Over the weekend Sports Illustrated published a MLB players poll asking around the league who players think are the most rated players in professional baseball. The list of ten includes players like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and David Wright, as well as Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth who comes in near the top of the last at three.
Werth ranks third most likely because of his hefty contract, a 7-year, 126 million deal he signed back in December of 2010. Werth has struggled to live up to those numbers, particularly at the plate, but has also been out most of this season with a broken wrist.
Being called overrated by your peers must not feel good, but it could come down to guys simply wishing they were paid as well. The case for Werth being overrated can be made based on his production and contract, but is he really the third most overrated player in all of baseball? Albert Pujols came in at number four, right behind Werth, and he is considered the best overall player of the last decade.
Sometimes SIs players polls can be a great look into the mind of professional athletes, but this one is hard to draw conclusions from.
It's not looking good for starter Stephen Strasburg to be ready to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series next week, according to Nats general manager Mike Rizzo.
The Nats right-hander has been throwing off flat ground as part of his recovery from a right flexor mass strain. But he's running out of time with just over a week to go until Game 1.
"I think it would be kind of pushing it. I think that's fair to say," Rizzo said. With the calendar, it's unlikely that he will contribute in that first series."
Strasburg hasn't pitched since Sept. 7 when he sustained the injury in a game against the Atlanta Braves. It was his first start back off the disabled list after he dealt with right elbow soreness.
Strasburg, 28, made the All-Star team this season and is 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA in 24 starts. Without him, the Nationals will rely heavily on Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark in Games 1 and 2. Game 3 will likely go to either Gio Gonzalez or Joe Ross. The Nats have not determined whether Scherzer will pitch on short rest, but it does not sound like they are inclined to ask him to.
Manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday it would not be his preference.
“I’d like not to do that on short rest because then what’s going to happen next round and the next round? He’s going to be on super short and then you’re risking injury. The other guys got to do their job," Baker said. "You can’t go to short rest on Max, to me, unless it’s just a dire emergency until late in the playoffs."
If the Nats are to advance to the NLCS, Game 1 would be on Oct. 15.
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Wilson Ramos' season — and postseason — is officially over.
Manager Dusty Baker announced on Tuesday afternoon that the team's starting catcher suffered a torn ACL in their 14-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night and will undergo surgery to fix the tear.
Ramos underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning to assess the damage and the news was not good.
The injury occurred following a rain delay in the sixth inning when Ramos attempted to catch an errant throw home from Ryan Zimmerman. Ramos landed awkwardly and crumpled to the dirt in pain.
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To make matters worse, the injury occurred on the same knee that Ramos injured in 2012, when he needed surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL.
"I think it's time for us as a whole to take care of him," Baker told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. "Because he's taken pretty good care of us."
It's a heartbreaking injury considering Ramos was having a stellar season, highlighted by his first All-Star Game appearance and that the postseason is just a week away.
"He is upbeat," Baker said. "He knows other guys have come back from this. Told him about Adrian Peterson, but he didn't know who that was."
The team called up 2012 fifth-round pick Spencer Kieboom to take Ramos' spot on the roster.
The Nationals will open postseason play against the N.L. West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.