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It was Anthony Rendon's major league debut on Sunday, which certainly didn't bring on the national fanfare that Bryce Harper's debut did almost exactly one year ago, but it certainly garnered a lot of excitement from Nationals fans. Despite some very strong pitching by the Nats, the offense couldn't come alive as they dropped a 2-0 game to the Mets. The Nats are now 10-8 on the season.
Jordan Zimmermann was on the mound for the Nats, and he wasn't as efficient as he was for his complete game outing last start, but a lot of that just wasn't his fault. On the happy note, in the first inning, Anthony Rendon got his first defensive chance in the second at-bat. He made a great catch in foul territory over the railing in the Nats dugout. That's about the end of the positives to draw from the defense, though, on a three error game.
The Mets got on the board in the second inning when John Buck tattooed a ball to the second deck in left center field for his seventh home run of the year. That's not a typo. Buck is raking early this year. In the fourth, David Wright scored on a Mike Baxter sacrifice fly, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead and ending the scoring for the day.
In terms of positive events from the day, there are a few. Zimmermann threw 96 pitches in five innings, but he gave up just two runs. Uncharacteristically, he walked three batters, but he got himself out of several jams created mostly by defensive snafus. The Nats bullpen also performed admirably behind Zach Duke and Henry Rodriguez, who guys who struggled to start the season. Neither Duke nor HRod allowed a base runner. Duke went two innings with four strikeouts, and Rodriguez pitched the eighth with two strikeouts, both of them looking.
The negatives definitely outweighed those positives, though. The Nats committed three errors, which was their second three-error game of the young season. Ian Desmond committed his seventh error on a throw that was offline, but perhaps catchable by Adam LaRoche at first. He has almost half as many errors this year as he had all of last season, and it's only the first month. Bryce Harper committed his second error on a totally un-Harper-like play. He overran a ball and then showed no hustle to get the ball into the infield, allowing Mike Baxter to get to second base. Rendon also had an error in his MLB debut on a missed catch.
In the Nats only real offensive chance of the game in the eighth inning, Mets setup man Scott Rice allowed Steve Lombardozzi and Denard Span to reach on a single and a walk, respectively, and he was behind Jayson Werth 3-0 with no outs. Werth decided to take a hack at that 3-0 pitch, grounding into a 6-4-3 double play. Harper struck out on five pitches, none of which were fastballs and maybe one of which was in the zone, to end the inning and the Nats rally.
In the post-game press conference, when Davey Johnson was asked how he felt about Werth swinging at the 3-0 pitch, he said, "I'm not gonna get into that, okay?" That's all you need to know about how Davey felt regarding his decision there.
The Nats have averaged an error per game so far early this season. It's the team's biggest weakness early on, and it's one that has to get resolved quickly. Offenses get cold, pitching struggles from time to time, but defense should always be what a good team can lean back on, and right now, the Nats can't do that.
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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:
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MLB News: The Washington Nationals recalled third baseman Anthony Rendon from Double-A Harrisburg to fill the roster void left by Ryan Zimmerman who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain.
Fantasy Ramifications: On the definite fast track to the majors, Rendon was selected as a first round pick in the 2011 draft. He is still very young and his body...
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"Harper was amazing today. He crushed a couple balls. What a day he had. That last one he hit off (Mets left-hander...
Turns out being lousy for several years in a row gets you some good prospects (the Houston Astros can take umbrage). The Washington Nationals are calling up yet another one of their elite prospects, Anthony Rendon, to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who is going to the DL with an ailing left hamstring. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Rendon will step into the every...
Bryce Harper was supposed to be a big deal when he was drafted by the Washington Nationals out of junior college. There have been plenty of athletes that were thought to be the next big thing when they were coming through the ranks in high school and/or college (or junior college).
So in that respect Harper is nothing special-- except he is actually backing it up.
Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was ‘less than enthused’ about the Nationals decision to sell his opening day jersey online for $13,025 without even asking him.
Harper took to twitter to bash his team for the selling his sweaty…musty…dirty…jersey? Ummm Bryce…why didn’t you just take it home with you?
They just take my jersey away from me and don’t ask if I want...
Bryce Harper launched home runs number 6 and 7 on Saturday afternoon.
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Bryce Harper launched two long home runs, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning, and also doubled Saturday to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 7-6.
Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals on Bark in the Park day at Citi Field. Fans paid $35 for tickets in the second deck in right field, and brought their dogs for $10.
After the game...
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