Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Opening remarks still pending

I spent the day yesterday on the bus with the Nats Fan Club, going to opening day in Philly. I had a great time, despite the loss. And I took a ton of pictures. I'll try to have another photo essay up in about 24 hours, and make some comments about what I saw.

At a high level, Hernandez' performance was clearly disappointing. Hernandez wrote it off as an aberation. There was also some speculation that it was due to the wind. I just hope that there's no injury, which was the initial speculation by the Phillies' radio announcers when there was a big fuss at the mound. It turned out that Livan had complained about the mound being slippery, and they ended up adding dirt to it.

Other than that, the hitting was good, though Lieber isn't notoriously deceptive... he's the kind of guy who wants you to hit the ball. The exception in my mind was Guzman, who didn't get a ball out of the infield. The only "hit" he got should have been ruled an fielder's choice, and an error. Guzman grounded to the second baseman, who flipped the ball to the shortstop. But the SS ran past the bag, and wasn't there for the flip.


At 11:13 AM, Blogger hubster20003 said...

My biggest disappointment of the game was when Frank Robinson gave up on the comeback in the bottom of the 7th. Yesterday's game was a great example of how a manager can destroy the momentum of a team.
Although you can argue that Sledge hitting into the inning ending double play in the top of the 7th crushed the team's best chance to get back into the game, I disagree. Osuna came into the game in the bottom of the 7th with the Nats trailing by 3. There was no room to give up another run. The batting order in the top of the 8th had the pitcher batting second. With this type of situation a pitch hitter was going to be used in the bottom of the 8th. There was going to be a new pitcher next inning anyways. But yet when Osuna came in there was no one warming up. When Osuna started wild - there was no one warming up. When Osuna started walking batters there was no one warming up. It was not until the bases were loaded that someone even got up in the bullpen. I give Osuna credit for getting out of the inning with just one run across. But allowing that single run really squashed the comeback chances by the Nats. It was almost as if Robinson had thrown the towel in and was predetermined to pitch this inning with Osuna go to his closer by rotation in the 8th and if there was a ninth he would have Codero ready. It was a classic set-up play but the time to stop the run was in the 7th. I did not like it. There was no game the next day and we are looking at a rested bullpen. How many times did it take for Schneider going out to the mound to settle Osuna down? I wonder if Schneider was looking over his shoulder and wondering why no one was up in the bullpen. This lose falls on Frank Robinson.


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