By basically having a 2-team playoff (and that is what it was - ALREADY a playoff) college football made sure you had two deserving teams playing for the title. The thing is, out of all sports, college football is the one you could most easily argue needs a playoff. It has a huge number of teams, that play the fewest games and thus have the least amount of common opponents. With the worst possible league to make this stand making this stand you knew it wasn't going to last. So hello "completely reasonable" 4-team tournament. Enjoy your short life before "not really justifiable" 8-team playoff comes into play, followed by the final, "Really? This team gets to play for a title? That's a joke" 12 or 16 team playoff settles in.
Anyway the Nats felt like touching you and busting loose and absolutely killed the Rockies last night. It could be the start of an offensive surge that was taking way too long to get here, or it could be just a fluke night. I don't know. What I do know is, that however wise the plan is, shot-up Ryan Zimmerman hits the ball a lot better than in-pain Ryan Zimmerman. At the very least that'll help.
Tonight the Nats face their 2nd question mark of the series (the first being injury returning Jeff Francis. Don't let the 7.00+ ERA fool you. He isn't that bad and actually pitched ok the two starts before the Nats. It was a hideous first start back that has given him that ridiculous ERA) They get Edwar Cabrera in his major league debut. Maaaaaaybe the Rockies 4th best starter prospect in the spring, injuries and ineffectiveness to the others have bumped him up to this role. He is supposedly a change-up guy with good, but not dominant, minor league numbers. It's worth noting he's been consistently old for his league (24 in AA when called up) which makes his stats a bit more suspect but he seems to keep people off base at least. Versus ZNN the smart money is obviously on the Nats. After that they get Josh Outman who is terrible so really the Nats have no excuse not to win these last two.
A game like last night is such an aberration it's only good for one thing. Well two things. A nice enjoyable blow-out game to watch with no feeling of pressure and USELESS FACTS:
- Most runs Nats scored since May 10th of last year, 2nd most runs scored since an offensive explosion at the end of 2010, when they scored 11, 14, and 13 runs in the course of 10 days.
- 21 hits is the most since the Nats drubbed Houston 13-2 in 2009.
- The Nats have only scored exactly 12 runs in one other season. In 2007 they did it twice.
- Desmond had 3 doubles last night. The last Nat with 3 doubles in a game? Alberto Gonzalez in 2009.
- It was the most homers (4) the Nats have hit in a game since September 5th of last year when Werth, Desmond, and Morse (x2) went deep vs the Dodgers.
- The Nats were the 28th team to score in double digits this year (still waiting : KC, MIA)
- Yesterday was the 20th game all year where a pitcher got a hit for the Nats tied with Cincy for most in majors. The Nats are the only team with multi-hit games from the same pitcher this season. They have 4. (2 ZNN, 1 Stras, 1 EJax)