Tagged: Craig Buchanan

Everything Old Is New Again

Okay.  Maybe it was just four days.  But the tried and true formula for the National’s first-half success emerged from its respite in all its glory in last night’s 5-1 victory over the Miami Marlins.  Outstanding starting pitching.  Check.  Great bullpen work.*  Check.  An increasingly productive and deepening offense.  Check.  After six shutout innings, Jordan Zimmermann notched another win last night, leveling his record at 6-6 and the Nats are now 16 games (16!) over .500.  After Jordan amazingly carried around a losing record for the first three months of the season, things have gotten so copacetic in the clubhouse that even Ryan Zimmerman is going nuts in support of Jordan.  I told you Ryan that the missing n wasn’t worth it.

Game ball(s):  The Zimmerman(n)s.  Jordan has surrendered just three runs in his last four starts, and Ryan’s 3-4 night, with a home run and two RBIs, is just the start he needed to get off to after the All-Star break.

Goat(s):  Henry Rodriguez.  This was the * above.  I was Henry’s Craig Buchanan in the early part of the season.  But after a strong April, things have veered quite a ways off course for H-Rod.  Stop me if you have heard this lament about a pitcher with an electric arm before, but if only he could learn to throw just a few more strikes.

Bryce Harper is still only 19:  Lucas Giolito.  Whew.  It came down to the wire, but the Nats signed their first-round pick.  Now back to the candle lighting for his elbow…

Current Record:  50-34