Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nationals Continue to Own Brewers

To be honest with you, the main reason I don't like the Washington Nationals is because of an article I read some five years ago about their jerseys. In the article, it said that the Nationals were basing their jersey lettering after the jerseys of the Milwaukee Brewers in the mid-90s. Those were some ugly jerseys, and I absolutely hated them. For all the throwback jerseys you see on a random day at Miller Park, you never see the ugly blue and green ones.

It took that little for me to begin to hate the Washington Nationals, but I gotta say that my hate for them has only intensified. Do matter how bad that team can be, they always find ways to beat the Brewers. Last season, the Nationals swept the Brewers in Miller Park in late July I believe, and it was all downhill from there. This year, they are already two up on the Crew and it's been pretty ugly.

On Friday night, the Nationals won an average baseball game as they knocked off the Crew 5-3. The Brewers did have a nice 3-2 lead going into the 8th, but then LaTroy Hawkins blew another save and gave Washington the victory. It was another demoralizing loss, one in which Casey McGehee will pick up the POTG for a 3-for-4 performance with one long ball. Here's your box.

As sad as it was to watch the Crew lose on Friday, it was more depressing to see what happened on Saturday. Livan Hernandez, who is "more past his prime than The Bucky Channel" (direct quote from reader Double C), shut down Milwaukee by going the distance and allowing just four hits. Hernandez is actually 2-0 on the season and hasn't allowed a run yet, so good for him. But there's no way an offense as "explosive" as ours, at least that's what the analysts always say, should be shut down like this.

One thing that is drawing a lot of concern from fans is how fluid Ken Macha has been with his lineups. There really is no consistency to the lineup right now, although I'm not sure that's the reason the Brewers scored zero runs on Saturday in their 8-0 loss. But then again, I'm not sure what the problem is. So far this season, it looks like the Brewers are kind of mailing it in. Prince Fielder still hasn't showed up, the pitching is atrocious, and Casey McGehee seems to be the only one that gets it right now at the plate. I'm not sure when the Brewers will be able to get things to start clicking, but you'd hope that a series against the lowly Nationals would have done the trick. Instead, it looks like the Brewers are the ones that are helping the Nationals get their season started on the right track.

Milwaukee will have another chance to at least muster a victory against Washington on Sunday afternoon as Doug Davis takes the hill. He has been kind of shitty too so far this season, so hopefully he can, you know, not suck.

In other news, Manny Parra is going to be the POTG for being the only pitcher to not give up a run. He's actually pitched well so far this season, so whatever.


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