Dusty Baker told reporters this winter that he saw room for improvement in his second season on the bench in the nation’s capital after leading the Washington Nationals to a 95-67 record last season… and a loss in the NLDS. “We won 95 games and we had three or four guys with years that weren’t indicative of them, you know? Quite honestly, I wanted to win 100 games. I won 103 games my first year and I remember telling [Tony] La Russa that’s what I wanted to do this year. And I didn’t tell you guys that because you would have written this guy is crazy already.” He talked to La Russa about the possibility because it was a discussion they’d had in the past. “I remember LaRussa [in 1993] telling
Posted: September 21, 2017, 8:28 pm
Dusty Baker told reporters last week that 20-year-old outfielder Victor Robles was in consideration for a spot on Washington’s postseason roster, in spite of the fact that the No. 1 prospect in the Nationals’ organization is still relatively inexperienced. “If I didn’t think so I wouldn’t play him at all, know what I‘m saying?” Baker explained. “But I don’t want to get carried away, because I’ve seen September call-ups, and then you can’t find them come next April. You want to bring him on slowly, but at a speed that you think he can handle emotionally and psychologically.” Robles has impressed in his time in the majors, since his contract was selected on the 7th of September, going 3 for 9 with
Posted: September 21, 2017, 7:43 pm
Gio Gonzalez gave up seven hits and five earned runs against the Atlanta Braves in an 8-0 loss last week in Washington, D.C. that began with the Nationals’ lefty striking out the first six batters he retired around two singles (one an RBI hit) and a double before things went pear-shaped in the top of the third. “Just one of those games you can’t really understand what happened, just pick up what you can and go from there.” – Gio Gonzalez on start vs ATL in D.C. A walk, single, and three-run HR by Freddie Freeman put the visiting Braves up 4-0, and two doubles in the top of the fourth made it five runs total against the southpaw. “It was weird to me,” Gonzalez explained after that game, “you get the strikeouts then all of a sudden the hits came in, it was one of those games you just take it for what it was, sweep it under the rug, get ready for tomorrow.
Posted: September 21, 2017, 1:43 pm