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The Nationals Should Definitely Sign Aroldis Chapman!

Aroldis Chapman is on pace to be one of the best ALL - Time Closers in the game. Toting a Career ERA of 2.08 - and a incredible 15.2/Per 9 IP SO rate, this man is about as hard to hit as they come. At entering the 2017 season at just Age 28, I would have no qualms about inking this man to a 6 year deal - worth anywhere from $90 - $100 MIL

Aroldis Chapman is on pace to be one of the best ALL – Time Closers in the game. Toting a Career ERA of 2.08 – and a incredible 15.2/Per 9 IP SO rate, this man is about as hard to hit as they come. Entering the 2017 season at just Age 28, I would have no qualms about inking this man to a 6 year deal – worth anywhere from $90 – $100 MIL.  He will have a few suitors.  With the Nationals having an escalating payroll, this might be the best way to sign one guy to galvanize the team.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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This is an absolutely pivotal year for the Washington Nationals.  They have many of their players locked up for 1 – 2 more years, but an escalating payroll also has entered the fray, and now they are in deep trouble to re-sign Bryce Harper when he comes up for Free Agency in 2019.

Looking at the projected player payroll for the current roster – and this franchise sits at about $155 MIL in 2017.  They have some maneuvers they could pull off to take the money down slightly. 

I would start with trading Gio Gonzalez to free up $12 MIL.  This guy is the #4 or #5 at best.  Yes we have seen lesser pitchers like Andrew Cashner sign a deal for one year at $10 MIL with the Rangers, however that has more to do with the Texas depth.

By dealing Gonzalez. the Nationals still would have a rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark, Joe Ross and Lucas Giolito, with Reynaldo Lopez and A.J. Cole likely seeing some action first out of the “Taxi squad.”

Quite simply put, the Nationals are extremely talented with 2 pitchers that could win the Cy Young (Scherzer who won it in 2016 and Strasburg, who could have won it had they given out an award at the ALL – Star Break) and up to 3 players that would be listed among the top 15 NL MVP favorites (Harper, Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner), but they do possess a few holes with losing Wilson Ramos and Mar Melancon off the end of the year Roster.

I fully think they should shore up their Late Inning work by signing Aroldis Chapman to whatever he wants this winter. Read the rest of this entry

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Bryce Harper had dialed long distance 2 times in 7 career AB versus Phillies Starter Aaron Nola, whom he will face Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.  It has been a slow week for the Nats offense - and I believe they are due to break out for some runs tomorrow.

Bryce Harper had dialed long distance 2 times in 7 career AB versus Phillies Starter Aaron Nola, whom he will face Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park. It has been a slow week for the Nats offense – and I believe they are due to break out for some runs tomorrow.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

While I love Jake Arrieta throwing versus the Brewers on Thursday, I will reserve to play him on Draft Kings, as I would rather roster a bunch of hitters instead.

The options came down to either use Tanner Roark or Clay Buchholz, and it came down to price.  Buchholz has not thrown well this year and costs $900.  He also pitches at Fenway Thursday.

Roark was nails in his last start on Saturday, doling out 15 K’s at home versus the Braves.  Since I stacked on on 3 of the hitters being Nats, it is a nice chance to rake in some points.

In order to secure Bryce Harper,  I am using A.J. Pierzynski in the Boston vs ATL game.  He is a solid veteran. – and holds a .400 BA in 15 AB versus the Red Sox veteran.

I almost won a bunch of dough with this exact same lineup Wednesday, as I had David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts – with pitcher Steven Wright.  They all combined for about 120 PTS.

My Nats lineup of guys didn’t fare as well and cost me.  I will play it again and just slightly tweak it.  I can’t see the Phillies continue to win series like this.

 has 5 hits in 7 AB versus Aaron Nola so far, with 2 jacks.  Anthony Rendon also has done yard work in limited duty, with 3 hits – including his HR in 8 AB.  Daniel Murphy is 2 – 5 against Nola. Read the rest of this entry

Nats Need Stellar Years From Scherzer/Strasburg Similar To Johnson/Schilling Duo In 2001 – To Win The World Series

Max Scherzer was filthy in the 1st half of 2015 - with a 2.11 ERA heading up to the ALL - Star Break, and Stephen Strasburg ended the 2nd half of the year with a 1.90 in his Post ALL - Star games. If these 2 day aces can be in top form for the whole year, and then carry through to the playoffs, it would go a long with their chances to win a World Series. Since Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister left, the rotation is not as deep as it once was, yet these guys could make for an unforgettable 1 -2 punch in the postseason, and combined with Bryce Harper, potentially win the Fall Classic this year.

Max Scherzer was filthy in the 1st half of 2015 – with a 2.11 ERA heading up to the ALL – Star Break, and Stephen Strasburg ended the 2nd half of the year with a 1.90 in his Post ALL – Star games. If these 2 day aces can be in top form for the whole year, and then carry through to the playoffs, it would go a long with their chances to win a World Series. Since Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister left, the rotation is not as deep as it once was, yet these guys could make for an unforgettable 1 -2 punch in the postseason, and combined with Bryce Harper, potentially win the Fall Classic this year.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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With Zack Greinke flying the coop in Los Angeles over the winter, all of a sudden, this dynamic pair of Nationals chuckers should be the best back to back starting tandem in the Majors right now.

It is a walk year for Stephen Strasburg.  He has shown flashes of brilliance, but has yet to put it together for the whole year.  You could say his career has kind of been like Schilling’s prior to his arrival in Arizona.

I think both guys could near 20 wins each. have mid 2 ERA’s – and both compete against the NL’s elite for the NL Cy Young Award.

If they have great seasons, it should equal a playoff berth – and if not the NL East Division.  Strasburg’s best two years were in 2012 and 2014, so maybe he is just a better even year pitcher himself.

Scherzer is 53 – 20 with a near 1.00 WHIP and ERA of 3 since the start of the 2013 season.  No doubt these 2 guys will pull up awesome numbers in playing the Marlins, Phillies and Braves for almost 40% of their total games.  Add in the Brewers, Reds, Padres, Rockies to the fold, and that becomes half of the year.

Should Washington make the playoffs, that is exactly why they doled out $210 over 7 years for Scherzer in the first place.  The former Tigers pitcher was pretty damn good in the 1st RD of the postseason for Detroit, going 3 – 1, with an ERA of 2.79 and WHIP of 1.034 in 29 Innings worth of work in the LDS rounds.  I think he could take the next step beyond that.

Last year Scherzer threw 2 no-hitters and nearly tossed 2 more.  He has shown he can last longer than ever before.  He was a workhorse with his 228.2 IP. It was a career high, just like his 276 Strikeouts in that timeframe and his incredible WHIP of 0.918 were.

It is time to for Strasburg to leave it all on the table.  Much like his 34 Game Starts in 2014, where he logged 215 Innings and a NL Leading 242 Strikeouts, the former #1 overall pick could really make a fortune in Free Agency with a banner year. At Age 27 until late July when he turns 28, he is still in his prime years coming for the next few campaigns. Read the rest of this entry

183 in 2015: Ball Park Preview, Game 53 – Citi Field

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (217 games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

DAY DATE

Monday  May  18, 2015

Game #53 Day #44

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

Citi  Field, (2nd/9 games there in 2015), 7:10 vs Cardinals 

$ SPENT so far  – $14777, MILES driven, (7432) miles Air (2032), ground transport miles (3950), public transportation ( 800)  Total Miles so far (14264)

Chili*s eaten (8) Subs (14.0, beers (3), hot dogs (10)

Energy drinks consumed (44) Games left ( 164) days (139)

Song scoreboard at MLB games #UptownFunk ( 55) take me out to the ballgame (54)

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183 in 2015 – Ballpark Previews: Games 46 – 52

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip
The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.
The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.
DAYS DATES
Games #46 – 52, days 37- 43
Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue. CBP Monday,  May.11 & May 12, 7:05 vs Pirates, Thursday, May.14, 1:05 vs Pirates,  Wednesday,  May.13, 7:05 Camden Yards vs Blue Jays, Saturday,  May 16, 7:05 vs Angels. Sunday,  May.17 1:35 vs Angels.
Daily Expenses This week
Tickets for the week – $105 (4 in philly, $70, 3 in Baltimore -$35
Food for the week – $ 70
Public Transportation for the week  $70
Megabus trips – 2 trips, $2
Greyhound tickets,   2 trips – $19
Method of Transportation to the games Where I am headed next.
I have four games at CBP this week, Mon/Tues/Thursday and Friday,  where I will watch games at Camden Yards on Wednesday/Saturday and Sunday. Next week I see games, at Citi Field,  Nats Park,  Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.
It costs me $13 for transportation in  Philly and my Baltimore excursions cost just $9. After the game Wednesday, I will be taken a late night bus to Philly,  before attending a day game.   On the Saturday contest, I will head to BWI airport to write blogs overnight, and await a day game on Sunday. 
The Players Involved:
I am watching these game with just myself.

 

 

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183 in 2015: Ball Park Preview, Game 17 – Nats Park

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

DAY DATE

Friday, April.  17, 2015

Game #17 Day #13

Today’s game (s) Start Time (s) in EST  and Venue (s):

Nationals Park, 7:05, Nats vs Phillies

For the second day in a row. Game #3 of 30 At Nats Park.

TRIP STATS:

Miles Driven (4697 miles), air miles (423) ground transport (1550 miles) public transportation (400 Miles), total miles (7173)

Games Seen ( 16), Games left (200), days left (172).

Hot dogs eaten (7), Subs Eaten ( 6.5), energy drinks (17), beers (3), chili’s (3).

MLB  Song scoreboard – Uptown Funk – 17, Center field – 6

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183 in 2015: Games 5 -11 Recaps: Long Trips, Doubleheader Movement + East Coast Setup

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

Games 5 – 11

So I made it through a week in one piece.  The last 7 days have tested me as a traveler in ways I thought never possible. Again I remind people,  going to a game live is not easy. Going on a massive Parks odyssey is almost a nightmare at tines. But worth the end result. 

I left off just finishing a doubleheader in Chicago and Milwaukee,  now I had 5 Doubleheaders slated for the next 7 days. While I don’t have to account for every pitch, making 5 innings on the home side it’s still applicable for credit. 

I was driving from Milwaukee to Washington on the night of Wednesday April 8th going into the 9th. I chose the same route I used to attend cincy ‘ s openers a few days back. After not having my long term rental car (2015 Buick Verano), for the previous couple of days,  it was nice to have AL of my stuff. I made excellent time to Columbus,  now that I was a veteran of the area.  

As I wheeled past Wheeling, WV. On I – 70, I hit a monsoon. Simply put, I came to find out it was a borderline tornado. Considering I hate driving in these conditions,  I was relaxed and hopped up on coffee.  I persevered through all night. I never rested,  and was sitting pretty upon entering Washington. I missed a turn off and circled back in the wrong direction, ending up in Arlington,  VA. 

2012

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck Booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012).

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck Booth (Right) at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012).

2015

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I called Ben Fallon, who was meeting me for the game. I had plenty if time to make 1st pitch.  I found a parking spot near the 7-Eleven. . It was more than I wanted to pay..

The coffee I had in my hand quickly flung, when a firetruck blazed down my street. I wore an entire coffee on my lap and all over the seat  Good thing I had clothes with me to changed. I relayed to Ben, I would be late to the game. This trip was exhausting.  I made it in for the start of the 2ND inning. Originally,

 I was going to bus into Philly, and cone back for the rental the next day. But now I just wanted to drive afterwards. It was god catching up with Ben.. We ate both fans of the Nats/Yankees,  so we will see each other plenty this year. At first,  I almost didn’t recognize him.  Ben has lost a lot of weight. The game never went our way from the get go.

Matt Harvey dominated the Nats and Stephen Strasburg. Racing out of the park before it ends still feels foreign, but necessary. I used a combination of I 295,  and I – 95 in order to make it to Citizens Bank Park by 720 pm.  

Traffic was insane. . When I arrived at the yard it  $1 hot dog night.  I ate 4 of those, and took two home for later. Tiredness had not stopped me from attending this game.. The Red Sox made easy work of the hapless Phils.

 It was time to drive to my brothers house. For several years I have traveled through Sicklerville.  NJ. I was there 2006 – 2009, every year, and also in 2012 fir another week. I still got lost. The area had been developed.  

Only a mile from his house I was driving in circles. I then blew a tire, barely grazing a foot median that was  on the middle if s cul-de-sac.  Flat tire.  Yeah!.  Trent came out to help me drive it off te road.  We since have had it replaced. Chalk one up to the evil streets of NJ that seem to rig their sidewalks to puncture tires Costly day. but I can make up savings elsewhere to cover it.

 Least it never was on a deserted highway. The next morning I felt better when I saw my nieces and nephew.   Already I was plotting some save cash maneuvers to make up for the car.  Luckily,  I could make do with spare dingy tire.  I was using Park and rides the next three days anyway.  

No matter how great a traveler you are, venturing into the unknown is still scary. Going to Philly from north New Jersey is not hard.  In fact, I found a car wash and laundromat within a half mile from the Park and Ride I was using. 

The trip in is 45 MINUTES, to Philly Greyhound station. At a cost of $4.95 with a fare saver package. From there it is a half mile jaunt to the broad street line train to CBP.  

Again,  I bought a token saver, and will pay  $1.80 per trip. So for about $13 RT, I can avoid paying $16 on parking, $5.80 in tolls, and $5 more in gas.. count me on for the savings.  I have 35 Games at CBP

So it is worth it.

The Friday game was cold,  and the Nationals were in town.  It would be wicker for me to see them several times in the next few weeks.

The Phillies won the game.  I bought no hot dogs this day. My lunch at Applebee’s was sufficient enough for me to last the whole day

We also frequented a dollar store,  where I stocked up on water,  snacks and health stuff for a buck a crack.

I was feeling tired at this point, but hoped some time in the same place would end that.

Since I am in the USA for so long, I bought a new android phone. Learning it wasn’t too complicated,  but remembering passwords for everything always is.

Another thing that has been hard to find I’d strong Internet and keeping my battery power up, along with blogging and running a website.

I literally only straightened out these issues in NJ a few days ago.

Quite frankly,  I am  behind in my posting, and upkeep of the website.  Add in a guy who has a tough time focusing in on a little phone, and you can imagine it is tough to keep ahead on social media.

There is so much more that I want to do, but cant.  I also have found becoming angry at games when I am distracted by my device – rather than watching the game. I must find a balance.

The Saturday weekend date of Apr 11th saw me travel via Greyhound to NY city.  I was late for the game in the Bronx.

It took me about 5 minutes to retrain my brain on the ny subway system.

I walked around Yankee Stadium happy though.  I was watching my favorite team.

The weather was warm, and it felt like spring. It helps when they are playing the Boston Red Sox.

Unfortunately for me. This contest followed the 19 inning marathon the previous evening.  The B squad was playing for New York.

Boston took a 8 – 1 lead, and I was out of there.  I had s 500 pm bus from the Port Authority.

I arrived at CBP a new guy on the trip.  Maybe it was just letting someone else do the driving all day, but I felt refreshed.  I met my brother and nephew at the Park.  I had arrived in the 1st inning, following a quick bus ride in, and hitting the Broad Street Line.

There is nothing like passing on the knowledge to the next generation of fans like my 11 nephew Jake.

 

My brother Trent and his son Jake.

My brother Trent and his son Jake.

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We stayed for the remainder of the game, and then headed back to Sicklerville,  The next day I was going to use a Park and Ride maneuver, take NJ Transit into Philly, and after a qualified game became a reality in Philly, I was taken the Greyhound Bus into New York again.

In a sign of the times, meaning dollars saved are better than 1st pitches, I made a stop in at McDonalds in New York, before entering the yard a couple of batters in.  Saving money on food when hungry is paramount.

When I did make it in – the Yankees exploded for 7 runs in the first inning, keyed by a bases clearing double by Alex Rodriguez.  I love the 8:05 ESPN Sunday Night Game starts.

My seats for the licensee deal in the Bronx, have me in section 427.  There was plenty of room to take bad selfies.  The game was a 4 hour marathon that ended after midnight, but I was happy with the Yankees winning 14 – 4. I was about to prepare for my 1st Megabus trip from NY city,

bad selfie

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