The Nationals were hoping togain a little ground against the Braves in the NL East after their
series last weekend in Atlanta, but that was not the case. The Braves
took two out of three and now hold a seven game lead in the division.
The Nats are now only holding on two second place in the division by a
half a game over the Phillies, who collectively almost qualify for
Social Security because of their advanced age.
could right this horrible situation, you ask. Well, having a team come
to town that was just swept by the Marlins, who until then had not swept
a team all season. Enter, the New York Mets (22-32), who come to town
for a three game series with the Nationals (28-29) starting on Tuesday.
Mats played inspired baseball when they took on the New York Yankees in
the Subway Series last week and swept all four games. However,
apparently they ran out of inspiration when they ran into the Marlins
and got swept themselves. The Mets rotation this season has been below
average as a whole, but they one gem, Matt Harvey has been killing it.
The good thing is the Nationals will not be seeing Harvey because his
spot in the rotation will not overlap with the series (THANK GOD!).
other good news, barring a disaster, Jayson Werth should be in the
starting lineup on Tuesday and for as long as he can stay uninjured.
Werth finished his rehab assignment with the Potomac Nationals where he
practically hit every baseball thrown at him while he was in the
batter’s box. He did so well in fact that Manager Davey Johnson
characterized his performance as “frisky” during a press conference
after the Braves series on Sunday.
are still a problem for the Nationals. Bryce Harper was placed on the
15 day disabled list and cannot come off it until June 11. There has
still been no definitive word on when Ross Detwiler will come back to
the rotation and Wilson Ramos is expected to miss at least another
To add insult
to injury (pun somewhat intended), the Nats ace, Stephen Strasburg was
pulled from Friday’s game after only two innings with stiffness in his
back. Tests showed that he has a Grade 1 lateral muscle strain. The
organization is optimistic that he might make his next start to close
out the Mets series, but other medical professionals have asserted that
an injury like this usually takes 3-6 weeks to properly heal. At this
point, the Nationals have not placed Stras on the disabled list, so fans
will have to wait and see what happens as his start gets closer.
Apparently, everything hinges on whether he is able to throw his bullpen
session on Wednesday.