Nationals bring AN UZI AND AK-47 to a Gun Fight this Week (edited title)
posted at 6/4/2012 6:04 AM EDT
3.73, 3.17, 2.80, 2.35, 2.04 the ERA's of the Nationals starters, as Tim Kurkjian would say, "Not in the modern era has any team had a starting ERA line lower than the Nats, this late into the season, they're pretty good" yes they are, but can they compete with the AL east brand of hardball?
The Nats will also bring their anemic offense, 48 HR .242 BA, .705 OPS, led by rookie sensation Bryce Harper 4 11 .278, to the Fens this week, their offense is likely to add Michael Morse, last year's biggest force in the line-up as he returns from the DL.
Nats notables; former Red Sox 1B for a day, Adam LaRoche; 8 35 .282, and SS Ian Desmond: 8 23 .265 provide some pop, while 2B Danny Espinoza has struggled against righties all season, the switch hitter is only at 5 13 .217, and is getting challenged by rookie Steve Lombardozzi Jr for playing time.
It's only three games, but clearly two different styles will be on display, "The Pitching" takes on "The Offense", let's get ready to rummmmble!
Re: Nationals bring AN UZI AND AK-47 to a Gun Fight this Week (edited title)
posted at 6/10/2012 7:15 AM EDT
Nats have won the series, and look to sweep today, Fanway's faithful got to see the Messiah(Strasburg) and the redeemed(Gio Gonzalez) who has added a few MPH to his fastball, some stellar defense from Zimmerman and Desmond, and the best damn player in the NL, Bryce Harper. Nats also feature the NL's most deadly outfield arm in Rick Ankiel, and a big RH bopper in Michael Morse, whose season has just started. The NL East leaders have barely missed Jason Werth, presently injured and on the DL.
Contrast to the Sox approach of mostly established veterans, who collectively should be able to rise to the top, although it's been almost three and a half months of less than mediocre baseball. At what point do you clean house?