Sunday, July 16, 2006
Despite his scaring outfield play, Alex Escobar has been a very nice edition to the Washington Nationals Lineup. Alex has hit safely in all 8 games he has played for the Nationals, 12 hits in all and a .480 average. Today, he crushed a 2 run pinch hit homer off Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm to get the Nats back into the game in an eventual 8-4 win in 11 innings. Last night, Escobar stroked a key pinch hit RBI single to tie the game at 5 in the seventh inning. He's got a terrific arm and runs very well. But, there have been rumors that Escobar will be the odd man out, when the Nats make roster moves over the next few days to bring Tony Armas, Jr and Mike O'Connor back on the 25 man roster. I only hope that these rumors are not true. The Nationals need all the good news they can muster right now. Escobar deserves a chance to play. He's delivered in every game. I hope Bowden doesn't waste him and let Alex go.