As I watched soon-to-be-demoted-as-soon-as-Doug-Fister-can-return-please-hurry-back Taylor Jordan give up the second moon-ball home run to Albert Pujols on the night, I thought to myself, “wow, I wonder what i’d hold out for if I caught his 500th home run?”
Here’s the answer, thanks to Scott Allen and the DC Sports Bog on WP. The guy who caught the ball is giving it back to Pujols for … nothing.
Now that I have a kid, I’m sure i’d want some cool stuff for his memory books. I’d at least want a custom-message signed ball (that’s my goal one-day, to head up to cooperstown with a bunch of 50s and 100s in my pocket and hit the circuit of Hall-of-Famers on the signature series for custom-signed baseballs). In total, I’d probably settle for some signed jerseys and baseballs and what not. I mean, hey, that ball may have been worth thousands on the auction market, but its better karma to just return it to the hitter, right?
Oh, and since this is a Nationals blog, supposedly focused on pitching, all I have to say about this team can be summed up in some bullet-points for now:
- 6.23: that’s Jordan’s current ERA. And unlike Strasburg‘s “unlucky” high ERA (Stras’ FIP is a miniscule 2.58, the best on the team, proof of why you should probably ignore both ERA and ERA+), Jordan’s clearly not an effective starter right now. I think the 5th starter competition is over, especially after Tanner Roark‘s excellent outing the night before … which was completely wasted by…
- Tyler Clippard, who may not have bad numbers so far but boy he has struggled. You just can’t have a 1.5 whip as an 8th inning/high leverage guy. Maybe its time to switch him and Drew Storen in the bullpen pecking order (you know, since so far he looks basically unhittable, giving up just 2 baserunners in 7 1/3 innings).
- 8-1: that’s the Nats record against crummy teams.
- 3-9; that’s the Nats record against “good” teams so far. I sense a pattern.
I’m kind of concerned right now. It doesn’t really help that the teams’ #2 and #4 hitters from opening-day are on the D/L. But it also doesn’t help that, once again, Mike Rizzo‘s vaunted “lead-off” hitter Denard Span is barely batting above the frigging mendoza line yet continues to be plugged in at lead-off, where he can maximize the damage he does to run expectancy as he scuffles along with his sub .300 OBP. How long before Matt Williams just sticks him at the #8 spot where he should have been most of last year and starts using hitters at lead-off who can, you know, hit?