One guy is doing all the Nats’ hitting

One recollection of Matt Williams has stuck with me for years, and it came from the Diamondbacks booth. Digging through game logs, it had to be August 5, 2005. Matt Holliday comes up in the 8th and breaks his bat on a pitch – that lands in the left field bleachers at Chase Field. Unbelievable strength. Holliday stares out at the mound and pimps the trot a bit.

Williams says: “Who is Matt Holliday? I mean, what has he done in this league? He hasn’t earned the right to that.” It was Holliday’s 10th HR of 2005, and that one tied the game up. The Rox were in last place (OMG, JD Closser, Ryan Shealy, and Larry Bigbie in the lineup that day) and Holliday was not an established star yet. But, Williams missed on that one long term.

Now, Williams has his own problems in Washington. If they aren’t careful, they’ll lose sight of the Mets – who are close to getting David Wright back in a couple weeks. Zimmerman, Werth (anyone remember JaysonIsWerthless on the old MLB board, when he played for the Dodgers?), and Desmond just plain aren’t hitting the ball. Harper and his obscene 1.126 OPS and 7.4 WAR is pretty much carrying the club with their rotation. Wilson Ramos is 2nd on the team in RBIs.

And the erstwhile phenom Stephen Strasburg is back, fresh off big appearances in Syracuse, for more. Werth is sitting tonight, so it is really a matter of Eddie Butler vs. Bryce Harper. Still waiting for something resembling a good outing from Butler. We’ll see which offense gets it going first, and if CarGo stays blistering hot.

Washington Nationals
3B Anthony Rendon (R)
2B Danny Espinosa (S)
RF Bryce Harper (L)
1B Ryan Zimmerman (R)
LF Clint Robinson (L)
SS Ian Desmond (R)
C Wilson Ramos (R)
CF Michael Taylor (R)
P Stephen Strasburg (R)

Rockies
CF Charlie Blackmon (L)
S Jose Reyes (S)
RF Carlos Gonzalez (L)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
1B Ben Paulsen (L)
2B DJ LeMahieu (R)
C Nick Hundley (R)
LF Brandon Barnes (R)
P Eddie Butler (R)

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

I don’t see David Wright helping the Mets that much (not at this stage of his career – with his beat up body), but that army of ridiculous pitchers will help them. You’re right, the Nationals better keep it close. Mets have momentum and the look of a winner.

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sdcarp
5 years ago

Random thoughts from around baseball: Hate to see Jose Hernandez’s shoulder ailing. He’s such a great young pitcher. I remain convinced these guys are rushed back too quickly from TJ surgery. Toronto has surged to within 2 1/2 games of New York. David Price has been money. Tulo has been steady at a 300 BA. Wonder if New York is rethinking their (almost) lack of activity at the trade deadline. Pineda is out through August minimum. They really need a… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Walt channeling Jim Tracy today — Blackmon doubles on the first plate appearance of the game. Walt has Reyes bunt him over to 3B. Really? Playing for 1 run? Perhaps Walt is confused, thinking Strasburg pitches for him and 1 run really may be enough. Anyway, it’s an awful strategy all around, and here it really backfired as they didn’t even get the one “sure” run in. And if the explanation is something like “I didn’t want Reyes to hit… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Nolan! WTF!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Kahnle’s turn to surrender the closer role … sometimes all you have to do is throw strikes (Betancourt nodding his head somewhere in the bullpen)

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

McKenry — wake up — we need a strike!!!

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

It wasn’t pretty in the bottom of the 9th, but I’ll take the win.

food52.com
food52.com
5 years ago

What’s up, I log on to your blogs on a regular basis.

Your writing style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

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