Good job Kelly!
Next year we will handily take the season series. We are getting better and will be better next year The fish were good, but also lucky against us this year.
JD said... I thought the Phillies were done but as badly as Pittsburgh,LA and St.Louis are playing you just never know. I hope the Brewers feel they still have a decent chance when they take on the Braves tonight.Hoping the same from the Brewers against the Braves. I hope the Phillies don't make but like I have said for a couple of weeks, after they swept the Nats the Phillies looked like their old dominant selves. They just have dug such a big hole for themselves but look at where they are, the hottest team of the 4 teams behind the Braves in the Wild Card race.
Every once in a while EJax reminds you why he is a good pitcher but not a top of the rotation pitcher. Yesterday was a good example.
God help the Nats if Jackson ever starts a playoff game. Three-man rotation or bust!
There's just not enough of the season left for the Phils to make the playoffs. And the teams they have to leapfrog have several games against each other. The Cards play four games against the Dodgers. The Pirates have 3 games left against the Brewers. I'm not good enough with math to figure out how exactly this affects their chances but it just seems very tough for them at this point.The interesting thing is that because 3 of the teams still in the hunt are from the Central Division the Astros and Cubs are going to have an inordintate impact on who makes the playoffs. Kind of like the position the Nats have found themselves in in the past. But no more. Now we have a reason to play well in September other than to be a spoiler. And 3 cheers for that.
Completely disagree on E-Jax. He gave up a number of seeing eye singles that our normal DP combination might have stopped. And then there wa the sun-blinded Harper play. Mark my words, he's going to be very valuable down the stretch and in the playoffs.
JD said... Every once in a while EJax reminds you why he is a good pitcher but not a top of the rotation pitcher. Yesterday was a good example.He is just inconsistent and most are reactive after a great outing like his 4 hitter against St. Louis that they want him signed long-term. I don't see it because he wants to get paid like a #2 and over a full season is a #3 or #4 with those great glimpses of #1 stuff a few times per season that give you great hope.Yesterday he was a victim of BABIP and those eyeballs of sun that Bryce encountered. He got out of rhythm and that is a recurring theme for this staff when you can tell whether they will have a good outing on their rhythm.To Theo, in the 2nd round, EJax will probably be part of the 4 man rotation unless Davey wants 3 lefties in Lannan. Just hope for the best that at the most crucial time EJax can throw a gem!
Rick Eckstein's homework assignment over the winter: Watch video of Ricky Nolasco in his LOSSES to see what the rest of the league is doing to make his ERA against them four-point-something.
If the Nats finish 8-14 by winning one game per series and split with Brewers and Braves go 14-7, the Braves will finish in 1st place ahead 1 game.
Candide said... Rick Eckstein's homework assignment over the winter: Watch video of Ricky Nolasco in his LOSSES to see what the rest of the league is doing to make his ERA against them four-point-something. Its a great point. The offensive coordinator in a football game looks at all game film but especially the film in how another team did well against that team.There has to be something to the Nolasco dominance against the Nats.