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Needing Lift, Guzman Back in No. 2 Spot

Most players, interim manager Jim Riggleman said on Wednesday, "don't really care where they hit. They really don't." But at least one player on Riggleman's roster, Cristian Guzman, cares quite a bit. Dropped to sixth in the lineup after the team acquired natural leadoff man Nyjer Morgan, Guzman has since dropped into a slump as well.

Whether that slump is a byproduct of the lineup shift or a mere coincidence, Riggleman isn't sure. But the evidence of a link is strong enough that Washington, in an effort to jump-start its shortstop, is moving Guzman back to the No. 2 spot. Perhaps for the foreseeable future.

"Somehow or another it can get in your head, where you're hitting in the lineup," Riggleman said. "Whether it did or not [with Guzman] I don't know, but we're going to try to get him going again and have him hitting higher in the lineup... I said to him a few nights ago, 'You don't want to hit down there, do ya?' And he was just like, 'Nah.' "

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OK, so at least for this game, Riggleman has Adam Dunn, Nick Johnson and Josh Willingham strung together, hitting 4-5-6.

Just out of curiosity, I did a stats search -- looking only at hitters with 200 or more at-bats -- for the MLB leaders in pitches per plate appearance. Check this out.

1. Jayson Werth (PHI) -- 4.61
2. Kevin Youkilis (BOS) -- 4.44
3. Casey Blake (LA) -- 4.38
4. Todd Helton (COL) -- 4.35
5. Adam Dunn (WAS) -- 4.34
6. Luis Castillo (NYM) -- 4.30
7. Josh Willingham (WAS) -- 4.30
8. Nick Johnson (WAS) -- 4.27

By the way, with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, Johnson and Willingham have taken similar approaches. Those two, undoubtedly, are the team's most valuable trade chips, drawing interest from numerous teams.

"I worry about playing every day. I don't worry about getting traded," Willingham said. "Is it possible? Sure. Would it be weird? Not as weird as the first time I got traded."

"You just go about your business the same way," Johnson said. "You can't control any of it, so you continue to do a good job, go out and play."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 22, 2009; 6:33 PM ET
 
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Comments

On having nothing better to do than tweet?

"lerici" = "periculum"

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 22, 2009
natsnut | July 22, 2009

sheesh.

On Journalism: yes the state of journalism
is poor, and cynicism and apathy have been
raised to a new level. As Amdahl used to say,
"performance is directly related to memory bandwidth". In other words speed has become
far more important than efficiency and content.
I guess that defines tweeting don't it?
RTFM peeps.

Finally on "World of WarCraft"? Surly_w most of the young tech jocks where I work play that regularly, they are some smart hombres. Seems like many of your "tweeters" likely do the same. Ya think? Thus your criticism: hoc est ridiculum. Many here play. But moi? Nope. Maybe I should?

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Great catch by Morgan -- defensively, he reminds me of Garry Maddox.

Posted by: VPaterno | July 22, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

what happened to Castillo? MLB gameday just says that he got ejected.

Posted by: swang30 | July 22, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Stammen great so far! 9 up 9 down.

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Dammit - Dave just said the "p_____t" word to finish the third inning.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

From what I understand, as long as he didn't say the 4 letter word after it, it's ok.

Posted by: swang30 | July 22, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Castillo argued a forceout a call where he dropped the ball and was charged with an error. Either said the magic word or ran into a hothead 2nd base ump.

Posted by: souldrummer | July 22, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Sooner or later I'm gonna hope for a no hitter! Call me crazy!

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

No disrespect to Craig Stammen - but the Mets really aren't any good

Posted by: Kev29 | July 22, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but the Mets are 9th in team batting average. I know they have a lot of injured players though.

Let's get Stammen some run support!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

rachel216: AARRRgh - Verboten! Those are words that are not to be inferred, said, typed, or even hinted at so long as the act is possible; Yes, I'm very superstitious about this kind of thing.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

BinM- Agreed. And please make sure someone gets to Carpenter too.

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

CRAP!!!

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Tough to get Wright out 4 times in a night

Posted by: Kev29 | July 22, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I ruined it. Wright singles. Darn. Sorry BinM! As long as the Nats win, everything is okay! ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I'll take 0 runs and on hit through 5 any day. Throw in some pretty respectable defense and we are looking good.

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

@chris88: Crapenter is a tool - simply a voice & face under the current employ of MASN & the Nationals. If he were working for St. Louis (his "home" team), he might have been a bit more careful in his phrasings.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

@rachel: S'ok, as long as the Nats hold the lead. No harm, no foul.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@chris88: Crapenter is a tool - simply a voice & face under the current employ of MASN & the Nationals. If he were working for St. Louis (his "home" team), he might have been a bit more careful in his phrasings.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

That's funny!!! He doesn't hide that very well does he?? I did not think I would like Dibble at first, But I must say I have enjoyed having him this year.

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Of course I'd like Dibble a whole lot better if he still had his fastball!!!!

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Keep going Stammen, you're doing great! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

DAMMIT Guzzie!!

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Jesus

Posted by: Kev29 | July 22, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Run Adam!!! Run for the ball! That man is slow as molasses up a hill!!!

Posted by: soundbloke | July 22, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

that is the first misplay I have seen from Nyger. He got a very bad jump on that ball and then cristian gift wrapped the run fr them.

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Hello, again. I saw there was discusion of Guzman. This was not a good play he just made. Too bad.

Posted by: Ringle | July 22, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

ugh guzman

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Well look at that. Defense makes a hash of it and, the young pitcher stops throwing strikes.

Anyone in the dugout watching this?

Posted by: soundbloke | July 22, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

If Riggleman has any control, AGonz will replace Guzman in the 7th at SS.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Six innings, one run, I'll take it. Great job, Stammen.

Posted by: Section220 | July 22, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Carpenter is such a cranky idiot. He just refuses to shut his mouth when it comes to jinxing the team. We need every break we can get. I think eventually Dibble is just going to punch him out. Or maybe that is just my hope.

Posted by: curz | July 22, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I love Josh!

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Question for those of you in DC: Why doesn't anyone complain about the Horrendous Nats promos during the commercial breaks? I normally watch MLB TV on the computer where you have a blank screen for the commercial breaks. I have free baseball on comcast theis week and YIKES! Man, these are bad!! And feel free to retire the Elijah Dukes one until he comes back.

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Willingham - 2-run HR, Sweet!

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Chris: I must've seen those 20 times a game. Those also are heard on the radio. I think they are just a little corny..

Posted by: rachel216 | July 22, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris, we went on and on about them, and then moved on. On the pain scale this season, they're well down the chart.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Good call, sec3. On the posive side we have had 2 beautifully pitched games back to back. Yes the Mets suck too, but this
How you you handle teams that suck. Big props to Stammen. He's pithed great tonight.

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Dunn caught that.

Posted by: VelocityAtrocity | July 22, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Bill Ladson (Idiot) has news that Nick and Willie Harris are getting the most attention by other clubs. But Harris sez he's not losing any sleep if he is trade bait.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear right? Boston just got the Roches?

www.roches.com/promo/images/Roches%20Color.tif

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris doesn't lose sleep. He has a vault full of sleep he's stolen from pitchers over the years.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

triple triple triple
OH NOOOOOOOOO!
WHAT WAS PAT LISTACH THINKING???

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Listach, here...try my glasses. Yours aren't working too well.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Nats take a 2-run lead into the ninth with the bullpen in full regalia. Ladies and gents, the bourbon and Maalox are on me. Cheers...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

OK, he was thinking Nick would have been dead meat and the third out.

Still.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Why Nick held at 3rd ???? better not come back to haunt

Posted by: JT2009 | July 22, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

2 WALKS in 27 innings. I like that.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Its not 27 yet but ... that is my hope ...

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

the only reason to get Nick thrown out at home there is to get Willingham the cycle. They're going to lose 100 games, but they won't get many shots at a cycle for a guy they'd like to trade up. But it would take a, shall we say, cooperative scoring decision to get the triple.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice pick, Nick!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 22, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Winning streak! 28-and-66! Double bourbons for all, and for all a good night.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Wooohoooo....IT'S A STREAK!!!!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 22, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Ball was into the cut-off man by the time NJohnson hit third. Listach was right to hold him at 3rd, he'd have been dead at home.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

another quick loss for the mets - 2:20. leave the starters in riggs!

Posted by: surly_w | July 22, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

So hitting second didn't work wonders for Guzman tonight. Maybe they could try a rotating lineup--whoever was on deck at the end of the last game leads off the next one.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey shultzie, leave the bottle, willya?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 22, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

27 innings 2 walks. Looks decidedly different.
2 wins off from the number of the beast.

Hopefully it will continue?

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Ball was into the cut-off man by the time NJohnson hit third. Listach was right to hold him at 3rd, he'd have been dead at home.

Posted by: BinM | July 22, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse
Also, We are alledgedly trying to trade Nick. There is no sense risking a home plate collision where Nick may suffer multiple compound fractures. ;)

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Bang Zoom go the fireworks. Another Curly W in the books.

Two series wins in one month. And we could "spilt" the series with the Cards if we win tomorrow night (won one of three before the rainout in early May).

Things are looking up in NatsTown.

Posted by: WebberDC | July 22, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Stirring the pot:

you think its Nick, maybe its Willingham, or maybe:

From the St. Louis Dispatch:

The Washington Nationals had a scout attend the Cardinals' Class AAA affiliate's game in Memphis on Tuesday. The Nationals, who host the Cardinals on Thursday, are entertaining offers for outfielder Adam Dunn

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

All clowning aside, the last two games have been great. Pitching and defense have been very good. The pitch counts have been low, allowing the starters to go longer. And they are getting these games in in barely over 2 hours. It's all good the last 2 nights.

Posted by: chris88 | July 22, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Darn! NN disabled. Bally Star recalled for Thursday's start. Over/under on Pujols home runs: 2.5

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

The past three games has shown a marked change in the pitching staff's approach to games and pitching strategy. Minimizing walks, challenging hitters.

It looks like that is the difference:

Adam Dunn for Jesse Ray Todd, 22 saves, 2.27 ERA, 12 walks 57 strikeouts, WHIP 1.05 in 47.2 innings of work?

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

A lot of balls were hit to SS tonight, and Guz handled them all fine. The bad relay is partly on Belliard, who is supposed to tell the guy receiving the relay to throw or not. In any case, it didn't matter, because the Tatis double made it an earned run.

I'm more worried about Guz's lack of hitting. He's clearly not a no. 2 hitter behind Morgan.

Great job by Stammen -- beating the Yanks and now the Mets. No matter what happens the rest of the way, the Nats took series from both NY teams. Something to relish.

Posted by: nats24 | July 22, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

OK, I give, who was that team wearing Nationals unis tonight??

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 22, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Another good win. At least my NY Met fan friend can't razz me for awhile.

Agree with Chris88 on those Nats Promos on TV-- they have worn them out. Although I still like the one with Miss Chatter. She's cool.

Posted by: glennpc | July 22, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear right that Jordan Zimmermann is being put on the shelf for awhile? Thought I heard McCatty say that after the game. So who's starting tomorrow night?

Posted by: glennpc | July 22, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

No Guzman is not a #2 hitter. Nor really who you want leading off. But it worked.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@glennpc: Bally Star.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Ballester is being brought up to start tomorrow. You heard right, JZim has some tightness in his arm or shoulder, I didn't catch exactly where, but they are shutting him down for now.

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I think they said the elbow.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 22, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Balester with a 4.35 ERA and a 7 - 9 record. That can't be good news. Guess its better than Estrada.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

First trades could happen after this series.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought maybe Martis would be back up. When the Nats send you down, they really send you down, don't they? Hope Balestar can handle Pulholz and Co.

Posted by: glennpc | July 22, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

How has Martis pitched in AAA since he was sent down?

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

"When the Nats send you down, they really send you down, don't they? Hope Balestar can handle Pulholz and Co."

JZim is going to be "shutdown". Along with Martis and Detwiler. Just as Rizzo stated ... only Stammen would be left.

The Cards are in first place with a weak hitting outfield. Both Willingham and Dunn would be of interest. The Cards already have a good closer in the majors in Franklin. They have a second down in AAA in Jesse Ray Todd I guess. Born 1986. Fits the Nats current "model".

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Martis, not so good in his last outing:
RHP Shairon Martis gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks over 4IP with three strikeouts. (That was on Friday.) What happened to that guy?

Posted by: glennpc | July 22, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"How has Martis pitched in AAA since he was sent down?"

Pitched tonight and did well. But still his ERA is over 6. Detwiler hasn't had much success either. Balester probably was the best starter in Syracuse after JD Martin.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Too Willingham couldn't get a triple but we needed the win. Bang zoom and all that.

Bummer about J-Znn going on the DL but better safe than sorry.

And there's been plenty of complaining about the commercials, Chris. You must have missed it.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's Line:

Martis: 6 IP, 9 hits, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. Let's see what Balester can do tomorrow.

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

That's Pooholes to you.

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Hope Balestar can handle Pulholz and Co.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

TWO WALKS by martis? he needs to be flogged.

Posted by: surly_w | July 22, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

(snicker)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Dang. Postal intervention.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm the 9 hits plus the 2 walks means 11 chances for the other team to score ... :) when they report a pitcher "scattered" say nine hits over nine innings usually there are very few walks.

Looks like the Chiefs are keeping the innings low for Martis and Detwiler. Probably will do the same for Zim if they send him there. The Chiefs did pick up another starting pitcher to fill in the gaps.

Looks like Dukes hit another home run, that makes 3. Ian Desmond continues to hit AAA pitching ... had a double tonight.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Balester might be here for the duration ... then it starts anew in the spring.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

A great night in NatsTown. I like Riggleman already because he gives his young starters rope to pitch into and (hopefully) out of their mistakes. Unlike Manny, Riggs seems to manage to win and not to not lose. Stammen really showed me something tonight. I thought he was just a marginal space filler when he was promoted, but he seems to know how to pitch which is as important as executing his pitches. Wish I had seem Willingham get his cycle. Will be attendance tomorrow night to see Winnie the Pooh Holes.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 22, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

What this season is proving is there is a giantic dropoff from our No. 1 starter John Lannan and whoever one considers our No. 2 starter.

BTW, who exactly is our No. 2 starter now with NN DL'd?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'll answer my own post. Here's our kiddie korps rotation at the moment:

Lannnan
Stammen
Mock
JD Martin
Bally Star

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes Glennpc you heard it right JZimm is on the shelf for the forseeable future i hope they bring Martis back(he should have never been sent down!) Now about all this trade talk if i'm Rizzo i only want the other teams top prospects(1-3) if they want Guz,NJ,or AD, if they want JW then i might take less but don't "burn down the house" to help somebody win the division and NO i'm not interested in the "PLAN".The Lerners need to wake up lets go out and get some free agents for next year and buy a winner, hell i'm tired of watching a loser.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 22, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, who exactly is our No. 2 starter now with NN DL'd?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009"

I think you watched him pitch tonight. With Olsen, Jordan Zimmerman, Detwiler and Martis, injured or semi-shutdown as a precaution against injury ... wouldn't it now be Stammen? Then Mock followed by Martin and Balester.

Might see Estrada or perhaps you might finally see a big trade in which a couple of new pitching prospects are acquired?

Who knows? The "hard deadline" is getting closer.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts are that Stammen is now the #2 starter? Can that be?

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, we don't have a #2 starter. We're just working our way through this and watching it change every few weeks.

I'd like a little more info on the nature of J Zimm's injury (cough-Chico, ya there?-cough). I don't want to start worrying but the guy's the best arm we've got (under contract).

On the other hand, I'm glad Balester's getting another shot. I wasn't all that impressed with him last year but he's young, with a good arm and we need to find out what he can do.

Let the tryouts continue.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 22, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

@Periculum: I agree. Amazing how this rotation has evolved in just 3-4 weeks. But with the season long gone, shutting down Zimm makes sense. 2010 rotation:

Lannan
Strasburg
JZimm
Stammen
Det/Bally Star/Martis/Chico (the pitcher, not the writer)/Trade

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

You are all overlooking the obvious reasons why there are so many Nats TV spots. How many other advertisers will buy time for such lowly-rated programming? Who even wants to be associated with the team?

Posted by: fischy | July 22, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't see the trade for a couple of more pitching prospects (if you are talking starters). I do see a possible trade for a reliever, who can get people out.

And on the subject of trades, I say we keep Willingham, as a corner outfielder. The guy made it clear at the start of the season when he was not starting that he believes he can play this game (showed a confidence in himself), but did not make a big stink about it. Once he got a chance to play regularly all he has done is produce. And I think his defense in RF/LF, while not gold glove, is not bad. And he is supposively a decent, positive influence in the clubhouse.

Trade Adam Dunn (or E. Dukes if there are any takers) if you like, but keep Willingham.

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree, BigMook. Willingham is a keeper at one of the corners. The Dunn trade talk is interesting. I'd move Dukes in a heartbeat, but I doubt there is any takers.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 22, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I took my brother, petewp, to his first game in 10 years. Although Dunn played well in the field tonight, petewp heard my general description of Dunn's play, saw the upcoming bobblehead promotion, and then declared "Bobblehead" to be Dunn's new nickname! Of course, Castillo could also get that nickname after tonight.

My brother also said the 3b coach should have assessed Belliard, at .193, coming up next with 2 out, and should have sent Nick in at a better than 1/5 chance of scoring.

Posted by: paulkp | July 22, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Bigmook the Cardinals seem to definitely have a reliever in AAA Memphis who can get people out. He has no where to go because they already have a guy in the bigs who is also pretty good.

Be nice if he was left handed to go with Storen who is already a right hander. But he is right handed.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

And maybe MacDougal just might be the closer we have been looking for this year. Let's see what he's made of for the next 2 months. But we still need another go to guy in the bullpen who is lights out. Maybe the college kid reliever we drafted (Storen is it?) will be that guy.

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

For Chico perhaps?

JZim's injury?

The rumors surrounding a possible trade of Adam Dunn to the Cardinals. Who might they get?

and is this list complete?
"Lannan
Strasburg
JZimm
Stammen
Det/Bally Star/Martis/Chico"

Shouldn't it be?:

Lannan,
Olsen,
Detwiler,
[Chico?]

[Strasburg?]
Stammen,
JZim,
Martis,
Balester,
Estrada,
Martin.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

periculum: and MacDougal is a righty. So where we find/get a lefty reliever who is dependable? Maybe Joey Eichen is still out there waiting for a call. LOL.

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Bigmook,

I think McDougal stays, but I'm not sure he is going to be anything other than a stop-gap closer.

McDougal,
Bergmann,
[Storen?],
Clippard.

All right handers. They now apparently need lefties to replace prospects Hinckley and O'Connor? Beimel is only here for this year?
They've promoted Novoa to Syracuse ... Spradlin, VanAllen in Harrisburg. Guessing Rizzo will want to replenish the left side?

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

New post - info on JZim's injury.

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

periculum,

I would think so. We need some lefthanded relievers besides Beimel. I am not so sure Beimel is only here for this year. He seemed to have that nasty curve/slider of his working again tonite, the way he did early in the year -- before he got hurt.

Posted by: bigmook | July 22, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

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