Oh, Those Bases on Balls!


That’s what the Fordham Flash, Frankie Frisch used to bemoan when he managed Pittsburgh during the ‘40s when his pitchers would surrender walks to the opposition; walks that inevitably led to run producing events for the opposition.

It was Frankie Frisch that came to my mind today as I sat at Nats Park watching a parade of Atlanta pitchers enter the game. They all threw 95+ mph heat but they had a rather tenuous relationship with the strike zone. Four on the innings that the Nats scored came as the result of walks (sometimes multiple walks) to lead things off. The Old Flash had it right.

Other than that, it was great day for Anthony Rendon. Two key hits, two walks, a key stolen base, solid in the field.

Too many pitching changes! When I become Commissioner of Baseball, my first rule change will be to have all teams carry a maximum of eleven pitchers. (My second change will be to get rid of instant replay.)

Oh yeah, Nats won 10-5.

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