Bryce Harper since April 27th. .143 / .271 / .286
Sad thing is I'm looking so much at terrible hitting stats these days I had to sit here for a second and think if a .286 SLG was actually all that bad.
It feels awful but that was basically a throw-away game. They were fine losing it (and they did). Its not the end of the world. Let's re-iterate the point from yesterday. You can win enough games to make the playoffs even with 3 mediocre months of baseball. The Nats haven't even finished the 2nd. As bad as it looks now, there's plenty of time for this to become water under the bridge. Thank the Nats that went 7-2 to start the year and 10-4 from late April to early May for that.
Think about that. The Nats finished up a 10-4 run... 11 days ago. Not even 2 weeks ago. Remember all the untucking?
Of course there are more hurdles to overcome. Mattheus broken hand (given that athelets have done this numerous times over the years you think clubhouses would have a designated padded punching wall). Werth continuing to age like the finest China doll. Rizzo refusing to give in on his initial plan for the season (one LH in pen and he's a mediocre long man, H-Rod still there to do... something?, a bench made up of uniforms stuffed with straw) that at this point has gone terribly awry.
But still, after all this, one game over .500. If they can pull out a win in either of the next two games, they'll be at .500 staring at 11 of the next 16 at home with series versus the Phillies, Mets and Twins in there. All teams worse than them. An extended West Coast swing is not about gaining ground, it's about holding it. They can still manage that. Then comes the time when they should make their move. We hope.