If the Nats decide to hire a closer from within — Door No. 6, I suppose — they¡¯ve got choices there too. Blake Treinen probably makes the most sense. Thanks to a power sinker that approaches triple digits, the 28-year-old reliever is essentially the NL¡¯s right-handed version of Zach Britton. In fact, Treinen¡¯s 66 percent ground ball rate last season was second best in the majors behind Britton. He¡¯s also figured out how to get lefties out, posting a .221 BAA vs. lefties that was actually better than his mark against righties (.225).
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So there¡¯s that. Shawn Kelley, who tallied seven saves last year and racked up 12.4 Ks per nine innings, could work too. Then there¡¯s Koda Glover, the 23-year-old wild card who had eight minor league saves last year, showed flashes after his call-up, and looks and sounds like he¡¯s straight out of Central Casting to replace Charlie Sheen if they ever decide to do a reboot of the original “Major League.”
In the early part of Fowler¡¯s career, he fared poorly when leading off an inning, posting on-base percentages of .326, .302 and .317 from 2009 to 2011. But then something clicked and the numbers got considerably better.
“We had a really good conversation,” McCutchen said. “I do understand he has a job. I don’t understand what he has to do — I can’t empathize with that, just like he can’t empathize with the challenges I could be going through. We had a good conversation. We basically ended it on good terms.”
McCutchen, who won the National League MVP award in 2013, is coming off his worst major league season, posting career lows in batting average (.256), on-base percentage (.336) and slugging percentage (.430). He also had 24 home runs and 79 RBIs.
Limited Youth Albert Pujols Jersey “You’re going to have your off years, but it’s all about what you do and how you come back from that,” McCutchen said. “I’m looking forward to this season. I’m ready to go.”