Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Lackluster Start Dooms Late Rally — Nats Lose 6-4

Ryan Zimmerman crossing home plate

Maybe a little over the top but not much. That really does sum up last night’s game.

I think I’ll put it a better way:

Defensively you are not going to win a game if your starting picture gives up three home runs.

Offensively you are not going to win if you have the bases loaded and you cannot bring in even one run.

Also of concern, to me at least, is the new closer Jonathan Papelbon gave up a home run in the top of the 9th. If Yunel Escobar had gotten a hit and scored Michael Taylor the score would have been 6-5. The home run in the 9th would have. Of course it didn’t matter this time.

The Nats started off well. They hit ball. There were a couple of long balls that almost made it out of the park. That gave me hope that the offense was back on track. But then after the 4th there really wasn’t much any offense until the 9th and that was too late.

The Nats, who last Wednesday, had a three game lead on the Mets are now a game behind. Yes there is plenty of baseball left. Yes the starters need a little more time to get into playing shape.
From the Post:
The lineup is almost whole — missing only Denard Span — but some players (Zimmerman, Werth and Anthony Rendon) missed so many games it will take time for the lineup to hit a groove. Harper said it took him 100 at-bats before feeling fully back in the past.

“If you’re here and you’re ready to play, there really is no excuse,” Zimmerman said. “Bottom line comes down to it: We’ve got to score more runs. To get where we want to get, we’re going to have to score runs against good pitchers and help our guys out.”

But the Nats might not have the time. They head west and play three games against the Dodgers. And four games against the Giants.

So the Nats need wins and they need them now. This is especially true since the Mets are playing the hapless Marlins. The Mets pounded the Marlins Monday 12-1.

Again not time to panic but it is time to get things in gear and start winning.

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