Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nats vs Mets Series Review

Today, the Nationals wrapped up their three game series against the New York Mets. They split the first two games and the Nationals won the rubber match 4-0.

The common theme throughout the three game stretch was bad umping. In game one, everything was a ball. The Nationals could not by a strike. In game two, everything was a strike. Game three, however, was all over the place. It was inconsistent and terrible. In the beginning of the game, Stephen Strasburg had all sorts of troubles getting a strike call. Towards the end of his start, everything became a strike.

The umpires were not the only ones making mistakes. In game one, pitcher Henry Rodriguez committed a costly error when he tried to kick start a double play. He threw the ball past second base and into the outfield. With a tie game, no outs, bottom of the ninth, and runners at the corners, the ending looked grim for the Nats. The next batter, Daniel Murphy, then hit the game winning RBI single into right field.

Ross Detwiler took the mound in game two for the Nationals. After a rough start in which he allowed two hits in the first inning, he settled into a grove. He recorded 6 strikeouts over 5 scoreless innings. He only gave up two hits. Ian Desmond hit a leadoff home run to start the game. Jayson Werth finally broke into the hitting column with an RBI single and Ryan Zimmerman had an RBI in the 6-2 win.

Today, Stephen Strasburg took the mound to face Johan Santana. Strasburg pitched 6 scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts and just two hits to pick his first win of the season. Santana was not so great. In the second inning, Mark DeRosa scored when Santana threw a wild pitch. Twice the Nationals scored on a walk. DeRosa drew a full-count walk in the seventh which scored Ian Desmond and Jesus Flores drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth which scored Ryan Zimmerman. The Nats would win 4-0.

Werth Gets in the Hit Column
After starting the season 1-14 against the Cubs, Jayson Werth went 5-11 with 2 RBI against the Mets. His series was highlighted by his four hit and 2 RBI performance in their 6-2 game two win.

Zimmerman Gets 500
Ryan Zimmerman recorded his 500th RBI in game two. In the eighth inning of Tuesdays contest, he hit a sacrifice fly to to right field which scored Wilson Ramos. It was his second RBI of the season.

LaRoche Starts Hot
Adam LaRoche has been the most productive hitter in the Nationals line-up thus far. Through the first six games, he has eight hits including two home runs, six RBI, as well as three walks. He has an on base percentage of .407 and is batting .333 from the clean-up spot.

The Nationals return home for their next eleven games. They start off with a four game series game against the Reds and then another four game series against the Astros before finishing off the homestand with a three game series against the Marlins.