Josiah Grey acknowledged there have been some actual feelings concerned in going up in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the primary time earlier this season, after the Dodgers traded him to the Washington Nationals within the deadline deal final July thirtieth which despatched each Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to LA.
“There have been a whole lot of feelings, truthfully,” Grey advised reporters after a tough outing at residence in Nationals Park again in late Might, during which he surrendered 5 hits (three of them residence runs), three walks, and 7 earned runs in simply three innings of labor in opposition to the Dodgers, who’d acquired the right-hander, chosen within the 2nd Spherical of the 2018 Draft by Cincinnati’s Reds, in late December commerce later in ‘18.
“You recognize, in being traded twice already, I assume this was my first alternative to show myself in opposition to a former group,” Grey stated.
“So I clearly let the feelings get forward of me and didn’t management them from the primary pitch on. However yeah, the feelings had been there. Type of simply eager to show them like, ‘Hey, you guys are lacking out.’ However sadly, the outing didn’t go my means. However yeah, they had been undoubtedly there.”
“Somewhat over-amped in my thoughts,” Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo stated, when requested to evaluate the outing in his weekly go to with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies again in Might.
“Tried to be an influence pitcher as a substitute of a man who — hit your spots, work your plan, and make the most of your repertoire and that sort of factor, however that’s not surprising in these sort of video games.
“First time you face a group that [traded you], you need to impress and also you need to — oftentimes younger pitchers need to over-throw and attempt to do an excessive amount of.”
“I believe the primary time he was amped up,” supervisor Davey Martinez advised reporters earlier than final night time’s sequence opener in Los Angeles. “We talked about it the subsequent day. I believe this time, this go-round, he is aware of, though he’s in Dodger Stadium … I believe he is aware of that he’s acquired to regulate his feelings and simply get to the subsequent pitch. The largest factor with that, like I advised him, ‘Hey, simply make your pitch after which get to the subsequent pitch and do what you’ve been doing. He’s been good, and he’s been studying, so nothing adjustments.”
Martinez, who was traded 5 occasions in his personal 16-year massive league profession, is aware of of what he speaks, and he stated he too needed to point out his former groups what they’d traded away when he confronted them for the primary time.
“In all probability after the primary commerce, yeah, I needed to do very well,” Martinez joked. “However after that I used to be like, ‘Ahhh…’ I used to be like, ‘It’s what it’s, let’s go.’”
And Keibert Ruiz, the No. 1 catcher for the Nationals now, who came to visit with Grey, pitcher Gerardo Carrillo, and outfielder Donovan Casey in return for Scherzer and Turner? Is there any concern about how he’ll deal with going up in opposition to the Dodgers who’d signed him out of Venezuela in 2014 in Dodger Stadium?
“I imply, these guys are each going to — their former group, so that they’re each going to go on the market and attempt to do every part they’ll to attempt to assist us win a recreation,” Martinez stated, “… however Keibert is a type of guys the place he’s very even-keel, so I simply anticipate him to go on the market and simply do what he’s been doing. He swung the bat actually good yesterday, had nice at-bats, so I hope that he continues that at present.”