Any time the Washington Nationals have their main man on the mound they figure they might get the closer warmed up but everyone else should have the night off. It wasn’t a great day for some aces around Major League Baseball however and Stephen Strasburg was one of the victims. He gave up six runs on nine hits and wasn’t able to get through the fifth inning. It is one of those moments that will build character in this team, or tear them down.
Considering who their manager is you figure that they will learn from their mistakes and loses. Honestly, without a little adversity they might not be in good shape for the dog days of summer later in the season. Then again they might not be quite as good as everyone said. The Cincinnati Reds are a tough team and took it to them for a series win and proved all series long that the vaunted Nationals pitching staff is certainly not bullet-proof.
The Nationals are still in good shape with the same record as the New York Mets, one game behind the streaking Atlanta Braves. With the knowledge that their pitching is able to give up a few runs here and there, the Nats need to get those bats going and score more than three runs. The game in the Reds series that they won is the one they scored some runs in. No coincidence there.
They are getting Adam Laroche back before the end of the Chicago White Sox series and that might help a little bit. All in all they need Bryce Harper to show up each and every game and they need Jason Werth to have as much success regaining his power stroke as he has growing a beard. If those things can consistently happen then the Nationals will not totally rely on pitching and they will definitely win more games.