Well the season is now over for the Washington Nationals. Granted the Nats had a number of injuries to deal with this season but they win the award for the most under achieving team in baseball for 2015. For this team to finish this season barely over 500 in a word is ridiculous. Consider their division has the two worst teams in the sport this season, in the Phillies and Braves, not to mention another bottom team in the Marlins. That’s beyond belief. The record is also in a year where Bryce Harper might wind up winning both the batting title and the home run crown. I have a plan here if I was running things in Washington what I would do once the last game was played in 2015 for the Nationals.
New GM and Manager
I do not relish people losing their jobs but in terms of the Nationals there needs to be new voices in the front office as well as the dugout. Unfortunately that means Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams need to be replaced.
Ownership has shown in the past that they are more than willing to spend to have a top level team. This was illustrated by Ryan Zimmerman‘s extension, as well as signing big free agents in Jason Werth and Max Scherzer. Believe it or not the Nationals have nearly 50 million coming off the books after this season (48.4 million to be exact). The players hitting the free agent market for the Nationals are Ian Desmond, Doug Fister, Dernard Span, Matt Thornton and Jordan Zimmermann. I don’t bring any of them back.
The Current Core – Position Players Continue reading Major Shakeup Needed in DC
I know, I know…. There is so much to focus on in 2015 before the season ends that it’s ridiculous to be looking ahead to next season already, but this stands to be a very interesting and important offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays.
First and foremost, there is the issue of extending Alex Anthopoulos, which should be a foregone conclusion assuming AA wants to continue in his role in Toronto. If that ends up being the case, Anthopoulos has many different avenues he could explore to fill out the rotation. His current rotation of David Price, R.A. Dickey, Mark Buerhle, Marco Estrada, and Drew Hutchison features 3 pending free agents, and a 40 year old (Dickey) with a 12 million dollar option. Things will be different no doubt.
Here is one prediction for how Alex Anthopoulos fills out his rotation:
- David Price/Free Agent “Ace”
- Marcus Stroman
- Trade acquisition
- Aaron Sanchez
- Drew Hutchison
Continue reading How Does Anthopoulos Re-build The Blue Jays’ Rotation in 2016?
The Jays continued their dominance of Chris Tillman in securing a 10-4 victory over the Orioles and putting another punch in the gut to an opponent who just couldn’t figure how to stop the offensive explosion. Once again, 10+ was the magic number for a team that just pours it on at will without looking back at the opponent eating their wood chips. The Jays run differential is staggering, a +199 after today, and with it inevitably going over 200, where does this team rank in recent memory? Pretty good company.
The Jays have 26 games left to play and can make a big statement offensively. The 2007 Boston Red Sox had a differential of +207, 2013 Red Sox a +220 and the New York Yankees a +221 in 2011. (Credit:teamrankings.com). Those numbers are certainly not out of reach with this juggernaut offence. The fact that the highest differentials all have come from the AL East is no surprise with the ballparks involved. The Blue Jays have been able to increase this number with superb pitching from the starters and bullpen arms. That is the huge difference between the first and second halves, even tracing back before that. Going back to June 2nd, the Blue Jays are the best team in MLB at 54-28. Everyone knew that the Jays had the offence to make this team special and it certainly lay has with such numbers. Pillar today hit his 10th HR giving the Jays 8 players with 10+ and if Devon Travis wasn’t hurt, that would most be definitely 9. In other words the whole line up would be above 10. That is just plain scary for anyone to fathom. Continue reading Jays Bats Continue to Tear