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Federal Register, June 26

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Stylized interpretation of Daniel Cabrera's performance on Sunday [LHUP.edu].

  • The inaugural, epic, two-stage "Battle of the Beltways" series ended in a flat-footed tie, three games apiece, as the Nats avoided a Baltimore sweep with a 9-5 victory on Sunday. I watched the first two innings (on ComcastSportsNet, no less!) before moving on to my Sunday afternoon business. In that sense, I suppose I missed Alfonso Soriano's momentous, third-inning sacrifice bunt and caught only the beginning stages of Daniel Cabrera's "wildness that could not be tamed."

    Cabrera's wildness is readily apparent in the boxscore, as he rated a 10 on my trusty Fielding-Unassisted Precisionlessness measure (five walks, four wild pitches, and a hit-by-pitch).

    With the win, the Nats avoided a 32-45 start to their season and now sit at 33-44. Fill in the difference that makes.

  • As most readers know, I long rooted for the Baltimore nine; however, even though I attended Camden Yards for Saturday's game, I found myself with few nostalgic feelings toward the team. I'm chalking it up to the lineup Sam Perlozzo (note: GW GRAD!!!) ran out there, which had some welcome faces (Roberts, Mora, Tejada), but also featured some unfamiliar (Kevin Millar) and unwelcome (Jeff Conine) ones. As for the latter, I will assess his remaining skill in JimHunterSpeak:
    I was standing around the cage during batting practice with The Crow and Bordy and B.J., and The Professor came up and said, "Guys, look at Niner hit. He's really gonna do some stuff today."

    Translated, that means Jeff Conine pretty much sucks at this stage in life.

    Then there's Cabrera, who is well on his way to receiving platinum status in Club Unrealized Potential. He's wild and has no clue from start to start; that's the way he was before Leo Mazzone, and that's the way he is now. I give him a one percent chance at harnessing his stuff into a consistent winner, but I might actually be overstating his odds.

  • As for the Nats, Nick Johnson unexpectedly returned to the lineup on Saturday. Or, as the Camden Yards scoreboard called him in the first inning, "NICHOLAS JOHNSON." When he made out and came to the plate the next time, he was reduced to "NICK JOHNSON." DM, I believe it was, predicted that Johnson would be busted down to just "N.J." if he made out again. (Thanks to Capitol Punishment Chris for arranging/procuring the tickets to Saturday's game, though I flat-out forgot my pact with Distinguished Senators Ryan not to pay Chris.)
  • Royce Clayton, riding a hot streak, batted third on Saturday evening. He told Nats.com:
    "I'm excited about [batting third]. I don't want to sound all thrilled or happy, but I look forward to the challenge," Clayton said.

    Clayton's internal monologue, however, was quoted as saying:

    WHAT THE HELL IS FRANK THINKING???!!!!

    Or maybe that was just us thinking that. Is it small-sample-size-madness to note that the Nats scored only two runs (Saturday, a loss) with Clayton batting third, but tallied nine runs (yesterday, a win) with Clayton batting seventh? Probably, but Clayton did provide a big three-run double yesterday.

  • Marlon Byrd, who's been one of this team's bigger disappointments this season (I thought Mitchell Page "fixed" him?) had a good weekend, making a couple nice defensive plays Saturday and homering yesterday (part of a three-hit game).
  • According to Nats.com, Page thinks struggling Jose Guillen (an upcoming free agent) is pressing, and Randy St. Claire wants the pitchers to throw first-pitch strikes.