Friday, July 12, 2013
Feast-or-famine, rotation help, derby talk
The Nationals' feast-or-famine lineup was left starving once again last night, held to one run by Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies in a disheartening loss. This, of course, merely continues the theme of the last two weeks, which has seen the Nats either score a ton of runs on any given night or struggle just to score one or two runs.
Rob Carlin and I delved into that subject last night on "The Baseball Show," and raised one of the big dilemmas facing Mike Rizzo this month: Even if he wanted to acquire another bat, where would Rizzo put that player and who would get bumped from the current lineup?
Rizzo also faces a decision about the back end of his rotation, trying to determine whether he can count on Ross Detwiler and Dan Haren over the rest of the season or whether another acquisition is necessary. We discussed that topic on the show as well, as you'll see in the clip below the jump.
And finally, one more segment in which Jim Duquette and I talk about Monday night's Home Run Derby, and whether the Nationals and Orioles have any reason to be concerned about any long-term, negative effect it might have on Bryce Harper and Chris Davis.