Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has pieced together a nice retrospective on the Nationals’ late-April decision to promote Bryce Harper — the process and thinking that went into it, and quotes from Nats general manager Mike Rizzo about how it all played out. It’s worth the long read on a weekend without very much baseball…
It’s just under a year since Matt Wieters returned from Tommy John surgery, and it’s taken him that long for him to catch on three consecutive days.
That used to happen all the time. In fact, he would often catch four straight as he did from Apr. 23-26, 2014, which was the last time he did that before undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2014.
In 2015, Wieters didn’t catch on consecutive days for the first month he was back, and didn’t do it again until the season’s last month when he did it four times.
Asking him and manager Buck Showalter about his schedule last year was a tedious, but necessary exercise. Both Showalter and Wieters wanted him to catch more often, but they didn’t want to risk his elbow.
Showalter said last summer that he was hoping to catch Wieters in three straight games then, but it’s taken until the season’s 45th game.
It doesn’t hurt that Wieters is 13-for-26 (.500) in his last six games, and that Caleb Joseph, his backup, has not driven in a run this season.
In a season full of firsts for Hyun Soo Kim, he gets another one on Thursday night. He’ll start in consecutive games for the first time.
It was two months ago that the Orioles sought, against Kim’s will, and his contract, to send him to Norfolk. He refused the assignment, and was on the Opening Day roster.
Despite often having a week between starts, Kim has hit well. On Wednesday night, Kim was 3-for-3 and had two doubles, his first game with multiple extra-base hits.
In April, Kim batted .600 in six games. This month, he’d been just 2-for-14 before his perfect night, which also included a walk.
Kim is batting a robust .438 (14-for-32), and for a team desperate to avoid strikeouts, he could be the answer. He’s only struck out twice this season and walked five times for a .514 on-base percentage.
The Nationals just wrapped up their series against the Mets, making this a good time to discuss where they stand in the NL East and what they still need to work on.
Tim Murray and I went into the Mets series and what we learned. We also gave our thoughts on the Matt Harvey disaster and whether he should have spoken to the media.
Tim and I compared Daniel Murphy's numbers to those of Brandon Phillips and Ben Zobrist, the other two players the Nats targeted this offseason to play second base. We also wondered the best way to use Michael Taylor and whether he should be dangled at the trade deadline.
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