Thursday, April 23, 2009

Various Musings about the Nationals...

Since droopy thinks there's no content here...

- I watched most of the game last night, a 1-0 loss to the Braves. Lannan cruised through 7 innings allowing 5 hits/2bbs and never really looking stressed. 95 pitches. He looked pretty good.

- Despite the papers saying the bullpen blew another save, I think it was rather unlucky for the Nats. We missed a chance to turn a DP to end the 9th. Mock takes a very unfortunate loss; it was his baserunner that Hinckley walked in ... Hinckley really deserves that loss. Hinckley threw 12 pitches on the night, only 4 for strikes in walking home the winning run. Mock actually looked pretty good. The Nats had guys on third with one out twice and got really unlucky; Flores hit a screaming grounder that CJones dove to get, and Dukes just plastered a ball right at the shortstop. In either case had the infield not been playing in, we'd have runs.

- I don't think Atlanta's lineup is nearly as strong as Floridas at the plate. And I think you can say that florida's 1-2-3 sps (Nolasco-Johnson-Volstad) are better than Atlanta's (Lowe-Jurrjens-Vazquez).

- Majestic apologized for the Uniform misspelling. Gee thanks, it already got spread all over the wire by ESPN and made the Nationals even more of a laughing stock around the league.

- Ryan Zimmerman quietly has a 12-game hitting streak. In fact the Nats' 2-3-4-5-6 guys are really tearing the cover off the ball. Johnson is hitting above .500 since moving to the #2 hole, Dunn is like 2nd in the league right now in .OBP, Dukes really hits the ball hard but he's hitting it right at people right now.

- Kearns; what a loser. He had a shot to drive in a run with 2 outs, swings at the first pitch and weakly pops it up to the 2nd baseman. Sit him, cut him, get rid of him. Of course, he'll probably start for a few games b/c Willingham got hit with baseballs twice (one fouled off his foot, one that hit him in the on-deck circle).

- Boswell chat at 2pm today: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/04/22/DI2009042202677.html?hpid=discussions

2 comments:

  1. Wow, I did not realize the Nats walked in the winning run of a 1-0 game. I bet ELIAS would have trouble finding many instances of a 1-0 game ending or decided by a walked in run.

    Nats have really been in nearly every game this year. They are at least competitive which is all you can ask for right now.

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  2. Boswell's chat was pretty good today; he touched on one of my really sore subjects (season tickets).

    Yeah, with a bit more luck and a bit better of a bullpen the nats wouldn't be too bad right now. For a while I almost was rooting for them to continue losing as penance to the ownership group for failing again to address the glaring weaknesses of the team.

    But I realize now it really wasn't the ownership group's fault; i'm squarely in the opinion that Bowden set back the franchise years through his various inadequacies (obsession w/ tools-y players, obsessions with ex-Reds who weren't worth the money, never addressing the bullpen, etc).

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