Did did they just do that?
Well we have seen the idiocy of the MLB season played out with a decision that simply makes no sense with the Washington Nationals deciding to shut down their starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg . To realize the gravity of the maneuver , you have to understand the very fact that the Nationals now sit on the cusp of making the postseason for the first time since 1981 when the franchise fell 3-2 in the NLCS to the Los Angeles Dodgers . At the time, the franchise were known as the Montreal Expos . In the subsequent years the ball-club has struggled to remain relevant , albeit that Bud Selig pretty much eased the way for the sale of the team to present owner Ted Lerner.
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To my mind , GM Mike Rizzo has made a rash decision that is pretty much a slap in the face Strasburg’s teammates and to the long-suffering Nationals’ fans. Anyone who believes that this decision was based upon the well-being of Stephen Strasburg, then they are clearly that naïve and gullible. Manager, Davey Johnson , has suggested that the reason behind to now shutdown the player, was based on the fact, that his performance, in his most recent outing was lackluster and not up to par. Would anyone actually be at all surprised , when for the past five weeks this has been the topic of conversation with Strasburg being continually asked what his thoughts would be , should the coaching staff make the decision to curtail his season? There is no damn common sense to be found within the Nationals’ front office after this utterly idiotic decision ! The game would result in a 9-7 loss to the Miami Marlins , in which the player pitched three anemic innings allowing six hits , 5 earned runs and three walks . What was abundantly clear from this game was the immense pressure Strasburg had been placed under , with this ongoing spectacle and the very fact that the Nationals’ coaching staff did little to downplay this all, instead they allowed this whole spectacle to played out , to the sheer and utter ridicule which has made this ball-club a damn laughing-stock.
Now while the Nationals currently maintain a 5 ½ game lead over the Atlanta Braves within the NL East , this whole scenario does not play out well, for the Davey Johnson’s team . They are certainly better with the fifteen game winner than they are without him . And with the Strasburg’s productivity in terms of the strikeouts amassed there is this growing that this will come back to bite the Washington Nationals in the proverbial ass.
The Nationals will finish their two-game series against the Miami Marlins today at Nationals’ Ballpark in Washington , DC. A loss to the Marlins though not catastrophic , it would certainly deflate the confidence of this team and undoubtedly lead to some soul-searching on the part of the players. As to the spin that will now to be placed on this scenario by the coaching staff, and the hierarchy of the organization .Well. those questions may well be answered, in terms of how the remainder of the Nationals’ season will end. While, I have no doubt that this team will undoubted make the postseason , I am not so sure that they can now go deep into the playoffs , taking the NL pennant and then the World Series , itself !
Next up for the Washington Nationals , will be a three-game set against the lowly New York Mets . It would be an understatement to suggest that the Mets have been pitiful this season , with the exception of R A Dickey , perhaps one of the presumptive favorites for the NL Cy Young Award in 2012.
Monday’s game will see the Mets playing host to the Nationals , with Gio Gonzalez (18-7, 2.98 ERA) taking the mound against Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.27 ERA). Tuesday , will see Jordan Zimmerman (10-8, 2.99 ERA) against R. A . Dickey (18-4 , 2.64 ERA) and as part of this trifecta of games, the final pairing will be John Lannan (2-0, 3.46 ERA) against the Mets’ Matt Harvey (3-4 , 3.04 ERA) . Needless to say, a series’ sweep or at least a 2-1 series’ win would be beneficial for the Washington Nationals , as they embark on the final thirty-plus games of their regular season schedule.
In 2011 the Milwaukee Brewers came away with the NL Central as the divisional champions as Ron Roenicke’s made their first postseason appearance since 2008 . In 2011 however, the Brewers’ foray would not be short-lived as they made it to the NLCS ,where they would succumb to the St Louis Cardinals losing the series 4-2 . This season within the division and it appears that NL Central will have a new champion , and it now seems beyond a doubt that the Cincinnati Reds will come away with their first divisional title since 2010 . Reds’ manager Dusty Baker would like nothing better than to get this team playing at a consistently —- high level as they enter the final stretch run of their season. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips , Ryan Ludwick , Jay Bruce , Johnny Cueto , Bronson Arroyo, Matt Latos, and closer Aroldis Chapman have spearheaded the Reds’ impressive season. I believe that the Reds are being overlooked as a credible contender for NL pennant . Sunday , and we saw the Reds inexplicably falling 5-1 to the Houston Astros , with Johnny Cueto (17-8) losing his eighth game of the season in that defeat. The Reds’ next three games pits them against the Pittsburgh Pirates , who it now seems have played themselves out of contention for the division (NL Central) as well as quite possibly the wildcard berth in the NL , having gone 3-7 in their last ten games. So much for the talk, of the Pirates having turned the corner , as it appears that like the cars of Sprint Cup Series within NASCAR , the cars only head in one direction ____________ “ always turning left” .
Making a case for complacency would be easy this season , especially in light of the New York Yankees and the way that they have allowed a ten game lead within the AL Easy simply erode to the point where as the 8th September they shared the lead within the division with this season’s surprise team the Baltimore Orioles. The troubling issue for the Yankees is that team captain Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi have tried to downplay everything that has transpired concerning the team’s abrupt meltdown over that past six weeks . Now with everything to play for and there being so much at stake , it has to be said should the Yankees fail to make the postseason, then there is a deal of blame to be apportioned all-round , from the front office on down to the coaching staff to this highly overpaid roster of players . Is there anyone who truly believes that Alex Rodriguez is worth $ 32 million a year , given his lack of productivity over the past five years and the player’s lack of leadership skills ? Yet, with even with the baggage that comes along with Rodriguez, he’s merely viewed as the primary selling point as the active home run leader as he looks to surpass the all-time home-run mark of 762 , currently held by Barry Bonds . The former Pirates and Giants’ slugger has been embroiled in a slew of controversy that has simply destroyed Bonds’ image as well as the game of baseball. Thankfully , with the player essentially retired , he does not have the ambition to make a bold return to the game . At the opposite end of the spectrum, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens , who simply craves the limelight, and is now attempting a return to baseball, having signed a contract with the Atlantic League’s —— Sugarland Skeeters . Independent League’s Sugarland Skeeters.
Far be it for me to suggest that Roger Clemens deserves the time of day , however, with the player having been acquitted in US Federal Court of perjury and obstruction of justice . The player has to viewed in a different light , as he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. From my owned perspective, the prosecution’s handling and presentation of the case by the US Justice Department’s attorneys , gives credence , that the federal government is being ran by a group of unintelligent buffoons ! With the country now in an election cycle and with both main political parties simply offering sound bites that amount to nothing more than the two main Presidential candidates dithering on so many of the most acute issues that affects this country . Then again , baseball needs a real kick in the ass considering the idiots who preside over the game at the highest level ! Baseball does not need Roger Clemens back in the arena of baseball but unfortunately, the hierarchy’s handling of a number of issues strictly related to the game has been so poorly handled that sport remains a complete laughing-stock among the vast majority of fans who choose to follow baseball .
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Considering the event leading up the Washington Nationals concerning their starting pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, do you believe that the decision made by the organization was a prudent choice ? Also with regard to the playoff picture and that of the divisional wildcard races , which teams do you believe are now in the drivers’ seat as these races proceeds towards their inevitability ? Do leave a comment as you see fit .
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(1) Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper , bottom, is out at second base as he gets tangled up with Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano as Solano turns the double play during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Washington. The Marlins would go on to defeat the Nationals 8-0 . AP Photo/Alex Brandon ….
(2) WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 09: Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins celebrates with Jose Reyes (7) after an 8-0 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images ….
(3) WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 07: Stephen Strasburg(37) of the Washington Nationals sits in the dugout after leaving the game after the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. The player has seen his season come to an abrupt end with the decision made to shut him down for the remain of the Nationals’ 2012 schedule. Strasburg has voiced his displeasure but states he understands the organization’s concern but remains unhappy with that choice. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images …..
(5) Jimmy Paredes (38) of the Houston Astros hops back to first base in time as Joey Votto (19) of the Cincinnati Reds takes the throw from pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images ….
(6) Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton (53) delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during the third inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Baltimore. The Yankees would go on to defeat the Orioles 13-3 . AP Photo/Nick Wass …
(7) New York Yankees’ Curtis Granderson, right, celebrates his home run with teammate Ichiro Suzuki (31) , of Japan, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Baltimore. The Yankees won 13-3 . AP Photo/Nick Wass …..
(8) Third base coach Rob Thomson congratulates Alex Rodriguez (13) of the New York Yankees after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 8, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images ….
(9) Alex Rodriguez 13 of the New York Yankees flips his bat after lining out for the second out of the ninth inning during the Yankees 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images …..
(10) Roger Clemens 21 of the Sugar Land Skeeters throws in the second inning against the Long Island Ducks on September 7, 2012 in Sugar Land, Texas. . Getty Images North America/ Bob Levey …
(11) Roger Clemens (21) of the Sugar Land Skeeters talks with his catcher Koby Clemens (22) before playing the Long Island Ducks on September 7, 2012 in Sugar Land, Texas. . Bob Levey / Getty Images North America …..
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