I never been to Boston but I have to imagine that there are many fine folks who call Beantown home. So I’m sure after the Nationals finished off their sweep of the Red Sox today with a 4-3 victory, they will cook up ways to lessen the sting of defeat.
Wait. What’s that? Those enterprising Bostonians have set up a Popeyes across the street from Fenway? Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! Enjoy Lester and the boys!
Game ball(s): Danny Espinosa. The best thing that happened to Espinosa’s season was me cutting him from my fantasy baseball team in early May. You’re welcome Danny.
Goat(s): Alfredo Aceves. I guess cutting you in fantasy didn’t have the same effect.
Bryce Harper is still only 19: Roger Bernandina. After Bryce Harper drew a one-out walk in the top of the ninth, Bernandina delivered the game-winning RBI double (much to the displeasure of Bobby Valentine). I have to give Roger credit. He doesn’t have all that many productive at-bats, but when he does, they sure do seem to be big.
Current Record: 35-23
I know the Boston Red Sox are not the same team this season as in recent seasons, but I didn’t realize they already felt after Friday night that the only chance for a win was to try and prevent the Nationals team bus from making it to the park in time. Alas, for Red Sox Nation, for a second straight game, the Nationals did arrive in time, and unfortunately for them, Gio Gonzalez stepped off the bus, much like Stephen Strasburg did less than 24 hours before him.
It’s funny how more than two months removed from looking at the team before the start of the season, with a myriad of injuries dotting the landscape, shocking demotions and promotions, the formula for a contending season hasn’t changed: Outstanding pitching backed by solid defense and enough offense to limit the heart-wrenching 2-1 losses. Washington has largely delivered on that formula to date, riding it to the top of the NL East standings and wins in the first two games in Boston. Now if only MLB had an innings jump feature like 9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 on my iPad, the team could already be sitting in the World Series…
Game ball(s): Strasburg and Gonzalez. If anyone can think of a better one-two punch in baseball right now, drop me a note in the comments section.
Goat(s): Me. This is more about what is probably going to happen later today than what has transpired the first two days in Beantown. I’m starting Jordan Zimmermann in my fantasy league today. I’m sorry.
Bryce Harper is still only 19: Bryce Harper, for his monster debut at Fenway Friday night, and Tyler Clippard, for bringing stable dominance to the back-end of Washington’s bullpen.
Current Record: 34-23