Sunday, August 6, 2017

Is Erick Fedde the pitcher the Nationals needed to solidify its staff?

Even though his numbers don't show it, Erick Fedde has pitched well despite facing two of the tougher lineups in the NL. The Rockies and the Cubs are top 5 in batting and runs, they're the two teams Fedde has faced in his first 2 starts.

 Welcome Nationals fans to my first official article talking Washington Nationals baseball. I'm a football guy but baseball has become one of my favorite sports to watch and talk about, so I figured why not write about my favorite team in the MLB. You can always tune in to Sports On The Hill Podcast every  Monday
night at 7pm est for our Nats coverage, breaking news and highlights. We've talked about the Nationals bullpen issues throughout the whole season. With Rizzo making trades with the Oakland A's and the Minnesota Twins in the last few weeks the backend of the bullpen looks formidable instead of dysfunctional. The key additions of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the A's and Brandon Kintzler of the Twins have given the bullpen 3 options at closer and not to mention Koda Glover will be coming back off the DL soon. Besides the meltdown vs Miami earlier this week (losing a 6-0 lead when mad max left early) the bullpen has been stellar since the dust settled from the trade deadline.

 We all know when you fix one issue another will arise, well the health of the starters are now in question. Joe Ross out for season (tommy john), Stephen Strasburg (pinched nerve in elbow), and Max Scherzer (neck stiffness) have all went down in the last 6 weeks and has some fans and analyst a little worried. That brings up the rookie RHP Erick Fedde, one of the "untouchable" players Mike Rizzo covets and looks to be worth that label. In his 1st 2 starts the rookie has faced the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs, his numbers aren't good, but his pitching was better then the stats show. Gio has pitched outstanding, Tanner Roark is pitching better in the 2nd half of the season so far and Edwin Jackson has had 2 good starts and 1 sub par start in his return to the Nationals pitching staff. I'm not even gonna mention the call up A.J Cole and his inconsistency.

Harper, Murphy,Scherzer,Strasburg, and
Zimmerman for All Star in Miami 2017
 Looking at Fedde's 2nd start vs Chicago it wasn't anything to brag about, 5.1 innings 8 hits, 4 runs with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks. His location for the most part was excellent but he made some
mistakes that Chicago made him pay for with the long ball and timely hitting. The rookie has 4 pitches and has command of most of them, he just has to work on his replicating his mechanics every pitch to become consistent. The fastball, curveball, change-up, slider combo is the same as Strasburg but not as deadly....yet  Going against these powerful lineups will no doubt help the 24 yr old pitcher down the line and in the playoff push the Nationals hope to go on in September. This team has defense, offense, starting pitching, bullpen and the intangibles that make this team dangerous. The series win in Chicago and season series win 4-3 is a huge statement by the Nats. Last year Chicago handled the Nats pretty easily on their improbable World Series run. This come from behind win was a major statement for the possible playoff matchup in the NLDS.

The Nationals have 10 players on the DL right now and once they get healthy that makes this team that much more dangerous and good. The Dodgers have the best record in the NL and look to take on the wildcard team in the playoffs so this win will definitely give the Nats confidence in that possible match up down the road with the Cubs. This week 8/7/2017 our show will be taking a week off but will be back next week with all your latest news, highlights and sports coverage of all your favorite D.C sports teams. If you want to check out last weeks show when we broke down the historic week the Nats had here's the link here: Stay tuned and look out for more articles about the Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and maybe even the Wizards....someday. Be sure to follow us on IG and twitter @SportOTHP or you can follow me on Twitter and IG or friend request me on Facebook.  As always thanks for the love and support for our show, network and blog. #StayTuned #SportsOTHP #TruRadioNetwork #DCSportsWithoutThePolitics #OurNetworkIsBetterThenYours

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