The Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo says
this is a monumental day for the Nationals organization. And indeed it is. Only days after Washington saw their
slugging first baseman pack his bags and head to the windy city, they have
signed another big bat for their lineup.
Dubbed the most attractive free agent not named Cliff Lee,
Jayson Werth was coming out of Philadelphia finally living up to his 5-tool
The Nationals will give Werth $126 million over seven
years. When his contract is
finally up, Werth will be 38 years old.
Amazing any team would give a 31 year-old a seven year deal.
The thing to remember here is Werth is not the savior. This Nationals are still at least two
years away from winning with Stephen Strasburg missing next year and Bryce
Harper probably not ready until 2012/13.
But when you combine Werth with Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Willingham, Mike
Morse and company they will have a good core group for years to come. Willingham could become disposable with
Harper coming up and Roger Bernadina able to play outfield. And play it well.
The Werth signing does not make the Nationals a playoff
team, not even close. But it does
take a lot of the pressure off Zimmerman, who I am sure has been feeling it
when Adam Dunn was not resigned.
Rizzo says right now they have Werth penciled in to hit
middle of the order and play right field.
He hinted to the fact it was still early in the offseason so things
could change. Are the Nationals
really looking at another signing? Highly unlikely.
However, I do agree, it is still early. Things could a lot more exciting from
here on out.
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One of the most anticipated call ups in Phillies history, Domonic Brown made his major league debut last night for Philadelphia in right field wearing the number nine. Brown was called up after Shane Victorino was placed on the DL with an oblique strain.
Part of the Rookie of the Year ballot with be on display at Nationals Park tonight as Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves.
Yes a Phillies win. And yes a four game sweep of the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds. All is good in Philly. Right? I don’t mean to get personal in a post game wrap up but this four game sweep doesn’t really make me feel any better. Yes, don’t get me wrong, a sweep is exactly what the Phillies needed going into the All-Star break.
However, playing against such a potent offense like the Reds you would think a sweep means the Phillies were back to their normal ways of smashing the ball and putting up crooked numbers. Not the case. Except for the ninth inning Friday night, every inning the Phillies have scored in this series has only been the one run. It did work don’t get me wrong. But nothing is fixed. The starting pitchers, minus Kentucky Fried Blanton, really stepped it up. The trio of Kyle Kendrick, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels threw a combined 23.1 innings and allowed only 14 hits and one earned run. It was exactly what the Phillies offense needed only supporting their efforts with six runs over those three games.
The one good thing about the offense is they are putting the ball in play only striking out four times in this game. Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each had a walk and a hit while Jimmy Rollins contributed the other two hits including an RBI single in the third inning scoring Ruiz for the only run of the game.
That was all Hamels would need. He didn’t allow a run for the first time in his 18 starts this season. This does not mean he is back to his ’08 form yet but he is getting there. He worked out a bases loaded with no outs jam in the fourth. Hamels only struck out three but was able to trust the defense with balls in play. He also had three walk throwing 112 pitches.
After escaping a jam in last night’s game, Brad Lidge came in for the ninth to record the final two outs for his sixth save of the season. He needed only five pitches to end the game.
Worth noting: The Mets beat the Braves 3-0 which puts the Phillies 4 1/2 games behind the Braves and only a 1/2 game behind the Mets.
After taking the night off yesterday, the Phillies offense
got it going early and often today against the Toronto Blue Jays in the series
finale of what was a road series in their home ballpark at Citizens Bank
beating the Jays 11-2.
Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco each had
three hits apiece for the Phils who have been on a scoring tear for the past
four series. They are averaging
almost six runs a game while playing the Yankees, Twins, Indians and now
Toronto winning 8 of 12. They
scored all their runs today without help from the long ball, which should be a
good sign their offense is clicking.
Jaime Moyer broke Phillies Hall of Famer Robin Roberts’
record of home runs allowed in a career.
Moyer gave up number 506 to Vernon Wells in the third inning but by then
it was already too late. Philly
bats chased Toronto’s starter Brett Cecil in the fifth inning after he allowed
seven runs and threw 97 pitches.
Phillies starters were showing patience at the plate, seeing almost four
pitches per at bat. Another sign
they are seeing the ball really well.
Record breaking jitters aside, it was business as usual for
Moyer. Other than the homer to
Wells, Moyer only allowed five hits and struck out seven before finishing out
the seventh inning. He is now tied
for the team lead in wins with Roy Halladay at nine. Over his last three starts, Moyer has thrown 23 innings and
only allowed five earned runs while striking out 17. The Phillies, not surprisingly, are 3-0 in those games.
The Phillies were without Placido Polanco for a second straight
game after he said he aggravated his elbow making a play in Friday’s game. He is scheduled to receive another
cortisone shot today which will likely keep him out until Tuesday at the earliest.
The only Phils starters without a hit were Jayson Werth and
Wilson Valdez. They both went
Worth mentioning: Rollins,
Francisco and catcher Dane Sardinha each had two RBIs. I know all of you started him in