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Comeback Sunday

With the last three games not proving to be too kind to Washington’s offense, I’ve decided to declare today “Comeback Sunday.”  What?  Did you really think I was going to go with Women’s Equality Day?  The law was the only thing we had on our side and we threw it all away.

I kid.  I kid.

Anyhoo, hopefully later today the Nats can get back on track and avoid the sweep at the hands of the Phillies, though it will hurt not to have both Michael Morse and Ian Desmond in the lineup.  Until game time rolls around, for kicks and giggles, here’s a Sunday morning edition of quick hits:

  • I thought this was supposed to work the other way around?  Dodgers bail out BoSox, acquire Gonzalez, Beckett, and Crawford.  While it is heartening to see something in Brokefornia  come into money, methinks long-term this won’t end well for the Dodgers.  However, in the short-run, the addition of Gonzalez and if he is rejuvenated, Beckett, could propel Los Angeles into the playoffs.  And if they make it in, you would have to think they would be a formidable opponent.  So while the Nats continue to barrel towards unilateral disarmament, their foes stock up.  Sigh.  I wish I wasn’t such a brooding auditor.
  • This is probably going to come as a shock to everyone, but I have a thing for numbers.  So this fascinating column from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports allowed me to slip into nirvana without coming out smelling like teen spirit.  25 things you didn’t know about baseball.  My favorite:  Fernando Rodney and his 0. 77 ERA.  Who says God doesn’t interfere in the affairs of men?
  • And finally, I guess the 50-game suspension of Fatolo Colon earlier this week only goes to show that you can lead an athlete to steroids but you still can’t make him work out.

And that’s all folks!

Pseudoscience & Stephen Strasburg

Fantastic column from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg next month:

Stephen Strasburg’s innings limit is not rooted in science, but Nationals believe it’s prudent

And for what it is worth, here is my take-away quote from the piece:

The most fascinating part of the Nationals plan to shut down Strasburg is that in spite of not knowing, they don’t care, either. The Nationals are potentially jeopardizing their fantastic 2012 season to do something that they have absolutely no idea will protect his arm from further damage. Rizzo has cited advice from medical experts, but in reality he’s hearing what’s convenient for him to hear, unless the Nationals know something the rest of the baseball world doesn’t.

I understand Mike Rizzo and the Nationals are in the position they are in because of the wrapped in a nappy environment pitchers have been raised in the last 20 years.  But perhaps even more dangerous than the assumption that shutting Strasburg down will protect him from future injury is the foolish belief that today’s wonderful success will necessarily translate to tomorrow and beyond.  A typical comment on the Strasburg dilemma I have come across scanning the blogs and message boards:

nats24
2:06 AM EDT

Nats fans have to get used to this: Stras will not be pitching in playoffs that, it looks increasingly likely the team will be in.
I look at it this way: If the Nats win it all without him, look out in ’14. A Washington dynasty? I like it.

Dynasty?  I would be as happy as a fat kid in a candy store if that were to be the case.  But we live in a dynamic world, where the game of baseball is played by fallible humans, and not widgets which can produce just the same tomorrow as they do today.  Sure, the lineup could continue to surge, and Jordan, Gio, Edwin (if he returns), Ross, and yes, Stephen, could pitch just as well next year and heck, maybe even better.  But maybe they won’t.  And I don’t want the Nationals to look back in 2017 without a World Series ring saying, “2012.  What might have been.”