16 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Welcome RHP Jimmy Nelson.

    Prior to shoulder surgery shutting him down, Nelson was 12–6 with a 3.49 ERA and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2017. From 2013–17, Nelson had a 4.12 ERA in 109 appearances (104 starts). Primarily a sinker-ball pitcher, the 30-year-old also throws a four-seamer, changeup, slider and curve.

    Upon his return in an injury-shortened 2019 season, Nelson saw a slight dip in velocity in his sinker (from 93.7 mph in 2017 to 93 mph in 2019) and four-seam fastball (from 94.1 mph in 2017 to 92.3 mph in 2019) while compiling a 6.95 ERA, though he did have a career-best 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Three of his 10 appearances last season came in starts.

    • Never optimistic when Dodgers we’re going to face him. Indeed, the numbers show ERA 1.60 in five career starts.

  2. Betts rather than Lindor?

    But according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Dodgers’ negotiations with the Indians and Lindor have cooled, while Los Angeles’ conversations with the Red Sox about acquiring MVP outfielder Mookie Betts have “become at least as frequent — and perhaps even more involved.”

    The Dodgers have reportedly been hesitant to include infield prospect Gavin Lux in any trade packages with the Indians. The Red Sox, however, reportedly appear “less insistent” on Lux and instead would be more open to a multi-player trade.

    • Agree, though that must have been one big fanny pack. At Nats Stadium size is limited to 16x16x8.