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Mezza

  • joined Apr 06, 2009
  • last login Mar 19, 2012
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Longtime baseball fan living in Brisbane, Australia.

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For the Mets: they now have to beat the Nats in the NL East

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"It is a calling card for what is possible moving forward, and a particularly strong signal to the Mets. For as they are figuring out how to climb the NL East mountain, the Mets’ eyes cannot be exclusively on the Phillies and Braves. The Nationals are a potential, burgeoning power."

Looking at new metrics for Defense

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What we already know - R Zim is a defensive god.

Elias Rankings Update

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The updated Elias Rankings are out (care of MLBTradeRumors). Adam Dunn is probably one of the most exciting to watch on the list - as he currently projects as a Type A free agent. He's hanging in there on the 76.5 percentile. Of also of interest is Adam Kennedy...on 56 percentile...if he could just nudge up to over 58, we'd get a type B for him (although noting he likely isnt a free agent this offseason).

Harper Watch: Kevin Goldstein looks at Harper and what might still be issues in drafting him

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Nats general manager Mike Rizzo has consummated numerous contracts in the past with super-agent Scott Boras, including Stephen Strasburg's record-breaking deal last August, so that's another non-factor. Still, while the chances of Washington selecting Harper slowly creep to "lock" status, there are still four questions remaining.

Who are the most efficient teams in baseball?

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The Yankees left little doubt that they were the team of the last decade, but what team was the most efficient from 2000 through 2009? Did the Yankees get the most bang for their 1.6 billion bucks or did someone else win more efficiently? And which team wasted enough money to claim the title of the least efficient team of the decade? The answers might surprise you -- and that means you at the players association, too -- especially because the most and least efficient teams are not determined solely by market size. So where did the Nats come in? And who is the worst? Should the Nats be pumping more $$ into payroll - or should they be holding on until they are ready to win? The answers might surprise.

Guzman now staying with Nats

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"Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman has cleared waivers and will not be traded to the Red Sox, according to a baseball source. " "But the source said the Nationals have no intentions of trading Guzman. In fact, Washington was upset that the story on Guzman even came out. " Why did they put him on waivers?

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Washington Nationals = heaven? A Jorge Padilla story

As reported widely around baseball today: After 12 years in the minor leagues -- after 1,165 games; after spending full seasons in destination sites such as Martinsville, Va., and Binghamton,...

Manny being Manny

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This is an amazing story. Hey, it could be worse...he could be playing for the Nats! It does raise the question - what did Olsen do when he rehabbed recently?

Nats unfinished business

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This is seriously one of the funnist things in baseball. Because of rain, the May 5 game at Nationals Park against the Astros was suspended in the 11th inning, the score tied at 10. All along, the teams, in partnership with Major League Baseball, had resolved to finish that game before the July 9 8:05 p.m. (EST) contest at Minute Maid Park. Chich reports: The game will resume in the bottom of the 11th inning, with the Nats batting with one out and a runner on first base. Astros RHP LaTroy Hawkins was the pitcher on the mound, and he is allowed to continue his outing if the Astros see fit. Elijah Dukes, though, was the runner on first. Dukes was demoted yesterday to Class AAA Syracuse, so the Nats can replace Dukes with a pinch-runner. (Anybody voting for Nyjer Morgan?) Does anyone else find it amusing that Joel Hanrahan could pick up the win if we get this one right?

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A picture that tells a thousand words...or maybe just one.

As you guys may not know - I come from a bit of photographic background and figured it might be interesting to look at the Nats season via photos.  To me some of pics this year have said all that...

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Why I think Manny shouldn't be in charge

I've generally been on the fence a bit regarding whether Acta should or should not be fired.  I certainly dont think it's fair that he's left waiting for the execution to occur.  That said, after...

Cabrera Designated For Assignment After tonight's game, a 6-1 loss to the Mets, the Nationals...

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Cabrera Designated For Assignment After tonight's game, a 6-1 loss to the Mets, the Nationals designated for assignment pitcher Daniel Cabrera. Acting GM Mike Rizzo said of Cabrera, "I was tired of watching him." Cabrera had been signed this offseason to a one-year, $2.6 million deal. Cabrera said tonight that he plans to become a free agent if he clears waivers. With Cabrera's departure, the Nationals will recall from Class AA Harrisburg catcher Luke Montz. The move is entirely temporary. Catcher Josh Bard is leaving the team tonight to be with his wife, who is having an induced labor. I'll have more on this move - and reaction from Cabrera - shortly. By Chico Harlan | May 26, 2009; 10:54 PM ET

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/2009/05/cabrera_designated_for_assignm.html?wprss=nationalsjournal

About time Manny started reading my posts... "never get beat on your best pitch"... 4 sliders in a...

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About time Manny started reading my posts... "never get beat on your best pitch"... 4 sliders in a row anyone? * This was a big save tonight for Joel Hanrahan, who just one night earlier threw a bases-loaded wild pitch (a slider in the dirt) and took a loss. Tonight, we saw a different Hanrahan. He threw 19 pitches -- and 17 fastballs. Said Acta: "He's been preached to lately about, you know, go ahead and get beat on your best pitch. He's got a very good fastball, and just try to execute the slider after you get ahead in the count. Tonight he went out there and carried the gameplan and it proved to him that it worked."

Quote of the week. "Step 1 is obvious. As soon as feasible, the Nats need to admit that the...

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Quote of the week. "Step 1 is obvious. As soon as feasible, the Nats need to admit that the 6-foot-9 Cabrera, perhaps the wildest pitcher in captivity, is just the latest in a line of "high-ceiling" disasters from the Jim Bowden era, the pitching equivalent of Wily Mo Peña, the 500-foot BP extravaganza who couldn't hit any pitch with a wrinkle." -- Tom Boswell.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content//article/2009/05/17/AR2009051701965.html
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Minor League Report

I pretty much lifted this minor league report on the discussion boards of the Washington Post.  While I was going to consider this a Fanshot - I figured it might be better placed here for a...

Could Strasburg go straight to the majors?

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A discussion on Kirk Kenney's blog about whether Strasburg may go straight to the majors.

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To trade NJ, or not to trade NJ. That is the Q.

I read this on the Washington Post's Q&A section with Thomas Boswell and thought it was well worth the discussion here. Washington, D.C.: Should the Natinals trade Nick Johnson well before the...

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