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(03-20-2017 05:00 PM)Brookes Owl Wrote:  Adrian Gonzalez lookin like Wally Pipp? A-Gone with more elbow soreness, getting shut down again. Getting closer and closer to seeing Cody Bellinger as a semi-regular starter at 1B this year. Andre Ethier also doing his best to thin the outfield logjam with his back injury.

...aaand Puig with calf tightness!

gonzalez had to break down at some point
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Bryce Harper has continued to have a really good spring for the Nats. In only 35 at bats, he's got 6 homers. what's interesting is going into the spring, he had only 10 homers in 245 at bats. Never more than 3 homers in any one spring. He's batted .314 this spring, despite having a babip of only .208. Normally folks don't care much about the spring- but I feel if anyone's spring would be considered important- it'd be Harper.

The 6 homers by the way are tied for the league lead with Pete O'Brien from the Royals.

looking at the pitching- Gio and Ross had decent springs so far. Strasburg had a bad start but is down to a 7.30 ERA(he was at 13.50 earlier). The pen looks pretty solid. Glover, Martin, Kelley all with sub 2 ERA's. Blanton, Grace, and Nathan all with 3.00 ERA's.

Feels like a pretty good spring for the Nats. Only one injured is Scherzer and don't think long term that's going to be all that serious.

1 thing that will be really interesting to watch will be how the guys who played in the WBC are coming back.
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Gio has had a really nice career. Fangraphs has him as going 7 straight seasons with 2.9+ WAR and 24.4 in his career, with a good chance at over 30. Since leaving the A's, he's put up 18 WAR in 5 seasons with the Nats, which is good for 16th in that timeframe
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Sounds like the Giants could lose Will Smith for a long time, with some kind of UCL injury. Nobody has said it's a tear, but it doesn't sound good. He was supposed to be the first lefty out of the pen, and someone who could pitch to both LHH and RHH. It's not the biggest blow in the world, but it does hurt
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(03-21-2017 02:21 PM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  Sounds like the Giants could lose Will Smith for a long time, with some kind of UCL injury. Nobody has said it's a tear, but it doesn't sound good. He was supposed to be the first lefty out of the pen, and someone who could pitch to both LHH and RHH. It's not the biggest blow in the world, but it does hurt

More than made up for by the new hire...
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(03-21-2017 02:51 PM)Brookes Owl Wrote:  
(03-21-2017 02:21 PM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  Sounds like the Giants could lose Will Smith for a long time, with some kind of UCL injury. Nobody has said it's a tear, but it doesn't sound good. He was supposed to be the first lefty out of the pen, and someone who could pitch to both LHH and RHH. It's not the biggest blow in the world, but it does hurt

More than made up for by the new hire...

well the point was for Melancon to make everyone better by moving each of them down an inning. Smith's replacement is likely to be Osich, who has great stuff, but no control. It just sucks because the pen was going to be a strength

Anyone else watching the WBC? As I've done before, I went to the round in Miami and it was a ton of fun. One of the reasons it was better than before was due to team Colombia and its fans. They came out in large numbers to support a team that fought like hell, despite having very few major league players. I hope the tournament helps make baseball more popular in Colombia and the Netherlands. I mean, the whole point is to make baseball into more of a global game. It'll take awhile, but I truly believe it'll happen. The tournament also needs more of the best players to commit. Imagine if Japan had a rotation of Otani, Darvish, Tanaka, Maeda, Iwakuma and Sugano (pitching tonight and looking quite good)? That rotation could easily go toe to toe with Kershaw, Scherzer, Sale, etc. And Canada could've used Martin, Saunders, Taillon and Lawrie.
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1 guy who hasn't bounced back and you really have to wonder if he ever will is Matt Harvey...

4 starts this spring he's 0-4 with a 7.30 ERA. In the 4 starts he's given up at least 2 runs in all but 1 start(despite never going more than 4.1 innings).
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(03-23-2017 02:56 PM)stever20 Wrote:  1 guy who hasn't bounced back and you really have to wonder if he ever will is Matt Harvey...

4 starts this spring he's 0-4 with a 7.30 ERA. In the 4 starts he's given up at least 2 runs in all but 1 start(despite never going more than 4.1 innings).

it's a shame (not for you though), because he was so dominant. He's going to have to learn to pitch with a diminished fastball. Some can do it, some can't. Depends on the pitcher
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(Yesterday 11:55 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  
(03-23-2017 02:56 PM)stever20 Wrote:  1 guy who hasn't bounced back and you really have to wonder if he ever will is Matt Harvey...

4 starts this spring he's 0-4 with a 7.30 ERA. In the 4 starts he's given up at least 2 runs in all but 1 start(despite never going more than 4.1 innings).

it's a shame (not for you though), because he was so dominant. He's going to have to learn to pitch with a diminished fastball. Some can do it, some can't. Depends on the pitcher

yeah it's a shame that you go back 18 months ago and the Nats had to contend with both a healthy Harvey and of course Jose Fernandez. now one is gone unfortunately and the other one may never be back to where he was.
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(Yesterday 12:19 PM)stever20 Wrote:  
(Yesterday 11:55 AM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  
(03-23-2017 02:56 PM)stever20 Wrote:  1 guy who hasn't bounced back and you really have to wonder if he ever will is Matt Harvey...

4 starts this spring he's 0-4 with a 7.30 ERA. In the 4 starts he's given up at least 2 runs in all but 1 start(despite never going more than 4.1 innings).

it's a shame (not for you though), because he was so dominant. He's going to have to learn to pitch with a diminished fastball. Some can do it, some can't. Depends on the pitcher

yeah it's a shame that you go back 18 months ago and the Nats had to contend with both a healthy Harvey and of course Jose Fernandez. now one is gone unfortunately and the other one may never be back to where he was.

i feel bad saying it (although since Fernandez essentially murdered two people, i don't feel as bad), but how many teams have gotten that kind of weird luck? Two Cy Young caliber pitchers in one division and now are no more. Pretty crazy
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