Desmond looks good at Leadoff


Ian Desmond started the first three games at leadoff and went hitless in 13 ABs. The critism hit the media as if he was the sole culprit for the Nationals failure to score runs. Riggleman stuck with his guy last night and Ian showed his potential as he was robbed of a five for five night by a great defensive play from Hanley Ramirez. Lets face it the Nationals are making mental mistakes and failing to capitalize on opportunities to close out games. Thus far in the Marlins series the Nats have left 20 runners on base, so you are not going to win ball games when you fail to score runs. This club has the potential to score between 4.5 and 5 runs per game, and at some point they are going to break out of this funk.

Desmond will be fine in the leadoff spot and he will continue to be a part of the Nationals foundation for the future. In a recent MASN commerical Riggleman states, “Sometimes you believe in the stats, and sometimes you believe in the player.” This confidence has to carry onto the field as this team just needs that big win for some momentum. Ending 2009 the Nationals had showed promise finishing the season with a seven game win streak. Then last season the Nationals had no significant win streaks. The first thing the Nationals must do is give the wood shampoo to Josh Johnson tonight, and then follow up with a win streak. Once this team catches the winning fever then they will play to their potential competiting for the fall classic.

Tonight is the night where the Nationals bounce back and start the momentum.

Nationals 7 Marlins 4