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Old 06-12-2017, 09:40 AM
 
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The Nats weekend play was unprofessionally bad. This includes Dusty Baker warming up Oliver Perez to face lefty Shin Soo Choo in the eighth on Saturday, but then deciding to send Koda Glover out to face him to open the ninth. In any rational world with a 2-tun lead, Perez starts the ninth and stays out there at least until the first baserunner reaches. Huge mistake, as was Difo's inexplicable baserunning, as has been noted. But there was also Jose Lobaton's rally-killing lollygaggng it to first base on a 2-out grounder that ended up being bobbled. When you're hitting .130-something, maybe you could manage to run a little when it's your turn? The team has simply played dazed-and-confused baseball these past three days. Not sure who's going to turn things around.
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Another pathetic display of baseball from this team. Braves, who had scored 6 runs total through 4 games against the Mets over the weekend scored 11 on 4 home runs. Once again, the bullpen blows the save as they blew a 9-8 9th inning lead. I don't care what Rizzo does but the bullpen needs an overhaul........immediately! May be tough for Screech the Eagle to pitch, but with how awful these guys have been, I don't think Screech can do any worse
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Old 06-13-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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The self-destruction team that worked its magic on Monday's game was headed by Stephen Strasburg. They say he often pitches poorly in hot weather. Expectations are for 12 more weeks of hot weather.
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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It's nice they bounced back from that train wreck of a Braves series to lay the hammer down on the Mets 8-3 last night. Blanton is still useless, but at least Ollie got a couple guys out yesterday. With Scherzer pitching tonight, and Gio pitching 7 innings last night, the bullpen should be well rested, and hopefully I WILL NOT have to see that bullpen door open up at Citi Field tonight . We just have to manage to win 1 of these next 3. I'd take splitting 2 of 4, stay at 8.5 games up and knock 4 games off the calendar.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:37 PM
 
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Nice series in Queens winning 3 of 4. Now the Mets, coming off this lost series travel cross country to Los Angeles and play the Dodgers who are smoking hot and Kershaw to open the series Monday night, while the Nats get the fish sticks in Florida, so the Nats could really make this a 12 or 13 game cushion by the time the weekend rolls around.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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The bullpen, woof!


Took a 6-0 lead on Monday, only for Justin Bour to hit a grand slam to tie it up at 6-6 before the Marlins walked it off in the 9th. And then yesterday, Scherzer has a no hitter going through 7 1/3 before they choked defensively. A.J. Ellis hits a comebacker, bounces off of Scherzer's glove, and Turner bobbles the bare-handed attempt for the first Marlins hit of the day, but with Ellis running, Turner didn't need to rush it. A groundout moves the pinch runner to second, and than J.T. Realmuto pinch hitting for the pitcher reaches on an error by Lind to put runners on the corner, still all with 2 outs. Dee Gordon hbp loads the bases and than a wildpitch with Stanton batting ties the game (though a good throw from Loboton would have nailed the runner at the plate for an out, but the runner got in safe as the throw was high). A couple pitches later Stanton hits a laser to left-field that Ryan Raburn inexplicably stopped short of and played it off a hop instead of continuing on and making the catch.


Marlins host the Cubs for a 4 game series, while the Nats will head to DC to face a Reds team that has completely owned them in recent years.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:14 PM
 
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Friday: Reds 5 @ Nats 6. They started off down 4-0 before they even took hacks at the plate as the Reds scored 4 off of Stras in the first, but they chipped away to win on a Harper walkoff with 2 outs. Brian Goodwin had 2 homers including his blast in the 7th which tied the game at 5 and forced extras. Rendon (14) and Murph (13) also had home runs.
Saturday: reds 3 @ Nats 18. They busted out 18 runs on 19 hits as every starter, minus the pitcher Ross had at least 1 hit, and everyone minus Ross & Harper had at least 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Turner finished 5-5 with 2 RBI's and 4 runs scored. Unfortunately, they should have saved about a quarter of those runs for Sunday....
......Sunday: Reds 6 @ Nats 2. Like the game Friday they got off into a big hole before they even batted as Roark spotted them 5 runs in the first aided by a Harper throwing error which allowed a run to score, and than 2 runs scoring on a double that hit off the tip of Harper's glove. Unlike Friday's game there was no comeback as Taylor's home run in the 4th was the only scoring on the afternoon. What I find funny is the Nats have yet to have a sweep at home, but they have 3 on the road. Also to note: They are the kings of winning the first 2 (or 3 games) of a series and then losing the last one. This is their 12th time they went into the final game of a series with a chance to sweep the series and they are only 3-9 in those 12 games (and 0-5 at home).


4 game series against the defending World Champs starts in DC on Monday. Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.19) starts for the Cubs vs. Gio Gonzalez (7-1, 2.96) Monday, Max Scherzer (8-5, 2.09) goes Tuesday against Jake "from State Farm" Arrieta (7-5, 4.36), Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57) starts Wednesday against John Lackey (5-8, 4.74), and Jon Lester (5-4, 3.83) takes the ball against Joe Ross (4-3, 5.40) on Thursday in the series finale. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday games are at 7:05, while Thursday's game is at 4:05. Reds have a makeup game in St. Louis to play on Monday, and then they'll start their regularly scheduled series against the Central leaders the Brewers on Tuesday night at home in Cincinnati.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:04 PM
 
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Welp, they certainly made a statement this week......................................how %$%&ing atrocious this bullpen is!!!! They should have won 3 games, could have even won 4, but instead won 2. Luckily they play in a garbage division so it doesn't matter at the end, but the Thursday game was pathetic!

Monday: Cubs 5 @ Nats 4. It was 1-0 going into the 8th after Gio allowed a leadoff home run to Wilson Contreras. Cubs got 1 in the 8th on an Albert Almora safety squeeze, and 3 in the 9th to go up 5-0. Nats got 4 in the 9th, but Wade Davis struck out Ryan Zimmerman with the bases loaded to end it.
Tuesday: Cubs 1 @ Nats 6. Cubs got a triple from Kris Bryant in the first inning to go up 1-0, but after the first, Scherzer and the rest of the staff would only allow 1 other hit the rest of the way; a double by Tommy La Stella in the 3rd. Nats stole 7 bases off of Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero (who would be DFA'd the following afternoon after running over Arrieta with the team bus in regards to holding on base runners in the post game presser), including 4 stolen bases from Turner which set a club record.
Wednesday: Cubs 4 @ Nats 8. Rendon and Weiters had back-to-back home runs in the 2nd as they put up 5 runs in the inning off of John Lackey.
Thursday: Cubs 5 @ Nats 4. Each team scored in the first (all 4 games had runs scored in the first inning), and the Cubs took the lead in 7th with Jeimer Candelario's first career home run to center field (and Candelario is filling in for Bryant who got a flukey injury rolling his ankle on the 3rd base bag Wednesday catching a pop up). Nats would take the lead in the bottom half on Rendon's home run, and a bases loaded single from Brian Goodwin would put the Nats up 4-2, and looked like they would be on their way to a series win, and looked fantastic when Treinen got the first out in the 9th inning. What followed was nothing short of disastrous: HBP, fielders choice, single, single (which scored a run), and a 2 run double. Davis would have no trouble in the 9th as he struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced for hid 16th save.

Nats head to St. Louis for their last road series of the first half of the schedule. Tanner Roark (6-5, 5.15) faces Mike leake (5-6, 3.12) on Friday, Michael Wacha (4-3, 4.50) squares off against Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.87) Saturday, and in what could be the season finale between the 2 teams on Sunday night baseball Carlos Martinez (6-6, 2.88) faces Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.06). Friday's game is at 8:15, Saturday's game is at 7:15, and Sunday's game on ESPN begins at 8:08. Cubs head to Cincinnati for their final road series of the first half as they end an 11 game road trip, and a stretch of playing 14 road games in 17 games for 3 games in the Queen City.

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Old 06-30-2017, 09:40 AM
 
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Another pathetic display of baseball from this team. Braves, who had scored 6 runs total through 4 games against the Mets over the weekend scored 11 on 4 home runs. Once again, the bullpen blows the save as they blew a 9-8 9th inning lead. I don't care what Rizzo does but the bullpen needs an overhaul........immediately! May be tough for Screech the Eagle to pitch, but with how awful these guys have been, I don't think Screech can do any worse
That bullpen why keep going to Blake Treinen, he gives up runs almost every outing but he's out there constantly. He should be in the minors for redevelopment. Guess they have little else and modern relief pitching is all about going one inning.

But aside from the relief staff, I'm feeling fine about the Nats this year. Now the Cubs, that is a team with an extended hangover from last year. They are hitting .240, almost everyone below last year. Their body language looks terrible every time I see them. A number of the players like Arrieta and Rizzo clearly look overweight, and 2 days ago Bryant steps on 3rd base rolls his ankle and acts like he has shattered his femur.

I guess the rigors of a World Series off-season, with extra public appearances and whatnot are hard to take, especially for a young team. It's like the whole team has lost its concentration.

Note- I'm a Nats fan by geography and a Cubs fan by birth.
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Towson, MD
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Nats are actually in deep trouble, no matter their huge division lead. With Turner out, it hurts the defense and offense, with his speed. Also, Dusty is burning out the starters with most going well over 100 pitches per game. When money time comes in October, they will have rubber arms.

This is Dusty's history, burning out pitchers. Also, Dusty is good for a young team learning, but not a veteran team. He's proven over and over he can't manage in the playoffs. As a Giants fan, I remember 2002 all too well, even though he helped us in 2012 when he mismanaged the Reds to lose a five game series when up 2-0 AT HOME.

Think if they fail in the playoffs again, Dusty will be gone and Bryce may request a trade. With the league this year, this could be the year to finally win it all, but I don't have confidence.
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