Friday, July 30, 2010

Matt Capps, we hardly knew ye

There are many odd circumstances associated with following a team as bad as the Washington Nationals. Consider the case of Matt Capps. Last year, the Nats had one of the worst bullpens in baseball. In the offseason, they picked up a guy named Matt Capps, who had actually been cut by the Pirates -- one of the worst teams in baseball. Needless to say, I didn't pay much attention to this move -- which seemed to be must the usual bottom-feeding by the Nats.

But Capps has had a great year. He has 26 saves in 30 opportunities, with an ERA of 2.74. He was, in fact, the Nats' only representative at the All-Star Game, where he was the winning pitcher.

And now he is gone -- traded to the Twins for more prospects. Everyone says it's a great deal for the Nats, and maybe it is. But it's very weird to follow a team whose only All-Star was a guy who never played for them before this season, and who will probably never play for them again.

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