NL East standings, after the third road trip
I’m feeling a little beaten up by that road trip, which is odd, given the Nationals played .500 ball. The team lost one series and won one series, going 1-2 and 2-1 against the Pirates and Reds, respectively. I’d hoped for better.
Wilson Ramos’ torn ACL is part of why I feel beaten up. I hate to see anyone suffer a serious injury, but given Wilson’s off-season ordeal, I have extra empathy knowing he faces surgery and rehabilitation, when he should be playing baseball.
And then there’s last night’s blown save by OMFGHROD, Henry Rodriguez. I know that Henry isn’t the only reason we lost the game, but it’s painful to watch things unravel over 28 excruciating pitches. Two walks and a grand slam by Joey Votto? Why don’t you just stick toothpicks in my eyes?
For the road trip, Henry had two saves and two blown saves. He accomplished Saturday’s 3-out save against the Reds with an impressive 10 pitches, but I still wanted to die the whole time. Please Davey, use Henry in the 7th inning. I’m not sure I can take much more.
Which makes today a perfect day to welcome the team home. Starting with two games each against the Padres and the Pirates, the Nationals have an opportunity to start rolling again before what will no-doubt be an exciting series against the Orioles (22-13). How the heck did they end up leading the AL East?
Let’s go Nats!