New Era Looks Like the Old Era – The Post
Nationals still manage to find a way to lose – The Wash. Times
Okay, everybody time to make a deal about one whole game! OMG, the Nats were terrible last night! See, Manny Acta wasn’t the problem! You broke his heart for nothing!!11!1! Fire Jim Riggleman!!11!1!
Yes, the Nats are still terrible. They made two errors and only got four hits. A solid John Lannan outing was wasted and Julian Tavarez and Sean Burnett were flammable in the ninth, taking a 3-1 game and making it a 6-1 game. 3B Ryan Zimmerman homered in the bottom half of the inning, but his 1st inning throwing error that resulted in an unearned run loomed larger. I don’t think Acta’s heart is broken because he can’t manage this team after last night. If it ever was broken, that was probably a long time ago and he got over it already.
Olsen Is Scratched From His Start – The Post
Scott Olsen will miss tonight’s start with tightness in the left side of his back, not long after coming off the DL for left shoulder tendinitis.
Also, C Josh Bard‘s groin injury is improving and he will continue play through it.
Starting again makes Mock comfortable – The Wash. Times
P Garrett Mock is back in the big leagues after a strong season in AAA:
He went 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA as a starter at Syracuse, with his four-pitch arsenal getting more effective as he learned to be more aggressive. Now he has a chance to make his stay in the District – his seventh trip to Nationals Park, by his estimation, counting a couple of exhibition games – a longer one.
He replaces Ross Detwiler in the rotation.
Last year’s bench coach Pat Corrales is back after spending the year roving the minors for the team. I know a few people must be pleased by this development.