Seven things I think I know

Seven things I think I know:


Matt Capps first save.jpg1.     
I think Matt Capps is the Nats’ MVP the first month of the season. He has successfully converted all 10 saves opportunities, something the Nats couldn’t do last year. Just for a comparison, the 2009 Nats didn’t pick up their tenth save until June 17. It took five different pitchers too: Joel Hanrahan, Julian Tavarez, Kip Wells, Joe Beimel and Mike MacDougal. There is nothing more demoralizing than losing the game after leading in the ninth. The Nats are winning close games and that has been the difference in their solid start. They are 4-2 in one run games and 4-1 in two run games.

1. A. I think Matt Capps will be the DHL Delivery Man of the Month for April.

2.      I think Tyler Clippard looks really intimidating with his glasses. “I don’t feel like the glasses are too intimidating,” Clippard said. “I feel like they are kind of dorky. But if they’re intimidating, that’s fine too.” I still don’t know if that has any impact on his pitching but his change-up has been nasty. He is 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 14 appearances.

3.      At 12-10 the Nationals are off to their best start since they moved to the District.

4.      Drew Storen is one step closer to making it to the Majors. He was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse today. Storen converted all four save opportunities and posted a 0.96 ERA in seven appearances with Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. The 22-year-old fanned 11 and walked just one batter in 9.1 innings pitched. Storen posted a .161 (5-for-31) batting average against, including a stingy .059 (1-for-17) against right-handed batters. Storen is 2-1 with 15 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 35 appearances during his two seasons as a professional. He has tallied 60 strikeouts against just nine walks in 46.1 innings, good enough for a 6.7/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 11.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.

 


Ryan Zimmerman 1.jpg5.     
I think Ryan Zimmerman is admiring how far he hit the wiffle ball.

6.      The Nats defense isn’t perfect but they seem to be making gravity defying catches each game. They are drastically improved from last season and are sixth in the NL with a .984 fielding percentage–a major improvement after finishing last in 2009.


Strasburg 12.jpg7.     
I think Stephen Strasburg will be joining Storen soon. Strasburg will probably make his final start with Harrisburg on Sunday. The phenom has been just that in his first four professional starts at Double-A Harrisburg and was literally unhittable in his last start.

Strasburg’s first four starts:

Date

OPP

W

ERA

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

4/11

@ALT

1

1.80

5.0

4

4

1

2

8

4/16

NBR

0

0.00

2.1

2

1

0

0

3

4/21

REA

1

0.00

5.0

1

0

0

1

6

4/27

@REA

1

0.00

5.0

0

0

0

0

6

Totals

 

3

0.52

17.1

7

5

1

3

23

 

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