For a change of pace, I present this article on the Nats verses the Cubs matchup beginning tomorrow and continuing through August 22nd. I know that a certain Cubs fan at this site "in my faced" me after the Cubs beat my Nats 2 of 3 back in May losing the first game to the Nats 7 to 3 and then winning games 2 and 3 by scores of 8 to 2 and 2 to 1. I am hoping for payback.
I was at game four of last years NLDS between the Cardinals and the Nats, a game in which Jason Werth hit a game winning walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 win. I was also at the crushing loss for the Nats the next night when with a 7 to 5 lead in the top of the ninth, two outs and two strikes on the batter, Drew Storen melted down allowing the Cards to score four two out runs for a win to clinch the series.
In view of how the Nats performed last year and their roster, many picked the Nats to be in the World Series this year. Sports Illustrated even had Stephen Strasburg on their cover. Currently, the Nats are 60 and 62, and 14.5 games behind Atlanta in the National League East.
Last we saw Strasburg he was being ejected in the second inning for throwing again at an Atlanta hitter, Simmons, after hitting Justin Upton in the first inning. After taking a look at this video, it can easily be argued that Strasburg just lost his release point for three straight pitches instead of throwing at Simmons. Those are some ugly wild pitches.
The Cubs are the Cubs and as far as I can remember, no one picked them to do anything special. Their current record is 53 and 69 standing 19 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in their division.
Let the taunting begin.