggling, he's struggling mightily with the bat, but this is a guy of high character and a really good teammate."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 20, 2009; 3:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

I have been a fan of Kearns since the trade, but at this point I am more than ready to cut ties with him. If Rizzo wants a high quality guy in the club house, I have heard that Father Murphy has been hitting cleanup in the local church softball league and is on an absolute tear recently.

Posted by: NeedANatsFix | July 20, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Someone who believes in defense first, strong throwing, good character guys are what we need to get in here, please defend the Kearns decision.

Several people last thread agreed that we should worry about bats later. Here you go: justify.

Posted by: Section506 | July 20, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"And yeah, he's struggling, he's struggling mightily with the bat"


Ya think so Mike? The broken bat bloop single he got in the 7th yesterday raised his average from .195 to .199.

OK, I get all the great clubhouse guy and solid defensively OF stuff. I agree, every team needs that, point taken.

But seriously, the guy is hitting .199 with only 3 HR's all year.

The bottom line is: He is making 8 million this year and they are to cheap to cut him loose. Or they are under the delusion that a team actually might give up a prospect for him before the deadline.

Posted by: Section505203 | July 20, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Guess we just have to let Rizzo do his job. And let Riggleman do his. This is not an easy chore ... coming back from this kind of hole. If Kearns can contribute to that and in exchange the team keeps him around (at a vastly reduced cost) I don't see any problem with that?

So, Mike if you are so passionate about Kearns? What about Jorge Padilla, currently leading all IL league hitters with a .364 average? And helping to lead Syracuse over .500 and into contention?

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say this, but we really missed the boat on Felipe Lopez.

Posted by: ImWithStupid | July 20, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I didn't expect more wins with Acta's completely justified canning but I at least expected fewer KEARNS INSERTIONS INTO THE 6 HOLE. Acta still must be phoning in lineups. Somehow we've managed to put together a worse lineup than the AAA Mets.

Posted by: RickFelt | July 20, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

They must think that Kearns bat work may improve ... given time, patience, and the right environment. Perhaps the guy may just needs some solid instruction and winter ball? You never know.
He does seem to need some "non-major league game" time to work on his hitting?

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Belliard and Harris? Looks like Martin has his work cut out for him?

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

periculum says: "Belliard and Harris? Looks like Martin has his work cut out for him?"

I would like to amend your list by adding Bard, Dunn and Guz. That makes 5 out of 8 position players who are below-average defensively. I'm sure JD had better support at AAA.

Nats are on pace to lose 115.7 games. A loss tonight could achieve the 116 without resorting to rounding up.

Posted by: EdDC | July 20, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

While we are ragging on the Nats line up, let's not forget to take a moment and look at the Mets ## 5 - 8. Anyone think Livo should be hitting 5th for them?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | July 20, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Might as well have given Nieves the start as well and go with an entire B team lineup. No pressure on JD but....

OTOh, last time Zim was out the Nats bludgeoned the Astros to set hitting records.

Posted by: hoo93 | July 20, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

OK. I think the defensive solution is to take a few of the statues out on the CF plaza and move them onto the field. They have about the same range as our fielders, and most of them have more than two arms. That's worth a run prevented just on intimidation.
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"periculum says: "Belliard and Harris? Looks like Martin has his work cut out for him?"

"I would like to amend your list by adding Bard, Dunn and Guz. That makes 5 out of 8 position players who are below-average defensively. I'm sure JD had better support at AAA.

"Nats are on pace to lose 115.7 games. A loss tonight could achieve the 116 without resorting to rounding up.

"Posted by: EdDC | July 20, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse by the Nats management.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | July 20, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

FLop coming is coming to town with the Brew Crew at the end of August.

Posted by: Intrudr | July 20, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Should be a good game. Too bad I already have tickets to Screen On The Green. Can't wait to see what happens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Posted by: ihatewalks | July 20, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a hitting streak to me.

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The broken bat bloop single he got in the 7th yesterday raised his average from .195 to .199.

Posted by: JohninMpls | July 20, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Why does Kearns with two strikes not choke up a bit? I've always been perplexed that he can't change strategy when the situation calls for it. What am I missing here?

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 20, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Guys with high character who are good in the clubhouse should bat 8th, if at all, or should be hired as coaches. What a sad looking lineup for JD Martin's first start. At least Kearns won't be available to kill a rally as a pinch hitter.

Posted by: Section222 | July 20, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Look! It's the "yard sale" line-up! Everything (except Morgan) is available for sale. Give us your best(or reasonable?) offer!

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | July 20, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Great, just when they have an opportunity to have an even match, the Nats brain-trust trots out the line-up from hell Kearns, BellyFlop and Gooznon. Geez, as early as this very afternoon on Sports Radio 66 WFAN, Mike Francessa was doing a line-up comparison between the Nats and Mets and he gave it hands down to the Nats. Of course that was before the official line up was posted.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | July 20, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

We're all running out of different ways of stating the obvious - this is an historically crappy team that is being put out on the field. Turning over the bullie three times in a year, DFAs, a kiddie corps of starters and the worst defense in the league by a mile. There are no "solutions" this year, just the grim need to surpass the expansion Mets and avoid being tagged as the worst ever.

That said, to be swept at home immediately after the All-Star break was a particularly bitter pill to swallow. One would think that with the benefit of some rest and returning home, a better effort would have been put forth - but no. The last 71 games will not so much a rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic so much as a Battan Death March to 41 wins (if possible). Earlier this season, I was of the mind that a fire sale was appropriate, but the reality is, aside from Dunn and Zimm, the "parts" to this team that hold any appeal to a team are unlikely to yield in return much of anything, so why bother?

Obviously, management, starting from big Ted down to the departed Trader Jim bear much of the responsibility, but at this point, let's just hope that we get to 41.

Posted by: terrapin31590us | July 20, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Chico, thank you very much for getting the answer about Hernandez in left yesterday. We were all wondering (okay, I was screaming at Riggleman, but that started when he had Tavarez warming up) but no one was getting us the answer.

Posted by: LurkerNowPoster | July 20, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Been bopping around the various trade rumor sites/blogs, and I haven't seen the Nats involved in anything, other than a reference to teams being gunshy about NJ because of his injury history.

Anyone see/read/hear anything? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?...

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 20, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Rizzo is setting these lineups, not Riggleman. Harris at 3b = look how many positions this guy can play, MLB GMs! Kearns ANYWHERE on that field = please oh please oh please oh please let this guy go 3-5 with a HR and please oh please let some goofy MLB GM be watching this! Belliard batting 2 instead of Guzman = look how great of a hitter this guy is when he's in one of the most advantageous slots in the lineup, MLB GMs!
July 31 can't come fast enough.

Posted by: ajtrue78 | July 20, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"We're all running out of different ways of stating the obvious - this is an historically crappy team that is being put out on the field."

I disagree. We will not have the satisfaction of being historically bad.

Posted by: Section506 | July 20, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow! When was the last time both teams trotted out their Spring Training lineups in a July game?! Thank goodness I'm not paying to see these two teams battle it out ...

Posted by: erocks33 | July 20, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Should fans blame FLop for going into a deep funk over wasting his youth with the Nats? After all, you do not get an infinite supply of youth. It's not like you get time off for good behavior if you are professional and put on a happy face, despite paying for a nickle-dime outfit like the Nats. FLop's mood swings got him out of Dodge. Maybe it was rational behavior on his part?

Posted by: EdDC | July 20, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Quick, somebody find the post I made the day Lopez was traded and said he was a good player on a good team, but a bad player on a bad team, so I can revel in my rightness, now that the tables have turned and Lopez is a "missed opportunity."

Posted by: Section506 | July 20, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I mean, I guess I can understand trying to showcase Belliard and Guzman, but Kearns, to me, just seems inexcusable unless there's something we don't know. (Like, even as we speak Willingham is cleaning out his locker and packing his bags, or someone is hurt, or Kearns has pictures of someone doing something naughty.) Even if he did go 3 for 5 with a HR he just looks like he is done as a major leaguer.

I'm struggling with this one.

Posted by: Section220 | July 20, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The real problem for me is that I will watch this crapofaline-up tonight.
Reminds me of those Sunday games in 2006 when Frank would put the scrubs in led by Carlos Baerga at first base. I do miss baerga's into the batter's box song - "Gasolina." That could be the onto the mound song for most of this years relievers.

Posted by: alm1000 | July 20, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone see/read/hear anything? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?...

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 20, 2009"

According to all reports and web sites, there's a new sheriff in Dodge, and his name is Rizzo. He considers Johnson a top quality premium player and won't part with less than top dollar for him ...

Reading into this rumored attitude: "No you aren't going to get any of my young prospect pitching for some "over-the-hill/over thirty" types with Johnson thrown in ..."

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to The Show JD! Enjoy your cup of coffee, from tonight's lineup it does not look like the Nats management wants you to stick around longer than that. When is the next flight back to Syracuse?

Posted by: markfd | July 20, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This is like a little league team. We are keeping Kearns because he is a good guy. Come on, this is crazy.

Posted by: Tom8 | July 20, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeesh. I'm happy for the Kearns love from Rizzo, I've always really liked the guy and I see nothing good coming from DFA'ing him.

AK aside, you're still paying $50 a ticket (or more) for Willie Harris at 3b not Zimmerman, Belliard at 2nd, Guzman and his lazy "I don't feel like bending down" fielding style and a guy up from the minor leagues pitching who was drafted in 2001 and never made it. I think the ticket buying customers deserve better than this -- and it is still six weeks from Setpember call ups. I think I saw better lineups in Viera.

Posted by: raymitten | July 20, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Amen to the day off for Zim. Kid is pressing like Hell.

Guzie hitting 5th? Interesting. Well, they can't look worse than they did . . . uhhmm, never mind. Every time I type something like that it turns out to be wrong.

Posted by: dfh21 | July 20, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Think 2010. What happens from now until the end of the season is largely irrelevent. The AAA arms are getting their tryout (mixed success), the veterans are getting showcased for shipment elsewhere (for the bag of balls and rosin bag) and the "interim" (1) GM and (2) Manager are being given a chance to see if they can do anything.

The only players you can pencil in for ST2010 and/or Opening Day 2010 right now are Zim, Zimm, Lannan, Flores, Morgan and Dunn. Whether Kearns, Belliard, Guzman Willingham or NJ get dealt is largely irrelvent. Chances are none of those guys will bring anyone in return worth writing home about. More to the point, management needs to figure out how to fill out the rotation/bullpen and the couple of position players that are needed to build around a decent core. Rizzo, if he sticks around (and I personally think he should) will be ok. We're actually not that far off, but right now, the stink of losing if following this team around like the cloud of dust around Pigpen.

Posted by: terrapin31590us | July 20, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"The only players you can pencil in for ST2010 and/or Opening Day 2010 right now are Zim, Zimm, Lannan, Flores, Morgan and Dunn. Whether Kearns, Belliard, Guzman Willingham or NJ get dealt is largely irrelvent."

Rizzo is looking at:

1. Measuring progress for:
Prospects / Rookies / young players.
2. Gauging value in terms of setting the
40-man before December's rule 5 draft.
3. Determining value in terms of
trade/no-trade.
4. Allowing other clubs to make their
determinations of the above.
5. Determining what the greatest needs are
for the club and prioritizing them.

Making sound baseball decisions based on the
above.

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Another thing we agree on, Section505203. If they Pattersoned Kearns, somebody would have to spend $4 on smelling salts to wake up Uncle Teddy after he was told he would have to eat AK's $8 million salary, pro-rated.
My god, the more I read Rizzo's quotes, the less confidence I have in his ability to run a two-car funeral, much less a baseball team. He's a lifer baseball stooge who doesn't even have the guts to demand the "interim" title be removed after five months on the job.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 20, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Rizzo just wants to see what Martin has in his belly ...

This guy Martin IS Syracuse's ACE! Not any one of the prospects from top-to-bottom have measure up. Mock probably came the closest in the time he was there. They are close to 1st place in their division and match up well head-to-head against the talented Yankees SWB club. He has to be one of their leaders.

Okay now, can you set the same example, do the same thing for this beleaguered pitching staff. Can you "ground" this staff?

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I think that Willingham and Guzman are not going any place. The market for Guzman is not great right now and Willingham has played well and is under team control for several more years -- so why move the guy unless you can get something very sexy (which likely is not out there). Both guys can be very useful next year. Nick will be moved for something, if only for salary relief, which is fine with me. Kearns and Belliard, who cares, as they have no trade value at all.

I think that neither Rigs nor Rizzo makes it back to DC next year (well, at least not in their current postions). Rizzo's ability to trade/negotiate is unproven (and his tact is a bit lacking to boot) and this club has learned that they need proven management. Not some controversial banged up exec like JimBo was (or the heady scout thrust into the bigger role in Rizzo) and not some first time chance at the big league gig guy like Acta (nor the maybe THIS time the guy will start winning in Riggleman). Though, I'd like to see Riggleman succedd being a local guy and having had some rough luck in the past. We shall see.

Posted by: dfh21 | July 20, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

jdschulz,

LOL on the $4 smelling salts and Uncle Teddy comment.

Question: Would Uncle Teddy then write the $4 off as a business expense?

Posted by: Section505203 | July 20, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Jdschulz50,

Looks to me like they are rebuilding their farms, bottom up to AAA? How many true prospects do they have in AAA Syracuse? Compared to Harrisburg? Compared to Potomac? And on down?

They just promoted Ian Desmond their best prospect at shortstop to AAA which should send a message to Guzman. Who else? Dukes? Balester? Estrada? Detwiler (his 1st time in AAA), maybe Zinicola? Maxwell is on the edge ...

Who else is there who was born after 1983?

It takes time. Rizzo is pushing ... but you can't push too hard ... can you?

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I think this line-up is a good follow-up to that horrible series with the Cubs and especially yesterdays total debacle. I will not be surprised if they win even with another clunker minor league pitcher. Harris and Belliard are both salty veterans who hate to lose and know what it is like to win. What can it hurt?

Posted by: longhorn64 | July 20, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"Though, I'd like to see Riggleman succeed being a local guy and having had some rough luck in the past ..."

A local guy who has suffered from the previous nightmares ... when baseball last graced this town. And this one.

Rizzo has suffered through this current iteration ...

I see progress ... but replenishing Syracuse so that it looks like SWB in terms of position players and not just pitchers will take some time.

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

On Kearns: He is making $8 million, which is the same as Guz and Dunn this year. My source:
http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005/01/washington-nationals_01.html
This is a whopping 13 percent of the total payroll of the Nats. No wonder everyone is mad at this big money guy. He is tied for the highest salary on the club!

On the Mets, $8 million would be just the 8th highest. He would not stand out so much. On the Yanks, he would be the 12th highest. On several other clubs, he would be down the ladder, and not stand out so much. I'm not mad at the guy. He tries hard, plays defense, and it is just not working out for him.

Posted by: EdDC | July 20, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Worst lineup so far this year. Belliard 2nd? Kearns? Ew.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 20, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Guzman is getting pushed ... and hard by Ian Desmond, slick fielding Danny Esposito, and to an extent by Alberto Gonzalez. They will trade him.

Belliard is now being pushed very, very hard by Mike Morse in AAA Syracuse.

Harris isn't going anywhere. Nick probably will be given an offer to re-up if they can't trade him.

Willingham may be a valuable commodity trade-wise just because he is under contract for a spell. He hits.

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"Potomac 1B Chris Marrero was named the Carolina League hitter of the week for the period July 13-19. Over that timeframe he batted 0.500 and slugged 0.750 with one HR, four RBI and eight runs scored."

There really IS HOPE. Most especially because of the pitching situation. If you consider it they may really be only a few position FA/trade players away from winning consistently (just because of pitching) for a number of years.

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

"If they Pattersoned Kearns, somebody would have to spend $4 on smelling salts to wake up Uncle Teddy after he was told he would have to eat AK's $8 million salary, pro-rated."

Why would they have to pro-rate him?

Posted by: Section506 | July 20, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

With that line up? I think I'll stay home.

Posted by: ridgely1 | July 20, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

And of all indignities we fans must suffer this year, this may in fact be the greatest.

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I disagree. We will not have the satisfaction of being historically bad.

Posted by: JohninMpls | July 20, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

It's Danny Espinosa, periculum. And he's a far more likely call-up for next September than this September. That means Guzman's not getting any pressure from him because his contract's done after next year anyway.

More likely, if Guzman gets traded, they'd call up 29yo Freddie Bynum as a 'til-the-end-of-the-year placeholder than jeopardize either Desmond or Espinosa's development.

Posted by: faNATic | July 20, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

And to show how bad it's gotten, they're having a free preview of MLB Extra Innings, so I could watch the Nats tonight. But after suffering through the horror of actually watching them play this weekend, I've decided to go see the free screening of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the park instead.

Posted by: JohninMpls | July 20, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I hate meeendacity!

Posted by: Section506 | July 20, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Darn - 506 beat me to it while I was looking
for an exact quote!

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There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity... You can smell it. It smells like death.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 20, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"More likely, if Guzman gets traded, they'd call up 29yo Freddie Bynum as a 'til-the-end-of-the-year placeholder than jeopardize either Desmond or Espinosa's development.

Posted by: faNATic | July 20, 2009"

Sorry, I stand corrected, Danny Espinosa it is.

In Tracee's very informative article: Rizzo categorically states he is going to bring people in to evaluate both from the short-term and from a long-term perspective. In other words Bynum (a Nats draft pick) gets called up to play for a potential future spot.

He also made the strong inference that Nick Johnson could be back next year, and the year after.

As for Espinosa. He doesn't hit or steal bases the way Ian Desmond does. I suspect if we looked at the starter and backup it would be Desmond starting and Espinosa on the bench. Unless his hitting improves dramatically.

Posted by: periculum | July 20, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo just gave an interview in which he hints that Johnson may be back with us next year.

Why? Why Jesus?

Posted by: soundbloke | July 20, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I think all fans can relate when I say, "Dear 6 pound 8 ounce baby Jesus, if you can hear me . . . HELP!!!"

Posted by: jpt1002 | July 20, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Reading the lineups on Nationals Journal has become a bit like listening to Radio Moscow during the cold war - When you don't see someone in the lineup, you wonder if they have contracted "a cold".

Posted by: wigi | July 20, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey Nick, look to your right. See that fat blob at short stop earning a bunch of money, fielding badly, building resentment from the fans? That could be you next year!

Posted by: soundbloke | July 20, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Even though Livan is a RH, he has owned both Johnson & Harris over the last 5 years (.060, 0HR, 0RBI cumulative since 2004), but Kearns has hit him decently (.379, 2HR, 10 RBI in 2004-current), but so has Willingham (.435, 1HR, 4RBI in 2004-current).
Maybe Riggleman is too "old school" to look at stats & sabremetrics, but there was a better lineup available, imo.

Posted by: BinM | July 20, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

@periculum - I can see you're amped up about bringing up people from the minors, but you need to be careful what you ask for, imo.
>Seth Bynum (28-y.o., signed in 2004) is having a decent year, (.265, 14HR, made the IL All-Star team), but has 14 errors in 70+ games as a middle infielder. He's never hit for consistent power previously - this smells more like a career year at-bat than a "breakout, look at me" year. No reason to spend a roster spot here, imo.
>Ian Desmond (24 y.o., drafted in 2004) is hitting well, but is still below average with the glove. He's on the 40-man & wiil most likely get another look in Sept. & ST 2010; We'll see.
>Mike Morse (27 y.o., acquired for Langerhans, 2009) is hitting very well, and can play 4-5 positions; could be a utility player in WSH in Sept. / 2010.
>Jorge Padilla (29 y.o., 2009 FA) is hitting very well (.364), but has no power & has made 6 errors in the OF in 70+ games. A career year at-bat, but a AAA player at the core of it.

The others (MI O.Castro, UT L.Davis, OF M.Daniel, OF M.Lowrance, C S.Rooney, 1B C.Marrero, SS D. Espinosa, OF M.Burgess, C D.Norris, 2B S.Lombardozzi, 1B T.Moore, 3B J.Keithley) are still a full year-or-more away (2011 or later). Again, that's just my opinion

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