No Review-Preview this time around gang I’m not sure I can bring myself to do one. Okay, the Nats got swept by the Cardinals, but strangely looked better (on the pitching and defense anyway) doing it. The Cards have great pitchers and great bats. The Reds are coming into town and they have good pitching and great bats. The Nats could have all, or none, of any of those at any given time because it’s only April and no one knows what the heck is going on.
Okay that’s your review-preview. On to the Cliff Notes:
- Dave Huzzard knows a ton about baseball. When he writes up stuff for MASN as a guest blogger, it’s top notch stuff. This week he put in crystal clear terms why you the Espinosa/Lombardozzi debate at second base isn’t even a debate. Basically, I’m with Dave the right thinking people can’t honestly compare the two. (Also, I need to figure out how to get one of these guest blogging gigs).
- Speaking of the Huzz, here is Twitter Convo we had today naming excellent baseball books. It’s a good idea to get a book list for new fans that want to know more about the Nats, the sport or the stats that explain it. In fact, we did a podcast last year about it. Still updating a page with books is probably a good idea.
- Matt’s Bats watched BP from the field, and basically everyone you’d want to come say hi came and said hi. I do not wear my jealousy well, particularly when it is directed at an 8 year old.
- From the Sports Bog: Henry Rodriguez throws a ball into the President’s Club. To be fair it took the long way round, and he’s actually been a much better pitcher so far this year. Also “Full Monkey-Tilt” might be the early candidate for this year’s “Clown Question Bro.”
- Lastly, Nationals Prospects is a blog I’ve been reading more of lately. This weekend they ran a story about the call up of Anthony Rendon which included some skepticism regarding the timing of the call-up. Being a high level top prospect is a tough job on a call up, especially when a chunk of the fan base expects you to fix things as soon as you get to the show. Couple that with the fact he’s following two “once in a decade” type of players like Harper and Strasburg, and well…expectations can be outsized very quickly. (and yeah, lying to reporters-while part of the gig-is still cruddy).