ZNN got the results he wanted - a few runs given up and the win, but I guarantee he'd want to pitch better than that. The strikeout total was nice, especially given that David Wright accounted for 2 of the 6. He was wilder than the Nats would like (3 walks and 104 pitches in 5 innings). If you squint you can tell he was leaving pitches up more than down, and that's confirmed by the fact we see 4 GBs to 10 FBs. So I'd say one good thing, two bad? I think anyone following the game would agree it could have been worse and against a team who has a guy hitting over .265 after the 1st three, or a team with a guy with an OPS above .640 in the bottom half of the lineup, it probably would have been. Seriously, I don't think a Met outfielder would make the Nats team even as a bench player. They started Jason Bay and he's been dead for 4 years.
So, I'm not enthused but because it all worked out, no verdict, wait until next time.
Also last night Morse decided he wasn;t 100% and wanted to get his hand looked at. A perfectly reasonable request though I imagine if Strasburg made it people would be Dibbling up and calling him out. Who will get the starts? I imagine Davey will platoon Moore and Bernadina depending on the starter. Personally I'd start Bernadina every day for his defense, but Moore is probably the one fans want to see*. Either way a long injury to Morse would likely matter, so hope for a full recovery.
Tonight : Lannan! Lannan! Lannan!
*I know you guys all love Moore, and as I said I think the power is totally real but let me make a comparison for you.
133 ABs .293 / .352 / .504 36 Ks
138 ABs .283 / .344 / .536 38 Ks
The second set of numbers are Tyler Moore's. The first? 2007 Wily Mo Pena with the Nats. I'm not saying Moore = Pena, but I'm saying there are good reasons he wasn't a top prospect coming into the season so temper your expectations if he plays more regularly, either now in place of Morse, or next season.