Found May 13, 2013 on Blog So Hard Sports:

Error Unravels Strasburg I have been waiting to write this article, because even I am still confused with what happened. On Saturday against the Cubs Stephen Strasburg was rolling. Through four innings he had 7 strikeouts, in just 53 pitches and had allowed just one hit. Then the wheels came off, and the Nationals go on to lose 8-2. What the hell happened? In the 5th inning Strasburg got 2 quick outs, one being a gift when Luis Valbuena tried to turn a double into a triple. Then came the throwing error. A routine ground ball hit to Ryan Zimmerman turned into an error after the throw pulled Adam LaRoche off the bag. That was Zimmerman’s 6th error of the season. Okay, you never want to see an error when you are a pitcher, but it happens. What you need to do as a pitcher is nut-up and get the next guy out. This is not what Strasburg did. He went on to allow the next seven hitters to get on base. This is not how an ace pitcher like Strasburg should handle situations like this. The Nationals pitching coach stated that they are working on trying to get Strasburg to realize “he’s human” and nothing in the sport of baseball is perfect. Something I would hope a player in High School would understand. It is very disconcerting as a fan and I’m sure as a coach to see your star just come completely unraveled on something as little as a throwing error with no one on base. Davey Johnson had this to say after the game, “It’s hard to explain. He was throwing good, good stuff, hitting his spots. And then it seemed to, where we needed him to pick us up, the air went out … He’s too good a pitcher to let adversity behind him to let him down. He’s certainly capable of picking us up. It’s a team effort. And errors are part of the game.” We have seen Strasburg come undone after and error before. Think back to the April 13th game against the Atlanta Braves. Again, Zimmerman makes a throwing error with two outs, and right after Strasburg leaves a pitch up in the zone and it is destroyed for a two-run home run. Again not as pronounced as this last melt down, but still expect your pitcher to get the next guy. I feel it is time to start to worry about Strasburg. He is 1-5 and even though he looked great the first 4 innings of this game he is in no condition to lead this team into the playoffs as their ace. Related posts: It’s Time For The Nats To Take The Kiddie Wheels Off Of Stephen Strasburg Closed-door Meetings and Double-Steals Lead to Victory for Nats Jordan Zimmermann – Bad Luck Loser


Video: Kurt Suzuki ejected for first time in his career

Cubs 2, Nationals 1: While you're sitting around trying to come to grips with Davey Johnson pulling Gio for a pinch hitter after 86 pitches, enjoy the video above of Kurt Suzuki's first career ejection in the 9th for arguing with fill-in umpire John Tumpane over his crappy strike zone; this after his freak throw in the 9th led to the go-ahead run. Gio perfect through...

Bryce Harper injured after running into outfield wall

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had to leave Washington's game on Monday night in Los Angeles after running into the right field scoreboard at Dodger Stadium. Harper was chasing a fly ball hit by AJ Ellis in the fifth inning before simply running out of room and running straight into the scoreboard mounted on the right field wall. He didn't move after initially...

Bryce Harper tries to run right through the wall, wall wins

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was left bloodied and dazed after running into the wall in Los Angeles at full speed.

Bryce Harper and the Dodger Stadium Wall

Anyone who has read this blog knows that what I’m about to write about Bryce Harper certainly isn’t because I’m just being a ‘hater’. I was watching live last night when Bryce Harper ran into the wall. I played baseball long enough to know that when I watch that picture above and see the play, I wonder why he doesn’t feel the warning track under him. I wonder why there’s...

Harper leaves game bloody after running into wall

LOS ANGELES Bryce Harper made his much anticipated Major League debut last year at Dodger Stadium and put his big league career in serious jeopardy at Chavez Ravine on Monday night. He took a bad route on a fly ball hit by Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis in the bottom of the fifth inning and paid for it going face first into the right field wall, shades of Aaron Rowand in 2006. However...

Nationals’ Bryce Harper Collides with Outfield Wall, Leaves Game Bloodied (Video)

    The Washington Nationals were in a match-up with the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday in LA and ultimately took the game 6-2. But the mood for the Nationals and their fans alike was somber after young star Bryce Harper was forced to leave the game after a collision with the wall in the outfield. Watch the video below as Harper chases down a high-fly ball but isn’t able to stop...

Bryce Harper Watch - Stitches and Possible Shoulder Injury

Last night Bryce Harper got lost tracking a fly ball, crashing into the fence, and had to leave the game.  He received 11 stitches on his face and neck, but a concussion was ruled out, so that is very good news.  He will get some X-Rays done today on that shoulder and we will keep you posted.  His average has fallend from .337 to .303 in the month of May with just 4 hits in 26 ABs.

Bryce Harper Takes Bad Route And Crashes Into Wall Injuring Himself

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper was in pursuit of a deep fly ball off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis when he decided to spear the outfield wall. Harper appeared to take a bad route to the ball before slamming into the wall. Harper appears disoriented and dazed getting the worst of the collision. The post Bryce Harper Takes Bad Route And Crashes...

Who put that there? Bryce Harper ran into the non-Proverbial wall, received 11 stitches

The Nats Bryce Harper ran face first into a wall last night. Harper needed 11 stitches to close the wound but reportedly did not suffer a concussion. **Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Beckett rocked as Dodgers fall to Nationals

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jordan Zimmermann won his NL and major league-leading seventh game, Ryan Zimmerman drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Monday night after losing Bryce Harper in a violent collision with the wall in right field. Zimmermann (7-1) allowed nine hits and two runs in 7 23 innings, struck out five and walked none...

Bryce Harper receives 11 stitches after nasty collision with wall

DMV: I Have No Idea What Bryce Harper And The Caps Were Doing

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Braves Lead Only One as Nationals Win Fifth Straight

The Washington Nationals won their fifth straight last night as they beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 at Nationals Park, and coupled with the Braves 8-2 loss to the Giants, the Nationals have closed within a game of the National League Eastern Division race.  The Braves have held sole possession of first place since April 7. The Nationals are finally starting to show some Nattitude. Normally...
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