That's the job the Nats left for themselves to get to 5-2 for the homestand. The Padres are in a tailspin so it's certainly not as hard a job as it may a look 10 days ago. But there you go. Meanwhile the good ol' "We're great at home! Oh wait, did we just drop a series to the Marlins"* Braves continue to flounder just as badly as the Nats have. They have a road stretch right now which should be trouble for them because they are bad away from home. But we'll see. This season hasn't exactly gone as planned.
Nothing new here. When Rob Neyer tried to make it out that he could be a steal by another team to close, I pointed out that while he may have been a bit unlucky you couldn't just dismiss that HR/FB rate jump. That had been more about bad pitching than bad luck. And here we are.
Whatever is wrong with the kid right now, head or body, he can't be trusted in any sort of high leverage situation. Yesterday it was fine bringing him in, even fine leaving him in after the Betancourt HR, but once that tying run could come to the plate you had to pull him because of his HR issues. That's where we are now with Drew. He can't pitch in a situation where the tying run would be at the plate. Not right now.
Do I trade him? Well you could make him part of a deal, yes. The pen looks better situated than it has in the past. But if you are thinking the Nats can take their damaged goods like Espy and Drew and turn it into a good 5th starter, you are mistaken.
He's been fine. The lack of K's concern me because it means his game is going to be all wrapped up in how many GBs does he get and does he get lucky with where they are hit. It's the same sort of game Detwiler throws and you've seen how that has worked out recently. Not that you can't have a guy like that as a #4/#5 guy but this team right now needs something better to try to close the gap.
Can I say that I'm really up for that Marquis vs ZNN match-up? Crush that guy.
*Since July 5th the Nats have the 2nd best record in the NL East. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's only 14-12. Basically a month has passed by since the top 4 teams in the NL East have shown themselves to be anything but mediocre. The best record in that period? The Marlins who have gone 16-8. The Marlins! I feel like I should be Revenge of the Nerds John Goodmanning over here.
On Opening Day, your fans looked down and had one hope. That you finish the season division champions. And here you are getting shown up by the Marlins. THE MARLINS! Well if I were you I'd do something about it.