Clearing a pretty uncluttered mind after an off day:
*Give Me Livo or Give Me Death! I've put on a suit of armor to prepare for the attack of those smarter with numbers. I'm sure there are a million new-fangled stats and reasons to say I'm crazy. Well, crazy this: If I'm told I can pick one Nats starter to throw a game to spare my life, until The Man arrives I'm going with Livan Hernandez. I may be dead by the second inning because when he gets lit, he gets lit hard. I'll take my chances. More often than not, to use a RobDibbleism, he gives your team a chance to win. What, six of eight quality starts last season in Washington? And his first outing this year was by far far far far the best the Nats have seen. I love watching the guy pitch. If he gets torched his next two outings, I'll say the same thing. I'm tired of watching guys who get all flustered by the first bad break. Stuff happens. Sack up and deal with it. Livan is the same guy whether he throws a perfect inning or gets taken deep three times.
*Results of the previous poll, which drew 97 votes (SO CLOSE): The Man didn't get as much love as I thought he would in the winningest pitcher poll. I didn't think he'd get the most votes but I thought it would be close. It was not. John Lannan got 45 votes, Jason Marquis 18, The Man 14, Livo 12, Craig Stammen 7 and "A Reliever" got 1. I voted for Strasburg and I'm sticking with that. A new poll will be up shortly after this post is posted.
*Has Elijah Dukes been picked up by anyone yet? No wiseguys, I mean a baseball team and not a random law enforcement agency. I don't think he has but I may have missed it. The thought came to me recently when I read one of Brian Oliver's always-outstanding reports at NatsFarm.com and noticed Glenn Gibson was back. He's the Class A pitcher Washington gave up to get Dukes. He's still a Class A pitcher, which appears to be more than Dukes is at this point.
*If Ryan Zimmerman doesn't play tonight, my worry meter will go into overdrive. I don't want to hear, "Well, he's feeling better but it is a little cool out so we'll give it another day." We've heard that line before. If it is minor, he'll be back tonight. If he's not back tonight, it says to me there's more concern than they're letting on and we've seen how that's worked out way too many times.
*Passing along as a public service:
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