Nats Player News: Nationals trade for Nyjer Morgan

Filed Under (Nats Player News, Nats Trade Rumors, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 30-06-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Joel Hanrahan, Lastings Milledge, national league east, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sean Burnett, Washington Nationals

Earlier this afternoon the Nationals officially completed a trade which will bring them OF Nyjer Morgan from the Pittsburgh Pirates and left handed reliever Sean Burnett.  The Nationals gave up still young, but troublesome Lastings Milledge and reliever Joel Hanrahan to get the deal done.

Morgan is having a very solid season at the age of 28 batting .277 with 18 SB, 27 RBI and 77 total hits and is playing very solid defense as well.  Burnett has been a pretty solid reliever appearing in 38 games, pitching 32.1 innings to a 3.08 ERA and should help a troubled Nats bullpen.

Milledge will now play for his third team and hope to have the luck and success everyone thought he would for years now.  He is still only 24 years old and has the potential to put up All-star numbers.  He was demoted to the minors this year after failing to produce in the leadoff spot for the Nationals.

Hanrahan has had a rough season after being named the closer in spring training.  He only recorded 5 saves before being removed from the role.  The Nationals had been using a more closer by committee type approach and it is unclear how Pittsburgh will utilize the former starter.

Weigh in on your thoughts on the trade in the comments section

Nats Trade Rumor: Milledge for Morgan deal is close

Filed Under (Nats Trade Rumors, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 30-06-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Craig Stammen, Florida Marlins, Lastings Milledge, New York Mets, Nyjer Morgan, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals

looks probable

looks probable

According to both MLB Trade Rumors and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

LMillz to Pitt?

LMillz to Pitt?

the Pirates and Nationals are close to a deal of Nyjer Morgan for current minor leaguer Lastings Milledge.  NLEC had first linked to the Post-Gazette on Saturday night regarding this rumor, but at that point the Nats did not want to include Craig Stammen.  The details of this trade are still unknown, but we will update you as we see the details, this would be the Pirates second deal of the day.

Phillies Player News: Phillies acquire Brian Mazone

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Phi player news) by mrose on 30-06-2009

Tagged Under : Brian Mazone, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies

A Philly again

A Philly again

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Brian Mazone from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization according to Beerleaguer.  He was with the Phillies organization for the previous three years.  This year he spent time with AAA Albuquerque as a relief pitcher, Jason Weitzel of Beerleaguer does not know whether he will be a starter or reliever at AAA for the Phillies.  No word on what Philly gave up for him, but you can assume it wasn’t much.

Phillies Injury News: Bastardo to DL

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Phi injury news) by mrose on 30-06-2009

Tagged Under : Andrew Carpenter, Antonio Bastardo, Carlos Carrasco, ESPN, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Sergio Escalona

Bastardo to 15 day DL

Bastardo to 15 day DL

The National League East’s injury problems continued yesterday as the Philadelphia Phillies made a move many were expecting by sending rookie LHP Antonio Bastardo to the disabled list according to ESPN.  He will be retroactived until his last start on Thursday and this trip to the DL is because of a strained shoulder suffered during that outting against the Rays.  For the time being Sergio Escalona is back with the big league club, but speculation by many, including here at NLEC is that one of AAA prospects Carrasco or Carpenter will be called up for Bastardo’s start on Thursday.  You have to wonder if depending how the prospects do in his absence if this intensifies efforts for a trade, stayed tuned to NLEC for more.

NL East Daily Recap from 6-29-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 30-06-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Braden Looper, Carlos Villanueva, Casey McGehee, Centerfieldgate, Fernando Nieve, Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez, Jerry Manuel, Johan Santana, Leo Nunez, Luis Castillo, Milwaukee Brewers, national league east, National League Player of the Week, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Ricky Nolasco, Ron Villone, Scott Olsen, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Trevor Hoffman, Washington Nationals

Ham Ram gets NL Player of the week

Ham Ram gets NL Player of the week

Fresh off the announcement that he was the National League Co-Player of the week , Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI bringing his average to .339 on the season while the Marlins defeated the Nationals 4-2.  This game was tied until the bottom of the eighth inning as there was a great pitched game by former Marlins Scott Olsen and Ricky Nolasco who appears to be turning his season around.  Nolasco(5-6) went eight innings of four hit ball while giving up only two runs and striking out eight.  Since being sent down to the minor league squad in late May with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts, Nolasco has a 1.80 ERA in five starts and is 4-1 in those games.  After Olsen pitched seven strong innings for the Nationals in his first start back from the disabled list, Ron Villone(3-5) went two thirds of an inning giving up what would eventually be the winning run to the Marlins.  Leo Nunez got the final out to record his third save of the season for the Marlins.  The Marlins moved into second place in the National League East with the victory and the series continues tonight.  For more Nationals news visit Centerfieldgate.

What could he be thinking?

What could he be thinking?

The New York Mets continued their downward spiral on Monday night as they lost their fourth straight game, falling three full games behind the Phillies and even falling behind the Florida Marlins in the National League East.  Formerly undefeated Fernando Nieve(3-1) only lasted into the fourth inning this time, giving up eleven total hits and three earned runs and one home run.  The game was kept close until the Brewers broke it open in the final three innings getting seven runs off the final three Mets relievers, and those turned out to be important.  In the sixth inning, Brewers third basemen Casey McGehee made up for a Luis Castillo like error by hitting a grand slam, putting the Brew Crew up seven to three at that time.  Braden Looper(6-4) worked 6.1 innings against his former club only giving up one earned run and three in total and even contributed an RBI single.  Trevor Hoffman was summoned unexpectedly in the ninth inning to pick up his 18th save after Carlos Villanueva could only record one out while giving up five hits and three runs and making the game much closer than it actually was.  The two teams continue the series tonight at 8pm in Milwaukee and the Mets hope that ace Johan Santana can break their losing streak.  For additional Mets news, go to The Real Dirty Mets Blog.

NL East Series Preview 6-29-09 thru 7-2-09

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Series Preview) by mrose on 29-06-2009

Tagged Under : Andrew Miller, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Beerleaguer, Boston Red Sox, Braden Looper, Carlos Carrasco, Centerfieldgate, Charlie Manuel, Citi Field, Cole Hamels, Derek Lowe, Fernando Nieve, Florida Marlins, Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vazquez, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton, Johan Santana, Jordan Zimmermann, Josh Johnson, Mike Burns, Mike Pelfrey, Milwaukee Brewers, national league east, New York Mets, New York Yankees, NLEastChatter, Paul Maholm, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Prince Fielder, Real Dirty Mets Blog, Ricky Nolasco, Ross Detwiler, Ryan Braun, Scott Olsen, Sean West, Tim Redding, Tommy Hanson, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Yovani Gallardo

Phillies Logo VS Atl Logo
The Phillies were finally able to get back on track over the weekend, taking two out of three from the Toronto Blue Jays in the final Interleague series of the year. Philadelphia(39-34, 1st place in the NL East) got a big weekend from Jayson Werth who went 6/8 with 4 runs scored, a double, 2 home runs and 5 RBI’s to anchor them. Jimmy Rollins will also be welcomed back to the starting lineup after Charlie gave him four straight days off to get his head straight and hope to get him back on track, he is batting .211 on the season and only .176 this month.

The Braves are fresh off another very solid outting from their young up and coming ace Tommy Hanson, who is now 4-0 on the season. The Braves(35-40, 4th place in the NL East 5GB) look to rebound after not winning a series since May in Toronto. The pitching was very good for the most part this weekend against the Red Sox, but the hitting barely showed up. So far this year, Atlanta has won four of the first six matchups between the two teams, including the first two and last two games played. For additional Braves news, go to The Braves Baseball Blog.

One series note is that Thursdays starter at this point for the Phillies has not been decided. It will be between Carlos Carrasco and Andrew Carpenter for the Phillies with a decision coming later this week according to Beerleaguer.

Tuesday @ 7:00PM EST – Blanton,PHI(4-4,5.06 ERA) vs. Lowe,ATL(7-6,4.53 ERA)
Wednesday @ 7:00PM EST – Hamels,PHI(4-4,4.44 ERA) vs. Jurrjens,ATL(5-6,2.93 ERA)
Thursday @ 7:00PM EST – Carrasco/Carpenter,PHI(0-0,0.00 ERA) vs. Vazquez,ATL(5-7,3.04 ERA)
The New York Mets followed up a surprising and uplifting series victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, by falling on their collective faces against the cross town New York Yankees this weekend. The Mets(37-37, 2nd in NL East 2.5GB) now travel to Milwaukee for the start of what was originally a six game road trip,but because of an earlier rainout in Pittsburgh, is now seven. They hope that their team of replacement level players can help them stay close in the National League East for some more time as they wait out the Disabled List to shrink instead of expand.

The Milwaukee Brewers(40-35, 1st in NL Central) are currently tied for first place in the National League Central with the St. Louis Cardinals while actually going only 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Brewers look to continue to ride Ryan Braun’s hitting and Prince Fielder’s power to a bigger lead in the Central. The Mets took the first two of three games this year between the teams at Citi Field.

The Mets will play a single game versus the Pirates(35-40, 5th place in the NL Central 5GB) as a make up for a game earlier in the month that was rained out. So far each team has won their respective home games in this series, so in essence, this is a rubber game.

For more Mets news, check The Real Dirty Mets Blog.

Monday @ 7:05PM EST – Nieve,NYM(3-0,1.31 ERA) vs. Looper,MIL(5-4,5.16 ERA)
Tuesday @ 8:05PM EST – Santana,NYM(9-5,3.08 ERA) vs. Burns,MIL(0-1,3.72 ERA)
Wednesday @ 2:05PM EST – Pelfrey,NYM(5-3,4.67 ERA) vs. Gallardo,MIL(8-4,2.86 ERA)
Thursday @ 12:35PM EST – Redding(1-3,6.35 ERA) vs. Maholm,MIL(5-4,4.35 ERA)
Nationals Logo vs_120x120 Marlins Logo
The Washington Nationals(22-51, 5th in NL East 17GB) travel to Miami after hanging on to take the final game of a three game set against the locational rival Baltimore Orioles. Nats fans hopes rose slightly a week ago when going into the series with the AL East leading Red Sox, the Nationals had won two straight series versus both the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. Since then Washington has come back down to earth in losing two of three to Boston and Baltimore. The team hopes to win their first game of the year versus the divisional rival Marlins as they have lost the first six games against them. For additional Nats news, go to CenterfieldGate.

The Marlins were cooled off this weekend by the northern Florida rival Tampa Bay Rays. The Florida Marlins(38-39, 3rd in NL East 3GB) had been on a five game winning streak coming into this series including two against the Yankees last weekend, but lost all three to the Rays. Tampa Bay relied mostly on late clutch hitting and taking advantage of Marlins relief pitching injuries on route to the sweep. They hope to not lose anymore ground on the first place Phillies as they have a favorable schedule for the next few weeks.

Monday @ 7:10PM EST – Olsen,WAS(1-4,7.24 ERA) vs. Nolasco,FLA(4-6,6.42 ERA)
Tuesday @ 7:10PM EST – Zimmermann,WAS(3-3,4.65 ERA) vs. West,FLA(3-2,3.38 ERA)
Wednesday @ 12:10PM EST – Detwiler,WAS(0-4,5.24 ERA) vs. Johnson,FLA(7-1,2.76 ERA)

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Phillies Trade Rumors: Philly looking at Wang?

Filed Under (NL East Chatter, Phi Trade Rumors) by mrose on 29-06-2009

Tagged Under : Atlanta Braves, Brad Penny, Chien-Ming Wang, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade, Washington Nationals

Phils looking for Wang?

Phils looking for Wang?

According to  Nova Fantasy Sports, and other published reports, the Phillies sent scouts to Citi Field last night to watch former Yankee ace Chien-Ming Wang.  If he is made available, the Phillies are rumored to be VERY interested in acquiring him, the same is also said about Red Sox’ Brad Penny.  Stay tuned to NLEC for more info on this.

Nats Player News: Shairon Martis sent to AAA Syracuse

Filed Under (Nats Player News, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 29-06-2009

Tagged Under : ESPN, Federal Baseball, MASN, Scott Olsen, Shairon Martis, Washington Nationals

Martis to AAA

Martis to AAA

To make room for Scott Olsen to return from the disabled list, the Nationals have sent Shairon Martis to Syracuse according to Federal Baseball as well as ESPN and MASN.  Martis had won his first five decisions before recently losing three decisions in a row.

Scott Olsen will be activated before the series with the Marlins this week.

NL East Daily Recap from 6-28-09

Filed Under (Daily Recap, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 29-06-2009

Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Andrew Miller, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Brad Lidge, Brad Penny, Braves Baseball Blog, Brian Tallet, Centerfieldgate, Chien-Ming Wang, Chipper Jones, Daniel Murphy, David Hernandez, David Price, Florida Marlins, Fredi Gonzalez, Garret Anderson, J.P. Howell, Jamie Moyer, John Lannan, Livan Hernandez, Mariano Rivera, Mike Gonzalez, Mike MacDougal, national league east, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay Rays, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, Tommy Hanson, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals

Lidge returns to action

Lidge returns to action

The Phillies won their first series since taking two out of three from the Mets in early June by beating the Blue Jays 5-4 in Toronto yesterday.  Jamie Moyer(6-6) went five innings while giving up four earned runs, but giving up three earned runs in earning the win for the Phils.  Brian Tallet(5-5) went slightly longer than Jamie Moyer, giving up the same number of earned runs but because of an unearned run, took the loss in this game.  Brad Lidge worked a shaky ninth inning to get his first save since returning from the disabled list, his 14th of the year.  The Phillies will take Monday off before heading to Atlanta to take on the Braves on Tuesday.

Rivera joins the elite 500 save club

Rivera joins the elite 500 save club

During the nightcap for Sunday’s games, the Mets were hoping to manage one game in this edition of the Subway Series against the Yankees.  Unfortunately, mental issues stopped them from doing that early in the game once again.  Livan Hernandez(5-3) worked seven innings, while only giving up three runs in the first inning of a game in which Daniel Murphy, the young and unexperienced first basemen made another odd play.  In the first inning, on a ground ball, he decided to throw to third to hope to get a tag down on Jeter rather than taking a sure out at first base which likely made a huge difference in the game.  Chien-Ming Wang(1-6) got his first win of the year with just over five innings of two run ball, but was not the Wang of old yet.  Mariano Rivera worked 1.1 innings and got an RBI to earn his first RBI of his career on a bases loaded walk and earn his 500th save of his amazing career.  The Mets hope that returning to regular National League play this week will allow them to right their ship, check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more information.

Fredi is concerned

Fredi is concerned

The Florida Marlins managed just four hits yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of their three game set and interleague play.  After a successful week against the Yankees and Orioles, the Marlins could not manage a win versus the defending American League champions.  David Price(2-2) worked 6.1 innings while only giving up two hits and one run, but five bases on balls to get the win, as Andrew Miller(2-4) gave up all five Rays runs in the same amount of time.  J.P. Howell who had earned wins in the first two games of this series, got the last two outs of this game on strike outs for his fifth save of the season.  The Marlins welcome the last place Nationals into Miami this week for a three game set.

Chipper and Garret go yard

Chipper and Garret go yard

Tommy Hanson continues to impress everyone and show that he is the phenom prospect he was supposed to be.  Hanson(4-0) went six innings of two hit ball to get his fourth win in five starts this season for the Braves.  The closer revolving door for the Braves let Mike Gonzalez get his ninth save of the year in a 2-1 Braves win with Rafael Soriano getting the hold today.  The Braves were propelled to victory but two solo home runs by Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson and that’s all the pitching needed.  Brad Penny(6-3) worked six strong innings only giving up the solo shots in taking the loss.  The Braves will welcome in the Phillies tomorrow night, check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more information.

The Nats celebrate a win

The Nats celebrate a win

The Nats were another NL East team which was looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of an AL East team yesterday.  Like the Braves, the Nationals managed to get the win and avoid the series sweep by the Orioles.  Adam Dunn hit yet another monster home run and John Lannan(5-5) pitched another solid game into the eighth inning to get the win for the Nationals.  Mike MacDougal picked up his third save of the season while David Hernandez(1-2) went 5.2 innings pitched while giving up three runs in taking the loss for the O’s.  The Nationals will travel to Miami and take on the Marlins this week, more will be available at CenterfieldGate.

Make sure to check back later for the NL East Series Preview for this week.

Nats Player News: Langerhans to M’s for Mike Morse

Filed Under (Nats Player News, NL East Chatter) by mrose on 28-06-2009

Tagged Under : Mike Morse, Ryan Langerhans, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals

According to MLB Trade Rumors and MASN sports,  The Washington Nationals have sent current AAA outfielder Ryan Langerhans to the Mariners for AAA INF Mike Morse.  Check out MLB Trade Rumors for more, but at first glance, it seems a fairly even trade, with possibly a slight edge to the Nats.

The Nats receive the 27 year old Morse who had been hitting over .300 with 10 home runs and Langerhans stats are here, who is 2 years older and is hitting under .300.  This also allows the Nats to get rid of their huge log jam at OF and get some more infielders.