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Leftovers: Moore on waivers, Taylor homers, Scherzer Ks nine

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The morning after every Washington Nationals game this season we'll revisit the previous day's buffet to over-analyze a morsel of information, nugget from the box score, or tasty treat from the post-game quotes.

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Notebook style!

  • The Nats reportedly placed Tyler Moore on waivers. Everyone around the club when asked this spring made mention of it being a "tough decision," but in reality, we could all see it coming. Moore just doesn't hit enough for being a hit-first player. He's inadequate at both first base and left field, and though some think he just needs regular at bats to find a groove, there are just too many holes in his swing. He got 200 plate appearances last year, a career high, and went .203/.250/.364. So far this spring -- 4 for 31. We'll always have his game-winning hit in Game 1 of the Cardinals series in '12 though.
  • How's this for a spring training stat line: 1 for 1 with two walks, two runs and two RBIs. Anthony Rendon, midseason form.
  • Speaking of midseason form (maybe Barry Bonds' midseason form), Michael Taylor homered again yesterday with four RBIs, giving him four homers this spring and a 1.432 OPS. Spring training pitching is mostly fastballs, and we all know he can hit those, but he's certainly putting himself in the discussion to get 3-4 starts a week spelling Ben Revere against lefties and giving Jayson Werth two nights off a week in hopes of getting Werth-like production out of the aging vet.
  • Everybody's favorite rookie, Trea Turner, went 1 for 3 with a stolen base (7 for 7 this spring). He'll probably be the last cut of the spring and won't be back until Memorial Day, but he'll be the full-time shortstop when he does return.
  • A day after Stephen Strasburg stuck out nine in five innings, Max Scherzer replied in kind, striking out nine in five innings with three hits and three walks in the 8-2 win over the Cardinals. Scherzer, the likely opening day starter, has one more Florida start before the regular season opens.