Washington Nationals: No Need to Overreact to Opening Day Loss
Despite the Washington Nationals being shutout by the New York Mets 2-0 on Opening Day, there is no need to overreact to the loss.
Opening Day in Major League Baseball is a truly magical thing. Whether its the pregame ceremonies, fans packing the stadiums, or just the smell in the air that baseball is back, all throughout the country Opening Day is a great day.
For the Washington Nationals, Opening Day 2019 did not go so great. Washington was shutout by their division rival the New York Mets 2-0, and their offense looked sluggish all day.
Despite the poor performance, questionable managerial decisions, and recurring mistakes on the basepaths, there is no need to panic or overreact to the loss.
Yesterday they got shutout by a dominant pitcher, it happens. Jacob DeGrom is one of, if not the best, pitcher in Major League Baseball, and he showed why yesterday.
His stuff was absolutely dominant, and he had the Nationals offense off-balance all day long. Despite the putrid offensive performance, Washington ace Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound.
The 34-year-old right-hander went 7.2 innings giving up just two hits and striking out 12 on the afternoon. Mad Max was as dominant as we all remembered him, and it was a treat to see him pitch like that on Opening Day.
In sports nowadays we have a tendency to overreact to the first thing that goes wrong. Take one problem and turn it into an entire mountain of problems, but it’s one game and the Nationals offense will get going.
Victor Robles will grow and learn not to make that baserunning mistake he made that cost the Nats a run. Anthony Rendon will not go 0-4 and leave runners in scoring position. Dave Martinez will learn from his prior mistakes and make better decisions as a manager.
In summation Nats fans, take a deep breath and breathe. There are still 161 more games left to play, so sit back and relax because baseball is finally back. The Washington Nationals have 161 more games left to play, they are going to be just fine.