When last we crossed paths, Wilson Ramos had just singled in the winning-run in the series opener against Filthadelphia late Friday night. It’s a shame nothing much of interest transpired over the next forty-eight hours. Oh, huh. You say all this happened:
Channeling my inner Larry King, a few quick comments about the weekend that was:
- First, as much as I love to rag on Werth, losing him for 12 weeks is only going to exacerbate the problem an already downtrodden lineup has scoring runs.
- Third, Mike Rizzo nailed it. Hamels had no business hitter Harper other than to be a punk. I know he wants a new contract from Filthadelphia, but I had no idea he wanted to fit in that badly with the Santa-pelters.
- I wonder if CNN wants me back. At least people watched Jack Hanna, his monkeys, and me. Who watches Piers Morgan? Oh, I hope he is not listening in on me.
- Second, that Bryce Harper kids is a keeper. Sweet stroke, tremendous hustle, cannon for an arm. I haven’t been this excited since I found a mini-toy microphone in my Cracker Jack box in 1966.
- Finally, as much as I love the guy, I can’t help but think that without an increased strikeout rate, Jordan Zimmermann is not poised to vault into elite status this year. Although his ground ball/fly ball ratio is over one for the first time in his career, his strikeout percentage is also down from 18.7% to 14.7%.
Good night from Tallahassee. Now here’s Anderson Cooper to keep them honest about how unwatchable he really is.
Baseball is a funny game. It seems you can’t actually win a game without scoring much in the way of runs, a notion the excellent-pitching, horrible-hitting Nationals have bumped their heads up against during their now five-game losing streak.
Tonight saw this tiring scene play out again, with Jordan Zimmermann delivering a solid start, only to be outpitched by Trevor Cahill. And well, his team scored for him, resulting in Washington falling to the Diamondbacks 5-1. Alas, the notion survives another night.
Goat(s): You could probably nominate any Nats hitter, but I’m going to single out Rick Ankiel for a particularly poor night at the dish, which included grounding into a double-play with two on and no one out in the bottom of the sixth with Washington only down 2-0. Maybe Davey will take a GIDP as a sign of the hitting yips and act accordingly???
Bryce Harper is still only 19: I hope I can post the video tomorrow, but Harper gunned down John McDonald at home trying to score on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh with a laser from deep left field. Impressive. Unfortunately, the ump blew the call and called McDonald safe, pushing the Snakes lead to 4-0.
Current Record: 14-9