Of course that didn't happen. Instead the Nats lost the first two and won the next two. That's why most Nats fans are pretty jazzed. They stared down a team hungry to take the Nats out and suffered a brutal loss but bounced back to take the last two games behind a call-up and the 5th starter! Best team ever! Such heart!
What do I think? A little disappointing not to take 3 games in a series at home versus a team that's no better than you, but 2-2 is fine. What you didn't want to see is a Braves team that looked better than the Nats. You didn't want to see a team that could make a legit run at the NL East and you know what? You didn't see that team. Sheets pitching well only holds ground for the Braves. Hanson has been floundering. Jurrjens looked HIDEOUS and should be shut down for the year. Honestly, the worst thing about the weekend is that it could force the Braves to realize they need to make a move for a Greinke.
- Jamie Mottram at Mr Irrelevant had a great take on Lannan coming in for Strasburg later in the year. You should read it if you haven't already. Which you probably have.
- How funny is it now to go back and read those apocalyptic tweets following the game 2 loss. "last night = turning point of season", "last nite works like that. We r human we feed off emotion. Season ended last nite. Mark my words." Ha!
- Desmond loss is big... depending on a couple things. Can Morse find his power stroke? Can Bryce go on another dominant stretch? Can Werth hit like he did before going out? There's a lot of places the Nats could make up for Ian's loss.
- I told myself not to worry about Zimm or Danny and they have come through to not make me look like a fool. Danny has had an excellent July (.354 / .394 / .569), Zimm's is other worldly (.414 / .481 / .886).
Trout (First 74) : .281 / .338 / .479 10HR, 38RBI, 44R, 13SB
Bryce (First 74) : .269 / .339 / .438 8HR, 26RBI, 48R, 12SB
(In the next 6 games Mike Trout will hit .440 and steal 6 bases. Then will have a 6 game mini slump then will be hot until... well until whenever he isn't hot again - he's hit .412 with 9 homers in the past month). Mike Trout is the better player right now. Doesn't mean you'd rather have him on your team, or that he'll have a better career, (Bryce is 14 months younger at an age when that really matters) but this shouldn't be an argument now.
And of course to end - LANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNANLANNAN