Sitting with a record of 5-8 after splitting a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Washington Nationals were reeling a little after injuries again altered the focus of the team. The bullpen was down Luis Avilan for the year, and Wander Suero for at least ten days, while the rotation took a hit with $245M man Stephen Strasburg being sidelined as well.
Coming to town were the St. Louis Cardinals, a team the Nationals had taken two of three games from on the road, earlier in the season. The series had its ups and downs, though ended with the Nationals winning back to back, one-run games, after being on the wrong end of a blowout in the opener.
The good, bad, and ugly from the Washington Nationals three games series with the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
Patrick Corbin, who has struggled mightily on the year, seemed to right the ship with six solid innings in his start. Max Scherzer continued his dominance on the hill and was finally rewarded with a win for his stat line. For a team who is depending on their starting rotation to be effective, having the big money guys keep the team in the games they pitch, is imperative.
Josh Bell entered the series hitting a cool .100. That’s not good. He was able to get a hit in each game and lift the batting average to .161. Still bad. Yes, it is, though he has to start somewhere. Stringing hits together will only get him back in the hitting groove and help him find his power stroke. He jacked his first bomb in a Nationals uniform this series as well.
The Daniel Hudson/Brad Hand duo may turn into be the modern day Clipp and Save, Tyler Clippard/Matt Capps combo. While Hudson had to wriggle off the hook in the series finale, the two were solid in back to back performances.
Let’s hope Hernan Perez doesn’t pitch often. His second inning of the year was much like his first, scoreless.