State of the Nats-4/22

State of the Nats-4/22
April 22, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Team Record: 10-8 (6-6)

N.L. East Standings

Offensive Game of the Week: Bryce Harper 4/20 vs. Mets – 3-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB

Pitching Line of the Week: Ross Detwiler 4/17 vs. Marlins – 7.0 IP, ER, 5 SO, 7 H, 0 BB, HR, 107 pitches (80 strikes)

Top Storylines

Ryan Zimmerman’s left hamstring - Zimmerman is on the 15-day disabled list as he deals with a sore hamstring. It sounds like a minor injury at this point, but he is the second starter to go down after Wilson Ramos. The Nats will have to face the Cardinals and then Reds without two of their key guys.

Rendon’s first MLB stint – The Nats called up former sixth overall pick Anthony Rendon to take Zimmerman’s place, at least for now. How the 22-year-old does in his first taste of MLB action should be interesting and could determine how much of a role he plays with the team this season.

Ian Desmond’s errors – At the plate Desmond is producing at about the exact same pace as last season, but in the field he has reverted to his ugly old ways. Desmond already has seven errors through just 18 games, most in the majors. Last year he was able to cut his errors down to 15 (down from 34 in 2011), but this season he’s already halfway to his 2012 total.

Cardinals come to town – The St. Louis Cardinals, responsible for the Nats’ infamous playoff meltdown, will return this week to the Nationals Park for a three game series. Washington currently has bigger problems to worry about than getting revenge, but the Cardinals are a good team and won’t make the Nats trying to get back on track very easy.

Quote of the Week

Jayson Werth on grounding into a double play late in Sunday’s loss: "I was looking to pull something. I even moved up on the plate. He threw like seven straight balls in a row, felt like he was going to groove one there. I felt like I let the guys down, that's the bottom line.

I got caught up in the moment. Looking back, I was trying to do too much. I was trying to win the game right there. The situation got the best of me. It's probably one of the dumber things I've done on the field for a while. I feel like I pretty much blew it."

Tweet of the Week


Road Ahead

Mon. – 7:05 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Haren)
Tue. - 7:05 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Detwiler)
Wed. – 1:05 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Strasburg)
Thu. – 7:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Reds (Gonzalez)
Fri. – 7:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Reds (Zimmermann)
Sat. – 1:05 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Reds (Haren)
Sun. – 1:35 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Reds (Detwiler)