I'm making an executive decision this morning to run an abbreviated version of Second Look today -- on account of the fact I don't have much more to say about last night's game than I did in the game story. I'm just going to get straight to the Talking Points section and come back with an thread for updates from Stephen Strasburg's start up in Harrisburg:
1. Scott Olsen said he couldn't find a "put-away pitch" on Tuesday night. Was that on account of an off night, or something more? Olsen's slider is usually working for him better than it did on Tuesday night, and he was missing locations with his fastball. Two starts in, he's had one good start that went bad in the sixth inning and one ugly one. How do you see him at this point?
2. Adam Dunn is hitting .167. Time to give him a day off? Jim Riggleman says no. "I'm not really thinking that way," Riggleman said. "I'm more looking at it as, tomorrow is going to be the day that he breaks out. He's working. Him and (hitting coach) Rick Eckstein are working at it every day. He's going to have to battle his way out of it." What do you think?
3. The Nationals are 7-7, despite having seven outings where their starting pitcher has left before the fifth inning. Are you more encouraged by the fact they're undefeated when their starter makes it past the fifth (not exactly a threshhold of pitching excellence, by the way), or worried that they've already taken a starting pitcher out early seven times?
I'll start a Strasburg updates thread momentarily, and keep you updated on his progress against Reading.