Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Weirdness in Washington DC

MLB.com is reporting that the Nats just reached a 2-year deal worth $28 million for Rafael Soriano, three months after their pen imploded in the NLDS and they got to watch the Giants beat the Cards and Tigers with pretty superior pitching. 

The deal seems like an over-reaction to Davey Johnson's managerial incompetence, demonstrated when he refused to lift Drew Storen as he gave up a 7-5 lead that became a 9-7 deficit in the top of the 9th --

  
Soriano, 33, had one of his best seasons in 2012, posting a 2.26 ERA with 42 saves for the Yankees, taking over the closer duties after Mariano Rivera's injury. He joins a Nats bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, who closed games in 2012.
Soriano has a 2.78 career ERA in 11 seasons with the Mariners, Braves, Rays and Yanks.
The signing of Soriano comes after Washington's bullpen imploded during the National League Division Series, allowing 16 earned runs against the Cardinals. The worst performance came in the ninth inning of Game 5, when Washington held a 7-5 lead going into the top of the ninth inning before Storen allowed four runs for a 9-7 loss.
Storen was one strike away from getting David Freese for the final out, but Freese walked. Daniel Descalso came to the plate, and on the first pitch, he singled off the glove of shortstop Ian Desmond, scoring Carlos Beltran and Adron Chambers to make it a 7-7 game.
Manager Davey Johnson then elected to pitch to Pete Kozma, rather than walk him to get to pitcher Jason Motte. Kozma singled to right field to send home Freese and Descalso to put the Cards on top.

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