Tagged: New York

The Road Ahead

Tonight, the Nationals begin a nine-game road trip that will take them to Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Miami.  Sitting a game and half back of Atlanta, I can’t help but feel that this string of games away from Nationals Park will be quite telling of the team’s prospects for taking the NL East crown.  Even after they return home, they still have to finish their 15 straight games against NL East foes, squaring off against Atlanta (again) and New York.  However, for a squad that has been decidedly better at home (15-8) than on the road (9-9), the Nats are going to have to first have to show that they can win big games on the road.  Anything less than five wins has to be seen as a harbinger of tougher days ahead in the race to the top of the division.

Postponement Readings

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.