Reporting Grant Napear
Brian Kenny of MLB Network led off by talking about the Washington Nationals, who are in a pretty tight spot with young flamethrower Stephen Strasburg. When Strasburg was drafted, the Nationals promised to limit his innings for long term benefit. Strasburg is approaching his limit, but the Nationals are in the heat of a pennant race and the speculation about the plan with Strasburg is rampant. Kenny also broke down the winners and losers of the trade deadline, including the Dodgers’ pickups of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino and the Giants’ acquisition of Hunter Pence. Brian also talked about the Oakland A’s attendance woes despite the team being the hottest in baseball, wondering what incentive ownership would have to stay in town when even a winning team can’t draw a crowd.