Thursday, January 20, 2005
Around the Horn
Familiarizing myself with the other Nats blogs . . .
- Anthony of Adub's Nats Blog likes the Antonio Osuna signing, concluding that Osuna's career numbers (36-29, 3.50 ERA) are the essence of "SOLID from out of the 'pen." I concur that Osuna is a fine pitcher and should augment the Nats' bullpen (which was actually pretty good already in 2004). My only caveat is to note that Osuna is what I'd call a Milk Carton Pitcher; he's good and useful while he lasts, but his shelf life is somewhat limited in a given season. I am happy to report that Osuna has emerged from his 1999-2001 Grade School Kid's Little Box of Milk era, but he's got a ways to go before his reaches the upper levels of Non-Perishable (closest comp we have is Livan Hernandez) or even Soda Pop (good for a while and is still drinkable after that, but at the same time becomes flat and fades a bit; the example that comes to mind is Woody Williams), much less a Gallon of Milk Pitcher---which is, of course, a more durable version of what Osuna is now. What I am saying, then, is that Osuna should pitch well enough for the Nats, but perhaps on a limited basis. On a not-totally-unrelated note, Osuna probably has injury and Jeff Shaw to blame for him not being quite rich by now; back in 1998, he had a clear shot at the closer job, but he hadn't proved durable, Lasorda sort of didn't like him, and wham!---it was Proven Closer(tm) time.
- The consistently entertaining Ballwonk wants to know what those of us in Nats-land consider an acceptable result for the 2005 season. I think I'm going to vote "Finishing in second to last place," if only because it ties in with Ballwonk's magnanimous wish that Jim Bowden hooks up permanently with the Braves or Phillies. Friends helping friends!
More "around the horn" to come . . .