While I was out...
Sorry for dropping out of sight for the past 24 hours, which didn't seem like such a long time until I noticed that the Washington Nationals have a new manager since the last time I posted and Brian Matusz was named Eastern League Player of the Week for his eight-inning, one-hit performance on Tuesday. I was out searching for my lost right Achillies tendon and I'm happy to report both ends of it have been located and will soon be reunited.
Can't help but feel bad for Manny Acta, who was dealt a pretty tough hand when he took the job, but it's also fair to point out that a guy of his experience probably would not have gotten that job if the team had been a potential contender.
Club president Stan Kasten said during today's news conference that he feels the team has underachieved, which isn't hard to conclude when your team has a major league-worst 26-61 record, but Acta certainly wasn't playing with anything close to a full deck, and I'm not referring to his mental state.
That said, Jim Riggleman is a veteran guy who knows what he's doing, so if there was something Acta wasn't getting done, it should become apparent in the second half. My guess, however, is that the Nationals are still headed for about 50 victories this year.
What else is there to say about Matusz. They might want to just make that Player of the Week award a perpetual trophy.
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