Is it just me or does it seem like your team starts getting noticed for being good nationally (Daily Pitch, USA Today), they seem to lose? That happened last night with the Washington Nationals. Edwin Jackson gave up 5 Houston Astros runs (3 triples!) – (The Post) in the first inning and the Nats never recovered. Tom Gorzelanny made matters worse by giving up 6 runs, eliminating the Nats comeback. DC had pulled within one and Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer, his first in 2012, but it wasn’t enough. Last night was the first bad pitching outing of the season for the team, not bad given that we’re two weeks into it. This may ultimately be healthy; it could be easy to get overconfident (Nats Insider, CSN Washington).
It is hard to get too down on the Nats though, they have won every series so far this season, losing only one game in each of them. That’s a 10-4 record, a great start which is already giving them breathing room (Mr. Irrelevant).
Tonight, the rechristened Miami Marlins make their first visit to D.C. There may be some difficulty getting the series in weather-wise, but I’m hoping that the rain holds off until tomorrow — we’re celebrating the impending obsolescence of MC Hamme’s (remember him?) bachelorhood.