Good News April!

John Patterson has been released by the Nationals!

Now the Nationals have a stellar starting rotation with Shawn Hill (97 IP) , Jason Bergmann (115 IP), Tim Redding (84 IP), Odalis Perez (137 IP, 5.37 ERA) and either Matt Chico (167, 4.63 ERA) or John Lannan (34 IP). Wow. Last year the Nationals surprised everyone by not being the absolute worst team in baseball. Looks like this year that might not be the case.

8 Responses to “Good News April!”

  1. 1 Capybara
    March 20, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    how would it have helped to keep the guy who was 1-5 with a 7 era?

  2. 2 Youppi
    March 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    While their starting rotation is certainly horrible, at least they have some talented hitters.

    I contest your claim that the Nationals will be “the worst team in baseball”, and offer the San Francisco Giants as rightful holders of said title. You can’t win games if you’ve got zero offense.

    I might also throw the Cardinals in their, even before Pujols’ arm snaps in half.

  3. 3 someone wondering what april thinks of the shoutout
    March 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    April – I think you might be more famous than your relative Shawn Hill now. Congrats!

  4. 4 slanch
    March 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    youppi, i agree the giants are going to be absolutely terrible, but im thinking that at least twice a week they can throw out Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum and maybe, just maybe, hold the other team to one or three runs and eke out a win.

    Ultimately its the battle of AWFUL offense (giants) versus godawful pitching (Nats)

    I for one am excited to see how it pans out

    As for how it would have helped to keep Patterson, it wouldn’t. It’s just amusing to me that the man who was their expected season opener starter has been released and now they are left with crap.

  5. 5 the roomate
    March 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    How long before the Orioles pick him up? 3 days?

    Patterson will find work, even Sidney Ponson gets paid, despite years of sucking and sucker-punching judges on the beach.

  6. 6 shatraw
    March 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    thank god the metsies signed santana. this action would have been followed up by an ESPN rumor mill headline “Mets Eye Patterson”… or worse “Mets Ink Patterson to Minor League Contract.”

    worst team in baseball? don’t forget about the marlins (almost zero talent of any kind) and the royals (no pitching past *gulp* gil meche). at least the royals have future talents. they clearly won’t play for the royals for long, but they have some talent now.

    billy butler .300-90-25-100!

  7. 7 shatraw
    March 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    err…traded for santana. my bad. BUT THEN signed him! jyes!

  8. March 21, 2008 at 4:14 am

    i get that patterson was/is bound to have a dreadful season, but the nationals are in no position to cut pitchers. for god’s sake, odalis perez is cemented in their rotation. also, it’s not like patterson was making that much money.

    the mets would be all over signing him if he were hispanic. being that he’s white, i see the cardinals in his future. but it doesn’t make sense- el duque’s radar gun readings are actually BELOW those of patterson this spring, and he’s even more fragile, and makes probably at least 8 times as much as patterson. also, if brett fucking tomko can still make a rotation, why can’t patty?

    also, april, you were dead on back in the wily mo comments about this blogmaster making failed and awkward attempts at wit. it is in his nature. i personally hope slanch hasn’t turned you off this blog completely.


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