Monday, July 14, 2008

The Week in the Ones that Got Away: 1.000+ OPS Edition

In Jim Bowden's first two years here, he established a virtually unbroken record of giving up young players for old, improving for declining, cheap guys under team control for expensive soon-to-be FAs, and more players for fewer in return, which I believe is a prime reason why the 2008 version of the Nationals is the worst yet. As a service to our readers, we provide a regular update on how some of the young 'uns that Bowden gave up are faring lately.
  • Maicer Izturis (traded with Juan Rivera for Jose Guillen): Hitting 3rd and leadoff for the Angels, Izturis went 7 for 18 with 2 BBs and 4 runs scored. Like all former Nationals this week, he posted an over-1.000 OPS for the week: 1.006.
  • Juan Rivera: Rivera has become the subject of trade talks as teams like the Mets who need outfield help look for the blocked Angels slugger. Finally healthy and getting consistent PT for the first time since 2006, this week he went 8 for 21 with 2 HRs, 5 RBI, 4 BBs, and 4 runs. His OPS for the week was 1.129.
  • Armando Galarraga (traded with Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge for Alfonso Soriano): In his one start this week, Galarraga took a tough loss against Minnesota, going 5.2 innings and giving up 2 ER on 6 hits, 4 BB, and 5 Ks.
  • Daryl Thompson (traded with Billy Bray, Gary Majewski, Brendan Harris, and Royce Clayton for Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez): Sent down to AAA after 3 major league starts, Thompson went 6 innings and gave up 1 ER on 6 hits and 2 BB and 2 Ks in his first start in his most recent stint with the Louisville Bats.
  • Bill Bray: In 3 appearances and 2.1 IP, the lefty reliever gave up 1 ER on 3 H, 2 BBs with 4 Ks. He how has a 2.86 ERA with 31 Ks and 16 BBs in 28.3 IP for the season.
  • Brendan Harris: Harris was red-hot this week, posting a 1.197 OPS. He single-handedly wrecked the Tigers on Saturday, with two RBI base-hits, a sac fly, and a solo homer in the Twins' 6-5 victory.
  • Gary Majewski: A workmanlike 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1K, and no walks for Majewski. We didn't get to see him at all against the Nationals, but it looks like his Ks are a bit down on the year, though he never struck out as many guys as you'd expect from a guy with his heat. Frankly I don't know where he's at these days.
  • Darrell Rasner (claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees): Rasner picked up his first win in almost a month, going 5 innings and giving up 3 ER on 7 hits, 1 BB, and 6 Ks in Toronto.
  • Scott Downs (released): Downs started a new scoreless streak going 2.1 innings with 1 hit and no runs. He posted his 13th hold in the Jays' win over the O's Wednesday. He's back down to a 1.69 ERA on the year.
  • Val Pascucci (released, November 2004): Pascucci continued his season as an OBP machine for the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs, going 6 for 20 with a homer, a double, six walks, 4 RBI and 4 runs scored. Mets fans continue to wonder why they need three light-hitting utility infielders instead of a guy who could at least spell the declining Delgado. Nats fans wonder why they are watching Paul Lo Duca play first. I didn't calculate his exact OPS, but it's safe to say it was well over 1.000.
  • Alejandro Machado (selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Twins in November 2006): Machado cooled off this week with 2 base hits, no runs, no RBI in 10 AB for the Rochester Red Wings.

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