Tuesday, April 21, 2009

So that's what a pitching prospect looks like

I was dead wrong about all the other must watch games this month (so far) but not April 20th.

You mean you can have a 22 year old who can blow mid-90s cheese past major league hitters then drop a Blylevenesque bender for good measure?  That's legal. 

One mistake in 6 innings.  Just one.  On a 2 strike pitch too. 

I'd really like to meet those scouts who said J Zimm's upside is a #2/#3 starter at best.  He looked like all those young Florida starters did back in the first series of the year.

The only thing I need from the denizens of Nats Town is a promise to join my posse to kidnap J Zimm after he throws his 160th inning.  It is the only way to keep him from being overworked this year.  (For the benefit of any FBI agents reading, this is not an actual plot)

Tooting my own horn again, check that 4th inning rally:

Johnson leads off with a walk
Zimm singles to right
Dunn walks
Dukes singles in a run to right
Willingham Ks?
Flores misses a granny by 6 feet but gets the SF anyway.

That 2-5 part of the order did exactly what its designed to do.

And I had to chuckle when Bob and Rob kept talking about how strange it was for Jesus Flores to keep coming up with runners in scoring position.  I know it may seem strange but it really not.  Have a bunch of hitters in front of you that avoid making outs and that's what happens.

I'll set the over/under of Elijah's RBI totals (assuming he stays 5th) at about 90.  And I'd probably bet the over.

Washington Nationals Fact 'o the Day

Actually this is yesterday's but it's better than today's.

On September 11, 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds became Major League's Baseball's all-time hits leader. Singling against Eric Show of the San Diego Padres, Rose collected the 4,192 hit of his career to surpass National Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb.

Was it absolutely necessary to throw in that bit about Hall of Famer Ty Cobb?  Would we not have known it was THE Ty Cobb and not another Ty Cobb we may have missed.  Or, is this Bud's way of reminding everyone that Rose ISNT a Hall of Famer? 


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