Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nationals @ Braves: Game 1

Huddy couldn't stop the bleeding. After a 4 run first inning, we might as well have folded up the tents and left town mentally. The skid goes to 5 games, and Chipper is now officially on the DL. Nine hits and four runs would be enough on most nights with Huddy on the mound, but it wasn't this time. Huddy pitched a bad first and a bad 7th, leading to 7 earned runs and his second loss on the season. It couldn't have come at a worse time.

Mentally I'm beginning to feel the strain a bit. We've now set our new slump record in losses for the season, but we did it while we hit the ball well at home with our Ace on the hill. Oh and Rossy left the game with a groin injury so we're down him as well. Prado and Diaz were outstanding during the game and kept us in it with 5 combined hits and 3 RBIs. Heyward hit a meaningless solo shot late in the game well after the damage was done. Freeman and Bourn went 0/10. Freeman's batting .160 over the last 7 days, and I think it's his eyes for sure now. He's not that bad of a hitter and he looks like he can't see the ball right now at all.

Meanwhile, we have to listen to the national media slobber over Bryce Harper as we get our butts kicked, even though he had nothing to do with it. ESPN really goes out of their way to promote this 19 year old "phenom" that's hitting .269 average. Bear in mind that Adam LaRoche is actually their best hitter right now, but you would never know that if you watched Sportscenter. Harper is 32nd among OFs in the national league in average, and 21st in slugging, but you would assume with his media coverage he's an obvious MVP candidate. My displeasure at the hype machine rolls on unabated.

I didn't do a preview on this series because it's impossible to preview a team where we had no idea who was going to be in the lineup. Right now, I'm reminded of the turn we took late in the season in 2010, where we were so injured going into the playoffs that Brooks Conrad was forced into a starting gig at 2nd. Similar things seem to be happening. Ross is groin-hurt, Chipper is DL, McCann has something flu-like, Diaz had some sort of bug up until recently, JJ is in the minors because he's a headcase, and Freeman has an eye problem. We need to get healthy soon, because this lineup we're running out there currently is an offensive joke compared to our earlier season offensive juggernaut.

Today, Strasburg goes against Minor. That burning sensation you feel behind your eyeballs is normal. If you're a drinking man/woman, might I suggest you take two frozen drinks with a dash of cerveza today and call me in the morning. We'll see how it went.

Go Braves!

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