What a rough couple of weeks for the Nats! No need to tell you that - Everyone is well aware of the bumpy road the ballclub has traveled, but the question remains: What is the answer and how can the club get back on track?
Finding an answer is something that only Jim Riggleman, his coaches, and the players can come up with.
Now, I'm positive every Washington fan who reads this has an opinion. Get rid of this guy; send this one back to Triple-A; drop this guy lower in the batting order; put another one higher in the order; such and such is killing us in the lineup; starter X simply can't pitch at this level, get him out of rotation. Sound familiar?
And each of you has good reason to voice your frustrations. Just like the players feel theirs.
Let's take John Lannan for example. We all know he's struggling right now. Lannan is the first to admit that and with good reason. It's just not happening for the young lefty, and hopefully he can turn things around and get back on track. I know I'm pulling for him, and I hope you are as well.
I only pitched at the high school level, but boy did I hate to lose. I can only imagne what these Nats are going through. Still, what difference a year makes. Go back to this time last season, and you can easily see the marked improvement.
Outside of Stephen Strasburg, the other starting pitchers have to get better and go at least 7 innings before turning it over to the bullpen, which has been one of the bright spots of the season so far.
The Nats bats have to be more consistent, and the errors have got to be reduced dramatically. This is the big leagues, not the minors - of course no one has to tell those guys in the clubhouse. They know. They tasted success earlier in the season, and I firmly believe it's gonna happen again. I hope it's sooner than later.
See you at Nationals park!