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A special Mother’s Day performance for Ramos

May 10, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT

May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits an RBI double scoring the winning run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

When your teammate hits five home runs in three days including a walk-off shot the night before, it’s easy for accomplishments to go overlooked. Just because a player doesn’t make history, doesn’t mean he isn’t having a heck of a few days himself.

Wilson Ramos, for one, has been swinging the bat about as well lately as he has at any point in his six-year MLB career. In Sunday’s 5-4 win over the Braves – completing the Nationals’ first sweep of the 2015 season – Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. The double proved the difference in a comeback win for the Nationals as it scored Ryan Zimmerman for the go-ahead run.

Ramos has now hit safely in 13 straight games, the longest streak for the Nationals this year. It is just one game short of the longest he’s ever recorded, a 14-game streak last summer.

With two more hits on Sunday, Ramos is now hitting .327 and has 10 multi-hit games this year.

“I feel good right now. Concentrating, pretty good swing at the ball, hitting the ball hard. That’s what I’m doing right now, and I feel comfortable with that. Try to get a good pitch and try to do my job,” he said.

Ramos’ double was against Braves right-hander Cody Martin, the same Atlanta reliever who gave up the walk-off homer to Harper on Saturday. Ramos took a pitch on the outside of the plate and watched it soar into the corner in right field, over the head of two-time Gold Glove-winner Nick Markakis.

“I was trying to hit the ball well. I was waiting for one pitch in the zone. I know Ryan was on first base and he can’t run for to score from first, but he did it. That’s good for the team, good for me because it was an important RBI in the situation because it feels great,” he said.

Ramos’ other hit drove in a run, as well. That was in the first inning when he poked a single up the middle to center field off Braves starter Alex Wood to score Zimmerman.

“He’s one of the best hitting catchers in the league, I think everybody knows that,” Bryce Harper said. “He’s swinging it well right now. He’s coming up big for us every single at-bat he’s having, he’s having good ABs. It’s just making everybody else better. To be able to have him going is huge.”

Ramos had one of his best games of the season on a special day for him. The 27-year-old catcher dedicated his performance to his wife, Yeli, and his mom, Maria, in celebration of Mother’s day.

“Especially on this day, Mother’s Day, I think if I remember, that’s my first mother’s day game, so I mean it feels great. Now, got my daughter last year, and I play this game for my mom and my wife, so that made me feel very excited.”

  1. corkybb - May 10, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Wilson!!!

  2. richardp6 - May 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Willll—sssssonnnn!

  3. masterfishkeeper - May 10, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Nice article, but the first inning hit was to right field.

  4. Eric - May 10, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    WIIIIIIIILLLLLSON!

  5. naterialguy - May 10, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    BUFFALO

  6. natsfan1a - May 10, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Horns up.

  7. Section 222 - May 10, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Big hit by the Buffalo. Markakis could have made the catch, or it could have bounced over the fence. But things went the Nats way. Good for him and good for us.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      The fact the ball stayed in play is the type of bounce the Nats weren’t getting 3 weeks ago when a similar play happened.

      BABIP has turned and it’s nice to see.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Nice to see that other players can be the heros of the game. Bryce was certainly great this game also.

  9. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    When everyone contributes the team excels even more.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_10_atlmlb_wasmlb_1&mode=video&content_id=109474183&tcid=vpp_copy_109474183

    On the Ramos single in the 1st inning, Ryan Zimmerman scored. Ironic that the Braves catcher couldn’t handle the throw. I checked the AJC message boards and there was no mention of the play of the catcher only that Markakis did not get to the ball quick enough and that he didn’t make a strong enough throw. They also bashed Markakis in the 8th for not catching the Ramos double.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      The replays made it pretty clear — at least to my eye — that even if the throw had been handled cleanly and perfectly, Ryan Zimmerman had beaten it. And Wilson Ramos advanced to second on the throw, not the mishandle.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

        Yes, absolutely agree RZim scores regardless but there is still the fact the Barves catcher didn’t handle the throw and I just find that ironic. That’s the point I was getting to.

        It happens all the time with catchers and throws but didn’t get one mention in-game or post-game. Ramos hasn’t handled 2 throws this season and a few want to burn him on the stake.

      • therealjohnc - May 10, 2015 at 11:03 PM

        It’s been more than two with Ramos. I agree that no catcher is close to perfect on outfield throws. But with Ramos it’s pretty rare that he actually handles the throws. I just wish he was close to 50/50.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM

        It happens all the time with catchers and throws but didn’t get one mention in-game or post-game. Ramos hasn’t handled 2 throws this season and a few want to burn him on the stake.

        You’re being disingenuous, I think. Bethancourt had to have seen the play was going to be close at the best of it, and the only possible play was the fastest one — not unlike a third baseman barehanding a bunt against a fast runner. Ramos, who I LOVE as our catcher, has always had trouble with one-hop throws, even when he has plenty of time, relatively speaking. It is a weak part off his game. Acknowledging that is very far away from torches and pitchforks.

        Which is not to say torches and pitchforks are unusual around here from some posters.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 8:29 AM

        Which is not to say torches and pitchforks are unusual around here from some posters.

        Heresy!

  11. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    *OF his game.

    **EDIT BUTTON** is a weak part of this blog’s game. Proofreading is a weak part of mine, clearly.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      I don’t see anything disingenuous. I saw Yadier Molina make a tag at home and the ball popped out. These happen and we just have this chorus that ride Ramos like he’s a hack. I think he must have kicked somebody’s dog here.

      I recall Game 2 in the 9th inning tagging out Posey at home on the Bryce throw from the outfield and the relay that bounced on Sandoval’s double and Ramos made the tag. I remember last week Werth to Desi to Ramos got a runner out at home. If you want to remember the balls he can’t handle then you are accentuating the negative. The Nats won Friday’s game but there were some that had to ride Ramos for not securing a bounced throw as if that was the most important play in the game.

      Ramos leads the team in Batting Average and also BA with RISP. He is 12% above league average in throwing out base stealers. He calls a good game. He works hard. He’s also not perfect. Lobaton isn’t perfect. Lobaton hasn’t had to handle any bounced throws at home so far this season. The easy solution is to make a throw to home on a rope. Same at 1st base that if you want Ryan Zimmerman to catch your throws then make them on a rope and don’t bounce them.

  12. Section 222 - May 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    No one wants to burn Ramos at the stake, or trade him, or even bench him. Quite a few people believe, with justification in my view, that handling throws from the outfield is not one of his greatest skills. Bethancourt appears to be a very strong defensive catcher. I don’t know if dropping throws is a common occurrence for him, but since Zim was going to beat that throw anyway, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that the Braves message boards didn’t criticize him for it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:53 PM

      I take no issue on anything you just said. Ramos can improve at taking throws at home. There’s no doubt about it. And yes, there are those who made comments on how Lobaton is the better catcher which is funny that they base that on all of 7 games played. Lobaton is a career .232 hitter. If people want Lobaton to start then they are asking for Ramos to be benched.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 12:04 AM

        “homeparkdc – May 10, 2015 at 8:46 AM
        No secret that I’m a big Lobaton fan. He did some serious work on his hitting during the offseason and it’s paying off. His BA is just .015 below Ramos but the rest of the stats – OBP, SLG, OPS, and OPS+ – make him look better than Ramos. No errors compared to Ramos’ 1”

        “#4 – May 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM
        I maintain that if Lobaton had been catching the SF series last year, the Nats would have advanced. Ramos’ receiving killed them in that series. His hitting just doesn’t make up for his lackluster defense, including his inability to block low pitches and catch throws home.”

        Of course let the facts get in the way of fiction. The Nats lost to the Giants based on offense and Ramos received the only ball in the 4 games that was thrown home in Game 2.

        We are lucky to have 2 good catchers and Rizzo/MW could have made Loby the starter if they wanted to and they didn’t.

      • homeparkdc - May 11, 2015 at 9:06 AM

        “Lobaton making the most of his limited opportunities” Daniel Shiferaw May 10, 2015

        “No secret that I’m a big Lobaton fan. He did some serious work on his hitting during the offseason and it’s paying off. His BA is just .015 below Ramos but the rest of the stats – OBP, SLG, OPS, and OPS+ – make him look better than Ramos. No errors compared to Ramos’ 1, but he did let a pitch take the ump out.” That’s the complete quote.

        Not one word about benching Ramos, nor was the comment in reply to anyone else. The article was about Lobaton and my intention was that he should get more playing time. However, now that you’ve brought about this confusion, I would like to add that Ramos played winter ball in Venezuela and also worked on his legs.
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2015/02/19/wilson-ramos-again-eager-to-prove-he-can-stay-healthy/
        Taking that forward to Spring Training, he had basically 1 new starting pitcher to get acquainted with – Scherzer. So why was his start at the beginning of the season as dismal as other players either coming back from injuries, learning new positions, or players who were new to the team? It could have been a time to shine. Now, thank goodness, they all seem to be in a groove. Let’s hope the road trip is successful for both their arms and their bats.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:13 AM

        Lobaton has played 2 games against Teheran who he obliterated. How were the other 5 games played. Why do you think Loby would be much better than last year’s stats. You’re using a 7 game sample size. That’s not enough to project.

      • Section 222 - May 11, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        Fine, you can find a few random commentors who prefer Lobo to Ramos. So what? People have different opinions. Some people like Espi, some don’t. Some people think Desi is a lost cause and should be traded or benched, some don’t. But for some reason you take any criticism of Ramos as a personal attack and pull out all stops to discredit them, even going so far as to claim that since other catchers have dropped throws and not been criticized for it, that means that criticism of Ramos for dropping throws is off base. It’s overkill Ghost, and sometimes just seems ridiculous.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:57 AM

        I’ve defended Desi and Werth and more vigorously Dan Uggla.

        Sometimes I feel if I don’t step in as a dissenting voices these guys will be skewered and roasted and BBQ’d. It’s not fair and not right.

        It’s almost become a bully pulpit at times where people pile on. It’s not right.

        Things are finally going right and in the (paraphrasing) of FP in the post game to Philly Wood, “do you want to talk about bad baserunning or a sweep of the Braves?”

      • Section 222 - May 11, 2015 at 12:07 PM

        Not fair and not right? Come on. People are entitled to their opinions, however mistaken, just as you are. And for the record, your opinions are very well represented on the site. You comment more than anyone else, by far. And lots of people agree with you. Sometimes it seems like you take it as your personal responsibility to correct anything that anyone says that you don’t agree with. Like I said, it’s overkill and it gets on people’s nerves. It seems like you’re trying to run the blog and blow away anyone who doesn’t comment on the team or the game the “right way.”

      • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        Well said, imho, Deuces.

  13. sec105rowwseat28 - May 10, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Catching the throw on a play at the plate is a definite weakness in Ramos’s game. Just because it’s also a weakness in a lot of other catchers’ games doesn’t make it not a weakness in Ramos’s game. Catching the throw on a play at the plate is a definite weakness in Ramos’s game.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:55 PM

      I guess you said “Catching the throw on a play at the plate is a definite weakness in Ramos’s game” twice in the same paragraph for extra emphasis.

      • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2015 at 6:08 AM

        Well, mainly because it is.

  14. Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Steve, you give many great contributions to this blog, but you are often irrational when you go off personally at people when it comes to Wilson. In my opinion, this is a weakness in your own otherwise great game.The guy sometimes doesn’t take the throw at the plate well. People critique it on a baseball blog. It doesn’t mean they are trashing him, or want him benched, (at least not in most people’s rational opinions).

    BTW, I want to go on record as saying that I think Wilson Ramos is an overall terrific catcher and he is having a great season. I have never said, or even remotely insinuated, that he should be benched. Never. I love the guy.

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM

      I’m not sure Ghost went off personally on anyone. He did vigorously defend Ramos, which is completely appropriate here.

      Still, Ramos has to improve on his handling of balls thrown to the plate. Sometimes he muffs the catch, sometimes he loses the ball after the tag. He just doesn’t seem to have great glove work there, but he can improve. Anyone remember that Flores had issues catching popups? Something would pop up behind the plate and I would cringe. But the catcher’s mitt is not easy to use for anything but stopping pitches (not that that is really easy, but it hurts lot less with a mitt!) I just hope Ramos recognizes he has an issue and is working on it.

      I am also glad to see that the Lobotron has improved his hitting. Ramos needs breaks, even when he isn’t broken, so having a backup of Lobo’s quality is a real luxury. (Yet another feather in Rizzo’s cap.)

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 7:45 AM

        +1 we talk about all players that have to improve and that is Ramos improvement area. I dont watch enough games of other teams to say what % you have to get of bounced throws tho Im thinking its like a 1st baseman where its not automatic.

        I was at all 3 games this weekend and didnt comment all weekend. What a great weekend at the park! The energy and the positivity that the Nats could come back from any deficit was there. Plenty of sloppiness on both sides.

        Those Barve fans tried to get obnoxious every time there team did something. There just wasnt enough of them to try to do there chop. They just are not a good team. Markakis cant field like Heyward, Andrelton Simmons didnt make a tough play all weekend and seemed uninspired. Freeman was the only 1 doing anything consistently.

        We were suprized there was no HBPs after the whole Andrelton Simmons thing last week in Atlanta on the hard slide and then the Barves were complaining that Bryce showtimed on his walkoff on Saturday and needed to be buzzed on Sunday.

        Nice to see Werth and RZ coming along and Lobatron owns Teheran. Harper was a beast. Even yesterday Maybin gets to the ball and it pops out of his glove and came inches from going over the fence. How cool would that have been!

  15. NatsNut - May 11, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    I thought it was SIX home runs in 3 days?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

      It was,NatsNut. I saw that,too.

    • laddieblahblah - May 11, 2015 at 7:35 AM

      The youngest player, ever, to hit 5 in 2 games, and the youngest player, ever, to hit 6 in 3. The kid is raising the bar, all by himself, and he still has the rest of this season to set some other all-time benchmarks. I would not bet against it, or him.

  16. laddieblahblah - May 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Between the Nats’ Ramos and Lobaton, is there any other team in the MLs with better offensive production from their backstops? Matt can give Wilson a day off any time he feels the need, and not have to worry about a drop-off of any kind from his no. 2. That is quite a luxury to have, for any manager.

    Remember that Ramos had to have that hamate bone removed from his catching hand last year. Not sure if that would affect his ability to catch and hang onto a relay while preparing to make a tag. It is at least conceivable that it might, but I wouldn’t really know. I thought that Wilson would improve on that this year, simply because that bone had been removed as it was, apparently, bothering him in the past.

    Maybe his hands just aren’t that good. No one is perfect. Besides, he had the game-winning hit yesterday. He is quietly having his own breakout year with the stick, and showing why Rizzo wanted him in the first place.

    • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 7:48 AM

      Since you asked, Nats are 2nd in the Majors in catchers BA (behind Colorado) and 5th in OPS. Not to shabby!

    • sec105rowwseat28 - May 11, 2015 at 8:41 AM

      He was dropping throws before the hamate removal too, so you can’t make a correlation on that.

  17. Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Why the bounce throw to the plate is generally the superior technique:

    http://probaseballinsider.com/separators-using-a-long-hop/

    The author/instructor explains why a direct throw to the plate in the air is not the best technique, but he also emphasizes that a short hop is tough on the catcher.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 8:08 AM

      Span was heavily criticized on a throw he made last year that one-bounced just past the mound to the catcher. I maintained that it was a perfect pea thrown from the outfield. It is [generally] the right way to bring the ball to the plate. It just is. Like the throw from Kelly Johnson to Christian Bethancourt on Saturday to nail Taylor at the plate.Lost in all of our criticism of Michael Taylor’s baserunning, the LFer made a good one bounce throw to get him.

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 8:18 AM

        Isnt the efficiency of throws more a function of velocity and arc to the catcher on the fastest time you can. Kind of like the majestic HR that sails vs Ryan Zimmerman’s HR in the planter box in LF was a laser. On a relay I would think a middle infielder could throw a seed from 120 feed direct to the catcher. With Espinosas gun there is no reason to bounce the ball in.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 8:25 AM

        nats128, I would say to read the link I posted. As a player, and instructor, Doug Bernier explains better than I can when and why a bounce is the better throw.

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 9:06 AM

        Joe, The most important point is “For the ball to get to the target quicker… outfielders often think they can throw it all the way in the air to the target. The throw comes out of the hand too high for the cut off man to handle…”

        Those are important distinctions as his point on the infielders taking the cutoff that you use the hop throw the same way as the outfielder when the base you are throwing to is to far away.

        The general target audience of that piece is for advanced players not MLB pros with missiles for arms. Bryce used to overthrow his cutoff man. When he hit Espi on a line, Espi was close enough to throw a rope to Ramos and short-armed it where it bounced. Theres no advantage in that particular situation for Espi to bounce it.

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 8:36 AM

      Unless you are Rick Ankiel and can simply throw a strike right to the mitt. Besides being easy to handle, because its basically a pitch, that seems to have a significant deterrent effect on future base runners. 😎

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

        Rifle Rick Ankiel could do 1 thing well and thats throw a line drive from 350 feet to the plate like it was shot from a rifle.

        Im thinking simple math where its all about time to the plate and that arc trajectory doesnt help throwing a floater. Bryce is now hitting his cutoff men but I still have to think Espi and Desi from 120 to 160 feet can throw a frozen rope to a catcher without bouncing it as Ive seen lesser middle infielders make that throw.

  18. rayvil01 - May 11, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    The catcher rules about blocking the plate are dictating that head-first sweep slide just like RZ did yesterday. Catcher has to pirouette and sweep-tag. Tough play. In essence they’ve given a speedy runner a good 6 feet that they didn’t used to get.

    One thing a lot of catchers do now is leave the mask on for that play. Back in the day they taught us to get rid of that thing to help with peripheral vision.

    The ball is supposed to come in on a hop. It’s faster because there’s less arc in it. Distance gained is greater per unit of time on a flatter trajectory. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to handle with that mitt. I dropped my share.

    • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 9:15 AM

      Quickest point but also picking up your cutoff man as you want to aim to throw the ball directly through your cutoff man.

  19. nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    In mind exploding stats, the Nats have now moved up to 5th in the Majors in RISP OPS with 2 outs with a .804 OPS. Nats are 6th in the same category by BA at .279

    Nats moved up to 13th in RISP BA in all situations.

    I was very suprized by the list (good and bad). Espi is 1 for 15 in RISP batting .067 and Desi is .120. Espinosa bats .400 when a runner is on 1st base.

    Heres the list from top to bottom of active players:

    Wilson Ramos .385
    Dan Uggla .353
    Jose Lobaton .333
    Michael Taylor .333
    Ryan Zimmerman .317
    Clint Robinson .300
    Bryce Harper .286
    Yunel Escobar .286
    Denard Span ..267
    Jordan Zimmermann .250
    Jayson Werth .217
    Ian Desmond .120
    Danny Espinosa .067

    Honorable mention is Reed Johnson who was 2 for 5 at .400 and on the DL.

    Sample sizes are still small. Dan Uggla has 17 at-bats compared to Ryan Zimmerman who leads the team with 41 at-bats with RISP.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      Great, eye-popping post, nats128!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM

        In all cases it’s still a huge failure rate that even for a .333 BA guy he will still fail 2/3rds of the time which happens to be excellent.

        I’m still surprised that Danny isn’t doing well with RISP but the eye test is he is now making contact at a higher rate.

    • ArVAFan - May 11, 2015 at 8:52 AM

      Thanks for pulling those stats. Baseball has a numbers side, and a human side. It’s great to appreciate both.

      There were some Braves fans in my section yesterday. Didn’t hear any booing or chopping, but did overhear one “and we’re still paying him” (with a sigh) after the flying catch for the double play. Also stood next to a Braves fan on the Metro who said she still has a crush on Uggla: “Yeah, I know he’s playing for you, but we’re still paying him so I can still have my crush.”

      • natsfan1a - May 11, 2015 at 9:17 AM

        During an Uggla AB late in the game, I exhorted him to “make them pay.” I followed that up with, “Oh, wait. You already are.”

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 9:17 AM

        Times are a changing. A weekend series last year would have had more chop-chop obnoxious Barve fans. The numbers were way down.

        I wonder next week how it will be for the Yankees series. I hope Nats fans dont sell off there tickets.

      • natsfan1a - May 11, 2015 at 9:28 AM

        Speaking of Barves fans, some funny comments in this thread. (And some not-suitable-for-work lingo. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

        http://www.talkingchop.com/2015/5/10/8582393/braves-blow-another-late-lead-nats-complete-sweep-with-5-4-win

        My fave one is below. (What can I say? As a Nats fan from the start, I can relate.)

        “People around here need to embrace the comedic nihilism that is crappy baseball.”

      • ArVAFan - May 11, 2015 at 10:22 AM

        My favorite from the Braves’ blog was “he thinks ‘leverage’ is something you eat on a plate with fried onions.” Followed by the photo of some rather delicious-looking fried onions.

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM

        Leverage with onions. Thats original!

  20. micksback1 - May 11, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    They are finding ways to win and that is a good thing. Still, BP has to be dealt with in 7th and 8th innings. Barrett I have serous concerns about. Nats are rolling !!!

    • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 8:31 AM

      Barrett was excellent until Saturday unless you want to judge him by 1 outing. Unfortunately Tanner Roark let all of his inherited runners to score which made the stats look bad.

      Yesterday, Solis was good in the 8th and gave up 1 single. From my perspective Grace was good enough to get out of the 7th unscathed if you consider the leadoff single to Freeman was just Freddie being Freddie. Bryce had the sun monster hit and they easily would have had Freddie rounding 2nd if Taylor made a good throw to Uggla. Then Callaspo hit that nubber over RZ that somehow landed a few feet behind him. Uggla made the great doubleplay on the dive.

      • jd - May 11, 2015 at 9:21 AM

        Nats128,

        You beat me to it. To criticize Barrett based on one bad outing is really something. He’s been money all year. Every reliever has a bad outing now and then. Treinen has been shaky most of the year but other than that the pen hasn’t been bad at all.

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 9:23 AM

        Overall the bullpen has been victimized by sun monsters and Werth falling down and squibbers and bloopers.

        All in all as the sample size grows, they have been good.

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 8:55 AM

      Overall, going by WAR (not the best stat, particularly for relief pitching — but still, it’s something), the Nats have the fourth best bullpen performance in the NL. (See, http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2015.shtml, towards the bottom). And 3rd best for starting pitching.

      (And, tangent: best in NL for catchers and right fielders!)

      Also tangent — while I’m on that page.

      Nats are 5th best ERA (despite being 11th in WHIP — that’s weird), 4th best is fewest walks (I *love* that)

      In batting: Nats have inched up to 9th in BA, but 6th in runs per game (and, frstrating us all: 3rd worst in K’s — but also 3rd most in walks) And tied for 3rd fewest GIDPs (!)

      • homeparkdc - May 11, 2015 at 9:16 AM

        Go West young men! Go West!!

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 10:38 AM

        I think the point is still all those poor fielding plays that were ruled hits in a small sample size have hurt. Look at JZ on his start in Boston. 2 balls hit to Taylor and he had Gullivers Travel and they led to several runs. Werth misreads and trips and 3 runs score. Bryce and Espi get the sun monster and that leads to run(s).

        There was Im sure more.

  21. Theophilus T.S. - May 11, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Someone should take notice there wasn’t any sign yesterday that One-N Zim is impaired in the least by plantar fasciitis. So far as I could tell, he was at full speed and running aggressively and smartly — unlike others who could be named. As to most everybody else, Williams might as well play for the three-run homer because otherwise these guys run the bases like Larry, Moe and Curly.

    • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 8:34 AM

      Great point. RZ and Desi were good on the bases. RZ scoring the winning run on the Ramos double was not a given with Markakis arm and RZ made it in without a throw.

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM

        And RZ scored the third run in the 1st inning on a great head-first slide, too.

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM

        Sure did. Went to the back of the plate with the left hand.

        I wasnt sure Ryan would make it around on the double by Ramos but it was 2 outs and he was off with the crack of the bat as a good baserunner is supposed to do and he only had scoring in his mind.

        Just a magical weekend. Bam-Bam and the Buffalo!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      Good post, Theo!

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 8:40 AM

      Apparently yestersay was national TOOTBLAN Day, in addition to Mother’s Day. You don’t see Werth make mistakes like that. And Ramos? Well, clearly between 2nd and third are where the buffalo roam.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 9:04 AM

        “between 2nd and third are where the buffalo roam.”

        Good one!

  22. adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Bartolo Colon, who will be 42 in two weeks, has thrown 46 IP and has 40 K’s and 1 BB (and top 10 in WHIP)

    That really is amazing . . .

    • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      6-1 record. I wonder how long he keeps it up for and if he has a magic elixer.

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

        If he does have a magic elixir, I could sure use some!

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 10:32 AM

        http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/bartolo-colon-oakland-athletics-suspended-50-games-positive-test-for-testosterone-082212

        He was suspended for a magic elixir last year. 😉

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:04 AM

        Oh yeah — I’d forgotten that.

        But what’s his story this year? (Inquiring middle age guys want to know 😉 )

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 11:36 AM

        Kind of like ARod they mysteriously have improved. They probaly are using the same nutritionist. 😉

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 9:59 AM

        I don’t recommend googling that to find out.

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 10:33 AM

        I already did. 🙂

      • homeparkdc - May 11, 2015 at 11:59 AM

        oysters

      • nats128 - May 11, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        LOL

  23. slidell2 - May 11, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Colon reminds me of Livan a bit. With the heat of summer, I think the wheels will eventually come off.

  24. ArVAFan - May 11, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    One last thought on Wilson. During his last at-bat, the organist played the music for WIL-SON, summoning the response from the crowd mid-at-bat. I’ve never heard that during an at-bat . . but if it worked, let’s keep doing it!

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