Double Punch to the Gut

I can’t begin to describe to you how badly I wanted Matt Kemp in fantasy baseball last year.  Think how much a Spaniard desires a job, alas with the same results.  No Kemp and a putrid year from Hanley Ramirez translated to the first season in a long, long time without a championship.  Flash forward to last night, bottom of the tenth, and the curse of Kemp struck again, this time in real life, as his walk-off home run downed the Nationals 4-3.

Am I bitter?  Well, to put it in perspective, Kemp only ruined a sterling start from Stephen Strasburg (7 innings, 5 hits and 1 ER allowed, with 9 k’s), sabotaged a storybook debut by Bryce Harper (1 for 3 with a RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth that put the Nats in position for the win), and destroyed my glorious dynasty in fantasy baseball.  Yeah, I’m a bit bitter.

Of course, there was more to Washington’s loss last night than just Kemp, but I’m inclined to close strong on my anti-Kemp rant.  I find it incredible that he has managed to post 11 home runs in the month of April so far, when for a good swath of it, Juan Rivera has been hitting clean-up behind him.  Juan Rivera.  He was last any good when your house actually had value.  Kemp may be the best player in baseball right now, but I have a humble suggestion for all the genius managers in MLB:  Pitch-around.

Game ball(s):  Kemp.  I wish he would start dating Rihanna again.

Goat(s):  Henry Rodriguez.  Like I alluded to above, the loss was attributable to more than just Kemp.  H-Rod was staked to a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t close out the win.

Bryce Harper is here:  Still working on a new name for this category, but that’s no excuse for not handing out the award.  And it is only fitting that it goes to Harper, who more than held his own in his debut, stroking a double to the center field wall in the top of the seventh and then producing the then tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth.

Current Record:  14-7

2 comments

  1. weezie

    Ramos should get an assist on the goat. Though the pitches by MPHRod where clearly wild, he did a terrible job of getting into position to block balls all night. He was lucky on a few backhanded stops on breaking pitches that he should have moved into position to block as well. That combined with the fact that he hasn’t held on to the ball all year on plays at the plate was the major factor in the loss. It’ time for Flores to assume the starting catcher position.

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