Tuesday, May 31, 2005

This time, it's legit

Okay, so yesterday's win was a bit tainted. Or, as my Braves-fan boss exclaimed today, "What was that?!" And, if you're boss is displeased, you act with appropriate . . . uh, empathy.

Well, Braves Nation, in the interest of sporting fairness worldwide, yes, I bleed for you . . . but, guess what?---today, no excuses. Or, as the aptly-dubbed Rocket Bill Ladson wrote not even 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight's game:

The Nationals came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Braves, 5-4, in front of 29,512 fans at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on Tuesday night. The Nationals have won three consecutive games and now find themselves only 1 ½ games behind the Braves and Marlins in the National League East.

Not bad, eh? We've also even in the "win column" with the Marlins, not that such a bit of trivia means anything.

In short order, here are my impressions:


---> John Patterson seemed like he was on a leash, but aside from a rough first inning, was rather effective indeed. Just what the Nats' quack doctors ordered, eh?
---> Nick Johnson is a demigod.
---> Thanks for being on your own pitch count, Mike Hampton!


---> Cristian Guzman transcends mere evaluation.
---> C.J. Nitkowski is not only pointless, but is extremely harmful to the health of the club.
---> Chad Cordero got the save (and finished with what Harry Caray used to admiringly call a Randy Myers "flourish") but clearly looked---rather, sounded, of course---tired. Rocket Bill's mini-gamer didn't accurately detail Cordero's tenuous grasp on the lead:

Closer Chad Cordero picked up his 13th save of the season, though he allowed a solo homer to Julio Franco in the ninth to cut the winning margin to one run.

It was more like homer-single-single, before Cordero induced a near double-play ball and then struck out Brayayayan Pena and Scooty Furcal.

All in all, though, a good win; I always feel better when this team is comfortably above break-even.


Yesterday, the Nats defeated a rather intiguing pitching prospect, Kyle Davies, and the estimable Baseball Savant tracked his performance. Well, that description doesn't do David's exhaustive work any kind of justice. Let's just say he broke it down scientifically. I definitely commend this entry to your reading enjoyment and edification.

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