Nationals Series Post Mortem

I’m not crazy about 4 game series.  When you have to win 3 games in order to “win” a series, I think that is too much.  Longer series should be saved for the playoffs.  That is just my opinion.  Invariably, splitting the series becomes acceptable and that just doesn’t cut it with me.  The Cardinals realistically should have won all 4 games.  The Nationals never dominated at any point during this series.  Their offense was weak and their defense was bad.  The pitching of Gonzalez and Strasburg kept the Nats in games 2 and 4, but both were winnable by the Cards, but they handled them over to the Nats.  On to the post mortem.

 

Thursday, April 17—Cards 8 Nats 0

This was by far and away the best game of the series.  Not surprising given that Adam Wainwright was pitching.  He seemed to my eyes to be a little off the first two innings, thought he didn’t give up any runs.  He gave up two singles and walked two in the first 2 innings, and had the bases loaded in the 2nd, but got the strike out to get out of the jam.  After the first two, though, Wainwright was completely dominant.  He completed all 9 innings with ease, and the Nats could not get anything going against him.

The offense fared well against Taylor Jordan.  Even Wainwright got in on the fun, getting two hits, one a double.

A very enjoyable game.

 

Friday, April 18—Cards 1 Nats 3

Michael Wacha pitched this game, and he pitched it well.  Unfortunately, the Cardinal defense happened.  Uncharacteristically, Yadier Molina was in part responsible for the loss, letting a blocked wild pitch get away from him and then making a poor throw to Wacha at home plate that allowed the two winning runs to score.  The offense didn’t help, which is a common theme it seems.

You had to feel sorry for Wacha, but baseball happens.

 

Saturday, April 19—Cards 4 Nats 3

The Cardinals had to work hard for this one.  Lance Lynn started, with Tony Cruz once again behind the plate.  Other than a solo home run by Danny Espinosa, Lynn pitched well, although he couldn’t finish the 6th inning.  Siegrist followed and pitched a scoreless, but Martinez was a little shaky, allowing a run on two doubles.  Rosenthal came in to close it out, but gave up a run of his own.   A walk, a bad throw to second on an attempted double play and a balk by Rosenthal put two men in scoring position, and a ground out scored another run.  Rosenthal was able to get out of it by striking out Jayson Werth on 3 pitches.

Lance Lynn picked up his 4th win.

Bryce Harper got yanked out of the game by his manager for loafing on a ground ball.  We all got to hear about it ad nauseum from the media, blah, blah, blah.

 

 

Sunday, April 20—Cards 2 Nats 3

This was another game where the defense happened.  Between a couple of mistakes at 3B by Matt Carpenter and a botched double play ball by Descalso, the Nats were able to tie the game in the 7th inning, and then scored the winning run in the 9th off Seth Maness.

This was a Shelby Miller start, and he did okay, but he is still walking far too many hitters.  Even with that, the Cardinals could have won this game if it weren’t for the defense.

I don’t know what has gotten in to Matt Carpenter, but I wish he would snap out of it.

 

On to the Mets.

 

 

Thank you for reading.

 

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