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From Turner Field

Just got to Turner Field, where it's about 113 degrees -- if you're standing in the shade. A few really quick notes before I head down to the clubhouse.

* If you didn't see this earlier, as it might have been lost in the shuffle, check out Boz's analysis of the Nats' lineup.

* No. 1 pick Drew Storen has been promoted to Class AA Harrisburg. How do we know this? Twitter-tracker! Twitter-tracker! Twitter-tracker! (That reference is for Conan devotees.)

* A good stat here.

NL leaguers in slugging percentage, since July 25:

1. Mark Reynolds (ARI) -- .983
2. Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) -- .982
3. Troy Tulowitzki (COL) -- .810
4. Adam Dunn (WAS) -- .796
5. Matt Holliday (STL) -- .786
6. Josh Willingham (WAS) -- .754
7. Cristian Guzman (WAS) -- .679

Conclusion: It's a good time to be Washington's No. 6 hitter.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 11, 2009; 3:42 PM ET
 
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Yahbut nobody's left on base after those 4 get through with all that slugging.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | August 11, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"(That reference is for Conan devotees.)"

Both of them?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"(That reference is for Conan devotees.)"

Both of them?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If you mean to suggest that Conan doesn't have many fans or doesn't deserve many fans, then you, my friend, are an idiot.

Posted by: artvandelay2 | August 11, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

For those women who like the song, "Its raining men ..." looks like its raining closers:

From Brian Oliver:

MiLB.com transactions confirm that RHRP Clint Everts has been promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse. The 2002 #5 overall pick has made his way from High A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A in 2009.

After falling off of the prospect map over the last two to three years, Everts has resurfaced as a potential option out of the bullpen.

No word on who he will be replacing in Syracuse, who has a full roster. RHRP Drew Storen will replace Everts on the Senators roster but given the demotion of IF Greg Veloz from Harrisburg to Potomac, the Senators remain one player short.

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

And Chico, the reason its 113 degrees in the shade? It has to be Belliard ...

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome. But slugging isn't everything. Hopefully the little things keep going their way so they can keep winning. Go Nats!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | August 11, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Sort of a farm fail, from Syracuse. Note the submitter's name.

http://failblog.org/2009/08/10/election-fail-2/

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chico, could you post a poll before the signing deadline asking something like:

Should the Nationals sign Strassburg?

a) At any Price
b) Only if they can get him for less than $25 M
c) Not at any price.

I'd like to see some opinions before the event.

Me personally, I'm in the 'b' camp.

And right now I would trade Crow for Storen straight up. No question. So what can I get with pick 1b next June? Not sure but I think the Nationals actually came out ahead on that one.

Posted by: natbiscuits | August 11, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

That's been suggested, although I'm not in the habit of moralizing about others' popularity, even the rapidly diminishing ones. I'm not so sure you're my friend, though.
But he's still got Steve Allen's old job. I'm really jealous.

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If you mean to suggest that Conan doesn't have many fans or doesn't deserve many fans, then you, my friend, are an idiot.
Posted by: artvandelay2 | August 11, 2009 4:54 PM |

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Agree -- choice B in the poll. I probably would have picked the same if you had set the threshold at $20mm. I was nervous before, and to me, the JZimm injury just reinforces both how fragile pitchers' arms are and how RANDOM the likelihood is for injuries. To commit so much $ to such a high risk, ESPECIALLY when so few #1 pitchers have been worth the hype, seems crazy. I won't call the Lerners cheap, not once, if they offer $15mm and SS walks away. That's on him and Boras.

Posted by: cdstej | August 11, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

bicuits, didn't we do that already? and seriously, all due respect, but who hasn't weighed in on that, to death, by now?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm back, and the Nats have been knocking the "Nyjer-high" socks out of the ball!

Keep a good thing going, and see you at Duffys after the game.

"JIMMY, it's ON!"

Posted by: mo_dc | August 11, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

My guess is Dave Williams get's DFA'ed in Syracuse. Giving the Nats a well provisioned "prospect" bullpen in Syracuse AAA.

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I'd make the poll a bit more granular (though in the end it makes no difference since spamming them is so easy... but...):

-Pitchers are too fragile, forget him.
-12mil or less!
-15mil-ish
-20mil is good
-25mil feels right
-30mil is what I'm thinkin'
-35+ mil baby!

Posted by: OldDude | August 11, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Did somebody mention Steve Allen? "Schmock! Schmock!"

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 11, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

What sec3 said.

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bicuits, didn't we do that already? and seriously, all due respect, but who hasn't weighed in on that, to death, by now?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 5:22 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 11, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I'm in the up to $20mil camp.

Plus, Belli plays the field like he's tied his shoelaces together!

Posted by: OldDude | August 11, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I think he's gotta sign for $15m or less. IMO, $20m would be "blowing up the slot system" (doubling the highest previous bonus).

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 11, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Isn't weighing in on a subject to death what blogs are for? If repetition was our metric for whether to post, we'd be using far less bandwidth here at the ol' NJ...

Posted by: cdstej | August 11, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Part of rebuilding the bullpen?

Now pitching in Syracuse:

Clint Everts
Josh Wilkie
Jack Spradlin (l)
Zack Segovia
Yunior Novoa (l)
Zech Zinicola

** plus **

Jorge Sosa
Sean Burnett
Jason Bergmann
Tyler Clippard
Mike McDougal

Will that be enough?

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Good point, cdstej.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 11, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

From Boz's post:

Jacoby Ellsbury
Miguel Tejada
Evan Longoria
Mark Teixeira
Prince Fielder
Dan Uggla
Bengie Molina
Ronnie Belliard!

Posted by: Section506 | August 11, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Sosa, I just noticed that he got back-to-back saves the past 2 games. (long save situations) In August, he now has 2 saves, and 2 ERs in 8+ innings of work. Not bad.

Posted by: swang30 | August 11, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I swear to god if we lose this game it's 100% Belliards fault.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | August 11, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Sosa: Lowest WHIP on the staff. Looks like a keeper along with MacDougal. There's your 2 veterans in the bullpen. Both can be closers.

Plus 10 potentials from the "prospects" if you include Storen.

Things look pretty good for next year? Don't they? Maybe even for the end of this year? Most of those prospects still have to consistently solve AAA hitting.

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Belliard drank way too much at the Vortex last night. With all that beer and the hangover he won't be able to move ...

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

And you knew he was at the Vortex because.... you were right there drinking alongside of him?

Posted by: swang30 | August 11, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

you say that like it's a bad thing...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I have seen many form of troll come and go on here but I am still at a loss why a Carolina troll would post about Maryland football on here??

Did they not get the right kind of anger response on the Terrapin Insider so they tried to drag us into their warped world of college football?

As a wise man once said
Things that make you go HMMMMMMMMM!

Posted by: CBinDC | August 11, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The Giant skull entry way? "Ghost Rider" skeleton on his harley riding across the ceiling? Belly couldn't resist ... FLop and Bonafacio joined him.

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

what she said.
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Good point, cdstej.
Posted by: natsfan1a1

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

CBin, you mean in the previous post? That same post, word for word if I recollect rightly, showed up last week, too. Say what you will about College Park, they don't go posting on some Carolina MLB team's blog.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

cheeseburger53 (from the last post): "If you disagree with my choice of stats, that is fine, but my point still stands. Boz selected only statistics that paint Dunn in a favorable light, and then made asserted a conclusion about his overall value. To truly view Dunn's total value, or to compare it to Teixeira's total value, you have to look at his whole performance, not just the numbers that make Dunn look good. Maybe you have a better defensive measurement than I do, or maybe you don't think that there are strong defensive stats now (and that's fine) but you cannot simply ignore the defensive part of the game when discussing and/or comparing total value."
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I agree that Dunn's value is diminished by his fielding. But to claim he's responsible for 42 runs?

Look, the Nats have given up 607 runs this season; 547 of them are earned, and the remaining 60 are unearned.

Dunn is responsible for 42 runs? Presumably, the 42 runs his bad fielding is responsible for are mostly unearned runs, but let's say that only half of them are. That means that he's responsible for 21 unearned runs, while the whole rest of the team is responsible for only another 39. Does that make sense? The whole other 24 players combined are responsible for fewer than twice as many unearned runs as Dunn all by himself? Including such defensive stalwarts as Lastings Milledge, Josh Willingham, and Elijah Dukes? Including Daniel Cabrera and his fondness for wild pitches?

Sorry, I just don't buy it.

The comparison with Teixera is a fair comparison; Dunn is a comparable hitter (certainly this year), and Teixera is clearly a better fielder (we'll have to see if Dunn improves).

But Dunn also cost $160 million less; that's money available for a first-round draft pick.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 11, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

www.thevortexbarandgrill.com/
This is sad, actually: the second thing I noticed on the GIRLS of the Vortex page was a typo. It's a curse, I tellya, a curse!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"Including Daniel Cabrera and his fondness for wild pitches?"

Just a Point of Information: wild pitches don't make runs unearned.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Sec3, yeah that one

It was in two threads today and I just wonder what twist of the brain causes such actions.... on a baseball blog you make your call out to another teams fans ......

wait ....maybe it was .......Belliard !!!!

Posted by: CBinDC | August 11, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

kaiser sosa

Posted by: longterm | August 11, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 11, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Since we're re-hashing Cheeseburger's flawed comments from an earlier post:

@cheeseburger: One problem with your assertions. Whereas Boz's analysis is based on fact -- actual events that have occurred -- yours are based on speculation and supposition. The problem with projected stats such as UZR is they are merely theoretical and completely overlook the possibility that a player can get hot and exceed expectations.

Don't get me wrong, I've watched from section 100 as Dunn has butchered numerous fly balls hit his way. But Boz's point was improvement -- significant improvement -- may not be as far off as the DC faithful have feared. If, using the concrete stats Boz supplied, we replaced the names of our 2010 Opening Day lineup with their statistical peers, who among us wouldn't be excited?

Posted by: outsider6 | August 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie Belliard is a lollygagger and a bum, and I wouldn't let him play catcher on my teeball team.

Posted by: Holmes76 | August 11, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/08/11/nationals.suspension.ap/index.html

Nationals prospect Englund suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington Nationals minor league pitcher Stephen Englund has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program after testing positive for an amphetamine.

His suspension began Tuesday. There have been 50 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program and four under the major league program.

The Nationals drafted Englund in the second round in 2006. The 21-year-old righty made one start and two relief appearances this year in the Gulf Coast League and did not allow any runs in 2 2-3 innings.

Englund was a shortstop in high school, and the Nationals took him as an outfielder. He batted .162 last year for Class A Hagerstown with two homers and nine RBIs and .213 for Class A Vermont with two homers and 16 RBIs.


Posted by: sec231 | August 11, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

periculum: No need to DFA anyone from the SYR roster - the addition of Storen takes them to the full 24-man compliment for now.

Posted by: BinM | August 11, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"periculum: No need to DFA anyone from the SYR roster - the addition of Storen takes them to the full 24-man compliment for now."

BinM, Brian Oliver seems to think that SYR's roster is full; but that Harrisburg is short a man since they demoted Greg Veloz to Potomac. So, Harrisburg is now short a man. Storen basically replaces Clint Evert, an Expo 1st rounder they promoted to Syracuse.

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Neither Potomac or Hagerstown appear to currently have a designated "closer".

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

To apply the logic of that post, the College Park fan would have to dis the Carolina team on a Tennessee Titans blog, methinks.

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CBin, you mean in the previous post? That same post, word for word if I recollect rightly, showed up last week, too. Say what you will about College Park, they don't go posting on some Carolina MLB team's blog.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 6:02 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 11, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

hmm, that may tell me all I need to know about the site without having visited it.

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www.thevortexbarandgrill.com/
This is sad, actually: the second thing I noticed on the GIRLS of the Vortex page was a typo. It's a curse, I tellya, a curse!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 11, 2009 6:06 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 11, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

A - choice A is the only choice. We've drafted him, now we have to sign him. If the Nats don't want to pay his price, they shouldn't have picked him in the first place.

Posted by: comish4lif | August 11, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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