The Nationals Beast of the Week is…
RHP Joel Hanrahan. Joel had a phenomenal spring but suffered a rough start to the season. He’s been pitching very well of late, and had a great week for the Nationals, pitching 5.2 innings in 3 games, surrendering just one run on 3 hits, striking out 6 and walking one. His ERA for the week was 1.59, his WHIP was 0.71. Very impressive numbers for a pitcher who barely made the team in April.
Runners-Up: Lastings Milledge, Ryan Zimmerman, Luis Ayala
And the Nationals Least of the Week is…
2B Felipe Lopez. Look, it was a great story when Felipe won back his starting job at second base. But since then, he’s been extremely mediocre, to say the least. The former All Star hit .174 for the week, striking out 5 times. His OBP, extremely important for a leadoff man, was an awful .269. He doesn’t only deserve to be moved down in the lineup, he deserves to lose his starting job when Ronnie Belliard comes back from the DL.
Runners-down: Jesus Colome, Matt Chico, Dmitri Young
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What a game last night. The Phils blogosphere was bashing Ryan Howard unendingly yesterday. I didn’t think the verbal punishment was necessary, and last night Howard stood up for me. He went 3/5, he two homers and a double, and knocked in four. Howard is now hitting .269 for the week with 4 dingers and 8 RBIs. Those are the kind of numbers to expect out of the big man. Last week I said Howard was back. I’m sticking by words.
Jamie Moyer continued to defy reality last night. He pitched 6 innings and allowed no runs and 7 hits. Cole Condrey contributed with a 3 inning save. But the pitching wouldn’t even matter last night. Evidently, the team decided they were sick of all the talk of slumps and followed Howard’s lead. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz combined for 3 hits a piece, and Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Chris Coste all had two hits. Pat Burrell didn’t get the memo, he was O for 4.
Oh, the Nats? Matt Chico was out after 5. He only let up 4 of the runs. Jesus Colome was put in to endure a beating of his own. He let up 6 earned runs in the 6th inning. Chris Schroder let up two himself in relief of Colome.
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Just after being named Least of the East tonight, Nationals LHP Mike O’Connor was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Chris Schroder was called up in his place. We’re guessing that Matt Chico migrates back to the rotation in O’Connor’s place.
Tough choice here, but 1B Nick Johnson barely beats Ryan Zimmerman for the Beast of the Week honors. Nick hit .333 for the week, with a home run and 4 RBIs. He walked 8 times, striking out only 3, for a phenomenal OBP of .565. Nick’s bat will be crucial in the Nats lineup, as the failure to drive home Felipe Lopez and Cristian Guzman has been a significant problem thus far.
Runners-Up: Ryan Zimmerman, John Lannan
The least of the week for the Nationals is LHP Mike O’Connor. Having been moved into the rotation to take the place of ineffective starter Matt Chico, O’Connor needed to establish consistency at the back end of the starting five. He failed, going just 3.1, giving up 9 runs, all earned, on 6 hits, walking 6 and striking out just one. His WHIP increases to 2.44 on the season. His ERA climbs to 13.00. Ouch.
Runners-Up: Lastings Milledge, Felipe Lopez, Luis Ayala
Mike O’Connor will replace Matt Chico in the Washington rotation. Chico will be available out of the bullpen effectively immediately.
Well, he can’t be much worse.
This week’s beast is SS Cristian Guzman. Just a triple from hitting for the cycle Saturday, Guzman has quietly prospered in the two-spot behind Felipe Lopez. Guzman leads the team with a .309 BA and drove in a team-high 6 RBIs this week (note: all 6 runs were driven in on Saturday, which says something about this team).
Runners-Up: Wil Nieves, Odalis Perez
The least of the week honor goes to Ryan Zimmerman. It’s tough to criticize the Nats’ burgeoning superstar, but something has to give with Ryan’s struggling bat. His stats for this week: .160, .192, .320 with 4 RBIs in 25 plate appearances. In other words, pretty poor. Zim asked for the day off today…could it be that the Z-Man has some sort of nagging injury? Given his slow-ish recovery this offseason, NL Beast wouldn’t be surprised.
Runners-Up: Lastings Milledge, Matt Chico
Apparently the struggling southpaw enjoys sketching famous baseball players in his spare time. “I take a lot of time and pride in it,” Chico said. “It’s just something I’ve always liked doing.” Chico is currently sketching Ken Griffey Jr. and plans to move on to Tom Glavine next. If only he spent as much time on his pitching as…oh wait, it’s just too easy.