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Morning Commute: The Significance Of Matt Capps' All-Star Victory

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First of all, I'm happy to be back in town after spending the last few days covering John Wall and the Wizards at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. For more of that coverage, go to Bullets Forever. Thanks to Jordan, Sean and others for holding up Half Smokes while I was out there.

Anyway, as we all know, our lone Nationals All-Star Matt Capps managed to get the win for the National League. Capps threw just five pitches, but ended up on the hook when Brian McCann doubled home three players to give the NL the lead for good in the seventh inning. I'm proud for Capps, who has overcome a lot in the past year to get to the All-Star Game in the first place. 

The question now becomes what this win means for Capps going forward. The answer probably is: not much. It's an All-Star Game, and Capps did only throw five pitches. But at the same time, I think that we can all agree that Capps' production won't get any better than it's been in the first half of the season. If this win raises Capps' trade value even a tiny bit, it's a good thing for the long-term future of the Nationals. Hopefully now the team will be able to move Capps for even more value.

Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:

  • I'm biased, obviously, but you should definitely check out all of Bullets Forever's coverage from the NBA Summer League. Here are recaps from the first two games, and here's a profile of Cartier Martin, who is trying to make the team as a backup small forward. Also, BF caught up with the newest Wizard Hilton Armstrong after he signed with the team.
  • Federal Baseball talked about what the Cliff Lee deal means for Adam Dunn's trade value. I linked this in the Starting Lineup, but it's worth linking again. 
  • Japers Rink has a bunch of great links about the Capitals' Development Camp here.  
  • Testudo Times has some quick thoughts on the premier of Season 4 of Terrapins Rising on Comcast Sports Net.
  • Congratulations are in order to Hogs Haven for finally publishing the 2010 Redskins Annual magazine. Go check it out.
On tap at SB Nation D.C.: Jordan Ruby's Varsity News column will feature an interview with the new football coach at Broad Run. Check it out around noon.