Where to play Josh Bell? And can Rivero be Miller Lite?

SOUTH HILLS – As impressive as Josh Bell was at the plate as a rookie, we all know about the defensive issues. As I made note of Monday, John Jaso – according to WAR – was more valuable than Bell in 2016 due to Bell’s defensive issues. After initially being used exclusively at first base after his call-up, Bell began to play more in right field later in the season, his natural...
Via Bucco Blog
October 27, 2016

Nationals rally against Rivero, beat Pirates 10-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth hit a tying two-run homer, Chris Heisey drove in the go-ahead run, and the Washington Nationals scored five runs off former teammate Felipe Rivero in the eighth inning to rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-7 on Sunday. Clint Robinson added an RBI single and Pedro Severino drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning. Rivero (1-5) had allowed...
Via Associated Press
September 25, 2016  |  Discuss

‘Big-armed’ Felipe Rivero has been a good fit in Pirates’ bullpen

Felipe Rivero, like many other boys growing up in Venezuela, was fascinated by Major League Baseball. “I would watch the games on TV when I was a little kid all the time,” he said with a smile. However, Rivero said he never imagined that he would someday follow in the footsteps of those players he […] The post ‘Big-armed’ Felipe Rivero has been a good fit in Pirates’...
Via Today's Knuckleball
August 17, 2016

Nationals make astute move in acquiring Melancon

It became very clear that the Washington Nationals were going to get a reliever from somewhere prior to Monday’s MLB trade deadline, and they made one of the better moves they could have in acquiring Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed Saturday that the Nationals were getting Melancon for left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 30, 2016  |  Discuss

The latest on Jonathan Papelbon, what Felipe Rivero wants to improve, and more

LOS ANGELES — Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon did not have much to say about his injury when asked for an update on his right intercostal trouble Monday afternoon. He is feeling better, he said. He is throwing, too. Those are both good signs. Dusty Baker did not provide many specifics, either. Papelbon is not eligible […]
Via Nationals Journal
June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Nationals pitchers kick soccer balls, throw frisbees and footballs before games

The daily grind of the baseball season is repetitive. For relievers, the same workout routine day after day can get boring. So about five hours before Friday’s game in Cincinnati, Felipe Rivero, Oliver Perez and Yusmeiro Petit kicked a soccer ball around the outfield. At one point, Perez and Rivero kicked the ball back and forth […]
Via Nationals Journal
June 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Felipe Rivero pitching a lot for Nationals but enjoying it

If it has felt like Felipe Rivero has appeared in every other Nationals game this season, it is true. With his critical inning in Thursday’s win over the Cardinals, Rivero has pitched in 24 of the Nationals’ 48 games. He is tied with 15 others in baseball with 24 appearances. Only Hector Norris of the […]
Via Nationals Journal
May 27, 2016  |  Discuss

On the value of Felipe Rivero and developing relievers from within

In Monday’s Post, we told a story about Felipe Rivero, who was one of the brightest spots of the Nationals’ 2015 season. He not only debuted but was a revelation. And now entering the 2016 season, he has arguably the highest upside of any reliever in the Nationals’ projected bullpen. He throws in the high 90s, […]
Via Nationals Journal
March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

#TBT: Nationals pull off circus play against Giants - Nationals Buzz

One player who has made an early impression in spring training is flamethrower Felipe Rivero. "Boy, that lefty out there throwing 100 mph, he's got a pretty good chance," manager Dusty Baker said earlier this week. Last season, over 49 appearances, Rivero pitched to a 2.79 ERA. Headed into his ... Read More
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Nationals place Felipe Rivero on DL, recall Matt Grace

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals placed pitcher Felipe Rivero on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and recalled pitcher Matt Grace. The move for Rivero is retroactive to April 18, the team said before Wednesday's game with the Cardinals. Rivero made his major league debut last Friday, giving up one earned run and three hits in the ninth inning of a victory over the Phillies...
Via Associated Press
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

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