Having watched the Washington Nationals in 2013 I am amazed that they are 13-8 in one run games. That gives the indication that I am wrong about them being unable to win close games, but then I look at the schedule and am reminded that most of the one run games they have won shouldn't have been one run games. They won 8-7 against the White Sox on April 9, 7-6 against the Mets on April 20, 5-4 over the Tigers on May 9, and the other day in Cleveland they won 7-6 over the Indians. In each of those games they got out to a big lead, blew it, and then ended up winning a one run game. The close games they are losing are much different.
Go back and think about Jayson Werth swinging 3-0, Soriano blowing a save against the Giants and then Yunesky Maya entering the game, Henry Rodriguez in the tenth inning against the Braves, Fernando Abad Friday night in a tie game with Storen, Soriano, and Krol in the bullpen, and Fernando Abad again in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game last night with Storen and Soriano in the bullpen. From the management to the players this team is playing not to lose. Sunday's day game against the Indians is another perfect example. All they needed was a sac fly or a base hit the other way, but instead they got strikeouts and double play balls. Not one batter just tried to poke the ball the other way. The word hitting gets lost in situational hitting and the Nats can't hit overall, but they all have the talent and the ability to shorten up their swing and try and flare a ball into the outfield.Read More