It is still nearly three hours to what should be the first pitch of the series finale between the Nats and Marlins, but the game has already been declared a washout. I guess the weather folks were serious about that 100% chance of rain in the DC area today.
With the Nationals scheduled to depart later today on a six-game road trip beginning in San Diego, the extra day off should have its benefits, allowing a hard-worked bullpen to rest while also allowing Ryan Zimmerman to perhaps only miss one game with his aching shoulder. Around here though, the work goes on, with the first-edition of postponement readings being rolled out for everyone’s Sunday leisurely perusal:
- Hats off to Philip Humber on his perfect game. It was great that FOX finally decided that baseball exists outside of the New York-Boston corridor, cutting away to Humber’s gem in the bottom of the ninth, though not before relegating it to a mini-picture in picture. Seriously. Anywho, Tom Verducci over at SI.com had a good piece describing exactly how much of a pitching era we are in, which Humber’s perfection is a symptom of. Humber perfect game testifies to pitcher’s era that’s not ending soon.
- After reading Verducci’s article, perhaps this work from Joe Lemire shouldn’t come as a surprise, though I would concur with Lemire that one shouldn’t draw too many conclusions based on such a small sample. Early results show rate of Three True Outcomes on record pace.
- And though it comes with perhaps the most generic headline in history, this commentary by ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is still worth your time. Nationals have a quality pitching staff.