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After getting swept by the Braves at home, the Nationals went on a six-game road trip against the Miami Marlins and New York Mets, two teams that most of the NL East hopes to beat up on throughout the course of the season. What the Nats did over the last week wouldn't be considered beating up on anyone, unfortunately. They split the roadtrip 3-3 and lost the weekend series to the Mets. It's too early to be worried about the overall arc of the season, but there are question marks.
- The Nats defense has allowed six errors in the last six games and has averaged an error per game already this season. They lead the major leagues with 18 errors, which is alarming considering the expectations of both the infield and outfield.
- Ryan Zimmerman has taken yet another early season trip to the disabled list, this time with hamstring issue. If this time off allows him to get focused on defense and healthy in general, it'll be worth the 15-days without their franchise player.
- Outside of Ross Detwiler and Jordan Zimmermann, the Nats starters, another of their numerous strengths, have been inconsistent all season. Stephen Strasburg hasn't had a bad year, but he hasn't been as good as people expect of him. Gio Gonzalez has been blown up in two games and has started walking guys with regularity once again. Dan Haren is nowhere near locked into his good stuff yet.
- Ian Desmond looks lost at shortstop at times. He's already committed seven errors, which is almost half as many as he committed in all of 2012, when he was an NL Gold Glove Award finalist.
Player Of The Week: Bryce Harper
Harper is still scorching hot. Even in a week where he battled the flu and missed a game, he posted a .421/.500/.842 slash line, hit two monster home runs, and had a four-hit game when he was still battling the flu. He gets a pass on Sunday's fielding error with a performance like this at the plate.
Honorable Mention: Steve Lombardozzi
Lombardozzi spelled Danny Espinosa while he was out nursing that hand injury, and he was a more than acceptable replacement at second base. He accumulated 20 plate appearances this week in four starts and a few pinch hitting opportunities, and he hit .350 and drove in three runs. He's not going to wow you with power or walk a lot, but Lombardozzi may be one of the best contact hitters the Nats have on their roster, and he had a great week.
BEST OF MAXIM
So Bryce Harper's hair continues to be a "thing" this season. And now we have a better idea how Harp gets his hair to do that rockabilly pompadour thing as seen in the screencap above from a recent postgame interview on MASN, thanks to this Tweet from Harper on Sunday night:
Best product around! @suavecitopomade #boom
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 22...
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"I don't know, you live and learn but, with Harp up behind me in a two run game, I was being aggressive, I was convicted. I felt like I could make a difference right there and...I got caught up in it, that's for sure. ... I feel like it was my fault. Tough loss." (Jayson Werth, via MASNSports.com, 4/21/2013)
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The Washington Nationals are putting third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list because a strained left hamstring and promoting prize prospect Anthony Rendon from Double-A for his big league debut.
Zimmerman did not play Friday or Saturday at New York against the Mets. He had an MRI on Saturday and manager Davey Johnson made the announcement after a 7-6 win.
Nats lose 2 of 3 to Mets, and people are starting to ask questions. [Bog]
Jayson Werth swings on 3-0: ‘one of the dumber things I’ve done’ [For The Win, new site from Jamie and USAToday.
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Team News and Notes
Atlanta Braves (13-5)
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