Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Three Things I Know

New Baseball Bias column! I suppose I should offer an apologia. I mean, Basil's already called me a sell-out, and that's about as close as he comes to the spittle-fleck, profanity-laced tirades you get around here. It comes down to two things: 1) Pity. If I didn't write about the Orioles, no one was going to. 2) Given the television situation around these parts, I'm going to be seeing a lot more of the Orioles than the Nats on TV, and it's impossible for me to see that much of something and not develop a spittle-flecked, profanity-laced opinion about it. So it's nice to have an outlet. My second Nats column should go up at some point on Monday, so keep an eye out.

The Astros series has been very reminiscent of the Mets series. The first game was a typical, forgettable loss. The second game was an inspirational come-from-behind win. The series differed in their respective third games: Sunday's loss was just more of the same, while game three vs. the Mets saw us get slapped around and humiliated in truly innovative ways. So that's an improvement, I guess. But as enjoyable as the two victories have been, I wouldn't mind some dull wins if that what it takes to win more than a third of the time. Game four is uncharted territory, and I can't stand the anticipation. A few observations:
  • We're seeing what a big difference a healthy Jose Vidro makes. And if I were running things, the biggest difference of all would be when I ship him out of town for prospects.
  • Brandon Watson will be gone soon. The guy who was supposed to bring ~speed! and ~sparkingness! to the lineup is 0 for 2 stealing bases, has gotten picked off, and he sure isn't making up for it with the bat. Frank is already making noises about playing Marlon Byrd more often, and it's only a matter of team until Watson's back at AAA, particularly with Ryan Church hitting well in New Orleans.
  • Our bullpen is doomed. Seriously, something catastrophic is going to happen unless we start getting serious innings from the starters. Big Nasty (who has apparently shaved) could really help out by going 8 tomorrow.
  • Worrying about Ryan Zimmerman now is just as premature as crowning him MVP after the Mets series. I'm looking at you, Boz.
  • Charlies Slowes still hasn't learned to give the audience the score and situation at any time other than the end of a half-inning. I can forgive him his lame catchphrases and manufactured enthusiasm, but this has to change. Dave Jageler, fortunately, seems not to share Slowes' aversion.
Ever wondered about the signs at RFK that aren't about the Nationals? You know what I'm talking about -- there's some dudes in, like, shirts running around and stuff. Well, let me fill you in: They're the DC United, they just kicked off their season, and . . . well, that's about all I can say about them. But one guy who does know about the DC United is my main man D (yes, that is his real name), and you should educate yourself over at the DCenters all summer long. Oh! They play soccer -- I just remembered that. So that's three things I know.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who do you think we could get for Vidro? I'm guessing every contender could use an all-star infielder who can hit the hide off the ball from both sides of the plate.

El Gran Color Naranja said...

Ooh trade Vidro, then keep Soriano in the OF and have him explode! Let's go for that 60 win season.

Ryan said...

I really don't know what you could get for Vidro, but it'd be something. He has a very good reputation, even defensively (that, I guess, is the upside of playing in Montreal). A mid-rotation and a prospect at least, I'd guess. Not Lastings Milledge or anything, but somebody.

Steven J Berke said...

"...Ryan Church hitting well in New Orleans."

Uhhh...like .214 AVG, 1 HR, 3RBI?

"Our bullpen is doomed"

Well, we could try calling up Watkins and Bray before giving up entirely, couldn't we?

Ryan said...

Uhhh...like .214 AVG, 1 HR, 3RBI?

Yeah, I screwed up there. I saw the .353 OBP and thought it was his batting average for some reason.

I stand by the bullpen comment. Majewski's a dead man walking.

Basil said...

And the day before, Church's average was .300. And the day before that, it was .000.

It's too early to say whether he's hitting or not hitting, "getting it" or not getting it.

Eventually, I think he'll be back up, but I don't think Watson should go down. Instead, I think he'd be a fine fifth outfielder/spot starter/pinch-runner/defensive replacement. (Well, as to the pinch-runner part, maybe he shouldn't try to steal . . . )

In my mind, Ward can go. Once Fick gets healthy, though, he's probably back.

El Gran Color Naranja said...

The way to make the Nats is to run out of options. Sorry but Watson is sure to go down.

I'm more worried about Cordero, he still hasn't pitched well.

D said...

Thanks for the pimp. You'll be happy to know that the third base line nearly contributed to a goal for the visiting team last Saturday. Which would mean that RFK park effects increase scoring, but only in MLS.