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Morning Commute: Jim Riggleman's Big Mistake

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A quick thought before we get into the links: does anyone else think Jim Riggleman made a mistake going to Matt Capps in the ninth inning yesterday?

Sure, I have the benefit of hindsight here, and sure, Capps is the closer. But at the same time, he's been really struggling lately, and Tyler Clippard was mowing down hitters while he was in. Clippard got the first out in the ninth inning, but then Riggleman went to Capps, who promptly blew the game. Why not leave Clippard in to make sure you get the win? I understand the logic of giving Capps an easier save opportunity, but the Nationals really needed that game yesterday after losing three of four to the Astros, and Clippard was pitching extremely well.

Again, I have the benefit of hindsight here, but I also wasn't a fan of Riggleman's decision when it happened. Thoughts?

(Your daily links are below the jump).

Here's everything else that's going on in the SB Nation world today:


  • Nationals: Today is unofficially Bryce Harper day, so it only makes sense that Federal Baseball is going crazy over it. Here's what Nationals president Stan Kasten told a group of Nats bloggers about Harper. 
  • Redskins: Is Dan Snyder a blessing in disguise? Hogs Haven says the answer is yes. Very interesting. 
  • Wizards: How many wins can we expect John Wall will add to the Wizards? Bullets Forever takes a statistical look. 
  • Capitals: This is from over the weekend, but I strongly recommend everyone check out the discussion going on about Alexander Semin in this thread over at Japers Rink.
  • Maryland: It's never too early for a football preview. Testudo Times breaks down Maryland's secondary here
  • Georgetown: Casual Hoya makes sure you're up to date on everything about Greg Monroe's quest to get picked high in the NBA Draft.
  • United: Want to know what it means for United that they tied league power Real Salt Lake over the weekend? Black and Red United breaks it down.
On tap today at SBNDC: B.J. Pierson gives you his weekly DC Talking Points, and Jake Whitacre's inaugural Past Perspectives column takes a look back at past DC sports busts.