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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #425: September 14, 2021, 10:46:50 AM »
Souza DFA'd

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #426: September 14, 2021, 02:08:17 PM »
Souza DFA'd
this isn't even dog bites man.  It's more dog relieves himself when taken for a walk.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #427: September 14, 2021, 06:46:16 PM »
Souza DFA'd

Didn't the Dodgers just bring him back?

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #428: September 14, 2021, 07:28:11 PM »
Didn't the Dodgers just bring him back?

Yep

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #429: September 14, 2021, 08:53:52 PM »
Detwiler to the Padres. Dude will be pitching longer than Brady plays football

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #430: September 15, 2021, 08:34:08 AM »
Detwiler to the Padres. Dude will be pitching longer than Brady plays football

Padres now have four or five ex-Nats: Detwiler, Hudson, Stammen, plus Melancon and Austin Adams. The last two were short-timers, but at least they drew a paycheck from the Lerner family.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #431: September 15, 2021, 07:43:30 PM »

Schwarby en fuego...

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #432: September 16, 2021, 03:27:37 PM »
AJ Cole pitching for Buffalo today against Rochester.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #434: September 17, 2021, 02:33:24 PM »
Harper the best hitter in baseball if you go by wRC+.   Juan Soto fourth!  Vlad Guerrero has a good argument for AL MVP. 

https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2021&month=0&season1=2021&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&startdate=2021-01-01&enddate=2021-12-31&sort=18,d
Well, there's this Ohtani fellow.  Even on his own team, Semien has an argument.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #435: September 17, 2021, 02:40:14 PM »
Well, there's this Ohtani fellow.  Even on his own team, Semien has an argument.
Yes.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #436: September 22, 2021, 01:49:36 PM »
https://blogs.fangraphs.com/jon-lesters-well-timed-hot-streak/

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Lester signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Nationals in late January, but missed time during spring training to undergo a parathyroidectomy, and then tested positive for COVID-19 amid the Nationals’ first outbreak of the season. He finally made his season debut on April 30, and over the course of 16 starts, posted a 5.02 ERA, 5.42 FIP, and 4.90 xERA in 75.1 innings. It wasn’t pretty.

Through 10 starts as a Cardinal, the bad ones (7.08 ERA and 5.27 FIP in 20.1 innings over his first four turns) and good, Lester has a 5.53 FIP and 5.09 xERA… but a 4.02 ERA, which is right around the park-adjusted league average. In other words, by every indicator but that last figure, he’s actually pitched worse as a Cardinal than as a National.
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hat you can see in looking more closely at his actual and expected batting average and slugging percentage is a bigger swing; where his batting average was 31 points higher than expected with the Nationals, it’s now 12 points lower with the Cardinals, and for slugging percentage, he’s gone from 62 points over expectations to three points.

One thing to note is that Lester has tweaked his pitch mix since coming over to the Cardinals, throwing more sinkers and fewer four-seam fastballs and cutters. All three pitches have gotten better results:
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold recently explained Lester’s remixed repertoire:

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After the last-minute deadline trade that brought him from Washington, Lester met with Maddux and other coaches to go over a “snapshot” of his pitch effectiveness and usage. The coaches suggested a shift in his mix of pitches to make the cutter — his best pitch — more effective and possibly even rely on it less. He also could use the outside part of the plate against righthanded batters more effectively. That meant trusting his changeup out there. He has started to use it to play off his fastballs in the same way Wainwright flexes his curve.
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At every other position, where the Nationals mostly have solid defenders, the Cardinals have good to excellent ones. For a pitcher like Lester who’s not missing many bats these days, that’s huge. That 2.27 ERA hot streak owes plenty to a .184 BABIP, which is unsustainable. It also owes something to good sequencing; of the 10 homers that Lester has allowed as a Cardinal, only the first of them had a runner on base; the other nine were solo shots.


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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #437: September 22, 2021, 02:11:58 PM »
Lester's FIP with the Cards is 5.53.  With the Nationals it was 5.41.  So much for pitching coach magic.  BABIP is .256 there while it was .314 in DC.  BABIP magic.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #438: September 22, 2021, 02:31:39 PM »
Lester's FIP with the Cards is 5.53.  With the Nationals it was 5.41.  So much for pitching coach magic.  BABIP is .256 there while it was .314 in DC.  BABIP magic.
also, much better defense. not that the schwarber-less nats are bad. more St L is very good.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #439: September 22, 2021, 06:19:29 PM »
also, much better defense. not that the schwarber-less nats are bad. more St L is very good.

Without looking at the metrics, where is the Nationals' current defense anything other than subpar?  RF, maybe 1B and LF?  In other words, the three least important positions?

I mean, Soto might actually be the best defender at his current position on the team and he's unremarkable.  The rest of them seem like somewhere between approximately average and total liabilities.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #440: September 22, 2021, 08:32:01 PM »
Soto I think is 5 runs plus on drs. Maybe escobar is plus. They just aren't disasters for the most part. They are middling.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #441: September 22, 2021, 09:39:58 PM »
Soto I think is 5 runs plus on drs. Maybe escobar is plus. They just aren't disasters for the most part. They are middling.

Escobar is a zero in DRS and negative in total zone.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #442: September 22, 2021, 09:50:11 PM »
Escobar is a zero in DRS and negative in total zone.
I like to look at 1- BABIP against the pitcher.  That's basically balls in play turned into outs (not counting double plays).  by that, the Nats are 11th overall and 21st since 8/1. 

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2021)
« Reply #443: September 25, 2021, 03:55:36 PM »
Amazing. Guy can hit, run, field and now catch touchdowns.