Abreu had over 100 something RBI as the 3 hitter and pitchers had to pitch to him cause for half the games last year Jon Jay was batting cleanup.
Guess that means the Ryan Zimmerman era in DC is over, No.
Well, reportedly they want to keep under it… but we all know how that is. Zimmerman hit .367/.415/.551/.966 vs LHP. “He seems to fit in really well.
If $4 million is all it took to sign Thames, I would’ve much rather seen the Brewers bring him back instead of signing Smoak. 32yo defensively challenged 1B, 119OPS+ gets 3/$50mil I said it in the last post, but add this signing to the nats and again, takes them even more out of the JD hunt. I know he can sing at least one song in Korean very impressively. Get ready Milwaukee fans and other MLB GM’s. Sure, but more likely they carry a 3rd C or multi-positional player. They have gone over it twice and just reset last year. Second base will be just as crowded with the plan being that carter must force his way into the starting role. MLB needs to regulate protective equipment for batters. Don’t like him getting four years, but I guess that’s what it’s gonna take. I would bat him behind Soto.
For the guys that are doing really well, like awesome, pitchers, hitters, defensively all of that, but it’s a grind. Does Thames bat play outside hitter friendly Miller Park? He is not a platoon. The role was filled most recently by Matt Adams but has also been occupied by Adam Lind, Clint Robinson, and Chad Tracy. Also, he expressed his excitement for Milwaukee by saying: “I always heard they have great beer there, and I really like beer so I’m excited”. Now, Thames gives a solid platoon option at first.
Pitches have an option to wear padded caps as head protection while on the mound. I don’t see the fit for Zimmerman. Kieboom’s experience at shortstop, his natural position, also gives Turner a backup in that scenario.
Imagine Zimmerman as a platoon partner won’t be too far behind. Wilmer Difo, Adrian Sanchez and Jake Knoll are trash.
My predictions are so money!!!! They need all the protection they can get, with the pitchers throwing harder than ever. He landed in Milwaukee after reviving his career in Korea, where he once even managed a 40/40 campaign. Hats off to the Nats FO for this one. His bat is too good overall to just start against lefties and Thames’ numbers against righties are good enough to justify getting most starts for RHPs. Thames has a positive UZR/150 in RF last year. When he first arrived at West Palm Beach, FL’s FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for the start of his 1-year/$4M deal with the Washington Nationals, (which includes a $4M mutual option for 2021), Eric Thames, 33, was part of a crowd at first base that included both Howie Kendrick and Ryan Zimmerman (with Asdrúbal Cabrera as another backup option). Nats look stacked after they won the big one. I would get if his elbow guard stuck out and made it easier for him to get a HBP, but it doesn’t.
The Nationals are still hopeful they can bring Josh Donaldson to D.C., but they continued their offseason of Plan B by signing free-agent first baseman Eric Thames to a one-year deal worth $4 million with a mutual option for 2021. Donaldson will be back with the Braves. “Because they can’t tell us like, ‘Hey, you can’t hold this runner on because it’s within six feet.’ I’m assuming it’s going to be the same, but umpires are going to have a mask on, I know coaches can’t get close to you to talk about situations or [say], ‘This play is on.’. I called it.
On one hand it can be tiresome waiting for guys to trot around the field to odd positions and form some alignment generate by an algorithm, but It is fascinating to see the strategy deployed and whether it is effective or not. Looking back at his road performance the last 3 years he has played for the Brewers, his OPS is about 100 points lower than playing at home. “Those guys are really adamant about defense and everything,” Thames said. Re-signing Kendrick doesn’t impact the Rendon/Donaldson spot, it impacts the Kendrick spot. He also smacked a solo homer off Max Scherzer in the National League wild-card game. That list: those three infielders, two catchers (Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki), Howie Kendrick, shortstop Trea Turner, left fielder Juan Soto, center fielder Victor Robles, right fielder Adam Eaton and fourth outfielder Michael A. Taylor. I agree that this doesn’t mean there’s no place on the roster for him. “We can’t eat protein bars on the bench. Only 1/3 of all Wild Card teams make it into the playoffs the following year, The odds are stacked heavily against the Nats even making it into the post-season next year. awesome to see. Now, we all know that success in Korea doesn’t always — or even half the time — translate to success in MLB. Just a few years ago the “Brewers clubhouse” was deemed a positive. Even though the Nats are willing to go above the tax threshold, the thought behind these statements is that they have thrown in the towel on signing Donaldson and using up the money elsewhere. In 2017 Zim had 576 plate appearances, 36 home runs, 108 RBI, batted .303, and was an All-Star.
section: | slug: nationals-eric-thames-not-starting-wednesday | sport: baseball | route: article_single_fantasy | He’s cheap and the perfect roster fit. Nope, youre wrong. Thames should be pretty much the everyday first baseman. (Cabrera is a switch-hitter.). Asked how many times he’d expect to make that play, Thames said, “Every single time.”, He took a deep breath, and the 33-year-old slugger exhaled and added, “Yep. Name the AL team that has a full-time role for him to be a DH……. Opposing managers will be much less tempted to walk Soto intentionally. 3:06 pm ET, Nationals' Eric Thames: Not starting Game 1, Nationals' Eric Thames: Playing time drying up, Nationals' Eric Thames: On bench against righty, Nationals' Eric Thames: Not starting Game 2, Nationals' Eric Thames: Gets breather during nightcap, Nationals' Eric Thames: Out of Wednesday's lineup.
How does it in any way interfere with anything? I think that more than any team, the Brewers take it to the Nth degree when planning how to utilize their defenders. Once again, Rizzo is proving that he’s a maestro. I definitely see this to mean that a) Zimmermann won’t be back and b) Donaldson won’t be coming to Washington DC, very positive they’re out on Donaldson now, Hoping Donaldson gets out of the NL East and signs with the Twins, but my gut is telling me Atlanta bound.
Zim has 0 versatility and isn’t all that with the bat anymore. agreed. Wrong. Your nuts if you think losing Rendon means they will not make the playoffs. All I can focus on is just getting ready for Opening Day.”. Where do you plan to play Howie Kendrick?
Thames gives you enough dingers. If you take Cincy out of his road numbers he goes down even further. Eric Thames reaches boiling point near end of frustrating 2020 campaign for Nationals’ first baseman... Washington Nationals agree to bring back Josh Harrison on a one-year, $1 million deal. Thames, who signed a 1-year/$4M contract with the Nationals this winter, has put up three home runs, five doubles, and a.208/.296/.325 line. Plus both are highly over rated. If you recall, Thames was briefly a major leaguer before playing for three seasons in the KBO. There’s no reason to assume Kendrick will just play 1b. I’m also really happy to see Thames get a job, he seems like a great guy. And almost even at 1B. He’s even graded as a little above average in LF in seasons where he logged enough innings there to make the metrics useful. 32yo defensively challenged 1B, 117OPS+ gets $4mil Pardon, I still am mastering typing while correcting iPhone’s autocorrect. Name the AL team that even has a DH slot open for a platoon LHH. The Nationals have wasted no time in their offseason planning, agreeing to re-sign Josh Harrison... Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ free agent targets; Sean Doolittle decision; Jim Hickey stories + more... Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to find out who the next hitting coach is... Washington Nationals’ prospect Seth Romero takes next step in Florida... Lefty pitcher faced hitters for the first time since his injury with Nats; Texas native threw one inning in an intrasquad game during Instructional League …. They keep signing people as backups who could start anywhere else. Washington Nationals’ Eric Thames struggling in first year in D.C. BrettBarnett 9/8/2020 Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot: Former Marines among those arrested after …
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