I’ve always been a cynical sports fan. That’s what happens when you root for the Mets and Jets. But I think I sank to a new low last night when, watching David Wright poke a two-run shot in the second inning, my first reaction was “this isn’t going to be enough.” And after the tornado rain delay in the seventh, the Mets went on to prove me right, as Joe Smith and Duaner Sanchez shit a collective brick to give the game away to the struggling D-Backs. By the way, John Maine needs to figure out a way to get his pitch count down. There’s no excuse for having to turn to the bullpen so early when the team’s elite young pitcher is on the mound.
As a Mets fan, last night’s game was hard to watch. But as a baseball fan, there was something very refreshing that happened in the seventh inning. As Pedro Feliciano took the mound, Shea Stadium became the stage for a revival of the Wizard of Oz, with everything and anything swirling around the field. My experience in the last few years with impending weather at ballgames is that umpires will assume nothing until it becomes impossible to play the game. Everyone knew that the heavens were about to open on Flushing. Everyone expected to get wet. But instead of letting this happen, the umpires decided to stop the game right then and there. It turned out to be a great decision, as the grounds crew (with the help of Scott Schoeneweiss and Billy Wagner) got the tarp out there just in time.
MLB’s handling of rain delays has really bugged me this year. Baseball is so inclined not to postpone or cancel games due to so many factors that players are often put in harm’s way as a result. Recently I saw Odalis Perez leave a soaking wet Washington mound injured after it started pouring at a Nationals Cardinals game. The injury, no doubt, was a result of the conditions on the field. It just isn’t worth the risk.
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Tagged Billy Wagner, Cardinals, David Wright, Duaner Sanchez, Joe Smith, John Maine, Mets, Nationals, NL East, Odalis Perez, Pedro Feliciano, Scott Schoeneweiss
This is tough. The Nationals have been playing some pretty bad abysmal baseball lately. But there must be one person who gets the Beast of the Week honor, and we give this week’s award to…
Elijah Dukes, OF. The man who has been so troubled off the field has found lots more trouble on the field this year, batting below the Mendoza line. But Dukes seems to be prospering in the two-hole (give credit to Manny Acta here). For the week, Elijah hit .286, .375, .571 with 5 RBI and a home run (a game-winner Thursday night against St. Louis). He certainly has a lot of upside, and any offensive production from the replacement right-fielder will be a huge boost to the team with the worst combined batting average in the majors (.231).
Runners-Up: Jesus Flores, Cristian Guzman, Saul Rivera
The Nationals least of the week is…
Jason Bergmann, RHP. We thought that Bergmann had turned the corner after a terrible start to the season, but he reverted to his old self Friday night against the Giants, giving up 5 earned runs on 10 hits in just 3 innings of work, walking 2 and striking out none. That’s a WHIP of 4.00 and an ERA of 15.00. On a team that’s not hitting, he has to be better than that.
Runners-down: Wily Mo Peña, Felipe Lopez, Luis Ayala
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Tagged Cristian Guzman, Elijah Dukes, Felipe Lopez, Jason Bergmann, Jesus Flores, Luis Ayala, Manny Acta, Nationals, NL East, Saul Rivera, Wily Mo Peña
Nationals RHP Odalis Perez left the mound early Tuesday night with pain in his left shoulder. According to MLB.com, he has been diagnosed with tendonitis, and will likely miss his next start. This comes as yet another blow to Washington, who already have Ryan Zimmerman, Ronnie Belliard, Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Paul Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Chad Cordero on the Disabled List.
Big blow for the Nationals as Ryan Zimmerman takes a trip to the 15-day DL. Kory Casto will be called up in his place. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have requested opinions on Zimmerman’s shoulder from several doctors, including Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Alabama. Doesn’t sound all that good for the Nationals’ franchise player.
Completely worthless to interpret anything from. But the Phils are #2, behind the Cubs. The Marlins are 7, the Braves 10, the Mets18 and the Nats 26.
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Tagged Braves, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Phillies, Power Rankings
That’s right, while Don Sutton sits out with laryngitis, the injured Paul Lo Duca takes his place in the broadcast booth. How did Paulie do? We’d say stick to your day job, Paul, but, well, that’s not going so well either now is it?
Ryan Zimmerman is still day-to-day with a sore shoulder, and sat out his fourth-straight game today as the Nationals were defeated by the San Diego Padres by a score of 5-2. Aaron Boone has been an adequate replacement, but the Nationals are obviously missing one of their most dynamic players in the lineup.