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Decision 2013: H-Rod or Romero

I may be among some of the last people on this planet who still believe inHenry Rodriguez, but I still believe in Henry Rodriguez. Anyone that has watched him pitch over the last two seasons has seen the flashes of brilliance like the time he was so dominant David Ross bunted with two strikes and two outs, or the time he made the Reds look foolish in route to getting a save on just 10 pitches. But it cannot be denied that Henry Rodriguez has pitched poorly this spring. He has walked ten batters and struck out only seven in 8 2/3 innings pitched against talent that Baseball Reference ranks around the AA level. ​

From the looks of things the Nationals are more than likely going to start Henry Rodriguez on the DL. He hasn't gotten it together in a number of days and has pitched like the strike zone is a mystery worthy of Hercule Poirot. He could use the time in extended spring or AA to find even a modicum of command, because even in a mop-up role a 10.4 BB/9 is going to turn a blowout into either a bigger blowout or a close game, and it could end up that the other Nationals relievers can't put out the fire that Henry Rodriguez is going to start. ​

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Nats Sign JC Romero

Such is the nature of being a Nats blogger these days. By now I am certain that not only have you heard the news about JC Romero, but that if he have read a post on the internet about it it was from someone better than I. Still, though, I will voyage on and pound out my JC Romero manifesto on this keyboard here, because I feel the need to keep my mind fresh until there comes a time when there is real and actual news or I have an epiphany of something good and/or entertaining to write. As the Nats have been utterly boring this spring and the best of all news would be for them to be utterly boring during the season that aforementioned time may never come to pass and any creativity I have left will whither and die like a well salted slug.  ​

JC Romero is a pitcher. Beyond that he is a left handed pitcher who can sometime throw the ball to the plate (5.1 career BB/9), and sometimes when he gets the ball over the plate it is not hammered for an extra base hit (0.8 career HR/9). He is also a pitcher with a chance to strike a batter out (7.2 career K/9). The most important thing about JC Romero is that he is left handed and being such gives him an advantage in finding a job despite the fact that he is a career 4.16 ERA reliever at the advanced age of 36. JC Romero is the typical lefty hanging on at what for a right hander would be past the end of a career because he has a near .200 difference in OPS versus left handers (.612) as opposed to right handers (.817).

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