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Tuesday was Dave Martinez day at the Winter Meetings

Watch LIVE as Nats Manager Dave Martinez addresses the media at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. https://t.co/RKezTtUUmr — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 11, 2018 Yesterday was Dave Martinez‘s day to step out in Las Vegas and do his interviews … Continue reading

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The analytics of starting pitching has been trending to fewer innings

It was a generation ago when Kerry Wood and Mark Prior burned-out their golden arms due to extreme overuse. Baseball set a line of demarcation where going over 120 pitches was taboo. Few pitchers reach that mark these days. In … Continue reading

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Dave Martinez did not forget how to do his job!

It was nice during yesterday’s game that I could write something “positive” about Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez and his strategies he put in place in the finale before the All-Star break. It all worked.  It has been a while … Continue reading

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An Odd Profession

We look at the various professions across the landscape with a mixture of acknowledgement and respect.  A Physician papers the walls with certificates and diplomas.  That age-old practice isn’t there for the Doc’s ego.  It’s to impress upon you that … Continue reading

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4th 18-gamer: Good News and Bad News, Mostly Bad News

For previous 18 gamers, click here.  And apologies for the tardiness of this post. Life intervenes sometimes.  Plus, it was a crappy set. First the good news. Remember that asterisk (*) attached to the last 18-gamer? It’s gone. With the … Continue reading

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3rd 18*-gamer: A Breakout Set, Even With an Asterisk

Click here for links to previous 18-gamers. When the umps stopped the Nats’ first scheduled game against the Yankees on May 15 because of rain, little did they know what havoc they had wreaked on my 18-gamer. With the score … Continue reading

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“At some point it will turn around, and we will cash-in” — Dave Martinez on April 27

You never take winning for granted. Sometimes it looks too easy, but it never is. The Nationals started the season 4-and-0 then the 5th spot in the rotation came up, and the Nationals fell into a funk. By that next … Continue reading

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2nd 18 gamer: A Tale of Two Streaks

Click here for links to previous 18-gamers. When last we left the Nats, they had just escaped the first 18 games of the season with a 9-9 record by winning the first two games of a series against the then-division … Continue reading

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Spring Training comes to an end; Final notes before Opening Day

Compiling evaluations on Spring Training is difficult to do when you consider that results mean very little while observing the process is more important. Much of what was seen was positive this spring. The starters are ready and reportedly healthy … Continue reading

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Opening Week for Baseball has Final Rosters and real baseball and renewed optimism!

“Hope springs eternal” is the phrase I have spewed every year since baseball came back to Washington. It is from an Alexander Pope poem “An Essay on Man”. Strangely I hear baseball people talking about that portion of the poem … Continue reading

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