Denard Span Playing Center Field Relaxes Harper as Hitter
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – As the architect of Nats lineup, GM Mike Rizzo may be the only person capable of enjoying each victory more than Washington baseball fans this season.
It’s easy to put too much stock in poor performances early in the season, as it is to overvalue unexpected hot streaks. These overreactions enforce the importance of Rizzo’s weekly radio show with 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny in keeping fans levelheaded to set the tone for a long season.
Like for instance, should Nats fans be worried their $28 million closer, Rafael Soriano, has already blown a save and given up two home runs through just four appearances?
“He’s just got to give the touch and feel and get out there,” Rizzo assured Holden and Danny on Wednesday. “He thrives on location and movement and he hung a slider yesterday to a good hitter in Rios and he made him pay for it.”
The Executive of the Year also spoke highly of Denard Span’s presence at the top of the batting order.
“He gives the rest of the lineup an opportunity to see what the pitcher has.” Rizzo said. “He allows us to have great defense in left field with the move of Harper. It relaxes Harper at the plate.”
Rizzo would go on to address Mike Morse’s six home runs for Seattle, the future of reliever Henry Rodriguez and more.
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