WBC and the Nats Over the Weekend

Team USA had an up and down weekend, first they got embarrassed by Puerto Rico. They lost via the slaughter rule, and were not too happy about it. They took out their frustrations on the Netherlands,...

Kip Wells Signed

The Nats signed pitcher Kip Wells this week to a minor league deal. He’s the same Kip Wells that had a 3.28 ERA for Pittsburgh in 2003, with 147 Ks. 2002 was almost as good, and the young pitch...

The WBC is Starting, Hill is Not

World Baseball Classic It’s begun, without too much fanfare. Korea walloped the team from Taiwan that you aren’t supposed to call Taiwan. Tomorrow before you watch MD-UVa (3:30 pm), you c...

Baltimore’s Own

You’ve probably seen it already – the Nats have signed perenniel Baltimore potential stud pitcher, Daniel Cabrera, to a one year deal. Cabrera has been a tantalizing prospect his whole ca...

Moose Retiring

A little off the topic of the Nats, Mike Mussina announced his retirement. He was a personal favorite of mine, and that’s why we all like baseball – because there are certain players that...

Finding a Veteran Pitcher, On the Cheap

Last week, in Baseball Prospectus’ NL East preview (it’s here and free if you want to read it), they made a few interesting observations. Additionally, there was some oversight – no...

Guzman hits for cycle and sets record

I have often criticized Christian Guzman, and it isn’t without warrant. His lack of plate discipline and power can be crippling to production, if you don’t believe me, see 2000, 2002, 200...

Numbers are a Funny Thing

Numbers can tell you quite a bit. Around here, I rely heavily on numbers. When someone is a minor league pitcher, I look at their K/BB ratio to use as a guide in assessing their abilities. Why? Well ...

Nats Drop Excess Baggage

Maybe I’m not in tune with the management, but I am shocked at this latest development. Yesterday, the Nationals gave unconditional releases to Paul Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Felipe Lopez. L...