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Ex-Nats Dept.

We've got a few ex-Nats in the home dugout today at Land Shark Stadium. I suppose that's what made me think of this; as such, I've compiled a little progress report.

You know the names. Here's how they are doing.

Joel Hanrahan (with Pittsburgh, since June 30) -- 28 G, 26-1/3 IP, 17 BB, 33 K, 2.05 ERA, one change-of-scenery-does-wonders article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Lastings Milledge (with Pittsburgh, since June 30) -- 35 G, 128 AB, .305 AVG, .414 SLG, 2 HR, 14 RBI

Nick Johnson (with Florida, since July 31) -- 19 G, 62 AB, .355 AVG, .517 OBP, 6 2B, 1 HR, 21 BB, one hamstring-related DL trip

Emilio Bonifacio (with Florida, all season) -- 118 G, 449 AB, .252 AVG, .303 OBP, 93 Ks, 20-of-29 on SB attempts

Ronnie Belliard (with Los Angeles, since August 30) -- 10 G, 35 AB, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .314 AVG, .543 SLG

Joe Beimel (with Colorado, since July 31) -- 16 G, 10-2/3 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 4.22 ERA

Anderson Hernandez (with the New York Mets, since Aug. 6) -- 29 G, 91 AB, .253 AVG, .319 SLG

Ryan Langerhans (with Seattle, since June 30) -- 33 G, 95 AB, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .211 AVG

Kip Wells (with Cincinnati, since July 31) -- 1-2, 7 G, 4 GS, 30-2/3 IP, 19 BB, 21 K, 4.11 ERA

Daniel Cabrera (with Arizona, since Sept. 3) -- 1 G, 0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 ER, ERA of infinity, one distinct reminder of why Mike Rizzo got sick of watching him.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 11, 2009; 3:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

"ERA of infinity" is a hilarious phrase to me, for some reason.

Posted by: frosejr | September 11, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Yo Chico, Mike Rizzo wasn't the only one sick of watching him... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | September 11, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Piniero would fit in better as a an efficient ground-ball churning pitcher.

But Wolf as an older / wiser left-handed starting pitcher would be very attractive to Rizzo I suspect. Given continuing progress by the right-handed prospects and a relative dearth of left-handed prospects (other than Detwiler and Thompson plus a rehabbing Chico) this may make sense?

Tend to suspect that the focus will be on Wolf at least initially after the season.

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps not unfair to quote Buzz Lightyear when talking about D-Cab's ERA - "To infinity, and beyond!"

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | September 11, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

You can say what you want about me and my bo&NER for Morse, Desmond or anyone else from SYR for that matter.

But are you also going to argue with Brian Oliver that has now placed Ian Desmond at starting shortstop and Cristian Guzman starting at second base?

I suspect he knows more than a bit more than I about such things ... so ... sometimes the guys on the bench should be given a chance to show what they can do if they are having a break out year.

What I don't understand is Orr? A Riggleman favorite? He was having a terrible year in AAA/AAAA ball? And I suspect that will eventually be the case in the majors as well. Yet he is a starter (a platooned starter) at 2nd base?

I think the switch hitting, consistent hitting Guzman would be better at second base.

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

why not argue w/him? he's a blogger, not the only person who ever knew anything about baseball. just because he may know more than you do doesn't mean that when he does agree with you, he's right.

i'm not going to say he couldn't end up being right and that desmond could prove to be worthy of starting at SS next season (although I doubt it will happen), but i will say that it's foolish to say he belongs there based on what we know today.

btw, who's the "breakout year" person on the bench you're talking about?

Posted by: sec231 | September 11, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Weighing in ...

I put Guzman at 2B and Desmond at SS as what I was hoping to see.

No inside information.

Just would like to see Desmond get some regular PT down the stretch.

Posted by: Brian_ | September 11, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Brian uses the resources available to him to make his assumptions, which are more than some of us have. The fact is, Guzman has had a discussion w/FO regarding 2B for 2010; some of us have postured the same. At this point, it's all conjecture & guesswork for 2010.
IMHO, Guzman needs to get his bunion fixed in the off-season. Spring Training 2010 will be the true challenge from Desmond for the starting SS job. The 2B position can be filled by AGonz & either Orr/Harris in a platoon role, until someone like Lombardozzi/F.Soriano/Kobernus/etc. proves themselves worthy of a shot.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

its hard to contemplate growing tired of watching infinity, but there it is.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | September 11, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

For Hanrahan, Millidge, NJohnson & Belliard - Good for them! To Beimel, sorry, that's what pitching at altitude does. As to the rest - they were what we thought they were.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

ts hard to contemplate growing tired of watching infinity, but there it is.
Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | September 11, 2009 4:45 PM |
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It's only hard in baseball, because at some point in time, the seemingly infinite actually ends.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I miss Nick Johnson - I hope we get him back.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | September 11, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Against the RH Johnson (FLA), Guzman, Harris & Orr need to be in the starting lineup.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Against the RH Johnson (FLA), Guzman, Harris & Orr need to be in the starting lineup.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009"

If Bernadina were available would you play him instead of Willingham? How about Morse instead of Dunn against left-handed pitchers? Orr instead of Zimmerman? Harris instead of Dukes?

You can take this righty versus lefty and vice-versa a bit too far. You have to give Desmond and others a chance to see what they can do ... just as they have by starting Orr as often as they have.

Right now Harris is hot. He should just start. Either at second or in the outfield. Dukes is also hot. Willingham has cooled off. Maxwell shouldn't even play until he proves he can hit consistently ... in AAA, at Syracuse he looked pretty futile for too many games.

Desmond did not.

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"I miss Nick Johnson - I hope we get him back.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | September 11, 2009"

Where would he play? He'd end up on the bench unless he can play second base or the outfield? I think Adam Dunn may now be the 1st baseman for as long as he is productive at the plate while continuing to improve fielding-wise.

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"btw, who's the "breakout year" person on the bench you're talking about?

Posted by: sec231 | September 11, 2009"

In AAA? Padilla, Morse and Desmond pretty much had break out years. Padilla had the highest batting average in all the minors over a certain number of bats for quite a while. Morse was hitting extremely well as the Chiefs best power hitter. He was the Chief's Adam Dunn.

As far as "agreeing" with Brian_. I'm not sure I would put Guzman at second base. I think I would prefer to see Desmond and Espinosa staring MI at some point next year. But that probably won't happen.

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

@peri: Bernardina isn't even in the discussion - Maybe go with Harris(CF), Guzman(SS), RZim(3B), Dunn(1B), Willingham(LF), Dukes(RF), Orr(2B), Bard(CA), Martin(SP)?

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Big Picture time:

This is a team that is likely going to lose 100 games again. Changes have been made. Dramatic improvements seen when Nyjer came and Dunn moved to 1st with Dukes starting and eventually coming around.

But they still will likely lose 100 games. You might as well see what you've got on the bench that might help stave that off. Find the right combination to put together a winning streak. Stop the bleeding.

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

@BinM,

Or maybe

Desmond(SS), Harris (CF), RZim (3B), Dunn (1B), Dukes (RF), Orr (2B), Guzman (LF), Bard (CA)?

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@peri: Yes, Padilla had a "break-out" year, while Morse & Desmond each had outstanding offensive years at AAA - That bought each of them a "cup of coffee at the show". Orr & Maxwell, not so much; Big deal.

It's what they can bring to the table in the Majors that earns them the right to compete for a roster position in 2010. September is like Vegas - what happens there, stays there.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Read "Shoeless Joe," the book that "Field of Dreams" was based on. One character (not in the movie) who never got to play in the bigs gets to pitch against the ghost teams.

He gets clobbered, doesn't register a single out, but is philosophical about it; he got his lifelong dream; he pitched against major league ball players, so why should he be bummed out over an infinite ERA?

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 11, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@BinM et al,

"@peri: Yes, Padilla had a "break-out" year, while Morse & Desmond each had outstanding offensive years at AAA - That bought each of them a "cup of coffee at the show". Orr & Maxwell, not so much; Big deal."

As did pitchers well like JD Martin, Tyler Clippard, and as as starter Garret Mock. They still seem to be making progress and improving nicely. So too did Drew Storen. But he can't be the closer for the Nats now can he? He'll just be here for a "cup of joe".

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I would play Kearns over Bernadina. Hell, I'd play Teddy or the Bratwurst over Bernadina. The several times that Bernadina has been up in the majors, he has majorly sucked. There's no need to continue that experiment. I don't care he tore it up in AAA. AAA is not the major league, and Bernadina just can't hack it.

Posted by: swang30 | September 11, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"The 2B position can be filled by AGonz & either Orr/Harris in a platoon role, until someone like Lombardozzi/F.Soriano/Kobernus/etc. proves themselves worthy of a shot.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009"

You left out Espinosa. Highly likely either he or Desmond can play second base.

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe
Desmond(SS), Harris (CF), RZim (3B), Dunn (1B), Dukes (RF), Orr (2B), Guzman (LF), Bard (CA)?
Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 5:36 PM
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You bark at a RH vs LH strategy, then propose this lineup (R-L-R-L-R-L-S-S-R)? With Guzman in LF?? What are you thinking about, where your next meal is coming from?

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

You may also be tempted to open a spot for Hendry Jimenez from the champion GCL Nats.

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

guzman in LF? wtf? wow. hooooooooookay. i need some of what yer smokin there.

Posted by: sec231 | September 11, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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