In a two-man edition of the Podcast TJ and O'Hara discuss the last two weeks in Nats news, bullpen additions, Ross/Strasburg injuries, potential deadline additions, and answer questions from listeners.
As you may have heard the Nationals are looking for bullpen help. And not just closer help like in years past, no they need an entire bullpen of new pitchers. However, picking up a handful of the top trade candidate relievers would be very expensive in total. The Lerners love prospects and do not like expensive, so Mike Rizzo and the Nationals front office will likely have to get a bit creative to bring in the stock they need.
So, my goal today is to find some relievers who can fill in admirably in a middle innings (think 6/7th) role for the Nats without breaking the bank. These guys are so far under the radar as to be completely off it.Read More
With the Citizens new Alexandria location fully operational we have a full house as TJ, O'Hara, Sean, and Alyssa go over the last six weeks in Nats news, dissect the bullpen, and more!
The Citizens are back to talk the last few weeks in Nats news including the Eaton injury, Harper not having any of Hunter Strickland's nonsense, and the evergreen topic: The Bullpen.
The Nationals have a bullpen problem. You didn’t need me to tell you that. If you have a vague awareness that the Washington Nationals are a baseball team then you know that they have a bullpen problem. The question, with the Nats rolling to a 21-10 start and 6.5 game lead on the New York Mets, is how big of a problem is it?Read More
As the Washington Nationals welcome the return of Trea Turner, and new additions Adam Eaton and Matt Wieters, David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice share whether or not they're all-in on the Washington Nationals' offense.Read More
ESPN's Jayson Stark recently brought the discussion of politics and baseball to the forefront. David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice offer their takes on whether or not there is room for politics in baseball, and what it could all mean for fans.Read More
David Huzzard and Alyssa Wolice offer their takes on the state of the Washington Nationals' bullpen, following the announced signing of veteran right-hander Joe Blanton. Despite the fact that the Nationals have yet to designate a closer, both David and Alyssa offer their takes on why the Nats are due for some late-innings luck this season.Read More
With Spring Training ramping up the Citizens are back to discuss the Nats offseason including the Eaton acquisition, other minor moves, swings and misses, Matt Wieters, the bullpe, the Nats glut of catchers, and answer questions from listeners! Somehow we manage to stay on topic the entire time!
The Nationals have a bullpen problem, but likely not the one you've been reading about for the past three months. No, they have a pretty good internal option for closer, the problem is they have few reliable relievers beyond that and time's running out to acquire some.
The closer? Shawn Kelley of course, who put up another sneaky great season and can count himself among the better relievers in baseball.
When I rate relief pitchers the two main stats I look at are strikeout rate and walk rate, big indicators that can stabilize over a smaller sample size. They're also the two main objectives for a reliever, get guys out without giving up run opportunities and keep guys off the bases. I consider the ERA and FIP secondary for relief pitchers since they can often get lucky in limited appearances. Finally, I check three more stats to see how fluky the numbers are: swinging strike rate and contact rate to see how well they can miss opposing bats and average leverage index to get an idea of the pressure they pitched under.Read More