Thursday was a good day at Nationals Park, with outstanding relief pitching as the NL champions managed only two hits after the fifth inning. Brian Bruney and Matt Capps did what they’re being paid to do this season: set up and close a game and walk off the field shaking hands. There is absolutely no doubt that the bullpen will be better this year, and it looks “so far, so good.”
The running game is already in full gear with Nyjer Morgan stealing two bases, and the Nats are four for four in that department. Willie Harris has one of those steals and his 2-run homer was the big blow in the 6-5 win.
Ryan Zimmerman has 2 RBIs in his first three games and Josh Willingham is swinging the bat well. Through their first three games, the Nats are hitting .277, so the offense is doing what we thought they would.
Now, it’s up to the pitching to get that 7.67 ERA down.
A tip of the Nationals cap to our fans, turning out to the tune of 88,747 for the first three games and seeing some exciting baseball. Exciting or not, winning is the main thing, and we finally got a taste of that Thursday afternoon/evening.
Now it’s on to New York for three; then we get to help the Phillies with their home opener Monday. The Nats are catching the beaten up Mets at a good time early on, and the real good news is that their offense can’t be nearly as dangerous as what we saw in our ballpark these first three games.
The first six weeks will be tough, mainly against teams that played .500 or better last year, plus facing all four playoff teams from last year, the Phillies, Rockies, Dodgers and Cardinals.
So, get ready, as it will be quite a ride! And it sure feels better with that first “Curly W!”