Tomorrow is Opening Day. That means today is Preview Day at NBC Sports.
This morning we’ll be posting our 2019 predictions, some capsule team summaries and some other fun things. This afternoon, we’ll have something new.
At 2PM Eastern/1PM Central, I will be joining NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan and Leila Rahimi, along with other NBC Sports analysts from the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, DC, and Philadelphia for a special season preview show streaming show on NBC’s MyTeams app.
You can download the MyTeams app here. And you should want to, even if you can’t make the show today, as it’s a great source for in-depth coverage, live games and highlights, which you can specially tailor for the teams you follow.
As for the show today, I promise to say something kinda dumb, something kinda smart, and something that the hosts say “OK” to and nod and then quickly move on because they’re not exactly sure what I’m getting at. You know, the usual.
See you at 2PM!
The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.
Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.
Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.