Moore is up too now. That's good. He deserved it and he makes at the very least a nice potent mash bat on the bench. Though with Bryce and Moore up, expect to see a lot of games like yesterday, where the Nats help some pitcher close in on his career high in Ks.
As for the Bryce thing - since it's being treated as a move with no strong downside - I do want to go over the one way that bringning him up now could end up being a mistake. If Bryce Harper gets yanked around from the majors to AAA for the next couple years then bringing him up was a mistake because you started his FA clock way before you needed to. I don't think this is likely. Anyone who saw this kid this weekend would have a hard time buying the fact that he wouldn't be able to stick in the majors until 2014 or something. I think anyone that would put money on that is stupid but there is a lose situation possible.
- The Nats offense is currently Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos and pray for HBP. LaRoche is crushing the ball at a .435 / .500 / .826 pace the past week and Ramos is hitting .333 with a .500 OBP.The next best regular? Ankiel with a .214 average. Espy, Desmond, Werth, Nady, Tracy, Lombardozzi, all hitting under .175 for the week.
- Yes Ramos needs to work on his fielding - no it isn't that bad. I thought it was weird how seemingly H-Rod got a pass for what was indeed a terrible pitch just because Ramos' stabbed at it instead of shifted over. You did see how Ramos was set up outside and the batter could have simply bent his knees a bit more and got hit right? There's a good chance if he moves like Pudge that ball still bounds away. I'm not defending Ramos, but the lion share of the blame goes to H-Rod on that play.
- Not to harp on a subject but Desmond is back to hitting roughly what he has the past 2 years. I wish Lombardozzi was the answer but he doesn't look like it. The only positive is that with this going the way it is Danny should have all year to work things out. Espinosa is a top-notch fielder with good pop. He deserves a long chance to stick permanently.
- Let's not forget why the Nats will remain contenders. The pitching is still very very good. Strasburg gave up a run, Gio 2, Detwiler 3. You'll take that every time. And outside of the Sat night debacle the relief pitching was great again too. No runs in 4 innings on Friday and Sunday and a shutout inning for Clip before the H-Rod flameout. (plus really H-Rod was one good pitch away from getting out of his mess. Seriously I don't know how you overthrow vs Dee Gordon.)