If you recall, and likely you don’t, the Nats signed Alvarez to a minor league deal back in November of last year. Alvarez, 28, pitched in 2018 with the Phillies.
He had a 4.30 ERA in 14 2/3 innings for Philly. His last GOOD season was in 2014 where he went 12-7, 2.65 ERA in 187 innings pitched (per Federalbaseball.com).
A lot of old glory years for this guy, including a no-hitter:
This is purely one of those low-risk invites that could lead to some depth pitching-wise if needed. The guy throws a Fastball, Sinker, Curve, Slider, and Changeup, mainly relying on his Fastball and Sinker.
Basically, this is a guy who’s promising career was derailed by injuries, and now has a chance to showcase himself with a Nats spring training squad. My guess is the Nats could stash him somewhere in AAA and wait for the inevitable injury bug to strike the rotation at some point and have Alvarez give the team a few starts.
Overall, nothing to be too excited about, but keep an eye on Alvarez’s numbers here in Spring as he hopes to climb his way back to the big time.
UPDATE: Sam Dekker weighs in:
Here is a look at the play everybody’s been talking about:
I don’t care what the league says, there is literally no way in the world that wasn’t a travel. I love Brad, but you can’t possibly watch that play and think “nope, that is clean”.
Game 1 of the season
Last Night’s Game
The first picture is the Wizards lineup from Game 1 of the season. The second, from last night’s loss to the Pistons. It is pretty incredible how different the team looks now. Beal being the only starter still in the lineup.
Is it weird if I like this team BETTER than the team the Wiz had opening the year?
Let’s take a look at Bryce’s twitter:
Of the 24 follows for Bryce, only Mike Trout and Braden Holtby make the list. This is clearly a sign that he’s signing with Philly right? RIGHT?!
Might as well just show Grizzlies highlights.
Oh here is a good one
Wall with 22 pts, 7 assists, 5 boards but NINE turnovers.
Beal shot 5 for 16 from the floor and 4-12 from three.
With Morris still sick Jeff Green got the start but went 2-6 from the field and 0-2 from downtown. Finished with 4 pts and 5 reb.
Oubre was the only one to get anything off the bench pretty much with 16 pts.
1-6 start to the season, please just blow it all up now and save us the misery.
Friday vs. Thunder at 8PM on ESPN
Link to article above
An accurate depiction of the last few years:
These Wizards—with John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Porter together as the stars—are on their sixth season as the most maddening show in the NBA. The franchise reached the Eastern Conference semifinals just two seasons ago, but any hope that the script would feature a happy ending went up in flames shortly thereafter. The 2017-18 campaign came off like a bad soap opera with a host of miscast characters openly fighting in full view of the cameras, only to have it all end when they were shoved off the playoff stage in the first round. Even Showtime would have canceled them by now, but Grunfeld and the Wizards keep pushing variations of the same plot into production.
If you are like me then you are not an insane person and couldn’t stay up to watch some of these games last night on the west coast. But, if you are like me then you are also really sad that you didn’t get to stay up and watch these two teams pick up some nice wins.
First, the Wiz:
Kieff poured in 28 pts, including going 6 for 10 from deep. Oubre with 22 off the bench and a nice line from Brad Beal: 25 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast.
It took an OT effort, but that is a HUGE win to pick up on the road in Portland to start the road trip.
It’s funny, because Mike and I were just talking about how worried we were for this team headed into the next few games but the boys balled out. (Except Ian Mahinmi who played four minutes, picked up two fouls, 0 reb, and 0 pts)
Next, the Caps:
Coming off the shootout loss to Florida, the Caps needed a nice bounce-back game. Ovie continues his rampage as he picks up four points.
Backstrom snagged his 600th NHL assist as well.
These types of nights don’t happen often for DC fans, so let’s definitely enjoy this one.