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Same…um, Stuff…Different Day, where the Nationals are concerned.

It’s been an up and down season so far for John Lannan. He pitched brilliantly against the Braves on the 22nd only to watch Garrett Mock and Mike Hinkley combine efforts to surrender the game winning run in the 9th inning. But then he didn’t pitch particularly well against the Phillies last night, giving up 3 home runs in 5 innings. He pitched poorly in losses to the Braves and Phillies earlier this month and then pitched well against the Marlins (getting an ND when the bullpen blew the save). I have a feeling it’s going to be that type of season for John. I just hope the bullpen doesn’t keep imploding in the games when he does pitch well so he can actually get some wins!

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Another bullpen shake-up — “closer-by-committee”? Great…so what the hell does that mean…whoever displayed the least amount of suckitude in the previous game will close the current game? [begin sarcasm] Sounds like a brilliant plan to me! [end sarcasm] Whatever they do, the Nationals cannot, and must not, use Joel Blownsaverahan as their closer…EVER. He performed adequately in the closer role last year, but after 3 blown saves in 5 opportunities so far this year, his confidence is shot. A closer with no confidence is a disaster waiting to happen.

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Speaking of the bullpen:

Struggling Nats get Kensing in trade with Florida
yahoo.com, 4/29
 
PHILADELPHIA (AP) –The struggling Washington Nationals have acquired right-hander Logan Kensing from the Florida Marlins for pitching prospect Kyle Gunderson.

Nationals assistant GM Mike Rizzo announced the move on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Kensing is 7-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 108 career games spanning five seasons with the Marlins. He’s expected to be in uniform for the Nationals when they wrap up a series Wednesday night at Philadelphia.

To make room on the roster, Nationals also optioned right-hander Jason Bergmann to Triple-A Syracuse. They also transferred outfielder Roger Barnadina to the 60-day disabled list.

Bergmann had a 3.60 ERA in three relief appearances after getting recalled on April 20….

Lemme get this straight…the Nats optioned a pitcher with a 3.60 ERA in 3 relief appearances (1.40 WHIP and .167 BAA) to Syracuse to make room for a newly aquired pitcher with a 9.82 ERA in 6 relief appearances (2.59 WHIP and .412 BAA)? WTF?? Why has Joel Hanrahan not yet been given a one-way bus ticket to Syracuse?! I suspect that the only reason why Hanrahan is still on the 25-man roster is because he’s out of options. But so the hell what?! If he’s optioned and exposed to waivers, and another team is stupid enough to claim him, that’s THEIR problem. For that matter, why was Bergmann optioned instead of Saul Rivera? Options, maybe? Again, so the hell what!

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The Washington Nationals have activated shortstop Cristian Guzman from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Alberto Gonzalez to Triple-A Syracuse. Thank goodness Guzman is finally back (with, I hope, a fully healed hammy). The Nats need his defense! Not that he’s exactly a gold-glove shortstop, but in 11 games, Gonzalez had about 25 errors. OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration…he only had 6 errors…it just seemed like 25.

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Oh, and one more thing before I head out of here……

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Yes, I know this is MLBlogs and not NHLblogs, but that’s just too bad! 😉

Congratulations to the Washington Capitals, for overcoming a 3 games to 1 deficit against the New York Rangers to win their playoff series! GO CAPS!!!

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5 comments

  1. metsgl

    I don’t care if you talk about hockey but don’t say bad stuff about the Rangers. I am not a very big Rangers fan but I would have liked to see them win. I don’t really care though. Also check out my daily trivia on my blog:

    http://metsgo.mlblogs.com/

  2. diamonddiva

    As football season approaches, I’ll probably mention football now and then here too, Julia!
    I won’t say anything bad about the Rangers, Metsgl. It’s bad karma! And I’ll be sure to check out your trivia.

  3. diamonddiva

    I met Joel Suckrahan at the Nationals “Picnic in the Park” season ticket holder event last year, and he was very nice. I’ve heard/seen quite a few people describe him as a nice guy…but merely being nice doesn’t win ballgames. He balked in a run in last night’s game. I’d like to see him turn things around and do well too, but in the meantime, he’s killing his team. Nationals fans are running out of patience with him.

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