Still no one likes to get swept, at home, when everyone was watching you. The Yanks would do what they always do - work the starter but in all cases the Nats starter didn't collapse.They all had to leave early but made it to the 7th and kept the Nats in the game. Given the talent in the Nats bullpen things should have worked out in at least one of these games. But strange things happened. In Game 1 Davey brought in Lidge instead of the likely candidate Stammen and while he didn't pitch poorly (you could argue he only gave up one hard hit the entire series) he didn't get any outs not handed to him. Mike Gonzalez didn't fare any better versus Tex and that ended the game. In Game 2, the bullpen strength would be negated by the sheer length of the game. The LaRoche single in the bottom of the 8th (more on that in the notes) was the last hit either team would get until the Top of the 14th (Lidge again). In Game 3, it was the lack of lead that made the bullpen advantage moot. It's the story of the season - can the pitching be good enough to compensate for a less than potent offense? Most of the times it has been. In this series it wasn't.
- I don't think Lidge leaving is a huge boon for the pen. He wasn't as terrible as Nats fans have made him out to be. Still I don't see any reason to keep him on staff. You pick up a Lidge to at worst be a dominant member of a 7th-8th-9th group, at best a back-up closer. Lidge wasn't going to be put in either of those situations so his spot is better taken by a younger arm that maybe becomes something special.
- Yes Tyler Moore was probably safe, but when you have to look at it in freeze frame and even then it's not obvious I can't blame the umpires. Especially given that in these types of plays they tend to award outs based on ball arrival as much as tag location.
- Bryce Harper was fed a steady diet of sliders on Saturday and looked terrible. What does that mean? Well - I wouldn't like his chances against a good LOOGY but in general it's not a huge deal. Not every pitcher has a great slider. He can hit the fastball, he can hit the change, he can hit the curve. That's gonna be most of what he sees.
- Did you feel like the pitching was terrible? Well the 16 runs given up was the most the Nats have in a series all year (tied with a 4 game one vs the Astros where they gave up 11 in one game) Sixteen in a series isn't good but to have it be the worst showing is another indication about how good the pitching staff is.
- On the flipside the only time they've scored less than the 6 they did versus the Yankees was in that Dodgers series earlier in the year.
- Zimmerman is doing terrible. Low average (in part BABIP issues) and no power. That injury time off has not helped him as he's hitting just as bad since then, maybe a tad worse. Still not worried overall but if you want to be it's the lack of power that's most concerning. The average will bounce back somewhat guaranteed,