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It was wise to shut down Strasburg last year, because between Stras and Harper, this team should be in it every year for the next 5-6 years.
This could be said for Trout and let's say Weaver, but baseball isn't basketball and two players do not make a contending team.
Looking more, holy mother of God is the bench as bad as it looks?
Well, no ####. The point is that the Angels didn't intentionally shitcan last season in a fit of hubris. The Nationals did, and HAHAHAHA!
Worse, actually. Not only can they not hit, they can't execute basic maneuvers either. It's a ghastly clownshow. Ironically, the team's bench was a major strength last season. Same group of guys, for the most part, which tells you something though I'm not sure what.
What's your take on Davey? Has he lost the team and did his decision to announce at the start of the season make him a lame duck rather than creating a "let's win it for Davey!" atmosphere? Is he using people differently or are they just performing the same tasks worse?
I don't think he's "lost the team" in any sense -- you'd hear grumblings about discontent at least SOMEWHERE in the media if this were the case, and there hasn't been so much as a peep except for the Drew Storen Affair -- but the firing of Rick Eckstein over Davey's objections certainly emphasized his lame duck status.
Johnson went on to say Jordan Zimmermann had been limited to a four-inning, 88-pitch start in part because the neck stiffness he had dealt with earlier in the season had returned. When Zimmermann heard Johnson’s diagnosis, he pursed his lips and shook his head.
“That’s news to me,” Zimmermann said.
In the seventh inning, cameras caught Johnson and Bryce Harper shouting in the Nationals’ dugout. Harper had led off the bottom of the seventh with a flyball to left field, and then he trotted to first base.
“Yeah, I went over,” Johnson said. “I was concerned about his leg bothering him because he didn’t round the base. That was all that was about.”
Johnson added that Harper told him he “messed up” and didn’t want to leave the game. Harper said the conversation was not as heated as it seemed on television.
“He was checking out my leg, seeing how I felt,” Harper said. “I told him I felt fine and I didn’t want him to take me out of the game.”
@13, LaRoche is owed 14M for 2014/buyout in 15. Where does that go?
That level of suck is surely partly bad luck -- as somebody notes they used pretty much the same guys last year to perfectly good effect -- but it's not exactly a list of consistently decent bench players either.
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